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Reel Review

Performance meets great value with the Quantum Incyte

Date: 3/26/08
Tackle Type: Reels
Manufacturer: Quantum
Reviewer: JIP

Total Score: 6.58 - FAIR

The Quantum Incyte spinning reel is a mainstream offering that comes with features that make it competitive with much more expensive reels. We take a look at the complete reel from its construction to its capabilities on the water.


Introducing the Quantum Incyte


Quantum Incyte (IT10F) Specifications

Line Capacity (lb/yds) 4/125
Gear Ratio 5.3:1
Weight 7.8 oz (7.4 oz measured)
Bearings 11
Additional Features Graphite body, aluminum side cover and butt cap, aluminum Long Stroke spool, 3-piece spool with Titanium lip, 11 bearings, front-adjustable drag system, Continuous Anti-Reverse system, machined aluminum handle, spare aluminum spool
MAP $59.99


A thin body design is used on this spinning reel


Impressions: The Incyte is an attractive reel with eye-catching red highlights on various parts of the spool. In addition there are other detailed components that fit the reel nicely throughout its construction.


An attractive 3-piece spool with a Titanium lip


The Quantum Incyte is positioned right below the Performance Tuned (PT) series and  uses a lightweight graphite body design but has an aluminum side cover and butt cap that provides a strong rigid support system. The reel has a solid machined aluminum handle with an ergonomic knob. In addition the reel has 10 stainless steel bearings plus one clutch bearing, and adding to its great value the Incyte comes with an extra spare aluminum spool.


Though the body is graphite it uses an aluminum side cover for structural support


Complete Rig for Incyte Tests


Quantum Alliance Trout (ALST562L)


Quantum Incyte (IT10F)

Lines 4 & 6 lb Sufix Elite


The Incyte 10-size was the chosen to be tested against aggressive trout


Field Tests: Though Iíve handled all sizes of the Quantum Incyte and the construction is the same, I chose the smallest size for the in-depth review in anticipation for the trout opener in April. The Incyte IT10F was put against hard-fighting trout that had been stocked in a lake the previous year before it closed. These fish fight much harder than recently stocked trout and they provided a good test for Incyte spinning reel.


Eleven bearings are used

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