TJ, do you measured the ZB spool shaft on the full body shaft or on the cut side ?
It's look like that caliper on the Stella is on the edge of the full body spool shaft and the ZB on the cut side of the spool shaft body.
Or just my eyes.
Can't wait for the offshore series.
I just got the Stella SW20000PG this week, I will give it other try for Stella. Weight and solid issue.
If I still don't like it, I will sell all my Stella and moved to ZB.
However in that write up I take some issue with this:
"Inside the drag ZeeBaaS uses two sealed plates in the spool which are combined with specially developed woven, carbon-fiber materials. The main drag plate is made form lightweight metal finished in a hard ceramic composite surface. This is the same technology used in the Porsche 911 ceramic brake upgrade. The result is a high performance linear drag which generates 25lbs on the ZX20 and 40lbs on the ZX27."
Now I don't know what they mean by linear drag I find it to be more progressive. Last evening I tested the drag on a 'virgin' 2.75. Here are the parameters.
A Shimano drag scale was attached to the gate of a fence at a height of 34". Line PE 5 (78 lbs.) tied at the end with a seven turn surgeons loop knot - swivel attached via a swivel knot - 80 lb. mono attached to swivel and drag scale by clinch knots. Here are my results - rod never raised higher than 45 degrees.
This is back yard science but it can be repeated by anyone with a drag scale. Thirty or more line inches of line was pulled on all tests. Tape was applied to the drag disk to ensure that one complete turn was made per pull.
Start = 1 lb. Before drag engages
1 Complete turn = 5 lbs.
1 Complete turn = 9 lbs.
1 Complete turn = 11 lbs.
1 Complete turn = 15 lbs. (Clinch knot breaks)
1 Complete turn = 39 lbs. (Straight pull)
Back off 1/2 turn = 16 lbs. (Both straight pull and with rod bent, same)
Add 1/4 turn = 18 lbs. (Both straight pull and with rod bent, same)
Add 1/4 turn = 40 1/2 lbs. (Straight pull main line breaks just above knot)
As stated this spool has not been broken in so results may change. But, I did learn that I better tie better knots and that at high drag settings (with this spool, as is) one has 1/4 quarter turn to make adjustments of drag settings between 18 lbs. and 40 lbs.
Learn something new every day. Will have to run this test again to see if I can duplicate the results and also test the other three spools in the series.