Cyber Flash vs. Silverstring: Best Alu Alternative

SinneGOAT

Professional
For those who have tried all three, how do these compare? It seems discussion around cyber flash has been dead for quite awhile, and silverstring doesn’t get a lot of attention. Many here seem to be Alu freaks, and I’ve tried it and it seems a nice string. How does cyber flash and silverstring play, are they a good alternative to Alu, or stand on their own? What tensions worked best in these strings? Budget options welcome.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
I have not used Cyber Flash but have used Tourna Big Hitter Silver and Silverstring. In my opinion TBHS plays a tad deader but is more slippery than ALU and Silverstring plays a bit softer/powerful and is less slippery than ALU. I use them both quite a bit as cross strings usually to gut (sometimes multi and other polys) and both these strings are good for this purpose.
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
I have not used Cyber Flash but have used Tourna Big Hitter Silver and Silverstring. In my opinion TBHS plays a tad deader but is more slippery than ALU and Silverstring plays a bit softer/powerful and is less slippery than ALU. I use them both quite a bit as cross strings usually to gut (sometimes multi and other polys) and both these strings are good for this purpose.
If you used them in a full bed, what tension did you like?
 

LOBALOT

Professional
I have not tried them in a full bed. I really think there are better poly strings today than these for use in a full bed. I think the materials on newer strings are better and I also think shaped strings are better in a full bed. However, as a cross to other strings these work rather well.
 

Happi

Semi-Pro
I use Cyber Flash 17L full bed, absolutely great and very soft string at a very good price point. I can't really compare with Alu or Silver as it is too long ago since I played them and in different racquets.
 

Happi

Semi-Pro
Look at TWU string database, CF 17L is still one of the softest poly out there. It is softer than T1 Ghost Wire that I also play FB.
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
I have not tried them in a full bed. I really think there are better poly strings today than these for use in a full bed. I think the materials on newer strings are better and I also think shaped strings are better in a full bed. However, as a cross to other strings these work rather well.
What silver strings work well in a full bed besides Alu that you have tried? I love the way silver looks in any racquet, and part of my journey is the color.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Still on the journey. I didn't think either played anywhere near as good but I haven't tried them in years.

Currently kirschbaum max power is the closest. Has that special feel. Almost metallic feel, crisp and responsive. Control is great too. I'd have to play them both side by side to see which is truly better, but on clay alu lasts me 30/45 mins before I start spraying a little and the strings stop snapping back and even notch.

Edit: didn't really read what you posted fully, not sure if you're after an alu copy or just comparing CF and Silverstring. Both are quite soft and not as crisp. Also less spin and control
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
Still on the journey. I didn't think either played anywhere near as good but I haven't tried them in years.

Currently kirschbaum max power is the closest. Has that special feel. Almost metallic feel, crisp and responsive. Control is great too. I'd have to play them both side by side to see which is truly better, but on clay alu lasts me 30/45 mins before I start spraying a little and the strings stop snapping back and even notch.

Edit: didn't really read what you posted fully, not sure if you're after an alu copy or just comparing CF and Silverstring. Both are quite soft and not as crisp. Also less spin and control
I was comparing against each other and then against Alu.
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
-what more do you want???
-these are my notes/reviews/thoughts on it
-if you dont like it, review the strings yourself!!
Sorry if that sounded rude, I felt the analysis of cyber flash was a little short, however I will be trying cyber flash myself along with silver string. I like your Yonex’s however, very beautiful frames.
 

AceyMan

Rookie
IME,

Cyberflash strings up much softer than Silverstring, so you cannot test them kg-for-kg.

I've only played Alu Power in a lightly used set in a frame I bought. I liked it. I like a fresh bed of Cyberflash as much.

But I'm not a poly player and think most folks would do better with syngut. Sure, it'll break if you hit with spin, but the poly will be dead by then anyway, so who are you fooling?

If you want to get the benefit of luxe strings like Alu Power, pony up (in materiel, and labor).

/Acey

Michelin Pilot Sports don't come cheap, but the supercar manufacturers install them for a reason. And yet they don't warrantee you'll get 50Km per set. (websearch: "engineering triangle")
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
IME,

Cyberflash strings up much softer than Silverstring, so you cannot test them kg-for-kg.

I've only played Alu Power in a lightly used set in a frame I bought. I liked it. I like a fresh bed of Cyberflash as much.

But I'm not a poly player and think most folks would do better with syngut. Sure, it'll break if you hit with spin, but the poly will be dead by then anyway, so who are you fooling?

If you want to get the benefit of luxe strings like Alu Power, pony up (in materiel, and labor).

/Acey

Michelin Pilot Sports don't come cheap, but the supercar manufacturers install them for a reason. And yet they don't warrantee you'll get 50Km per set. (websearch: "engineering triangle")
What tension did you like? Would you say stringing silverstring a little lower? I was thinking cyber flash 47-48 and silver string 45-46.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
What silver strings work well in a full bed besides Alu that you have tried? I love the way silver looks in any racquet, and part of my journey is the color.
Silver 7 Tour is the best alternative that I have used recently.

Silverstring - great string, but not nearly the same level of spin as Lux or S7T.

