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02-26-2013, 07:07 PM #69
Well, now I'm completely confused....
My new Kinesis X90 arrived today (£104 from a well known auction site!) and written on the shaft quite clearly it says: "Balance: even, Flex: medium".
That's all well and good, but on the official Carlton website the X90 is described as: "Balance: head heavy, Flex: stiff"! It's the Kinesis that is listed as even balance with medium flex, and it's definitely the X90 I have as it's written quite clearly, "Kinesis X90", not just "Kinesis".
Funnily enough, if you do any kind of Google search all you'll come up with is the Kinesis for sale and not any of the other derivatives (X90, X80 and X70) - do they actually exist? (okay, the X90 does!)
The curse of Tennis Elbow has struck again and I'm not currently playing. But just holding the racket and choking down on the end cap with my eyes shut as if I were doing a short serve (I don't shut my eyes in real life!), it feels slightly head heavy to me, certainly a different sort of balance compared to the Razor 1.0. The simple finger balance test on the shaft shows that it's more weighted to the head than the grip.
The Carlton default strings are much softer than on the Razor 1.0, so I'll be hoping that I break a string fairly quickly whenever I go back. The matte finish is quite nice (if that sort of thing really matters) and the yellow case is horrible.
It feels different to the Razor 1.0, even though its on paper physical characteristics (balance and flex) are pretty much identical. I usually play with an even balance and medium flex anyway, attempts in the past to try head heavy and/or stiff flex just haven't worked for me, probably because I am a feel player who is more comfortable at the net.
The racket was bought as a spare as I love the Razor 1.0, but I will write a play review whenever I get a chance to actually use it on court, though I think it will probably be improved once I get my favourite BG65ti at 25 lbs on it.
Last edited by Derek S-H; 02-26-2013 at 07:13 PM.
02-26-2013, 07:22 PM #70
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02-26-2013, 07:41 PM #71
Either way, no matter what the colour, it's still described as even balance and medium flex which completely contradicts the Carlton blurb!
I haven't got a problem with mine potentially being a prototype or sample - it's new and unplayed and if it's just the colour scheme they've mucked about with that's fine. But I think they should make up their minds about the specs!
Last edited by Derek S-H; 02-26-2013 at 07:44 PM.
02-27-2013, 04:39 AM #72
02-28-2013, 07:00 PM #73
03-03-2013, 10:25 AM #74
Has anyone else had any issues with the Kinesis ? I got one a couple of months ago, but... playing a singles match yesterday - the frame has bent/broken at one of the twist points on the frame.
could this be a design flaw or a weak spot on the frame ?
I've written to the supplies Sweatband.com Ltd & Carlton, and am awaiting their responses
03-03-2013, 11:25 AM #75
Release date in the UK will be around May.
03-03-2013, 04:38 PM #76
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03-04-2013, 10:20 AM #77
The strange thing is that he didn't mishit or hit the frame at the time when it broke. Tension was 24lbs.
The frame on the Kinesis is extremely thin. It is possible that even the slightest mistreatment will eventually result in a broken frame. Should more cases be reported, we'll see if the frame twist areas are more prone to breaking.
03-04-2013, 10:26 AM #78
Thanks....I assumed I must have miss hit it...from the sound it made and damage.....love the racket, but if it's prone to this.....I'm not sure ??
03-05-2013, 01:02 AM #79
But aren't the four corners the weak point anyway?
04-14-2013, 11:15 AM #80
I bought a Kinesis, it broke same way after only few sessions. I'm sending it back. Tension was 27lbs.
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