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Discussion: Reebok Melee

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March 11, 2012
rightrj1
Men's 55
203 posts
Reebok Melee
Hello all rebok reps,

What's the deal with the new Reboks decals coming off the bats after 5 to 10 swings?
I know & understand that there's no warranty on these bats, but it sure makes the Bats out to be CHEAP! I've already contact the rep I purchase mine from & he was kind enough to send me a replacement then the same thing happen to the replacement...I understand Rebok sold more of these Senior Bats then any other Bat company last year, but this new batch in 2012 are just plain CHEAP....Can one of you guys please shed some light on why this is happening to the current batch of Reboks...I had to put it down after this happen,in fear that they would CRACK after 20 swings!
March 11, 2012
surf88
Men's 60
862 posts
There are no 2012's out yet, only 2011 bats. Have not seen this personally but I WILL find out an answer to this issue. Ed
March 12, 2012
saddlebrookrick
55 posts
I have a question about Reeboks-- I have had 3 senior Reeboks and the first was great, probably the best senior bat I've had and it broke after approx 400 swings. The last 2 have been the worst-- I traded for these and have no idea where they were bought, my question is-- does anyone know for sure if there are fake Reeboks being sold and are they sold on ebay?
March 12, 2012
surf88
Men's 60
862 posts
saddle: I do not know if there are knockoff bat copies out there. I do know that there are discounted bat sales on Ebay and other internet sites. Only a suggestion, but when purchasing a senior bat, do it with a reputable individual or entity that you know and trust or that others know, trust or have worked with. There seems to be a lot of unknown criteria out there to muddy waters.
Ed
March 12, 2012
saddlebrookrick
55 posts
The first bat was purchased from a dealer and was very good thats one reason I was wondering about the fake bats.
March 12, 2012
surf88
Men's 60
862 posts
If you purchased a Melee senior bat and experienced an immediate issue as above, STOP! DO NOT CONTINUE HITTING WITH IT. Box it up, include a letter of explanation with the facts pertinent to the purchase and the issue. Include your return address and phone number. Keep a record and/or receipt of your shipment. You do not need an RA# for a Reebok senior bat.

Send it to:
Reebok International
Senior Bat R & D
1895 JW Foster Blvd
Canton, Mass 02021

Good Luck!

Ed Andrews
Sun Reebok Sr Rep
Box 98
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-3144/729-3145
March 12, 2012
rightrj1
Men's 55
203 posts
Surf,

I really appreciate you looking into this...I too was very pleased with the 1st Melee I purchased, which is the reason I purchased another one. I'll be honest this decal thing has put a bitter taste in my month....I'll take your advice and send the current one I have back to Reebok International.... The Rep I purchase this one from is a good guy & a friend of mine, so IMO it's got to be a defect from the production line!
Thxs again
Ron #22

55 AZ Fangrabbers / 50 Barcelona Bandits

March 12, 2012
joe56
10 posts
I purchased a Reebok Melee end loaded from Amazon and after the third swing i ran my hand along the barrel and thought i felt a crack... turned out to be a paint chip. I continued taking BP and after about 50 swings 2 huge areas of paint chipping had occured.I e-mailed Ed Andrews and he responded immediately and was very helpful with the return address shown above. this was my 4th senior melee, i had no problems with the others. although Ed was very helpful I decided to keep it and just hit it in BP and games till it breaks... but I am dissappointed in their quality control. that is all
March 12, 2012
Hippe
Men's 50
13 posts
I had a Reebok Melee crack after 2 swings come to find out the decal peeled off in large chunks. I bought it from a rep. who took it back and gave me a new one which got stress cracks but working well (so far). It seems like they didn`t put a clear coat to keep the decal on.
March 12, 2012
Don5
Men's 60
33 posts
I have over 600 swings on my 1A 30El, what a great bat.....Hope I didn't jinx myself, knock on wood, Ouch! my head hurts now..
March 13, 2012
Doubles33
Men's 50
7 posts
Anyone know what production date codes are having issues? I have a 27EL with a 1A production date. Seems to be OK. About 50 swings on it not yet broken in I think. I just got a new one through Anaconda,a 28EL with a production date of 1D.

