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12-17-2009, 08:19 AM
Hello, been experimenting with back up frames , Volkl c10 pro 98 ,my normal set up is
17 ga vs gut 59 lbs - looking to try some tecnifibre x1 16 or 17 ? any feedback with
tension range and or set up , other than laserfibre prostock , nothing seems to come
close , any lux alu users ? Thanks for looking ..
I came close to buying this frame several years ago. When I was demoing it I experimented a little with strings (yeah yeah, I know the rules). Anyway, the frame came with a fairly soft multi strung low 50's and I though it felt rather plush and not mushy. I also tried a full set of Pro Hurricane Tour at mid 50's and found it made the frame play awfully harsh. I restrung it using a hybrid of gut mains and PHT crosses (both low 50's) and it felt considerably better, but still less comfortable than the original demo strings.
My conclusion was this was a frame that tended to be sensitive to not only string type, but tension as well. I decided to keep looking around even though I was really impressed with the frame.
Anyway, it's a popular frame and several folks may have some good ideas here. In the end you will have to resort to experimentation to get it right. Too bad about Laserfibre...
12-17-2009, 10:07 AM
I don't think I've used any multi that's as soft as LF Pro Stock. If you've run that stuff in the C10 (my current frame), I'll bet it felt super-plush. I only remember trying that string as a hybrid in my flexible NXG mid as the main with a syn. gut cross. Tim from LF advised me to try it at maybe 4-6 lbs. tighter than I might typically go with a multi, but I didn't listen. It was too soft for me.
BTW, the C10 absolutely has a broad personality spectrum depending on its string type and tension.
One of my C10's came to me 2nd hand with a set of X-One Biphase at a rather snug tension and I really liked it. Although it's a multi, it has a nice pop to it where other multi's might be too mushy with not enough feel for me. I'll bet it was tensioned in the low 60's, but I can't say for sure. Looking forward to trying it again in these frames, but as a hybrid with a syn. gut in the crosses - just curious.
I like to use 17 ga. syn. gut in my C10's at 62-64 lbs. Initially I was using that string in the mid-to-high 50's with these frames, but I started going a bit tighter to get some more crisp feel and bite on the ball. So far so good - the few extra pounds don't seem to be choking the life out of the string bed. I'm generally not interested in poly, but especially with softer racquets, I think it would be really counterproductive. I think our pal here "Rabbit" has had success with poly in his C10's though. You might be able to dig up his layout.
12-17-2009, 01:18 PM
I have used the following over my C10 "career":
Prince Topspin 16 @ 58 - this string is very underrated IMO. It didn't have great durability, but it was PDG for $5.95.
Tecnifibre TR Pro SPL @ 58 - a dozen or so years ago when I started reading the boards, I thought string didn't make any difference. I think back then this string was $10/set and I bought some to try. It changed my mind about strings.
Luxilon TiMo 17 @ 54 - this was my long-time poly love. I bought it on a whim trying out strings (rather than frames). I hit with it, hated the feel, and went back to the Tecnifibre. But, I broke my last set of the TR Pro and went to the bag. The control of this string sold me even though I hated the feel.
Luxilon TiMo 18 @ 54 - I used this string for a time. It is a bit easier on the arm than the 17 but as I remember it, didn't have the control of the 17.
Pacific PolyForce Xtreme 16L @ 54 - same as Luxilon ALU only it holds tension longer and better. I used this for a brief time until I discovered
Pacific Polyforce Original 17 @ 54 - same as TiMo only less expensive and longer lasting with better tension maintenanceabout an 11 month break with the Dunlop AG100 strung with Pacific Classic 16 @ 60 and then back to the C10...
Pacific Classic 16 @ 61 - feel in love with gut all over again. My days with poly saw my arm get fatigued. It'd take me a while to warm up before my arm got loose. I just thought it was age, but when I used the Dunlop, my arm felt like it had been dipped in a fountain of youth; absolutely as fresh when I finished as when I started. Tried a set in one of my C10s and loved it. I switched back to the C10 and haven't looked back. My current set up is two strung with gut and one strung with a multi for damp conditions, all at 61. I may start hybriding with a multi to lessen cost a bit, but a buddy of mine says that the hybrid like that doesn't last as long as full gut.I'm currently thinking about trying Pacific Imperial 16 again. It is a more cushioned and powerful gut than Classic, but at 64 might be perfect in it and look great too. I love the blue spiral. At the start of this year, I ordered a dozen sets of gut from TW and I'm just about through them. I'll be trying Classic in 17 gauge and Imperial to decide what I order for next year.
12-18-2009, 11:43 AM
Thanks for the replys ,wish we were all close to each other
to do some serious play testing , just tried a vs gut main/
gosen jc 16 cross set up and it feels really good so far ,very
crisp at 58/60 lbs ,happy holidays to all my volkl " band of brothers " special thanks goes out to Rabbit , alot of
good information always !
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