The Quantum 1 is a great value for racers. This new round shaft is stiffer than the original Triac 1.0 and has better impact strength. Swing weight is very light, comparable to previous Swix Star CT1. This new pole shares the new strap and grip and also the TBS basket system for excellent flexibility. Baskets or rollerski ferrules can be changed out in seconds without tools. Fully appropriate for elite racers, but hundreds dollars less than the 3.0 shaft.