Reviews => Storm => Topic started by: BallReviews-scodaddy21 on January 23, 2019, 12:30:13 PM

Title: Crux Prime
Post by: BallReviews-scodaddy21 on January 23, 2019, 12:30:13 PM
Storm has brought back the Catalyst Core in the Storm Crux Prime high performance bowling ball. This popular core has been known for its unmatched power, increased entry angle, as well as allowing more room for error due to dynamic asymmetrical design and vertical cavity technology. The SPEC coverstock used in this ball stands for Storm Performance Enhanced Coverstock. This special coverstock was specifically designed to endure the friction and oil a bowling ball goes through each time it is thrown down the lane. The SPEC Solid Reactive coverstock used on the Crux Prime is best used on heavier oil conditions and really shines when the lanes start to transition. No matter what lane condition this ball faces it will consistantly read the midlane and store energy for the backend.

Color: Red/White/Purple
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Catalyst (Asymmetrical)
Coverstock: SPEC Solid Reactive
Finish: 2000-grit Abralon
RG: 2.50
Differential: 0.052
** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Poemgranate Cider
Title: Re: Crux Prime
Post by: BSumner on January 25, 2019, 09:31:06 AM

Length: 42

Volume: 25mls

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS





The new Spec cover stock on the Storm Crux Prime is the next significant advancement in bowling ball technology. This isn’t an overstatement. I have 10+ games on this ball already and there is no hint of lane shine or oil saturation. The ball is still reading the lanes as well as it did off the press.
So far, this ball performs as expected. I went with my favorite 3 ¼ x 6 ¼ x 2 ½ layout. No trick layouts. I want to see the full potential. Now, if you’re looking for some big hook monster that’ll go gutter to gutter on a lake of oil, let me manage your expectations. I tested this on a higher volume house shot. If you want this ball to put up some big numbers, here’s what you need to expect. The Crux Prime is going to dig in on the front part of the lane and give you a mid-lane shape you’re otherwise not going to get with a pearl or polished ball. This ball will NOT give you that “hockey stick” shape path. It does it’s damage by controlling the pattern, holding energy, and driving through the pins.
Who should throw this ball? Well… everyone should… but here’s who I think it’s going to help most. Speed dominant players (me) on high volume flat patterns. Lower rev players on longer or wider house shots. High rev players, you’re probably going to see a weaker backend reaction than you’re hoping for on a house pattern. If there’s a hint of early friction, you’ll see that typical deflection through the rack. This ball is a great tournament, challenge, or sport shot ball for you.
It’s early, but I am incredibly impressed with the new Spec cover stock technology. This is a game changer for sure! If you were a fan of the Alpha Crux… you should order this ball now.

Video Review:

Brian Sumner
Storm Amateur Staff
Title: Re: Crux Prime
Post by: StormAndrew on February 02, 2019, 03:43:58 AM
I had the opportunity to test out 2 different layouts with the new Crux Prime; one pin down and one pin up. The layout for the pin down is 50 x 3 3/4 x 75 and the pin up is 45 x 4 x 30.

I really liked both layouts on these balls as it will provide added versatility to my arsenal. I tried the pin down first as that will be my benchmark layout on the fresh oil patterns. This provided a very early controllable read of the lane to help blend out the pattern. Thereafter, I went to the pin up when I needed the ball to save energy and kind of float a little bit through the fronts and provide energy and angle down lane. You can see the comparison of how energy is spent by watching the video and comparisons between the shots.

Another component that I really liked about this ball is how long I was able to stay in it without making a ball change. Typically, I use asymmetrical balls for the first game or 2 then ball down to something weaker and more angular. With the Crux Prime I will be able to stay in it a lot longer than 2 games. This is attributed to the new coverstock, SPEC, which is designed to maintain energy down lane without burning up too early.

For those who loved the original Crux's or is looking for their next strong asymmetrical solid the Crux Prime will be an excellent choice to add to your bag.

Title: Re: Crux Prime
Post by: Kevin Duncan on February 02, 2019, 06:01:11 PM



Storm Crux Prime
Layout: 4 x 4 x 2 Storm Pin Buffer Layout
Rev Rate: 300 rpm, 7 degree of axis tilt, 40 degree of axis rotation
Testing information: 41 foot THS (medium to light volume)
Bowling Center: Fulton Bowling Center
Kegel Machine – Brunswick Anvilane

The Storm Crux Prime utilizes the Catalyst Core and the new SPEC (Storm Performance Enhancing Coverstock) coverstock.  The goal with the Crux Prime was to design a high-performance bowling ball that can hold up to the wear and tear of lane friction and prevent oil absorption.  Storm's design team did exactly what the intended.
The Storm Crux Prime will definitely hook.  The ball reaction was a strong, continuous hook.  I compared it to my Alpha Crux with 2000 surface and ended up 3 and 2 left with the Crux Prime.  The Alpha Crux was a little more angular, which is also true for my PhysiX.  The Crux Prime will be a first ball option in a lot of tournaments, especially for the speed-dominant players.  Actually, the Crux Prime is working well for a lot of different styles of bowlers.
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Title: Re: Crux Prime
Post by: e sevous on February 10, 2019, 10:32:24 PM

Length: 45'

Volume: 29mls

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Sport

My experience with this ball has been mainly on a 45’ sport pattern and some house shot usage.  A quick look at my layout [45x5x25] this would give the impression the ball would start up a little early, give some length, hit the breakpoint and jerk left. That was not the case! I got the length, come off the end of the pattern and with a hook motion that was very readable and what I felt was the big like of the ball was the hit. The Crux gave me great carry with light hits by keeping the pins low and dancing while flush hits didn’t give you stone 9. I like the colors as they show your rotation while others may not appreciate the flash this ball offers. On the house pattern I felt myself making small moves during the first few games I used it to keep it in play but eventually, I had to put it down due to a lot of transition causing my angles to be too open for my comfort
Likes: versatility, continuation



Title: Re: Crux Prime
Post by: Kcbrunner on February 14, 2019, 02:35:43 PM
This ball is simply amazing... it looks good and smells good.  I have mine drilled 70*4.5*30 and it crushes the pins !!!  It is strong off the break point but still gives me great ball motion on different patterns :)