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    I just saw this article today. Daiwa come out with the new Lexa 400 for 2021 MSRP: $349/$379
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    Daiwa Lexa 400 TW 2021
    What do you guys think? Would you guys choose this over the Shimano Tranx 400?
     
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    I have 2x400 lexa and they cast great. Only fish them from 15-20# of drag. Daiwa keeps missing the boat by not releasing a larger Lexa.
     
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    According to Shimano and Daiwa website:
    ITEM CODEMONO LINE CAPACITY (#TEST/YD)WEIGHT (OZ)BEARINGSGEAR RATIORETRIEVE PER CRANK (IN)POWERPRO BRAID (LB/YDS)MAX DRAG (LB)
    TRX401A12/330, 14/260, 20/160125+15.8:13050/275, 65/170, 80/14022
    MODELAll8CRBB+1RB
    BEARINGS
    All6.37.18.15.3
    GEAR RATIO
    All33.537.542.928.7
    LINE PER HANDLE TURN
    All12.012.2
    WEIGHT (OZ)
    All12/260, 14/21517/220, 20/175
    MONO CAPACITY
    All30/310, 50/17540/260, 50/235
    J-BRAID CAPACITY
    All28.724.2
    DRAG MAX
    LX-TW400HL-P8CRBB+1RB7.137.512.217/220, 20/17540/260, 50/23528.7
    They are very comparable reels. The new Lexa basically have the new T Wing System (gimmick? Can't speak since I never used one), new CRBB bearing ( basically greased bearing ) , aluminum side plate is a plus compare to the Tranx composite side plate.
    The new Lexa use bronze gear ( down grade from the old Lexa HD?)
    Pricewise it is more expensive than the Tranx but with no clear advantage. I really want to try out this reel but with this price I will pass. My 2 cents.
     
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    According to Shimano and Daiwa website:
    ITEM CODEMONO LINE CAPACITY (#TEST/YD)WEIGHT (OZ)BEARINGSGEAR RATIORETRIEVE PER CRANK (IN)POWERPRO BRAID (LB/YDS)MAX DRAG (LB)
    TRX401A12/330, 14/260, 20/160125+15.8:13050/275, 65/170, 80/14022
    MODELAll8CRBB+1RB
    BEARINGS
    All6.37.18.15.3
    GEAR RATIO
    All33.537.542.928.7
    LINE PER HANDLE TURN
    All12.012.2
    WEIGHT (OZ)
    All12/260, 14/21517/220, 20/175
    MONO CAPACITY
    All30/310, 50/17540/260, 50/235
    J-BRAID CAPACITY
    All28.724.2
    DRAG MAX
    LX-TW400HL-P8CRBB+1RB7.137.512.217/220, 20/17540/260, 50/23528.7
    They are very comparable reels. The new Lexa basically have the new T Wing System (gimmick? Can't speak since I never used one), new CRBB bearing ( basically greased bearing ) , aluminum side plate is a plus compare to the Tranx composite side plate.
    The new Lexa use bronze gear ( down grade from the old Lexa HD?)
    Pricewise it is more expensive than the Tranx but with no clear advantage. I really want to try out this reel but with this price I will pass. My 2 cents.
    The older Lexas were bronze and brass as well. Will pick a Lexa over a TranX any day for casting, and the t wing system does turn it into almost an conventional casting wise. TranX need to be made salt worthy.
     
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    The older Lexas were bronze and brass as well. Will pick a Lexa over a TranX any day for casting, and the t wing system does turn it into almost an conventional casting wise. TranX need to be made salt worthy.
    I don't have any problem with the bronze/brass gear but the Lexa 400 Wn is a $250 reel (a fantastic reel for this price usually $199 on Amazon) and Lexa 400 HD is $300 reel ( $249 on Amazon) but now they have the new Lexa at $350 with bronze gear??
    The Tranx 400 is salt worthy I have used may season without any service . You can treat it with corrosion X and pack the bearing with greased for more corrosion resistant if you want.
     
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    I have 2x400 lexa and they cast great. Only fish them from 15-20# of drag. Daiwa keeps missing the boat by not releasing a larger Lexa.
    There are not a big market for them to develope such a reel since most people fishing musky/pike is doing fine with the lexa 400 and many reel of that size (Beast, Fathom BC, Komodo) the only market left is West Coast style fishing for Tuna/Yellowtail (not a big market since a lot of people can learn to cast with the open face reel). And would you pay $400/$450 for a 500 size Lexa?
     
