Tecnifibre Official - Racquets

SumYungGai

Semi-Pro
Hi mavsman. While the 315 LTD will not be carried forward, the new TF40 Series isn’t a direct replacement for the LTD. It is a very different frame and specs. It is due to be released soon, so hopefully you can get a chance to demo and let me know what you think! Thank you for the inquiry.
Crap. Just hit with the 315 ltd 18x20 today. Seems like I better get some of these frames as I absolutely love the specs and shape. I'm interested in knowing if the TF40 will have thin beam model. I can't stand how wide frames are these days. Even my current speed pro is too wide.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Crap. Just hit with the 315 ltd 18x20 today. Seems like I better get some of these frames as I absolutely love the specs and shape. I'm interested in knowing if the TF40 will have thin beam model. I can't stand how wide frames are these days. Even my current speed pro is too wide.
The 315 Ltd is supposed to be 20mm, the TF40 is going to be 21.7mm. More like an RF97A...
 
Hi MattCrosby. Soon, I hope! I haven’t received any yet either, and my hand cut ones just aren’t making the grade. I cut and paint like a toddler ;). Perhaps I’ll put out a post when they are available.
HI Tec,

Since you are here, wanna check with you one thing.
I am currently play with DC LTD 315 as well as XTC 315 LTD, and I assume that they are same except the look.
For the new line coming out, which one is closer to the RA and SW, but a little bit more power?

Thanks in advance.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
@TW Staff are these racquets 64RA strung or unstrung?

Tecnifibre was saying they will be the lowest RA racquets in the range but that doesn't seem very different from the TFight 305 XTC or the TFight 315 Ltd XTC.

Thanks
 

SumYungGai

Semi-Pro
Thank you for the vid! I was hoping it would have a thinner beam but the specs look almost identical to the 315 ltd 18x20 so for that I am happy.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Judging by the specs and the RA, the TF40 seems like a slightly thicker, repainted TFight 315 Ltd XTC that is now available in two different weights and balances but in only the 18x20 string pattern.

We'll see what the reviews say, but if so, I think I'll just keep my 2013 TFight 315 Limiteds. Lower RA, thinner beam, and easily customizable.

Positives: I'll save money

Negatives: Tecnifibre, you had an opportunity to put out a special racquet that is different from the rest... maybe you still will have... but on specs alone, it seems like a bit of a fluff.
 

SumYungGai

Semi-Pro
Judging by the specs and the RA, the TF40 seems like a slightly thicker, repainted TFight 315 Ltd XTC that is now available in two different weights and balances but in only the 18x20 string pattern.

We'll see what the reviews say, but if so, I think I'll just keep my 2013 TFight 315 Limiteds. Lower RA, thinner beam, and easily customizable.

Positives: I'll save money

Negatives: Tecnifibre, you had an opportunity to put out a special racquet that is different from the rest... maybe you still will have... but on specs alone, it seems like a bit of a fluff.
How are the DC ltd's (18x20) compared to the newer frames? I'm thinking about getting a couple of these as I can get them much cheaper.
 
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Classic-TXP-IG MID

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How are the DC ltd's (18x20) compared to the newer frames? I'm thinking about getting a couple of these as I can get them much cheaper.
I'm not able to compare those two. I have the 2013 models (both string patterns) and the DC LTD 18x20. They keep going up in RA with every version. 2013 18x20 was 61RA (and the 16x19 was 59RA), then the DC LTDs were both 62RA, which I thought was not much different so I got one. The difference between the two versions, as far as I can tell, is that the DC LTDs are more muted (as they are foam filled). The earlier version was very comfortable but had more depth of feeling, IMO.

Now, according to Tecnifibre, the 315 Ltd XTC is supposed to be just a paint job change from the DC LTD versions, however, the RA has gone up as I think the SW did as well. I haven't bought this version as I have quite a few of the others and I didn't like how the RA went up.
 

Deki

Rookie
I dont know why TF have realeased the TF 40. It would be better to be a part of TFight line, and what TFight line should be, with lower RA for models 315 XTC and 300XTC, plus options for both string patterns!
But I’ll try the new frames! Looks good!!!
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Nice blurb @TW Staff ... You and your tempting words regarding the TF40... :giggle:o_O(y)

Now I just need to see the video and your gushing praise... damn... :)

You're making it sound very good...

