New Bolt Rackets?

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  1. whoopinstick

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    http://www.boltadvance.com/

    I actually found these rackets as an advertisement on facebook and decided to click on it. I have never heard of this company before but their technology seems interesting. It has a quote from Brad Gilbert about these rackets on the website somewhere. What do you guys think?
     
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  2. Seth

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    I think it's peculiar that an upstart company charges a premium for their frames.
     
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  3. [d]ragon

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    I strung one for a customer (work at a tennis shop). Cosmetics were rather cheaply done
     
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  4. Can't think of a name

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    Yea, when i saw that $215 price tag.. my mouse cursor instantaneously teleported to the close tab button and clicked it
     
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  5. Fuji

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    The specs look awful imo. Such an odd stock balance, and I don't know how they consider a 98 a "players frame", when it has near the specs of a PD.

    Of course they could play amazing, but at 215 bucks a pop? I think I'd rather go for some tried and true frames, even the Donnay's aren't that expensive anymore!

    -Fuji
     
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    "That guy's got a Bolt, he's gotta GO!" Brad Gilbert.

    I have absolutely no idea what that means...



    I would never pass judgement on any technology without knowing what it is and if it really works, but off hand I can say I'm interested in the rackets. First of all, they don't actually tell you anything about the 'technology' or show you anything about how it works. Off hand it looks like some sort of leaf-spring system, or similar string suspension system.

    As mentioned above, the specs on those things look a bit ridiculous. I would imagine that the zip-strips add a significant amount of weight, thus the bizarre balance points on the rackets. And if you're going to offer two choices wouldn't it seem reasonable to offer something other than a 98 and a 100 in head size.

    Finally, the branding here needs help. Bolt makes me think of a rusty bolt, not a lightning bolt. And Zipstrips sound like something between zip ties and fly strips. All in all, not the most eloquent and compelling stuff out there... Not too much more rubbishy a lot of other nonsense in the industry, but when you're the upstart, I think you need to be better...
     
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  8. NYCtennis1

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    At Rosvelt Island racquet club all the coaches get free Bolt racquets, I asked to hit with one of the coaches 98's and itvfelt very very hollow.
     
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  9. TennisMaverick

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    They dumped Volkl? That's been a Volkl club for years.
     
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  10. Rock Strongo

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    It seems like it's an über-aerodynamic APD... I've signed up for a playtest. Suggest that others do the same, too.
     
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  11. TennisMaverick

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    Looks pretty cool! What's the head size?
     
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  12. Dave M

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    A truely odd quote, all of them seem ambiguous (if that's how it is spelt).
    Seems any start up racquet company has to either have Pat Cash or Brad commenting on them.
     
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    I also signed up for a playtest of the blackracquet. Just from the information and teasers on the site, this frame seems extremely interesting. Like a mix of Babolat Aero and Bosworth
     
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    There's no way they could make any money otherwise - not enough volume.
     
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  15. Torres

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    Indeed.

    Even balance on a 323g 98? What on earth is a 'Zip Strip' anyway? Are they removable? What are they for?
     
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  16. Mig1NC

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    Looks like they also took a page from Kneissl's aerodynamic grommet design.
     
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  17. rufusbgood

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    Seems to me to be the same technology used in the Volkl Catapults.
     
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    very interesting. thanks for posting the info. i am not sure if want to playtest this. if someone actually gets a playtest please give us feedback!

    and given the high cost of entry to this industry i think they have no choice but to price the frames higher than normal. i doubt they will even break even with the high price since volume is so low. unless its like a subsidiary of babolat or something....or maybe its a TW frame!!!!!!!! how sweet would that be:)
     
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  19. heftylefty

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    I signed up too...Sweet looking stick.
     
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    I've signed up too! I hope I get it, they seem like a jacked up APD!

    -Fuji
     
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  21. TheBoom

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    Signed up for black racket it looks more like an aerostorm than apd and the 98b looks right up my spec range heck i i signed up an hour after they posted the link to voulenteer to playtest
     
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  22. insiderman

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    If I were Volkl.. I'd have the legal team all over this one.. for sure a patent copy of catapult!?
     
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    ^IIRC-after 7 years your patent is up.
     
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  24. ucr_tennis90

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    got selected to playtest the black racket!!

    the e-mail said it should be shipped within the next 2 weeks (maybe sooner). it also said that there's 2 versions, a 98 and a 98T. it didn't say which i would receive, so i'll only learn which it is when i get it. really looking forward to testing this racket, it looks very interesting.

    i'll let you all know when i get it and when i start play testing it. anyone else get an e-mail from black racket??
     
