The Lews BB1SHZ Speed Spool model BB1 was the first to introduce anglers to several baitcast reel firsts, including the low profile design, narrow spool, fully disengaging levelwind, and no knob palming side cover. The Lews BB1 became famous for its rugged durability, casting distance and comfort. The ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Lew's BB1 reels developed a loyal following of anglers that still carries on to this day. Since the rebirth of the Lews brand, these anglers have been asking for the revival of the BB1 reels. Heres the answer, the new BB1 and BB1Z baitcast series reels made even better than before with the use of modern technology and materials.
One-piece diecast aluminum frame
Machined forged aluminum, double anodized, U-shaped large capacity spool
Premium 10-bearing system with double-shielded ball bearings and multi-stop anti-reverse (BB1 and BB1L models)
Premium 10-bearing system with double-shielded ball bearings and zero anti-reverse (BB1HZ, BB1SHZ, BB1HZL, BB1SHZL)
Positive on/off Smart Plus™ Six Pin centrifugal braking system.
Right-side aluminum spool tension knob with audible clicker
Carbon composite metal star drag system with 14-lbs. of drag power
Bowed 95mm aluminum cranking handle with Lew's custom Soft Touch contoured paddle handle knob
Oversized titanium line guide positioned further away from the spool to minimize line friction and maximize casting performance
Quick release side plate mechanism provides easy access to centrifugal brake system