Freewheel Rollers Review: 6 Freewheel Rollers Under 100 Bucks In Comparison


A free spool reel is used to release line when a fish bites. A hooked fish will not notice any resistance when the reel is closed, until the freewheel is switched off and the reel brake is switched on again. The advantage for the angler is that a strong fish on the hook will not pull the rod from the rod pod or rod holder into the water. In the freewheel reel test, we introduce you to different models.

As there is a wide range of free spool reels for eel fishing, cod fishing and carp fishing on the market (e.g. for feeder rods), we have tested 6 different models. We would like to introduce these models in the following and go into them in detail. In order to keep the systematics, we want to clarify in the following how we proceeded with the free spool reel test.

Note: From time to time it can happen that selected free rollers are not available for a short time. If this happens, you will find numerous reels for fishing on this overview page.

How was it tested?

We have tested the free spool reels over several weeks to see how they look, how well they work in practice, the quality and workmanship, and how they behave when fished. This enabled us to get a good picture of the fishing reels at the end of the phase and to evaluate them accordingly. The result is this rather comprehensive product report, which is aimed primarily at anglers who are looking for a solid freewheel reel, while always keeping the price in mind. What good is the best reel if it is not affordable?

On the other hand, if you get a great bargain, but the reel breaks during the first fight and falls apart, you’re not doing yourself any favours.  So we have consciously decided to buy reels in a certain price range between 50 and 100 Euro.

So now we want to start with the first test. If you still have questions about certain roles, you can of course contact us at any time via the e-mail address [email protected] Have fun reading.

Cormoran Pro Carp-GBR 6PiF (Big Pit Freewheel Carp Roll) in freewheel roll test

When the AnzeigeCormoran PC-GBR 6PiF 4500 freewheel roll arrived at our office we were surprised by the weight. It is lighter than we first thought – but it is still not the lightest of the rolls presented here.  This freewheel reel is especially suitable for cod fishing and it is probably built a bit more massive

When you hold it in your hand it feels very valuable. It is equipped with 5 steel ball bearings and has an automatic freewheel system which can be adjusted separately.

In addition, the spool brake can be very finely adjusted to suit the target fish. Especially if you expect a capital carp, for example, this makes sense.  The crank itself sits bomb-proof on the free spool reel. It does not wobble at all, as you are often used to from other fishing reels. In this point you will definitely notice the difference in quality compared to very cheap products.

What we did not like so much was that the ball bearing suddenly started to crack after 3 to 4 weeks. We absolutely could not explain what caused this cracking. Unfortunately the cracking did not stop, so we had to change the free wheel Cormoran Pro Carp-GBR 6PiF again.

Picture of the free spool reel

Here is a picture of the free spool reel. If you want to see a larger picture, just click on it: Display

The most important facts from the freewheel roller test

The most interesting facts at a glance:

  • Brand: Cormoran
  • Translation: 5.20 :1
  • Kgl. 8.00 pcs.
  • Cord capacity: 180.00 m
  • Cord thickness: 0.35 mm
  • Weight: 455 g
  • Drawing: 87. 00 cm
  • 5 Steel ball bearings
  • Automatic freewheel system, adjustable
  • Infinite Anti-Reverse® backstop (infinitely variable)
  • Fine adjustable spool brake
  • WormShaft spool lifting system
  • Line Guard System
  • Soft-Touch crank handle
  • PowerBail line hanger
  • Large Anti-Twist line roller
  • Longlife line spring


All in all we are not so satisfied. In the beginning this reel made a very good impression, but after the cracking started, it had completely disappeared. Since we know that others have also had bad experiences with it, we unfortunately cannot recommend this reel. Here is our evaluation:

Shimano Baitrunner ST 10000 RB free spool reel

The Shimano Baitrunner ST 10000 RB is a fishing reel which is mainly used for carp fishing. However, other target fish can (demonstrably) also be fished very well with this reel. For example, we have been able to land some cod with this reel while fishing for cod.

We liked very much that the brake does not jerk at all and slows down the fish in a gentle way. The brake basically slides to a standstill. Perfect for capital catches, despite the fact that it is a little smaller. However, it still weighs 555 g, which is not necessarily very little. There are lighter models available (we will introduce them in the following product reports).

