Just purchased the 12ft 3 piece. Only had it a week, used Wednesday and had 15 hybrids and Bream, plus a bonus 22lb Carp. Feels very light rod with 520 Extremity reel on. Good casting ability and very soft action. Had no hook pulls.
Overall very pleased with its first outing.
Simon I think the reason was as endpeg has stated possibly a little stiff, making a good casting tool/compromise but on the the venues they fish, with Chard, Durleigh and Shearwater being the local bream venues, you don't need an extra long cuck and the 12ft models have a more refined fish playing action without losing too much distance.