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Reel Review

Shimano's new Citica 200E - Completely Redefined

Date: 10/07/08
Tackle Type: Reels
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.41 + EDITORS CHOICE!

Introduction: Shimano’s mainstream Citica reel gets a major makeover that follows the popular Curado series in terms of reduced weight and improved ergonomics. Our field tests take us from the California Delta to Dream Lake, Alabama as we find out just how good the new reel is, as well as how it stacks up to the more expensive Curado E.



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Shimano Citica 200E Specifications

Line Capacity (lb/yds) 8/180, 10/155, 14/110
Gear Ratio 6.3:1
Line retrieve per crank 27 inches
Weight 7.8oz.
Bearings 3BB, 1RB
Additional Features Aluminum Lo-Mass spool, HEG gearing, Super Free, super stopper, 1/8 turn easy access sideplate, rubber handle grips, dartanium drag, clicking drag adjustment, Quickfire II clutch bar
Origin Japan
MSRP $119.99

The dawn of the newest mainstream reel from Shimano, the completely redefined Citica E was introduced alongside the new Curado E

Impressions: The Curado E and Citica E made their debut at ICAST 2008, and were once again designed by Shimano America specifically for the US market. When Shimano Product Manager Jeremy Sweet sought out to revamp the series he wanted to best the previous versions in every aspect, and that included performance, refinement, and even overall value.

Testing the Citica E on Dream Lake in Alabama

The redesign of the Curado E greatly benefitted the Citica series, as the new reels bear the same new profile, which is considerably smaller than the original. By using the same tooling for both frames the company could leverage the increased volume and that price savings could be passed on to the consumer, despite the fact that the cost of materials continues to skyrocket industry wide.

The Citica E features the same smaller profile as the Curado E

The Curado series has long been the most popular baitcaster in the Shimano lineup, as it offers a good overall balance of features versus price. The previous Citica D was so good that it started to attract buyers from both the lower end Cruxis reel as well as the higher end Curado customers, but the Curado still held the lion share of the segment. The bottom line was Shimano was offering more choices for anglers to pick from.

From the side the Citica 200E is incredibly sleek in profile

But what separated the Citica most from the Curado was the feature-set, the Curado D while similar in basic ergonomics to the lower end reels had many more of Shimano’s features that improved overall refinement, including a higher bearing count and souped up gearing. In addition the Curado was offered in a greater range of sizes making the reels more useful over a wider range of applications.

The Citica E has a new sculpted profile that is more defined than the previous generation reels

Fast forward to present day and the time has come for Shimano to create a new mainstream reel, one that reflected the updates requirements from anglers. This includes increased emphasis placed on light overall weight and enhanced ergonomics. The new Curado and Citica E series reels reduced the overall size of the reel down one size, so the new 200 size reel is actually smaller than the previous reel’s 100 sizes but managed to maintain the same line capacity.

Zander tests casting performance with weightless plastics

Next Section: The redesign continues









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