LKT Rapid Speed
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Rubber designed for the speed glue ban.
Inverted rubber with a unique vertical pip array and structure, combined with high elasticity gives this rubber the ability to generate high spin and massive speed wile maintaining a low trajectory.
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Reviews of LKT Rapid Speed (44)
8.9/10 for OFF style. FH: Yasaka Rising Dragon, 2mm, 49g (0.236g/cm^2), 47 degrees (ESN), 37 degrees (Shore A). BH: LKT Rapid Speed, 2mm, 47g (0.227g/cm^2), 35 degrees (Shore A). Blade: Stiga Offensive Classic, 80g, 158mm x 151mm x 5.3mm (Width x Height x Thickness). Plies: 5 (Wood): Limba - Spruce - Ayous - Spruce - Limba.
Got this as a gift and I wasn't expecting much but I gave it a few weeks after my old rubber wore out. The first two weeks it played like garbage but I was told it would get better and it did. The rubber really needs some playtime before it gets usable. I'm usually buying the classics from butterfly but this feels like a sriver for the new 40+ era. Don't know why this is called rapid speed though. It's not that fast at all. Could get off plenty of spin at serve aswell. It's really allround
I keep coming back to this rubber - it does so many things so well for so little money...
Average allround rubber, not the speed/spin master but does its job quite good (for the price)
Black 2.0 weight uncut 66g, cut 47-48g
I used this rubber on my forehand and backhand. It can generate a very strong spin and good for looping. I think it has a similar feeling to Rakza 7 but a little slower. My backhand is more stable with this rubber. It loses its tackiness around 6 months with cleaning after every use.
update overrated rubber in speed is probably 8.2 and undervalued in rotation surely 9.0, my permanent rubber of Bh. very good, too good for the price, generates enough spin, I use in my BH and will be permanently in yasaka overdrive off +, by angle of low shot blocks everything, much control and dimamica in exchange of blows with high speed, like Much, if it was not heavy I would also use it in my FH probe and also it works is excellent, good presentation, sponge and rubber very resistant, consistent, stable in strong strokes, good spin, fast but controllable, recommended for FH, good topspin, excellent performance rubber with very low price, do not change for some brands,
Unbeatable value for money quality
Good spin, Average speed, better that most Chinese rubbers in the price range. The biggest problem is that it is too heavy.
I've been using this rubber (2.0mm) on a Yasaka Extra 3D for about 2 weeks and I must say I'm very impressed with it. Rapid Speed does not excel on anything but it is pretty good for everything. Good spin. good control and the speed is there if you put some effort on the stroke. For me, the most impressive trait of this rubber is the low sensibility to incoming spin. I found it really easy to block and counter heavy topspin. One small problem of this rubber is that it has to be kept clean all the time cause it collects lots of dust particles. Overall an excelent product for its price!
The rubber is excellent for a player who mostly block, push, flat hit and drive near the table. It is unusual that like short pips this rubber can generate deceptive spin variation during blocks and counters.
This rubber can perform very dangerous low powerloops, but many other rubbers can support looping game style better. Many rubbers create better (faster, spinnier) loops, but this rubber control placement and height of arc very good so you can be sure that fast all-in shot would land successfully. This rubber is not good for slow spiny loops, but it is very good for driving undespin. This rubber will not help a novice player to feel basic loop technique.
Spin on serves is below average, but rubber is excellent for sharp precise control in both low short and fast long serves.
I played many interesting rubbers during 5 years, but LKT Rapid Speed is still my the best tournament weapon.
Like all LKT Rapid rubbers, this one has a nice build quality. The topsheet is slightly tacky when new, and remains slightly tacky after that.
I first played this rubber non boosted, on the backhand of an OFF- blade (Waldner Diablo Senso). This rubber is quite spinny, even on "soft" contacts thanks to the slight tackiness, which makes it very good for short spinny serves, and for spin in general. It can be pretty fast but is not really dynamic, so you have to put your arm and your body into the stroke to get a high speed, on an OFF-blade at least (I guess it would be easier on a more offensive blade, have to try it on a Clipper sometime). The medium-hard sponge makes it really good for blocking and flat hitting. Throw is medium, I like it on my backhand.
