Solinco Tour bite - Other Similar strings?

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  1. ser_renely

    ser_renely Rookie

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    One of the my favorite strings is Solinco Tour bite.

    I have two questions. In the string world, how does one describe this string compared to other co-polys?

    Can anyone suggest a string similar to this, but at a slightly lower cost? Or is the lower cost version of another string?

    I usually use MSV Hex, Genesis blk Magic, which I think are a softer poly...at least that is what I think I feel.

    Thanks,
    Ser
     
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  2. Doubles

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    Tour Bite is definitely described a a stiffer, spin monster. I would consider ALU Power spin to be close in terms of feel, but that's my opinion.
     
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  3. JDMasFCK

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    Try using Luxilon Big Banger Ace
     
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  4. TennisNinja

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    I can think of similar strings, but not significantly cheaper ones really.
     
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  5. sansaephanh

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    Didn't someone compare BHSR to it?
     
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    BHSR is a bit softer and loses tension faster in my opinion. Tour Bite is unique in that it's a stiff, powerful, spin monster that holds tension pretty well for a poly.
     
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  7. ser_renely

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    Thanks for the info guys.

    If anyone comes up with anything, let me know :)
     
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  8. db10s

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    Tour Bite Soft is coming out sometime in the future...
     
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  9. ser_renely

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    Might try that, but I do think I like a stiffer co-poly.
     
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  10. pvaudio

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    In the opening post you said you liked Genesis Black Magic. I know of few strings softer than that.
     
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  11. TonyB

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    In my experience, Weiscannon Silverstring is very similar to Tour Bite. I think the Silverstring is a bit softer, but not by much. Very similar playing characteristics.
     
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  12. Maui19

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    I thought Silverstring played quite a bit softer, with less power and spin (but was still a very good string).

    I've been trying to find something better than Tour Bite--or more specifically something that plays like Tour Bite but lasts a bit longer, but I haven't found anything yet.
     
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  13. luishcorreia

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    Volkl Cyclone
     
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  14. Maui19

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    I am currently trying some Cyclone. I would agree that it performs similarly to Tour Bite.
     
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  15. Matchball

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    Tell me about it...

    I was out on the same quest - no success so far. Cyclone is not bad, but I do prefer Tour bite, it plays more solid IMO. Tour bite is probably my favorite co-poly right now, gotta buy another reel soon :)
     
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  16. pvaudio

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    Having used Silverstring as a go-to, IMO they are not even remotely similar. Silverstring is about control and feel while Tour Bite is about spin and power.
     
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  17. Matchball

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    I second that, Silverstring feels different. Better feel and comfort - you would do better with touch shots and volleys.

    Tour bite is a dream for solid, baseline power game, especially if relying heavily on spin.
     
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  18. mad dog1

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    same as my experience as well.
     
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  19. Sander001

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    it's absolutely stunning to me that people can talk about string but completely fail to mention gauge.
     
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  20. Greg G

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    The closest thing I got to Tour Bite 17 is Dunlop Black Widow 17. A bit less power, but pretty close in terms of spin and general feel.
     
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  21. pvaudio

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    Black Widow is I believe the 3rd softest poly on sale today behind Pro Hurricane 18 and Head Sonic Pro 17. When marketing it, Dunlop even said its softness negates the need for hybrids to make the stringbed more comfortable. Tour Bite, however, is pretty much always considered a stiff poly.
     
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  22. NLBwell

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    I was surprised at the Black Widow comment, too. However, I guess strings feel different to different people.
     
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  23. Greg G

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    I know. It's weird, but it's really pretty close, for me at least. I've been told to string it 5 lbs higher (or rather, not to take 5% off the tension for multi) with BW.

    I did just get a new batch of TB, so I can do a back to back hit with the 2 strings.
     
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  24. Greg G

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    Well I got around to trying Tour Bite 17 again full bed 52/50. Shots started falling short compared to Black Widow 17 at the same tension, but was able to adjust easily. After the adjustment, I really didn't feel much difference between the 2, perhaps a bit more control with the TB.

    However the next day, my elbow was sore @_@ Maybe time to try hybrid...
     
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  25. benxuan

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    Cyclone is great, but something close will be Dunlop Black Widow or Top Spin Max Rotation.
     
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  27. coloskier

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    I'm using TB 18 in the mains with RIP 17 in the crosses. Great spin with good durability. I even tried it with Babolat Touch 17 in the crosses and it played great with decent durability, with added feel and touch. The 18 lasts forever. I have yet to break it before the crosses break.
     
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  28. RetroSpin

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    How does TB compare to BHBR? The TW comparison page shows it as having a lot more spin potential than BHBR, which I find hard to believe.
     
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