December 6th, 2011 | Published in Ball Reviews
46 Hook 15.5 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape
Core Design: The Cyclone entry level series will provide stronger dynamics than the earlier Tornado line. The Cyclone’s Torq symmetric core has a medium RG of 2.52, and a Diff at .052. Bowlers can create flare ranges of 1 to 5” dependent on layout choice and weight hole location.
Coverstock: The GB 10.7 reactive veneer is available in three color variations; a fusion of black, gold and silver pearls; navy, pink and gold pearl; or the purple, orange and yellow mix. Oil traction is very limited with box 4000/high polish, yet response time off drier boards is quick.
Manufacturer’s Intent: “We wanted to create a new performance standard in the entry level category,” says Ed Gallagher, Ebonite Brand Manager. “Using the Cyclone Torq core and The One cover, we are thrilled with the performance we are providing the market at an economical price point.”
Test Results: Although one of this month’s top performers, the Cyclone will not match up on heavier volumes unless sanded to 2000 grit or rougher. The cover is of medium strength by today’s standards, which means it does not require a lot of front or midlane oil for its length. That said, it responds aggressively off drier boards, which supplies angular breakpoint potential. The strength of this series of balls appears to be the perfect strength match of core and cover. Hitting power was superb, as was usability on any light to medium volumes of oil. Drilling layouts had a subtle effect on total hook or breakpoint shape.
When to Use: This entry level reactive offers a big improvement over the Tornado, a good product. This ball will play great on light to medium volumes or anywhere there’s a glimmer of friction. Any serious beginner should upgrade at some point from polyester and urethane, and the Cyclone is an excellent option. It allows for easy use near second arrow for rev-challenged releases on most house conditions. Higher rev players will also find uses on burnt or second-shift situations, playing well left of center. It easily permits a send-it-and-bend-it ball motion option.