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Shimano SLX
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:41:26 AM »

Just watched a video on this reel while having my morning breakfast. It looks pretty good in the $100 mark, and the size is rather impressive. Low bearing count, but I believe there is plenty of "room" for my tuner habit. Anybody order one yet? Anyone used one yet? Thoughts?

I am asking because I was a ble to take Daiwas Fuego CT and make it perform like a $300 reel, so Im intrigued to do the same with the SLX.

In the video he took spool weight, compared size to the Curado 70 and Casitas,  and showed the features of the brakes. Im highly thinking of picking one up to play around with. I kinda like the blue accents.



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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2018, 10:55:15 AM »

I came across it the other day and spent some time looking at it. Didn't see the video yet. But at the price, the spool capacity and 8:1 retrieve, I was thinking it could be a good frog fishing platform that I can trash through the year and rebuild each season.

I have burnt my Mentanium in 18 months. It needs new gears and bearings bad.  :surrender: If I have to go through replacements versus just cleanings every year, I may as well look for a cheaper platform.
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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2018, 10:58:38 AM »

I came across it the other day and spent some time looking at it. Didn't see the video yet. But at the price, the spool capacity and 8:1 retrieve, I was thinking it could be a good frog fishing platform that I can trash through the year and rebuild each season.

I have burnt my Mentanium in 18 months. It needs new gears and bearings bad.  :surrender: If I have to go through replacements versus just cleanings every year, I may as well look for a cheaper platform.

Yeah, I knew that was gonna happen with Mets, those gears are weak. One of the reasons I built the Citica I for Lou was the cost, and for frog fishing is a killer reel. This SLX seems like it would be a good contender for what you said about frog fishing. Hmm, Wife needed an idea for my Birthday gift... I am in the process of finding out what the levelwind and pawl materials are.
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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2018, 11:48:23 AM »

I'll bet it is the new stuff. I personally haven't had a problem with the gear, nor have I had a single customer have issues with it.
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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2018, 12:42:29 PM »

Metal pawl, plastic levelwind shaft.
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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2018, 01:15:53 PM »

Metal pawl, plastic levelwind shaft.

So is that a no go for you? I know your opinion on the levelwind being space age plastic :surrender:
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2018, 01:59:20 PM »

So is that a no go for you? I know your opinion on the levelwind being space age plastic :surrender:

For a reel thats $100, Im not gonna be as picky. Now, when you wanna do that garbage in a reel thats $200 and up, then I get a bit pissed.  lo

Im sure I can get the reel for a good deal under MSRP, I just have to be patient.  ~rant
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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2018, 02:24:11 PM »

I hear ya about money and materials.

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2018, 02:35:00 PM »

I hear ya about money and materials.

Yeah, just makes no sense. Im just still boggled why they would use a metal pawl if they are using a plastic levelwind? They should have stuck to using the plastic pawl with the plastic levelwind.  ~b~
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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2018, 09:31:18 PM »

Plastic and metal don't make sense to me either. But they test, retest and field staff test this stuff so I have faith. Besides, I don't keep reels that long, well I still have several E models in service but the rest don't last a year or so before I resale. I imagine you could move it quick if it didn't work for ya.
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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2018, 08:40:29 AM »

Just got confirmation on a few other things with this reel. There is no dual bearing support on the pinion, nor is there micro module gearing. Its got Super Free, and a VBS system. So basically, its like an E series with updated looks, and brakes. Im wondering how that is going to work with sales, as you can get the Citica I all day for $100 off ebay. Looks like they may pull the plug on the Citica I , and maybe bring out a Citica based on the K. ?
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2018, 10:04:59 PM »

How do the specs compare to the Caenan? Only reason I ask is because I've got that older model Caenan that I've beaten the absolute hell out of, and it's been great for what I've put into it: $15, clean and lube, and some spray paint.

Really, if anyone put me through the hell I put that reel through, I'd just roll over and die. But it's still kickin.

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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2018, 09:20:35 AM »

This one should be interesting LMG I think we watched the same YTer "The Reel Test", he did a good job of breaking the reel down. I think it might be more solid then the Canen, as it has an aluminum frame with graphite side plates. Depending on what they charge for these north of the border, I might get ones of these add some new bearings over the pricier Tatula 3.0
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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2018, 09:24:20 AM »

This one should be interesting LMG I think we watched the same YTer "The Reel Test", he did a good job of breaking the reel down. I think it might be more solid then the Canen, as it has an aluminum frame with graphite side plates. Depending on what they charge for these north of the border, I might get ones of these add some new bearings over the pricier Tatula 3.0

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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2018, 11:21:02 AM »

This one should be interesting LMG I think we watched the same YTer "The Reel Test", he did a good job of breaking the reel down. I think it might be more solid then the Canen, as it has an aluminum frame with graphite side plates. Depending on what they charge for these north of the border, I might get ones of these add some new bearings over the pricier Tatula 3.0
So would you say it's about the same class as the Caenan but stronger?

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« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2018, 11:54:12 AM »

So would you say it's about the same class as the Caenan but stronger?

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Re: Shimano SLX
« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2018, 01:47:30 PM »

Looks like a decent reel. Whats the frame made of?
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« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2018, 01:57:58 PM »

Looks like a decent reel. Whats the frame made of?

Aluminum frame, graphite sideplates.
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« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2018, 02:45:20 PM »

Aluminum frame, graphite sideplates.

I see.
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« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2018, 02:52:20 PM »

Yes. And a bit "updated".

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But I'm also really digging this round Black Max I picked up a few months ago, so may sink some money into it instead with some upgraded bearings and handle.

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