The Shimano Ultegra XSD has been built to be sleek and stylish. It is, by its nature, an eye-catcher, and will definitely garner you some attention from your fellow angler. However, it’s not just a pretty face; behind that gorgeous, dark silver frame is a plethora of technologies, high-quality materials and mechanisms that make this reel a work of art, inside and out.
XShip is a combination of features that work together to create much greater efficiency. By positioning the pinion gear close to the centre line of the large diameter drive gear, more power is transferred from the handle to the rotor. The pinion gear is also supported by two Shimano ARB roller bearings. This creates more stability.
The Parallel Body feature implicates that the spool is lined out parallel to the rod. This results in the reduction of line touching the rod and subsequently this increases the casting distance.
Shimano ARC Spool is a patented spool design with an angled spool lip. This design enables the line to leave the spool with less friction and in smaller coils resulting in longer more accurate casts. ARC spools are proven to reduce backlash and wind knots when using braid.
S ARB Shimano
S ARB bearings are high corrosion resistant ARB ball bearings with an extra shield for improved protection against sand, salt or dust. Super Slow Oscillation Super Slow Oscillation the spool moves very slowly forming almost parallel wraps of line.
Aero Wrap II
Aero Wrap and the advanced Aero Wrap II is a worm gear oscillation system with a specially designed pitch to create optimal oscillation speeds. This provides superb uniform line lay to reduce loss of energy during the cast. Aero Wrap II is considered one of the best line lay systems in the world.
Aluminium Cold Forged aluminium is used for some 'round' reels, fly reels and is also used for many types of spool. Made from one single piece of aluminium Cold Forging produces great strength.
DynaBalance reduces wobble during the retrieve by counter balancing the rotor to enhance sensitivity and smoothness. By using computer balancing Shimano are able to redistribute the rotor weight to create eliminate vibrations.
Easy Maintenance is a small oil lubrication port that enables direct lubrication of the inner workings of a reel with approved Shimano lubricant. Some highend Shimano reels have a line roller lubrication option.
Floating Shaft II
The key friction area on most fixed spool reels is where the spool drive shaft meets the pinion. Shimano designers have overcome this by reducing a large percentage of surface area contact and incorporating bearings on either side of the shaft. The resultant design leaves the shaft in a 'floating' position, considerably improving efficiency and longevity.
The precision engineered main Hypergear transmits more power from the handle to the rotor. Designed to exacting tolerances, it requires less effort but returns more retrieve playing torque with vastly reduced component wear.
Instant Drag allows the drag setting to be switched from free spool to a 'fight' setting by tightening the Instant Drag lever on the front of the spool in only a few turns.
Super Stopper II
Super Stopper II eliminates backward movement and free play in the handle when the reel is set in antireverse.
XT7 is the original Shimano composite reel material. Used on midpriced and budget reels and spools XT7 is reliable, robust and lightweight.
- Family Type Big pit/surf
- Models 14000
- Bearings 1 S A-RB + 3 Shielded Stainless Steel & 1 roller bearing
- Line lay Aerowrap II + Super Slow Oscillation + 2-speed
- Extra spool Yes
- Handle Single machined aluminium
- Body material XT-7
- Spool material Cold forged aluminium
- Maintenance port Yes
- Waterproof drag No
Weight (g) 500
Gear ratio 5,3:1
Line capacity (mm/m)0.30-390/0.35-290/0.40-210
Line capacity (lb/yds) 10-425/12-315/16-230
Bearings 1 S-ARB + 3 S SUS & 1 RB