To coin a famous phrase... "You, you're very good you" - Robert De Niro

 
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Addxyz

Semi-Pro
It's 2019... Are there trap doors in the butt caps of the TF40? This is my biggest gripe after buying all these Tec racquets...
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
How does the 305 XTC compare to the 2015 Blade 18x20?
I was hoping someone else would jump in before me, as I have played with both but under "compromised" circumstances... The 305 XTC I bought used and it came strung with something that looked like Alu Power at a mystery tension. I played with it as is (had a leather grip - and I added an overgrip) because I didn't want to waste money on strings or stringing, in case I didn't like it. The Blade I bought new, but it came strung with some cheap syn gut and at a mystery tension. Again, I played it as-is because I didn't want to waste money in case I didn't like it (my first Blade ever). I am yet to string them both with the same string and at the same tension and play them back-to-back (had double hernia operation at the end of last year and am still in rehab and just getting back on the tennis court).

Long story short... I love them both, but they both had bits that I would look to correct with some customization. Read on only if you want to hear what I thought of both, considering what I mentioned above.

The Tec TFight 305 XTC has a massive sweet spot (I think bigger than the Blade - but that could be just my experience), it was very easy to use, I served very well with it, it had good power, spin was not a problem, I volleyed very well, and I felt a great amount of confidence with the racquet from the get-go. It felt to me like a 6.1 95 who's balance was messed up. Something that a little customization would fix and make it a 6.1 95 with 20g less static weight. The only small issue I had was that at 65RA it was on the upper limit of my comfort zone. It was still comfortable, but the Blade was better (but then the strings were different... you see why I hoped someone else would answer first...). Could have been the strings, or the tension, or both, or neither. I found I could execute my shots better under pressure, but then the racquet was already different to standard as it had a leather grip, which the Blade didn't have at this time.

I bought the 2015 Blade 18x20 new after reading all the comments and love it was receiving. For some reason, it came strung with what I guess is synthetic gut and at a mystery tension (which I would guess would be in the middle of the recommended range - but not sure). It was comfortable enough, but yet too tight for my liking, and strung with a string I wouldn't normally use, but didn't want to cut out as the racquet was brand new and I wasn't sure whether I would like it or not (so didn't want to waste extra money on string and stringing). I loved playing with the 2015 Blade 18x20, however, for my liking, the balance will have to change. This is a personal thing. The racquet was stable, I was able to execute all my shots, and I enjoyed the experience, but when rushed, I found it hard to generate the right kind of pace and my swing dynamics were affected. Which means that things will only get better when it is modified to my liking.

I have modified both, they are around 346g static weight, and more HL than standard... just awaiting the moment they will be strung with the same string and tension, and taken out for a Head-to-Head.

Hope that helps... sorry about the long message.
 

parasailing

Hall of Fame
I was hoping someone else would jump in before me, as I have played with both but under "compromised" circumstances... The 305 XTC I bought used and it came strung with something that looked like Alu Power at a mystery tension. I played with it as is (had a leather grip - and I added an overgrip) because I didn't want to waste money on strings or stringing, in case I didn't like it. The Blade I bought new, but it came strung with some cheap syn gut and at a mystery tension. Again, I played it as-is because I didn't want to waste money in case I didn't like it (my first Blade ever). I am yet to string them both with the same string and at the same tension and play them back-to-back (had double hernia operation at the end of last year and am still in rehab and just getting back on the tennis court).

Long story short... I love them both, but they both had bits that I would look to correct with some customization. Read on only if you want to hear what I thought of both, considering what I mentioned above.

The Tec TFight 305 XTC has a massive sweet spot (I think bigger than the Blade - but that could be just my experience), it was very easy to use, I served very well with it, it had good power, spin was not a problem, I volleyed very well, and I felt a great amount of confidence with the racquet from the get-go. It felt to me like a 6.1 95 who's balance was messed up. Something that a little customization would fix and make it a 6.1 95 with 20g less static weight. The only small issue I had was that at 65RA it was on the upper limit of my comfort zone. It was still comfortable, but the Blade was better (but then the strings were different... you see why I hoped someone else would answer first...). Could have been the strings, or the tension, or both, or neither. I found I could execute my shots better under pressure, but then the racquet was already different to standard as it had a leather grip, which the Blade didn't have at this time.

