The Tecnifibre Carboflex 130 Has become the top selling racket in the new 2009 squash racket range. The new range of Carboflex rackets feature the ‘Isomorph Shaft’ which is an added tendon in the racket’s shaft that increases stiffness up to 25% for extra power. They are also constructed using ‘Basaltex Transmitters, the best compromise between graphite and carbon fibre and materials which are 100% natural (a mineral fibre extracted from volcanic lava stone). This system is located in line for flex control which enhances increased strength, power and ultimate feel. The racket range has been designed especially for modern skillful player of today where power and control are at a balanced level.
Tecnifibre Carboflex 130
- Construction – Graphite and Basaltex
- Weight – 130 g +/- 5 g
- Balance – 355 mm
- Head Size – 500 cm 2 (concave)
- String Pattern – 14/18
- Beam – 18 mm
- Length – 68.5 cm
- String – X-1 Biophase 1.18 premium red
- Grip – Tec Dry
The Carboflex 130 is not only my favourite racket out of the new Tecnifibre range but is also my overall favourite racket that has been released this year. I have never really given Tecnifibre much thought as I as a racket choice as I only associated them for making great string, but now I feel I might have been missing out. Over the past few year Tecnifibre rackets have created a following and you only have to look at the professional players who use these rackets to realise they are a top brand of premium rackets who are making their mark on world squash.
The Carboflex 130 was so easy to play with and did really feel like an extension of your arm. It gave such a great solid feel on the ball’s impact with effortless power when needed. The weight was just right because of how the racket is balanced which meant I could move and prepare quickly. You also have the added bonus of the premium string strung in as standard so you get the imediate feel of the rackets true potential.
Getting away from the technical stuff, both carboflex models look amazing with their updated design and colours. The pictures do not do the racket’s appearance justice. I am so impressed with the Carboflex 130 I have recently bought two to use as my main rackets which is a massive decision for me as I have played with other brands for over ten years.
Although Tecnifibre have designed these rackets for advanced players they are a very reasonably priced compared to the other well known brands. I would also recommend these rackets to players of intermediate level as I am sure they would feel the benefits of a premium racket and not having to pay the earth.
5 star rating – best buy
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TECNIFIBRE Carboflex 130 Basaltex Squash Racket
Tecnifibre Carboflex 130 Basaltex Squash Racket
The Tecnifibre Suprem series offers a choice of four top quality rackets. The Suprem NG 130, Pulse 130, Axis 150 and the Fire 160 which all use the Elllipsis Shaft technology to provide the player with superior control. The Suprem NG 130 is the preferred choice of up and coming English player Alister Walker who is starting to make an impression on the world circuit with some great wins under his belt and looks to be improving still. He says ” Tecnifibre took care to develop a racket for my game. Light, stiff and powerful. The smaller head size increases control and the string is still the best you can get.” The Elllipsis Shaft technology provides 40% more stability than a standard square beam and a whopping 80% more rigidity compared to the square beam. This is also incorporated with the the Stabyl Tri-Carbon technology which provides the racket with increased stiffness at all the key flex points in the frame. This benefits the player by giving more power when needed and also extra control.
- Composition – Graphite and Carbon 3K
- Frame weight – 130 +/- 5 grams
- Balance – 345 +/- 5 mm
- Frame – 466 cm2/72 in 2
- Beam – 18 mm
- Stringing pattern – 14 x 18
- String 305 green 1.20 mm
- Grip – Tec Dry
The Suprem NG 130 certainly had a lot of technology behind its design but I wondered if it would really make a substantial difference to the performance.
On trial I realised very quickly the racket suited my game down to the ground and I could easily swap over to the Suprem NG 130 without any real adjustments. The balance was great, the feel was great and I was able to put good pace on the ball but still be very accurate. Weather I played a drop shot or attacking drive I could control the pace and accuracy as it actually felt very comfortable and natural to swing. The Elllipsis Shaft and Stabyl Tri-Carbon technology make an excellent combination providing power and control, it surprised me at how easy the racket is to use as normally it takes me a few games to used to.
I summary the Suprem NG 130 is my favoured racket out of the new tecnifibre 2009/10 range, not only does it have enough power and control but also comes standard with the 305 premium green string so no need for a re-string to start with.
