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Revo STX or Citica baitcasters

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The revo stx is on sale at TW for $119 and I don't know how long that will last. On the flip side the Citica is the same price and I know that I won't have a problem getting one. The Citica is also the reel I was planning on getting because of the price but should I pull the trigger on the revo now?

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The STX from TW is a lefty and the older version.  I don't think it has the dual braking, but if either doesn't matter to you, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the Revo.

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The Citica is a great BC for the money.

Revo STX is supposed to be quite nice as well. Bassinator mentioned its a Lefty and a 2009 model which I'm sure is still quite nice.

I have a Revo Winch inbound tomorrow then I can more accurately speak of Abu products. :D

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Thanks for that link snoopy2! Who knew there was an almost identical link :D Anyway I do use left hand retrieve reels for spinning and baitcasting so it seems that the Revo will probably be my pick but just like someone from that thread suggested I can always trade it ;D

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I have one of the STX-HS reels from TW, and I had a Curado 201E7

The STX is smoother and has a superb drag system. It can cast light baits well, but requires diddling with spool tension and the mag brake. I found the factory spool bearings to make some bad whining noises...Rekon I could've sent it back, but I replaced them with Orange Seal bearings, These make the STX a casting monster with light baits. The reel is great with heavy baits too. I have it mounted on an Avid 7' MH/F rod

The Curado E7 is a fine reel as well. The handle ergonomics are fantastic, as is the rest of the reel. Fits my style well. The drag is adequte, but I wonder how long the single drag disc and plastic drag washer will last? What I really liked about the E7 was it's ability to cast any baits with no fussing. I set two brake shoes out, and set the spool tension to just take up any side to side slack in the spool. I could cast senko's or 3/4oz spinnerbaits and everything in between and I never messed with the reel settings. The fqctory spool bearings were greased. I flushed 'em out and lubed with a light bearing oil. It made a significant difference. The Curado is "set it and forget it" reel. Mine was mounted on a Crucial 6'6" MH/F rod.

I recently traded my E7 for a Daiwa TD-Z. I would buy another E7 if the need arose.

Hope that helps, even though I didn't compare the STX to a Citica. For a $120 you can't beat the STX. Get 'em while they're cheap!   :D

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I'm pretty new to baitcasting reels, but has used both.  I would HIGHLY recommend the STX over the Citica, especially for the same price.

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The Citica was my first baitcasting reel, the Revo STX my second (both LH).

The Citica is much less temperamental. It's an easy reel to learn on, at least that's what I feel. The centrifugal brakes work great. Within a couple of days of buying it, I was casting with one brake on, and next to none thumb pressure.

The Revo, I got it yesterday, and took out for a spin today, is kinda less forgiving. I don't like the magnetic only brakes a lot. That said, after a couple of hours of playing with the tension knob and the brakes, I was consistently getting 50+ yards casts with a 7/8 oz buzzbait (I modified a 3/8 oz bb). Casts superbly, probably better than the Citica; but requires a lot of thumb if you want good casting distances. I don't know how well it casts lighter baits. I tried a 9/16 oz X-Rap walk and had lots of trouble. But it may be my rod; it's rated for 3/8 oz to 1 oz lures, I feel it's grossly under-rated.

In any case, as it seems you already decided, I would say buy the Revo STX. If you don't like it, just sell it.

EDIT:

The Citica is spooled with 12/10 lb Sufix Siege/Elite.

The Revo STX with 40 lb Daiwa Samurai.

The rod I used today is a 7'8" MH/moderate Pinnacle Perfecta cranking stick.

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Keep in mind you can get a nib citica for less than retail on ebay.

I got one for $90 shipped not too long ago.

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I have had both those reels, and I would say the STX is the way to go at that price.

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I have had both those reels, and I would say the STX is the way to go at that price.

No question asked....STX is a better reel.

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I have a STX, Citica D and E, and I would choose the STX all day long.  Its just sooo much smoother than either one, drag is awesome, and I have no problem whatsoever casting light baits. 

Check out Gander mountain around Christmas time, I got my STX for 99 bucks.

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I was gonna say this lol.

So yeah I started that thread and I definitely like my new Revo STX a lot.  Its built like a tank, and despite this being my first baitcaster i have had no problems using it or dialing it in.   

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