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Author Topic: Octane Carbon - Impressive power and backend motion on the lane!!! (Read 2573 times)

MotivSteve300

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The Octane Carbon is a totally new ball despite carrying the Octane name.  It brings a new dual density Injector core with the Agitator MXR pearl overstock.  This cover is something special being incredibly clean with easy length while producing new shapes for MOTIV on the back part of the lane.  Those who are more forward with their ball roll will see the Octane Carbon as clean and smooth while those with a good deal of axis rotation will love the angle they can create.  This tells me the Octane Carbon is able to create lots of shapes which means many style will like this ball and those who make small tweaks to their delivery will be able to see those great results.  This ball is in the light-medium oil range and on the angular side of the ball chart.  This impressive piece of high performance engineering is super responsive and corners hard!  You will want this ball in your bag!

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jimjames

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Thank you for the review. Right now, as it stands, it's a toss up between the Octane Carbon and the Radical Cyclops. I'm leaning towards the Motiv ball but both sound interesting and I might have to have both in the long run.  ::)
Last Edit: May 31, 2017, 10:44:16 PM by jimjames
My In the Bag 3 ball carrier:
Motiv Octane, Carbon (1st)
HyRoad (1st or 2nd)
Wrecker (sanded to 3000 (2nd or 3rd)

In Alley Locker:
Lane 1 Chainsaw
2Fast

jkirkerx

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I watched or observed  my friends roll one last night and held in my hands for a closer inspection. Sure is pretty and looks really cool to me.

As far as ball motion goes, it looked the same as when they roll other balls, except straighter with about 6 feet more length and then an aggressive move to the pocket. The shots I observed were over the fried part of the lane outside, so the ball retained energy well and had perfect carry while hitting dead flush every shot. Looked predictable to me. I was rolling the Havov playing 9 boards left at the time; just for reference.

I wasn't able to roll it due to finger sizes, so I only got to watch.

It's on my list to purchase next regardless of reviews, as soon as I pay off my Primal Fear. Should be a good ball down from my Forza GT. Not sure what to do with my Cobra if I get one.
I have 18 bowling balls at the moment, mostly Motiv, Storm
New Lineups for me this season
Vegas League Lineup: Code Red, Intense, Dare Devil Trick
Scratch League Lineup: Dare Devil Trick, Danger, Hyper Sniper

Watch List: Hyroad Nano, SONIQ, Dare Devil OG, Surelock.

AlonzoHarris

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The marketing details around this ball and the spec sheet leads me to believe this could play similar to the Hy-Road Pearl...hmm.
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jimjames

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Ball makers details (descriptions) don't really do it for me. Sure, I'll read their opinions, but reviews from players (bowlers) is what I look for for any new ball coming out (thank you Ball Reviews). My present "go to" ball is the HyRoad, but having knocked the shine off my Wrecker to 3000 grit, I'm sure liking what it does of late. My buddy used to try and throw a HyRoad Pearl, but found he had a hard time controlling it and sold it when he couldn't. Personally I think he put way to much hand (rev's) into it, but that's just me I suppose.  ::) This Octane Carbon WILL be in my bag before my birthday next month as a early present to me.  ;D Looking forward to having it in my bag.
Last Edit: April 21, 2017, 10:56:53 AM by jimjames
My In the Bag 3 ball carrier:
Motiv Octane, Carbon (1st)
HyRoad (1st or 2nd)
Wrecker (sanded to 3000 (2nd or 3rd)

In Alley Locker:
Lane 1 Chainsaw
2Fast

jimjames

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UPDATE: 5/29/17: Bought the Octane Carbon 5/24. Had it drilled up and went bowling with it soon after. Took some getting use to, to say the least. A 97-147-147 and was switching up with my HyRoad. Put the HyRoad to bed and determinedly threw only the Carbon for a 188-188-224 = 600 series. Very forgiving ball and I need to get back to bowl a few more games to see what's shaking with this ball. All in all, I feel good about it and it will reside in my 3 ball bag with the HyRoad and my Wrecker.  UPDATE #2. On my home alleys which are medium @ best, usually lightly oiled, I had to polish the ball to combat the hook down lane. Seems to work better now on the home lanes. 201-219-252. Liking it so far.  ::)
Last Edit: September 12, 2017, 10:43:04 AM by jimjames
My In the Bag 3 ball carrier:
Motiv Octane, Carbon (1st)
HyRoad (1st or 2nd)
Wrecker (sanded to 3000 (2nd or 3rd)

In Alley Locker:
Lane 1 Chainsaw
2Fast

leftybowler70

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This ball is very tempting, as it does look like a hyroad pearl as Alonzo mentioned; I missed on that one, but may have to pull the trigger on this one.