5 star rating
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Tecnifibre Suprem NG 130 Squash Racket
The tecnifibre dynergy series consists of just two rackets, the dynergy tour 125 and the dynegy max 145 both of which are top range. The 125 tour is the preferred choice of Egyptian top flight player Wael el Hindi who has been using this racket for some time even though it is new for April 2009. His comments on the racket include “this racket gives me the benefit of increased power to my shots. I love the new x-one strings which are also more powerful”.
Unlike the carbonflex series these rackets emphasise on strength and power buy using the ‘Black Weave’ and ‘Jumbo shaft technology’ which provides the player with exlosive power. By providing 50% more resistance to flexing than the carbonflex the dynery tour can produce the power a player needs to take the game to the next level.
- Frame weight – 125 grams
- Balance – 350 mm
- Frame 490 cm
- Beam – 25 mm
- String – X-one Biphase
- Grip – Tec Dry
On trial this racket certainly exceeded the expectations on the amount of extra power it generates. Getting a good length was absolutely effortless even on a relatively cold court with a double dot ball! Although the Dynergy Tour is probably a much lighter racket than I normally would use the weight is nicely distributed for a better balance to help you keep your shape whilst taking a stroke. The racket does boast excellent power but I found it hard to find good touch especially judging the weight of a drop shot or taking the pace off an attacking drive. This might just mean adjusting and getting used to the pace and feel of the racket but after my test drive I knew this racket was not for me. I found because of the extra power I was over hitting my my shots especially my lengths which were bouncing of the back wall like I was playing with bouncy ball. Drop shots were hard to keep tight because of the pace and when I adjusted the pace I seemed to hit the tin far too much as I found it hard to judge. I’m sure this racket will suit some players, especially the players who like to grind out a result by keeping the ball tight and the rallies long. I, however felt the power was too relentless for my style as I could not find a happy medium to play my range of shots and the different paces I needed to be effective and much preferred the Carbonflex model.
The Dynergy Tour seems to be a little dearer than The Carbonflex at about £9o but you do get a free racket bag with some deals.
4 star rating
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Tecnifibre Dynergy Tour 125 Squash Racket
As from april 2009 Tecnifibre are launching there new ranges of squash rackets for the 2009/10 season. They are certainly making an impression on the world squash circuit as many of the top players have been using the new models with great success. The new range of rackets looks fresh and exciting combining new compositions for the frame with the well known top quality premium string. There are three main categories for the rackets and I have chosen one from each which are all endorsed by top flight players to overview along with the specifications.
The first category is the ‘carboflex’ series which consists of the 130,140,speed and junior. The 140 however is the choice of Thierry Lincou a well established top player on the world squash circuit who says “Carboflex gives me power and feel to my game and as taken me to the world open and world number one”. The carboflex boasts to incorporate the isomorph shaft technology with basaltex transmitters (a mineral fibre extracted from lava stone) to give the player power when needed but also excellent touch. Extra response is gained by the shaft’s flex benefits so it is appropriately suited to the player of today.
Composition – graphite and basaltex
Frame weight – 140 +/- 5 grams
Balance – 355 +/-5 mm
Frame – 500 cm2 – 77.5 ins2
String pattern – 14 x 18
Beam – 18 mm
String – x-one biphase 1.18 mm
- Grip – tec dry
I have had the opportunity to put this racket to the test and I must say I was quite surprised at how good it felt. It did lack some power but I was impressed with the control and touch. The carboflex obviously does cushion some of the pace on the ball but without any vibration unlike some rackets I have tried. The control is also down to the better quality string which is put in as standard and lasts a lot longer than ordinary cheaper string.
Overall the carboflex 140 is a nice example of a good balanced racket for the alround player. I enjoyed playing with it as it is effortless to swing and feels great when you hit the ball crisply. If you seek lots of power then this racket is not right for you and should look more at the other rackets in the series I have also reviewed.
4 star rating
I feel tecnifibre have come along way with their racket designs and I also feel their new range will be a great success as more players chose tecnifibre over other well known brands. Not only are they competing with all the other top brands with there cutting edge technology but the carboflex line are also reasonably priced which makes them attractive to beginners as well as professionals. Prices vary from shop to shop but expect to pay in the region of £65 to £85 which is a good deal and will fit into many peoples budget, but also look for bogof deals which will prove even cheaper.
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