Bromley

FAQ

 Question: Why do Baseboards have 'anti-flip' characteristics?

Answer:Baseboards have a very low centre of gravity and a wide 3d curved slide surface. This creates a super low position on the snow, which makes it very difficult to flip over even when the board is kicked side ways to stop.

 

 Question: How can a Baseboard be so light and so strong?

Answer:Baseboards range in weight from 4.5 to 6.5kg. As a demonstration of how light they are, it is possible to hold a Baseboard with one finger. The board's super strong characteristics come from a new breed of high performance composite materials that have unique high strength to weight ratios and tough impact properties.

 

 Question:How do Baseboards steer and stop?

Answer: Just like snowboards and skis, Baseboards do not have active steering or brakes. However they are remarkably agile, steerable and can slow down and stop in short confined spaces. This is achieved by the Baseboards innovative patented design.

 

 Question: How long does it take to learn to ride a Baseboard?

Answer: Baseboards do not require extensive lessons to learn to ride. In fact riders can learn in as little as 30 minutes, making it an ideal activity for tourists and resort visitors that want a fun, low skill, low cost but high thrill experience. The rider first starts on a beginner area on the slope so that the rider can experiment with the sled's behaviour and feel and the basic turning and braking techniques can be learnt. Once the rider is confident to progress, the rider moves to higher staged start points.

 

 Question: How do Baseboards connect to lifts?

Answer: We have designed connection devices that enable the Baseboard to utilise existing lift systems in snow resorts around the world.

 

 Question: How fast can a Baseboard slide?

Answer: Baseboards are designed to create an addictive fun experience. The low centre of gravity and prone ride posture creates a unique thrill experience. Achieving high speeds are not necessary to have fun. However the Baseboard's performance credentials make it possible to achieve high speeds. GPS systems onboard our test sleds measured speeds close to 100km.

 

 Question: Do you need to wax the base of the Baseboards?

Answer: The base material is a low friction material that gives good glide properties on most snow conditions. You do not need to wax the Baseboard's base.

 

 Question: Are Baseboards made from the same materials as Snowboards & Ski's?

Answer: No. Our experience in high performance composites and our research into snowboard & ski materials highlighted that traditional epoxy based thermoset resin systems did not meet the performance, sustainability and price needs we set for the Baseboard. We instead focussed on a new breed of Thermoplastic composites, which instead are inherently super tough, very strong and offer levels of sustainability with zero VOC's emissions during manufacture. We wanted a technology solution that was future focussed which meant consideration to the products 'end of life'.

 

 Question: How long has it taken to develop the Baseboard?

Answer: It's taken three years of painstaking R&D to approach full product launch. This process included extensive market research studies across leading winter sport technologies, the latest composite materials, manufacturing methods and market trends .We have tested the board rigorously at the Hafjell Resort, the 1994 Olympic Winter Games venue in Lillehammer, Norway, where we rode and tested the boards on the full range of ski slopes.

 

 Question: What is the difference between a V14 and a T14 sled?

Answer:The V14 has a higher level of design detail and sled set-up adjustment potential which enable sit to be fine tuned to both tracks and athletes. The V14 has been designed with more steering sensitivity to enable more precise handling characteristics. The steering sensitivity of the V14 can often be too advanced for new athletes to learn the basics of the sport on . The T14 has been designed to offer a more stable ride which enables new athletes to learn to relax on the sled and connect faster with tracks whilst progressing in the sport. The T14 has basic adjustment options.

 

 Question: Why is the Tr1 model not FIBT race legal?

Answer:The Tr1 has been designed to fill a gap in Skeleton Sport for a super robust easy to ride solution for event and tourist ride use. The sled's frame has been design with minimal maintenance needs, maximum ride fun for first time riders and minimal cost.

 

 Question: Do we offer training and technical 'in-competition' support services?

Answer: Yes, we are open to work with athletes, teams and coaches in providing support trackside and behind the scenes.

 

Question: Does Bromley Sports have full sled building commercial insurances?

Answer: Yes we have full specific sled building insurances for worldwide manufacture and sale of Skeleton sleds. Please do not confuse this with general engineering insurances that do not identity and accommodate for specific sled build liabilities which the majority of sled builder operate under. We strongly advise that you check out a sled builders company credentials before deciding to purchase a sled.

 

Question: Does Bromley Sports offer sled maintenance and servicing support?

Answer: Yes we offer a full range of support from general servicing to customised builds and race tuning. We strongly recommended that sleds come back to our workshop and receive service support trackside from an official Bromley engineer for regular maintenance and sled check over especially if the sled has experienced impacts during use or suspected damage during transit. Please see our terms and conditions of supply for full policy details.

