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Shimano Ultegra C14 XTB Reel
If you are after a high powered big pit reel for all your carp fishing then you need look no further the Ultegra CI4+ XT-B from Shimano. Shimano has been producing top quality reels since 1970 and are widely considered to be at the forefront of international reel development technology. This reel puts all of this technology into practise and it truly is a cutting edge bit of kit.
The first technology that helps to put this reel head and shoulders about the rest is CI4+, which is Shimano’s breakthrough material. Developed by the Shimano cycling division to reduce bike weight, whilst at the same time retaining bike strength and durability, CI4+ is ultra-light, ultra-strong, and ultra-sensitive. For the angler this translates into a big pit reel that feels almost weightless on your rod whilst at the same time allowing you maximum fish playing ability. You’ll be able to negotiate every kite and run with this reel on your rod. Ultra-rigid, CI4+ reduces twist in the body of the reel which, when combined with Dyna-balance (Shimano’s reel balancing technology to reduce reel wobble), allows you to have full control over your equipment. This also helps to ensure that minimum input from you results in maximum output on the retrieve, as each handle rotation transfers full power into the gearing without any energy lost in unnecessary lateral movement. In short, with CI4+ you’re able to focus on what really matters – the fish on the end of your line.
Super slow two speed oscillation and Aero Wrap II technology ensures that as you cast you maintain maximum line speed. This same system also ensures that you can enjoy perfect line lay on the retrieve, too, so you can instantly re-cast without fear. The AR-C spool, Shimano’s go-to design for a powerful big pit reel, is fitted with a specialised angled spool lip. This spool lip lets the line fly from the reel unencumbered by friction, allowing you to achieve a high speed long distance cast. This makes the Shimano Ultegra CI4+ XT-B the perfect choice for the angler who likes to fish out to the far side margins.
On the retrieve X-Ship gearing comes into full play. X-Ship is Shimano’s engineering system which supports the pinion gear so as to hold it precisely in line with the drive gear. This means that you’re able to achieve significantly greater cranking power with each handle turn and allows you to bring in 103cm and 105cm of line per handle turn (on the 14000 and 5500 respectively). This means that you can get a distance cast reeled in with speed, whether or not there is a fighting fish on the end of it. In terms of gearing, the 5500 has a gear ratio of 5.3:1 and the 14000 offers 4.3:1. Five stainless steel A-RB bearings and one roller bearing ensure that this is a reel that can last a lifetime on the bank and this is one of the smoothest running reels on the market. The 14000 is supplied with three line reducers and the 5500 with two (per spool) to ensure these rods will cover virtually any angling situation. Both reels come with two spare spools, to ensure that you’re prepared for every eventuality on the bank.
The Shimano Ultegra CI4+ XT-B has been fitted with Shimano’s patented baitrunner mechanism. This is an incredible front drag fixture which allows you to move between zero drag and full drag in half a turn. Baitrunner is essential for battling with the largest carp and it allows you to exert precision control when you need it the most.