Volkl Cyclone Tour Playtest

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  1. TW Staff

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    Attention Talk Tennis Members:

    The strings have shipped. (So we are obviously no longer taking requests)

    We will not be sending confirmation emails. We select playtesters based on a number of factors.


    Your review is due by Jan 3rd.


    If you do not post a review, or if your review is clearly lacking effort, you will be excluded from future playtests.

    ** No Hybrids **

    Include the following in your review:

    Gauge of playtest string
    Tension used for playtest
    Regular string set up
    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Power of test string
    Feel
    Spin
    Comfort
    Durability
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    Compare to the string you use most often
    If you have played with the original Cyclone, please compare.
     
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  2. pvaudio

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    Email sent, curious to see the difference between this and the original.
     
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  3. tyu1314

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    email sent:)
     
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  4. lawrencejin

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    Same here, email sent!
     
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  5. JDMasFCK

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    Email Sent! Looking forward to seeing how it compares to the regular Cyclone
     
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  6. Doubles

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    Sent. Hopefully I'll get it.
     
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  7. tennisfreak73

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    didn't get on the last play test, but hope to get on this one.
     
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  8. wrxinsc

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    email sent
     
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  9. shaneno

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    So how do we know it being sent? Just wait for ups notice saying I missed the pAckage?
     
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  10. Andyroo10567

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    You won't. Its not going to be shipped to your door. Its going to be in your mailbox or where ever your mail goes. Its either you got in or you didn't. If it doesn't come for a week after somebody announces that they received the string, then you probably didn't get in.
     
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  11. wrxinsc

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    it is sent USPS.
     
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  12. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    bah, humbug

    I don't understand how it's summer in Australia..
     
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  13. Stringers

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    Email sent! Definitely want to try this string in my C10
     
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  14. EastAngels2014

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    Email Sent :)
     
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  15. neil1b

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    Email sent......looking forward to the opportunity.

    Thanks TW
     
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  16. eidolonshinobi

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    Email sent :) :)

    I liked the first iteration of the Cyclone for the first couple of hours...until it died. I wonder how this new string will be compared to the first version.
     
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  17. NiteHawk

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    Email sent
     
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  18. pvaudio

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    Seriously?
     
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  19. njsigman

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    Email sent. Thanks again TW!
     
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  21. shaneno

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    OH!!! sorry :p... thanks for the help :D
     
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  22. Nuke

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    Perhaps the "We select playtesters based on a number of factors" in the opening post will take it into account.
     
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  23. Stringers

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    Also, if we're chosen, when will the Playtest string be sent out?
     
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  24. Andyroo10567

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    From my experiences, when they announce that they finished taking requests for the playtest, that usually means that they are getting ready to ship it to the selected people.
     
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  25. Andyroo10567

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    How come there is a playtest for this string but its already released out on the website for $8.99 in red? I see that there is no 17g version of the Volkl Cyclone Tour. Is this the one we are going to be playing with?
     
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  26. Andyroo10567

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    Hey! Don't be quick to judge on that lil guy. Though its his first post and its on the playtest thread, if selected, he might actually have a pretty good review and thoughts about the string! Who knows..... It's still suspicious :p....
     
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  27. pvaudio

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    In the past, this is more often done than not. For example, RPM Blast was released in January 2010. It just got a TW Review a few months back. Most people are not familiar with Volkl as a brand, much less their strings. By doing these playtests (assuming they're good), you get exposure to another facet of the string market. I asked the question in I believe the last thread whether the TTW playtests are used in marketing decisions or just to let people know, and the answer is both. As an example, Wilson sent out a TTW playtest of Spin Cycle even though it was to be released. They also sent out a TTW playtest of some blue poly which was absolutely horrendous. That's not on the market. Gamma's stringinetti playtest also appears to have been a flop.
     
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  28. Andyroo10567

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    Ah ok thanks!
     
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  29. jayserinos99

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    I was intrigued when I first saw this string in one of the vlogs, so I bought a set each of the 17g and 18g from TW. Here are my findings as a 4.0-4.5 all-court player.

    Let me preface this short review by saying that the Cyclone Tour I used was 1.25mm where I normally use Tour Bite 1.20mm. A more fair comparison playtest would be the Cyclone Tour 18 and Tour Bite 17, as both are 1.20mm.

    Gauge of playtest string: 17g (1.25mm)

    Tension used for playtest: 45 lb, generally I string around 45-52 lb, depending on the weather. Strung on a drop-weight machine.

    Regular string set up: Solinco Tour Bite 17g at 45 lb strung on a drop-weight machine.

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat APD GT Roland Garros 2011

    Power of test string: 8.5/10, definitely felt springier than Tour Bite at the same tension. Looking back, maybe I should have strung the Cyclone Tour a few pounds tighter as I did have some control issues and had to dial back my groundstrokes and brush up with more topspin to keep the ball in play. The benefit was on the flat serve and volleys, where I didn't need to add a great deal of spin to these shots.

    Feel: 8/10, softer than Tour Bite and I liked the Cyclone Tour at the net; it basically made my volleys more point-and-shoot and I could punch the ball or hit soft drop shots with no problem.

    Spin: 7.5/10, didn't have quite the spin (topspin or slice) as Tour Bite, but I attribute some of that to the low tension and the ball would tend to shoot off the strings a bit more than usual. Groundstrokes would sometimes sail and slices would tend to float unless a bit more focus was used on those strokes.

    Comfort: 8.5/10, felt slightly softer than Tour Bite (could be attributed to tension, but I experienced no arm pain during my time with this string).

