Ebonite Cyclone

by Bob Johnson 0

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.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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