This material is a mixture of polyamide and carbon, a flagship technology that has been brought over from the side of the company charged with developing and manufacturing high-performance bicycles. It has similar properties to magnesium, being both lightweight and ultra-tough, but (and here’s the best bit) it’s far cheaper. This cost saving in the initial stage of the reel’s production is passed on to you. The looks and finish have not been rushed or overlooked, with a classy appearance and superb build quality.
On top of the flagship technology and design you’ll find many of the features now synonymous with top-end Shimano reels, including a Baitrunner Spool II,
AR-C, cold-forged spool, excellent line lay, 11 bearings that enable a silky smooth operation and more. What you get as an end user, therefore, is a serious big-pit reel that boasts all the properties and performance you expect, but with a wallet-friendly price tag.
|At A Glance
• Uses Shimano’s patented Ci4 material
• 15 per cent lighter than a ‘standard’ Ultegra reel
• Baitrunner Spool II
• Supplied with a spare spool
• A larger version of the popular Ultegra Ci45500XT-A reel
• Cold-forged spool
• Sleek looks and excellent finish
WHAT’S THE COST?