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Ronbus R1.16 pickleball paddle | fast & light with highest control | Voted Top 5 Gen 1 paddle under USD 100
Ronbus R1.16 pickleball paddle | fast & light with highest control | Voted Top 5 Gen 1 paddle under USD 100
Ronbus R1.16 pickleball paddle | fast & light with highest control | Voted Top 5 Gen 1 paddle under USD 100
Ronbus R1.16 pickleball paddle | fast & light with highest control | Voted Top 5 Gen 1 paddle under USD 100

Ronbus R1.16 pickleball paddle | fast & light with highest control | Voted Top 5 Gen 1 paddle under USD 100

Vendor
Ronbus
Regular price
$114.00
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Paddle Features and Technologies
  • Control paddle that excels in the soft game but with enough power to finish.
  • Raw Toray T700 Japanese carbon fibre with longer lasting textured finish provides maximum spin.
  • 5.5" long handle ideal for two-handed backhand. 
  • Weight distribution is balanced to create a better feel.
Paddle Specifications
  • Paddle Length: 16.5''
  • Face Width: 7.5''
  • Grip Length: 5.5''
  • Grip Circumference: 4.25'' Octagon
  • Weight: 8.0oz, +/- 0.2oz
  • Face/Paddle Surface: Raw Toray T700 Carbon Fibre Textured
  • Paddle Shape: Aerodynamic
  • Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb
  • Core Thickness: 16mm
  • Edge Guard: Yes
USAPA Approved for sanctioned tournament play.
6 month warranty against manufacturing defects.

Q: What is the difference between R1.16 and R3.16

Asked by: R1.16 vs R3.16 - 4/9/2023
A: The difference is the shape, which results in the different weight balance. R3.16 is a little head-heavy, thus a little more power, while R1.16 is well balanced and best for control.
Answer provided by: Dong (4/9/2023)
 

Reviews
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Affordable yet reliable
This paddle plays very similar to the Joola Hyperion CFS at a fraction of the cost. This paddle offers amazing spin, power and control. The only draw back to this paddle is that the sweet spot is not as forgiving compared to the Hyperion but that can be improved by hitting higher accuracy shots. I had no issues hitting deep serves with heaby topspins and dinks with very good touch. I'd highly recommend buying this to anyone who's tired of spending over $220 on a carbon fiber paddle. The CEO of Ronbus definitely knows what he's doing when creating a paddle.

Reviewed by:  from Tulsa on 12/21/2022


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great paddle, greater price
I am currently a 4.0+ player and I've tried a huge number of paddles. For the longest time, I was using the Joola Hyperion CFS 16mm as my primary paddle. I tried so many paddles only to return to the Hyperion. The Ronbus R1.16 was the first paddle that caused me to move away from my Hyperion. If I'm being honest, this paddle shares a ton of the characteristics you would see on the Hyperion -- solid build, great sweet spot, soft plush feel, and power when you need it. The feel of the handle, which in my opinion is the best part of the Hyperion, felt just as solid on the Ronbus (no exposed polymer). I tell people that when I hit the ball with the Hyperion, it feels like I'm swinging a 2x4 versus a little stick with many other paddles. The Ronbus feels just like that. I've played exclusively with this paddle for over a month now and I honestly love it. This paddle is really soft and plush. It is an absolute third drop machine. Dinking with this paddle also feels fantastic. With all that said, this isn't a power paddle. I think I can generate a bit more power with the Hyperion because of how head heavy it is. However, my hands feel significantly faster with the Ronbus. This paddle won't be for everyone. PRO TIP: Ignore anyone that says that a single paddle is the best paddle for everyone. That doesn't exist. It is all about having the right tradeoffs for your game. This paddle is going to be great for a player that wants more touch and really likes playing cat and mouse at the NVZ. If you're a power player that really loves to drive the ball, get yourself a Selkirk Power Air. At this price, though, this paddle can not be beat. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this paddle for the beginner or intermediate player.

Reviewed by:  from Oak Park, IL on 1/29/2023


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ My go to paddle
Tom Clements founder ”Mo Pickleball” 62-year-old, 6’2” 200lb and 4.0 ranking. Today was my first day playing with a Ronbus. Out of the package it felt well balanced. Not to heavy and not to light. I checked the edge guard for separation as that seems to be an issue with paddles these days and the guard seems to be well attached. The paddle looks very clean. I added electrical tape and mega tac tape on the handle. As for play (indoor) after about 1/2 of the first game against similar players, I started to dial in the paddle. It plays a lot like an edgeless paddle as in its very quick at the net. After a day of play I would say this paddle plays like a hybrid of speed, control and power. I did not feel like I needed to add weight and I dug out more overhead attacks than I ever have. I haven’t played with it enough to determine if it has anything I don’t like about it but so far it checks off all the boxes for a paddle that does it all. I need more time to see how much spin I can create with it (outdoors) and will do a follow up on that aspect. But for resets, slow game, power it has it all. I am very impressed and can’t wait to get back out there to play.

Reviewed by:  from Hometown Pickleball Oneida TN on 2/2/2023


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ An awesome paddle and it's now my singles and doubles paddle
Level: 4.5 w/ tennis background After playing with the R1.16 after switching from a Vision CGS 16mm, I'm happy to announce that the R1.16 is just as good, if not better. Construction: The R1.16 feels incredibly well made and even when removing the overgrip to see if there was exposed polymer or a flimsy construction, I was happy to see the handle was solid and the paddle looked properly supported at the throat (the most common breakage point for paddles). Also, unlike a lot of cheaply made handles, the octagonal handle on the R1.16 feels exactly the way it should, and not some weird rectangle/oval hybrid. The handle length is also perfect for those of us that use a two handed backhand! Control: The R1.16 is as plush as they come in my experience. Obviously the 16mm core helps but i felt myself having a lot of confidence when dinking or rolling my angles at the NVZ. Also, the sweet spot was plenty big that offsets weren't too big of an issue. Although the sweet spot isn't as large as a paddle w edge foam, it's more than sufficient and can be improved greatly by just using four smaller strips of lead tape on each corner of the face. Balance: Love the balance of the paddle. Honestly one of the big places this paddle shines. Although the base weight is a bit heavier than some midweight paddles, the weight is distributed great and feels significantly more headlight than many paddles at the same weight. Hand speed was not a concern at all either due to the aerodynamic shape and weight distribution. Power: This is where you as the player needs to know your game a bit. As someone who can generate their own pace, I'm not too concerned w power. I felt like this paddle provides enough pop for me to finish points, but I also put a tiny bit of lead tape at the 10 and 2 just for that bit of extra spin and pop. Essentially, if you're buying this paddle it's not because you want the paddle to generate all the pace, but rather you can yourself and want a paddle that can handle that effectively without sailing everything! Spin: Don't have a scientific test for this, but I found myself being able to hit all the angles and spins I needed to in order to be an effective player. Not out of this world, but unbeatable at this price point. Overall, an awesome paddle and it's now my singles and doubles paddle.

Reviewed by:  from Chicago, IL on 2/4/2023


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Semi-Tennis Convert
I primarily (still) play tennis (USTA Rated 4.5) but demo'd, AND OWN, several Pickleball paddles, using the Ronbus R1.16 & Engage Omega Evolution Extreme X for matches, OR when other players get annoyed by the Ronbus EV1 or Diadem Vice. The R1 is an extremely solid & versatile paddle in all aspects, feels & plays great, and proud to say sometimes more so then all of the above mentioned paddles. I love picking up the Ronbus R1.16... THANKS!!

Reviewed by:  from Florida on 2/9/2023