***** Prince EXO3 Rebel Club *****

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  1. Sicamuni

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    Morten tell us more your thoughts on the Rebel? What do you think about the flex, port grommets and string pattern? I have a ps85 too, so I would be interested in your comments.
     
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  2. morten

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    Well i am still tweaking, changing to leather grip and making it shaped more like Wilsons. The racket i played yesterday(rebel) had the wrong string set up for me, too soft multi, mushy.. Still i like the rebel, sure it is not scalpellike as the 85, but stable, easy to hit flat and spin, headlight which i like, not much power for putaways, but ok. Feels much stiffer than Redondo 93 for sure.. The port grommets and stringpattern seems fine for me. Plays a bit like a softer more maneuverable Wilson 6.1 95 series, but more control/feel for me. or a more stable/solid 6.0 95.. Actually a bit similar to Fischer pro classic 98 too but "sharper". But yesterday my grip and strings were wrong. If i was to play a 95 head this would be the one, and i might switch...
     
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  3. tymmh789

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    Just picked up 2 so sign me up.

    Just a quick question about string setup. I almost always use a poly in the mains and gosen og micro (or other synthetic gut) in the crosses in order to save some money. Right now I have one with Pro Line II and another with Lux Savage Lime and both are crossed with Gosen OG at 53lbs. Do you guys have any other strings, string combos, or even tensions that work well on this racquet. I really like softer polys that have that mushy feeling if you know what I mean, it's tough to explain.

    Thanks a lot and any suggestions would be awsome!
     
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  4. themitchmann

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    I really like Tour Bite mains, prince syn gut multi crosses.
     
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  5. kimguroo

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  6. kimguroo

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    Have you try MSV focus hex or hepta twist?
    I like soft feeling and the string is not expensive.
    I tried others but I think it will be my main string for long time.
    liked a little bit of beast xp but felt stiffer. but green color is just perfect for my customized paint job rebel 95 ^_^

    if you have not seen it, watch this haha
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0sa23eUrVY
     
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  7. morten

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    i now have 2 rebel 95s :)
     
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  8. morten

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    looks great! Well done :) A very "fun" look
     
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  9. tymmh789

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    Ya I'm going to need to try some new strings. The Luxilon Savage lost so much tension after my match today and by the end the ball just didn't go in. I have a set of Volkl cyclone so I will give that a try with some Gosen OG and report back.
     
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    Shogun....

    Sorry to jack the thread, was was trying to contact shogun. Do you have any of the ozone pro stocks for sale?? Contact me at nbrillhart@cox.net
     
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  11. Noltae

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    Rebel with O ports and BB Original at 50 = racquet heaven

    I play with Pure Storm Tours but I just can't sell my Rebel cuz I keep thinking of going back to it!

    Massive sweet spot for a 95
     
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  12. tymmh789

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    So I just strung a rebel up with Volkl Cyclone 16 and Gamma Synthetic Gut 16 and 53lbs and played with it today. It felt really great to be honest. The texture of the cyclone produced so much spin. So much that I almost had more second serve aces (kick) that my first (flat). There really is a great amount of pop as well along with a very solid impact and that great solid sound (again hard to explain). There really wasn't a great amount of feel but by the end of the match I was used to it so that really wasn't a problem for me. Another thing that is great about this string is the price, compared to ALU and other higher end poly's I can honestly say that this competes with them. I felt really comfortable going for a lot more on my second serve and going for that short, crosscourt forhand winner that I wouldn't normally hit.

    My only complaint is that it was a little stiff. I had a little bit of a sore arm later that night but nothing some Advil and Icy-hot couldn't fix. I would definitely give this string a try if your looking for some new string but I would definitely recommend a hybrid in order to soften up the bed a little bit unless you are used to a full poly bed.
     
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  13. Live Wire VS

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    Hey everyone,

    I had been trying to find a replacement for my Graphite Comp 90 and planned to demo the Rebel 95, Ignite 95, Babolat Pure Storm Limited GT, and Diablo Mid. The most important aspect of my game is control and it would great if the replacement racquet is 7-10pts head-light, around 12oz, and has a flex range between 54-61. So far I've heard the best reviews about the Rebel 95 and am curious from your experiences in how it compares to the other racquets that I listed, especially the Pure Storm Ltd. If you're curious as to why I selected the Ignite as an option, well it has a head shape similar to that of the Graphite Comp 90. What are your opinions?
     