 

Question: Are Bromley sleds FIBT race legal?

Answer: We design and build our sleds (except the Tr1) according to the FIBT rules at the time of supply. We cannot however guarantee that sleds bought in previous years will meet current FIBT rule regulations. The FIBT undergoes rule reviews on an annual basis through their Materials Commission and Congress processes. We endeavour to apply the latest versions of the results to our sled design as soon as possible after new rules are released. Although we cannot update sleds FOC (free of charge) for rule changes made after date of purchase we will however always try our best to support our customers in the rare event that this happens.

 

Question: Are runners included in the sled purchase price?

Answer: No, we do not include runners as standard into the price as some customer want to utilise their existing runners.  We have created a pricing structure that allows maximum choice for athletes to pick the solution that is optimal for them.

 

Question: Where does FIBT steel come from?

Answer:  FIBT designated steel is supplied from the FIBT nominated factory in Switzerland and is shipped direct to our UK factory. FIBT runner steel is laser etched with the official FIBT mark. We guarantee that all Bromley runners made using FIBT runner steel possess the official FIBT mark. However we cannot protect our customers (after our runners leave our factory) from coaches and athletes who choose to manipulate runners post manufacture to gain unfair performance gains.  We highly recommend that athletes and coaches new to the sport seek peer advice on choosing reputable sled builders and coaches.

 

Question: Why are there two sled weight options?

Answer: For structurally safety reasons, The FIBT rules state that Skeleton sleds used by female athletes must not exceed more than 29kg in total weight (if the combined rider + sled weight is over 92kg) and Skeleton sleds used by male athletes must not exceed 33kg in total sled weight (if the total combined rider + sled weight is over 15kg). These weight limits relate to race ready sleds, including runners and full padding. We offer two base sled weights: 27kg or female athletes & 31kg for male athletes, including runners but not including padding. This allows a tolerance of up to 2kg for padding and upholstery.

 

Question: How do I adjust the sled weight?

Answer: 'We offer ballast packages' which can be purchased to increase the sled's weight from its base value of 33kg and up to 43kg. The ballast plates attach to the underside of the saddle plate assembly using secure bolts. The ballast plates have been designed to be non-intrusive.

 

Question: Are the sled pans painted?

Answer: No, the sled pan graphics are thin vinyl skins added to the sled's composite pan surface. This innovation enables us to offer a cost effective and professional solution for applying any graphic design to a sled that is supplied to us as a high resolution digital image. (Acceptable image formats are jpeg, pdf, tiff, gif). This enables new designs with updated sponsors to be applied to the sled each year or even within a season at an affordable price. Expensive painted artwork is now a thing of the past.

 

Question: Can I have my own graphic design on my sled pan?

Answer: Yes. We offer a continually growing range of sled graphic design options (within our graphic library) as well a customer defined graphic option where we apply our customer's specific design to the sled pan. There is an option to upload custom graphic artwork during the online sled build process or alternatively it can be sent through by email after the sled is ordered.  We require a high resolution image, minimum of 150 dpi x 150 dpi. We also offer a graphic design service (upon request), where we work with our customer to create striking designs on their behalf. Personal text and sponsor logos can be incorporated seamlessly into the graphic design in order to remove sticker edges associated with add on stickers. This minimises any 'aerodynamic trip' effects from the edge of stickers whilst creating a professional graphic solution.

 

Question: Is a paint finish aerodynamically better than a vinyl finish?

Answer: There are many variables that can affect the aerodynamic drag of the sled. Skin friction is an aerodynamic drag component and is related to the surface finish of the sled/athlete system amongst other factors. It is a complicated phenomena and there is no substantial evidence published to suggest that one solution has lower drag than the other.  In our opinion there is negligible difference between a painted surface and a vinyl wrap surface. It is more a question of how these surfaces are maintained and treated.

 

Question: Can I have a painted sled pan finish if I choose?

Answer: Yes, however costs will be calculated based on the design proposed and will require detailed discussion after order.

 

Question: Do sleds come padded?

Answer: No, all sleds are delivered unpadded. We have found that every athlete has a different preference for how their sled is padded. By offering an unpadded sled we can also keep our prices as low as possible for our customers as labour time for padding sleds is quite high.

 

Question: Do you offer padding materials?

Answer: Yes we offer different grades of padding materials in either pre-cut kit form or on rolls.

 

Question: Can I buy different colour padding?

