The Avid Triad slipper clutch represents the next generation in slipper clutch design. The Triad slipper utilizes 3 drive plates and 3 slipper pads to make a compact clutch that has better driving feel, lasts longer, and has a lower rotating inertia. A slipper clutch must balance three connected elements: torque, pressure, and friction. Avid has what we believe is a perfect balance in the Triad slipper.
The Triad slipper has been tested by World Champions and they agree that this clutch is the future. Avid plans to adapt the Triad design to as many popular models as possible. The first offering in the lineup will be a direct fit to the B4.1 B44.1 and TLR 22 families of cars and trucks.
With the advent of brushless and LiPo technology, 2 plate slipper clutches have been carried over from previous generation cars which were developed for use with brushed motors. The problem is that most 2 plate slipper clutches are pushed to the limit with todays brushless motors. Therefore, racers have to practically lock their standard 2 plate clutches to handle increased brushless power.
The clutch is over stressed and the power delivery is abrupt with the clutch acting like an on off switch. Racers are constantly checking their clutch only to find that is has locked up. The Triad slipper spreads out the stress over 3 drive plates and 4 drive surfaces compared to the current 2 surface 2 plate clutches supplied in most kits. The Avid team created a design which solves all of the problems racers are having with slipper clutches that melt and lock up.
The Avid Triad slipper will have 20% more torque capacity in a compact package with lower rotating inertia and no lock ups due to high pressure. On the other side of the coin, large diameter 3 plate clutches have their own set of issues, including excessive rotating weight and excessive torque capacity. Large 3 plate clutches in testing also have the problem of acting like an on off switch with abrupt power delivery.