Note - I currently own 10 Nrx's and think they are fantastic. I love the light weight and am a sensitivity whore.
Weight: The Conquest feels lighter than the NRX and not by a little. I didn't weight them on purpose but no question that the Conquest is better balanced and is more nimble of the two. By way of feel, the 904c feels in the hand about halfway between a NRX893c and NRX894c.
Casting: This is where the Conquest shines. I love the Torzite guides. You better have a Full spool on a Metanium to throw a 1 oz hair jig. This rod also loads up really well casting 1/2 to 1 oz baits. Much better than the 894c.
Speed: The 894c is definitely and extra fast rod. Not sure I would even call the 904 a fast action. I would go with "almost fast" or extra medium.
Sensitivity: NRX wins this and it's not close. That's right, not close. When stroking a hair jig or popping a football jig the feel of the jig hitting a rocky bottom is WAY more noticeable on the NRX. With the Conquest it is a subtle, mushy thud that was often not detected on the end of a cast. Bottom composition is much more apparent on the NRX. On a fish strike the difference is the same. Big winner here for the NRX.
Hookset: The NRX with its much faster action pays dividends here - if you want it. For me, in deep water with lots of line out and a big single hook, I want it.
Power: I caught a 5-9 and a 5-13 on each and I can tell you that the 894 has a lot more backbone and you get to it much quicker than the Conquest. I could tell no difference on rod twist or whatever Shimano claims the spiral wrap helps with. Not sure where the "extra power" of the Conquest was, but I could not find it.
One last note, I didn't try it but I think that the 904c might be a GREAT big cranking rod.
That is too bad and I wonder how many will try to justify them having better feel because of what they paid for them?
I know for me a NRX is really all I need. As a matter of fact my GLX MBR 844 doesn't miss much of a beat when it comes to jig fishing and I get the same full cork handle as the Conquest and sharp but subtle blank, guides, and cosmetics.
Also caught one just under 10 a month ago during FLW practice with the 904 throwing an A Rig, very versatile.
Also caught multiple 2-4's last weekend at Clear Lake pitching a t-rigged craw around docks and grass. Super sensitive. I like it way better than my 894's. Personal preference.
it has been a long time now, but I think the TT reveiw or preview of the conquest concluded it was not more sensitive; just different. Did I dream that?
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I agree. Once the rod is loaded up, the Conquest has more power, it just loads further into the blank.cndbasshunter wrote:I found d the 904 more powerful than 894.
With regard to sensitivity, I don't find the difference between the 894 and 904 to be as wide a gap as the OP. Yes, the NRX is a bit more crisp, but I don't feel like the Conquest is going to cause me to miss bites due to a lack of sensitivity! Overall, the Conquest rods may not be quite on the level of NRX in terms of sensitivity, but they are very sensitive, light, and extremely versatile - further, they seem to be as tough as nails from my experience so far.
They're both great rods with their own pros and cons. I'm glad to have both of them