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  14. morten

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    IMO i think ltd is too unstable and Ignite would swing too heavy, too much power? Rebel is great but hefty...
     
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  15. 5imon

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    can someone compare the rebel with exo3 tour(either version is fine)?
    I'm still choosing between these two sticks, any feedback would be helpful.
    Thank you :)
     
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  16. themitchmann

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    ^^^incredibly different frames. The Rebel is flexy,
    but the Tours are more so. I felt the the ball really stays on the strings longer with the Tours. You can really crank a lot of spin, especially with the 16x18.

    The Rebel produces a flatter ball, and is more stable IMO. The mass of the frame is very noticable in comparison.
     
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  17. 5imon

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    Thanks:),I know rebel is a lot heavier then tour. I'm not worrying too much about the weight, since my speed weight about 12.2(after adding some lead in the hoop)
    So tour will be better for players that hit top spin and rebel will better for flat hitter?
     
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  18. themitchmann

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    ^^^ I think it just depends on your preference. You can still hit top with the Rebel, just takes a little more effort. Flat shots are better controlled with the Rebel IMO.
     
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  19. Djlpenguin

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    Rebel 95 with Tourna on it. Strung with EXP Power and Syn. Gut and 58
     
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    Thanks for the information, I have one more question. How does rebel perform against heavy hitter? Does it need to add any lead? Because I would love not to add any weight since it's pretty heavy in stock form :)
     
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  21. themitchmann

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    It's good on it's own, but I've added lead you mine just because I like the extra weight. I think it performs better with a little lead personally.
     
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  22. 5imon

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    I notice something when I decide to buy it, which set up do you guys prefer, string hole or port hole? Because I believe port hole is like extra 8 bucks. I used to play with speedport red and black team. However I've never play with string hole before,so I was wondering how they play.
    Thanks :)
     
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  23. themitchmann

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    Which frame are you asking about? Or are you just curious in general?
     
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  24. 5imon

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    oh sorry I forgot to mention:), I mean the Rebel. Because I'm not sure sure i want to order the port grommet
     
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  25. kimguroo

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    I started playing tennis with port inserts and I don't like traditional feeling of hole inserts. I like muted feeling of port inserts and most people said port inserts has more power ( I've never used hole inserts though).
    If you did not have problem with port inserts, you will be fine with port inserts.
    Also red or black team has power but rebel is very low powered racket compare to red or black.
     
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  26. 5imon

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    Thanks kimguroo. I started playing tennis with those rackets when I was pretty weak I would say (physically). However I'm a lot stronger now and I also found those rackets to be too power for my taste. I'm currently using the head spped, but I always miss the prince feel, that's why I decide to make the switch :)
     
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  27. kimguroo

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    Then go with port inserts. I tried Yonex, head and finally decided to use rebels.
    Head prestige is very close feeling but still like muted feeling of prince.
    I don't know about weight of your head racket but original rebel might be heavy and rebel team might be a little light. I have Japanese rebel 95 which is 310g=10.9oz. Also have Japanese rebel 105 (288g). I think 105 is one of the good racket which people does not know well. Beam is thinner (21mm), Power is low compare to other oversize rackets. Also oval shape does not feel it's oversize racket. I feel like it's more like 100". Rebel 95 is really low powered racket. When I tried other rackets, that was the reason but fortunately I got Japanese rebel 105. I am happy with both rackets. Also I bought one rebel team (size smaller than my regular grip), then customized exactly same as Japanese rebel 95 (310g) and it's my main racket nowadays. I put lead tapes on handle (used whole pack of gamma lead tape). Recently I weighted my racket and it is about 330g, 11.4-7oz. (include string, dampeners)
     
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  28. 5imon

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    well, I believe my current head speed 18x20 is about 12oz, so I don't think I'm going to have any trouble handling the rebel. And for your Japanese rebel, could I get it in other asia countries? I'm going to Taiwan for the summer, so it would be nice if I can get it there:)
     
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  29. kimguroo

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    it depends on each country distributors. some distributors only import Asian specific racket or just like US versions. not sure what taiwan distributor decided to import but it might be Asian version. nowadays, prices went down dramatically (but similar to us price though because of weak dollar).

    wow I see big changes (weightwise) :shock:.
    red=>black team =>12 oz rackets......
     
