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Does anyone else prefer the older Shimano VBS braking system to the newer SVS Infinity system?

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Yeah. Literally sold every one of my recent model Shimanos. For whatever reason, I could not for the life of me make 4-pin SVS Infinity work consistently.

Sucks too. I love me some Conquests.

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when I first got my new curado 200i early this year I was cursing the new system.

only because it is a little more complicated as compared to the VBS because each time you change lure weights you now have to adjust both dial and cast control knob, whereas with the old system you just had the cast control knob to deal with.

both systems I never really touch the internal spool brakes/magnets.

now that I have mastered the new system, I love it and can cast much better than with the VBS system.

but it took me a little while to get the hang of it.

what works for me is this: internal brakes : 2 on 2 off

-adjust cast control as normal (luring falling slowly to ground when spool released)

-dial start at 4 on first cast and loosen up accordingly.

that's how I do it now and I really like it. most of the time I can even back the dial off to 3 or lower and just leave it. I only find I need to touch it when I am significantly changing lure weights (eg. from 1/4 to a 1/2 I would adjust, from 3/8 to 1/2 I don't bother)

with lipless cranks and spools, lures that are rocket launcher casters, I can back the dial down to 1 with no issue.

one thing that I have found is the new system although a touch more complex and with more of a learning curve, casts much better with no backlash/loose loops.

I can cast big wind grabbers like big lipped diving cranks and big spinnerbaits much farther than before.

stick with the new system you will get the hang of it and like it too im sure.

 

 

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