The ultimate in lifetime as string beds have no stitching. Competitive power.
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Evolution of Our String Beds.
The most important part of a trampoline affecting its performance is the bed. With over 35 years of accumulated research and testing, Dave Ross has engineered the stable and powerful bounce that your competitors deserve.
The Dave Ross String Bed is a bouncing surface like no other. One that changes the way you train and what you think is possible as soon as you start using it.
Dave Ross String beds will reduce how much money you invest in your trampolines as they last about 6 times longer than web beds.
Our String beds can also increase your ability to learn a new skill as they remain stable and powerful throughout their entire life.
If you are currently not using a Dave Ross string bed, you owe it to yourself to learn what can be accomplished on one.
Rebound Products makes string beds for 3 sizes of trampolines, double minis, mini-tramps and power tracks. Each of our string beds is designed to match the specific application. For example, smoothness, grip, power, stability, and lifetime are all variables that we customize into each bed type. In addition, they retain their size over time much better than webbed beds.
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History of the Ross 2 String
By Dave Ross. Rebound Products Founder. Published April 15th, 2018.
Rebound Products has been making string beds since 1980. Plenty of prototypes were produced in the early years, but from 1991 to 2008 the power and construction of our production string beds remained constant. Our string beds were used at the 1996 and the 2007 World Trampoline Championships, and at many other prestigious trampoline competitions to include World Cups and the Toronto Harbourfront, Reach for the Sky trampoline festival, and countless National Championships.
Since 1978 we have considered the conventional stitched trampoline bed technology as obsolete. This is because the lengthwise stitching used to hold a bed together also tears the widthwise webbing apart, resulting in about 6 times lower lifetime! Furthermore, when a string is worn or accidentally cut on a string bed, a new string can be easily spliced in with knots on the bottom of the bed with the bed on the trampoline frame, so repairs are cheap and easy! In order to keep a string bed together there is more weaving, which means smaller holes (safer), a better feel on the feet, and also paint to stiffen the strings. We did plenty of research in the early years to develop our beds to have a very similar bounce to traditional equipment, so our athletes could train on string beds, but still compete well on webbed beds. For most of that time, this was the 4/6mm webbed bed. There were still some small performance differences. The main difference was that the string bed weighed more, but had lower air resistance. So the bounce feels a bit different. To an athlete who did not depress the bed too far the power was similar to 4/6mm beds. To an athlete who really pushed the bed down there was slightly more power. This enabled both small and large athletes to compete successfully, which nicely complemented our adult sport. Also the trampolines’ power was not as dependent on spring tension, so the softer beds which older athletes prefer, were still powerful. Our athletes adapted from string to web beds in 2 to 6 weeks. In 1996, at Worlds, although very few athletes trained on string beds prior to the training days, the performance level was still very high.
At the 2007 World Championships with Rebound Products again supplying the equipment, the sport had become Olympic, so many athletes trained on Rebound equipment prior to that event. This was because that meet was the qualifying event to the 2008 Olympic games. By this point with the development of the sport, and with the older age group involved in the open event, pretty much all athletes were powerful enough to get a better bounce from a Rebound Bed. Meanwhile between 1996 and 2007 our frames had undergone a significant improvement to include the introduction of double braced corners, which subsequently became the industry standard. The combined result was some amazing performances at the 2007 Worlds. In addition, due to our superior springs and diligent work by our staff who fine-tuned the trampolines every night during the event, the bounce remained very consistent over the training and competition days, resulting in a lower than usual incidence of failed routines.
After that meet the international athletes went back home to train on 4/6mm beds and pretty much started complaining. With so many athletes saying the same thing, the big manufacturers started competing to produce the most powerful beds. So now we have the new competition reality with 4/5mm and 4/4mm webbed beds.
Rebound Products responded initially by producing a bed very similar to a powerful prototype bed that we made and tested in 1986. It was not released then, as it was too powerful compared to competition beds. From 2008 to 2015 our competition string bed has similar construction, lifetime and stability as our earlier beds but with increased power. This was achieved by opening up the space between strings somewhat. This new lighter, lower air resistance bed is very similar in power to the 5/4mm beds used at the 2012 Olympics.
When it became apparent that the 4/4mm bed is the current competition reality, we did a massive project involving many different weaves and then fine tuning with 11 actual full size prototype beds tested in the gym, to develop a string bed which would bounce and feel very close to a 4mm webbed bed. The final result has been sold since January 2016 and has had the new paint job required by 2017 competition rules since March of 2016. This new bed is very popular. The bounce speaks for itself. A smoother bounce, great power and great control. In gym comparisons with 4mm averaging over a range of athletes show slightly higher bounce times for the 4mm, but slightly higher routine times for the new 2 string bed. On top of the nice feeling on the feet and the superior lifetime, athletes who are recovering from injury can train longer on this more forgiving bed. Now only minimal adaptation is required to prepare for competitions on webbed beds.
We have believed since 1976, and proved with wider, but standard length, prototype bed trampolines, that the direction for competition trampoline evolution is to larger trampolines. Such a trampoline can use a standard bed and springs but needs ropes between the bed and the springs, the frame widened in 4 spots(to modify an existing frame), and a wider side pads. The competitive area is the same, but the bounce is both smoother and has a wider sweet spot as the edges are no longer an ankle turner. The distance from the edge of the bed to falling off the side is drastically increased. (Example 34cm wider frame would have over 30% wider frame pads.) Today with the more powerful beds and time of flight being scored, some practical form of “side deck” which still allows for spotter mats is needed, and this is it! Our wider non-fold trampoline is sold with all of this, and is already a hit with wall trampoline professionals who due to the wall bounce higher than competitors.
Changing international rules is not easy. Regardless, we will continue our quest for the perfect bounce.