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Reel Preview

First look at the newly redesigned lightweight Quantum top-end baitcast reels

Date: 6/25/08
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Quantum
Reviewer: JIP

Introduction: It appears that everyone is stepping it up this coming year with newer, more stylish, and better performing baitcasters. Quantum brings out the big guns by revamping their top of the line reels making them lighter and giving them a more stunning appearance by paying closer attention to fine details. Here's a peak at what we can expect to see on store shelves in the late Fall.


Introducing the new stunning Tour Edition PT which only weighs 7.0 ounces

Tour Edition PT: Quantum's top of the line baitcast reel gets a
complete redesign for 2009. First the Tour Edition PT gets an upgrade
in the appearance department. The reel has a much more aggressive all around appearance with a lot of fine detailing. It's difficult to describe,
but you can see many of the details in the photos. The most noticeable
are the red highlights on the spool and handle sideplate. Then there's
the enthusiast styled handle made of lightweight carbon fiber with flashy knobs that aren't just created from ergonomic rubber, but include some red, outer detailing. The new handle is a very nice enhancement to the Tour Edition PT and Quantum is the first US manufacturer to offer a stock reel with a carbon fiber handle.


Quantum's Tour Edition PT comes standard with an enthusiast styled carbon fiber handle


Quantum Tour Edition PT

Model Bearings Weight Line Cap (lbs/yds) Gear
TE100HPT 11 7.0 oz 12/110 7.0:1
TE101HPT 11 7.0 oz 12/110 7.0:1
TE100SPT 11 7.0 oz 12/135 6.3:1
TE101SPT 11 7.0 oz 12/135 6.3:1


The 6.3:1 models have a deeper spool for greater line capacity


Many anglers complained about the weight of the previous generation Quantum reels and it looks like they have listened and addressed this issue with their new reels. The Quantum reels used to weigh on average, around nine plus ounces but now the Tour Edition PT weights only 7 ounces and sports 11 bearings! That's a huge weight decrease and something we all applaud.


The Tour Edition PT is full of attractive details


Here's some more details about the reel itself. The baitcast reel has a machined aluminum frame, sidecovers and front support, 11 PT bearings, lightweight aluminum main gear, Titanium vacuum deposition coating, Micro ACS cast control system, and a ceramic drag system.


A top view of the Tour Edition PT Burner


Quantum is introducing the Tour Edition PT in both left and right models along with two different gear ratios. The Burner model has a speed of 7.0:1 and a shallow spool design. The slower 6.3:1 gear ratio reel has a deeper spool which will hold more line for those applications that demand it.


The 2009 Quantum Energy PT

Energy PT: Next on the list is the Energy PT which has the same profile as the Tour Edition PT with some differences. Instead of 11 PT bearings the Energy PT has only 9 PT bearings. The frame, side covers, and front support is also machined from lightweight durable aluminum but does not get the premium Titanium vacuum deposition coating. Instead it uses a coating layer process to finish the reel. Again, the
Quantum Energy PT makes use of the Micro ACS cast control system and ceramic drag system.


The new reels use Quantum's Micro ACS Cast Control System


Quantum Energy PT

Model Bearings Weight Line Cap (lbs/yds) Gear
E100HPT 9 7.8 oz 12/110 7.0:1
E101HPT 9 7.8 oz 12/110 7.0:1
E100SPT 9 7.8 oz 12/135 6.3:1
E101SPT 9 7.8 oz 12/135 6.3:1
E100PPT 9 7.8 oz 12/135 5.1:1


The Energy PT comes in five different models, where the 7.0:1 and 6.3:1 ratio reels also come in left hand retrieve. The E100PPT is the cranking reel with a slow powerful speed of 5.1:1, great for running deep running crankbaits.


The Energy PT weighs in a only 7.8 ounces


Catalyst PT: It looks like the Accurist PT will not be back for 2009 but Quantum has something to fill this void. The Catalyst PT is a new addition to Quantum's baitcast series and looks like it's even better than the Accurist PT series. The reel has attractive orange side plates and other detailed highlights throughout. The Catalyst PT also has the same profile of the other two reels mentioned above but it only has a machined aluminum frame and side cover, 7 PT bearings, Micro ACS cast control, and ceramic drag system.


Quantum Catalyst PT

Model Bearings Weight Line Cap (lbs/yds) Gear
CT100HPT 7 7.8 oz 12/110 7.0:1
CT101HPT 7 7.8 oz 12/110 7.0:1
CT100SPT 7 7.8 oz 12/135 6.3:1
CT101SPT 7 7.8 oz 12/135 6.3:1


The Catalyst PT reels are offered in both left and right hand retrieve and comes in Burner 7.0:1 and 6.3:1 gear ratios.


The Catalyst PT is a new addition to the series of more aggressively styled baitcasters


Conclusion: The baitcaster brawl continues! This coming season is going to be a very competitive one with every reel manufacturer putting out much more refined and stylish reels. The Quantum high-end baitcast reels get a stunning redesign with a new low profile construction. The details on the reels look great so far especially what we see on the Tour Edition PT. Quantum is the first US manufacturer to release a stock reel with a carbon fiber handle, something many enthusiast anglers do as an upgrade with their reels. Another big plus that we see with these new reels is a good weight reduction. The Tour Edition PT is now only seven ounces while the Energy PT and Catalyst PT weighs 7.8 ounces. Quantum will release other new products at the upcoming ICAST show, but is off to a great start with contenders like the Tour Edition PT which makes use of enthusiast materials and styling..... let's get ready to rumble!









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