ICAST launch: Zebco ready to take ultra-light reels to a whole new level
Following the launch of the shockingly light Quantum Smoke at EFTTEX, Zebco US will unveil an ‘even more breathtaking’ ultra-light reel at ICAST, according to Zebco Europe’s Marketing and Public Relations Manager Frerk Petersen.
The Quantum Smoke launched at EFTTEX is the first Quantum reel in which Zebco has applied the principle of ‘metal where it matters’. It has been created using a skeleton design where metal is only used where it is absolutely necessary for strength and rigidity.
Explains Peterson: “This has enabled us to dramatically reduce the weight of the reel without making even the slightest compromise in terms of rigidity. The size 25 Smoke weighs just 207 grams, which is a good 100 grams less than our predecessor models in the same market and price segment.
“Wherever metal has had to be used it has been used, but in a weight-optimised form – the housing as a shell component looks like Swiss cheese with milled-out sections. Elsewhere, metal has been replaced wherever possible with modern composite materials. The rotor is made from a composite of a plastic used in the space industry and long carbon fibres which are extremely difficult to process but achieve incredible rigidity.”
The Smoke also impresses with its particularly light, unusually shaped and thus perfectly balanced, handle arm as well as with the multi-disc carbon front drag that can create up to 15lb of brake pressure. “That’s most unusual for a reel of this size,” adds Petersen, before revealing there is more to come from Zebco US at ICAST.
“The Smoke is both aggressive and modern and lays down the blueprint for additional reels following the same principle.
“At Las Vegas, we will be presenting the next evolutionary stage, which Zebco US did not yet want to present in Europe, but in my opinion is just that little bit more breathtaking.”