Also, I saw some for sale at a tournament last year, brand new, that had no production date code. Guy selling it was a used bat salesman and sets up a table with mostly used bats. He said that was they way they were making them now? I heard there were some knockoffs out there. Would these be them?
March 13, 2012
Doubles33
Men's 50
7 posts
Anyone know what production date codes are having issues? I have a 27EL with a 1A production date. Seems to be OK. About 50 swings on it not yet broken in I think. I just got a new one through Anaconda,a 28EL with a production date of 1D.

Also, I saw some for sale at a tournament last year, brand new, that had no production date code. Guy selling it was a used bat salesman and sets up a table with mostly used bats. He said that was they way they were making them now? I heard there were some knockoffs out there. Would these be them?
March 13, 2012
canIjack
Men's 60
321 posts
LIAIRS,I'm TIRED OF HEARING 400 PLUS SWINGS on these Sorry ass bats. I've had 3 end loads and now a Usssa Vector Crack just last week. 4 Reeboks in 1 year. The Bat has POP, but their not worth the paper I wipe my ass with. The Seniors end loads did not last over 80 swings each. I was the pitcher for
Ron in BP, when the labels and name started peeling off, with just 5 swings on it. So all this 400 swings is a bunch of bull shit. Or there are some weak ass men out there.

The Bat is a piece of shit guys. Really guys, save your money and get a Worth or Combat. JMO
March 13, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Looks like someone needs a hug.
March 13, 2012
CAPT D5
124 posts
My experiences are that the senior bats are fine if you don't hit over about 300 feet or in cold conditions. Likely most of us know this but to be competitive we keep using the bats knowing if we are big hitters we are going to break these bats. I have given up on these bats with the hope the veteran core bat comes out soon as expected. Seniors who are not big hitters will usually be fine with with the present bats as far as breakage. If you are a big hitter and can afford to keep buying and breaking the bats to be competitive fine. Kind of gives an advantage to wealthier players, maybe, but thats probably part of the senior game too. Which gets to the question, for the cost conscious, how much is the new gsc veteran bat expected to cost?






March 13, 2012
the wood
1075 posts
Kennard:
A couple of thoughts...
1) the paper that you use for wiping must be a large quantity, probably greater than a ream, so it does have some value. :-)
2) You're correct about the Combats... they last 2-3 times longer than the Ultras and have only slightly less pop, a difference that ought not matter to you.
There has been lots of dialogue about the Centenarians, both black and white ones, and I find all of it to be true. I've used Combats for 4 years + and have never felt cheated by them.
BW
March 13, 2012
canIjack
Men's 60
321 posts
Reebok can HUG thees nuts, No Gary, I'm just tired of reading all this shit about this bat. Its has pop,OK. But the LIEs about the 400 plus swings..COME ON MAN! Every time I look up, A Post says That this shity bat has Cracked or something.
I have two bats with well over 600 swings, A Miken Legacy, and a 2004 Miken Freak (ASA stamp). Everything else has cracked.
I will try the Vet. when it comes out.

But please spare me the LIES...............Oh yea I got 500 swings,
What you mean is I'm a ground ball base hitter, and I don't swing hard, thats why I HAVE 500 SWINGS ON MY BAT!