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    I have both the lexas and tranxs the lexa is my go to. The problem is the magnetic braking system rusts and breaks apart. You can remove it if it happens on the boat and still cast but the deal is I replace mine every year
     
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    It is, but that's not the handle side.

    The Lexa article specifies handle side as well.
     
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    Guess we'll have to wait to see what it is, but I'm sure they would make it perfectly clear if both sides were aluminum.

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    Look Like they shaved some weight, added couple more ball bearings and pump up the max drag on the new model. Probably some of the weight come off the main gear cause they switched to the brass main gear from stainless steel , they also ditched the weighed handle to save some weight as well. The new Lexa have smaller body and spool lead to less line capacity than the last gen model.
     
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    It is the same reel as the tatula 400 in Japan. I fished mine slow pitch the other day. The boxes say the new Lexa 400 and tranx 400 are the same weight, but with line on them, my tatula/Lexa was 1 1/2 ounces heavier. Felt more than that. Fishing, it feels like a heavy tank with a ton of power in a 6.3-1. I feel like the tranx is easier to fish, but if I hooked something big, I'd trust the Lexa more to get it in. There is also a reel called the daiwa prorex, which is this reel with purple accents.

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    Look Like they shaved some weight, added couple more ball bearings and pump up the max drag on the new model. Probably some of the weight come off the main gear cause they switched to the brass main gear from stainless steel , they also ditched the weighed handle to save some weight as well. The new Lexa have smaller body and spool lead to less line capacity than the last gen model.
    Brass is heavier then steel. To even get brass as strong as steel, you need a considerably bigger gear. The Lexa HD series had stainless. The OG gray models are Brass as well. I think it’s just accepting that no one can pull hard enough on these reels to damage the gears. I will say that brass and brass is less then ideal, a stainless pinion would have been pretty sick.
     
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    Brass is heavier then steel. To even get brass as strong as steel, you need a considerably bigger gear. The Lexa HD series had stainless. The OG gray models are Brass as well. I think it’s just accepting that no one can pull hard enough on these reels to damage the gears. I will say that brass and brass is less then ideal, a stainless pinion would have been pretty sick.
    It'll be interesting to see how that works long term. Though, even if the stainless pinion slowly wears out the brass gear, it would be better than brass on brass with busted teeth.
     
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    It'll be interesting to see how that works long term. Though, even if the stainless pinion slowly wears out the brass gear, it would be better than brass on brass with busted teeth.
    Yeah it’ll be interesting to see how it holds up regardless. My personal experience with brass on brass is okay. Yet I don’t believe I’ve pushed it. Having a real job sucks, don’t have time to fish any of this stuff and figure it out, it’s always entertaining isn’t it.
     
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    It is the same reel as the tatula 400 in Japan. I fished mine slow pitch the other day. The boxes say the new Lexa 400 and tranx 400 are the same weight, but with line on them, my tatula/Lexa was 1 1/2 ounces heavier. Felt more than that. Fishing, it feels like a heavy tank with a ton of power in a 6.3-1. I feel like the tranx is easier to fish, but if I hooked something big, I'd trust the Lexa more to get it in. There is also a reel called the daiwa prorex, which is this reel with purple accents.

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    Yes you are right, the Tatula 400 / Lexa is very similar , the different is Tatula 400 is 7 S-RAB Bearing + 1 Roller Bearing , the Lexa TW is 8 CRBB bearing + 1 Roller Bearing. The Lexa is come with Power handle and the Tatula is come with double paddles handle with both 300 and 400 size. The Prorex is identical with the Lexa 400 but market as a Musky reel that's why they not packed the bearing with grease as the Lexa , with oil bearing it should be able to cast further.
    One more interesting thing is the Tatula come with the Hyper Drive Desing : It is the combination of Hyper Drive Digigear, Hyper Double Support ( 2 bearing support the pinion gear the same technology as Shimano X-Ship) , Hyper Armed Housing and Hyper Tough Clutch.
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    The Lexa 400 is missing one more of those things. And the Pinion gear is stainless steel on all 3 reels. The Lexa is retail $379 while you can buy the Tatulla 400 for $260.
     
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