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Match-Point
05-13-2005, 04:38 AM
First release of the specs for the new Boris Becker racquets is out. As with every new line the specs are subject to change in production. No word on when they may be released in the US. Looks like there will be 8 racquets released abroad first, not necessarily all at once. Interesting in that only one head size is smaller than 100 sq. inches, all have wide beams and are head light. They range from 98-112 sq inches with most being 100 or 102. Seems to be consistent with NoBad's belief that larger head sizes are more suitable for today's game/player. Here is the line-up:

BB1 / BB3 / BB5 / BB7 / BB10 / BB10SL / BB Power / BB Smash.


More specs to follow. Since this is part of the Volkl line, I am sure TW will be carrying whichever racquets are released for the USA market.

Match-Point

Match-Point
05-13-2005, 08:53 AM
Here are the “preproduction specs” for the new Volkl “Boris Becker” (BB) line of racquets to be introduced in the European markets. You will note that these appear to be mainly “game improvement” and “tweener” racquets. I will be interested to find out if these will be marketed to mass merchants or tennis pro shops. The closest racquet to a “players” frame is the BB10 which will come in two lengths. I have been told that Boris himself is going to use the BB10 extended length (remains to be seen). I understand a heavier BB10 Tour will be released in the early fall.


Model / Head Size / Beam Cross / Length / Unstrung Weight / Balance / RA / Pattern


All frames are “Energy Shaft & Energy Box” (not sure what this technology is all about) and materials are Light Carbon/Titanium/Carbon Graphite/Fiberglass except for the Power and Smash models which are Carbon Graphite/Fiberglass.

BB1 - 112 / 29mm / 27.25” / 9.0 oz / .3 HL / na / 16 x 19
BB3 - 107 / 27mm / 27” / 9.4 oz / .5 HL / 62 / 16 x 19
BB5 - 98 / 25 mm / 27” / 9.9 oz / .9 HL / na / 16 x 19
BB7 - 102 / 23mm / 27” / 10.4 oz / .9 HL / na / 16 x 19
BB10 - 100 / 23mm /27.6” / 10.4 oz / 1.0 HL / 64 / 16 x 18
BB10SL - 100 / 23mm / 27”/ 10.4 oz / .7 HL / 64 / 16 x 18
BB Power - 102 /25mm/27”/ 10.6 oz / 1.1 HL / na /16 x 19
BB Smash - 102 / 25mm / 27” / 9.7 oz / 1.1 HL / na / 16 x 19


DISCLAIMER: These are likely pre-production specs based on information I have obtained from a Volkl rep abroad and the actual models as well as specs during actual mass production may be different. As well, they may never reach the US market, and if so, the specs may be radically different.

M-P

Pushmaster
05-13-2005, 09:18 AM
It's unfortunate that they decided not to produce a midsize frame. I think every manufacturer should at least make one model available in a mid, not everyone plays with a midplus or oversize these days.

Match-Point
05-13-2005, 09:27 AM
I suspect, but don't know for certain, that the BB10 TOUR to be released in the fall will be a smaller headsize and heavier. Agree or not, the trend is definitely to larger heads both in recreational tennis and on the tour. M-P

mctennis
05-14-2005, 04:41 AM
All these racquets are way too light for the REAl BB to use. Nice that they have dummied them down for the average consumer to use.

spinbalz
05-14-2005, 06:06 AM
Völkl already has the T10 V-engine mid as the midsize head racquet in their line, and since the BB series are supposed to be wide beam racquets I find logical to not produce a midsize version of the BB racquets, because small heads and wide beams don't go well together.

spinbalz
05-14-2005, 06:08 AM
What I would love from Völkl is a Tour 9 Gen II.

AndrewD
05-14-2005, 08:49 AM
Thanks for the info Matchpoints. BTW, you still selling that PS85?

Mike Werblin
05-14-2005, 09:31 AM
I would really like to see a Tour 10 Gen II-Midsize(93sq.in.) with the 18mx20c pattern of the V-engine Mid but wit a flexier feel than the V-engine version just like the Tour 10 Gen II-Midplus is flexier than the Tour 10 V-engine Midplus.

Match-Point
05-14-2005, 05:46 PM
Andrew D,

Not selling a PS85. You are mixing me up with another user. I am "Match-Point" and the other user is "matchpoints".

M-P

AndrewD
05-14-2005, 05:54 PM
Match-Point,
my apologies. Wrote that a bit too late last night so just didn't check the names. Apologies again.

As to the Volkl, I was told earlier this year that they were bringing out a new addition to the '10' range (C10, t10) that would incorporate an 'all-new' material previously not used in racquets. He said that, for the Oz market, they'd be unveiling the new racquet (or racquets perhaps) at the Australian Open in 2006. So, if they're going to be selling them here Id assume they'll be selling them in the States.

Coda
05-14-2005, 06:02 PM
what other kind of material could they stick in a racket nowadays?

NoBadMojo
05-14-2005, 06:09 PM
it's the DNX material (a new form of graphite not used in racquets heretofor) that they are putting in the new V1..they 'may' put it into a frame from the 10series next, may only offer that one in places that arent the US..at least that seems to be the plan for now, but who knows..i'm sure they will keep coming up with new stuff...gotta keep up w. the Jones'es or whatever that expression is

joe sch
05-14-2005, 10:13 PM
All these racquets are way too light for the REAl BB to use. Nice that they have dummied them down for the average consumer to use.
All of todays rackets are made for customization thus you leadup to your desired weight and balance. I think this is a good idea especially since all rackets now have bumper gaurds to protect the frame from damage. Hopefully this new mix of materials will offer a more flexible racket. I think BB would prefer more feel & flex since he needs a racket that volleys well.

proracketeer
07-24-2006, 11:25 PM
Anyone knows the flex (RA) of the BB Smash?
Anyone played it?