    Durability: 7.5/10, I can't comment on any notching because I had the strings for no more than 10 hours but I did notice that tension maintenance wasn't a great strong suit of this string for me. I had to cut out the strings because I just couldn't dial back my strokes to conform to the string.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): There was a sharp drop in playability towards the end of the 10 hours I had the string in the frame. When I first had my frame strung with Cyclone Tour, the string was quite playable and didn't need any break-in period; I think had I strung up this string a few pounds tighter to begin with, the Cyclone Tour would have fared much better for me.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): At first, the trajectory was fairly consistent and I didn't have to adjust my groundstrokes, even though the tension was a bit loose. There definitely is a predictability of Cyclone Tour where there was no sudden launching of the ball; Tour Bite for me has a tendency to come off the string bed higher than normal on some shots and has a 'wild card' effect on my game. It was when the tension started to loosen was when I had the most problems.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I'd definitely go up a few pounds to begin with since the strings were softer and had a bit more inherent power than I was used to. I've been stringing lower lately due to the colder weather but I felt that with Cyclone Tour, I should have kept my warmer weather tension.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Compared to Tour Bite 17, Cyclone Tour was softer and had more power, didn't have as much spin or tension maintenance. If I didn't rely on heavy spinning groundstrokes and in general hit flatter, I could switch to this string. Next to control and tension maintenance, the surprise for me was comfort and I'm always on the lookout for a comfortable poly.

    If you have played with the original Cyclone, please compare.: I used the original Cyclone 18 when I used the Powerbridge 10 mid. To me, the original Cyclone 18 played just like MSV Hex in black (I used 1.10mm); it had great control, spin, and tension maintenance. The Cyclone Tour in many ways reminded me of MSV Hex in red; it was a slightly softer, less control and spin version of MSV Hex in black. The one thing Cyclone Tour has going for it over the original Cyclone is comfort.
     
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  30. mad dog1

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    ^^ wow! now that's what i call some serious precognition! :shock: nice job! 8)
     
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  31. djNEiGht

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    I picked up a set of 17g fr the local shop a couple weeks ago...guess it's timing and marketing...

    I got a set of syn gut to cross it up with.

    I would hope that some future poly tests let us use hybrids again...but I would have passed up on this test.

    Granted I didn't see this thread and apply before the cut off...but I think the early morning games and full bed poly of the Super Smash and Black Magic testing did my arm in. It hurts to play and takes me about 30 minutes to get warmed up and get past the pain. I also have been playing 5 days a week for the past month and a half...



    Anyways...if I get healthy enough to hit with it I'll write up a review as well (hybrid or full bed). Till then it's soft cushy strings :)
     
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  32. pvaudio

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    The string's actually been out for quite some time now. It's just that no one realized it.
     
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  33. TW Staff

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    Hello Playtesters,

    The samples have shipped.

    Please submit your reviews by Jan 3rd.

    Thanks!
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  34. nalvarado

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    All time low for green posters applying for playtest?
     
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  35. mlocke1322

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    Got mine today and will get it strung today or tomorrow as I have lots of play coming up. Thanks again TW!
     
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  36. Laney Tennis

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    Just got mine in the mail today, 16g interesting... will string it up tonight and have a hit with it tomorrow before the rain come in.
     
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  37. JDMasFCK

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    Just got mine, will be stringing it up shortly! :D
     
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  38. Tmano

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    Go it today......Saturday I should have the first play test.
    thanks TW
     
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  39. Centerforward71

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    I know I could provide quality feedback on string test. How does one get on the play testers list ? Also is it too late for this one ?
     
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  40. Brocolt

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    Got mine in the mail today
     
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  41. tyu1314

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    There is no play tester listS, you just have to email them your shipping adress when they just opened a playtest thread and request people to play test string.
    I think its too late now because they already sent them out, but correct me if i am wrong.
     
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  42. EastAngels2014

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    It is closed, keep a look out i bet there will be another one soon for a different string
     
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  43. tyu1314

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    Yea, thats what i thought ,reason why i say i am not 100% sure its close because they usually anounce it when they are close,but i dont see that any where on this thread.:)
     
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  44. wrxinsc

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    Got mine today and strung it up today. Definitely soft according to the stringing. I hit dubs with it tonight and will continue to play some singles and training in the week ahead and report back in detail. So far it is OK but not about its touch. Also needs some more time to break in. It was cold tonight too.
     
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  45. EastAngels2014

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    its the very first post but maybe they changed it but it did say it was closed a few days ago
     
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  46. djNEiGht

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    keep an eye out for play test threads and follow instructions on the 1st page...and yes
     
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  47. pvaudio

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    Where it now says "Strings have shipped" it used to say "Spots are now filled" or something of the sort.
     
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  48. pvaudio

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    Got mine today, pics incoming.
     
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    Sorry for the color balance, I was trying to get the most out of the macros as I could. Nonetheless, you can see that this isn't any ordinarily twisted poly:
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  50. mad dog1

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    i received the 16g version and strung it up. because it's a softer poly, it's fairly easy to weave. due to the twisted profile, it does have a bit of coil memory, but it's not too bad. based on Chris' and Andy's review of the 17g where they commented on the high power level and ultimately settled at a tension 3-5#s higher than usual, i increased my usual poly tension by 3#s. just bouncing the ball on the ground w/ the stick, i can already tell this string is soft and has alot more power than i expected. will know more when i hit w/ it later, but i have a feeling i should've gone higher.

    so just a heads up y'all might wanna plan to string 4-5# higher than your usual poly tension.
     
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