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Dunlop Aerogel 4D GT-X vs. TF Basaltex 130

Published: 20 Dec 2009 - 04:02 by jamesc

Updated: 05 Mar 2012 - 05:26

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Hi I was wondering if anybody had a chance to compare these (Dunlop Aerogel 4D Pro GT-X and Tecnifibre Basaltex ( the new Carboflex) 130 ? I can't decide which one to order.

Thanks!

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From kocebai - 05 Mar 2012 - 05:26

 i play w Basaltex 140- the one Lincou uses. have basaltex 130 as a spare just in case. but love 140 much better. 

140- no vibration what so ever, the control is great and the feel of the weight is just amazing. more than enough power for me .but my game is control oriented .

i am new to stringing so i am still experimenting w strings. so far the best string for me is 305 17g. i am trying the Xone biophase 17g, when i have more experience w it will post some comments.

my next step however is trying the new ashaway black powernick 19g. read a lot of great reviews so.

over all TF has the best overall racket on market- basaltex 140. but get a hand on a racket and try for youself whats work and what doesnt. 

have fun!!!!!!!

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From drop-shot - 02 Jun 2011 - 04:03   -   Updated: 02 Jun 2011 - 04:03

 Who cares for my words, but anyway: Here are my few cents:
– comparing DUNLOP with TECNIFIBRE makes no sense. 

why?

1. Stiffness of the frame: Dunlop is elastic/ flexible whilst Tecnifibre is stiff

2. Balance of the frame is different

3. Weight is different

so what do we need to compare? 

 

But take my words of advice: after few years of squashing I can play with ANY racket you give me. I have played with Dunlop GTX last months and switched to Prince Rebel. And... every mouse will praise its tail... Mate, no sense to put such a topic. Get a racket, play with it for few hours and then ask. 

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From sarahcoles - 27 May 2011 - 14:06   -   Updated: 27 May 2011 - 16:42

Ideal for advanced/intermediate players seeking a head light pro player frame profile with dense 16x19 string pattern, widened throat area and long handle for ultimate feel and control, coupled with an oversize head to deliver maximum power.

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From Stonehands - 20 May 2011 - 01:17

Thanks sloejp. 

I bought the 130 basaltex.  First impression - wow, is it ever light.  I don't think that the Dunlop GT-X is accurate in it's advertised weight (130 also).  I put an additional replacement grip on the TF and it feels very head light to me.  Of course, I am used to Prince, and Dunlop's are more even balanced even if they advertise head light.  The grip feels a little too big now, so just an overgrip may be more appropriate for me.

I'm looking forward to using it in a match tonight.  If I like the TF, I may move to the 140 racquet.  If I don't like it, I'm going back to Dunlop.

If you get the Dunlop Pro GT, I would be curious to know your thoughts - especially on durability.  I did really like the 4D GT-X, just broke too unexpectedly.  Power is not an issue for me. 

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From sloejp - 19 May 2011 - 12:33

tf rackets are very durable. i've never broke one and haven't heard any horror stories about breaking.

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From Stonehands - 13 May 2011 - 02:42

I had the Dunlop GT-X and loved it.  However, I ran into the exact same issue as Chris.  After a couple of months the frame broke at top middle.  I'm an advanced player and I felt the racket broke wayyyyy too easily.  Previously, I used the Prince Speedport Black and broke one racquet in 3-4 years (got them when they first came out).  Found that drops are difficult for me to execute consistantly - didn't like the head heavy balance point or the oval grip.  Solid racquet though and powerful if you hit the sweetspot. 

Anyway, I have ordered the Carboflex 130.  I like the 'grid' stringing over the 'fan' stringing, and the large looking hitting surface as well as the shape of the hitting surface.  My question is, what is the durability like for the Carboflex 130, and Tecnifibre in general?  I don't know a lot about their racquets, but I do play with their string.

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From Chris Leung - 17 Sep 2010 - 00:39

 Just smashed my 4D GTX so now off to get the 130 Carboflex.  GTX setup with TF 305 at 27lbs was great.  However only got one match out of the racket before it broke.  Pretty bad I thought given I've only had it for 2 mths of play.  Traditionally thought Dunlop were more durable, but not so sure now with the 4D which are stiffer.  Previously setup with Powernick Blue at 22lbs however, struggled big time with accuracy and power generation, 

Had a quick hit with a friends 130 Carboflex.  The 130 is much more powerful than the GTX and more forgiving with much larger sweet spot.  Haven't used it in competition yet so will see how it goes under pressure and for touch shots.

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From sloejp - 31 Jan 2010 - 11:56

now i'm using the tf basaltex 130. i haven't used the new aerogel 4d pro gt-x, but have had a swing with the previous aerogel pro gt model. i think the biggest differences will be head weight, vibration and power/accuracy. the newest tf 130 is somewhat head-heavy. (the tf balastex 140 has a more even balance) the frame does vibrate, but with the introduction of basaltex in the shaft, i find that there's less vibration than previous tf models. you can get a lot of power out of the latest tf and reasonably good accuracy for drops. at first, i loved the tf, but now i find the vibration is getting on my nerves and the racket feels a little unstable in my hand. i use a vibration dampner, but it really destroys the feel for the ball.

dunlop pro gt is totally different. it's head light and really easy to whip around on court. i was also impressed by how little vibration there is in the frame and how much more accurate my shots felt. i think dunlop introduced 4d to address some complaints that the previous pro gt model lacked a little power. so i'm guessing 4d stiffens the frame in key areas, but i would very much like to hear from someone who's played with the pro gt-x. i was thinking of buying one myself, but if 4d stiffens the frame too much or has otherwise detracts from the overall feel of the racket, then i may just buy the pro gt.

 

 

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From mrbrown - 30 Jan 2010 - 03:24   -   Updated: 30 Jan 2010 - 03:25

Well I play with the Tecnifibre 130 Basaltex, and first impressions I really liked it. Found it had a great balance, perfect weight with good power. Been playing about 6 months now with it and I cant say i still feel the same way about it. I think Id prefer a racket around 140 grams solely for the extra power and stability. Id maybe try the Basaltex 140.  I never played with the Dunlop gt pro but I know someone who loves that racket, I never personally tried any dunlops. So what it really comes down to is what shape you prefer. Tear drop shapes tend to give more power while rackets with throats are more stabil.

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