I tested it again last week, PO boosted (2 layers only). It was far easier to use, a bit more dynamic and then less demanding for topspin strokes. A bit softer and more sensitive to incoming spin as well, but not that much. I really liked it and I think it's gonna be my new backhand rubber, in place of my current LKT Rapid Sound.
Speed is overrated. it is not 8.7. Only 8.3 or so. Rubber is of good quality. Mildly tacky. good control. spinny but not too spinny. Goes well for BH and FH. Throw angle is medium or medium low. Not spinny on serves unless we put in a little extra effort to spin it. a lot like Sriver. More like a euro-style rubber than chinese.
Overall 8.8/10. Decent and good rubber but nothing special as such. Planning to order one more :)
This is closest that some low cost Chinese rubber has come to Euro/Jap ones, appart from Tinarc and Goldarc series from DHS, which cost the same as Euro/Jap rubbers.
I tried it on a carbon blade, then on a seven ply wood, but I found it best on a five ply Xiom Offensive S. Strangely, but it really came alive on that blade.
The other thing is that the rubber is light. I didn't measure it, but i took of Acuda S2 and put Rapid Speed instead, and the racket seamed much, much lighter, and S2 is not a heavy rubber.
One more good thing about it is that the sponge is quite resilient. I peeled the glue of it 5 times already, and it still seams like new. Amazing.
This is the rubber that is suitable for the type allround player. This rubber is great used as FH. good speed and control is also good. with long life durability you have nothing to lose to use this rubber.
Quite spinny on serves and topspins.
Better on FH, than BH.
Could be nice on blade with some flex.
Don't recomend to put it on fast carbon blades.
Great durability - after almost year there is no signs of wear off.
Rubber for active smasher or looper, not for passive chopper.
Sponge hardness is almost the same as 729 fx and bit harder than t05.
Ball bounce could be better if compare to xiom vega, acuda,t05.
Therefore you need to do more handwork, especially if away from table.
Great for allround plays with loops and attacks.
Spnge hardness is 54. For example acuda s3=40, s2=46, s1 turbo=51.
So it is not medium, but hard.
Not suitable for European style of play.
It's a nice rubber, goes well for bh as well as fh at beginner levels. A medium-hard sponge enabling some speed if you really make the effort. The best between chinese clones (better than Cream Transcend, Focus, Pro XT ).
To me it feels a lot more tackier than Cream transcend and on my sheets tack didn't wear off. With these 2 i learned to appreciate the advantages of tackiness. For controlled play this rubber is better than most.
Not in any way near the new tensors or DHS but a really nice rubber.
Update 1: Speed is definitely overrated, it cannot be 8.8(close to acuda s2). More 8.0, an all around rubber.
Very nice rubber. I used it in BH. a little bitt hard to push with it and has a very low throw. good and consistente Blocking.
Good allround atttacking rubber. best suited for FH. good price/quality rate.
Lost it's tackiness after about 2 weeks. Pretty fast and good spin, low trajectory/throw angle. A decent rubber for a low price.
This rubber has elastic topsheet. After using it, wipe with water then don't put plastic cover on it. After 1 day, tackiness will gone and you get japan style rubber with great spin. Mine can generate more spin than my xiom vega europe and mercury 2.
Update: after 3 months of intensive use my sheet is still grippy and easy to generate spin. This rubber is definitely for flex blade if you want to use it for loop.
Speed = 8
Spin = 9
Control = 7.5
Throw angle = medium-low
Based on the feedback of the purhasers of this rubber,I bought a red,2mm rubber. I was very disappointed, the rubber is so slow and I can hardly play it. Although the rubber is inexpensive, but it is not worth the money .
I have this rubber in max thickness on both sides for 7 months now, it's dynamic, balanced, and after 7 month use it doesn't show any sign of wearing out !
It's very good for :
at maximum thickness I find it hard to use for BH looping but my technique is far from perfect
After testing this I am NEVER going to pay for costly rubbers anymore, I have compared it to many "big brands" my teammates are using and I didn't prefer theirs ! instead many have bought mine and are now playing with it.
Say NO to expensive table tennis !
I get this rubber and I am very surprized with it. Good speed and easy to play. Something like most expensive analogs.