But what convinced us in any case was the quality and workmanship of the freewheel reel. As one is used to from the manufacturer Shimano, a lot of attention was paid to every little detail.  For example, the crank does not wobble at all and everything fits exactly where it should. Also great is that it has numerous adjustment possibilities. In addition, the Dyna Balance concept ensures that the reels have a balanced run and that there is plenty of room for up to 500 metres of fishing line due to the tight line routing.

Official picture

Here is the official picture of the free spool reel.  Just turn off your Adblocker if you can’t see the picture:

Everything important at a glance

The most interesting facts at a glance from the freewheel roller test:

  • Brand: Shimano
  • 1 ball bearing
  • Cord holder: 500m/0,30mm, 350m/0,35mm, 250m/0,40mm
  • Gear ratio: 4,6:1
  • Weight: 555g
  • Rear brake – freewheel function
  • Varispeed
  • Dyna Balance System
  • AR-C Line Management System
  • Oversized Power RULler
  • Super Stopper II
  • XT-7 Housing and Coil
  • Long Life U-bolt spring
  • internal brake system
  • freewheel system
  • powerfull and precise front brake


All in all a great model which is especially for beginners. Especially price conscious anglers will have a lot of fun with this brand model. We can therefore recommend the Shimano Baitrunner ST 10000 RB freewheel reel to all those who do not want to spend so much money and value high brand quality. Following the most important details from the freewheel reel test:

Daiwa Black Widow BR 5000A 3BB 230m/0.40mm

The AnzeigeDaiwa Black Widow BR 5000A 3BB 230m/0.40mm is much cheaper compared to the other freewheel reels. It has also not got the name Black Widow for nothing. Because of the construction of the case and the matt black, it reminds a little bit in abstract form of a big spider. Maybe you need some imagination but the basic shape is definitely there.

Unlike the comparison winner, it has only 3 ball bearings. This gave us the feeling that the fishing reel does not run quite as smoothly in comparison. The freewheel itself can be very finely adjusted, depending on the requirements. This makes it suitable for carp fishing, pike-perch fishing, eel fishing and barbel fishing. The bow spring is also very sensitive. This gives a high quality feel when opening and closing the bail.

However, at 478 g it is not necessarily light as a feather. Here there are partly much lighter free rollers. What we liked is for example that the crank knob is particularly soft. This is another quality feature of the Japanese DAIWA fishing reels.

The official picture

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Everything at a glance

  • Brand: Daiwa
  • Translation: 4.59 :1
  • Kgl. 3.00 pcs.
  • Cord capacity: 230.00 m
  • Cord thickness: 0.40 mm
  • Weight: 478 g
  • Drawing: 86. 00 cm
  • Infinite Anti-Reverse® backstop
  • Aluminium spool
  • Soft-Touch crank knob
  • Aluminium crank
  • GyroSpin
  • Longlife stirrup spring

Our conclusion from the freewheel roller test

All in all the Daiwa Black Widow BR 5000A is a small all-rounder. If you don’t want to spend too much money, but still want to go fishing for eel, zander, pike and carp, you won’t go wrong with this free spool reel.

Browning Hybrid BF 630 Reel

Note: It is possible that this item is currently not available. As an alternative, the following display freewheel reels can be used.

The first thing you notice about the Browning Hybrid BF 630 Reel is that the green colour makes it look completely different from the other tested freewheel reels. In any case, we find the design very modern. On the photo it looks a bit shrill, but in reality the green looks a lot more discreet.

When you hold it in your hand like this, you immediately notice that it is a bit lighter than e.g. the Penn Slammer 760L leveler. But nevertheless it is very solid and of high quality. In any case, you are holding a quality product in your hands.  Once you have a fish on the hook, the brake is completely jerk-free and runs very smoothly. Also the freewheel can be adjusted completely fine.

We used it together with a braided 35 line and a 150g lead and did not experience any problems. If you are looking for a solid freewheel reel that you can put in the rain and get rid of a lot of sand and dust, this model is very good for you.