March 13, 2012
canIjack
Men's 60
321 posts
By the way Bob, I use 2-Ply,Charmans, LOL.
March 13, 2012
the wood
1075 posts
Charman? These are also known as 'Double Walls' to the experienced. Unfortunately, they are not featured in the LB Senior League rest rooms. I'm told that it's a cost issue... and a very limited warranty.
March 13, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Unless warranties are based on number of swings taken, and good luck proving that anyway, who really keeps track of that? And why?
March 13, 2012
PJ3P
Men's 50
68 posts
My first 29EL Reebok lasted just under 300 swings. Same as my first Macenko Combat 29 EL. The 2nd and 3rd Combats were good for 600. These bats are only used in 70+ weather. I also only hit 44-375 Senior League balls or 44-400 MicroCells. Just for Reference, I broke a Resmondo Mutant in less than 500 swings and a Worth 454 Reload in 400.
I also try to never hit the ball square, much preferring to cut the ball. Cutting the ball will way prolong the life of a bat vs. hitting it square.
IMO, the Miken Ultra and Worth Senior bats are crap. The end load Reebok has the best pop and about 65% of the Combats life span. While I strongly dislike the small knob on the Reebok, it is my favorite senior bat so far.
March 13, 2012
sliplayer
Men's 60
70 posts
I have to agree with Kennard. I had two brand new end loaded 30 oz Reebok Melee's and they both cracked with the wrapping still attached. I returned the bats following my reps instructions (over a year ago)and never heard a thing back from them. I still have one bat which I'm afraid to swing and granted it does have pop but I just have this feeling it's about to break. Just not a fan of Reebok the company anymore and they had such promise.

SLi
Steven Imlay

By the way I'm not looking for help on these bats I'm over it and moving on.
March 13, 2012
Lecak
Men's 55
1005 posts
Steve if I was king of Senior softball I would make you swing with a celery stick.

Joe

PS I get a gazillion swings on my bats but then again I'm a puss.

Steve see you and Carol in Vegas hopefully.
March 13, 2012
rightrj1
Men's 55
203 posts
Well Reebok,

When exceptional players like Kennard & Imlay & The Wood start bitching about these bats you better wake up & start listening....Does the bat have POP?? No question about that!! Are they cheap as HELL after 10 swings?? No doubt about that!!

Does Lecak swing like a PUSS?? He didn't use too! lol

Joe just having fun with you. See you in Vegas!

I just sent mine back to Reebok, we'll see what if anything comes out of this! I WANT MY YELLOW MM COMBAT BACK..I do I DO...LOL

Ron c.
March 13, 2012
docswear
Men's 55
97 posts
Kennard.... no need to hold back... tell us how you really feel.. I have consistently carried three bats in my bag over the past two years... Yellow combat, gray combat and miken ultra... I have replaced two mikens and presently have a broken Miken ... the two combats (other than having the handle chewed on by one of my dogs) are in fine shape. I have not and will not purchase a Reebok based on things like the above posts.... I will most likely NOT replace the Miken for a third time. Watching hitters like some of those that have posted above, I really don't see any great difference in the POP of the Combats vs the Mikens and the Rebok...If you hit it good with any of those bats its gonna go...I guess I am getting cheap (or cheapER) in my old age and would rather have the durability and spend the money saved on something useful like a dozen Krispy's before the game.. By the way.. I have seen Wood hug Kennard.... not a pretty sight...
Docswear AKA Mike Swearingen
March 13, 2012
the wood
1075 posts
Rightrj:
Not to split hairs but I wasn't complaining about the Reeboks, I've never tried one. I was just offering my view of the Combats.

There have been many new bats discussed on this board over the past 5-6 years. I have taken the position that I will not try them until they have proven to be durable. This goes for the Veteran Bat, Reebok, 'new and improved' Mikens or whatever.
The exception to this was the white Centenarian... I tried it because of my confidence in Combat in general and in Kevin Schulstrom in particular... and it had been demo'd by some folks that I know.

