13Fishing wrote:Keeping in mind the reel is designed for Inshore Saltwater and Freshwater Bass fishing. This reel was not intended for throwing 500+' in casting competitions....
So starting there with a 7-7.5' rod and a bait in a reasonable range of 1/2-1oz. If you would normally fish our Concept Series set on 2-3 active brake weights and a normal tension(1mm play or less on cast control cap)
The Concept Z will perform better set with 1 brake weight active and 1.5mm play on the cast control cap. The CZB material is easier to control the cast RPMs, its more predictable and more consistent than the ball bearing. This leads to being able to set it in a more free position when making casts.
This performance difference can be seen when pitching docks, or making specific accurate pitches and flips. Additionally the CZB will showcase controllable distance with less effort.
Everyone seems to think we are out to eliminate ball bearings, we aren't. Everyone seems to think we are saying that the CZB is better than a ball bearing, we aren't.
We are trying to change an ideology in the fishing business and to do that we had to make a bold statement with a ZERO BALL BEARING REEL. We definitely have done that. It is very clear to us that a fishing reel definitely can benefit from a high performance polymer material bearing. For specific purposes, for specific reel locations, and for specific applications an angler can use a CZB bearing and he/she can and will benefit from it. The Concept Z is the first taste of a new type of bearing, showcasing its traits.
I understand what you're saying 100%
I 100% agree with you in regards to the saltwater friendliness, how consistent they will cast from start to finish, and how not requiring lube means fishermen won't do more harm than good when lubing their bearings.
When the 3rd sentence on 13 fishing's website reads...."this reel cast significantly further than reels with traditional ball bearings"
And commercials put out by 13 have guys gushing and making claims of 20%.......ya gotta watch out.
It's flat out not true, what was that based on? The reason why this real got any attention in the first place was because of those claims. Not because you can pitch docks.
Then you have the youtube promoters which are flat out just bs'ing...that flukemaster comparison was a joke. Though I agree with him about the brake settings of 2 3 or 4 being more suitable than 1 for all around.
1 brake on was not a fun way to throw a jig or any lures other than just short range pitching.
I do have a few questions.
Can you see if the tolerances for the czb's are supposed to be tight or loose? As every one in my reel has fairly wide gaps. Much greater than that of ball bearings and their respective races.
When it says Japanese Hamai cut gearing. What is the country of origin for the gear set.
And....are these manufactured in factories owned by Okuma? It looks like some reels in the past shared quite a bit. I'm wanting to clear that up since I've been asked that quite a bit recently.