Cyberflash was my go to years ago but they changed the string. Not as crisp or spinny as Lux either.
 

bleno567

Semi-Pro
I have used both, but like a decade ago. I remember them both being significantly worse than ALU in terms of control and feel.

Silver 7 Tour is the best alternative that I have used recently.
I'll have to give Silver 7 Tour a try. Had not heard of it before your post. I see it's shaped, so already its playing characteristics are going to be pretty different from ALU.

I actually think Tour Bite is one of the closest to ALU, but it too is shaped, so it's a tough comparison.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I have used both, but like a decade ago. I remember them both being significantly worse than ALU in terms of control and feel.



I'll have to give Silver 7 Tour a try. Had not heard of it before your post. I see it's shaped, so already its playing characteristics are going to be pretty different from ALU.

I actually think Tour Bite is one of the closest to ALU, but it too is shaped, so it's a tough comparison.
Yeah it is shaped but it does a lot of things similar to lux. Heavy bite on the ball, crisp feel. It does not have too much of a "shaped string" type of feel, which I have never liked.
 

McLovin

Legend
I'll have to give Silver 7 Tour a try. Had not heard of it before your post.
You likely played against me multiple times last summer when I was using it. In my review (see here), I mention using it in a VCORE 98 Galaxy Black (extended to 27.5"). Who do you think I got the XTP Butt cap from? ;)
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
I have used both, but like a decade ago. I remember them both being significantly worse than ALU in terms of control and feel.



I'll have to give Silver 7 Tour a try. Had not heard of it before your post. I see it's shaped, so already its playing characteristics are going to be pretty different from ALU.

I actually think Tour Bite is one of the closest to ALU, but it too is shaped, so it's a tough comparison.
I heard from someone earlier in the thread they changed the string. I’m personally fine with a softer feeling poly, but from what you remember how did it feel when you last played with it.
 

bleno567

Semi-Pro
I heard from someone earlier in the thread they changed the string. I’m personally fine with a softer feeling poly, but from what you remember how did it feel when you last played with it.
Are you referring to cyber flash or silver string?
 

bleno567

Semi-Pro
I remember it being noticeably lighter in color than ALU and I remember it having a less slippery coating that made it move around a lot without as much snapback.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
I have used both, but like a decade ago. I remember them both being significantly worse than ALU in terms of control and feel.



I'll have to give Silver 7 Tour a try. Had not heard of it before your post. I see it's shaped, so already its playing characteristics are going to be pretty different from ALU.

I actually think Tour Bite is one of the closest to ALU, but it too is shaped, so it's a tough comparison.
Kirschbaum max power!!!!!!!! Get it now
 

AceyMan

Rookie
Kirschbaum max power!!!!!!!! Get it now
I have one set each of the 1.20 and 1.25 in my string drawer but have not played it yet.

which gauge are playing in what frame at what tension?

/Acey

to the upstream question from @SinneGOAT : I stung the CF in a MicroGel Instinct at DT 34 which played real nicely. With Silverstring, my first installation was DT 33 in MicroGel Extreme, which was waaay to taught. My next go with Silverstring was DT 31 and that was about goldilocks. [I use the Stringway DT computer ("Tension Advisor"), altho other sources have similar tools (USRSA, etc.).]
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
I have one set each of the 1.20 and 1.25 in my string drawer but have not played it yet.

which gauge are playing in what frame at what tension?

/Acey

to the upstream question from @SinneGOAT : I stung the CF in a MicroGel Instinct at DT 34 which played real nicely. With Silverstring, my first installation was DT 33 in MicroGel Extreme, which was waaay to taught. My next go with Silverstring was DT 31 and that was about goldilocks. [I use the Stringway DT computer ("Tension Advisor"), altho other sources have similar tools (USRSA, etc.).]
1.30 rf97. It's the stiffest of the lot. Drop 2lbs.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I'll def give a set a try. The name cracks me up, because it reminds me of when Homer Simpson changed his name to Max Power.

it was my main string after rslyon. Stiff string, more muted than crisp but pretty nice. Once i hit with s7t i stopped using max power though to be honest. It also dies without warning and is really tough to play with after that happens.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
it was my main string after rslyon. Stiff string, more muted than crisp but pretty nice. Once i hit with s7t i stopped using max power though to be honest. It also dies without warning and is really tough to play with after that happens.
Strange, find it very crisp. Is s7t the same string as l big hitter silver just shaped?
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
I’ve got 2 packs of cyber flash and a pack of silverstring coming tomorrow, interested to see how they play but I need to string hyper g soft, very hectic lol.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Strange, find it very crisp. Is s7t the same string as l big hitter silver just shaped?
I'm not sure . S7T is the only tourna string I like. I never enjoyed big hitter silver - which seems a bit softer and just never really stuck out to me. The superior tension maintenance makes me suspect its a different string.
 

SteveI

Legend
I'm not sure . S7T is the only tourna string I like. I never enjoyed big hitter silver - which seems a bit softer and just never really stuck out to me. The superior tension maintenance makes me suspect its a different string.
I have played both. The BHS 17G was changed a few years back...it is softer.. they made it thinner and does not hold tension as well as S7T. The BHS 17G has better feel and is a bit easier on the arm. S7T wins in spin production but BHS 17G is very good for a round string for spin production. Both are pretty nice for the price.
 
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