But an old friend once said 'it is about the carpenter, not the tool'... but I don't want a tool that needs to be replaced every 2-3 months.
BW
March 13, 2012
tg69
304 posts
Guys, dont you think that all of the DEMO bats seem realy good until they get you hooked on them and the next batches seem to dumb down.That seems to be the case with all companys but some worse than others.Im sure a lot of people have good luck with REEBOK but all my experiences with them has been BAD.
March 13, 2012
the wood
1075 posts
I can't speak about ALL demo bats but I can speak with great certainty about my history with Combat and with Kevin. It was these 2 factors that motivated me to look into the white Combat.
In addition, my friends that used the demos spoke highly of it. Further, I wasn't the first guy in line... I tried a couple of my friends' production models BEFORE I bought one so I never actually saw a demo model.
BW
March 13, 2012
rightrj1
Men's 55
203 posts
Okay so where can I get this WHITE CENTENARIAN? I have the black one, yes it's very durable, but not my favorite! I really like swing the Reebok, I'm just scare it might crack with any swing!
March 13, 2012
canIjack
Men's 60
321 posts
LOL.....docswear you are to to much, Man you know how to make me laugh and cry at the same time. Hell, its hard hugging a man when OUR bellies are in the way.
I have to admit, I did get over 2 years of hitting in league and Tourneys. Well over 400 from each of my Grey Combats.

I really thought that I was over the Reebok(3 bats cracking) thing, but when my Reebok (USSSA) Vector cracked, and its not even a senior bat. I felt discussed..Sad.....
I still have my USSSA Miken (Freak) and Combats {Virus) both are older and used for BP.
Ed, Wayne Wilcott, sorry guys I tried to use your product. Sorry about the comments, but the truth will set You Free. Amen


March 13, 2012
kreugs
9 posts
Ive swung them all and i have a little power and if it were me from what ive seen with all these senior bats braking is there are alot of (RICH PEOPLE ON THIS BOARD) AND IM NOT ONE OF THEM LOL.I spent 1500.00 on senior bats and got about 1500 cuts out of them.I think alot of guys who like the reeboks and the ultras should try to get a miken mv1 or a psycho and you just might find after 500 cuts its worth having and save the seniors for just tourney play or just use the usssa bats since they are pretty darn good anyway with alot of hacks on them.Plus you can afford to be poor like me.Just a thought.KREUGS
March 13, 2012
Don5
Men's 60
33 posts
Mr. Kennard, why is it that you say no one can get 400+ swings with a reebok and you said yourself that you have 600 swings on a Legacy? I broke my Ultra last year after 40 swings and started using my Reebok, I have close to 170 games on it since last March. I'm not a power hitter like some of you. I'm just hoping that people can tell their views on any subject without being called a liar.

Don Angle
March 13, 2012
Tri18
605 posts
Hello Guys, interesting viewpoints from all of you. I'm sorry that some of you had issues with the bats but Reebok has been at work tweaking the design. There was some disparity with some of the original bats and as with any high performance non-warranty bat there will be some failures. My recent testing included virtually every senior bat on the market. Just an FYI...I do not ask or receive bats from any company for testing purposes. I take a cross section of random weights and use multiple bats from each line to get a cross section of results. So...I use stock retail bats that are ordered just like the ones you receive upon purchase. The new batches of Reebok bats have shown consistency in durability and excellent performance. We have several with 450 plus swings by a wide variety of competitive players. I have a 28 el in my bag with over 400 swings on it now that I personally use. I have the white and black combats as well and they have proven to be real workhorses. If you need and receive a bat through me and have issues with it, I will be happy to work through that with you as I have every line out. Best of luck to each of you...Alan Tanner 561-718-7504 tricoach18@att.net
March 13, 2012
CAPT D5
124 posts
My experiences are that the senior bats are fine if you don't hit over about 300 feet or in cold conditions. Likely most of us know this but to be competitive we keep using the bats knowing if we are big hitters we are going to break these bats. I have given up on these bats with the hope the veteran core bat comes out soon as expected. Seniors who are not big hitters will usually be fine with with the present bats as far as breakage. If you are a big hitter and can afford to keep buying and breaking the bats to be competitive fine. Kind of gives an advantage to wealthier players, maybe, but thats probably part of the senior game too. Which gets to the question, for the cost conscious, how much is the new gsc veteran bat expected to cost?






