108mm or 4.25 inches in diameter

Handles 90 mm between centres

75mm or 3 inch arbour widthTheseusFront

23mm or 1 inch wide in the drum

35mm wide excluding handles

Twin Wooden Handles

Machined aluminium

Weight 250 grams

Price from the UK as cheap as GBP40

  

Some time ago I did a review on the TF Gear Classic centrepin. This reel is very similar in it's size, the arbour depth and width are similar, the handle placement almost identical, it is slightly smaller at 4.25 compared to 4.3 inches. This reel is slightly heavier at 250 grams. The ratchet mechanism and switch is adequate, unlike the TF Gear Classic. It is a very, very free running reel. Probably the most free running centrepin I own, even more free running than the Okuma Aventa. The spool is relatively heavy, and there is a very slight amount of play in the spool, but they are well balanced and very free running. They pass the breathe test, ie breathe on them and the spool will move, a light blow and the spool will spin.

I haven't tested this for Luderick fishing yet, but I believe it will be a winner, and at the price, brilliant value. Only downside I see is the need for a philips screwdriver to remove the spool. These are a very pretty and functional little reel. Overall not in the league of the Okuma Aventa but not even close in terms of price.

Not sure how these stack up against the Ikonix/Marco Cortesi etc which are almost identical.

I have now used this several times and it is an excellent reel for Luderick generally at the price but with two downsides so far. The two screws that hold the rod mount to the reel worked loose on the first outing. This was easily fixed with some loctite and a screwdriver when I got home. Also the switch for the check is very easily turned on when you don't mean to. This is probably the biggest downside to this reel.

 

Pros

Inexpensive

Simple

Nice looking

Light

Strong reliable ratchet mechanism

Free Running and well balanced

  

Cons

Handles a bit close to spool edge

Spool a little wide for luderick fishing (this is just my personal preference)

Very slight play in spindle which may annoy some.

The spool is NOT quick release.

Switch for the ratchet is easily turned on without meaning to.