Tecnifibre NRG2 1.32mm Possible Fake?

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  1. Kam2010

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    As the title suggests I am not 100% it is or isn't
    The reel I got was from the bay and at a good price, UK seller 100% feedback etc etc.
    String came looked genuine was concerned with it being slightly rough what I mean by this when you have string and you move your fingers across it to feel it strings are smooth this however feels a bit rigid like plastic bits and bumps not much but its not smooth definitely noticeable.

    I strung it on a Pro Staff 90 seemed fine, once strung I noticed it's so stiff and it's as though I have already been hitting with it for hours thats how stiff it is when I move the string side to side with my fingers it's not smooth at all and it makes that click click noise a lot and when moving it just stays there until you force it back.. I thought this may just be normal as it's 1.32mm string it's thicker than what I normally use so should be fine..

    At this point I still didn't think anything is dodgy
    So I tested it and to be honest I hated it at first use. It wasn't powerful from what I read it was just stiff, feeling wasn't all that great and thought seriously is this NRG2!!
    Mate used it and wasn't impressed either.

    Here is the part where I think either it may be a fake,
    Strung NRG2 1.24mm for a mate I noticed his string is lot more coloured like glossy than mine and looking carefully you can see the fibre pattern etc on string mine does not have that and is lighter in color.. When feeling his string it's way more smoother and you can tell this is the real deal.

    When stringing it seemed the same to be honest but after I strung it the strings were smooth as normal when strung you can move them around etc..
    Mine you couldnt they were so stiff..

    Hit with his racket and I noticed the difference his plays a lot better, more power, feeling is there as well and it is pingy.
    Mine the 1.32mm plays dull, muted, no power and just crap.

    Here are some pictures

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    What I want to know is does anyone else have the 1.32mm and is this normal. Is the color the same and is this how it plays..
    If it's not a fake what I am really concerned about is the string it's not smooth at all
    I string my own rackets and it kind of feels like when you string up a racket and then just take the string out and where you clamp off if its too tight it marks the string or if you use pliers it marks it and gives it that rigidy feel to it thats what parts of this string feels like maybe I been sold a dodgy batch?

    I'm sorry for the long story and if didn't make sense I will try and clarify it but pictures may help a little I suppose.

    Really need some advice on this stringfanatics
     
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  2. gsuede

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    Looks fake it me I use the string for the past 10 years. If it plays that bad must be a fake dispute it with ****. I never buy on **** everything is a fake. To save a few bucks is not worth it.
     
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  3. cxw0106

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    I wouldn't say they're fake. You might keep playing until fibers come out. Usually feel is much better when string lose tension and fibers come out. If it's fake, string will break much sooner than authentic NRG2.
     
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  4. finalfantasy7

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    lmfao - after the beat down i gave you, now your blaming the string.

    I'll tone down my FEARSOME FOREHAND next time
     
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  5. Kam2010

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    If you carry on saying blaming this and that

    I will start up a poll me and you a set of tennis and I will use a wooden racket and beat you 6-0 how about that.
     
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  6. finalfantasy7

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    your a keyboard warrior :)

    with ur wooden racket - you gonna use this fake nrg2?
     
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  7. tvizz

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    I have used NRG and noticed a slightly rough texture (almost sand paper but fairly sparse) So for that I say real, as for the other stuff it's any one's guess.
     
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  8. GS

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    I used to be a big Tecnifibre user, until I got a bad batch of Multifeel a few years ago, which wrecked my arm for awhile. Some others here experienced the same thing. So maybe you got a bad batch of NRG2. (I switched to some other multi's.)
     
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  9. pvaudio

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    I used NRG2 for the better part of a decade. Your reel does not sound like the real thing. The normal stuff is slightly rough and with a soft feeling exterior. It is about as far from stiff as you can get.
     
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  10. Steve Huff

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    Looks fake to me. Technifibre is pretty good about stamping its name all over the string--as you can see in the top set.
     
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  11. Kam2010

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    On the reel that I do have it does have the Tecnfibre writing exactly the same as that set only difference is the reel as the meters left symbol on it and also it does not say natural as the set (friends) that does say natural.

    But this string is stiff when string it was stretchy not a great deal but after it was strung it's stiff like I said it's like it's been used for hours..

    I'm think it could be a bad batch?
     
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  12. Steve Huff

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    "Technifibre" would be stamped all over the string itself, and it would be easily readable. Anyone with a printer and label program could make the label for the reel.
     
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  13. Kam2010

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    I'm in contact with seller and is adament it's genuine and to some extent I agree and think it's a bad batch but what I don't understand is anyone who used the 1.32mm version before does the string fray?

    NRG2 1.24 does fray as a mate of mine his fraying after a couple of hours of use.
    Mine however not fraying..

    Thanks
     
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  14. Muppet

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    A couple things

    I used to use Multifeel and it used the same pyrogene lubritec coating as NRG2. What you described for the surface texture sounds normal.

    Did you lower the reference tension by 3 lbs. compared to what you would normally use for a 17g multi? You might want to go down 4 lbs. since the 16g NRG2 is extra thick.
     
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  15. Rjtennis

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    It's probably authentic. Is there was a bunch of fake NRG2 floating around someone would have chimed in with what to look for by now.
     
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  16. gavna

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    I don't think it's fake at all.........how was it stored by the orig owner???? Did it come sealed or was it loose - very possible it sat for months and months and months maybe outside or in a car...etc. it's not gut but it can be affected by temp, humidity...etc. I have a few reels of the exact same string and the older reels that are open do have some color changes -
     
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