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Some advantages by using STIGA Cybershape Carbon

Is Stiga Cybershape carbon a good blade? Let’s review some advantages of this new blade with coach EmRatThich. I have personally unboxed and reviewed this blade. Cybershape is a very good blade however, there are still some drawbacks.

STIGA Cybershape Carbon

Stiga has made a game-changer in table tennis. They just released the new blade with an uncommon shape. It’s the Stiga Cybershape carbon.

Recently, Truls Moregard has made a great presentation for this new racket. It’s the best blade to throw away. Hahaha! No, I’m just kidding.

With the new hexagonal shape, Truls Moregard has reached the final of the World Table Tennis Championship WTTC 2021.

Today, let’s see if Stiga Cybershape is a revolution or a failure in table tennis.

Part 1, let’s see what is the feature of this new blade?
Part 2, I will review this blade. I have received the blade from Stiga. I will review it in the next video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVdUabcGNkU

 

The price of Cybershape

How much does it cost the new table tennis blade Stiga Cybershape?
Stiga confirmed that its price is around 220 Euro.

Cybershape carbon master with the price of 220 Euro
Cybershape carbon master with the price of 220 Euro
This is the official price from Stiga
This is the official price from Stiga
Stiga has confirmed the price
Stiga has confirmed the price

Is Stiga Cybershape approved by ITTF?

The answer is yes. You can play the Stiga Cybershape in the official table tennis competition.



this is a new shape
this is a new shape
Yes the blade is approved by ITTF
Yes the blade is approved by ITTF
the blade can be used with any shape and size
the blade can be used with any shape and size

Is there any free shipping when you buy the Cybershape?

Yes, there is Free shipping of over 80€. The price of the blade is 220€, so you have free shipping.

Stiga offers free shipping for the blade
Stiga offers free shipping for the blade

This is the first carbon blade that has a hexagonal shape. But the ITTF rule accepts any shape for the table tennis racket.

2.04.01 The racket may be of any size, shape, or weight but the blade shall be flat and rigid.

ITTF rules on racket size
ITTF rules on racket size

What is the weight of the Stiga Cybershape?

Stiga confirmed that the weight of this new carbon blade is about 85+- 5 (g).

composition of this blade
composition of this blade

It’s an OFF+ blade, so it’s a fast blade, which is suitable for the offensive attacking style. I think that it would be a nice and stiff blade.

What is the blade dimension?

The blade dimension is 75, 65, 162, and 135 mm.

blade dimension (1)
blade dimension (1)

The length from the handle to the top of the blade is 158 mm. Which is rather short.

So this blade should be used near to the table.

Does the new shape fit the table tennis rubber?

Yes. The playing surface is 5% larger than the normal blade. But it always fits the table tennis rubber. You can use this blade with any type of rubber.

is the rubber smaller than the racket
is the rubber smaller than the racket

What is the advantage of the new shape?

Should every table tennis racket have the traditional round shape? Since the 1880s, table tennis rackets have predominantly been the same shape.

Cybershape blade's composition
Cybershape blade’s composition

STIGA believes it is past time to break the mold and discover innovative ways to improve a racket’s playing characteristics. Cybershape — a blade with distinct qualities that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen or experienced.

Stiga also claimed these benefits of the new Cybershape blade:

01 It is easier to cut the rubber

Because it is not the round shape. So it’s easier for the player to cut the edge of the blade.

It's easier to cut the rubber to fit the new Stiga Cybershape (1)
It’s easier to cut the rubber to fit the new Stiga Cybershape (1)
It's easier to cut the rubber to fit the new Stiga Cybershape (2)
It’s easier to cut the rubber to fit the new Stiga Cybershape (2)

02 The stiffer feeling

When designing Cybershape, it was critical that its shape not interfere with the feel of the blade. Stiga not only tests the blades on elite players but also examines them in labs to acquire data that is independent of personal taste.

Linear freequency response
Linear frequency response

Cybershape has a more linear frequency response than a traditional blade, and as the vibrations are transported to the handle and hand differently, it creates a completely new feel and experience during play. In my experience, it should be a crispier, stiffer feeling.

03 larger hitting area

A larger hitting area on the blade reaches further out. According to our research, the favorite hitting region for the majority of players is on the upper part of the blade. When compared to a regular blade, the hitting area on Cybershape is 11% larger for the shakehand grip and 9% larger for the penhold grip.

Larger hitting area compared to normal oval shape
Larger hitting area compared to a normal oval shape

04 larger playing surface

A total of 5% larger than a standard blade. A completely new form with a maximized hitting area.

larger playing surface
larger playing surface

Because of its distinctive design, 6.5 cm of the hitting area is closer to the table than a typical blade, which has a hitting area of 2.5 cm – a significant advantage for short serves and returns.

05 Larger sweet spot

For optimal strokes and control, a larger sweet spot stretches further out on the blade.

larger sweet spot
larger sweet spot

Which playing styles this blade is suited for?

Cybershape is a 5+2-ply blade built with CCF (Close Core Fibre) technology, which means the carbon layer is right on top of the wood core. As a result, you’ll have more control and speed in your game.

It’s the carbon blade and stiff blade. So it should be used by attacking offensive style. The main question is how good the vibration frequency and the feeling you get with this new shape are. The blade is around 85 g.

Stiga has confirmed the weight of this blade
Stiga has confirmed the weight of this blade

I hope that this will be a game-changer in table tennis, with this new innovative design from Stiga.

I will test this new blade personally in the next video.



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