March 13, 2012
PJ3P
Men's 50
68 posts
I'm with Kreugs on the Psycho. My 28 Supermax has 1200 cuts on it and I actually used it instead of my Reebok at the last tournament. It is probably 30-40' short of the Reebok but the sweetspot is huge and 360-380' is far enough :-)
March 14, 2012
the wood
1075 posts
rightrj:
If you want the white Combat call Kevin @ 845 532-2668... he's in NY.
But if you've been using the yellow one, the closest Combat to that model is the new blue MM. I know of people who like this version. You can get this one thru Gorilla Boy... or via the Senior Softball web site.
BW
March 14, 2012
rightrj1
Men's 55
203 posts
Bob,
Thanks for the contact info.....After swing the Yellow MM I just got spoiled, so I contacted my friend Gorilla Boy & purchased 2 of the Blue MM thinking they were the same bat as the Yellow....WRONG, the blue is okay & I still have them, but something in them just doesn't feel or produce the same as the Yellow...I don't know if its Zip or Pop but they don't swing the same. I'm a HARD line drive hitter, so ZIP is real important to me!!!!! Thanks again I'll try the white one! Kennard you want to go have on the White Combat?
March 14, 2012
the wood
1075 posts
Ron, make sure that you discuss the proper weight with Kevin. The white bat will clear the zone faster than the yellow one (at the same weight) because of the shorter barrel.
I do have a yellow 26 oz and it's a very good bat with roughly 1,000 swings on it... still going strong.
BW
March 14, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
rightrj, perhaps you do already but you could improve zip through proper weight training.
March 14, 2012
canIjack
Men's 60
321 posts
Don5, You must be new to senior softball? The Miken Ultra II Legacy has not been manufactured in 5 or 6 years. ITíS ONE OF THE MOST DURABLE BATS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL DUD! "You cracked the Legacy in 40 swings"
GO TELL SOMEONE ELSE THAT LIE.

So Don5, Sit back and get a lesson on Miken Ultras. I think you need this,so you'll know just what the hell your talking about.

The 1st Ultra was a Navy Grey color, with a year warrenty. In early 2002, I believe the Ultra II came out and itís the color you see today. Not the same bat but the same color. The original Ultra 11 was hot out the wrapper and you got a 1 bat replacement warrenty, with an end cap with a W stamped on it. Then Miken made the Ultra II with a medal knob. The reason for the metal knob? So guys like YOU would not Alter the bat. After that Miken went back to the Ultra II that you cracked in 40 swings. PERIOD....
DID I LEAVE ANYTHING OUT GUYS? OH YEA,
the Miken Ultra II Legacy is SILVER/BLACK. HELL YOU'RE 60 SOMETHING, COME ON MAN, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT.


March 14, 2012
Don5
Men's 60
33 posts
Canijack
Obviously you didn't take the time to read my post. I said my Ultra broke, not the Legacy bat you have. My bat was the 2011 grey ultra and it broke in 40 swings and Miken replaced it and itís still in the wrapper. Iíve purchased over 200 Mikens & Combats, (with metal knobs, Made in USA's and Ultras, Ultra IIs, reds, blacks, silvers, yellows and greys for my teams since the original Ultra was called back. My first new Ultra II did not have a "W" on the endcap, when Miken replaced the warranteed bat, they sent a bat with the "W" on it so it could not be sent back..

You seem to be an ďexpertĒ on bats, good for you. You also seem easy to use the word lie a lot, maybe if you would slow down and read and comprehend before you lash out like a bully does.
By the way, I have too much integrity to alter or even use an altered bat. I donít play major plus, so enhancements arenít my thing.

