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    Breaking down new Lews BB1

    I am mixed on the this reel.
    It is not your daddy's Lews.
    I just got mixed feelings on reliability on a few parts only time will tell.

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    1st picture is of Lews BB1 Reel


    2nd Picture plastic return pawl typically metal in other reels with little piece of metal at end to connect with clutch pawl
    Probably to make it lighter. We will have to wait and see.


    3rd Picture
    Spool with V or U in it helps with releasing line I like that
    Brakes are 6 brake system takes some time to get use to the system


    4th picture have to hold spring loaded pin on top to open side.
    You can see the 6 pin brake system


    5th picture clutch with two anti reverse pawls. So So only time will tell.


    6th picture drag system not the best not the worst


    7th picture side plate with lews logo


    Pretty light reel, like spool, braking system is designed to help throw lures further takes some practice not to bird nest,
    some parts questionable, and feels lighter than speed spool or tournament speed spool.
    I think just have to wait and see how the reel does.
    It is made in Korea while the Lews speed spool they moved production to China.
    Just have to wait and see with this reel.
    Last edited by jlsch1; 11-15-2012 at 05:49 PM.

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    Thanks for the breakdown. Let us know on long-term use how it holds up.

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    Is this your first new generation Lews?


    What reels are you comparing it to?

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    No I had other basspro 2009/2010 basspro style Lews.
    Speed Spools are alot better built than this reel just simpler drag.
    I have and seen both the Korean and China built Speed Spools.
    Tournament pro built fairly close to this model except clutch is alittle better design.

    This reel built like a cheaper model basspro reel that you can get on sale at spring sale for $69 or less.
    I know they are looking at weight, but there is alot of red flags popping up here.

    I use to sell and repair the old Shimano built, Ryobi built, and Zebco built Lews.
    Still actually got parts sitting for these reels in a storage shed when I sold my place.
    The basspro style generation Lews are not even close to these reels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlsch1 View Post
    No I had other basspro 2009/2010 basspro style Lews.
    Speed Spools are alot better built than this reel just simpler drag.
    I have and seen both the Korean and China built Speed Spools.
    Tournament pro built fairly close to this model except clutch is alittle better design.

    This reel built like a cheaper model basspro reel that you can get on sale at spring sale for $69 or less.
    I know they are looking at weight, but there is alot of red flags popping up here.

    I use to sell and repair the old Shimano built, Ryobi built, and Zebco built Lews.
    Still actually got parts sitting for these reels in a storage shed when I sold my place.
    The basspro style generation Lews are not even close to these reels.
    So...in short...are you saying they appear to be junk compared to basspro reels? and compared to reels from 20 years ago?

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    In the $99 to $159 reel class with Pflueger, Pinnacle, Basspro, Daiwa, and Shimano I don't see this reel lasting.
    Even the 2009/2010 speed spool reels which I do have some are better than this.

    They claim it supose to be lighter and better than the old Lews BB1 I don't think so.
    It not even close a modern day reel in the same price range.
    Last edited by jlsch1; 11-16-2012 at 01:39 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlsch1 View Post
    In the $99 to $159 reel class with Pflueger, Pinnacle, Basspro, Daiwa, and Shimano I don't see this reel lasting.
    Even the 2009/2010 speed spool reels which I do have some are better than this.

    They claim it supose to be lighter and better than the old Lews BB1 I don't think so.
    It not even close a modern day reel in the same price range.

    Well, Im sure it is lighter than the old BB1, I dont know about better...as I never have used one.

    And Lews has a handful of reels around that range as well. Several of their reels have gotten excellent reviews over the past 2 years.

    I guess you should go use the reel for a full season and see what you think after that.

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    Seriously the metal end on the plastic clutch cracked against the plastic.
    I have to get parts.

    Other reels were based off basspro reels that had maybe a year or two of life.
    Speed Spool 2005 browning ( I got both reels)
    Tournament speed spool 2004/2005 Johnny Morris reel

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    The reel might not be built as well as the earlier Lew's BB1N's, but what reels are built as well today as 20 years ago? Plastic is in everything we touch nowadays... Hell, even cars are mostly plastic except for sheetmetal/frame. I got 4 of the BB1's in a few weeks ago, and have been quite pleased with them so far. They are so smooth, and cast so far, that I actually had a hard time getting them dialed in at first. I still have a special place in my heart for my collection of old BB1N's, which I am still using by the way, but I am going to let them take a backseat this year to the new reel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlsch1 View Post
    Seriously the metal end on the plastic clutch cracked against the plastic.
    I have to get parts.

    Other reels were based off basspro reels that had maybe a year or two of life.
    Speed Spool 2005 browning ( I got both reels)
    Tournament speed spool 2004/2005 Johnny Morris reel

    As Chris stated...plastic is used in a lot of places where metal was used. Everything is that way. Cost reduction is the game now.


    And comparing reels from 04/05 is no where near what is available today. I had Quantum reels in 08, then they changed the design....the old reels are no where near what the new models are.

    Lews released the line of reels again in 2010, not sure why you keep labeling them as BPS reels, as they are not the same. All reels have some similarities, but they are still different.

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    I've fished a few of the Bass Pro Shops branded reels and have yet to run across one that compares to the new Lew's reels. I just dumped Shimano for Lew's due to the cheapening of the Curado name. The reel that the Lew's most resembled internally to me was the Abu Revo's. Drag stack is identical and many of the other pieces looked so close I almost broke down one of each at the same time just to confirm if the pieces were interchangeable or not.

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    I am a Lews fanatic, so I am super excited to try the new BB1's.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Altro Cat View Post
    I've fished a few of the Bass Pro Shops branded reels and have yet to run across one that compares to the new Lew's reels. I just dumped Shimano for Lew's due to the cheapening of the Curado name. The reel that the Lew's most resembled internally to me was the Abu Revo's. Drag stack is identical and many of the other pieces looked so close I almost broke down one of each at the same time just to confirm if the pieces were interchangeable or not.
    I think they are a combination of Abu and Quantum. Similarities with both. I love them. Got some of the new Pros coming this winter. 5.9 oz. Ill add some more Tournament Pros as well.