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      New Xiom Novus blades (Redesigned)

      Xiom Novus blades (Redesigned)





      The Novus blades are what initially made Xiom famous aside from the Vega Series. As early as 2009
      or 2010, blades like Stradivarius has been selling great in the market. They have added blades in
      the series like Offensive S and Extreme S about 2 or 3 years ago. They decided to remake the handles
      of the 8 blades listed below for extra comfort and add a fresh neew look. I can guarantee everybody
      that the quality and finish are excellent. I have measured all handles in flared and they are at this
      dimensions. Length = 100mm; Middle part of handle = 22.4mm x 28.4mm cross sectional diameter,
      bottom of handle = 23.5mm x 33.7mm. Overall I can say that the flared handles have a narrow
      flared design. It almost feels like a conic handle so even teh Aigis at with flared handle can be
      twiddled easily but still maintains the grip of a wider flared handle. The all wood blades have a
      brown top on their handles while the pure carbon onees have a blue top. The Stradivarius has
      a red top on its handle.




      Aigis











      Weight: 81 grams
      Thickness: 4.8mm
      Blade head: 166x156mm
      Plies: 5 (limba top)
      Speed: Def+ to All


      This is one of the best defensive blades in the market. This is already a classic and people love this
      blade for having good control and at the same time the ability to attack. The Aigis can chop really well
      whether far or near the table especially using with long pimples. It is slow enough to chop but at the
      same time if you attack with it, the Aigis can give you good amount of power. Honestly, this blade is
      not slow for a defensive blade.




      All Around S














      Weight: 81 grams
      Thickness: 5.2mm
      Blade head: 158x151mm
      Plies: 5 (limba top)
      Speed: All+


      This is the go through blade for beginners or for intermediate players to some extent. This blade
      has been one of best suggested blades in several forums due to its good feel, high control and is
      excellent in learning all the basic strokes. This slightly faster compared to other all around
      blades in the market with the exception of Stiga Nostalgic ALL. I gave this to a friend of mine
      who is a chopper and mind you, he can chop really well using this blade. This is not just an all
      around blade for its speed but a truly all around blade since you can do everything with it - from
      defensive chopping to attacking.


      Offensive S











      Weight: 84 grams
      Thickness: 6mm
      Blade head: 158x151mm
      Plies: 5 (limba top)
      Speed: Off


      My kind of blade! This has been my favorite blade ever since I got hold of it. Along with the All
      Around S, this has been the most suggested blade in the forums due to its good speed, feel and
      control. If people like Petr Korbel as an offensive 5 ply all wood blade, the Offensive S is
      slightly better because of its better feel and does not feel rough like the Korbel. This is a
      fast 5 ply blade, not as fast as some other stiff 5 ply blades but still fast enough for
      offensive shots. A beginner can still use this blade to develop his strokes BUT with slower
      rubbers like those cheap Chinese rubbers in the market.


      Extreme S
















      Weight: 84 grams
      Thickness: 6.9mm
      Blade head: 157x150mm
      Plies: 7 (limba top)
      Speed: Off+


      This is a beast for a 7 ply blade. If you want to maintain using an all wood blade but need more
      speed then this blade has everything you would like for an offensive blade. Despite being a 7
      ply blade, it has some flex to enable you to loop or spin well. This is a powerful blade near or
      far from the table and might not be suited for beginners.This is a pure offensive blade that is
      excellent for smashing or driving. It blocks well with good amount of control and is forgiving
      for a fast blade. This is very underrated yet IMO one of the best 7 ply all wood blades in the
      market.


      Ignito











      Weight: 84 grams
      Thickness: 6.51mm
      Blade head: 158x150mm
      Plies: 3+2 (kiso hinoki+carbon)
      Speed: Off+


      This is the slowest and has the most control among Xiom's pure carbon blades. What I mean is that
      it has lesser speed compared to other pure carbon blades but the level of its speed is already at
      off+. This has a high rebound effect and you can feel its liveliness with every bounce of the ball
      on your shots. More or less, this is the Primorac Carbon of Xiom. It has good feel despite being
      a stiff blade. This was made for advanced level players. If you have the skill, you can have very
      fast shots while maintaining a good amount of spin on your counter loops and initial spin.


      Strato











      Weight: 86 grams
      Thickness: 7.03mm
      Blade head: 158x150mm
      Plies: 3+2 (kiso hinoki+carbon)
      Speed: Off+


      This is the thicker version of the Ignito. You can actually see the increased thickness of the
      kiso-hinoki top ply as compared to the Ignito. For a thick blade with carbon, it has some softness
      in it. The core is also thicker in this blade. This was made entirely for just smashing and spin
      drives that overpowers opponent's attacks. It is very fast and is faster than a Gergely or
      Primorac Carbon but offers better control because it does not feel as stiff as the 2 mentioned
      blades. This is designed especially for hitters or for players who love staying away from the
      table.


