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Shimano announces upgrades for 2017 Ultegra reels


ULTEGRA reels have long been a cornerstone of the Shimano range, and in 2017, the Australian market will see the introduction of the Ultegra FB series of performance reels.

At the core of the Ultegra FB series sits the Hagane Gear, a cold forged piece of metal crafted for the ultimate in smoothness and longevity, while X-Ship provides robust gear engagement under heavy loads during the fight to ensure smooth operation.

To further enhance performance, 5+1 shielded A-RB bearings feature in all models ranging from 1000 through to the compact 5000. The drag output ranges from 3kg to 11kg, depending on the model.

Providing the Ultegra FB series with protection against saltwater penetration is the addition of Core Protect. A hydrophobic spray is applied to the roller clutch, the body and the line roller, forming an invisible protective barrier that will oppose water entry and prevent the onset of corrosion.

A rigid XGT-7 body forms the reels outer shell and provides the added strength and durability required to target hard fighting species.

To enhance angler comfort, G Free Body shifts the reel’s center of gravity closer to the rod, while the aluminum spool and improved rotor design reduces overall weight.

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