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Rubicon Solid
« on: August 06, 2020, 09:18:15 AM »
Roto Grip is doing something different with the Rubicon upper-mid performance ball in their HP3 line of balls. This ball introduces the asymmetrical Rondure Core which was designed to provide more ball motion overall without the need for the now banned balance hole. This performance core is wrapped in Roto Grip's eTrax-S20 Solid Reactive coverstock which can be sanded or polished to meet your needs without reducing traction or responsiveness. Out of the box this ball is ideally used on medium to medium/heavy oil conditions.

Color: Azure/Black/Navy
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Rondure Core (Asymmetrical) (14-16#)
Coverstock: eTrax-S20 Solid Reactive
Finish: 3000-grit Pad
RG: 2.49 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.052 (for 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Medium/Heavy

 

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Re: Rubicon Solid
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2020, 06:00:19 PM »
PAP 3 ¾ over 1” up ball speed 17 rev rate 475
Drilling 55x4 ¾ x40
I drilled the Rubicon the same as my Original Idol to give me a comparison for this HP3 design. I am super stoked to see and HP3 assymetrical, so right off the bat obviously we see more midlane motion its an assym. Although the combination of the Rondure Core and ETRAX 20 solid cover stock I am impressed. I have the feeling of a BIG ball in my hands without all the burning up and turn an burn issues I see when I use Strong pieces. Thanks to the core development I get much better continuation and see get to keep this ball in my hands longer through a league night as well as seeing this piece multiple times through a tournament block on the fresh at times with that stong ETRAX 20 cover or also during the transition areas where we need a bigger core than a iq or an idol but cant get a ufo or omega to get down lane. The Rubicon is my arsenal builder anytime im going to bowl a tournament start with this and build around, such an asset in the line.

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Re: Rubicon Solid
« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2020, 12:41:43 PM »
Roto Grip Rubicon
55 x 5 x 30
The Rubicon is a must have in ever bowlers bag.  Being a tournament bowler, I'm constantly looking for control of the pocket, this ball is very smooth and predictable and allows me to play to my strengths.  For me it is the most comparable to a pink Idol but its not quite as early.  It gets through the front easier and has that same smooth predictable motion.  I have it in a similar overall hook category as my Phaze 2's and Idol's.  This ball fits between my big Asym balls and my mid range pieces.  Everyone needs one!  Order yours today!

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Re: Rubicon Solid
« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2020, 03:45:42 PM »
I have never been so excited to have a bowling ball in my bag since the Physix! This new Rubicon is something else! The newest addition to the Roto Grip HP3 line is the Rubicon. The Rubicon features the new Rondure Asymmetrical Core with an RG of 2.49 and diff of .052 and an intermediate differential of.011. I have yet to see a shape like this in the Storm or Roto Grip line. If you look closely at the numbers, the numbers are identical to the Storm Physix. 
Picture a cleaner and sharper version of a Physix solid and this is what I see out of the Rubicon and the continuation of this bowling ball is unreal! I've never been able to get so far left and have an asym come around the corner and send pins across the deck like this ball does! By far one of the best bowling balls I have thrown in my entire career. If you can't get your hands on 4 of these, just make sure you get at least one and you wont be dissapointed!

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Re: Rubicon Solid
« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2020, 01:43:15 AM »
I was excited to throw this ball. The new Rubicon has a brand new core, the Rondure. The design intent with this core, is to allow players to have the same motion without a balance hole. This ball definitely does that and more.  This ball  reminds me of a Alpha Crux or Code X, but this balls doesn’t slow down.  In the ROTO Grip line I find the UFO is very angular and the IDOL was a bit too smooth at times.  The Rubicon is a great blend of the two balls.  This ball has a nice arch motion and very controllable and easier to read the reaction.   I drilled mine 50 x 4 1/4” x 45.  This is my medium/benchmark layout.  This ball is awesome with this layout in it for me.  When it makes the corner it doesn’t seem to quit.  It also doesn’t seem to burn up as easily as most solids if they encounter too much friction up front.  This ball will be great for low rev players as well as high rev players looking for more control.  If I want to play up the boards or get in deeper this ball allows for both.  This ball will work great on a lot of different patterns, but most importantly will be very consistent. Awesome Ball!

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Re: Rubicon Solid
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2020, 01:57:18 AM »
I was excited to throw this ball. The new Rubicon has a brand new core, the Rondure. The design intent with this core, is to allow players to have the same motion without a balance hole. This ball definitely does that and more.  This ball  reminds me of a Alpha Crux or Code X, but this balls doesn’t slow down.  In the ROTO Grip line I find the UFO is very angular and the IDOL was a bit too smooth at times.  The Rubicon is a great blend of the two balls.  This ball has a nice arch motion and very controllable and easier to read the reaction.   I drilled mine 50 x 4 1/4” x 45.  This is my medium/benchmark layout.  This ball is awesome with this layout in it for me.  When it makes the corner it doesn’t seem to quit.  It also doesn’t seem to burn up as easily as most solids if they encounter too much friction up front.  This ball will be great for low rev players as well as high rev players looking for more control.  If I want to play up the boards or get in deeper this ball allows for both.  This ball will work great on a lot of different patterns, but most importantly will be very consistent. Awesome Ball!

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Re: Rubicon Solid
« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2020, 01:56:37 PM »
The Rubicon.

