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Discussion: 2016 Miken U2 Maxload

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Jan. 25, 2016
JamesLG
418 posts
2016 Miken U2 Maxload


Hi All:

Now that these bats have been out a while and some of you in the nicer areas have had a chance to use them what is your opinion? I bought one about a month ago but the weather has been to shitty to get out and take any cuts. The last couple years I hit with either a Reebok or Miken U2 balanced.

Thank You:

James
Jan. 25, 2016
Lefty
Men's 70
717 posts
I've got the 28oz Maxload with over 400 live pitching. Great distance, pop and durability. Large
sweet spot. Batting avg. will go up with this bat.
Jan. 25, 2016
DOERBAUM
Men's 55
86 posts
THE GREEN LETTERED IS THE MAXLOAD IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN. I BOUGHT ONE A WHILE BACK FROM ALAN TANNER AS I AM ALWAYS

LOOKING FOR A DURABILITY BOOST. HAVE JUST SHY OF 250 SWINGS ON IT AND SO FAR NO VISIBLE STRUCTURAL ISSUES. THE

PERFORMANCE IS EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS ANY OTHER BAT I HAVE SWUNG. I WENT THROUGH 4 DUDLEYS THIS PAST YEAR AT 7-800

SWINGS BEFORE FAILURE. HOPE I GET MORE OUT OF THESE. I ALSO BOUGHT A COUPLE OF BIG CATS RECENTLY AS I AM PARTIAL TO

AS MUCH END LOAD AS POSSIBLE. HAVE ABOUT 25 SWINGS ON #1 AND LIKE IT BETTER THAN THE MAXLOAD SWING WISE. THE LAST

BATTING PRACTICE I TOOK AND RECORDED WAS USING THE MAXLOAD. TOOK 84 SWINGS AND THE LAST SWING WENT THE

FARTHEST, CLEARING AN 80' OAK TREE AT 320' TO LEFT CENTER. NUMEROUS LINE DRIVES AT OR SHORT HOPPING THE FENCE.

PERFORMANCE IS NOT AN ISSUE WITH THESE AT ALL. I LET TWO PEOPLE ON MY LOCAL TEAM TRY IT 2 WEEKS AGO AND THE NEXT

GAME THEY EACH HAD ONE. YOU SHOULD BE VERY PLEASED WITH IT WHETHER YOU ARE A LINE DRIVE GAP HITTER OR A POWER

HITTER, AS THE BAT WORKS EXTREMELY WELL AND HAS A HUGE, VERY FORGIVING SWEET SPOT. GO TO YOUTUBE AND TYPE IN MY

NAME IN THE SEARCH BAR. DAVE DOERBAUM. THE VIDEO I HAVE THE PINK COMBAT SHIRT ON IS THE ONE USING THE MAXLOAD.

JUST PROMISE NOT TO LAUGH AT THE POP-UPS....LOL
Jan. 26, 2016
Rick35
Men's 55
78 posts
I am here to clarify the 2016 Miken Ultra II bat models for those who like them:

Ultra II white - balanced
Ultra II black w/ green - endloaded .5oz (dunno why it was called maxload)
Ultra II black w/ gold - maxload 1oz (big cat model)
Jan. 26, 2016
B94
Men's 50
138 posts
Rick you are correct with your weighting and bat description which should help a lot of guys in choosing their bat.

As far as you question regarding why the Black/Green U2 was called a maxload - Miken has always called their 1/2 oz endloaded bats "Maxload".

The Black and Gold Big Cat Ultra 2 has what has been called a "Big Cat Endload" as a reference to big Mike Macenko. Typically a Miken with a 1 oz endload is called a SuperMax however since the Ultra 2 line never had a 1 oz endload previously the Big Cat moniker was attached to the Ultra 2 with the 1 oz endload.
Jan. 28, 2016
JamesLG
418 posts


Thanks for the information.

Doerbaum, I could not find the video of you testing the Maxload. Will try again soon.

Thank You:

James
Jan. 28, 2016
Whitey58
28 posts
I have a 27 oz.Miken Ultra 2 Black Big Cat. It has around 400 hits on it . Played a doubleheader today 300 ft fences and went 8 for 8 with 4 home runs. The ball just explodes off the barrel. This bat will only get better. I tell other guys if they buy the new Miken Black that u better have patience in breaking them in. They do take a little time but the end results are awesome
Feb. 1, 2016
Don5
Men's 65
65 posts
I just broke my Black/green miken with less than 300 swings, two days after the knob came off my 2015 Big Cat. Not sure about the durability of the 2015-16 Mikens. I got over 1000 swings on my white two piece Miken before it broke. These bats have pop, but its sure expensive to replace bats all the time...

But I will probably seek out Alan Tanner at the TOC and get another one......

Don Angle
Animals 65
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