The key to shrinking the size of the engine and control electronics is a proper reduction. Tangent's drive puts a near indestructible 20:1 reduction gearbox in less than 2 inches of length on the end of the highest quality components available. The results are undeniable.
Tangent's drive isn't just any cycloidal design. High speeds and high shock loads must be accounted for in a minimum volume while retaining outstanding efficiency. Our patented eccentric cage effectively creates a 60mm diameter shaft mounted between enormous 3000lb capable bearings- a very rigid environment for the eccentric gears to operate.
Quality bearings by SKF are used throughout. A large loading of NLGI grade 00 grease is now sealed inside and flows to all important locations through the patented channels in the eccentric and ring gears. Spinning a Tangent gearbox unloaded at our full 12,500RPM requires less than 200W.
Our second generation drive brings big changes to a proven design- every part has been redesigned from scratch. The unit uses gear teeth twice as large as previous while a special ring gear lowers pumping losses while improving lubrication flow by pushing fluid past the teeth and into channels surrounding the ring gear. The profile of the ring gear has been chosen to minimize sliding and maintain lubricant within the tooth's dedendum.
Intelligent design minimizes the number of pieces needed to fit virtually any frame. Different width BB's are accomodated with simple spacers and the appropriate BB spindle. Contact with your expensive frame is limited to the BB faces and downtube strap. The drive unit hardware can be installed and removed again in less than 10 minutes. The gold anodized heat sink covers our Castle Creations TalonHV and uses a layer of Chomerics T766 phase change material as the thermal interface.
The mighty Astro Flight 3220 is bonded directly to the heat sink with an advanced thermal adhesive. The engine is then sealed from the environment via o-ring cover. The 225kV wind leaps to life under 14s/52V and allows the TalonHV ESC to push extreme phase amps in any situation. A temperature probe is embedded in the windings to ensure the heat source is kept within check no matter how you abuse it.
All bearings, motor and gearbox, are accessible and replaceable. The unit is completely disassembled in 3 easy steps if ever needed.