Volkl Cyclone: Convince me there's something better

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Lilguy1456, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Lilguy1456

    Lilguy1456 Semi-Pro

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    Spin, durability, comfort...this string has it all. Is there a superior string that I'm missing? Yes yes, I know, it's all about personal preference...just wanna hear some thoughts from people who have tried all the best polys.
     
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  2. Cfidave

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    I would nominate the following:

    Dunlop Black Widow
    Bigger Hitter Blue Rough
    Big Hitter Black Seven
    Kirshbaum Proline II
    MSV Focus HEX

    Just to name a few.
     
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  3. SteveI

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    It is an outstanding Price/Performer. There are better strings out there..but not as well priced.
     
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  4. Doubles

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    If you like it that much, don't have someone convince you otherwise. Stick with it and focus on improving your game. In the end, that will help you significantly.
     
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  5. Sander001

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    Been trying out Cyclone 18[amongst dozens of other polys] and it's just a fantastic all around performer. Spin is excellent, power is superb[for a poly] and control is guaranteed. The string may be underrated due to its average feel[which reminds me now of how WeisCannon TurboTwister 1.18 plays. TT has more power and comfort but less spin. I prefer the Cyclone].

    Anyway, the feel is not uncomfortable but it does seem like it's shrunk my sweetspot. But this may be due to my stringing at 60lbs straight when really I'm supposed to drop the tension on the crosses. Next time I'll string 61/55lbs.

    90sq" frame, 12.5oz.
     
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  6. Federerkblade

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    i tried it at 52 and boy did it fly... however that may have been way to low for cyclone 18
     
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  7. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Genesis Black magic is better for me on same racket at same tension.
     
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  8. Backhanded Compliment

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    Well it is a great string... best Ive ever used for returns and for finding angles on serve.

    That said other strings have more feel and its non-linear response bothers me on my backhand which produces a ton of headspeed (Guga - Wawrinka style topspin shots). If it were more linear I would still use it.

    The fact that it has a great price is even more excellent.

    If you dont come to the net much and dont have a pretty exotic 1hbh then I think this is nearly always a solid choice. It isnt even that bad on the arm.
     
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  9. pvaudio

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    I don't know if I've agreed with a post more. This is the only important thing.
     
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  10. ChicagoJack

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    If you are committed to full beds of poly, and place a high priority on comfort and spin, I don't think you can do better than Dunlop Black Widow 18. A bit more arm friendly than BHBR, BHB7, and lots more comfy than Tour Bite. However these edged polys do better at baseline than at the net.

    Gut Mains Poly Xs will give you all the spin of a full poly job, (if not more) is far more comfortable, will add a bit more power, and is much more suited to an all court/doubles play. It's exactly the reason the Gut/Poly combo has become the standard for the doubles guys on the ATP Men's Tour, with 7 out of the top 8 points leaders rocking that combo. However, it's more pricey, gut isn't terribly durable, especially if you play singles on clay.

    But that's why there is no "best" string, and there never will be. It's just a matter of trade-offs, just a matter of priorities, for as far as the eye can see, from now until the end of time. Welcome to Hell/Heaven on earth for obsessive compulsive gear heads.

    Jack
     
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  11. three.dee

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    Hi Lilguy1356.

    I see that you own a Wilson BLX Pro Staff 6.1 90, do you use the Volkl Cyclone 18 on this racket as well?
    I'm asking you because I own the same racket and I just bought the same string :) -- just for testing.
    What is the tension that you strung it at?

    Thank you!
     
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  12. three.dee

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    Is it 52 lbs, as the signature states?

    *sorry for the double post, I can't find the edit option for my previous post...
     
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  13. Hominator

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    +1 for Dunlop Black Widow. Just strung one of my F 3.0 Tours with a full bed of Black Widow 17 at 56 lbs., and it was supremely comfortable with plenty of pop and spin. Really pleasantly surprised.
     
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  14. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I like Cyclone, it works for me.

    I agree it can be a little lacking in feel, though.

    I broke a string last night and pulled out the last stick I have that is still strung with Tour Bite.

    Performance was much the same, but I have to say the feel with the TB was nicer.

    mind you, it has been in that bag without being used for months so it might have lost some tension, I dunno..
     
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  15. Federerkblade

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    what do you guys string cyclone 1.30 at. does it play well at 44lbs
     
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  16. Hi I'm Ray

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    Currently have Cyclone 1.30 at 49lbs in the mains, 17g syn gut crosses at 53lbs, APDGT. I'd imagine droping both down by 3lbs would play just fine, but if I had to drop the syn gut much below 50lbs I'd go with a full bed of poly. Full poly has played well for me in the 50's, 40's, and 30's, but when I tried a poly/syn gut hybrid around 45-46lbs it felt and played like crap.
     
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  17. Rabbit

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    No, I agree more than you! ;)
     
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  18. NLBwell

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    I like ALU Rough. That's no reason for you to like it, though.
     
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  19. TennezSport

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    Volkl Cyclone Tour.........

    If you like Cyclone try Cyclone Tour, same as Volkl Cyclone but softer with a twist in the structure.

    Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
     
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  20. Sander001

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    The Tour version is softer? Don't know if I'll try it, this standard version is already very soft for a poly.
    Quoting myself because I used it again and I guess the tension dropped a little and it feels even better now.
    Yeah I definitely made a mistake in stringing it before.
    $120 for a reel is a bargain[compared to other strings].
     
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  21. sansaephanh

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    The Edit option doesn't kick in until 25 or 50 posts. Its to get people to get used to thinking things through before they type them. To keep their grammar and minds in check instead of mindlessly posting like so many of us are used to. It's a forum, so just take your time and think about what you want to say. We'll see it sooner or later. Forum posts are easier to acknowledge the better written they are.

    That being said.

    Cyclone 18 is pretty good because its the only poly of its counterparts to come in 18g =P. I think. Someone prove me wrong please, I've been looking for something new to try. The price isn't bad as well, but I seem to like Black magic and bhbr17 more.
     
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