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Title: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on April 14, 2018, 09:51:30 AM
Gm Are Launching the Ben Stokes Player Edition bat, plus will also be doing the model in Signature L.E grades, Signature, and in 404 from Harrow sizes down.

These are available to be pre ordered now and will be available from April 23rd. Will add prices in due course

Here's some pics before i update on monday

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/879/39638203560_7c7a015789_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23oG9WL)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/821/39638229910_71019ee411_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23oG9WL)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/800/39638230490_32989d8c93_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23oGhM5)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/820/27575359328_1f2725f73e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23oGhX5) (https://flic.kr/p/J1JVBN)
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: liscon12 on April 14, 2018, 11:32:53 AM
"Concavity"???
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: jjelricksmith on April 14, 2018, 11:40:08 AM
As long as it doesnt have an awful GM handle i would be interested in one.  :(
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Wickets-then-runs on April 14, 2018, 11:46:06 AM
Thick and oval?
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: KettonJake on April 14, 2018, 11:48:00 AM
As long as it doesnt have an awful GM handle i would be interested in one.  :(

Each to their own on things like this. GM handles are some of my favourite handles
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: alexhilly1492 on April 14, 2018, 12:05:09 PM
As long as it doesnt have an awful GM handle i would be interested in one.  :(

The last couple of years the gms ive seen have great handles much improved recently
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Biggie Smalls on April 14, 2018, 06:43:23 PM
"Concavity"???




Must have been written by the bloke from cricketmerchant !  :D
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 14, 2018, 09:00:56 PM
Own up then, who's got one on pre-order?

To anyone who has ordered one, fancy being an absolute leg-end and posting profile shots when it arrives (I definitely don't plan on getting a low grade copy made by my favourite maker, honest...)
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 14, 2018, 09:24:34 PM
Own up then, who's got one on pre-order?

To anyone who has ordered one, fancy being an absolute leg-end and posting profile shots when it arrives (I definitely don't plan on getting a low grade copy made by my favourite maker, honest...)

Not guilty :(
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: csnew on April 15, 2018, 07:06:51 AM
Disappointed with the name - I know smashers taken but something along those lines. Assault edition??
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: jamielsn15 on April 15, 2018, 07:43:59 AM
^ GM Over-Zealous?
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: DorsetDan on April 15, 2018, 07:47:37 AM
Paragon of virtue
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Canners on April 15, 2018, 10:04:16 AM
Packs one hell of a punch
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: liscon12 on April 15, 2018, 11:19:27 AM
On the bat itself....

It looks like it packs a load of wood up top with thicker than average shoulders and a really high spine going into the handle, the middle looks high with a pronounced duckbill.

Really want to see a profile shot of this
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: DorsetDan on April 15, 2018, 11:28:00 AM
I do like the idea of these Players Editions (besides the cost of course), but it makes even less sense when the weight and profile will be a mystery until it arrives in your hands
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: velvetsky01 on April 15, 2018, 11:36:23 AM
Not normally a GM fan but I really like the look of this shape
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: golders on April 15, 2018, 01:41:44 PM
Surely if it's a player edition it should be Ben Stokes weight or close to. But they put a piece of timber through the machine and it repicates the shape that's it?
Fair enough if you want to spend your  money on that kind of thing I guess. GM must be pretty confident the ginga ninja is gonna get off by the way!
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: LateBloomer on April 15, 2018, 01:47:04 PM
GM must be pretty confident the ginga ninja is gonna get off by the way!

