Ryobi has been known for a long time for having very good spinning reels in its assortment even in the low price segment. What I expected from this reel was far exceeded by the Cynos 2.
In the packaging there is an exploded view of the reel, the crank and the reel with spool. There is no spare spool included. With the price also completely OK. I was positively surprised that the crank is screwed in and not locked, which has the advantage that the crank has hardly any play. Of course the crank can still be screwed in on both sides, so the reel is suitable for both left and right handers.
After I screwed in the crank, the first thing to do is to test the ease of movement without load and I must say that I am very impressed by the ease of movement of this cheap reel.
The large crank knob is also worth mentioning, which is easy to grip even with wet hands. Why can’t every reel have one of these? Also the cord grip is very stable and thick. The winding pattern of the reel is also clean especially for the price. Thanks to the rubberized part on the spool, braided lines don’t slip either and can be wound up easily.
Technique and Models
The reel is available in sizes 1000-5000 and another 6500`er, which is intended as feeder reel. All rolls have a 5,1:1 transmission ratio. The reel also has a reinforced main axle – so big fish can come.
Even on the water the reel turns silky smooth even under heavy load. And the most important thing: in all situations during the fight, the brake starts cleanly and with two turns of the brake knob you are actually where you want to be. Because of this feature I had the reel with me as a freewheel reel replacement. Since I can change from open to closed very quickly.
But also as a spinning reel I already had the reel in use and was always top satisfied. The reel reminds me strongly of my Spro Passion, which I have been using for almost 10 years. But the Cynos is superior to the old reel in all points.
For the money more than top and my new recommendation for budget fishing reels. No reel I know of offers more for the small budget and scores in practice. And it is still so pretty to look at. If you read through my tests, you will find one or the other cracks from lousy products here on the website. But with this role I have nothing to complain about, especially not for the price. That’s why you get the full 100 points for the price/performance ratio!
Update after almost a year with the reel
The reel still runs soft and clean and has given me many beautiful fish. Just two days ago I could catch three small but hard fighting carp with 2-3 kg. with my quite small 2500` reel.