THE Shimano Ultegra family of reels has long been a cornerstone of the Shimano product range globally.
In 2017, the Australian market will see the awaited introduction of the Ultegra FB series, designed and built with inspired performance in mind.
At the core of the Ultegra FB series sits the Hagane Gear, a cold-forged piece of metal that is crafted with micron accuracy for the ultimate in smoothness and longevity.
X-Ship provides robust gear engagement under heavy loads during the fight as the enlarged drive gear and supported pinion gear ensure that extra-smooth feeling.
To further enhance performance, 5+1 shielded A-RB bearings feature in all models ranging from 1000 through to the compact 5000.
The drag output ranges from 3kg to 11kg, depending on the model.
Target species can range from finesse trout fishing to chasing pelagic speedsters.
Providing the Ultegra FB series with vital resistance and protection against intrusive saltwater penetration is achieved by the addition of Core Protect.
A hydrophobic spray is applied to the roller clutch, body and line roller, forming an invisible protective barrier that will oppose water entry and prevent the onset of corrosion.
Additionally, specially designed seals are fixed to the handle and shape of the body, combined with protective plates that sit within the bottom of the body, forming an additional protective barrier.
A rigid XGT-7 body forms the reel’s outer shell and provides the added strength and durability required to target hard-fighting species.
An aluminium screw-in handle design provides added stability and removes any unwanted play.
To enhance angler comfort, G Free Body has been incorporated, and as a result shifts the reel’s centre of gravity closer to the rod, making the Ultegra FB ideal for extended sessions on the water.
The cold-forged aluminium spool and improved rotor design provide an additional weight reduction advantage for anglers.
A silver base with gold highlights has been used to provide the premium cosmetic finish that all Shimano reels have become renowned for.