I bought the 2015 Blade 18x20 new after reading all the comments and love it was receiving. For some reason, it came strung with what I guess is synthetic gut and at a mystery tension (which I would guess would be in the middle of the recommended range - but not sure). It was comfortable enough, but yet too tight for my liking, and strung with a string I wouldn't normally use, but didn't want to cut out as the racquet was brand new and I wasn't sure whether I would like it or not (so didn't want to waste extra money on string and stringing). I loved playing with the 2015 Blade 18x20, however, for my liking, the balance will have to change. This is a personal thing. The racquet was stable, I was able to execute all my shots, and I enjoyed the experience, but when rushed, I found it hard to generate the right kind of pace and my swing dynamics were affected. Which means that things will only get better when it is modified to my liking.

I have modified both, they are around 346g static weight, and more HL than standard... just awaiting the moment they will be strung with the same string and tension, and taken out for a Head-to-Head.

Hope that helps... sorry about the long message.
Thanks for providing some input on both racquets. I ordered a TW demo of the TF 40 305 version that hopefully will be here next week so I can provide some feedback. I opted to go with the TF since it looked comparable to the 305 XTC.

For my Blades, they were about 6 pts HL, SW of 335, and static weight of 335 grams. At stock they are solid but when weights in the handle makes them more HL, they are my go to racquet for the past 4 years even after countless demos of other racquets.
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
Thanks for providing some input on both racquets. I ordered a TW demo of the TF 40 305 version that hopefully will be here next week so I can provide some feedback. I opted to go with the TF since it looked comparable to the 305 XTC.

For my Blades, they were about 6 pts HL, SW of 335, and static weight of 335 grams. At stock they are solid but when weights in the handle makes them more HL, they are my go to racquet for the past 4 years even after countless demos of other racquets.
Looking forward to hearing about the TF40... should be a bit lower powered than the 305 XTC... at least according to Tecnifibre. I think that the TF40 is Tecnifibre trying to separate the TFight Non-Limited from the TFight 315 Limited, which can now be expanded into more weight variances (hence the 305 and 315 TF40s). Just my opinion though...
 

DrWang

Rookie
Welcome. I've been playing with the tflash 300ps and love it! Just ordered the new ces update from tw and can hardly wait. Is the string pattern on the updated version still open?
 

Hankenstein

Hall of Fame
Unbelievable error, a racquet supposedly for an 'expert player' but without butt door... big design blooper.
Drill a hole in the butt-cap and direct-inject silicone if you dont want remove the butt-cap. That is how Head does it in their Kennelbach cuztomizing-room. There is just a hole in the buttcap where they inject silicone and then add a sticker over it
 

Addxyz

Semi-Pro
Drill a hole in the butt-cap and direct-inject silicone if you dont want remove the butt-cap. That is how Head does it in their Kennelbach cuztomizing-room. There is just a hole in the buttcap where they inject silicone and then add a sticker over it
I've been removing the grips, buying head butt caps, and redoing everything. It's a waste of the original grip (2013 limited was leather!) and a waste of time. Because of that, I skipped the 2019 XTC LTD and most likely will skip the TF40.
 

ClaudTT

New User
Drill a hole in the butt-cap and direct-inject silicone if you dont want remove the butt-cap. That is how Head does it in their Kennelbach cuztomizing-room. There is just a hole in the buttcap where they inject silicone and then add a sticker over it
Sorry, terrible solution: 1. you may drill into the structural carbon fiber damaging the handle 2. you have to drill small and can take for ever to drive the silicon thru and maybe only so much. 3. you are left with a hole or 2 in the butt cap which is not very elegant.

It may look practical but nothing else.
 

ClaudTT

New User
I've been removing the grips, buying head butt caps, and redoing everything. It's a waste of the original grip (2013 limited was leather!) and a waste of time. Because of that, I skipped the 2019 XTC LTD and most likely will skip the TF40.
Exactly, that is the result of a poor design decision.
The Tecni's door is a half ass door. Currently you remove the 'door' cap with a blade knife that is glued with a foam type adhesive that gets ruined, then you have access to the rear. It is VERY impractical and you have to silicon glue it back and wait for the silicon to cure. I have done an even worse racquet like a Prince that has NO door.
 
