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If you are looking for an affordable rod that, at the same time, delivers exceptional performance, the IKOS Series is perfect for you. The IKOS Series has the general purpose bass fishing rods.
With 10 different models for this series (3 spinning and 7 casting rods), all IKOS rods feature an intermediate modulus rod blank, zero tangle micro guides, an exposed blank seat, a split grip and it has a very nice price point.
The blanks of the rod are very sensitive, you feel even the most subtle bites. With the latest update, the IKOS Series now offers these new features, which use to be only used on their premium ZOLO series.
About the micro guides
ALX Rods uses mid micro Guides on their rods. A micro guide is 3 or 4 millimeters in diameter, a standard guide is 6 millimeters, and a mid-micro guide (which is the one they use) is 5 millimeters.
Why a mid-micro guide?
A mid-micro guide has the best mix of features that complement their rods. A mid-micro guide will provide:
Excellent line control because of a smaller diameter. This basically translates into longer casts.
Because they have a smaller size, they weigh less, which results in an overall lighter rod. This is great, because the less weight there is on the rod (especially in front of the reel seat), the more sensitive the rod is going to be. Smaller guides equal less weight, and less weight equals more sensitivity.
They are big enough to pass leader knots.
They are made of stainless steel, which does great in any environment.
What about the grip?
ALX Rods use cork grips, which is a common material. Cork grips are better quality than EVA grips, although they do require a little bit more care and caution. Cork grips are lighter, they are less cold when touching it on cold weather, they have lower damping capacity, which translates in better vibration transmission AKA more sensitivity. (they are 3 times more sensitive than EVA foam grips), and they are less slippery. Here are a few reasons why cork grips are great for bass fishing rods (adding value to any ALX rod):
It’s harder for it to absorb water
Like we previously mentioned, it’s a lighter material.
It does not compress under load. This will provide you a solid grip when you cast.
It’s very resistant to abrasion.
Trimmed Reel Seats (Lighter Rod)
These rods have trimmed reel seats. This reduces the weight of the rod and it also eliminates contact with threading.
About the warranty
The IKOS Series has a 1 year warranty. That’s a very good warranty, and it should be enough to have you covered if anything happened to your rod. ALX Rods also offers their Lifetime SureSet Replacement Program, where they will replace your rod without any questions.
IKOS Series Rods (Available Models):
*IKOS Shake 7 (Shakey, Drop Shot, Finesse Spin)
*IKOS Soul 7 (General Purpose Spin)
*IKOS Soul 73 (General Purpose Spin)
*IKOS Hustler (S-Glass Crankbait- Up To 15’)
*IKOS Diver (S-Glass Crankbait- Deep Divers)
*IKOS Buzz 7 (General Purpose Worm and Moving Bait)