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Shimano makes major updates and upgrades throughout their reel lineup (continued)
 

Moving on from baitcasting Shimano updates every reel from the Symetre down to the Solstace. The Symetre FJ is now designed with SR concept and benefits from "propulsion line management" which includes the tapered spool lip, a SR one piece bail wire, Power Roller III, S-Arm cam, and a redesigned bail trip.

 


Positioned right below the Saros the Symetre is now loaded with premium features including S Concept and Propulsion design

 

In addition the reel will feature slow oscillation for improved line lay. The reel features an aluminum frame on the 500 and 1000 size and a graphite sideplate and rotor. The spool is cold forged, and the handle is machined aluminum. the reel maintains it's greenish tinted finish.

 


A look at the new Propulsion spool

 

Family Model Number Line Retrieve  per Crank (in.)   Max Drag (lbs.) S A-RB Ball Bearings Roller Bearings Gear Ratio Weight (oz.) MSRP
Line Capacity (# test/yd)
Symetre FJ SY500FJ 21 2/190, 4/100, 6/60 4.0 4 1 4.7:1 6.0 $99.99
  SY1000FJ 28 2/270, 4/140, 6/110 7.0 4 1 5.6:1 7.1 $99.99
  SY2500FJ 35 6/200, 8/140, 10/120 11.0 4 1 6.2:1 10.1 $99.99
  SY3000FJ 35 6/230, 8/170, 10/140 15.0 4 1 6.2:1 9.9 $99.99
  SY4000FJ 37 8/240, 10/200, 12/160 15.0 4 1 5.7:1 14.1 $99.99

 


The SY500FJ will make a good ultralight reel for under 100 dollars

 

The Sahara FD bears similar specs to the Symetre but is priced 20 dollars less and is stripped of one S A-RB bearing. The Sahara FD doesn't have all of the SR Concept features but it does make use of the propulsion line management system. 

 


The Sahara is next in line and also features a Propulsion spool

 


The Sahara has a cold forged spool aluminum frame and graphite sideplate and rotor

 

Family Model Number Line Retrieve  per Crank (in.)   Max Drag (lbs.) S A-RB Ball Bearings Roller Bearings Gear Ratio Weight (oz.) MSRP
Line Capacity (# test/yd)
Sahara FD SH500FD 21 2/190, 4/100, 6/60 4.0 3 1 4.7:1 5.9 $79.99
  SH1000FD 28 2/270, 4/140, 6/110 7.0 3 1 5.6:1 6.9 $79.99
  SH2500FD 35 6/200, 8/140, 10/120 11.0 3 1 6.2:1 9.9 $79.99
  SH3000FD 35 6/230, 8/170, 10/140 15.0 3 1 6.2:1 9.7 $79.99
  SH4000FD 37 8/240, 10/200, 12/160 15.0 3 1 5.7:1 13.9 $79.99

 


A orange reel from Shimano? The new Sonora FB will retail for $49.99

 


The Sonora FB may be mainstream but it too features Propulsion line management, and is a relatively lightweight reel

 

The Spirex, Sedona, Sonora, and Solstace have also all been redesigned with similar enhancements. The new look modernized the appearance of all reels, and they do feel more fluid than the previous reels in feel. On lower cost reels one of the easiest things to blow out first is the clicker, and on all spinning reels including the 39 dollar Solstace Shimano has now implemented their repairable clicker which can be serviced easily by authorized service centers as well as more savvy consumers.

 


The Solstace will retail for only $39.99 and features a graphite construction, though you would never tell by holding it

 


It too features propulsion line management and s-concept design, not bad for a reel under 40 dollars

 

A New Stella and smaller Tyrnos are born

 

 

   

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