Don Angle
March 14, 2012
Don5
Men's 60
33 posts
Canijack
Obviously you didn't take the time to read my post. I said my Ultra broke, not the Legacy bat you have. My bat was the 2011 grey ultra and it broke in 40 swings and Miken replaced it and itís still in the wrapper. Iíve purchased over 200 Mikens & Combats, (with metal knobs, Made in USA's and Ultras, Ultra IIs, reds, blacks, silvers, yellows and greys for my teams since the original Ultra was called back. My first new Ultra II did not have a "W" on the endcap, when Miken replaced the warranteed bat, they sent a bat with the "W" on it so it could not be sent back..

You seem to be an ďexpertĒ on bats, good for you. You also seem easy to use the word lie a lot, maybe if you would slow down and read and comprehend before you lash out like a bully does.
By the way, I have too much integrity to alter or even use an altered bat. I donít play major plus, so enhancements arenít my thing.

Don Angle
March 14, 2012
rightrj1
Men's 55
203 posts
Gary 19,
It's pretty obvious to me, from reading all of your post, that you're not a player, so your advice doesn't hold any weight with me..If you did play, you would know that I'm one of the BEST HiTTERS in Senior Softball! Just for your information, I work on mechanics & Bat Control & I'm a consistent 750-900 hitter with power!!! Can you say the same? Weight training??? One would expect that reply from you..I'm sure you're a hell of a coach, never any talent but always questioning other's talent. PLAY THE GAME, GET GOOD AT IT, and then you can mouth off!!
March 15, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
You forgot to mention you are one of the most modest players too.

So mentioning a pretty successful way to improve "zip" is now "mouthing off"? Interesting.
March 15, 2012
Bomber #7
Men's 60
62 posts
rightj1, I hate to go against you, but he doesn't have to play the game nor even get to the average player stage to mouth off. He's already a hall of fame member in the mouth piece category. Would be voted at the top of the most hated list in the class of 2011 one would expect. You may be correct about the talent, or lack of it, and certainly not on the "team player" all star team. Doubt he is sought after as a player, those that have seen him play give a thumbs down. Leave him alone, one could pray he'll go away!
March 15, 2012
Tri18
605 posts
Don5, if you need help with any of the senior bats get in touch with me. I will see that you get what you need right away. Alan tricoach18@att.net
March 15, 2012
Don5
Men's 60
33 posts
Tri18
Alan, Thanks for the offer, currently i'm not in need of another bat, I have many available to use. However, I am looking for someone who will give good price breaks to members of my softball association, we have 350 local senior players and many of them inquire as to where they can get a senior bat at a good price. Because I've had such good luck with my Reebok, some of my tourney team members have recently switched to them. I was buying Mikens 10-20 at a time and selling them to the members at cost, but it got too expensive for me to be a warehouse.

Don Angle
dnlangle@aol.com
March 15, 2012
canIjack
Men's 60
321 posts
Since you remarked twice Don5, I guess I'll have to say something.

I said ...you got a 1 bat replacement warranty, with an end cap with a "W" stamped on it. Don5 I would say that you aren't reading all my post either.

A LIE is a LIE!!!!!Don't sweeten it up.
Yea Don5, A lot of lying goes on this site when guys are trying to sale bats. And by the way I really don't care how many Bats you bought for other guys. People say anything on this web site just to get a NAME, but can't play the GAME.
I said...........People say anything on this web site just to get a NAME, but can't play the GAME.

By the way, You felt Bullied, don't be a wimp.

Sticks and stones can break my bones but Words will never hurt me.

I'm Thru DuD, OUT!
Kennard
I play 60 Major Plus
March 15, 2012
Don5
Men's 60
33 posts
Kennard, I respect your right to say what you want. You could be right, however, I am not bullied, nor am I a wimp, and I do not intend to hurt anyone, words or sticks or stones. I'm just thankful I can still play the game at 65. I don't need a name and I don't sell bats either...

Hopefully one day, I will get to meet you in person, maybe over a beer, maybe then you can tell me how you really feel about those of us that are less than Major Plus players.

