I'm working on my athena reed-valve kit, and I had some questions about different types of reeds.
First of all, can somebody explain why having more reeds in your reed block is better? Is it simply that the reed block can allow more volume of mixture through faster? Or is there another reason? I guess I just don't understand how having a higher number of reeds affects overall performance.
The general consensus is that metal reeds are bad because they break off and ruin your cylinder. However, when you switch to carbon fiber reeds, you have to decide on reed thickness. From what I've read, stiffer reeds work well at higher RPMs (because they reduce reed float/flutter), and thinner reeds work better at low RPMs. Is this similar to gearing, where you just have to choose acceleration or top speed?
On a related note, what about dual stage, or multi stage reeds? They would seem to solve the problem of choosing one thickness of reeds, but I haven't heard much talk about them, other than people simply stating that they are running them.