Bowler Ratings


Bowler ratings are from 1 to 10 in order of Stroker (ST), Tweener (TW), Cranker (CR)

General Info

Reviewed:November 2013
Coverstock Specs
Name:Class 8F Hybrid
Type:Reactive Hybrid
Box Finish:500 SiaAir / Royal Compound
Color:Black / Blue / Lime
Core Specs
Int. Diff:0.013

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The Ruckus is the newest toy in the DV8 Pro line. It uses a new core shape and a hybrid version of the Class 8F coverstock. This high performance release is best on medium to heavy lane conditions.

We had just a slightly better reaction on our medium pattern than our heavy. The compounded hybrid coverstock gave Stroker and Tweener a strong read in the mid-lane with great continuation at the back end. The aggressive coverstock hooked just a bit too much for Cranker’s liking on this pattern. He added a layer of polish to his Ruckus and quickly had a much better reaction. The added length from the polish allowed him to move a little farther right, covering fewer boards and increasing the amount of back end hook.

Moving to the heavy test pattern, Cranker liked his reaction better than our other two testers at the box finish. Cranker’s high rev rate allowed him to have much more recovery than the other two testers on this slicker pattern. Stroker and Tweener could get to the pocket, but they had to be very careful not to get their speed too quick or the Ruckus would go light. This was easily fixed by scuffing the surface with a 2000 SiaAir pad. With the extra grit, these testers could be more aggressive and had much better reactions.

Stroker’s reaction was best on the sport pattern. The hybrid coverstock had the right amount of traction and back end reaction on this flatter pattern. Cranker and Tweener saw their Ruckus a little too angular at the end of the pattern. These two testers removed the compound with a 4000 SiaAir pad to help smooth out the reaction.

The dry pattern did not offer much for this strong bowling ball. Weak layouts and lots of shine would be needed to have a good ball reaction on short dry patterns.

Performance Ratings

The sanded cover blends out the reaction of the Ruckus before it gets to the end of the pattern. This ball is great for people who saw too much angle from the Endless Nightmare at the breakpoint.
The compound box finish gives the Ruckus a similar length to the Brutal Nightmare. Bowlers who had trouble with the Endless Nightmare starting too early will like the added length from the Ruckus.
Back End15
The hybrid coverstock provides a good combination of back end and total hook. We were able to keep this one on a straighter trajectory than the Endless Nightmare.
Total Hook52
The Ruckus gave us a perfect fit between the Brutal and Endless Nightmare in the total hook department. We had plenty of motion on our medium pattern and just enough on the heavy pattern.


The hybrid coverstock shows plenty of power, handling both medium and heavy oil patterns. The cover also takes very well to surface changes to alter the reaction.


Different styles will have different weaknesses magnified with the Ruckus. Our lower rev tester had some problems on the heavy pattern and Cranker had trouble on the dry pattern.

Overall Summary

The Ruckus is the newest addition to the DV8 high performance line. This ball uses a new core shape with a hybrid version of the Class 8 reactive coverstock.

DV8 Ruckus Comparisons

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The BTM Ball Testing Team is led by Eric Martinez. Our team of three testers has thrown and reviewed hundreds of bowling balls for Bowling This Month. When not testing balls for BTM, Eric owns and operates University Pro Shop in San Antonio, TX and he is an avid competitive bowler. Click here to learn more about how we test and review bowling balls.