Shimano Ultegra FC

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The totally NEW Shimano Ultegra FC is built for anglers who are looking for a reliable spinning reel to lure fish for freshwater perch, pike, zander or saltwater sea bass. It provides high-end features and technologies previously only seen on much more expensive reels.

The traditional model has evolved significantly. Winding, casting, durability, and basic performance are totally different.

These features ensure gear strength, durability and operation performance. The new Shimano Ultegra FC is part of the Coresolid concept which offers an unique silky reeling, which is distinctive for Shimano reels.

Including the Micro Module Gear II used in Shimano STELLA, it is generously equipped with the latest mechanism inherited from the highest-end models such as long stroke spool, silent drive, and X protect. By greatly improving basic performance such as winding, casting, and durability, it will take your fishing to the next stage. Shimano want you to experience this evolution.

The new Shimano Ultegra FC is the ultimate evolution of one of Shimano’s most popular mid-priced reels. Containing many of the latest technical features found on top-of-the-range SHIMANO reels like Shimano Stella, at a superb price that defies reality, the new Shimano Ultegra FC range offers remarkable value.

Shimano Ultegra FC

The combination of HAGANE Gear, MicroModule II, X-Ship and Silent Drive ensures the very best winding performance, even under pressure, with faultless smoothness that enhances the fishing experience. X-Protect technology prevents water getting into the moving parts of the line roller and roller clutch, extending longevity and delivering failsafe performance.

For distance casting, the Long Stroke Spool design and AR-C Spool enables the line to flow more freely during the cast and the addition of a CI4+ Body reduces overall weight for less fatigue when fishing for extended periods.

Shimano product planner & developer Bart Jan Van Den Burg walks us through the key elements of the new Shimano Ultegra FC in the video below.

The new Shimano Ultegra FC highlights:

– It’s very strong and durable HAGANE main gear is produced with Shimano’s unique cold forging process.
– The New MICRO MODULE GEAR II and SILENT DRIVE ensure an overall smooth operation of the reel, even under high pressure or load.
– The LONG STROKE SPOOL adds casting distance and accuracy by application of a longer spool stroke compared to regular reel spools.
– The X Protect feature provides excellent water resistance without creating a heavy rotation feeling.
– The new Shimano Ultegra FC also features G Free Body technology to reduce fatigue and enhance casting comfort.
– The stiff but lightweight CI4+ body is the perfect protection and support for the HAGANE gear, X-Ship system, and shielded A-RB bearings to work to their maximum effect and efficiency.

Shimano Ultegra FC

The all new Shimano Ultegra FC is an eye-catching reel which is engineered to be best in class. Available in stores from early spring 2021.

The sleeping giant rests no longer. The new Shimano Ultegra FC is a feature-packed powerhouse, offering premium performance for all anglers. Ruggedly designed from cover to core with a hint of elegance in design, the marriage of Shimano’s CI4+ composite body and cold-forged HAGANE Gear provides extreme durability and sensitivity with less weight.

MicroModule Gear II and SilentDrive technologies improve gear mesh and minimize overall play in construction to provide increased reel performance. Improving upon standard protection against corrosion, Shimano Ultegra FC incorporates Shimano’s X-Protect technology and makes it the easy choice for anglers seeking utility in fresh, brackish and saltwater environments.

Shimano Ultegra FC

For a final touch of refinement, Shimano Ultegra FC features a seamless one-piece bail that allows line to travel unimpeded onto the line roller, reducing friction and limiting tangles. A reel for all anglers and any situation, the new Shimano Ultegra FC is loaded with high-quality Shimano features for increased performance.

The new Shimano Ultegra FC 2500, 2500SHG, C3000, C3000HG, C3000XG will be released in March 2021, And 1000, C2000S, C2000SHG, 4000, 4000XG, C5000XG will be released in April.

The new Shimano Ultegra FC technical characteristics:

CI4 +
Lightweight carbon material that is a new carbon material that evolved from CI4 +. The rigidity and durability have been greatly improved while maintaining the lightness, and the size and weight have been further reduced.

“HAGANE” gear
The metal block is pressed at a pressure of about 200 tons and finished with micron accuracy without cutting. A unique technology called precision cold forging creates hard, tenacious gears and enables smooth winding comfort.

Micro Module Gear II
Micro module gear II evolved by the most advanced tooth surface design and manufacturing technology unique to Shimano. We reviewed the design of each gear tooth and each tooth surface to pursue the ideal tooth shape. We have also achieved a reduction in noise and an improvement in smooth gear feeling.

X-SHIP
A gear system that efficiently transmits the input power and enables more powerful winding. Light reeling is achieved by increasing the size of the gear, reviewing the optimum arrangement, and improving tooth surface accuracy and support performance.

