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Discussion: Miken Ultra II

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Nov. 21, 2006
Secret
Men's 60
34 posts
Miken Ultra II
Will someone advise me on when the Ultra II first became available?

I have an Ultra II that is stamped ASA approved. Did it have a warranty?
Nov. 21, 2006
bashbro1
Men's 60
266 posts
From bashbro1’s memory of the sequence of events back then was that the Miken Velocit-E Ultra, Balanced & Maxload models, were both banned around the end of July, 2002 by ASA. The Ultra II was then produced by Miken as the replacement bat if you had purchased one of the original Gun Metal Gray Balanced or Maxload that was now illegal. The NEW U2 had a metal rod inserted in the handle to move some of the weight back from the barrel head to satisfy ASA’s safety concerns about “End Loaded” bats, but was essentially the same bat as the U1 balanced with the modification.

This exchange program began in early Aug of 2002. To get a free BLACK U2, you just had to send back your original GRAY U1 with a receipt of purchase, either the Maxload or Balanced model. The exchange program lasted very short period of time. The following July 31st 2003, ASA changed their position and banned the U2 as well. Miken offered up a choice of two replacement bats for the U2; the New Miken Edge (a short 9” barrel) and the Velocit-E II which was often confused with the Ultra II with similar looking graphics. Neither of these bats were worth a darn and died on the vine quickly. I know that some bat doctors have repainted an Ultra II as a Velocit-E II and that’s a joke. If you see a ball bombed with a Velocit-E II graphics bat I’d check it; but according to the established guidelines for calling a bat into question of course.

When SSUSA approved the U2 in the 2004 season for seniors it gave the Miken corp. a reason to keep producing the bat. About a $100 bucks was knocked off the retail price for most of the outlets cause most of us are on fixed incomes (LOL). The the ASA certification logo was not included on the bat as it was no longer certified by ASA. SSUSA has no bat certification logo yet. Yes, The Ultra II was legal for about 11 or 12 months and did carry an ASA certification logo. If you have one of these bats the exchange bat period and the 1 year warranty are long over. However, most of us seniors believe that a U2 with an ASA cert. logo is much more durable and may have a little more pop as well. So it’s a keeper in my estimation if you have one.

Bashbro1 (Playing 60’s ball out of Kent, WA for Jimmy Mac’s Restaurant, Renton, WA and Yeager Sports of Bellingham, WA)
Nov. 22, 2006
Secret
Men's 60
34 posts
Bashbro1, Thanks a lot for your information
Nov. 24, 2006
batguyaz
134 posts
I was wondering, has the U2 been good or bad for the game of softball ??
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