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Rebel Tank

Average Customer Review: 4.43 of 5 stars
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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About the Bowler

League Average:
243
PAP:
4 1/2 x 3/4
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
220
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
With all Urethane balls, the Rebel Tank is great on short and low volumes of oil. The tank is made to be played more direct up the lane as the ball will not flare too much even with a strong drilling. The rebel tank is cleaner and a little weaker then the original Tank but more ball then the Artic Sniper. The Rebel Tank fits right in between the original Tank and Artic Sniper. For a urethane ball, I was quite surprised how well it continued when I used it on the PBA Wolf Pattern. It read the midlane strong and hit the pins very hard. This ball will be great in any bowler's arsenal for light volumes of oil. Low rev players should not be afraid to drop the surface to 500 or 1000 abralon to help get a little more hook potential. Adam Chase Motiv Staff Vise Staff
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About the Bowler

League Average:
226
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Rebel Tank is the latest urethane ball introduced by Motiv. Featuring a new DMX Pearl Urethane cover sanded to 4000 LSS Grit and the Halogen core, the Rebel Tank provides more push through the front with a mild hook in the back end compared to the original Tank which hooked much sooner with very little backend motion. The Rebel Tank is an ideal choice when bowling on the 32 foot Wolf pattern or the 35 foot Cheetah pattern and some league patterns with a high friction lane surface.

I have my Rebel Tank drilled with an old school urethane layout in which the pin and CG are 3 3/8 from my axis. This provides a clean push through the front with a mild hook reaction in the back end of the lane.

The Rebel Tank may not be the first ball out of the bag but I never leave home without urethane, whether it's league or tournament.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
PAP:
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Rev Rate:420
Axis Tilt:20
Axis Rotation: 45
Ball Speed:17
PAP Measurements: 4 1/8

Description: The Rebel Tank is a urethane ball built for war on dry conditions where high friction can destroy ball reaction, underneath the DMX pearl coverstock is the proven Halogen core. The Rebel Tank retains energy for continuation through the pins which is achieved through both a high RG and moderate differential.

Out of box surface: 4000 Grit LSS

Layout: 40/14/19

Ball Reaction: The Rebel Tank allows me to play on very short and low oil patterns; I can play straighter and tighten my angles without the ball jerking down lane. Its smoother and longer than its older sibling Tank, I attribute that to the cover/core combination of the Rebel. In terms of friction encounter the Rebel is smooth from start to finish, a lot of control and continuation.


Comparisons

Apex Ascent: The Apex Ascent possesses more backend and hook than the Rebel; however the Rebel is longer than the Apex. I use my Apex on medium light-light oil patterns; once I see the Apex start to check harder than usual I’m retreating to my Rebel. I can control drier patterns with minimal effort with the Rebel than I can with the Apex.


Tank: The Tank Rebel possesses more length, hook, and backend than the original Tank. In comparing both of them on short patterns I was able to bounce the Rebel off of the dry essentially wheeling the entire lane, unlike what I was able to do with the original. I used the original Tank to play into the dry allowing the ball to roll up, because the original tank grabbed much sooner than the Rebel. Truthfully with both of them in my bag I now have two options when encountering excessive friction, I can either use my Rebel and bounce it off of the dry or I can use the Tank and feed it into the dry early going high flush.


Summary: I pull out my Rebel when there is too much of a good thing, that good thing being friction. I can play wherever I want to using the Rebel as long there is enough friction for it, it will do as advertised. Once it reaches the end of the pattern it calmly rolls over into the pocket and delivers crushing continuation; I am thrilled by the continuation this ball because it’s pearl urethane.

The Rebel is great piece of weaponry to have in your bag for those early burn games or those late game grinders on a high friction, definitely a worthwhile weapon to have in your bag. So ask yourself this. Why place a bowling ball in your bag when you can put a Tank in it? Rebel against friction, I encourage it.



Your game will thank you for it.

