New 2020 Shimano Metanium

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by falcon » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:31 pm

Heddonfrog wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:18 am
Shimano US video. Aaron Martens brings up a subtle but good point, which will go past most non-Bantam owners...”Its warmer” My hands freeze with my Bantam in cold weather, even with gloves

https://youtu.be/d-si3y2UXw4
Didn’t watch the vid but I bought 2 bantams for jigs and living up north I later thought to myself damn this thing will be cold early and late in the year.
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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by Hennessy » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:29 pm

Brass gears, DEFINITELY getting a 7 gear ratio for my 7’3mh poison adrena for chatterbaits/spinnerbaits. Possibly a 8 gear ratio, depending on how that gun metal finish looks on a green 893 nrx

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by Real Pudd legend » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:46 pm

Read my mind , on the 7’3 adrena will be a nice match.

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by IlliniDawg01 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:45 pm

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Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:13 am
When the Bantam came out, people complained that the line guide was too close to the spool, affecting casting distance. Looking at this new Metanium, looks like the line guide is much closer to the spool compared to the 16 Met MGL. Makes me wondering if this new Met will actually outperform our old Met mgls. Big praise for going to brass gears, but will it actually be an upgrade in performance? We'll see!
My concern as well. There is tons of space in the nose, move the line guide out near the front. Otherwise it looks like how I pictured the Daiwa Z1016 we have been clamoring for for years. I want...

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by shibby » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:36 pm

But the spool is narrower which results in smaller angles. I'm pretty confident that we will see a great performance...

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by LowRange » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:50 am

IlliniDawg01 wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:45 pm
chreim20 wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:13 am
When the Bantam came out, people complained that the line guide was too close to the spool, affecting casting distance. Looking at this new Metanium, looks like the line guide is much closer to the spool compared to the 16 Met MGL. Makes me wondering if this new Met will actually outperform our old Met mgls. Big praise for going to brass gears, but will it actually be an upgrade in performance? We'll see!
My concern as well. There is tons of space in the nose, move the line guide out near the front. Otherwise it looks like how I pictured the Daiwa Z1016 we have been clamoring for for years. I want...

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by Bantam1 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:18 am

When compared to the Bantam, the MET is a little longer and a little narrower. The line guide might be a little further forward based on what I could see having it in my hand. I didn't have a Bantam to compare side by side. Japan model will have a 70 size spool. The US model will have a 150 size spool (deeper).

You're all welcome for helping to push the brass gearing ;)

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by Bay_Bassin86 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:40 am

I wonder how the new Metanium will hold up in the salt. The old one had zero issues

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by GMAN » Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:47 am

Bantam1 wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:18 am
When compared to the Bantam, the MET is a little longer and a little narrower. The line guide might be a little further forward based on what I could see having it in my hand. I didn't have a Bantam to compare side by side. Japan model will have a 70 size spool. The US model will have a 150 size spool (deeper).

You're all welcome for helping to push the brass gearing ;)
Bantam..

How do you think frame dimensions compared to a Corado 70

Since the Curado 70 is discontinued, I don't know of any new 70 size reels for the US market to replace it as of yet, if ever?

I would get a JDM 70 Matanium to replace my Currado 70s

The Antares 70 A is more money than I want to spend per reel.. weighing in at 7.8 ounces... heavier than I would like.
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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by Somerdink » Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:58 am

This reel is going to be dynamite for sure. I didn't see any problems with casting on the bantam mgl what so ever. I just wish they would make the handle lengths all the same size though for every gear ratio.

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:55 pm

Somerdink wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:58 am
This reel is going to be dynamite for sure. I didn't see any problems with casting on the bantam mgl what so ever. I just wish they would make the handle lengths all the same size though for every gear ratio.
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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by Bantam1 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:29 am

GMAN wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:47 am

Bantam..

How do you think frame dimensions compared to a Corado 70

Since the Curado 70 is discontinued, I don't know of any new 70 size reels for the US market to replace it as of yet, if ever?

I would get a JDM 70 Matanium to replace my Currado 70s

The Antares 70 A is more money than I want to spend per reel.. weighing in at 7.8 ounces... heavier than I would like.
The Curado 70 is smaller in profile, but maybe the same width overall. I didn't do a side by side and I do not have specs for dimensions. It is based on the Bantam but with some slight changes as I described earlier. They both feel small in my hand. I wear a size large glove if that gives you a better idea of sizing.

New MET should be good to go in salt. Like any of our other reels, it still needs to be maintained when used in salt.

I'm pretty sure the XG will have the 95mm handle like the previous MET. I believe current Bantam handles are 84mm for all gear ratios. I would need to double check that next week when the engineer is back.

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by jmb27 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:14 am

Heddonfrog wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:04 am


He’s now a full Shimano/G Loomis Pro
So, has he given up the Enigma rods that he helped design? I'm aware that he's used Met reels for a number of years, but he got a bunch of $ to leave Megabass for the start up rod company. I haven't used or kept up with Enigma rods, so just curious...

EDIT: found an article that says just that...

https://michianaoutdoorsnews.com/gear/f ... -pro-staff

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by bwjay » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:25 am

Bantam1 wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:29 am
I'm pretty sure the XG will have the 95mm handle like the previous MET. I believe current Bantam handles are 84mm for all gear ratios. I would need to double check that next week when the engineer is back.
My XG Bantam handle is definitely longer than my HG. Pretty sure it is 90mm.

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Re: New 2020 Shimano Metanium

Post by Revofisher » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:08 am

yeah the bantam xg model on the bantam has a longer handle than the other gear ratios

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