I have lot of the competitor mostly in the 6.6 length Many years of great service out of those.
When the Excel rods came out I got one & liked it a lot 704 with a super small bait caster good combo.
I went ahead & upgraded more of my rods to excel 702S 703S 703c 704c 705c
As I use these I notice they all seem front heavy not just little but lot. I guess I never notice it with my first rod as the reel was so small & light.
The reel seat seems to be about 1/4 inch too far back. At first I thought it was just because I had gone to a 7ft But then I got a cheap Daiwa 7ft rod & it is perfect balance just a hair nose heavy. I can see the reel seat on it sits just little more forward then the excel.
Also what is up with log in on this site this is the 3rd time I have had to make a new user I request new PW & when I remake it it never works.