Super Free (SF)

The Super Free bearing-supported pinion gear system
(SF) was designed to eliminate friction on the spool
shaft during the cast. In standard baitcasting reels,
when the clutch bar is pressed down, the pinion gear is
freed and can actually drag on the spool shaft, creating
friction and limiting the length of the cast. With SF, the
pinion gear is supported by a ball bearing, and when
the clutch is disengaged the pinion gear and spool
shaft are kept in precise alignment. The result is zero
friction on the spool shaft for increased freespool.
High Effeciency Gearing (HEG)

HEG consists of not only the gears, but also the frame,
setplate, and handle-side sideplate. First we increased
the size of the drive gear and the pinion gear to offer
increased leverage and power. By using a one-piece
frame that incorporates the setplate and adding a
one-piece stamped sideplate, we have eliminated flex
in the drivetrain that causes normal gears to bind
under pressure. By eliminating the flex and increasing
the leverage, we are able to provide high-speed
retrieves and deliver an incredible amount of torque,
while maintaining the smooth, silent retrieve Shimano
reels are famous for.
Metal Series

The metal construction showcased in
some of our finest reels now appears
throughout our line of Metal Series
products. Metal frames not only keep
moving parts in precise alignment,
they also feature the use of the latest
anodizing, plating and painting
techniques for beautiful and durable
Shimano Cardiff Model# CDF301A  Reel

A-RB bearings are stainless steel ball bearings that
have been through the A-RB treatment process which
makes them at least 10 times more corrosion resistant
than standard stainless steel ball bearings.

•A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings) are made of Stainless
Steel that has been through the A-RB process.
• At least 10 times more corrosion resistant than
standard Stainless Steel ball bearings.
• Easy Maintenance-no shield design allows for easy
flushing of debris and easy lubrication.
•Increased Bearing Speed-no shield design and
lighter viscosity lubrication reduce friction and allow
the bearing to spin faster and longer.
Variable Brake System (VBS)

VBS uses centrifugal force rather than magnets to aid
in controlling the cast. The individual brake weights,
when turned on, are forced outward at the beginning of
the cast when backlashes most often occur, causing
friction that reduces the speed of the spool. Once the
spool speed begins to slow, the pressure lessens,
allowing the spool to continue spinning. The result is a
much more consistent spool speed that is easier to
manage and takes advantage of the reel's maximum
casting distance. Settings range from zero weights
turned on for true freespool and up to 6 weights turned
on for extremely windy conditions and maximum cast
Super Stopper

Super Stopper uses a one-way,
stainless steel roller bearing that
eliminates backplay. This provides
the angler with instant hooksetting
S Compact Body

Power. Rigidity. Durability. A key element to our new
Calcutta D casting reels, the S-Concept Body feature
results in a reel that feels one size smaller in your hand,
plus offers durability from a cold-forged aluminum frame
for year-after-year fishing use. The B side (no handle)?
sideplate is part of the one-piece, contributing to both
rigidity and in-the-hand palming comfort.

X-Ship provides improved gear
durability. By supporting the pinion
gear on both ends with bearings, the
pinion gear maintains precise
alignment with the drive gear. This
means the gears will stay in the same
position under the heaviest loads.
The added benefit is that friction
between the spool shaft and gear are
eliminated. This will enhance the
casting performance of the reel with
lighter lures, and allow for longer
X Drag

It is all about leverage. Found on our
new Calcutta D reels, with X-Drag,
we reposition the reel handle closer
to the body to increase cranking
leverage, rigidity and torque. There is
less side-to-side tilt when you?re
either fighting a big bass or working a
big crankbait down deep, or throwing
extra-large baits to muskies, striped
bass, redfish and calicos.
Platinum Service Plan

With the Platinum Service Plan, when you register your
warranty you will receive coupons for discounted clean
and lube services ranging from half off to free. All
Platinum service plan reels are assured a 48 hour
turnaround time from Shimano or any Authorized
Warranty Center; shipping excluded.
What do you get when you design a reel with five
silky-smooth A-RB bearings, a lightweight, diecast
one-piece aluminum frame, Super Stopper
anti-reverse and Shimano's VBS braking system?
You get a reel you can depend on, day-in and
day-out, that will perform beyond your
expectations. That's the Cardiff.
Series : Cardiff
Family Type : Round-Profile
Models Offered : 7
Key Feature : A-RB Ball Bearings
Ball Bearings : 4
Roller Bearings : 1
Maximum Drag (lb) : 10 (lb)
Retrieve Per Crank Range (in) : 22-24
•4+1 Bearings
•Retrieve Range 22-24 (in)
•8.6-8.9 WEIGHT RANGE (oz)
•Star Drag
•10 (lb) Drag Power
•Moderate Crank Power
•High Cast Rating

•A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings)
•One-Piece Diecast Aluminum Frame
•Handle Side Variable Brake System
•Super Stopper with Assist Stopper
•Non-Disengaging Levelwind System
( 400 & 401 only)
•Recessed Reel Foot (Except on
Models 400A & 401A)
•Three Post Quick Take Down
(except on 2-post models, CDF100A)
•Rubber Handle Grip
•Aluminum Sideplates and Spool
•Clicker (400A and 401A only)
•Metal Series
•Approved for use in Saltwater
•Rated for use with Mono,
Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
Shimano®'s Cardiff® Round Baitcast Reels are
equipped with 4 A-RB® stainless steel ball
bearings for long-term reliability. Very smooth; high
retrieve speed. Diecast aluminum frame, aluminum
spool and sideplates, Diecast aluminum frame,
aluminum spool and sideplates, handle-side VBS®
centrifugal brake,Super Stopper® anti-reverse plus
Assist Stopper™. Recessed reel foot puts the reel
closer to the rod for comfort and leverage. 400
Series reels have non-disengaging levelwind and
•Silky smooth, reliable performance
•4 A-RB® stainless steel ball bearings
•Diecast aluminum frame, aluminum spool and
•Handle-side VBS® centrifugal brake
•Super Stopper® anti-reverse plus Assist Stopper
Line Capacity:14/180
Ball Bearings:4+1
Max Drag:10 Lbs.
Recovery:24" Per Turn
Reel Weight (oz):8.9