Clutch Control Ring
XiU-rdi Clutch Components
Josep “Xiu” Serra operates XiU-rdi Engineering (a design consultancy in Spain). As I understand it, Xiu had a hand in much of the OSSA's design. Search “retrotrials.com the secret engineer.”
Xiu also sells aftermarket parts for several makes of trials bikes. I use his Kevlar clutch plates and Clutch Control Ring and like both very well. The Kevlar plates outlast OE by a factor of two or three. The Clutch Control Ring provides three adjustable spring preload settings to compensate for friction plate wear: standard, +0.1mm, and +0.2mm.
The thickness of the OSSA clutch pack is critical. A new clutch pack measures about 9.8mm. By the time it measures 9.5mm, the clutch slips constantly. Consistency of the thickness measurement around the pack is important. It should not vary more than 0.03mm anywhere – a smaller variation is better.
When the pack gets to around 9.65mm in thickness, I select position #2 on the control ring. This gives an additional 0.1mm of spring preload.
Although I have not yet needed it, when the pack gets to about 9.55mm, I will select position #3. This would give an additional 0.2mm of spring preload.
I had some problems with Xiu's first Kevlar pack being too thick (about 9.9mm) and had to use one of my OE fiber plates in the pack. In Xiu's system, one of the steel plates is 0.5mm thinner than OE. This allows his friction plates to be thicker.
The above was written specifically about my 2011 TR280i. I am no longer certain it is fully applicable to the later bikes. It is no wonder the OSSA clutch can be problematic - note the difference in step height (and resulting preload) for the three different control rings shown below. What Xiu calls the Clutch Control Ring, OSSA calls the “CLUTCH SPRING SUPPORT PLATE.” OSSA has two different part numbers for it: 2430020211 and 2430020214. I think there must be some variation in the clutch baskets as well based on how different clutch pack thicknesses respond in my various bikes.
XiU-rdi Clutch Control Ring installed
Variations in stock CLUTCH SPRING SUPPORT PLATE dimensions from my 3 bikes