WEIGHT BLOCK: Rondure Core
WEIGHT: 15lbs
RG: 2.49
DIFF: 0.052
PSA: 0.011
COVER: eTrax-S20
OUT OF BOX: 3000 Grit

Pattern used for review is a modified HP.

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The Rubicon is the first ASYM in the HP3 line. 

In my arsenal I was missing a strong solid ASYM.  I could have gone with the UFO but in my hometown I don't usually see high volumes of oil.  The Rubicon fills this gap nicelly.  Just strong enough to get through the soupiest of conditions but still allows me to use it on medium conditions without losing energy.

For the pattern I had to play a little left of the track area.  This ball was really clean through the fronts and picked up nicely in the mids.  Missed left a few times and the ball still picked up and made its move to the pocket.  Missed right and the ball hits the friction and comes roaring back.

LOW DOWN: The Rubicon is must in everyone's bag.  The new Rondure Core gives you a bit more engine than what is normally seen in the HP3 line without having to go up to a much stronger UFO.  #SquadRG

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Rubicon Solid
« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2020, 09:15:08 AM »
The Stats ….
Coverstock: eTrax-S20™ Solid Reactive
Weight Block:Rondure™ Core
Factory Finish: 3000-grit Pad
Radius of Gyration: 2.49
Differential: 0.052
PSA Differential: 0.011
BOWLER STYLE: RH - Power Stroker Rev Rate: 320 Ball Speed: 15-16 PAP: 4 7/8 right 5/8 up.
Layout 4 ½ x 4 x 2

My Thoughts…. Let me just start off by saying that I normally stick to the Storm brand of bowling balls and that is why you rarely see a Roto Grip review from me. So you may ask why this time?  Why this ball? You are asking all the right questions. So why this ball you may ask, one-word SPECIAL. This word gets thrown around a little too much in my opinion but is the correct word this time for THIS ball. That is what attracted me to this ball. This ball is in the HP3 line and seems stronger when thrown next to balls like the IDOL, IDOL Pearl, or the UFO. Without the use of weight holes any longer the player and/or PSO needs to focus more on the layout.

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Re: Rubicon Solid
« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2020, 09:27:26 AM »
The Rubicon to me is the future of benchmark balls. Having a slow response asymmetrical core and a medium strength solid cover allows bowlers and ball drillers the versatility to create the ideal motion for that “first ball out of your bag”. The Rubicon to me is a ball that will be in my bag every single time I bowl regardless if it’s on a house shot or a PBA tournament. It is that good! It reminds me a lot of the Storm Code X which was my favorite bowling ball for a while until it was discontinued. The core revs up quicker than its symmetric counterparts which translates to a slower shape, and the cover allows the Rubicon to be in play when the pattern is fresh. To me this ball does not read as a hook monster that wants to dig high volumes of oil, but more of a ball that will allow you to read oil patterns easily and be in play way more than not. Every tournament player should have a Rubicon in their bag!

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Re: Rubicon Solid
« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2020, 09:46:20 PM »
Introducing the newest addition to the HP3 Line, the Roto Grip Rubicon! The Rubicon is an Asymentric HP3 Line ball that features the eTrax-S20 Solid Reactive Coverstock wrapped around the Rondure Core! The Rubicon for me fits right between the UFO and, the Idol. For me the UFO, Rubicon, Idol are a 1,2,3 punch when the UFO starts hooking to much I can switch to the Rubicon which will get through the midlanes a little cleaner and, smoother and, still have plenty left on the backends and, continue through the pins

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Re: Rubicon Solid
« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2020, 11:07:38 AM »
I drilled my 1st RUBICON with a layout of 45 x 4 x 35. I hit the box surface with a 2000 abr pad and let it lane shine back up. I drilled RUBICON #2 with almost the same layout of 45 x 4 x 30. The idea is to keep one at around 1000-1500 abr to use when there is more oil until the 2nd one is in play.

I used the 1st RUBICON on a PBA50 regional that was on 39ft Don Carter. We were squad C so the lanes were tighter for a 39 foot pattern than the practice session the day before. I like this motion. Good push and back end for a ball that is marketed as for more oil. The progression that day was RUBICON > MVP ATTITUDE > HYROAD X with pin in ring finger. I liked the way the RUBICON fit the progression.

2nd RUBICON has a slight bit more "pop" on the back compared to the 1st one. This is the one I am going to hit with the 1000-1500 CTD pads. My speed is naturally slow so this 2nd RUBICON with more surface will be in play on longer patterns than my usual heavy oil suspects (UFO, OMEGA CRUX, etc).
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Re: Rubicon Solid
« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2020, 01:43:02 PM »
Rotogrip Rubicon
Layout:  3x5x1
Surface:  Box Finish   
Lane Condition:  THS medium volume

The Rotogrip Rubicon gives us our first asymmetrical cored ball in the HP3 line!  With mild asymmetry it fills the gap between the OG Idol and UFO.  With the layout I chose, the Rubicon is strong, early and almost too much for our house shot.  I typically stick with longer pins but on this piece I wanted something that I could use on heavier tournament volumes.  Because of my higher tilt, shorter or stronger pins allow me to keep the ball in front of me longer and that’s exactly what I need on tighter tournament shots.  The Rubicon shines for me when I see that type of condition.  I used the same layout on an OG Halo and it was simply too strong and allowed for limited usage through a tournament block.  The Rubicon is much better and more versatile.  It’s a must have for your arsenal!

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