Cuetec AVID Technology & Maintenance
Every player remembers their first cue. A first cue is a special experience for a billiards player, it solidifies a player’s commitment to the game, and to the pursuit of expanding and improving their skills as a player. At the onset, this relationship between a player and their first cue is special, but just as the name reflects, other cues are expected to follow. As a player’s skill and performance preferences become more defined, they ultimately excel beyond the limits of their initial equipment.
With this very common path to higher performing cues in mind, Cuetec engineers set out to completely re-define the entry-level, enthusiast cue market. heir solution was to create a platform that was feature-packed and performance-focused, allowing players the ability to grow and upgrade with their equipment. Players of every skill level could now recognize their full potential with little more than their “first cue.” Today that vision has joined with Cuetec’s more than thirty years of experience perfecting glass bonding technology, leading to the arrival of the all-new Cuetec AVID platform.
The AVID platform is far more dynamic than any singular engineering or performance attribute. From the AVID shaft’s laminated tip to its patent-pending low-deflection construction, to the all-new AVID Level-Line butt taper, each and every component of the AVID experience was created to exceed player expectations. With forward thinking features like the second generation Acueweight adjustment system and compatibility with the upcoming ultra-light Duo Smart Extension set, the AVID platform was designed for tomorrow.
AVID cues offer performance that exceeds those of cues costing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more.
GLASS COMPOSITE BONDED
Cuetec’s AVID shafts are constructed with multi-plies of glass composite bonded to A-grade kiln-dried hard maple. This advanced patent-pending construction and bonding process not only strengthens the AVID shaft, but also increasing the shaft’s dynamic stiffness while maintaining the feel and feed-back players require to grow and further develop their game. The .75mm bonded glass composite layers run the entire length of AVID the shaft, each layer is oriented to maximize performance and durability, the result of this layering is a shaft that exhibits the feel of wood, with the longevity and warp resistance of a composite.
AIR LIGHT FRONT-END CONSTRUCTION
Less weight means less deflection. Benefiting from their ultra-strong glass composite wood bonding construction, every AVID shaft features Cuetec’s Air Light front-end build. This construction allows the AVID shaft to be bored out more than 10 inches, creating an ultra-rigid cavity with far less mass, resulting in a more accurate and durable shaft.
THIN WHITE SIGHTING FERRULE
At only .375 inches long (9.53mm), the lightweight, thin white sighting ferrule on each AVID shaft not only aids in aim contrast and depth perception, but it also provides a more familiar and stable platform for tip maintenance and replacement over the life of the shaft.
LAMINATED TIGER® EVEREST TIP
Selected for its consistency and neutral hit attributes, each AVID shaft is paired with an Everest tip. Naturally cured for more than a year, each Everest tip is meticulously honed, utilizing a unique vacuum lamination process that ensures the elimination of air between the tip’s ten layers. The red wear indicator lets players know when it’s time to get their tip changed.
ACUEWEIGHT GENERATION II
Developed to further enhance each player’s ability to tailor their AVID cue to their game, the second generation Acueweight system utilizes a fused butt cap design allowing for more cavity space and the inclusion of spacers to move the balance point of the cue without adding weight or the need for costly proprietary tools.
DUO SMART EXTENSION READY
Engineered to work with future Cuetec products, every AVID cue arrives equipped with a DUO Extension set compatible bumper installed. The DUO Smart Extension set will be available in July 2021. Please note AVID cues do not work with the heavier, original Cuetec Smart Extension.
AVID CARE & MAINTENANCE
Maintaining the Cuetec AVID shaft’s finish.
Cuetec AVID shafts must never be sanded or modified. Using any abrasive on the surface of the shaft will damage the shaft’s finish and possibly weaken the shaft’s glass composite bonding layers and discharge potentially harmful materials that could be hazardous to your health. Any polishing, sanding or treatment of the surface of the shaft with abrasives or chemicals of any kind will void the shaft’s warranty.
Never use baby powder, hand chalk, talcum powder or other shaft treatments on a Cuetec AVID shaft.
To clean the surface of your Cuetec AVID shaft, you will need just a few materials; Isopropyl Alcohol (75% or higher) and two (2) clean and debris-free soft cloth towels.
Step 1. Remove any dust and debris by wiping the shaft with a soft clean cloth.
Step 2. Apply a reasonable amount of Isopropyl Alcohol (75% or higher) to a clean, soft cloth towel. Next, work the towel up and down the length of the shaft, while rotating your hand around its circumference. It is possible that dirt will be visible on the towel.
This is completely normal. Continue working the shaft with the same motion until all areas have been thoroughly wiped, then allow a few moments for the surface to dry.
Changing the tip on your Cuetec AVID Shaft.
Cuetec AVID shafts feature a light-weight white sighting ferrule. This inclusion to AVID shaft’s front-end construction allows for easier tip replacement over the life of the shaft. When changing the tip, it is important to clean and resurface the ferrule. The minimum height of the ferrule must be greater than 2mm to maintain the shaft’s warranty coverage.
* Always use a recognized and proven cuesmith. Never allow a cuesmith to sand or modify the shaft’s finish when installing a new tip.
Replacing the ferrule on your Cuetec AVID Shaft.
While unlikely, should the ferrule on your Cuetec AVID shaft ever need to be replaced, it must be done by an authorized Cuetec repair center. This is required due to the complex nature of the bonding agents used and to ensure that no damage is done to the shaft’s glass composite bonding layers. To locate an authorized repair center near you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adjusting an AVID Cue’s weight
Cuetec AVID cues utilize a cartridge based weight system. To adjust the weight of your cue. Remove the bumper using a 10mm hex wrench key. After the bumper has been removed, insert a Phillips head screwdriver into the butt, turning it to the left to remove any installed weights. Cuetec Acueweights are available in .25 .oz, .05 .oz, and 1.0 .oz, increments.
Cuetec AVID shafts are not engineered to tolerate considerable lateral pressure. They should never be flexed excessively, hit on other objects or treated with any abrasives, whether they are solid or liquid.
Cuetec AVID shaft diameters should never be modified. Any sanding, polishing or abrasive treatment could jeopardize the ultra-thin glass bonding surface layer.