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Old 10-13-2008, 03:25 PM
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i have a few discraft discs. and i have a disc that puzzled me for a while. i didn't know what it was. i'll have to take a few pictures of this thing so i can share it with you all. it says discraft right on the hotstamp. along with "J-bird discs". and it looks like it may be a michigan tournament hotstamp. the edge is odd. i don't have anything like it. it's like a reverse thumbtrack. i just noticed yesterday that it says Cyclone on the underside as part of the mold and has the exact same patent # as the other two cyclones that i have. the town it was made in is different than the others.

i'm just curious about this disc because the profile is so completely different than the other cyclones that i have.
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:01 PM
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Well, I know that the X Cyclones are different than their Z plastic counterparts. The X cyclones are rated at "0" I believe and the Z plastic ones are a "1.5" and don't have the glide the X plastic ones have (I perfer X cyclones). They have different wings because of this so if you can tell the difference between plastics that could answer your question. Z plastic is usually see through were X is not. There a Cyclone 2's and they are more over stable than the X ones I think I be wrong about that I rarely see cylcone 2s I think their OOP.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:20 AM
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Reverse thumbtrack? Says "Cyclone" on the bottom? I smell the dearly departed X-Clone.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:26 AM
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Here is a pretty good picture of the rim of an X-Clone. Is this what you mean by "reverse thumbtrack?"

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AHH I forgot about the X Clone thats probably it. Good Call.
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yeah that picture looks like the rim of the disc i have. the X-clone has the same patent as the cyclone? seems odd
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yeah that picture looks like the rim of the disc i have. the X-clone has the same patent as the cyclone? seems odd
From what I understand, that patent isn't a patent number for the specific mold. It's probably Innova's patent for the beveled edge disc that Discraft liscensed when they made those discs.
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Yep, the patent number is Innova's patent on the beveled edge disc. It is the same number on all Innova and Discraft discs.

The X-Clone was made from a broken Cyclone mold, which is why it said "Cyclone" on the bottom. It was Discrafts overstable driver in the late 90's. For a while it was easily the best sidearm/forehand disc on the market, and Scott Stokely broke the world record for distance with one. The first time I saw Stokely throw an X-Clone I just laughed to keep me from crying...it was sick! He could bomb those things and throw them on lines I had never imagined.

The problem with the X-Clone was durability. That thin wing would beat up too quickly and it would loose it's stability after only a few tree dings. When the high density plastics came out, Discraft tried to run the X-Clone in Z but it did not turn out well. Discraft had a purge of slow-selling discs around 2004, and the X-Clone was one of the discs that got the Axe.
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