Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby Ovidiu-Andrei » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:18 pm

For 70$ more they've asked for the Bantam vs Chronorach they could at least put 1 bearing more, not take one from one place and put in another place...

Can the Chronarch be tuned with a bearing on the spool like the Bantam?

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby chreim20 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:11 pm

Ovidiu-Andrei wrote:For 70$ more they've asked for the Bantam vs Chronorach they could at least put 1 bearing more, not take one from one place and put in another place...

Can the Chronarch be tuned with a bearing on the spool like the Bantam?


The way the frame is constructed on the new Chronarch, it looks like their would be a bearing on the spool shaft, but their isn't. I'm not sure if you can tune it or not, my guess would be no.

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby DirtyD64 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:04 am

It's a no for sure after checking the Chronarch MGL schematic. I am sure with major work anything can be done, but the previous post comparing it to Daiwa's free floating design is a good way to explain it. On the Chronarch, there is a bearing on the brake side of the spool and then I think it rides on the tension knob bearing, while the 2 middle bearings support the pinion. On the Bantam MGL, the two spool bearings support the spool and the outside two (handle side obviously) support the pinion. I am not sure about that 100% on the Bantam, but the location sure makes it seem that way.

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby wilddog66 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:45 am

According to the schematic, the spool and pinion bearing layout is identical to other Shimano “silent tune” reels, the Aldebaran and Met MGL.

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby chreim20 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:13 pm

Hey guys, I did a small first impressions write up if anyone cares to read it. I've got some pictures included as well. Here is the link: viewtopic.php?f=47&t=77863

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby timinmo » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:34 am

Thanks for the review. Sounds like a great reel. Time will tell. I'm in line.

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby arrowslinger1 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:11 am

Ordered mine last night, they finally posted an HG up on ebay!!! Should be here next week, can't wait.
Must buy all jdm shimanos.....

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby Buck2thPerch » Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:48 pm

You guys are soooooo OCD!!!!

Wait, i am too. :doh:
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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby Ovidiu-Andrei » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:52 am

Check this review on the video...
I dont think that the Bantam is better that the Chronarch...there are some minuses I think for the Bantam.

https://youtu.be/qL0WH8qOHOk

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby y2k88 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:28 am

Ovidiu-Andrei wrote:Check this review on the video...
I dont think that the Bantam is better that the Chronarch...there are some minuses I think for the Bantam.

https://youtu.be/qL0WH8qOHOk

For those who don't want to watch a 28 min video.
To cut to the chase

plastic drag star
cast control doesn't click
line guide close to the spool

Desktop analysis. No on the water experience.

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby Ovidiu-Andrei » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:45 am

To many minuses for a 350$ reel in 2018...not to mention that the spool doesnt click when the fish is pulling...for me is unacceptable for a 2018 reel. Many Daiwa has all the stuff that clicks. This is the beauty of fishing...

Test on the water?!? Come on...it will cast just like a Met MGL or Chronarch MGL...

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby Hulkster » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:12 am

hang on, plastic drag star?

even the $179 curados have metal drag stars

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby johnD » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:53 am

I heard shimano has another reel coming out , soon. Just hold on to your wallets boys. ;)

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby reason162 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:15 pm

y2k88 wrote:Desktop analysis. No on the water experience.


Not much of an analysis, desktop or otherwise. I'll wait for a more thorough review.

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Re: Bantam MGL Who has their hands on one?

Postby johnD » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:22 pm

reason162 wrote:
y2k88 wrote:Desktop analysis. No on the water experience.


Not much of an analysis, desktop or otherwise. I'll wait for a more thorough review.


I have yet to see him tear one down and go thru it...must not be mechanically inclined.


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