Thank you,
Don Angle
I play softball
March 15, 2012
rightrj1
Men's 55
203 posts
Bomber, I hear you loud & clear, but it's something about that guy that's just NOT right. Maybe he was dropped on his head while he was a child!! The best way to deal with a keyboard junkie is not to respond, but for some reason he just sucks you in.....Oh bye the way Gary, I'm not modest! I'm just Good...You see the different between you & I is I can Talk the talk & walk the Walk, but you????
Ok I'm done!
March 15, 2012
JamesLG
296 posts

A couple of my senior softball budding had great luck with the Reebok so I bought one off Surf88 and so far so good. We play up in the cool damp northwest and both these guys got well over 400 swings on their bats and many of them were with BP balls. One of the guys hit 100+ HR's last year so I would say he hits it pretty good. He had a ballanced and the other guy uses an end load like the one I am trying out. The bat has great pop but we will see how long it lasts.

Thanks:

James
March 15, 2012
Webbie25
Men's 60
1955 posts
Your right Gary, proper weight training. I'm sure, from the reports we have had here, and were not addressed by you, that your training consists of making sure you are properly overweight for a fun league player. Sounds like the only 'ZIP' you have is changing channels from the couch.And if you did not understand my post on changing your swing and adjusting for lesser equipment, then you don't get it. And you proved me right.
You posted on here about being injured and having a 5 or 6 times a week weight training regimen, and I bit, because I give everyone the doubt here until they are proved wrong. Silly me, to believe someone like you.
Rightrj-will we run into you this year??
March 15, 2012
Webbie25
Men's 60
1955 posts
By the way, Gary-prove me wrong. Come on out to any tournament and play against us. If I'm wrong, I will issue an apology right here and buy you a couple beers.
March 15, 2012
rightrj1
Men's 55
203 posts
Hey Webbie,
Sorry for getting off base on this subject.....James, Man I want to believe that all you guys are getting the swings you state from these Reebok's, but my experience has been just the opposite, 5 swings on one end load and the decals start coming, then 8 swings on the replacement.....I really like the bat...but at $40 a swing it's just not worth it!!!
Webbie, I'll be in Mesquite next weekend playing 55's with the AZ Fan Grabbers, if you're there stop bye & say hi & let me buy the 1st beer. Gary your also invited..lol
March 15, 2012
JamesLG
296 posts

rightrj1:

I am just giving this bat a try in the spring league play. I still like the black U2 as my choice in tourneys. The 29 and 30oz usually last 30+ games. When you hit one on the screws with the U2 there is no bat the has the same feel.

Good luck in Mesquite folks.

Thanks:

James
March 16, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Mark, funny I have to prove you are wrong when you have yet to prove you are correct. Well, not unless unnamed, third-party sources are now considered proof.

I could describe myself, but what would be the point? Clearly you guys are not too familiar with the rules of evidence. Or interested in them.
March 16, 2012
Webbie25
Men's 60
1955 posts
Typical misdirect, Gary. Did anyone expect differently?

Rightrj-we aren't making Mesquite-How about Las Vegas?
March 16, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
No, right on point. And no purpose to me disproving you, you wouldn't believe any of it anyway. You seem to prefer anonymous sources.

You want me to prove after you failed to provide any proof at all. A bit hypocritical, don't you think? Sorry, rhetorical question. Of course you don't see your hypocricy.

March 16, 2012
canIjack
Men's 60
321 posts
Hi Webbie25, do they know the number of 60 Major plus teams, that will be in Las Vegas yet? GSF, D & K and who else?
March 16, 2012
zimmer
4 posts
Bought the Melee 28 El and wanted to break it in at BP ..I hit maybe 20 BP balls and I see some serious webbing on the bat but no Cracks. Temp that day was 68-70. I am just keeping my fingers crossed I can get to the 400 swing plateau. Has some serious pop but this forum is worrying me just a bit on the life span of this bat. I have always used the Combat "dabomb" for SPA ball and that bat has lasted 3 seasons. I heard the Rebook was just as durable but so much for believing everything you read..Have a tournamet at the end of this month in GA.I'll post the results of the Bat life when I return!
March 17, 2012
Qnine
Men's 50
17 posts
Hay rightrj1 Your Blue MM doesn't fill like the yellow one . Have you try stepping on the handle and rotating it to get more flex in it. It will give you more whip in your swing . Some say the handle is a little stiff

