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Discussion: This is for the Miken reps!!!

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Jan. 16, 2007
Gary Heifner
248 posts
This is for the Miken reps!!!
Hey guys-get it together. I have "2" U2-29oz. Both have well over 1000 to 1200 hits on them. Both are still going strong. Your new style is getting trashed on various web sites. You have millions of senior players and at $199 you better get back to the old formula and style. The competition is going to blow right past you. Why are you killing the goose that laid the golden egg. Seniors like the U2 pop but we are also seniors and can't afford to buy Miken bats that have serious durability issues.
Jan. 16, 2007
Men's 65
601 posts
Gary I have second your statement. I have 5 Mikens in my bag. Fortunately the 3 U2's I have are all pf the "old" issue and have held up well, one with close to 1500 hits on it. However after watching some friends buy a U2 from a vendor at the tourney and have it break completely in half in the FIRST GAME (third contact) my last bat purchase was an end loaded Senior Combat 28. The bat feels solid although I have found I do not care for the end load & will probably buy a balanced instead I am hard pressed to think of any reason to buy the new U2. After swinging one a vendor had I found out quickly that the new design knob is slippery and uncomfortable + coupled with the durability concerns it seems like a waste of money. We will be playing in the TOC and there is a commarative bat available from Miken made expressly for the event but unless I want to hang it over my mantle I don't see the practical use for buying it. It will be interesting to hear from some others about the new design Miken bat.
Jan. 17, 2007
Men's 65
3146 posts
I now have two U'2s, one NIW and one that I have used for 2 years. As we will be sponsored by Combat this year I don'e believe that I will be buying another U2 in the near future. I have requested a 29el Sr. Combat and hope that it will take a minimum amount of adjustment.

See you at the TOC.
Jan. 17, 2007
Men's 55
20 posts
I just received my Ultra II Advanced yesterday. It is a 30oz bat. As far as weight it feels fine but it does feel a little lighter than my other 30oz Ultra IIs. I thought I would like the extended Knob because I liked the ones Worth made several years ago. But this Knob does not feel the same, it is slippery and to me has an awkward feel. I don't like it at ALL. And with the comments about durability I probably won't keep it and send it back. I'm kinda disappointed!

Since this bat is exclusive to Seniors; who comes up with these designs??
Jan. 17, 2007
Men's 65
4549 posts
I believe it is kinda like the Original Grey. I was told by a rep that when the Grey max loads were going for well over 500 on ebay, they came out with the reissued models. The rep told me that they were designed to get that pricing down and would't hold up as well. It worked for them. Glad they never did the balanced ones. I had 9 back then and sold them all during that time. Perhaps this is the same deal but only Miken knows I doubt the reps do. I heard the rep I was in contact with lost his job later.
But after all, their job,(livelyhood) is just that to sell the product.
Jan. 17, 2007
Men's 65
4549 posts
Forgot to add:
Miken was supposed to change the end cap design to make the bat tamper proof, and the knob different.
I haven't seen an advanced bat but I read the knobs are bad and the bats are not durable.
They need to make the Freak and uU2's again to same exact spec.
I still have a 26oz 585 in the wrapper I got from Corkey (Miken Rep) but then saw and heard it wasn't all that it was said to be and now stuck with a 300.00 bat that doesn't like up to the salse pitch\hype. Live & learn. Would gladely trade for a U-2, black Rip-it, or a senior Combat B1 in a 26 or 27oz.
Jan. 17, 2007
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
pete,i'm lucky like you, i have a bunch of old u-2's(i picked them up when ASA banned them and the kids were selling them off before they knew about painting them).i had a couple of new ones(with miken logo on the endcap)but sold them.for me i'll prolly stick with the combat if i have to buy a new bat,but for now i have 6 old style u-2's.

taits use the 585,its a great bat once it gets broke in.i use mine all the time for usssa with the kids here,used it in st george at the huntsman gamers along with my senior combat(combat wasn't broke in at that time),need to wait for it to break in.
Jan. 18, 2007
Men's 65
4549 posts
Mad dog, Sold 2 of my 4 original U-2's off. Shouldn't have done that. If you need the cuffs I have 3 styles. Original with the finget grips and the newer seperated ones. Who did you start playing with there?
Please lmk if you have a contact person for the Dallas Spurs. Not sure which division they were in. I talked a mgr for them in Reno or Vegas last year and they wanted to come to Fresno to play at Granite because the facifities are near the airport and all.
Jan. 18, 2007
Men's 60
160 posts
I have purchased over 15 U2's in 5 years.. My first U2,s (5) lasted well over 1000 (3 years) swings each, I really can't call all them hits.
Out of the last 6 I purchased not one lasted more than 300 swings. The last 2, with the bubble cap lasted less than 100 swings. I am far from a long ball hitter. Call me stupid buy you are at a disadvantage if not using the U2.
I just purchased a new model from Kellys. I have only hit it today, about 15 swings. Feels great and fair pop out of the wrapper, but I have heard thay still don't last. Hope I got a good one.
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