The 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 ensures 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, the body and the line roller, forming an invisible protective barrier that will oppose water entry and prevent the onset of corrosion. A rigid XGT-7 body forms the reels outer shell and provides the added strength and durability required to target hard fighting species. An aluminum 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 center of gravity closer to the rod, making the Ultegra FB ideal for extended sessions on the water. The cold forged aluminum spool and improved rotor design provides an additional weight reduction advantage for anglers. A silver base with gold highlights has been used to provide that premium cosmetic finish that all Shimano reels have become renowned for.