A brand new reel with a brand new taste... The Quantum
Total Score: 9.16 + Editor's Choice Award!
asked for it, they listened, and now it has been released. The Quantum team has put much dedication and hard work into a brand
new ultra-stylish and high performing spinning reel. This lead to the
birth of Quantum's Catalyst PTi that sports many innovative designs that not
only will improve your fishing experience, but will also prolong the life of
PTi (CT20PTi) Specifications
||TiMAG II system, MaxCast Longstroke aluminum spool, spare aluminum spool, Ceramic
Magnum drag system, Low-friction Continuous Anti-Reverse II, Hot Sauce,
TRU-Balance, Oversized Twist-Reducer line roller, soft contoured handle
Impressions: When you pick up the Quantum
Catalyst PTi reel you will be amazed on how well this spinning reel was
designed. That's how I felt when I first received and analyzed the
Quantum Catalyst PTi is stylish, has a solid construction, and sports innovative
a quick visual inspection this Performance Tuned(PT) reel has noticeable unique
features. First is the thin bail wire. Wait! It's not a
bail. The new Quantum PT spinning reels utilize their latest and the
industry's only Nickel Titanium bail, which is part of Quantum's TiMAG II bail
system, plus a magnetic bail return that triggers everytime for soft easy bail
returns. The Catalyst
PTi uses an all metal construction with a ThinLine body design made from a
single piece of aluminum that's compact and lightweight. The solid
aluminum frame is integrated with a side cover that does not have any screws on
the exterior wall. To add a final touch to this truly piece of art work
the frame uses a special vacuum deposition finish that's scratch and corrosion
resistant and gives the Catalyst PTi an awesome slick appearance.
TiMAG II System: Want a bail wire and return mechanism that won't
fail? Quantum developed the TiMAG II system that is very reliable. The TiMAG II system consists of the industry's only revolutionary
titanium bail that's durable and elastic plus a bail return system that uses
magnets instead of springs.
TiMAG II bail system uses a Nickel-Titanium alloy bail and a magnetic bail
return mechanism that's flawless
TiMAG II bail is created from Nickel Titanium. When this strong and
flexible titanium is bent it bounces right back into its original form.
This means that the bail will never be twisted out of shape and the reel will
always be balanced. Other benefits from using a Nickel Titanium bail is
that it's thinner, lighter, and corrosion proof.
as we all know, have a tendency to fail over time, especially under heavy
usage. That's not a problem to Quantum's TiMAG II bail return mechanism
that uses magnets because each time the polarity applies the equal amount of
force to make the bail snap back into position. These magnets will not
polarity, stretch, or wear out.
TiMAG II system is so reliable that it's backed by a Lifetime Warranty.
TRU-Balance Design: TRU-Balance
is a computer designed system that virtually eliminates wobble and vibrations
when retrieving. Computer designed offset rotor arms are used to
counteract the bail's inertia to allow maximum smoothness during your retrieves.
Complete Rig for
Catalyst PTi Tests
Croix Legend Elite (ES66MF)|
||Quantum Catalyst PTi (CT20PTi)|
& 8lb Trilene
Field Tests: As always, we like to match up the
tackle that fits and feels best together for the tests. After the
combination has been paired we took the Quantum Catalyst PTi and the comparable
competitors out to local lakes for some action from different species of fish
ranging from largemouth bass to hard hitting trout, and even small sized stripers
that really gave the Catalyst PTi a great workout. Here are the results in
each of the categories below.
Casting: Since the Catalyst PTi comes with a free aluminum
spool, changing lines for different types of fish was made simple. With
both 4lb. test and 8lb. test line rigged with the appropriate lures, casting was
outstanding! Casting light spinners for trout or heavier lures for bass,
the Quantum Catalyst PTi out-performed its competition on both distance and
accuracy. This is mainly due to Quantum's MaxCast Longstroke aluminum
spool that is wider in diameter and has a smooth lip, plus the way the line was
previously retrieved onto the spool - less twisted line equals further casting
Longstroke aluminum spool and lip design are just two of the many features that
make casting long distances possible
Retrieving: The Quantum Catalyst PTi is a great looking
reel, but appearance isn't everything. What's inside counts too. The
guts of the CT20PTi is what really make this reel a winner in the retrieving category.
the Catalyst PTi is extremely smooth. This is due to the fact that it
contains 8 polymer-stainless hybrid bearings, and along with Quantum's Hot Sauce
and their specially engineered brass alloy gears make the Catalyst PTi silky smooth.
