+ Demo Racquet

Durability, power, and hot new graphics will help you achieve your MAX potential! The Gearbox MAX2 165Q racquet features an all new Material Response System (M.R.S.) which maximizes the frame's response by adjusting the ratio of High Modulus Graphite and Higher Impact Resistant Graphite. Weighing in around 15 grams heavier than it's MAX1 Orange predecessor, this MAX2 165Q Orange is slightly less maneuverable (because of an increased swingweight) but is more powerful due to a 9 point head-heavy balance.  Overall, this new design includes improved torsional stiffness, more power, and continues the tradition of durable frames that Gearbox is known for.  

All racquets come factory strung with a wrist cord installed. Click the Specs tab for more details.

Unstrung Weight: 165g
Strung Weight: 193.6g
Strung Balance: 9 pts Head-Heavy
Strung Swingweight: 166 (high swingweight = power)
Factory String: Gearbox Mono Premium Black 18
Factory Grip: Gearbox Smooth Wrap Grip
Cover: Not included by manufacturer
String Pattern:
14 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: None
Two Piece
Shared Holes: 6H,7H,1T,2T
Head Size: 106 sq. in.
Head Shape: Quadraform
Racquet Length: 22 in.
Composition: Graphite

Comments: I currently use the MAX1 165T and just demo'd both new MAX2 165s. I prefer the new Q over the T but both are excellent (they both HIT A TON!). The MAX2 165s are almost identical in total weight as the MAX1 165s but, the MAX2s are more head heavy. I would buy the MAX2 165Q however, I have been battling tendonitis in my forearm and the added head weight really aggravated it during the demo. I highly recommend the MAX2 165s but I will have to pass for now.
From: Britt, Spring, TX, USA, 12/14
Skill-level: A
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: This racquet is a BEAST, it hits a TON. "BUT", I've been battling tendonitis in my forearm and after 3 games I could barely swing it anymore...I love the balance but I just can't deal with this much head weight right now, maybe later. I will stick with my GB MX1 165T for now. By the way, I found that the GB MX2 165s were only ~3 grams heavier than the GB MX1 165s in total weight when completely dressed (grommets, tether, string, dampner, grip). I wish all of the racquet companies would use a standard way of specifying racquet weights! They should all be spec'd with what the factory puts on them with no modifications: paint, string, grommets, tether, grip, dampner
From: Britt, Spring, TX, USA, 11/14
Skill-level: A
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: Not only ugly as sin, but heavier by at least 15 grams. At least by my scale. Got shipped the Max 2 as a replacement for a broken Max 1.  Maybe they added material due to a high breakage rate?  Racquets are night and day different.
From: Robert, Dallas, TX, USA, 10/14
Skill-level: A
String type and tension: Gearbox mono 

Comments: Ugly, Ugly, Ugly.  The artistic team that put together these graphics should be fired.  Come on Gearbox, what are you thinking?  It's time for damage control
From: Don, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 07/14
Skill-level: B
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: The entire line looks like something you would win at a circus sideshow. Gearbox sure messed up big time on this color scheme. Go back to what made Gearbox Great and keep it simple...Just plain Black.
From: Lionel, 07/14