CTS is our own shop – one of a small number of boutique rod companies in the world. We work closely with our boutique carbon and fibreglass suppliers to source the highest quality materials, and to obtain the optimum fibre types and resin systems to ensure all CTS blanks are at the leading edge in terms of material development.
What makes our blanks some of the best is our use of 100% uni-directional carbon fibre. We combine this with our carbon helical core (made also from 100% uni-directional carbon fibre) to obtain superior hoop strength. Hoop strength stops the blank from creasing like a drinking straw and it keeps the blank from ‘ovaling’ under pressure (softening and potentially failing).
One common alternative to our carbon helical is a uni-directional carbon with a layer of scrim. Some companies use a carbon scrim or tissue, but most use a glass scrim. A scrim is a quick and effective way to get hoop strength, but, because it is generally resin rich to fill the voids, puckering of the main carbon uni laminate can occur, causing fibre twists.
Grass scrim is also a woven material, which makes it up to 40% weaker than a non-woven material. This strength decrease is due to the strands being bent as they weave across the opposing strands.
A high strength ferrule is placed at each join, to provide superior crush and split resistance. Even our Quartz S Glass series have their own internal ferrule. There is no need for the rod builder to place a ferrule wrap at this point for reinforcement.
In this heavier wall (base) section of our Affinity DQ, you can see a number of layers of reinforcing along with the helical on the inside. The number of wraps and the grade of material for the wraps is varied depending on the loads it will be subject to.
Our designs incorporate up to five different types of carbon in each blank. Each carbon type is placed at various parts of the blank to optimise strength and weight. We’ve worked with our boutique carbon suppliers to continuously maintain the most cutting edge carbon/matrix systems.
CTS uses three main carbon systems:
The popular heavy duty GT Fight Series utilises our Generation III design system, incorporating three material layers: