Good Multifilaments in Crosses With Luxilon ALU Power in Mains

Are there any good multifilaments to use in a hybrid in the crosses with Luxilon ALU Power in the mains on a Babolat Aeropro Drive? I am currently thinking about using Technifibre HDX Tour, NRG2, or Xcel. Any other good multis or which multi would be the best out of my current options?
 

Muppet

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Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25/Dunlop Hexy Fiber 16 (@48/53 in my signature racquet) gave me excellent spin, but it wore on my arm after about an hour. Cyber Flash is a softer ALU type of string. Hexy fiber is $6.95. Don't get soaked for $19 for a cross string.
 
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25/Dunlop Hexy Fiber 16 (@48/53 in my signature racquet) gave me excellent spin, but it wore on my arm after about an hour. Cyber Flash is a softer ALU type of string. Hexy fiber is $6.95. Don't get soaked for $19 for a cross string.
If money wasn't really a big problem, what about Solinco Vanquish, Babolat Xcel, NRG2, or any other string for crosses?
 

CopolyX

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i don't do multi's with polys, I prefer to go with a mono core sync string (cause).
But go crazy, there are no rules and have fun..fray away...
 

esgee48

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Any multi will help soften the string bed. Problems start to occur very quickly when the poly mains tear apart the coating on the multi. At that point they also start to tear apart the multi strands, which hinders movement of the mains, which will decrease spin very drastically. The major question is how much time are you willing to tolerate before losing spin and having to restring. If you string your own frames, it obviously does not matter except for cost and your own time. If you pay someone else to supply strings and labor, then it will become a major issue. I agree with Copolyx, go with a slick SG or nylon that lets the poly slide well for a long time. FWIW, ALU Power will last in the neighborhood of 8 hours max. Then the magic spin disappears.
 
Try the HDX because it is a multi with some poly in it. HDX is a nice crisp comfortable multi that can be used in a hybrid or on it's own. I personally really like HDX in a full bed.
 

Roland G

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Thinking of trying Alu Power with Sensation crosses (looking for a bit of comfort) - am I wasting my money? How would the playability compare to a full bed of Alu?
 

1HBHfanatic

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Thinking of trying Alu Power with Sensation crosses (looking for a bit of comfort) - am I wasting my money? How would the playability compare to a full bed of Alu?
post #14 by @esgee48 descroves it pretty well
some people like the multi cross, but I find SG cross feels better to me.. maybe its the little extra control you get from the SG over the multi that I liked on that hybrid..
 

Roland G

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post #14 by @esgee48 descroves it pretty well
some people like the multi cross, but I find SG cross feels better to me.. maybe its the little extra control you get from the SG over the multi that I liked on that hybrid..
Think I'll just go with full Alu. The stringer charges the same for Alu/Multi as full Alu anyhow. I've had some injuries so was thinking of a little extra comfort. From what I remember, Alu Power at 50lbs is a pretty comfy stringbed

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Muppet

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If you like the feel of multi and since ALU has a short life anyway, I would say go with a multi cross. Just get one that is relatively slippery and doesn't fray too quickly.
 

Roland G

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If you like the feel of multi and since ALU has a short life anyway, I would say go with a multi cross. Just get one that is relatively slippery and doesn't fray too quickly.
I went with full ALU in the end and I'm glad I did. Played a couple sets last night with it and loved it. I was concerned about comfort so strung low - 46lbs. Great blend of spin, power, comfort and control. Forgotten how good this stuff is. Only downside is the strings have already started to notch so not sure how long they'll last.

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Nostradamus

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Are there any good multifilaments to use in a hybrid in the crosses with Luxilon ALU Power in the mains on a Babolat Aeropro Drive? I am currently thinking about using Technifibre HDX Tour, NRG2, or Xcel. Any other good multis or which multi would be the best out of my current options?
X-1 biphase is best and also try microfiber
 

mxvb

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I use Tecnifibre TGV 1.35 for a client or Wilson NXT 1.35.
Last long enough and breaks around the poly goes dead.
 

Muppet

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I went with full ALU in the end and I'm glad I did. Played a couple sets last night with it and loved it. I was concerned about comfort so strung low - 46lbs. Great blend of spin, power, comfort and control. Forgotten how good this stuff is. Only downside is the strings have already started to notch so not sure how long they'll last.

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Don't - tempt - me. I can't afford the Luxilon game.
 

Grumms

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I use Tecnifibre TGV to reduce elbow pains. It works, and the touch is better than in full Luxilon. Durability on my Ultra 100 CV is quite good, strings break after 5 games approximatively. This is longer than the time it takes for the full Alu Power to make my elbow pain appear with this frame.
My stringer advised me with the X-One, but he told me that durability would be poorer.
 
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USPTARF97

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NXT or Sensation are great multis for a cross. Try solid core synthetic guts as well like Prince Synthetic Gut or Gosen Original Micro Sheep.
 
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Roland G

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I went with full ALU in the end and I'm glad I did. Played a couple sets last night with it and loved it. I was concerned about comfort so strung low - 46lbs. Great blend of spin, power, comfort and control. Forgotten how good this stuff is. Only downside is the strings have already started to notch so not sure how long they'll last.

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Full bed Lux ALU = string heaven
 
I've actually just tried a similar setup with ALU Power 16L Mains 24kg / Isospeed Control 16 Crosses at 26kg in a Babolat Pure Aero. I've played with it side by side with ALU Power full bed and ALU Power Rough full bed.
I stayed away from multis because their cost in a hybrid just didn't make sense. Isospeed isn't particularly cheap, but my stringer recommended it. If you're going to go with HDX or NRG-2, then you might as well go with a natural gut like Tonic or VS Team/Touch if you can find them on sale. Is comfort the reason for going hybrid with the ALU? In my case comfort was the reason, which was achieved, as hope for more playability but as I outline below that wasn't the case.

Personally, I prefer and think nothing comes close in terms of spin/control/bite/feel to full bed of ALU Power. I can usually get through 2 matches (4-5h) of solid hitting with it until it stiffens up. I do not find tension loss a problem with the full bed just because it generates so much spin that even with a higher launch, the balls still stay in the court. I then use the racquet for practice another 4-6h until they usually become very notched and break. I have to admin it's not very comfortable to play after the 6h mark for some reason any shot that's not exactly in the sweet-spot feels extremely stiff.

The ALU/gut combo, although comfortable with a very nice sound just feels like it lacks in the spin department after 1-2h. The tension loss is quite stable after the initial drops however I do find balls going into the back-fence if the timing is a bit off. The launch angle feels quite high on hard fast strokes but strangely low on touchy, slower pace shots. There is little notching on the mains and the crosses as slowly peeling. After the 2nd hour, the strings were out of place for every shot. The strings still felt elastic.

The ALU Rough broke for me very fast for some reason. It was nice in the first hour, but I did not feel I got more spin compared to the regular ALU Power. My biggest problem with ALU Rough is that I felt the launch angle was very inconsistent and unpredictable. Sometimes balls would fly high off the racquet, sometimes as usual and sometimes low. I made a lot of unforced errors on easy shots mostly because I felt the balls just launched crazy high for some reason. I've heard similar feedback from other players in regards to textured strings.

My advice is to try them all side by side and see what works best for you. For now I will stick with ALU Power full bed and go from there.
 
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