Silent drive
The basic design of the entire body and drive-related parts have been reviewed one by one, and minute backlash, gaps, and shaking between parts have been thoroughly eliminated in every detail. There are various areas to be improved, such as drive gears, worm shafts, worm shaft pins, and worm shaft gears. A new dimension of smooth rotation performance and quiet winding comfort have been achieved.

X Protect (Spinning)

[Small and medium-sized general-purpose reels] For small and medium-sized general-purpose spinning that requires lighter rotation, we have focused on a non-contact structure so as not to impair the lightness of rotation. In addition to the conventional water-repellent treatment, a labyrinth structure that suppresses the ingress of water is combined to achieve high waterproof performance while being non-contact. It is used in the stopper bearing and line roller.

[Large reel for salt water] A contact-type waterproof structure is used for large saltwater spinning reels that require higher waterproof performance. By physically cutting off the seawater intrusion route with a low-sliding type seal member, high waterproof performance has been achieved while suppressing rotational resistance. It is used for the stopper bearing and line roller, and especially the stopper bearing is equivalent to the waterproof standard IPX8.

G free body
Succeeded in bringing the center of gravity of the entire spinning reel closer to hand by arranging sliding functional parts for moving the spool back and forth on the upper part of the Shimano Ultegra FC body. This improves the sense of unity with the rod, reduces fatigue caused by casting, and improves rod operability.

AR-C spool
A spool that has been made lighter by Shimano’s original processing technology in order to achieve both the two purposes of “no trouble” and “extending the flight distance”. The “line rectification effect” due to the special shape of the spool ring adjusts the line emission to the best condition.

LONG STROKE SPOOL
Spool with long stroke is designed by increasing the width of the spool spool, it is possible to reduce the amount of line loss in the latter half of the cast, which contributes to improved cast feeling and flight distance.

S A-RB
A-RB is the industry’s first “surface modification” to form a “passivization layer” and realize a bearing that keeps rust away. Furthermore, SA-RB has its sides sealed with a rust preventive material to significantly reduce salt shavings due to salt re-crystallization inside the bearing.

One piece bail
An integrally molded ultra-fine veil that has achieved extremely hard and scratch-resistant strength by injecting the best of cold forging technology. The structure without steps has overcome problems such as the line getting caught.

Seawater OK
Shimano’s original high-performance bearings that keep rust away, S A-RB, A-RB, and the antiseptic treatment of the exterior make it safe to use even in sea fishing. We recommend washing in the shower after use so that you can use it comfortably for a long time.

The New Shimano Ultegra FC – Greatly evolved with the latest features


Shimano Ultegra FC model specifications:

Model Number:
Bearings:
Gear Ratio:
Line Per Handle Turn:
Weight oz:
Mono Line Capacity:
Braid Line Capacity:
Max Drag:
Model Number:
Bearings:
5+1
Gear Ratio:
5.1:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
25
Weight oz:
6.3
Mono Line Capacity:
2/270, 4/160, 6/110
Braid Line Capacity:
10/95, 15/75, 20/65
Max Drag:
7
Model Number:
Bearings:
5+1
Gear Ratio:
6.0:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
35
Weight oz:
7.9
Mono Line Capacity:
6/200, 8/140, 10/120
Braid Line Capacity:
10/150, 15/145, 30/100
Max Drag:
20
Model Number:
Bearings:
5+1
Gear Ratio:
6.2:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
40
Weight oz:
9.5
Mono Line Capacity:
10/200, 12/160
Braid Line Capacity:
15/230, 30/180, 50/120
Max Drag:
24
Model Number:
Bearings:
5+1
Gear Ratio:
6.0:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
35
Weight oz:
7.9
Mono Line Capacity:
6/230, 8/170, 10/140
Braid Line Capacity:
10/200, 20/140, 40/105
Max Drag:
20
Model Number:
Bearings:
5+1
Gear Ratio:
6.2:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
40
Weight oz:
10.1
Mono Line Capacity:
12/195, 14/165
Braid Line Capacity:
20/260, 30/235, 40/185
Max Drag:
24

Shimano Ultegra FC Frequently Asked Questions:

How does the Shimano Ultegra stand up against corrosion?

Ultegra FC incorporates Shimano's X-Protect technology and makes it the easy choice for anglers seeking reels for use in fresh, brackish and saltwater environments.

Does it come with a extra spool?

Unfortunately the Shimano Ultegra FC does not come with an extra spool.

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Shimano Ultegra FC Video:

The NEW Ultegra | Find out all key elements of the reliable spinning reel: TechTalk
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