You are right , brass is heavier. Btw the pinion gear on this reel is stainless according to Daiwa websiteBrass 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.
That's what we want to hear, the og Lexa 400 is a work horse, this reel should be better.caught multiple 50lb bluefin from field testing. they seem legit. with that wider level wind, I'm sure they will cast a bit farther too!