Tranx 300/400/301/401

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  1. Bantam1

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    Tranx 300/400

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    The Tranx family is now much larger and more diverse. Shimano created the large low profile reel market with the Tranx 500 model. The addition of the 300 and 400 sizes provides heavy duty low profile reels for multiple applications. We took several steps to improve durability for the saltwater market as well as the demanding freshwater anglers. Available in both right and left hand models in two gear ratios.


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    The compact body design allows for increased comfort and ergonomics. The physical size of the 300 is smaller than the current Curado 300E. We made the spool slightly taller to improve casting performance. It also aids in line pick up when using a slower gear ratio.

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    Coreprotect is a feature that we have been using in our spinning reel models for a few years. This is a water resistance design to prevent water entry in susceptible areas of the reel. We have now added this feature to the Tranx 300/400 model reels.

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    Worm shaft seal: The first area where water can enter the reel, when sitting in the rod holder taking ocean spray, or while fishing with the reel.

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    Anti-Reverse bearing seal: This is a common area for water to enter the reel from heavy spray on those rough days. Seals are used on both sides of the bearing to eliminate water from getting into the bearing.

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    Frame Seal 1: The pinion support bearing is a common area for corrosion when used in saltwater. We have made design changes to the spool and frame to eliminate water from entering this area. A special seal was also added to further reduce the possibility of water getting into the bearing and gear box.

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    Clutch Button Seal: Another common area for water to enter the reel from both spray and use. A seal has been added to the inside to keep water out.

    Frame Seal 2: Special grease has been used between the side plate and frame to prevent entry through this area.


    A special clutch retention mechanism was developed to prevent the clutch from tripping on a hard cast. We further reduced the chances for the clutch to trip by use of a new carbon handle knob (HG only). This greatly reduces the weight of the handle knob and inertia when casting.

    The drag range has been adjusted for use with heavier lines. The drag curve is very steep and is appreciated when fishing with heavy braided line and leaders.

    Gear strength and durability has been increased greatly over Curado 300E model.


    Hagane body

    Aluminum A-side plate (handle side)

    Cross Carbon drag

    22 pounds max drag (standard model), 18 pounds max drag (HG model)

    X-Ship

    VBS braking system

    Escape Hatch side plate access

    5.8:1 gear ratio (Standard) 30 inches per crank

    7.6:1 gear ratio (HG) 40 inches per crank

    300/301 Line Capacity Mono 12/230, 14/180, 17/150 Power Pro 40/195, 50/190, 65/125

    400/401 Line Capacity Mono 12/330, 14/260, 20/160 Power Pro 50/275, 65/170, 80/140

    5+1 S-ARB bearings

    11.6 ounces (Standard) 12 ounces (HG)

    300/301- $279.99
    400/401- $299.99

    *Available early March* (Fred Hall Show Long Beach for the local anglers)
    Left hand models will be available in April
     
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    Sweet, are there going to be more available. Or is it going to be like the toriums.
     
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    I suspect they will sell out quickly at the show.
     
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    lol I remember fights over the toriums

    So much for getting 8 of them
     
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    Get there early the first day and you should be able to grab them.
     
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    Which dealers are going to have more? Are they going to be evenly spread out?
     
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    They will be distributed evenly
     
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    Dan, will the 500 get remodeled to match the smaller newer reels at some point soon?

    These ones looks great and adressing some of the shortcomings of the popular reels in the same class should make these hot sellers.
     
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    what will the Price range be for them , thanks
     
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    Reels look great. Handle knobs are definitely lame compared to the revo beasts/tranx 500, but I'm hoping that's an easy fix.

    How much line per crank on the high speed 300 size?

    I'll take three, please!
     
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    Are they releasing the lefties at the same time?
     
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    Will a power handle be available for the 300?
     
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    I posted all of the specs in my original post.

    I edited to add pricing and 301/401 availability date.
     
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    Will the 400 have the normal shimano knob (like the tranx 500) or will it come with the one in the picture above?
     
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    Pardon my ignorance - what's the line retrieve rate (inches) for the 300 high speed?

    Thanks!
     
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    It's in his post 30 and 40 inches

     
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    Unless the spool diameters are the same, that doesn't make sense. And 40 inch/crank is a ton for a 300 sized reel smaller than a Curado 300E.

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    Are these 8mm main shafts like the Tranx 500 or 7mm like the baitcasters? Would the handle assemblies be transferrable, considering dimensions other than the the shaft diameter.

    How about the shafts the knobs attach to, same as old baitcasters or Tranx? That way maybe just change out the knob instead of the whole handle. Personally, I much prefer an EVA knob than the old Tranx knob, and I've seen the EVA knobs put on the stock Tranx handle.

    Also are those line capacity numbers really right? Do you really lose 100 yards going from 50# to 65# PPro in the 400? The Lexa gets around 250ish yards of 65#, I'd at least hope for 200. Hell, with 170 almost half the spool is gone casting a surface iron.
     
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    The math doesn't add up...but since I'm a friendly guy who just wants to know whether to buy the 400 as well as the 300, here's how it works...

    The 400 is physically bigger than the 300, because the 400 spool has a higher capacity. There are two sizes of reels (300 and 400), and two gear ratios per model (5.8:1, 7.6:1), which means 4 unique combinations, which means there should be 4 different line retrieve rates for 4 unique reels.
     
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    Exactly, because unless the diameter of the spools when full are the same for the 400 and 300 the retrieve rate isn't the same. I mean it's possible, but if the 300 is smaller than a 300E...I don't think so. Although with that relatively small line capacity for the 400, maybe the 400 is just wider? At least one thing here has to give.
     
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