Tackier than Tenergy and Galaxy Mars V2. It is hard going back to a tackier rubber once your game has adjusted to a Tenergy like rubber. It might be ok on a slower blade, i am using Photino and it appears the dwell time is a bit longer and makes all the balls go over the table due to the tackines. if i had known this i would not have bouth this product. at $14 i can bear that.
I an intermediate level beginner and I have this in 2.0 on both forehand and backhand of a DIY paddle, total weight 175g. I can't compare it to other rubber but I will say i can loop and block well from both sides, and I'm learning to chop with it too. Less control than what I'm used to, but anything with decent spin has less control than premade junk rackets. Seems like a pretty balanced choice for an offensive/all around game.
I really like this rubber. It works well on BH or FH. For the speed this rubber offers, the control is really good. It reminds me of a faster and more controlled version of the 729 Cream Transcend.
Excellent company, been using them for almost 1 month now. Support responds within 10mins and server is excellent and the price is nothing!
10/10 Hopefully they will be good to me for a long time because it seems like a excellent company.
Got this based on reviews on this site, very nice rubber, bit on the heavy side. Faster and with more power than Mark V with around the same spin, Medium firm sponge, throw is medium low so good for fast loop drives, looping backspin needs good technique and blade with some flex but this is not a problem. Used on FH of HS Cryzer for at least 3 months, it is fantastic for the price, have not found anything comparable, really the first rubber I found to replace Mark V or Sriver after long search.
Tried these at 2.0mm on a TBS. Definitely had much better speed and consistency compared to Rapid POWER. Quite reliable rubber. Excellent for the price.
Very good rubber. Loops are quite fast with low trajectory. Rubber is slightly tacky and the tackiness is gone after a few sessions of play. Mine is a red 2.2 rubber. Control of the ball is excellent and the spin it imparts is way above average. If you are an attacker and are looking for value for money, this is a very good choice. Great value for $14. Durable too.
Very good rubber. Balanced and capable of doing many different things well. Not a champion of spped, but keeps enough reserves of speed whenever a players needs them. Quite spinny, good for serves and pushes. Able to finish points. Very controlled on blocks. Overall a very reliable and well made rubber, equally balanced for a controlled offensive game. Paired with OFF- or OFF blades gives a good weapon for a good player to apply his virtues. Recomended !!
Good looping rubber but I faced difficulty when someone play underspin because the rubber has low throw-angle. I recommended it for FH.
Best out of Rapid series. Does everything well. Relatively low throw, fast, spinny, good topsheet, very confident and pretty much linear. This is more or less a cheap contemporary substitute for Sriver L (no regluing required!). Sensitivity is also pretty low, which is good. Very good control in short game. Don't put it on bouncy carbon blades - combo would be too much to handle for an under 2200 player (unless you are an all-out attacker who doesn't care much for touch & placement shots). I prefer it on BH but it can play on FH as well (you just need a flexier blade if you intend to loop with it).
Again - one of the best of the new generation rubbers under $30-40 dollars (it's $14 actually).
it's a tacky rubber and very fast "for the price". it's very good rubber for fh or bh. a lots of control too and very very durable.
very good tospin sheet with good control on all strokes, recommended for medium offense topspin and block players, i found it much better on fh then on bh
price is really good
Topsheet is mildly tacky. Sponge is about 40 degrees. I liked it on my Primorac Carbon. Too slow for my Power Drive or my Adolescen. This is a nice control looping rubber with enough power to finish a point. However, I don't recommend it for all out power play. Great for BH control shots but can also be used for the FH.
I have tried many of the 729 and LKT sheets over the last couple years. I agree with Arthur's comments--this is my favorite so far of the 7-8 different Chinese sheets I have tried including the Soft version of this, Geospin Tacky, Transcend Cream, several of the 729 sheets LKT XP Pro , Torrent,
reminds me of Coppa-a sheet I used for 6 or so years.
I am using this rubber on my FH on a Dawei GTS Carbon blade.
This rubber seems faster than it probably is due to a fairly low arc.
I am able to generate a decent amount of spin and the control is very good.
For the price you can't beat the quality of this rubber...
This would make a great looping rubber. It has a comfortable throw angle medium to medium high. It's a completely non-tacky rubber so it will feel like a Euro/Japanese product.
Another great alternative for your Sriver or Mark V.
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