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    Quote Originally Posted by j4ckie View Post
    Just finished the first ArcFB (6U) string job, and I have to say - it's no Voltric or Li Ning Was too afraid to turn on the 10% pre-stretch on a 13kg (28.6lbs) job, and it deformed a bit on the mains (just slightly more than an I-Slash).
    Gonna be interesting to see how well it holds up, the guy wielding it has a very good record with rackets so far (he still has an AT800DEF, which was also not known for its durability^^).
    Really ? I felt quite the opposite! Most raquets I've strung at 28lbs tend to deform a bit during stringing, while the FB's shape stayed almost exactly the same.

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    It's not the worst racket I've strung, but it's lightyears away from the N90/N90II (just incredible) and Voltrics/other N-series I've had on my machine. I think durability is probably very similar to most Bravesword rackets, which are of normal weight but less stable shape. Broke 3 of those in roughly a year, with on unknown cause, one clash in defense, and one tap (can not even be considered a clash) when both went for a drop shot and lifted.
    The Braveswords also deformed a bit from 29-30 on, although I think they did just a bit better on the machine. The FB was pretty round for my standards.
    Definitely looking forward to my new side supports though

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSOFInfinity View Post
    I am actually tempted to get one and try it out, but the durability of the frame is the ONE single thing that is holding me back. Imagine.... one accidental clash.... and there's your money down the drain....
    haha... be positive, man. Maybe it's not as bad as you think. Will try to get it soon when I am going to the town

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    does anybody know what tension do Ahsan, Mogensen and Ratchanok strung their racket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suetyan View Post
    does anybody know what tension do Ahsan, Mogensen and Ratchanok strung their racket?
    I'd be surprise if anyone here is able to get such information and post it here. At the end of the day, does it matter? I think we're all going to have different preferences when it comes to tensions.

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    After playing with the 5U FB for the past couple of months, I'm now seriously thinking of picking up a second FB, but 6U...

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    At the European Team Championships, CM had the hardest string of all competitors. The exact tension I'm not quite sure about - I heard it from someone who had talked to one of the stringers - but the number mentioned was 35lbs. But since I've seen pictures of MB's racket at the stringers asking for 34/35, maybe CM has them strung even tighter....ah well. It's not like anyone without a full Yonex sponsorship will be able to afford the number of FB's you'll need if you actually string them that hard

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    anyone strung their racket consistently 28 lbs and above? afraid it cracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HHXIONG View Post
    anyone strung their racket consistently 28 lbs and above? afraid it cracks.
    I did with my Li Ning Woods N90 II... I strung with a tension of 30, was really scared if it would crack or not but so far so good! nothing happened.. but there is one thing and that is, I dont know if that happens to everyone giving high tension to rackets or not but the smashing seems difficult with such high tension rackets. it gives a huge pressure on the wrist. i suffered pain for quite some days, later recovered from it.. its ok now... Dont know about others... thank you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HHXIONG View Post
    anyone strung their racket consistently 28 lbs and above? afraid it cracks.
    Never had any problem stringing my FBs at that tension. It holds tension better than a lot of rackets.

    Just dont hit it on anything but the shuttle, and try not to hit the frame :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidratul View Post
    I did with my Li Ning Woods N90 II... I strung with a tension of 30, was really scared if it would crack or not but so far so good! nothing happened.. but there is one thing and that is, I dont know if that happens to everyone giving high tension to rackets or not but the smashing seems difficult with such high tension rackets. it gives a huge pressure on the wrist. i suffered pain for quite some days, later recovered from it.. its ok now... Dont know about others... thank you...
    For your info, all the lining N- series are able to withstand 30lbs. Was told by a friend that he has been stringing his n90 at 32 lbs the day he bought it a year ago, so far nothing happens to his racket.

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    The stringer for Yonex at the 2013 World Championship has confirmed Mogensen and Ahsan are indeed using the Arc FB lightweight. He also mentioned that Mogensen are testing the stringer to their limit. Lightest racket>Arc FB, thinnest string>BG66UM and highest tension>34-36lbs. Not those 3U or paint job as speculated. Boe using the 4U VT80. He also attached some Yonex players' racket, string and tension at thread 246.

    http://bbs.badmintoncn.com/forum.php...C0%BD%F5%C8%FC

    If u understand Chinese.

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    I bought FB / F in April and used for less than 2 months and damaged by a light clash from a partner. The clash was the least impact I had with all my play in the past and all my other rackets shown paint chip but this FB did not survive. The frame broke off at 2 o'clock position. Warranty claim was submitted and refused to replace after 2 months of wait of the claim. I like the racket but it is so fragile that I would not recommend to anyone for double play. The worst part is that Yonex US did not stand behind their quality on F rated FB on its warranty claim knowing FB racket was so fragile and 5U rated released afterward. I am certain Yonex should seriously consider a better warranty coverage on this racket which does not have similar structural impact integrity as any other existing Yonex racket.

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    What is your racket's string tension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisha View Post
    I hate to say this guys but seems like the FB is a very fragile racket.
    Maybe there is some truth in the rumours that the pro's are using a repainted version of other rackets.
    It could be.

    Even though I tend to believe they hardly mishit and clash their racket. And having dozen of ArcFB(s) sponsored by Yonex.

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    25 / 24 lbs. FB is being promoted as lightest racket in Yonex history. Releasing 5U version does not make sense as a complement to F rated unless the frame in 5U is slightly better in impact resistance.

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    I was telling my stringer that I saw from some posting that Carsten Mogensen was using 34-36lbs on his Arc FB and he find it incredible. He said that even at 27lbs tension, he find the frame unstable. Maybe the rumours might have some truth !

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