I thought this aswell
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Umi on April 15, 2018, 02:04:01 PM
Wonder if itís got a bow in it?
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on April 15, 2018, 05:00:47 PM
I do like the idea of these Players Editions (besides the cost of course), but it makes even less sense when the weight and profile will be a mystery until it arrives in your hands
Im not sure on this model, but gm bats in standard and player edition are made to 2-10. Natural density dictates what weight the bat will turn out to. I was told the players model range from 2-9 to 2-11. The players models Iíve had in have been around the 2-9 1/2 Mark. Iím not sure the expected weight of these stokes player editions but Iím presuming they will be made again in that weight range.
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on April 15, 2018, 05:02:32 PM
And on the ginger ninja, I reckon a charge of affray with community service, no custodial sentence
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: smilley792 on April 15, 2018, 05:11:43 PM
@Six Sixes Cricket  if gym ever offer you or say they have one of this at 2.14/15 then give me a shout.
Iíll buy it.
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on April 15, 2018, 05:21:44 PM
@Six Sixes Cricket  if gym ever offer you or say they have one of this at 2.14/15 then give me a shout.
Iíll buy it.
@smilley792 , which model would you be after? As Iíve requested weights in the past for customers and they have been really good at getting me near to that weight
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: smilley792 on April 15, 2018, 07:14:33 PM
@smilley792 , which model would you be after? As Iíve requested weights in the past for customers and they have been really good at getting me near to that weight

Not really looked at any of them this year. Any players edition really. Only time Iíve found one in that wait was a shame Watson flare years ago.
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: jjelricksmith on April 16, 2018, 11:55:39 AM
Has there been a confirmed price list for the range?
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on April 16, 2018, 12:22:09 PM
Not really looked at any of them this year. Any players edition really. Only time Iíve found one in that wait was a shame Watson flare years ago.
Pretty sure if i asked them for one in 2.14/15 they would make it, no problem.
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on April 16, 2018, 12:25:47 PM
Has there been a confirmed price list for the range?
For Adult SH

Players Model £520, RRP £650.
Signature LE £270, RRP £335
Signature £135, RRP £160
All prices include next day delivery (uk)
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 16, 2018, 12:51:01 PM
@Six Sixes Cricket excuse the thick question, but are the Signature LE and Signature models going to be in the same shape as the Players Edition?

Basically, will there be a "Stokes shape Zelos range" along side the standard Zelos shape?

Cheers
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on April 16, 2018, 01:05:24 PM
@Six Sixes Cricket excuse the thick question, but are the Signature LE and Signature models going to be in the same shape as the Players Edition?

Basically, will there be a "Stokes shape Zelos range" along side the standard Zelos shape?

Cheers
Certainly not a thick question. This range was only emailed to the GM reps friday afternoon, from what i can see from the forwarded email to me is that there is indeed a ben stokes zelos range. It doesnt say exact replica for the signature models

Ben Stokes Players Launch Edition Cricket Bat
GMís DXM technology allows a precise replica of Benís Zelos Phase 1 Player Edition Bat. Our unique DXM Computer Aided Manufacture process produces bats to the precise player profile and dimensions.
Only 55 of Benís Launch Specification Player Edition bats will be made. Each is crafted from a very select limited availability LE grade English Willow. The bat is finished with prestige laser engraved signature and Limited Edition identification number.
Each Phase 1 Player Edition bat is supplied with a unique full length bat cover embroidered with Ben Stokes Signature and Player Edition logo.
Player Edition Bats are individually tested to ensure 5 Star performance, are fitted with top quality treble spring multi-piece cane handles for outstanding feel, flex and control. GM NOW! and ToeTekô finish is fitted as standard.
Player Edition bat weights cannot be specified and will be ďas finishedĒ. Benís Specification is L555 blade length, mid to low sweet spot, 66mm Spine, 39mm Edges, full back profile with no concavity.
GM Player Edition bats already have an outstanding global reputation both in the professional dressing room and with amateur cricketers. Ben Stokes version adds to this glittering portfolio.
Available Full Size Short Handle

