More Bang for the Buck : The Shimano SLX DC Baitcaster Series

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More Bang for the Buck : The Shimano SLX DC Baitcaster Series

Post by Cal » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:53 pm

More Bang for the Buck : The Shimano SLX DC Baitcaster Series

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Introduction: Shimano continues to make their digital cast control (DC) technology available in more affordable reels, and for the first time has equipped their SLX series with the same I-DC4 cast control system first introduced in the Curado DC two years ago. The SLX DC Series marks the first time that a DC equipped reel has been available to US anglers under the 200 mark.

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Re: More Bang for the Buck : The Shimano SLX DC Baitcaster Series

Post by mark poulson » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:21 am

Cal,
Why do you think this reel only has 5 ball bearings? I know, many years ago, Shimano said their manuf. tolerances were so close that more ball bearings weren't needed, but they now have 11 bearings in their flagship reels, so what has changed?

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Re: More Bang for the Buck : The Shimano SLX DC Baitcaster Series

Post by Zander » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:47 pm

mark poulson wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:21 am
Cal,
Why do you think this reel only has 5 ball bearings? I know, many years ago, Shimano said their manuf. tolerances were so close that more ball bearings weren't needed, but they now have 11 bearings in their flagship reels, so what has changed?
Hi Mark,

I reviewed this particular reel and can help provide some additional color. It is a good question and there are a few reasons:

- Yes, reel tolerances have improved and value and mainstream reels have gotten better, as long as the frame material is rigid enough to keep everything in check, but this isn't the only reason

- Cost. In a mainstream reel cost is a high priority so less bearings, or more affordable bearings, plays into the build

- Positioning. The SLX Series, and SLX DC, is aimed at the mainstream and in the category manufacturers like Shimano are looking for an optimal balance of price/performance. Would use of more bearings improve the feel? Definitely. But this would also potentially cause more cannibalization of more expensive reels in the company's own portfolio, like the Curado DC

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Re: More Bang for the Buck : The Shimano SLX DC Baitcaster Series

Post by mark poulson » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:48 pm

Thanks Zander.
That makes perfect sense.

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