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Thread: Carbonex 21 special
04-05-2010, 05:35 AM #1
Carbonex 21 special
I am planning to buy carbonex 21 special.
Can some one please tell me pros and cons specific to this racket.
Currently i am using the basic yonex racket B-700 DF.
I generally play doubles , defensive, not very good at smash, good at overhead and drops.
Any suggestion would be highly appreciated
04-05-2010, 07:46 AM #2
Initially do not like it (may be the tension is too low, but the spec is up to 25lb only), but the more I use it, the better I feel it is.
Pros: Solid, cheapest made in Japan Carbonex. Reasonably light. Stiff (powerful).
It is oval, so:
Cons: Very small sweet spot.
Pro: Very powerful if you hit at the sweet spot.
There is an senior player in my group uses this rackquet too. His control is superb.
Carbonex 21 SP is better but more expensive.
04-05-2010, 07:53 AM #3
04-05-2010, 09:42 AM #4
where you can find lots of information. I quote from one posting:
<p>Just in response to the comments about the fragility of the Cab 21. I have two, roughly 2 year old Cab 21 Specials, and never had a problem with breaking them. Admittedly I only string my racquets at 21 lbs and don't hit that hard, but I definately found my ISO 900 SA much more fragile.<br><p>
You can refer to other reviews in the same thread, just note that Carbonex 21, 21 Special and 21 SP are 3 different racquets, and my comment is on the 21 Special.
Last edited by Charlie Liu; 04-05-2010 at 09:47 AM.
04-05-2010, 11:27 PM #5
04-07-2010, 01:50 AM #6
This is one of a classic racket made by yonex.
I Have been using cab21 spl for the past 10 years.
I have broken 4to 5 rackets but i still like the racket, even after using almost all the top yonex rackets.
A truly a great racket, It is a all-round racket.
You regret buying this racket.
04-07-2010, 02:53 AM #7
04-07-2010, 03:04 AM #8
The original Carbonex 21 SP has already ceased production. The current one is different from the original in terms of look (the original shaft is very slim whereas the current one is a bit thick). The specs and feel I don't know.
I still keep the original Carbonex 21 SP though. Have been using it since year 2001 but it has been downgraded to my backup racquet because I find that Victor Super Wave 33 Control or Prince Oversive Dive is more suitable for me.
04-07-2010, 03:55 AM #9
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04-07-2010, 05:22 AM #13
That's quite a surprise on that, no meaning to discredit. Perhaps the newer CAB 21 Special are made in Japan compared to the ones I saw long time ago? (can't find any of these anywhere here now in Malaysia or rather I don't really look at rackets nowadays).
The CAB 21 SP is still in production with a different color scheme. Black with hints of gold and red but mainly available in 3U. Bought one last year but sold it off as its a little light. Still prefer the older color scheme in 2U.
04-07-2010, 05:48 AM #14
asked the store keeper abt cab 21 and cab 21 sp. he said that cab 21 is discontinued and cab 21 SP is vaiable only in south pacific region and only available one is cab 21 special.
and i m very keen at buying it but the only issue is its durablity
as i play doubles so sometimes the racket so happen to clash (minor clash) to wld dat fracture the racket.
dats the only concern
rest i thnk it would suit by game play very well
04-07-2010, 06:27 AM #15
Dont worry my friend
No matter it is 21, 21 special, or 21 sp, all of em carry the great name and legacy of Carbonex. And I can assure you that Carbonex racket ranging from 20 to 35 are tough and durable. The main drawback of Carbonex is it can't bear ultra high tension. cab20 to cab 25 should be able to withstand 27-28 lbs while still maitaining their durability from clashes. Cab30 too is able to withstand 29-30, still maintaining its durability from pretty heave clashes. As for Cab35 i dont have experience with that model. But my prediction is cab35 can withstand 30-32 which is the highest tension strungable racket from Carbonex series along with Cab30
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