Dunlop CX Elite 260?

BlueB

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Oh my, a RA 58, 22mm flat beam, 100 sqin, very light, even balanced, low SW, graphite racquet?! Sounds like a superb platform frame!
Anyone tried it?
 
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A_Instead

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I haven't tried it as Dunlop models don't have the wall space at clubs I play at..If you do see any...it's Kevin's model..
But I did try the extreme 360 lite and it was good enough to buy the demo..
 

BlueB

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I don't quite understand what Extreme Lite has to do with this Dunlop? Definitely not the same mold...

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BlueB

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Lower modulus doesn't necessarily mean "trash graphite". Contrarily, it could mean less brittle and, like in this case, softer flexing. Volkl still adds good old "trashy" fibreglass to their frames. So many people are crazy about old PT630 frames because of the Twaron feel, yet aramids are softer flexing then graphite...

Of course, the design of the beam has a lot to do with flex. This thing is only 22mm, straight beam, which is quite thin in modern terms.

Anyways, I ordered one for my son. I'll report back once I tested it.

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BlueB

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The thing arrived, neither me nor kid played with it yet... But, it's a beauty, on the first impression - nice matte black finish with gloss white details, very soft on hand flex, came with a quality cover and dampener. It's prestrung with a plasticky smooth nylon, the type that I normally like.
Interestingly, it says RA 62 on the racquet, not the advertised RA 58, but it feels softer on hand flex.
The 1/4 grip feels somewhat thicker, almost like a 3/8.
Stay tuned...
 

BlueB

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Ok, some sad news :(
I started fiddling with it, to make it similar but just a bit heavier then my son's previous racquet and decided I needed just a bit of weight in the handle. Opened the trap door, on WOW o_O - it's aluminum, not graphite as advertised. This is really sad... I knew the false spec can often happen with kid's frames (I had surprises from Head, Prince and Wilson), but never expected it with a full length frame :mad:
 

BlueB

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Ok, quick update on this saga...
Upon further investigation by TW, it turned out it is an aluminum frame after all. Too bad Dunlop would market it with deceiving specs.
I returned it for a full refund and also got a small gift voucher for my troubles.
Big props for customer service! [emoji106]

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BlueB

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Unfortunately, it's confirmed as aluminum, or an aloy, by TW.

Irrespective of that, it wouldn't be possible to efficiently and reliably join a graphite hoop with an aluminum neck/handle. The most that could be done is to have aluminum reinforcements in the handle, in which case one would still see the graphite around the aluminum, at the butt. It just isn't there.

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BlueB

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It is a very bad habbit, by manufacturers, to lie about their cheaper racquets' materials. Seems to be very common with junior (26" and below) racquets.
My son had a Head Speed Jr, said "graphite composite" and it just got bent like a cheap extrusion that it was. Graphite doesn't bend, it cracks... The sports store refunded us fully. He also had a Prince Warrior Jr, said "graphite" on the specs, turned out to be pure alu... We were planning to buy a Wilson Blade Jr, a while ago, checked with TW and it turned out to be alu as well. It seems that Yonex doesn't lie about their Jr racquets, we had one of those too. Babolat seems to tell it straight too, but we never had one of those...

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