The Bean reels are molded composite instead of finely machined aluminum. There's an adjustable center drag made of some kind of synthetic, which works just fine. I usually use the largest size (for lines sizes 7/8/9) for bass fishing. Bass don't run very far, of course, which is good because at first I was reluctant to use a cheap reel on anything that might actually test the drag. But last fall I took some steelhead on the same reel without a problem.