Work of TTGearLab for theses equipments :
(1) The concept of blade family
(2) Designing the constructions of plywoods (except for one model)
(3) Providing the early performance indices for performance graph
(4) Naming of some models (Fuga, Aria, Solo, Diva, Aria Lite, Axelo and Ignito)
Note : All the pictures in this article are newly drawn by TTGearLab. TTGearLab tried to draw the blades as close to the real blades as possible, but it isn’t perfect. The shapes, the printings and the lenses may be different from those of actual blades produced by Xiom.
Xiom Novus series is the first blade family that was developed by A.R.T.E. (= The old name of TTGearLab that had been used until 2010). Xiom helped the early stage of the research of A.R.T.E., and A.R.T.E. led the development of new Xiom blades as engineering consultant. The early form of performance indices were heavily utilized in the development. The result is the ‘Novus’ which consists of six blades announced in 2008. In 2010, one model was discontinued and 10 new model were added to Novus series. Further, one old Xiom model was updated and added to Novus series. As a result Novus series became a big blade family that consists of 16 models (= 7 fiber blades and 9 wood blades). The blade constructions except of one model were developed by A.R.T.E. The characteristics chart printed on the blade head is based on the early version of performance indices provided by TTGearLab. And, because Xiom processed the data and expressed in in a bit different way, it looks differet from TTGearLab’s original data.
Following are the blades developed by TTGearLab. Graphic design wasn’t done by TTGearLab. (Graphics in this article are not the original ones by Xiom but newly drawn by TTGearLab. Therefore those can be a bit different from those of actual blades.)
‘Speedwood’ series launched in 2008 is the first blade family in Novus series. TTGearLab tried to make the all-wood blaes those can be the ‘standard’ blades. ARIA and FUGA shares the concept. ARIA is a very fast 5-ply wood for topspin players. FUGA is 5-ply blade with moderate speed but gives very sharp feeling and good ball keeping for agressive close-to-table topspin. And, ARIA LITE is a lighter and slower version of ARIA. Originally there was one more model at the beginning – JAZZ which is a thick 5-ply wood blade whose top layer is Hinoki. But, afterwards JAZZ was discontinued and instead ARIA LITE was announced.
‘Tourwood’ series was launched in 2010 to reinforce the all-wood blade range of Xiom. SOLO is a 7-ply wood blade for topspin players who want a blade harder than offensive 5-ply wood blades. DIVA is a 5-ply wood offensive blade for continuous and safe topspin. And, ACRO is a 6-ply wood all-round blade which can be the best one for beginners.
‘Classic’ series was developed to replace some famous blades in the market. For that reason ‘Classic’ series is not as unique as ‘Speedwood’ series or ‘Tourwood’ series. Classic EXTREME S is a thick blade with traditional 7-ply wood construction. Classic OFFENSIVE S is a 5-ply wood offensive blade whose construction is very popular for top players. And, Classic ALLROUND S is a 5-ply wood all-round blade which is similar to a very popular classic all-round blade.
‘Hinoki Carbon’ series was develped for Asian market in which very hard and very fast blades are preferred. AXELO, STRATO and IGNITO are typical Hinoki Carbon blades whose construction is 3+2 ply (3 wood + 2 fiber). Woven 3K carbon is the finber for three models. TTGearLab tried to make the three blades of three different speed levels. AXELO is the fastest one which is extremely fast. STRATO is the standard Hinoki Carbon blade which can compete with many existing Hinoki Carbon blades. IGNITO is the slowest one in this family. But, it is faster than most of fiber blades and all-wood blades. Afterward ZETRO QUAD was added to this family. But, ZETRO QUAD has very unique 5+4 ply construction (= Quad Fiber construction). It has PBO fiber under top layer, and Carbon Fleece between middle layer and center layer.
‘Tour Carbon’ series was launched in 2010 as the family of standard fiber blades. New STRADIVARIUS, V1 QUAD and V1. Original STRADIVARIUS which has 5+2ply outer fiber construction had been launched in 2005, and was one of the major model of Xiom blade range. It is refined as a ‘New’ STRACIVARIUS. Head shape and handle shape were changed, and the parameter graph provided by TTGearLab was newly printed on the head. V1 QUAD and V1 were purely engineered by TTGearLab. V1 is a thin carbon blade with typical 5+2ply outer fiber construction for very aggressive playere. And, V1 QUAD is a ‘Quad Fiber’ version of V1. Woven carbon fiber is placed under its Walnut top layer, and carbon fleece is inserted between middle layer and center layer.
After above 16 models, TTGearLab planned new ‘inner fiber’ blades and some ‘outer fiber’ blades those were not in Xiom range at that time. But, those were not launched.
Some blades among 16 models became best sellers of Xiom, and are still being sold well. Currently those blades have different appearance because Xiom once refined the design of Novus series. (TTGearLab is not involved in that update because TTGearLab started the work with adidas table tennis from 2011.)
Note : The performance indices of Xiom Novus series are not available, because the data used for the development for Xiom Novus series are different from current performance indices. TTGearLab is planning to measure available Xiom blades again to get performance indices of current form.
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