K.C.White II

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About the Bowler

League Average:
241
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
This may be a bit out of character for me in terms of the latest releases MOTIV has graced us with my friends, the Rebel Tank. The reason you may ask? The answer is simple, and that is ‘unique. Now you must be thinking to yourself, “Unique, whatever do you mean?” Allow me to explain MOTIV faithfuls, I assure you that you will be pleased that you continued on. Now, I must confess, I have never thrown a urethane cover stock in my bowling career that I can recall. Funny enough, I have actually owned and through a good old fashion Black Beauty rubber bowling ball many years ago, but never a urethane ball. So, with the Rebel Tank, this was my first experience throwing such a cover stock.
How does one proceed to review a ball when have no past experiences with a urethane cover? All you can do is go with what you know best, and that ball motion and the piece’s functionality in your arsenal. I have always been a huge advocate for smooth arc ball motion, to me it is so much easier to predict. From a competition standpoint, I feel smooth arc is the way go in order to keep the shot in front of you. Now this can be quite difficult to do the shorter and/or the more burnt the shot becomes. Now I must admit, with the bowling style I have, keeping the shot in front of me with a reactive resin is manageable. With the introduction of the Rebel Tank, however, there is now a new dimension that must be considered. One of the smartest moves MOTIV has taken in my opinion with the Rebel Tank, is utilizing the Halogen core that has been featured and well proven in both the Tribal line and Tag, allowing for better down lane continuation that is a must for urethane cover stocks. In my practice sessions with this piece, I learned very quickly that I can easily dictate what I want this ball to do down lane and not be concerned at any point that the ball will not reaction when i expect it to due so.
Allow me to share a fun story with you, there had been one evening in leagues that I just could not get any of my regular equipment to give me the reaction i was looking for as well as carry. My scores were just not up to par to say the least. Well, I decided to have some fun and also take advantage of the time to experiment with my Rebel Tank. The pair I was bowling on had nothing but party/open bowling take place prior to our league and the lanes were not re-oiled. It is always a surprise as to what you will see on this pair. With this being said, I decided to take my Rebel Tank and simply play up 5 to see the type of look I would have. To my surprise, my first shot was a high-flush 8 Pin, I could not help but laugh at what I was doing. I decided to continue on with this game, keeping the game simple with a straight up the boards with a urethane piece. During the entire game, I spoke with an older gentlemen that had bowled along side of me for several years and was familiar with my style, he commended me for the experiment. He commitmented on what my game has been over the years and was very impressed with the fact that I am willing to experiment with a dimension of the game, that, although may not be needed in my bag of tricks, just the desire to experiment with and and make it a strength speaks volumes to my desire to be remain competitive and pursue growth. For the remainder of the game, i continued to throw the Rebel tank. Although it was not a score worthy of the record books, the fact that I was able to keep the pattern in front of me and keep the ball in the pocket and not a single weak, I can’t wait to unleash this on a short pattern!

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About the Bowler

League Average:
228
PAP:
4 3/8 over and 1/2 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Motiv Rebel Tank
I drilled this ball 70 X 4.5" X 70, with the intent to use this ball on really light oil patterns or shorter patterns that I need to control the down lane motion. The Rebel is a ball that harkens back to the days of good urethane. The use of the Halogen core with the urethane cover I believe is a brilliant choice. This ball will allow heavy hitters an option on the short or low volume patterns so we do not have to be lofting the gutter cap or seeing the ball Wang off the spot to hard. The Rebel tank is a must for me in the bag no matter where I will be traveling. I have switched over and I am using this as my spare ball. Plastic balls don't read the enough for me and the light resin balls read to much. The Rebel takes care of all of these issue. My review of this ball is truly straight forward, a great urethane ball with a good core for light oil and short patterns

C Mohr
Motiv Staff

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About the Bowler

League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)

This ball is the newest urethane introduction into the MOTIV line of bowling balls. The MOTIV Rebel Tank features the new DMX Pearl Urethane coverstock combined with the Halogen core. It's clean through the front of the lane, makes a predictable move off the spot and stores energy for down lane movement. And most important, it has the more continuation than any urethane ball I have ever thrown.

It will be a great fit in your bag on light/short oil patterns.

My Rebel Tank is laid out with the pin above the ring finger, the cg kicked slightly to the right and has extra hole just below my PAP. Most urethane balls I have seen tend to roll early and burn up. The Rebel Tank is NOT like most urethane ball. It clears the front, even on very dry lanes, and saves energy for more down lane movement then you get out of your normal urethane ball. This ball is going to get A LOT of play for me on short oil patterns.

Craig Auerbach
MOTIV Staff Member
Florida

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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
70 x 4 ¼ x 60

The newest addition to the Motiv line up is built for the lanes get absolutely scorched and your typical low-end reactive ball is too much. The Rebel Tank combines the DMX Pearl Urethane coverstock originally used on the Arctic Sniper (finished at 4000 LSS) and combines it with the proven Halogen core (2.55RG, .037). This pairing gives you more overall hook than the Arctic thanks to the dynamic core but still less than the reactive Ascent line; a very nice go between for when the lanes become drier than the Sahara. I drilled mine to optimize the smoothness that urethane gives. My Rebel Tank glides through the heads and mids with absolute ease. While I can see the ball flaring thanks to the Halogen it still does not aggressively grab the lane and make any sudden motions. Once it hits the end of the pattern it calmly transitions into a roll that can walk into the pocket and deliver a powerful blow to the pins; I am pleasantly surprised by the continuation this ball has being a urethane. While I can significantly square up the lane and throw this ball on a fresher shot, my games sees the most benefit much later in the day when control and consistancy will win the day. I highly recommend this ball for those needing something for the later games of a long block or those heavy-handed throwers who need something that is tame and will not react violently to the first bit of friction it sees.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff

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