Picture of the fishing reel

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Everything at a glance

  • Brand: Browning
  • Translation: 5.00 :1
  • Kgl. 6.00 pcs.
  • Line capacity: 150.00 m
  • Line thickness: 0.26 mm
  • Weight: 330 g
  • Feeding:  71,00 cm

Our conclusion on the free spool reel Test

We can recommend this free spool reel to all anglers who do not want to spend quite so much money and are looking for a light reel, but which is very stable and solid in its core. We had a lot of fun with it and can recommend this model to all beginners and advanced anglers.

Shimano USA Baitrunner 4000 OC Oceanic Freewheel Reel

The next freewheel reel is also a model from Shimano which we will introduce in more detail below. The Shimano USA Baitrunner 4000 OC Oceanic free spool reel is almost twice as expensive as the Shimano Baitrunner ST 10000 RB. But it also impresses with a low weight and four times the number of ball bearings used in the free spool reel. The ball bearing is completely made of stainless steel and therefore looks very high quality. It also impresses with its high-quality haptics.

In addition, it is suitable for both freshwater and sea fishing (for example with a sea rod). However, we have only tested the Baitrunner on freshwater lakes where it convinced us completely. We went catfish fishing and of course we started immediately with the right catfish rod.

Already when casting out you notice how smooth the ball bearing is. You can hardly hear the bearing and the line slides on the lake as if Peter Pan was visiting the moon. Here you can see the real differences to a cheap free spool reel.


Here is the official illustration:

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Everything at a glance

  • Brand: Shimano
  • Gear ratio:4.80 :1
  • Material ball bearing: Stainless steel
  • Material spool:  Aluminium
  • Kgl. 4.00 pcs.
  • Line capacity: 130.00 m
  • Line thickness: 0.35 mm
  • Weight: 380 g

Our conclusion

All in all, the Shimano USA Baitrunner 4000 OC Oceanic freewheel reel is our personal favorite. It is light, smooth, very quiet and has a perfect freewheel system. However, it is not quite cheap. We can therefore recommend this model from Shimano to all those who value high quality and are really keen on catfish or carp fishing. Therefore this freewheel reel comparison winner gets a clear recommendation to buy from us.

Penn Slammer 760L Liveliner

The AnzeigePenn Slammer & Slammer from the Live Liner Series is delivered in a noble packaging. Of course we had to unpack it immediately when it arrived. When you hold it in your hands for the first time, you immediately notice that it is not necessarily the lightest freewheel reel. With 784 g it is even the heaviest of the reels we tested.

However, we took it to a lake and immediately tested it in practice. It is extremely stable and makes a high quality impression. You can see this for example on the stainless steel shaft. You can really feel the high quality in the feel of the materials.

We personally used it for catfish fishing and were not disappointed. 1,20 m was the quite capital catfish big. Of course you also need a thick fishing line for that. We decided to use a 0.55 mm thick line. This gave us a line capacity of a little over 200 m. But after that the Penn Slammer 760L Liveliner was completely full.

We also liked the fact that this reel is saltwater resistant. So if you plan to go to the sea for cod fishing, you will have no problems. The brake is also very easy and fine adjustable.

Product picture

Below you will find a picture of the free spool reel:

Short & concise

We have summarized the most important facts and you will find them below:

  • Brand: Penn Slammer & Slammer
  • Translation: 4,7:1
  • Kgl. 7.00 pcs.
  • Line capacity: 310.00 m
  • Line thickness: 0.46 mm
  • Weight: 784 g
  • Drawing: 66. 00 cm
  • 5 sealed stainless steel ball bearings and 1 roller bearing (IAR)
  • 6+1 bearing at Slammer 760 + 760 LiveLiner
  • Lightweight housing and (anodized) aluminium spool
  • Extra strong, low-wear stainless steel axle
  • HT-100(TM) brake system

Conclusion on the freewheel roller test

We think that the Penn Slammer 760L Liveliner is a real bargain. Precisely because it is so robust and can take a lot.  Because it is so robust, it is also a bit heavier. However, this is the price you have to pay for it. Anyway, it is not necessarily cheap, but you get a lot offered. We can recommend this free wheel reel in any case. Here are all the facts from the freewheel roller test:

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