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  1. Yea, until we actually have the reel in our hands hard to say...The weight of the spool on the main shaft could be causing the "knock" (tick) that you are feeling in the cycle. Being at the top of the cycle the spool may just cause enough weight to give you some knock on the other end when it changes direction. Its a never ending battle for the makers and the users whenever you have an oscillation like this, even with worm drives.
  2. I think its beautiful machinery if you are fishing danny's. And stripers prefer many slow techniques it seems. If you are fishing poppers for Tuna, (or say, maybe skipping tin for Albies in the east coast fishery), not so much. But that's it right there. I need a fast reel that spins freely for my fishing interests. Get way too worn out fishing slow reels otherwise. The heavy sealing in a VS is one reason the reels use a slow gear ratio, to overcome the stiffness. It just doesn't work for me.
  3. I've gone both ways on this issue. Metal might be tougher (fall in rocks etc). But if designed right a graphite rotor is the least of my concerns as compared to the drive train and support. And who doesn't like a smexy Zaion rotor? Besides, falling in the rocks is against the rules with a Saltiga. You're supposed to take the hit yourself for the team.
  4. Yes, and I don't mean to give you a hard time as I'm sure it was more than a little inconvenient for you (glad Shimano came through). Cranking underwater is something that is a fool's errand in a fishing reel, imo, but that has a lot to do with regional fisheries too and the differences in lures and techniques. This is not to say that sealing is not a great idea for the regular guy, there are plenty of threats to reels from salt, sand and spray as it is...but the idea that something truly fun to fish can be sealed for cranking underwater is anathema to me. A VS/ZB is no fun to fish (too slow a retrieve and too stiff). This does not mean it is not the cat's meow for some users. But you are never going to get a light spinning and super "smooth" reel that is sealed to fish underwater for the foreseeable future, imo.
  5. This is shocking and surprising.
  6. Great reel. Keep it dry or it needs a service.
  7. Fact of the matter a graphite rotor turns over easier (lighter). If it meets strength and durability requirements for the rated drag there's nothing wrong with it. Metal body and side plate are far, far more significant for the toughness of the reel (and gears) in the long run, imo.
  8. I can't help but wonder if you seriously think that every single VS Made in China gets tested by some kind of scientific (repeatable and verifiable) protocol for waterproof sealing before it leaves the factory? Are you for real? LOL. Here's how the actual test goes: Experienced reel assembler after finishing gives a couple cranks to assess shimming of main and pinion. Feels good? Then, into the box it goes. That's it bro. This is manufacturing reality. lol each reel is tested for waterproofness. In fact, since the original design I bet not one reel has been tested.
  9. Its not a question of "inoperable" as in right after being in water will it stop working. Its a question of future harm to the inner workings of the reel from salt etc. A tiny amount of saltwater can cause serious trouble a week or more later. Also, true fact hosing a reel can work salt in further. So water resistance of any type is beneficial. I'm a grease monkey so think maintenance is the key, but seals of any type are probably better for the average guy by far.
  10. Access is an issue (mangroves), but (Pacific) is all Jacks all day, Snook if you can fish an estuary. Take some Roberts Rangers and a strong back for the Jacks. Caribe side, you need a boat to get away from the main population centers as they are hammered.
  11. Well, by the same logic they just as certainly don't think it is required in the SSVi otherwise it would be there, no? Regardless, I would contend the all metal body and side plate are doing the lion's share of the work (and the SSVi is the only reel in this class that offers them). Just my opinion. We would have to do a seriously rigorous side by side test in a lab to see which gave the greater contribution to gear alignment. Pretty sure the metal body and sideplate win this one under load versus the difference of about 1 cm in the position of a bearing that is still supported in metal v. plastic but until we see a scientific side by side we can only speculate. regards
  12. Welp, what I can only add to that is that it isn't that simple because you have to consider the whole design. Gear mis-alignment (the reason why we want pinion support) is more complicated that simply the position of the the bearings. It also has very much to do with the stiffness of the side plate and body (this is why despite some claims that a Spheros is as tough as a Stella it isn't, because a Stella still uses an all metal body and side plate which keep the gears better aligned). There are two sources of flex in the pinion, from the main shaft when the reel is loaded (ie fish on under high drag, small but it is there) and when cranking under load (main shaft, body and side plate flex, this of course is the major one). Keeping the gears better aligned with all metal body and side plate is very likely more significant than the position of the bearings in this case, imo. Maybe PENN will chime in on this one. regards
  13. Put on some hand protection and try driving the body into the opposite hand shooting for the pinion to go between 2 fingers.
  14. Just keep wiggling and it comes out. It definitely is a tight (good) fit on the ARB. So tight that you wonder if it comes out...then *pop* it does. I didn't photograph it because it didn't seem interesting as an assembly that I have taken so many pictures of before.
  15. PENN pinions in the Slammer III and Torque II are triple supported so that generality is how misinformation gets spread making blanket statements like that. Reels that are below them with smaller top only drag stacks are adequately dual supported, imo. I think the success of the Clash gear train is pretty indicative of that. Remember, there are 3 bearings in line that have to "deflect" under load: 2 BB and 1 ARB **and** the slot that the Main Shaft runs through to cause any sort of mis-alignment. Couple all of that with all metal bodies in the SSVi and Clash and most of the rest of PENN's line up and I would argue the body flexing in reels with plastic bodies is a far greater issue. For convenience sake (not having to take apart the SSVi again) this is the drive train of the older SSV for an example: I just don't see that pinion flexing much less with the bearing on the other side of the pinion, especially as compared to the difference gained by an all metal body and side plate where the real flex takes place.