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  30. 5imon

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    haha I know the weight difference is huge, but it was ok until last summer that I started to play against heavy hitter with tons of pace and spin. I keep getting push around, and that's when I decide to play with a heavier racket. btw I think I will just order the US version with the port insert:)
     
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  31. themitchmann

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    I think the port inserts will make for the easiest transition.
     
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  32. sepidoel

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    I just broke my Rebel after it hit the court pretty hard... so I resign from the club. :(
     
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  33. morten

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    some strange vibrations from this stick... 2 of mine sound really weird..
     
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  34. themitchmann

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    I think it's how the inserts sit in the frame. From what I hear, they've addressed/fixed this for the next line of Rebels.
     
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    I'm in Osaka now and just ordered 2 J-spec Rebel 95 so please add me to the list. Not sure what strings to go with it at the moment so requested the free strings at 50lbs.
     
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  36. kimguroo

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  37. kimguroo

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    play with the racket first and if you think you need more power, try natural gut poly hybrid.

    you should try Japanese rebel 105 too. great racket with slightly more power than 95. (does not feel like oversize racket- you might be able to find used one for less $$$). A little less control than 95 though. nowadays, I use it more than 95 ^_^

    how much did you pay for it? I think it's much cheaper than a few years ago.
    I really like soft cover for the racket:)
     
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  38. Av8r

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    Hi Kimguroo,

    I've never played with a poly before as I've just got back into the game after a long absence from the game...like Rip Van Winkle! :lol:

    I found an online shop called Sun-Sports in Osaka from a tennis magazine and they're selling it for 15,800yen. :)

    Too bad they don't have any Prince bags listed for sale though. The Rebel 6-pack bag from TW looks great but the shipping cost is almost the same price as the bag itself!

    I may settle for this bag instead, [​IMG]
     
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  39. kimguroo

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    price of rebel rackets dropped significantly nowadays (even though it's almost same as full price in here hahaha). it used to be closer to $300....

    I have old prince EXO3 team bags.
    I got one yellow six pack bag and the other was green (9 pack).
    I really like 9 but prince did not release yellow one.
    you might be able to find yellow 6 pack bag. search some local shops.
    I think product number was tt902 (forgot color code).
    9 pack bag is tt901.
    [​IMG]


    If you can't find the bag, you might pick good bag in my opinion.
    I was very interested in the bag you posted. I don't like new rebel bag.
     
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  40. themitchmann

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  41. kimguroo

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    nothing special for the paint job:shock: too boring.
    they should change color and have better themes or if they want to stay yellow for the rebel, at least try fluorescent yellow paint or even glow in dark hahaha. not sure what could prince do with new rebel....... current rebel is just excellent. a little disappointed by paint job.
     
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  42. mrtrinh

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    i have to agree, that new rebel doesnt look as good as the current rebel pj
     
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  43. themitchmann

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    I like the look, but still waiting to see it up close and personal.
     
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  44. Noltae

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    I want a 98" Rebel!
     
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  45. klementine

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    I actually prefer the 'new' pj.
     
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    Switched over from the Volkl 10 line to the Prince Rebel 95 a month ago, and I love it. Heavy enough, but very head light. I find it perfect for my doubles game and seems arm friendly enough to me.

    Currently strung with X-One Biphase 18 55/52lbs. I found out right away what happens if you start string the racquet crosses from the wrong side of the frame.

    Which brings me to the question:

    Anyone find any difference in playability between the Hole Grommets and the Port Grommets?
     
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  47. kimguroo

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  48. kimguroo

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    hole grommet feels more regular racket feeling.
    port grommet feels more muted.

    I started to playing tennis with o-port technology so I prefer port grommet.
    some people said port has more power but I don't notice that port has more power than hole though.
     
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  49. Av8r

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    Received my Japanese rebels recently and realized that one of the rebels was strung with the end tie-off one string-hole higher than the designation hole. Is that gonna be a problem that I should just cut the strings?
     
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  50. themitchmann

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    Usually, it's not a problem. The final tie off for the crosses is not in the best place (if it's the same as the US version), do I can understand why the stringer might have done this.
     

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