What is Shimano S-R Concept?
Two years ago Shimano pushed the envelope in spinning refinement when they first
introduced S-Concept. Today S-Concept reels are not limited to the most
expensive offerings, and S-Concept features can even be found on sub 80 dollar
reels like the Symetre. This season Shimano further enhances their spinning reel
design with the brand new S-R concept. We take a look at exactly what S-R
Concept is, and what this new design truly means for anglers.
The Stella FB is the only domestic
reel to make use of Shimano's new SR Concept
S-R Concept: S-R concept is already a
reality, and the new Stella FB is the first, and only reel in the US, to make
full use of the new concept. With the Stella series,
“you have a product that once you use it, you won’t be able to go back to using
anything else,” states Jeremy Sweet with Shimano’s product development staff.
“We’ve taken Stella one step higher – the best getting even better – by
incorporating our ‘R-Concept’ features in these four new reels to come up with
what Shimano calls the SR-Concept.” The new SR concept has all the aspects of
Shimano's existing S-Concept (Smooth, Silent, Strong) and adds R Concept, which
stands for "reliance." Shimano states that the result of the new SR-Concept
means that "dreams in reel design are now evolving into a reality."
SR features are
designed to improve reliability, refinement, and ruggedness to the company's
premium spinning reels. The major features of SR concept are: SR-3D Gear, Rigid
Support & All Weather Drag, SR Guard Fins, SR Handle, and the SR One-Piece bail.
Handle is designed with reduced weight in mind and screws directly into the
drive gears for zero play between the handle and the gear
SR-3D Gear & Handle: The
Stella FA already made use of enhanced drive and pinion gears so rather than
modify the materials Shimano sought to build a reel with even tighter
tolerances. What the engineers at Shimano came up with was SR-3D Gear, an
oversized drive gear that was designed with "three dimensional analysis." This
made it possible to contour the surface of each tooth to exactly the shape of
the pinion gear. The SR Handle then screws directly into the drive gear so there
is absolutely no play between the handle and the reel's main gearing.
What does this mean for anglers?: Because there is
reduced spacing between the drive gear tooth surface with the pinion gear
surface there is maximum contact between gears resulting in a smoother retrieve,
and increased torque response. The SR handles for the 1000 sized reels will
feature a thin solid shank, while larger reels will use a hollow handle shank,
either way Shimano reduces weight while still maintaining a strong and reliable
SR rigid support reduces spool
wobble while a new All weather drag features a waterproof gasket and a wool
multi disk drag for a incredibly wide range of settings
SR Rigid Support & All Weather Drag: The
SR-Concept features a rigid support drag and an all weather drag. The All
Weather Drag uses a water proof gasket to keep water out of the natural wool
drag system, making it perfect for a wider range of conditions.
What does this mean for anglers?: The rigid support
drag will reduce spool wobble even at the lightest drag settings. This will
result in smoother more constant drag performance even when at very light
settings. The all weather drag will improve performance in both fresh and
saltwater applications, and wool drags provide a exceptional range of settings,
low start up inertia, and fantastic durability. The current Stella FB reels have
48 points per turn of adjustability!
Talk about detail in design, the
SR one piece bail eliminates any potential friction as a result of line contact
with the gap in the bail wire found on other reels
SR One Piece Bail: The SR one piece bail is
a good example of just how far Shimano is willing to go in their quest for
supreme refinement. The Sustain and Stella FA make use of a sculpted bail
design, but new SR reels will feature a one piece bail with absolutely no gap in
What does this mean for anglers?: The stainless
steel one piece bail eliminates the possibility of line ever snagging up in the
gap between the teardrop and the bail wire. The reduced friction allows line to
drop into the roller quicker, improving line management.
Bumpers for your reel? That's
exactly what SR Guard Fins are. These titanium coated fins are strategically
placed on the reel and rotor to protect the reel from impact damage
SR Guard Fins: Would you drive an
exotic car without bumpers? Shimano wants to help protect your investment with
SR Guard Fins. These fins are effectively bumpers for your reel, acting as a
buffer between the reel's critical edges and harsh surfaces. SR guard fins are
coated with titanium and strategically placed on several parts of the reel's
body and the rotor.
What does this mean for anglers?: The SR Guard Fins
help protect SR-Concept reels from impact damage. This clever feature provides
additional protection to your reel from scratches when the reel is laying down
on the deck of the boat, or when anglers stow their outfits while shore fishing.
In addition to providing defense from collision the fins are also aesthetically
The R-Concept add-ons to the existing array of S-Concept features makes for an
exceedingly refined total combination. This new SR concept design philosophy
introduces a number of highly advanced new-fangled features into spinning reel
design that continue to push the envelope. While the SR features are an
evolution in the design process, they do offer anglers increased performance,
superior durability, and unprecedented refinement. Currently here in the U.S. if
you desire to fish a domestic SR Concept reel your only option is the premium
priced Stella FB. History has revealed that Shimano is very good about bringing
proven technologies down through the lineup, and we sure hope they will do the
same with the very alluring new SR Concept features.