Carbide Tank

Item Number: MTVBTKCBD

$204.9923 Read Reviews


This Tank™ is unlike any before!  The Carbide Tank™ is a Tour Edition release, armored in the strongest Microcell Polymer (MCP) cover stock to date. 

Following the proven success of the pearl Blue Tank, MOTIV set out to develop an even stronger solid MCP cover that was much closer to reactive resin than traditional urethane.  Frixion M4 is the upgrade deployed on the solid gray Carbide Tank.  This strong Tour Edition ball is built to provide a very smooth motion on the high viscosity oils used in the competitive bowling environment today.

To help resist lane shine, the 1000 grit Carbide Tank shell also features technology to boost the resilience of the dull sanded cover profile.  This enables the solid gray Frixion M4 shell to hold the box finish longer.

The Carbide Tank is driven by the proven symmetric Gear core, which is utilized in the world-renowned Venom Shock.  This core provides a low RG and a moderate differential.  The low RG makes the Carbide Tank rev up faster so it digs early in the oil.  The moderate differential reduces track flare for a more controlled energy release to prevent “roll out”.   

When to use

Speed Dominant - The most speed dominant bowlers will have no trouble using the Carbide Tank in the place of urethane.  Urethane can’t provide enough shape for speed dominant players, but resin can’t offer the control.  The Carbide Tank fills the void for speed dominant players; offering more mid lane control and drilling options than any Tank before. 

Balanced Bowlers - The Carbide Tank serves as a fantastic control option for balanced bowlers.  Clearly stronger than urethane, the Carbide serves as a control option similar to urethane on longer and more blended oil patterns where urethane is not strong enough or can’t carry consistently enough. 

Rev Dominant Bowlers - For bowlers with more rev rate than ball speed on the continuum, the Carbide Tank will be the ultimate control ball for high volumes of oil.  This Tank can tread where others could not without creating the shape down lane.  It’s a mid lane control beast, which paired with a rev dominant bowler means that no puddle is too deep on the lane. 

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  • Weight BlockGear™ Symmetric
  • Cover StockFrixion M4 Solid MCP
  • Finish1000 Grit LSS
  • Weight Range12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Length33
  • Backend33
  • Hook55
  • Flare Potential3"+
  • 16

    Radius of Gyration 2.48Max Differential .031
  • 15

    Radius of Gyration 2.48Max Differential .034
  • 14

    Radius of Gyration 2.52Max Differential .029
  • 13

    Radius of Gyration 2.58Max Differential .023
  • 12

    Radius of Gyration 2.65Max Differential .016
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Reviews 4.9 (Based on 23 reviews) Write A Review

  1. 07/26/2023
    Product Carbide Tank
    From Hudsonville,MI
    About Me League Bowlet
    Rating 5.0

    This ball is unbelievable. It holds the line and finishes hard for my throw. I start with the ole reliable Ghost and change to the Carbide when the transition calls for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  2. 05/01/2023
    Product Carbide Tank
    From Phoenix,AZ
    About Me Lefty bowler, multiple leagues at different centers and tournament bowler.
    Rating 5.0
    If you're a tournament player, you need this ball

    This ball is exactly what I needed for those flatter medium length patterns. If the Purple Tank just isn't enough and something else symmetric like the Forge Flare is too much ball, the Carbide Tank sits perfectly in between. I have mine drilled pin down and it's perfect for playing a little more on top of the friction. It gives you the traction you need but a smooth, slower, rounded response down lane. Great predictability and dependability. I've used the Carbide as a step over ball to the Forge Flare. They work great together. If you're a tournament player you NEED this ball.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  3. 03/22/2023
    Product Carbide Tank
    From Orlando, FL
    Rating 5.0
    Hard to believe this is MCP

    Being a rev-dominant two-hander, admittedly, I struggled with the Carbide for a few games. I think my head was expecting it to be just a little bit stronger than my Blue Tank, and maybe similar in strength to my Venom Recoil or Tank Blitz.

    Wow. No. I was wrong.

    This is the strongest cover I've ever thrown on a ball. And I don't mean strong in the reactive sense in that it can handle oil, I mean strong in that it feels like this ball is 90% cover traction, and the Gear Core is just doing everything it can to keep this mud terrain tire spinning. It slows down so fast, it's very tempting to want to add speed to compensate, but don't.

    Move in and aim the ball at the friction on purpose. It will chew through the oil and start to slow, bump the friction, and roll up to the pocket. It very distinctly goes through the 3 ball motion phases, and works fantastically as a benchmark ball if you need to go fishing for oil.

    However, because this cover is so strong it really puts the onus on you to find the line that gives it exactly the right balance of oil and dry. Because the ball is so cover-dominant, you need to be accurate, as the ball makes its move very early, and a little miss up front can easily become a big miss downlane.

    Be patient, give this ball time to show you what it can do, and you'll be surprised what you learn about your game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  4. 03/04/2023
    Product Carbide Tank
    From Crofton MD
    About Me I am avid league bowler. I bowl on 2 leagues a week. I switched to Motiv after the Buyout of EBI by brunswick when they shut down the US plant. So I switched to an American Made product and I have loved them ever since.
    Rating 5.0
    Carbide Tank Wow

    This ball was the answer for me on tough league conditions. The house I bowl out has older lanes that tend to be skatey. They will have slick spots and grippy spots so you can see your ball skid and hook multiple times down lane before it hits the dry and flips. I hope that makes since that is the best I can describe it. This ball is super smooth and makes a pretty big controlled back end move. First out of my bag. Love this ball

    I would recommend this to a friend

  5. 03/03/2023
    Product Carbide Tank
    From Woodstock Illinois
    Rating 5.0
    Missing piece

    This was the missing piece in my bowling bag. I cannot say enough good things about this ball. I went to a test drive and got to throw it and fell in love. The smooth motion of this ball is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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