Expride Casting

Shimano Expride rods are designed to a clear and concise brief – ‘minimum materials to offer maximum effect’. The incredibly lightweight, yet extremely powerful series features Shimano’s new Hi-Power X blank technology. The unique construction utilises carbon fibre tape, which is woven around hoop and axial materials in a 45-degree cross-pattern from top to bottom. The proprietary process has allowed Shimano to produce a series of rods that feature exceptional power and strength, while reducing blank twist. This reduced twist means better lure and tip control during casting and retrieving, and maximizes strength. Expride rods feature advanced CI4 reel seats, reducing weight while increasing feel to the user. Spinning models are equipped with Shimano’s CI4 Perfection Seat and the casting models with Shimano’s CI4 Fighting Grip Type R. All rods feature semi-micro Stainless Steel Fuji K-guides with SiC inserts to complement the Expride’s performance attributes. Stronger, lighter and more sensitive, the Expride series is made to give you all the power you are looking for and will never let you down.
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The Shimano Bait Finesse System is designed to help cast light lures easily. The Expride 165L BFS, combined with the Aldebaran BFS XG weights only 255grams and has amazing balance. The sensitive, easy-to-load rod tip, combined with the light, shallow magnesium spool of the Aldebaran delivers incredible performance, even with a jigheads as light as 3g!


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Product Specifications

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Rod type Casting
Lengths 1.96 - 2.03 - 2.21
Actions XF - F - MF
Blank material Hi-Power X
Reel seat CI4 Fighting Grip Type R
Guide type Fuji Stainless
Grip Cork & EVA
Packaging Cloth Bag

Item code Length (m) Action Transport length (cm) Weight (g) Nr of guides Nr of sections Casting weight (g)


Welcome to the Shimano Bait Finesse System (BFS)! This BFS rod is the lightest of the casting models and is the perfect tool for searching out fish hidden in tight locations with light lures. The 165L BFS benefits from a very sensitive and soft tip, while the rest of the blank gives you brute power to handle any fish. The CI4 Fighting Grip Type R fits perfectly in the user's hand allowing every single feeling to be transmitted from the rod-tip to the hand. The deceivingly strong and powerful blank allows you to lift fish quite easily, a very convenient attribute when street fishing from high banks. With a casting weight rating of 4-12g the Expride 165L BFS is made for softbait fishing but can also be used for small hardbaits.

1.96 XF 196 110 11 1 4-12


The perfect rod for searching out fish when using all kind of lures. The 10-30g rated rod is extremely versatile - soft plastics, jigs, spinnerbaits, minnows, it does it all. With power and sensitivity, this two-piece rod is perfect for covering a lot of ground quickly to find active fish. The Hi-Power X blank gives power and control where it is needed and coupled with the semi micro-guide set-up and CI4 grip, this is the ultimate all-round tool.

2.03 F 104 115 10 2 10-30


The XH model excels in two applications, searching pike with spintails and large softbaits in big lakes, and flipping/pitching for black bass in heavy cover. It sets hooks easily thanks to its incredible power and fast action, and once hooked the 2.21m length helps control the biggest fish! With a casting rating of 14-56g, this model has a 2 piece construction (blank + separate butt) for easier transportation. As with all Expride rods, strength and lightness is at a premium thanks to the semi micro-guide set up, CI4 reel seat and Hi-Power X blank.

2.21 MF 190 137 10 2(Butt joint) 14-56

pair this product with

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Aldebaran BFS XG

The Alderaban BFS XG is light, compact and fast with a shallow magnesium spool allowing the reel to cast lighter lures even further.

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