This reel benefits from X-ship engineering – a gear system which combines a series of features that work together to creature supreme power transmission efficiency. By positioning the pinion gear close to the centre line of the large drive gear, rotational resistance is minimised meaning that more power is transferred from the handle to the rotor. This is exactly the feature you require when handling big fish. Four shielded A-RB bearings and a roller bearing are all housed within the compact body, allowing a smoothness and efficiency never seen before in a reel at this price range. This Ultegra XTC also features Shimano’s groundbreaking Baitrunner technology as standard – the lever that sets the reel to allow for a smooth free spool. A combination of an AR-C spool, Aero Wrap II, plus two-speed slow oscillation ensures that not only is line management controlled but that line lay is sublime. The 5500 is the prefect tool for waters which are on the smaller side, although it also works superbly for long range specialist fishing.
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