Ben Stokes Signature LE Launch Edition Cricket Bat
Each Signature LE Launch Edition Zelos bat is supplied with prestige laser engraved Ben Stokes Signature and a unique bat cover embroidered with Ben Stokes Signature and Launch Edition logo.
Signature LE bats are crafted from prime unbleached seasoned and selected Grade 1 straight grained English Willow with colour on one edge.
They are fitted with a top quality treble spring multi-piece cane handle for outstanding feel, flex and control.
GM NOW! & ToeTekô finish are fitted as standard.
Available Full Size Short Handle, Harrow, Size 6 & 5
Perfectly scaled junior bats Ė the shape of all Junior GM English Willow Bats directly replicate the shape of the Adult version

Ben Stokes Signature Launch Edition Cricket Bat
Each Signature Launch Edition Zelos bat is supplied with prestige laser engraved Ben Stokes signature.
They are crafted from seasoned and selected unbleached Grade 2 English Willow and fitted with good quality treble spring cane handles.
GM NOW! & ToeTekô finish are fitted as standard.
Available Full Size Short Handle, Harrow, Size 6 to Size 4
Perfectly scaled junior bats Ė the shape of all Junior GM English Willow Bats directly replicate the shape of the Adult version
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: billyb on April 16, 2018, 01:09:31 PM
They are going to sell lots of these!
What's the Phase 1 thing about? Will there be a Phase 2?
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: AlRidd on April 16, 2018, 02:03:06 PM


Ben Stokes Signature LE Launch Edition Cricket Bat
Each Signature LE Launch Edition Zelos bat is supplied with prestige laser engraved Ben Stokes Signature and a unique bat cover embroidered with Ben Stokes Signature and Launch Edition logo.
Signature LE bats are crafted from prime unbleached seasoned and selected Grade 1 straight grained English Willow with colour on one edge.
They are fitted with a top quality treble spring multi-piece cane handle for outstanding feel, flex and control.
GM NOW! & ToeTekô finish are fitted as standard.
Available Full Size Short Handle, Harrow, Size 6 & 5
Perfectly scaled junior bats Ė the shape of all Junior GM English Willow Bats directly replicate the shape of the Adult version

Ben Stokes Signature Launch Edition Cricket Bat
Each Signature Launch Edition Zelos bat is supplied with prestige laser engraved Ben Stokes signature.
They are crafted from seasoned and selected unbleached Grade 2 English Willow and fitted with good quality treble spring cane handles.
GM NOW! & ToeTekô finish are fitted as standard.
Available Full Size Short Handle, Harrow, Size 6 to Size 4
Perfectly scaled junior bats Ė the shape of all Junior GM English Willow Bats directly replicate the shape of the Adult version

Are these different handles for different models?

Thanks
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Kulli on April 16, 2018, 02:18:31 PM
3 piece vs 9/12 piece I guess.
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: liscon12 on April 16, 2018, 02:30:11 PM
Looks like only the Players edition will have the exact shape that stokes uses as the signature models fail to mention it.

I bet it's just a tweaked Zelos shape with different stickers and engraving.

Overall, this decision by GM to make this range feels really weird and unlike them. I know they do player editions in the past but to extend the branding into lower grades of willow is peculiar. I wonder if there are just a limited run and in future only the Player model will remain like the De Kock, Taylor, Head etc ones.

Also makes me wonder if Stokes's agent was also responsible for this to happen, i.e. Stokes will only sign of he gets his own range (builds Stokes up to be a bigger, better player compared to the rest of GM's roster, also improves Stokes image on world stage).

Some interesting stuff
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on April 16, 2018, 03:27:14 PM
Text from my GM rep says the sig and sig LE bats are the standard Zelos shape. Players Edition is what he uses
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: smilley792 on April 16, 2018, 06:59:04 PM
Pretty sure if i asked them for one in 2.14/15 they would make it, no problem.

This may sound strange. But I donít want them to bang any old cleft in their machine that will give a Ben stokes shape in that weight and charge me extra for it.

I want one that was made from a cleft theyíve already deemed a players, it just came out to heavy at the end.

