I promised a review on these tips so hre you go
To start off, I am not in any way connected to SPC tips, I have not received a free sample and I will do my very best to give out an unbiased review on a new product.
I bought my tip from DoubleDaveCues. The shipping was lightning fast as always and I received the tip today.
The first impression when I opened the envelope was quite a let down actually. The tip doesnt look like much packaged, it is just a flat disk of green material without any fancy boxes like for an example a Taom JB tip comes in . The tip is also relatively low on arrival, I measured it to be only 4.3mm thick. No worries there, that is plentý enough still as it doesnt need much to get the radius right :smile:
I proceeded to cut off the Taom 2.0 tip that I have had on for nearly a year.
Faced the ferrule, gently cleaned the back of the SPC tip and glued it on using Loctite 401 super glue. Let it set for three hours before working on it to let the glue cure thuroughly.
The tip is really hard and definitely requires a lathe to put one on properly. It cuts to dust as Greyghost stated before so some protection from the dust is advisable. I found that it cuts the best in small cuts with relatively high feed.
I cut the radius with a razor blade. This takes a little patience and a really sharp razor. Take your time and it will turn out perfect. See the video for more.
Installed tip looks fantastic. It is bright, light shade of green in colour and the weave pattern can be seen on it. Holds chalk really well and is easy to rough up with a bit of sandpaper.
A picture of the installed tip taken against a light.
I really like the looks of it and it machines so well that I had high hopes for it playability wise. And boy does it work like a dream. I have never had a tip that jumps this easily, nor one that holds chalk like this tip does. It is an outstanding jump tip, the best I have tried by far. Even the Taom, wich I really adored before, doesnt compare to this in my opinion. SPC is harder, it jumps better and yet it gives a great deal of control on different shots. I tried a lot of different jumps with it and for me, an inexperienced jumper, it allows control over the CB wich is something new for me.
On to breaking with it;
Breaking with a SPC feels a lot like a bakellite tip actually but with more power and better chalk adhesion. It makes a nice click on impact and provides good feedback on hit. It is easy to feel if you hit the ball well or not. Seems to be good in this category too. I like it slightly better than the Taom as a break tip, both break equally well but I prefer the feel of this tip slightly more.
Long story short; The Sure SPC is a great tip for both jumping and breaking. It really shines on jump shots and in my opinion it is definitely worth the price. Made in Germany stands proudly on the package, and rightfully so. The germans are coming to tip industry like a Mercedes, outstanding in its own class like one. I will buy more for sure in the future.
A video showing the installation and a couple example shots with a SPC tip :smile:
I have a Predator Air 2 coming to me in a few weeks so there will be some comparing to come of the stock Predator phenolic and SPC too some time later.
Hopefully you found this review helpful, please feel free to ask any questions and I will answer to my best to you :smile:
If anyone has one available for impact testing and thermal testing I am interested.... The Cell, Taom and Zinto all fracture at 750 psi under 100 impacts and leave material on the cloth from friction... Very interested in these as they appear to be a resin....
^ Good post Greyghost :wink:
I agree that the jumping and breaking with a tip on video doesnt provide much valuable info about how a product works. The video posted is mostly made to show how extremely hard the compound is when cutting it and to provide a little acoustic reference in play on the jump shot and the break. The point is not to show off what a tip can do, the clips are there mostly for the audio
I also break with a leather tip, I have a Zan Hard on my BK3. I dont feel the need for a break tip harder than that, but for a jump tip things are different. And as mostly a rotation player I need to jump quite often as it is often the smart shot to take off loose safeties.
And for the packaging; I agree with you totally on that. There is no need for shiny boxes or extravagant displays as long as the product works right. However the first impression is often formed on first sight. The Taoms comes in a pretty jewelry box and it is already pre shaped in the package so they look nicer when just looking at them.
Despite the humble appearance of SPC tip it is nothing short of its competitors.
Some day I'll try out Chris's Hammerhead too and make a review like this on it too. I have heard a lot of good about them and I'd like to see if it lives up to the hype
I shape with a blade, then when at the right radius, just touch the surface with the 100 grit to make sure there is a scuffed surface all the way across. I really don't think it was an install issue, as I do the same for other very similar break tips and theynot sure why your having it play like that.....i use a nice fine file instead of sand paper because of its inconsistencies, looks like i may have a more "consistent" surface here?
i find it highly grippey, and can shoot with it using plenty of english......and for certain i'm no tip shill lol.
iv'e always done my break tips a little diff when i do these phenolics/michartas such as this.