So the new G Curado has no bearing on the spool shaft like the E did? That sucks, what about using an E series spool?
Exactly what sucks about that? The lack of an EXTRA third bearing probably contributes to BETTER spool speed. The reason that certain Daiwa and Pure Fishing brand reels have a bearing on the spool is due to the shortened, or disconnected spool shaft on the cranking side. Their design practically predicates having that bearing in place. The extension rod is there for spool tensioning purposes, and I'm not even sire why they even put a third bearing under the tension cap - it's not like that part spins.
Remember, you have to have a greater understanding of how the reel parts mesh together to form a machine before you can declare one design better than another. In this case, they are just different.