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Hankenstein

Hall of Fame
Sorry, terrible solution: 1. you may drill into the structural carbon fiber damaging the handle 2. you have to drill small and can take for ever to drive the silicon thru and maybe only so much. 3. you are left with a hole or 2 in the butt cap which is not very elegant.

It may look practical but nothing else.
Well, depends on your skills. I have done this on more then 150 frames for clients and it works very well. Easy!
 
Question for @Tecnifibre Official. I'm curious about why the TF40 got rid of the EZ Lock grommets. I thought they were a good idea. Too expensive? Affected feel? What?
Hi there. Due to beam width, we exchanged the EZ Lock grommets for the Xtense Grommet technology. It widens the grommets at the shoulders to help the string position. As a "string company", we need to provide safest haven for the string ;). I took a picture for you, but having trouble attaching it. Sorry.
 
Welcome. I've been playing with the tflash 300ps and love it! Just ordered the new ces update from tw and can hardly wait. Is the string pattern on the updated version still open?
Hi DrWang. I can't wait to hear about your experience with the TFLASH CES 300! The pattern is the same 16x19, but we updated to a progressive string pattern - where the string as slightly closer in the middle part of the string bed and are wider spacing as they extend out towards the frame. Enjoy!!
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
Hi there. Due to beam width, we exchanged the EZ Lock grommets for the Xtense Grommet technology. It widens the grommets at the shoulders to help the string position. As a "string company", we need to provide safest haven for the string ;). I took a picture for you, but having trouble attaching it. Sorry.
Thank you. That's useful information. If you can upload the picture at some point, that'll be great.
 

DrWang

Rookie
Hi DrWang. I can't wait to hear about your experience with the TFLASH CES 300! The pattern is the same 16x19, but we updated to a progressive string pattern - where the string as slightly closer in the middle part of the string bed and are wider spacing as they extend out towards the frame. Enjoy!!
I should have one this Friday. Two were in stock and I had tw check the weight and swing weight of each one.

301.2. - 282 SW
300.4. - 280 SW

These are UNSTRUNG. I totally welcome the progressive string pattern. Since I have the previous PS version, I'll be able to compare them side by side. Love the new look! One of things I wanted a little more of in the PS model is control. I think the ces will be a step in the right direction. I have a few strings I'd like to try out on it. Volkl v-square 18g, v-torque tour, cyclone, alu power, and a hybrid.
 

tribesmen

Professional
I got my TW demo of the Technifibre F40 305 and had the racquet spec'd at SW of 335 and static weight of 320 grams. Nice paint job and it does feel nice and solid.

Will provide feedback once I had a chance to test it out.
If you played the XTC 305, the comparison will be very welcome
 

Classic-TXP-IG MID

Hall of Fame
I got my TW demo of the Technifibre F40 305 and had the racquet spec'd at SW of 335 and static weight of 320 grams. Nice paint job and it does feel nice and solid.

Will provide feedback once I had a chance to test it out.
Looking forward to it. Have you played with the TFight 315 Limited? If so, could you compare the 315 Limited with the TF40? Thanks
 

JeanF

New User
Tomorrow I will receive two Tecnifibre TF40 305 gr. frames which I ordered at tenniswarehouse-europe.
They were offering a nice discount during last weekend so I decided to order not one TF40, but two :cool:

Very curious how they will perform comparing to my TFight 305 XTC's and the TFight 315 DC 18M Limited's I had, but my expactations are reasonably high....

Still have some doubts which string I will try in the TF40..... I have an almost full reel of Tecnifibre Black Code 4S (1.25 mm.) here, and also a full reel of Yonex Poly Tour Pro Graphite (1,25 mm.)
In the TFight 305 XTC with its 18x19 string pattern the Black Code 4S performs absolutely well, but with dense 18x20 sting patterns I personally do have better experiences with a symmetrical round string like Poly Tour Pro or Alu Power.

Will share my upcoming experiences with the TF40 ;)
 
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