Bowler Ratings


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

Note: Ratings are only available to our premium members.

General Info

Reviewed:April 2024
Coverstock Specs
Name:MR-8 Solid (HK22)
Type:Reactive Solid
Box Finish:500 / 1000 / 2000 SiaAir
Color:Dark Green / Black / Lime
Core Specs
Int. Diff:0.000

For details on our standard test layouts, please click here.

The Track Cypher introduces a new core design, inspired by the Track Synergy from the early 1990s. The new Synergy core features updated materials to create a 2.540″ RG and a 0.047″ differential. It is wrapped in the HK22-based MR-8 Solid coverstock that comes out of the box at a 500/1000/2000 SiaAir finish. The Cypher provided a smoother overall motion that responded best when our testers used straighter launch angles and played with more direct lines to the pocket.


Stroker had the best look out of our three bowlers on the fresh medium oil pattern. His ability to play straighter angles was exactly what the Cypher wanted on this condition. He could stay in the same part of the lane for about a game and a half before he saw the ball start hooking early and going high into the headpin. As the lanes broke down, Stroker found it better to make parallel moves inside to keep the ball in the oil rather than open his angles. Once the Cypher started over-hooking from there, he had success by switching into something like the Theorem or Paragon Pearl later in the session.

Stroker felt like he had too much length and deflection at the pins with the Cypher’s box finish on the fresh heavy oil pattern. The higher RG core seemed to pull the ball too far downlane, despite the 2000 SiaAir box finish. Sanding the ball to 1000 grit helped it get started sooner, giving Stroker just what he needed on this pattern. Once again

Track Cypher Comparisons

Click below to see a comparison table of each pair of bowling balls shown:

To compare the Track Cypher to any other bowling ball(s), please use our Bowling Ball Comparison tool.

Additional Track Cypher Resources

Click here to visit Track's website to read the manufacturer-supplied information on this ball. Also, see below for the manufacturer-produced promotional video for this ball.

Please remember that our reviews are solely based on our own testing and that you may sometimes find differences between our comments and ratings and the manufacturer's claims. Links to these manufacturer resources are provided here strictly for convenience purposes.

The BTM Ball Testing Team

About The BTM Ball Testing Team

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.