Answer: Yes, this is possible. Please add a note to your order requesting your preference. We will do our best to find a solution, however an additional surcharge may exist due to minimal quantity orders.

 

Question: What is the best adhesive tape for upholstery?

Answer: The best tape brand in our opinion is Tessa. Tessa tape maintains 'stick' even in wet and subzero temperatures. In over 20 years of building sleds we have not found a tape as good as Tessa. We offer very competitive rates on Tessa tape as we buy in bulk. Please see the Accessories page.

 

Question: Why do you offer two types of saddle handle designs?

Over the last six years athletes have been experimenting with different hand and arm positioning. The aim has been to create more comfortable, safe and streamlined positioning. We offer two designs that cover the evolved designs within the FIBT rules.

 

Question: How do you fit customised saddles?

Answer: Saddles are tailored to the athlete’s physicality. This is ideally done through a visit to our workshop premises for a custom fitting or via one of our official fitting engineers. Our aim is to provide a fitting service as local as possible to our customer.  Alternatively we can construct a saddle based on measurements supplied to us by athletes.

 

Question: How are the sleds transported?

Answer: Sleds are transported in specially constructed wooden crates that protect the sled form damage during transit. We also offer a lightweight sled transportation case specially design for airline travel and in season transportation. Please see the Accessories page

 

Question: How much does sled transportation cost?

Answer: This ultimately is dependent on which country the sled is to be transported to. We have secured preferential courier rates with DHL and UPS to any country in the world. An estimation of cost can be provided by email or through live estimation during online order.

 

Question: Can I collect my sled?

Answer: Yes. It is quite common for customers to visit our workshop for a final saddle fitting before taking the sled away with them. Please note that release of goods will not be permitted until full payment has been received.

 

Question: What tax do I have to pay on my equipment?

Answer: If equipment is collected from our premises in the UK, then British tax (VAT) must be added (20%). We can provide documentation, which is to be presented at customs on leaving the UK. This will allow the re-imbursement of the British tax.

Equipment shipped via our international courier will receive 0% British tax due to export law, however the equipment will then be subject to importation and general tax specific to the destination country.

Equipment shipped to the European Union (EU) is subject to tax unless a valid TVA number is supplied in which case tax will = 0%

 

Question: Do you restrict the number of runners I can order? Can I order runners if I do not own a Bromley sled?

Answer:  Unlike other sled builders who restrict runner sales to customers who only buy their sleds, our policy is to openly offer equipment to all athletes and teams in the interest of the sport's health and growth. We do not restrict the number of runners that can be bought or for which sled they will be fitted to. 

 

Question: What type of runner groove design can I have?

Answer: Virtually any type of groove design can be ordered, whether it is a preset design offered by us or a bespoke design from your own ideas. We now offer the world's first online runner design tool for building the ultimate runner.

 

Question: Do you offer different runner bend designs?

Answer: We currently offer two types of runner bend design – ‘Bromley Original’ and ‘Bromley Alternative’. The runner bend affects the shape of the runner when rock is induced.

 

Question: If I design my own runner using your online tool, will you pass on these details to other athletes?

Answer: No. Our policy is to the respect the ideas of our customers. If you order a bespoke design to your own specification, then that design stays with you. However we cannot guarantee that other customers will have their own similar design ideas to yours or that we are in development of a similar design for open sale. We will however guarantee that we will not disclose your design to any other athlete or coach or third party.

 

Question: Will Bromley runners fit my sled?

Answer: Our runners are tolerance to fit both European and North American sled types that use either 16.0mm or 15,9mm runner support block sizes or equivalent.

 

Question: Will my current non Bromley runners fit a Bromley Sled?

Answer: When ordering a Bromley sleds we offer the option for the sled to come with either runner block sizes of 15.9mm (as build by Davenport) or 16.0mm as the Bromley standard and recommended runner block size. Unless stated, Bromley sleds will be supplied to suit Bromley standard runner block dimensions 16.0mm.

 

Question: Can I have a longer sled?

Answer: In recent years, athletes have been experimenting with longer (at the rear) sled pans. We now offer two sled pan sizes to cater to these needs, our standard length and a new longer sled length. Pan length can be selected during the online sled build process.

 

Question: Are tools supplied with a sled?

Answer: Yes, all sled orders are supplied with a tool pack with the necessary adjustment and maintenance tools. Please note that Vernier callipers and rulers used for setting runner rock are not included in tool packs.

 

 Question: What happens if I lose bolts and screws from the sled?

Answer: We offer replacement bolts. Please see the sled accessories page.

 

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