This past week Abu Garcia leaked details pertaining to the USDM version of the Revo MGX that was first spotted at the Osaka 2011 fishing show.
This new Revo due to hit the market later this year will weigh in at 5.4 ounces placing it in direct competition with the much emulated Daiwa Steez and the lightweight Shimano Core 50mg7. A combination of a new frame material Abu Garcia calls “X-Mag”, carbon side plates, an aluminum main gear, carbon fiber handle and eva knob implementation help bring the weight down from the 6.7 ounce top of the line Revo Premier. A new braking system dubbed IVCB-IV (Infinitely Variable Centrifugal Brake), supplants the dual cast control Infini Brake System found in the premier.
The compact form factor led to the creation of unique gear ratios for the MGX which include a 7.9:1 high speed model which delivers similar inches per turn as other 7.1:1 reels on the market(~31 ipt). The reel will also include Abu Garcia’s HPCR™ bearings(9+1), Infini II™ spool and Carbon Matrix™ drag system.
With an MSRP of $349.95 this will be Abu Garcia’s most expensive USDM Revo to date. It will be interesting to see how this reel stacks up against the other lightweight powerhouses currently on the market as well as Abu Garcia’s current high-end reel the 2010 Revo Premier. As a fan of lightweight high performance bait-casters I certainly can’t wait to get my hands on one.
The USDM Revo MGX
IVCB-IV BRAKE SYSTEM
Close up view of the JDM Revo MGX (image from Purefishing Japan)
The JDM Revo LTX is the sister reel to the MGX and features a shallower spool for pitching lighter baits.