Kegeler51

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Thought I would put my $.02 in. Being a staffer I got my Octane Carbon in March. A week before going to the Wis State tournament. I can't say enough about how well this ball carries for me. Used it all nine games at state in Green Bay for 2242 scratch AE with an 807 in team. I have it drilled with the pin below the bridge. My favorite series has been the Revolt's with the Vanquish core but the Carbon rolls so good on a variety of conditions it's hard to put away. It makes a nice move on the back end but still seems to be controllable.

jkirkerx

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Well I bought one Around release date. I put a sort of strong pin and weak CG layout on it and drilled it myself as well. Learning how to plug and drill balls at my local shop.

So first few time it was really skid flippy and the coverstock seemed weak, but retained a ton of energy.

Started playing with the surface a few times, ended up at (4 sides for 15 secs) 500, 1000, and 1/2 time on 2000 with a light touch of Motiv polish.

So now it rolls well, no more skid flip. It took about 6 weeks before I trusted the ball.
Finally now let's try it in league play!

Week one rolled a 603, had trouble with the corners.
Week two, rolled a 613, started to figure out the corners
Week three, rolled a 627,  now I'm getting the corners no problem.
I play it from 10 to 14 board.

I bring a Havoc, Forza GT and the Carbon and all I use is the Carnon and Hyper Sniper now. Guess a 2 ball tote is all I need. Quite interesting piece, very flexible for a 2.56 RG ball. I can make it go long and angular or move in and soften the hand and slow down to face up to the pocket earlier and straighter.

One day on very dry lanes, played it from 22 to 9, came back no problem and just carried. The guys with the Code Reds struggled to keep it in the pocket.

Very happy with the purchase now. I feel I'm conserving area with it in my Friday in mY Friday night Vegas league of various skilled players.

So on that Tag Cannon; didn't see it coming. Looks pretty neat like artwork. But the Carbon works so well for me, I can't se going weaker.





I have 18 bowling balls at the moment, mostly Motiv, Storm
New Lineups for me this season
Vegas League Lineup: Code Red, Intense, Dare Devil Trick
Scratch League Lineup: Dare Devil Trick, Danger, Hyper Sniper

Watch List: Hyroad Nano, SONIQ, Dare Devil OG, Surelock.

agroves

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Re: Octane Carbon - Impressive power and backend motion on the lane!!!
Reply #9 on: September 11, 2017, 08:38:37 PM
I have one.  OOB it was pretty squirty when the oil carried down lane.  Took the surface to 1500 and that seems to have solved the squirty downlane reaction.  I'll know more on Wednesday night after league.
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xrayjay

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so, this balk isn't your true light oil dry lane ball with the shiny cover?
Does a round object have sides? I say yes, pizza has triangles..

aka addik since 2003

jimjames

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He might just "balk" @ answering your question.  ;D
My In the Bag 3 ball carrier:
Motiv Octane, Carbon (1st)
HyRoad (1st or 2nd)
Wrecker (sanded to 3000 (2nd or 3rd)

In Alley Locker:
Lane 1 Chainsaw
2Fast

xrayjay

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He might just "balk" @ answering your question.  ;D

Hahahaha...
Does a round object have sides? I say yes, pizza has triangles..

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jkirkerx

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Well 6 months later after I purchased the Carbon, I can say it's a great piece to own.
Help me win our league elimination roll offs after I figured it out.  Closes the deal on brackets for the place or win.

IMO, out of the box it's too skid flippy for me and doesn't get into a roll with solid drive into the pocket for carry. Modify the surface and now it does, and you see just how strong the ball really is, and how much oil it takes to fuel it.

Didn't like it at first but now I do and it's a keeper.
I have 18 bowling balls at the moment, mostly Motiv, Storm
New Lineups for me this season
Vegas League Lineup: Code Red, Intense, Dare Devil Trick
Scratch League Lineup: Dare Devil Trick, Danger, Hyper Sniper

Watch List: Hyroad Nano, SONIQ, Dare Devil OG, Surelock.

jimjames

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Modified the surface you say? But not what you did to it? Would be curious of course if you are willing to pass that on to others. I enjoy my Carbon, but you are right, just a wee bit "squirty". Works best as the lane oil carries down and into the 2nd or 3rd games of a set. Thanks for your observations on this ball. I really enjoy it, but it's sure not a "1st" out of the bag ball, @ least for me, not yet.  ::)
My In the Bag 3 ball carrier:
Motiv Octane, Carbon (1st)
HyRoad (1st or 2nd)
Wrecker (sanded to 3000 (2nd or 3rd)

In Alley Locker:
Lane 1 Chainsaw
2Fast