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  25. anhuynh16

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    Didnt get an email :( and I applied the same time as you
     
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  26. ucr_tennis90

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    bummer. their facebook page said there would be more playtests coming up and that they would keep the applications from the first one, so don't give up hope yet if you didn't get an e-mail from them.
     
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  27. Harry_Wild

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    Now I know where James Blake get his rackets from. As you know; they are all black with no markings until he switch to Donnay.
     
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  28. auzzieizm

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    Got chosen to playtest a Black Racquet as well. Can't wait to get the frame! Awesome of them to send a multi and a poly with it as well for testing.
     
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  29. ucr_tennis90

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    yeah i'm getting the multi and poly with mine too. i'm wondering if they're going by the strings people use on their normal rackets in determining which strings they're sending or if they're just sending everyone the same thing (my guess would be the latter because it'd be easier, but i'd be pretty impressed if it was the first).

    hopefully they get out pretty quick, i'm looking forward to testing this racket thoroughly :).
     
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  30. MarinaHighTennis

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    Dang I really wanted to try it out. It seems like an aerostorm
     
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  31. CLL

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    Oh darn :<

    You guys were some of the lucky people to make it into wave 1.
    <-is jealous (what did you guys put into the info fields? :0)

    I look forward to your reviews of the Black Racquet!
     
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  32. MarinaHighTennis

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    I would like to know too. :)
     
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  33. Maroon_Tenniskid

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    Haha interesting... I signed up too and really don't know how they could sort through 5000+ people based on the fields on the application. Hopefully I am in the second wave because it seems pretty legit as far as rackets go :D
     
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  34. ucr_tennis90

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    haha, i'm sure some people exaggerated their skills, time of play, etc i was completely honest in every field.

    i'm sure they are probably going for a wide(ish) variety of player skills, play styles, etc in their testing to see just what sort of player should be using and/or will like using their racket. i'm no professional (that's for sure), but i'm good enough and know enough about what i like in a racket to be able to give an honest review of their product.

    plus i'm sure they really just want to get their rackets some advertisement :)

    the next phase of e-mails for those selected will go out today according to their facebook page. good luck to all who applied!!
     
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  35. auzzieizm

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    yeah i think they are just sending the same strings to everyone. hope i like the frame too- can't believe we can keep them!

    hah just my reg info in the fields. will def post once i have tested it.
     
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  36. ucr_tennis90

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    i know! i was so impressed when i saw that!
     
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  37. TennisTodd

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    Got mine today!!

    Signed up for the playtest 4 days ago and received the racket today; I never received a confirmation email. It came with two full sets of string (poly 17g black and multi 16g black). I will string up today and play with later this evening. I will post results in the next several days. Racket is quality workmanship!!
     
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  38. TennisTodd

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    Black Racket

    BTW racket was shipped by MW Sports...
     
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  39. ucr_tennis90

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    that's strange that you never got an e-mail, but congrats! can you take some pics of it when you get the chance? i know i'm getting mine sometime soon, but i would like a preview haha.

    which version did you get, the 98 or the 98T?
     
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  40. auzzieizm

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    also, if you could post the specs of the version that you got. apparently they are being sent with each frame?
     
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  41. CLL

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    If that happened to me I'd die happy ...:shock:
     
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  42. arche3

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    Got a black 98 comin my way.... Yeah baby. I hope I get to keep the racket. :)
     
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  43. CLL

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    Yup you do.

    :D
     
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  44. arche3

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    Nice! Email from ******* shipping said I am getting the 98T model. Hope it has some weight to it.
     
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  45. Maroon_Tenniskid

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    Somebody should make a new thread about black rackets... Just a suggestion
     
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  46. mctennis

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  47. CLL

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    People have already received racquets in the mail ;_;

    The info they need is just to see your skill level and shipping address
     
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  48. mctennis

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    I see that. I changed my posting. Thanks. I'm just leery of giving that info to some unknown company is all. Lots of fraud going on online any more.
     
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  49. DUO

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    The specs on the two versions are on their fb page you have to check the older posts though. I don't remember the whole spec but 98 has 11.1 oz 98t has 12oz with 16x18 pattern.
    I also got an email today and I should be able to get it early next week
     
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  50. MarinaHighTennis

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    Still no email... and nothing in the mail....:cry:
     
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