We noticed a tiny amount of backplay in the handle but it is so minor that it
will not affect sets or your fishing experience for that matter.
ThinLine aluminum frame design. Also notice that there aren't any screws
on the side cover
the power of this Performance Tuned spinning reel is quite muscular. The
brass alloy gears not only improve the smoothness but also gives the Catalyst PTi cranking power. The brass alloy was designed to be tougher, precise,
reduce distortion, and much more. In addition the one piece ThinLine
aluminum body and side cover is so solid that when you are retrieving under
heavy load there is absolutely no flex in the reel's frame.
The Drag: When using light tackle for larger fish a high
quality drag system is a must. The Catalyst PTi ran through a series of
natural tests given my Largemouth Bass, stocked Trout, and aggressive
Stripers. Two words that define the drag system... Precise and Smooth! Quantum's
Ceramic Magnum drag system sandwiches the spool between Teflon and stainless
steel discs to obtain absolute stopping power. Also the spool rotates on
the Teflon bushing that keeps the drag smooth and consistent when the fish
decides to make a run for it. The ceramic drag system is also tougher and
dissipates heat better than normal drag washers being used in other reels.
The ability to finely adjust the drag in the smallest increments is a big plus!
Bail: How durable is the TiMAG II bail? Titanium wire is
widely used in everyday products such as prescription glasses frames to medical
applications such as surgical components to the aerospace industry because
Titanium is lightweight, easy to machine, flexible, and it's extremely
durable. You can bend Titanium and it will bounce right back into it's
Titanium alloy bail wire that's lightweight, flexible, and durable
Titanium can be brittle, but when it's combined with other metals the compound
formed is stronger than ever. Quantum's choice of alloy is Nickel
Titanium. This Titanium alloy provides all the benefits and
characteristics as described in the previous paragraph. The Nickel
Titanium bail on the Catalyst PTi is tough, lightweight, and flexible. No
matter how gentle you are with your fishing tackle or if you are the type who
drops your gear for another, using the Catalyst PTi that employs the Nickel
Titanium bail will allow you to fish without the worry of breaking or bending
Quantum's products are warranted for one year from the date of purchase against
defects in workmanship or materials.
great benefit to owning a Quantum product is that they provide their users with
a "48 Hour Warranty Service" because their objective is to keep everyone
fishing. Two advantages to this service: 1) Quantum will either repair or
replace your product in 48 hours and ship it back to you with a free hat, 2) the
warranty on the product being sent back to you will again have a 1 year warranty
period from the date sent. Thus your reel will have a full warranty just
like it's new.
further add value to Quantum's Catalyst PTi, the TiMAG II system is backed by a
Quantum Catalyst PTi
ThinLine body design allows zero flex, flawless TiMAG II bail system, the
other Performance Tuned features, and the all metal construction make this
reel very durable and long lasting
performance! This reel excels in all the categories
price for a durable reel that's designed to out-perform it's competitors
good features that enhance the reel, plus a FREE additional aluminum
spool, not graphite
to be as light as possible and the soft contour rubber handle knob allows
you to fish an entire day with minimal fatigue
reel that has many strengths that allow it to be used for different types
Pluses and Minuses:
Tiny amount of back-play|
Flawless bail system
Performance Tuned parts
Conclusion: When holding the Catalyst
PTi in your hands it gives you a gentle soft feeling but it's actually an
aggressive performer when battling fish of all different sizes. The slick
and solid construction of the Performance Tuned spinning reel by Quantum is a
true winner. The addition of an innovative failure-proof bail system adds
a great deal of value to the Catalyst PTi in terms of performance and overall durability.
The direct result from the many hours of design,
rework, and tweaking produced a super smooth and powerful reel that's pleasurable
in your hands. The Quantum Catalyst PTi is a superb reel that has a good
combination of performance, features, price, and high quality
construction. The test results were so good that we awarded the Catalyst
PTi TackleTour's Editor's Choice Award for being an outstanding product!