Shimano Sustain Sports Cool New Features

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In keeping with its product development goals, Shimano brings top-of-the-line features to another series of spinning reels with the introduction of the new Sustain FG series. The five reels available ? the Sustain (SA) 1000FG, 2500FG, 3000FG, 4000FG and 5000FG - are offered with Shimano?s X-Ship feature, also found in the award-winning Stella FE reels, along with an innovative ?kickstand? that will keep the reels looking good.

With Shimano?s X-Ship double bearing supported pinion gear, anglers will experience increased gearing efficiency and power, providing for ultra-light handle rotation. By supporting the pinion gear with two A-RB ball bearings, ?X-Ship provides a smooth, effortless retrieve,? said Kenichi Iida, reel product specialist for Shimano, ?and also virtually eliminates the pinion gear twist and rotor flex common with most spinning reels when fighting a fish. As we were able to showcase in the Stella FE reels, X-Ship takes the Sustain series to a new level of spinning reel performance, providing anglers with out-of-the-box smoothness for the life of the reel.?

Unique to the Sustain FG reels is Shimano?s innovative ?kickstand? found opposite the handle side ? it can easily be screwed in to either side depending on whether an angler wants a right-hand or left-hand retrieve reel. ?When the reel lays on a boat deck, the kickstand keeps the reel propped up so that the bail wire won?t get bent, and also protects the reel from scratches,? Iida said. ?Anglers will also notice that we use our proprietary CI4 material in the rotor construction to help reduce weight ? the rotor now only weighs 0.4-ounces, plus it also contributes to making the handle rotation smoother and lighter.?

The new Sustain FG reels include a long-list of proven Shimano features, from Propulsion Line Management System to virtually eliminate any line twist and increase casting distance, Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement, a durable, cold-forged aluminum drive gear, SR Concept, Aerowrap II, Dyna-Balance and Super Stopper II. With the exception of the SA-1000FG with seven shielded A-RB ball bearings, the other Sustain reels all have eight S A-RB bearings, and all models have a roller bearing to eliminate any handle backplay.

Each with 6:1 gear ratios, the SA-1000A - with spool capacity to handle 2- to 6-pound mono or 10- to 20-pound PowerPro braid, will retrieve in 30-inches of line per crank, while the SA-2500FG ? for 6- to 10-pound test mono or 10- to 30-pound PowerPro, pulls in 34-inches, and the SA-3000FG - for 6- to 10-pound test mono or 10- to 40-pound PowerPro, cranks in 35-inches. With 6.2:1 gear ratios, the SA-4000FG retrieves 39-inches of line crank and can handle from 8- to 12-pound mono or 15- to 50-pound PowerPro, and the SA-50000FG ? for 10- to 14-pound test mono or 20- to 50-pound test PowerPro, pulls in 41-inches.

All the Sustain FG reels feature oversized, high-density EVA grips ? providing added comfort and each sized to match the reel size, along with a cold-forged ?Rapid Fire? drag knob for precise, quick drag adjustments while fighting a fish.

?We?ve had a great time developing and testing the new Sustain FG reels,? said Iida. ?Spinning reel enthusiasts are going to really appreciate X-Ship and the smooth performance, plus the cool features like the kickstand, our EVA grips and quick adjusting drag.?

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