New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby arrowslinger1 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:06 pm

Any info in what changes were made to the aldebaran?
Did it get an extra bearing?
Must buy all jdm shimanos.....

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby DirtyD64 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:35 pm

Ok so now I am even more confused. The Bantam MGL is now listed on TackleWarehouse and Tackle Trap, but listed as having 8 bearings. Not a big deal, just cannot figure out why I have been told 9 then 8. I just want to know, I guess it is an OCD thing wanting a reel to have dual pinion and main gear support...

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby Big-Bass » Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:05 pm

Hey Dirty,

Buy the reel when it comes out and try it...didn't you do this with the SV103 reels and then missed out (settling with a Zillion and Chronarch MGL...not that there is anything wrong with them :D ). I plan on getting one or more to compliment my SV103 reels. All aluminum quality reels from both Shimano and Daiwa. If they are as good as they seem on the specs...they could end up being pretty legendary.

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby DirtyD64 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:01 pm

Big-Bass wrote:Hey Dirty,

Buy the reel when it comes out and try it...didn't you do this with the SV103 reels and then missed out (settling with a Zillion and Chronarch MGL...not that there is anything wrong with them :D ). I plan on getting one or more to compliment my SV103 reels. All aluminum quality reels from both Shimano and Daiwa. If they are as good as they seem on the specs...they could end up being pretty legendary.


Yep you caught me. I get overly picky about reels and do this at times. I've found a few SV103 reels used though and might go for them if waiting to long on the Bantam.

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby Big-Bass » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:41 pm

DirtyD64 wrote:
Big-Bass wrote:Hey Dirty,

Buy the reel when it comes out and try it...didn't you do this with the SV103 reels and then missed out (settling with a Zillion and Chronarch MGL...not that there is anything wrong with them :D ). I plan on getting one or more to compliment my SV103 reels. All aluminum quality reels from both Shimano and Daiwa. If they are as good as they seem on the specs...they could end up being pretty legendary.


Yep you caught me. I get overly picky about reels and do this at times. I've found a few SV103 reels used though and might go for them if waiting to long on the Bantam.


I'm like you in many ways...I am OCD about stuff too and can say that I am thoroughly awaiting the Bantam reels and love my SV103's. Enjoy the weekend!

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby Bantam1 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:30 am

As promised I finally received the material info that some of you asked for.

The new Stella has a Magnesium body and an aluminum rotor. The rotor design is similar to the Stradic CI4+ with the reduction in weight and improved balance. It still has reduced start up inertia like the Magnumlite rotors, but it isn't as light since they are not made of CI4+ material. The new roller bearing reduces friction quite a bit, so it balances out with the slightly heavier rotor for a lighter rotation.

There are some other improvements as well. The rotor has a special shape to prevent loose line from getting under the spool. A new line roller design to reduce the amount of water that can get into the bearing. Titanium one piece nail wire, water/corrosion resistance design, etc.

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby nolegsinmiami » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:37 am

Will both the Stella FJ and the Bantam MGL be saltwater safe?

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby Bantam1 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:01 am

Yes but like with any reel used in saltwater it must be maintained properly.

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby DirtyD64 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:16 pm

Bantam1 wrote:Yes but like with any reel used in saltwater it must be maintained properly.


So excited to see this reel, been counting down days and I'm not even sure what I'm counting down to... saw a schematic on youtube (JDM) and from what it looked like the reel had 2 bearings on the main shaft (with a roller bearing too), just hoping the US site got it wrong and it's a 9 bearing system.

In all honesty though, Curado70 reels don't have any issues? Nor do the Aldebaran's and they only have single bearing mainshaft support...

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby Bantam1 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:16 am

There are 9 bearings.

X-Ship: 2
Handle paddles have 1 each: 2
Roller bearing: 1
Bearing on top of the roller bearing: 1
Drive shaft bearing: 1
Spool bearings: 2

2+2+1+1+1+2= 9 using my inferior math skills

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby goldrod » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:37 am

I want one.
just on gp
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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby QUAKEnSHAKE » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:56 am

Bantam1 wrote:There are 9 bearings.

X-Ship: 2
Handle paddles have 1 each: 2
Roller bearing: 1
Bearing on top of the roller bearing: 1
Drive shaft bearing: 1
Spool bearings: 2

2+2+1+1+1+2= 9 using my inferior math skills


... waiting for the incessant :-({|= whining :-({|= to start :roll:

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby DirtyD64 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:34 am

Perfect, same as Chronarch MGL, or same as Curado K +2 knob bearings. Just couldn't figure out why all US sites had them listed as 7+1.

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby BRONZEBACK32 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:07 am

Only 9 bearings....

I wanted at least 18 bearings :crying:

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Re: New 2018 Stella FJ and Bantam MGL

Postby Bantam1 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:43 pm

18 bearings, quick change gear ratios, ambidextrous reeling, 2 gram spool that can hold either 40 yards of 5# or 200 yards of 20 with the push of a button, weighs less than 4 ounces with 40# of max drag and fits into a small or extra large hand.


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