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Spintech Cyclone Rubber Review
Spintech Cyclone ReviewI
Spintech originally launched their line of products over 10 years ago. Then and there a new legend was born. Just like how Yasaka has Mark V, Butterfly has Sriver, and Stiga has Mendo (recently more of the ACS line); Spintech has a flagship rubber of their own in Cyclone. I decided to take another look at Cyclone, but this time in the 40mm era.
*These number ratings are based and compared to other rubbers in its class (allround rubbers such as Sriver, Mark V..etc)
SPEED GLUE: The reglue effect is noticeable but not overwhelming like some of the other Spintech rubbers. It has a medium to low ball throw angle. However, I did notice a unique characteristic of Cyclone which happens to be its ability to retain glue for longer periods of time. I can glue up in the afternoon and the effect will last until the morning. Without a doubt, there is more elasticity but it does not come at the expense of control.
SERVING: The topsheet is can be described like that of Sriver but it is much softer and provides better spinning ability especially on short control shots such as serving, pushing, flips etc. Producing spin on the serve is effortless and the long dwell time just makes serving more effective. The dwell time will definitely benefit all players and most likely making their serves more difficult to return.
LOOPING: Cyclone’s combination of a medium density sponge and tacky topsheet make it the ultimate blend of control and explosive power. Looping underspin balls is remarkably easier because the launch angle is a bit higher than most of the new 40mm rubbers being introduced now. Since Cyclone is so versatile, it offers multiple gears while looping. Anything from slow and spiny to loop drives are executable with Cyclone Unlike other soft sponge rubbers, Cyclone does not feel mushy on the hardest of hits. Cyclone is also forgiving on the loops so slight off timed loops will still land on the table. Cyclone’s main looping strength lies within its versatility. The wide range of loops will keep opponents on their toes not knowing what is coming up next. The medium long dwell time also adds spin and control to loops. Giving players the ability to place the ball on the table without losing “juice.” The medium elastic sponge improves off the table play even though it is not as springy as BlackJack Ace or Dynasty Gold. Players who are learning how to loop or trying to improve their loop should definitely give Cyclone a try before looking elsewhere.
BLOCKING: Even though Cyclone plays a solid offensive game, it does not sacrifice defense in the process. The medium to low ball throw angle allows easy blocking. The launch angle isn’t so high that the ball will go off the table but just right to keep the ball in play. The slight elasticity doesn’t affect blocking at all. Cyclone is a true ofensive rubber making it suitable for blockers and attackers alike.
HITTING: Cyclone’s offensive capabilities extend to hitting just as well. Attackers who weight heavily on smashing and hitting can’t go wrong with Cyclone. One thing about Cyclone is that it spins when you want it to and you can play slow or fast. Now that’s control. Hitting doesn’t seem to require as much effort as some of the other offensive rubbers. Unlike some of the other rubbers, the rubber didn’t allow the ball to get to the wood, allowing players to keep control of their hits. Don’t forget how the medium long dwell time improves spin control on almost all shots.
PUSHING: Unlike some other 40mm rubbers that have difficulty generating spin on pushes, Cyclone doesn’t have this problem. The dwell time combined with the semi tacky topsheet allow Cyclone to generate the spin that most players demand. Cyclone is somewhat elastic, but not so much in a way that the ball pops high off pushes.
OVERALL IMPRESSIONS: I found Cyclone to be one of the most versatile rubbers on the market. Some of you have probably heard that Cyclone is similar to Sriver. However, Cyclone has a more elastic sponge and a slightly tackier topsheet. The throw angles are almost identical but Cylcone has a longer life span therefore being a wiser investment. I found Cyclone to play better on blades in the offensive range since blades between those speeds can really exploit the advantages that Cyclone has to offer. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, Cyclone is suitable for any type of player. Cyclone is clearly a classic, and like the other flagship rubbers, it will be around for decades to come. Like the rest of Spintech’s equipment line, Cyclone is freshly produced in order to provide maximum durability and playback. Even five years ago, I doubted that Spintech knew what a success Cyclone would be today. With all the other new technologies coming out, Cyclone has passed the test of time and continues to be one of Spintech’s top selling rubbers. (This review was based on 2.1)