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Reel Review


Energy to Burn: Quantum Energy E100 SPTA (continued)

Brakes: The Energy is set up with a dual braking system using external Dynamag and internal ACS cast controls. Removing the side plate reveals a dial on the side of the spool with numbers 1–6. While holding the spool firmly, the dial turns and clicks into any of the numbered places. The higher the number chosen, the more resistance is applied during the cast. Externally, the Dynamag dial allows for a multitude of settings which adjusts five small magnets for additional fine-tuning.


For me, the reel spent the most time on a 1–3 setting on the internal dial, with the external dial fine-tuning the casts on a 4 or 5.

Performance Ratings for  Quantum E100 SPTA Casting Reel

 
Retrieve (1-5)


Drag
(1-5)


Power
(1-5)


Casting  Range
(1-5)
 


Brakes
(1-5)

 
Total

 
Possible


Rating
(= Tot/Pos* 10)

4

3

4

4

5

20

25

8.0


Each handle knob contains two bearings.

Features: The Energy E100 SPTA includes a host of features like a machined aluminum frame, handle-side cover, and spool; aluminum main gear and drive shaft, flipping switch, and dual cast controls. Also, all dials click with a pleasant feel and tone. There is no oil or reel cover included.

Features Ratings for Quantum E100 SPTA Casting Reel


External Brake Adjust
(1-2)


Levelwind
Bearing
(1-2)

 
Knob
Bearings(1-3)

 
Micro
Clicks (1-3)


Reel Cover (1-2)


Oil (1-2)


Total

  
Possible


Rating (=Tot/Pos* 10)

2

2

3

3

1

1

12

14

8.57

Design and Ergonomics: At 80 millimeters, the handle length is okay but is still on the shorter side compared to many competitors. The knobs are firm gray foam with “PT” imprinted on both sides. These knobs not only feel extremely comfortable, but they are an excellent width and size, too. Weighing in at seven ounces in our lab, this reel comes in weighing less than popular offerings like the new Shimano Curado and Daiwa Tatula. It also palms very well thanks to the low profile, compact size, and smooth outer contours.


Despite the chubby side plate, the reel palms great.

The release for the outer side plate is a bit hard to use. There's a small button by the thumb bar that must be depressed, then the side plate can swing open. I found this setup a bit awkward and not super user-friendly to operate. A flipping switch is located near the cast control knob on the handle side. Clicking the switch into “flip” mode allows the reel to automatically engage by simply taking your finger off the thumb bar. Despite only using it a few times, it works well but took some getting used to for me. It takes a fair amount of pressure to hold it down, and if you accidentally let up just a little bit the reel will go ahead and engage when you don't want it to.

Design and Ergonomics Ratings for Quantum E100 SPTA Casting Reel


Handle Length(1-5)


Knobs(1-5)


Palming (1-5)


Overall Weight (1-5)


Ease of Breakdown (1-5)
 


Total

 
Possible


Rating (=Tot/Pos *10)

3

5

5

4

3

20

25

8.0

Price & Application: Carrying a price of $159.99, the Energy reels face some downright serious competition. The 13 Fishing Concept A, Shimano Curado 200 I, and Daiwa Tatula (to name just a few) are all right in the neighborhood. While the Quantum certainly boasts some nice features and performance, so do these and many others!


A head-on view....

This Quantum is a solid choice as an all-around bass reel. It's capable of handling a variety of lure weights and styles, and the drag will do a decent job of protecting lighter lines and keeping small trebles pinned.

Application Ratings for Quantum E100 SPTA Casting Reel


Horizontal (1-5)


Vertical(1-5)


Finesse(1-5)


Big Baits (1-5)
 


Topwater (1-5)


Total


Possible


Rating (=Tot/Pos *10)

5

5

3

3

5

21

25

8.4


I never quite got used to the flipping switch, but with more time I'm sure using it would feel much more natural.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Quantum E100 SPTA Casting Reel Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A well-made reel with a nice finish and tolerances despite all of the angles and curves. 9.0
Performance It's a smooth reel that can handle certain unweighted plastics just fine. The drag is not as powerful or refined as some competitors. 8.0
Price The pricing is very fair for the offering, but the reel may get overshadowed by others at its price point. 7.0
Features The flipping switch and dual casting brakes are two of the more interesting features. 8.57
Design (Ergonomics) A very comfortable reel both in terms of form and weight. 8.0
Application The E100 SPTA is very capable of general bass duties. 8.4

Total Score

8.16
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Well made - Drag not entirely refined
+ Comfortable form factor - Awkward side plate release
+ Satisfying performance - No low-geared models
+ Dual brake controls  
+ Modest price  



A beautiful bass on a beautiful Northern California spring day succumbs to the Quantum Energy PT

 

Conclusion: In both the rod and reel market, the sheer number of solid choices for less than two-hundred dollars is truly staggering. While the population of mid-priced reels is extremely high, it can make for a challenging, yet fun experience. Challenging because many of these reels are sweet both in terms of looks and performance, thus making choosing one a bit tough. Fun, because let's face it, who doesn't like shopping for fishing tackle amidst such variety? It's definitely an amazing time to be a tackle enthusiast!

 

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