Qnine
March 18, 2012
Webbie25
Men's 60
1955 posts
canIjack-I heard Master Colision should be there,but that may be all. I hope there is more.
March 18, 2012
Webbie25
Men's 60
1955 posts
CanIjack-also meant to mention I finally broke my Melee, bought last year at the beginning of the year and with at least 600 cuts on it. Ed was over and saw it right after I did it. (Also broke another U2-darn it-and it was plenty warm this weekend. Crusader gave me an old 29 U2 he bought off a guy who retired. It worked ok, too.Thanks, Ron!
March 18, 2012
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
Qnine.......I think that only works with a two-piece...like the old Connexion.
March 18, 2012
mad dog
Men's 60
3935 posts
zimmer,personally i would stay with the combat.yes i have owned a reebok,it lasted less than 400 swings....yes it was a very good bat while it lasted,but all my combats have lasted over 750 swings easily....
March 18, 2012
PJ3P
Men's 50
68 posts
Not sure who ever decided that making a bat handle flex was good thing, but it really isn't. The more a handle flexes the less the walls of the bat compress and the less rebound. Maybe somebody was watching the two guys on seniorsoftballbatreviews, but let me assure you when they talk about standing on the handle to make it flex more they are clueless.
March 18, 2012
rightrj1
Men's 55
203 posts
Hey Webbie, Yes my Fan Grabber team will also be in Vegas in April & Reno in May, so hopefully we'll have a chance to meet,get a beer and talk a little softball! James LG, Wow I want to play in your leagues, you get to use Senior Bats?? Our Senior leagues her in Southern Cal only allow ASA bats....Quine, thanks for the advice, I also rotate my bats when I'm taking BP to get them broken in all the way....but after swing the Yellow MM for 2 + seasons & thinking the BlueMM would give me the same pleasure as the yellow...well for me it just didn't happen! The Blue is OK, just not like the yellow..
I'm a Combat Man never have like the U2..Waiting on my White one to come in, I'll update all after I take it out for a test drive!
March 18, 2012
Webbie25
Men's 60
1955 posts
rightrj-We will be at both-really hope we can have that beer!
I tried Mike Adair's Yellow Combat-I do want to try it in BP to see what it can do. I hit it hard a couple times with it, but trying a new bat in a game is usually not the best test. Darn, I wish the U2 did not fit my swing so well.
March 20, 2012
canIjack
Men's 60
321 posts
Hey Webbie, Which Melee did you break? The Balance or End load. 600 swings, it had to be balance. I see a lot more cracks in End loads than balance bat.
March 20, 2012
Webbie25
Men's 60
1955 posts
It was a 28 balanced-the red one. But it lasted from the beginning of last year, but was more bp that game. Wish I liked it better, but it is just me.
March 22, 2012
surf88
Men's 60
862 posts
Mark: Give me a call. I have a couple ideas for you. Not for this thread. You know how to reach me. Ed
March 22, 2012
Super V 10
Men's 50
66 posts
Ed sent you and E-Mail

Dave
March 23, 2012
Senior Moments
Men's 60
57 posts
Ed -- Thank you for your assistance with the challenge I had with a Reebok bat. I returned it 10 days ago and recieved a replacement yesterday.
Shelby Simmons
March 24, 2012
surf88
Men's 60
862 posts
Dave: Got it and responded
Shelby: You are welcome. Enjoy your bat.
Webbie: Call me. Have a bat for you.
Ed Andrews
Sun Reebok Rep
March 24, 2012
colt
40 posts
Have a 28 balanced to sell if any interest it has 10 swings of a tee.email at djaust@bellsouth.net.
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