Iíve requested bats in heavy weights to many times and ended up with a heavy cleft that makes a small bat with no ping unfortunately.
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on June 22, 2018, 02:12:34 PM
In case you don't follow us on social media We ordered the player edition Bat in for a customer a couple of weeks bat. Turned out to be pretty special

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1758/41911319525_a51a915991_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26Ryt8k)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/899/28938600588_a46cfbee0d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26Ryt8k)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/892/41911328195_04af6ec501_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L6cTKs)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1738/27943335117_f4fb6fd220_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26RyvGP)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1731/27943341397_05943c9cbb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JzfTZX)

Against the standard Zelos

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1756/41911325425_a2359bf64e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JzfVSe)

And the weight and pick up index

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1807/42903070582_447b2eb315_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26RyuT4)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1749/28938606838_6e7fccf42d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28ncsau)

Also the handle was thinner than the standard GM handles (https://flic.kr/p/L6cVBd)
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: richyreed on June 22, 2018, 02:20:58 PM
That's a big, full bat for the weight!! One lucky customer
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: InternalTraining on June 22, 2018, 02:31:26 PM
...
Against the standard Zelos

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1756/41911325425_a2359bf64e_c.jpg)[/url]

...
Also the handle was thinner than the standard GM handles
 (https://flic.kr/p/26RyuT4)

Very cool! Is that the "standard" Zelos Player Edition?

Regarding the handle, can you order a thinner handle?
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on June 22, 2018, 02:48:26 PM
Very cool! Is that the "standard" Zelos Player Edition?

Regarding the handle, can you order a thinner handle?
Yes, that's the standard shape v the players

And i dont think so re handle. I will ask the rep when he next pops in
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Calzehbhoy on June 22, 2018, 03:12:21 PM
That is a lovely bat for the weight!
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Jaffa on June 22, 2018, 03:54:39 PM
Impressive willow and also nice setup you have there Rob.

Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 22, 2018, 04:08:32 PM
Simply stunning just got a standard Zelos for bday and like my other GM bats itís superb straight out the packaging.

If my numbers come in on my free lucky dip lotto Iíll be hitting you up for one of these players bats Rob
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on June 22, 2018, 05:00:50 PM
Impressive willow and also nice setup you have there Rob.
Thanks Roger
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on June 22, 2018, 05:01:58 PM
Simply stunning just got a standard Zelos for bday and like my other GM bats itís superb straight out the packaging.

If my numbers come in on my free lucky dip lotto Iíll be hitting you up for one of these players bats Rob
Couldnt believe the weight on this one. A shame Gm wonít weigh them for me! 🤞 crosses for you Chris
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: brokenbat on June 25, 2018, 11:08:25 AM
Couldnt believe the weight on this one. A shame Gm wonít weigh them for me! 🤞 crosses for you Chris

Hi @Six Sixes Cricket  - was there any concern around the thinness of the toe? Obviously GM press their bats well.. but still, is that toe almost certain to be brittle?
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on June 25, 2018, 12:07:41 PM
Hi @Six Sixes Cricket  - was there any concern around the thinness of the toe? Obviously GM press their bats well.. but still, is that toe almost certain to be brittle?
GM Now, Toe Tek, Should be good to go. Extra Knocking in the toe area will help. Feedback from the lad who bought this bat has been v. good. "Bat sounds awful if hit too low, but the middle is huge. 79 off 44 balls including 2 of the biggest 6's ive ever had"
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on June 25, 2018, 12:59:09 PM
£600 for a cricket bat!
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: Kulli on June 25, 2018, 01:01:25 PM
£600 for a bat not of a weight of your choosing.

I'm sure they're all lovely but It's madness they don't let retailers specify even a weight range.
Title: Re: GM Ben Stokes Zelos Edition
Post by: brokenbat on June 25, 2018, 02:07:58 PM


I'm sure they're all lovely but It's madness they don't let retailers specify even a weight range.

wow.. didn't realize the weight cannot be specified