Carbon Fiber Clash: Cuetec Cynergy vs. Predator REVO
Carbon fiber cue shafts have come a long way since their humble beginnings in the 1980s. The vision was to create a type of cue that was superior in strength and durability, and easy to maintain – this has finally come to life.
The Benefits of Carbon Fiber Shafts
Most professional players now use carbon fiber shafts, and for good reason. Carbon fiber shafts are very low deflection (while being flexible), they are light, they don’t warp in response to temperature changes, and they are a lot harder to scratch and damage. The technology is truly one of a kind.
But with so many options on the market, it can be hard to choose which carbon fiber shaft is right for you. In this article, I will be comparing arguably two of the best and most popular carbon fiber shafts: Cuetec Cynergy and Predator REVO. Both have unique characteristics and technology that make them effective, yet unique. We’ll discuss and compare the following in regards to each shaft:
- Shaft Taper
- Feel and Touch
There are two main types of cue shaft tapers – a straight (conical) taper and a pro taper. A straight taper features a progressive taper all the way down the shaft (like an extended cone), while a pro taper maintains the same diameter from the tip all the way up to about 12 to 15-inches up the shaft and becomes thicker near the butt of the cue.
All three Cuetec Cynergy shaft models (10.5, 11.8, 12.5) feature a straight taper or a hybrid version of it. Two of the three Predator REVO shaft models (12.4, 12.9) have a pro taper while the 11.8 model has a straight taper. Usually, the pro taper is going to allow for a more consistent stroke due to the shaft diameter being similar while moving through the bridge hand.
One major difference between the Cynergy and REVO offering is the lack of ferrule on REVO shafts. The Cynergy shafts all come with the traditional white ferrule that most pool players know and love. This is another aspect that really depends on personal preference. A ferrule is more important for wooden cues, as it helps protect the material. With carbon fiber, this protection isn’t quite as important since it’s so resistant to damage.
With the REVO ferrule-less technology, you might be getting a shaft that feels stiffer at the tip, but you’ll be gaining front end mass that produces energy transfer that’s second to none.
The sizes of the tips are reflected in the model of the Cynergy or REVO shaft. For example, the Cynergy 10.5 is 10.5mm at the tip, while the REVO 12.9 is 12.9mm at the tip.
Feel and Touch
The general consensus is that the Predator REVO is more muted in terms of shot feedback, and feels noticeably firmer on contact. Those that incorporate more touch shots into their game may appreciate what the Cynergy line has to offer. The REVO also has more of a high pitch “tink” sound upon contact, while the Cynergy isn’t as loud.
The Cynergy shafts range in price from $300 – $400 new, while the REVO shafts are priced at $500. When it comes to carbon fiber cue shafts, you truly get what you pay for. The Cynergy is an excellent value for the money, but the REVO features slightly more technology if that’s what you’re seeking.
Both the Cynergy and REVO shafts come with a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. This does not include general wear and tear. If you discover a flaw in your Cynergy or REVO product, do not try to repair it yourself. Instead, reach out to a trusted dealer to get the issue resolved.
Is a Carbon Fiber Shaft Worth the Money?
Now that we’ve covered the main differences between the Cuetec Cynergy and Predator REVO products, it’s time to answer one big question – are carbon fiber shafts worth the money?
In short, yes. Carbon fiber shafts offer a number of benefits that wooden and other types of cue shafts simply cannot match. If you’re looking for increased accuracy, consistency, and durability, carbon fiber is the way to go.
Which is Best – Cynergy or REVO?
Choosing which carbon fiber shaft can be quite the task, but it really comes down to personal preference and what you value most in a pool cue. Both the Cuetec Cynergy and Predator REVO are excellent options, so it really comes down to your specific needs as a player.
If you’re looking for a more consistent stroke, the pro taper on the REVO might be more up your alley. However, if you prefer a softer feel with your shots, then the Cynergy could be a better option. With either choice, you’re getting an excellent product that’s sure to improve your game with enough practice.