      Stradivarius
















      Weight: 83 grams
      Thickness: 5.7mm
      Blade head: 157x149mm
      Plies: 5+2 (koto+carbon aramid)
      Speed: Off+


      This is the best selling composite blade of Xiom since 2009 or 2010. Although this has carbon
      aramid as its composite material, this has been the best alternative to Timo Boll Spirit or
      Timo Boll ALC in the early years it was released. Its soft carbon-aramid composite layer insures
      a somewhat balanced feel of softness and hardness. It has the hardness to produce fast speed but
      at the same time the softness to offer better control. I love the feel of this blade and the
      vibration is very minimal. I am using a Xiom Tau II on the forehand with this blade and it loops
      amazing and at the same time counter loops and smashes are great. i have come to love carbon
      aramid over the years more than ALC and pure carbon because of its good amount of feel and balance
      between speed and control. This is both a looping and hitting blade despite the good amount
      of speed.




      Axelo













      Weight: 88 grams
      Thickness: 7.6mm
      Blade head: 158x150mm
      Plies: 3+2 (kiso hinoki+carbon)
      Speed: Off+


      This is the 2nd fastest Xiom blade in the market (Ice Cream AZX is the fastest IMO). Although
      this was built to match Sardius or Schlager carbon, this is slightly slower and feel softer. This
      is in its own right an all out, very fast blade. It is slightly forgiving compared to the 2
      mentioned blades but this is just pure speed in and away from the table. This is only for expert
      level players that can consistently handle this blade in order to spin, loop or drive the table.
      If you have the skills you are rewarded with amazingly fast shots. This is also the thickest
      carbon blade in the Xiom line of carbon blade. Let me point out that most of the
      carbon blades released now in this series seem softer compared than their old versions.
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      Ill just re edit this later

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      Hi Yogi, are all of these using hollow/carved out handles?

      I'm really impressed they can make a 6.9mm 7 ply blade 84g without being undersized!

      My Extreme S weighed 92g.

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      The only reason I don't like the Stradivarius, is the headsize, its so freaking odd, none of the rubbers from any blades will fit.

      Sent from my ONEPLUS A6010 using Tapatalk

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      I am assuming they have hollow handles. The wood used now seem softer and maybe that is the reason they are lighter too.

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      The thickness of the Axelo seems to be wrong.

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      Yes it is. I was copy pasting it. As i have stated it i will re edit it later since i am not in a computer. The axelo is 7mm+ thick

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      nice, will be waiting for the tau II review!

      do the blades have a cpen version?

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      Quote Originally Posted by netdriver View Post
      nice, will be waiting for the tau II review!

      do the blades have a cpen version?
      Yes all have cp version.

      I corrected the error due to copy pasting. The Axelo is at 7.6mm thickness.

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      There was a time Wide Flared were available.


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      Thanks for the detailed info and pics Yogi!

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      Nice re-design, even the boxes look nice.

      I wonder what the "T" stands for in the crest/shield logo for these blades?

      Also, what are the overall specs of the Tau II rubber? Chinese type, hybrid...?

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      Quote Originally Posted by thomas.pong View Post
      Nice re-design, even the boxes look nice.

      I wonder what the "T" stands for in the crest/shield logo for these blades?

      Also, what are the overall specs of the Tau II rubber? Chinese type, hybrid...?
      Hmm I have not asked the meaning of the "T" symbol but I will.

      I will post my review of the Tau II this week. Initially, I like it! It seems a tad slower than Vega China but the spin is way much more than Hurricane 3. It does not have so much tackiness as Vega China or H3.

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      Quote Originally Posted by yogi_bear View Post
      Hmm I have not asked the meaning of the "T" symbol but I will.

      I will post my review of the Tau II this week. Initially, I like it! It seems a tad slower than Vega China but the spin is way much more than Hurricane 3. It does not have so much tackiness as Vega China or H3.
      Thanks Yogi!

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      Hi Yogi,

      Do the handles resemble those of the "feel" series? Could you compare handles with other brands perhaps?

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      Quote Originally Posted by longrange View Post
      Hi Yogi,

      Do the handles resemble those of the "feel" series? Could you compare handles with other brands perhaps?
      yes they do feel like it except that the neck or wing part is different and smaller like the original Novus.

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      Thanks! Pretty narrow then.

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      Hi Yogi/Langel, is there a compilation for all the Xiom charts? Looking for something on the: Repulsive, short "ball grab", and "clear and solid".

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      I can't promise you because that is a lot of info to be compiled.

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      Is the new Offensive S faster than the original one?

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