I have a few questions about crossfire tanks I'd love some help with since I just bought an old 68/4.5k from 09 with a month old hydro.
1. I paid $60 for the tank with no signs of bad wear apart from yellowing at the collar and it does not include a regulator. Was it a good deal or did I lose in the deal?
If the tank is in good condition with 4+ years left on the hydro, you're in the right ballpark.
2. Why isnt Crossfire as big as Ninja Air or Guerrilla Air yet they carry everything they have apart from a tank in black. I like that their regs are perfectly in between the Ninja and Myth reg length.
I don't know the various companies' sales numbers, so I don't have any idea if they're smaller. I agree that Ninja in particular gets more support on paintball forums. Both Ninja and GA carved out market share based on technological advances: Ninja for adjustable regs and now lightweight bottles, and GA for short regs. Crossfire hasn't done that, but has kept their prices lower. Ninja has distinguished itself with service, presence at paintball events, and participation in online forums.
3. Do their cylinders run long and thin or short and stubby? It looks pretty small in the picture and everyone says they're long because of the old school reg but I haven't seen any info on the actual tank cylinder.
I'd call them average.
4. What's their customer service like? It kinda matters to me because I don't like having my pro shop being the middle man with company exclusive products.
I've used Crossfire service for hydrotesting and repairing a cross-threaded reg, and found them to be affordable, fast, and good quality.
5. What tank cover fits well on it? The thing looks gross like most other grey fiber finished tanks and I don't want it to yellow anymore than it already has. I've been looking at Valken covers but I've read from a Ninja Rep say that zippers damage the tank, if I were to buy a Valken cover I'd put a strip of electrical tap of some sort where it comes in contact with the zipper. I really just don't want something fitting baggy on it.
I have a 40 ounce beer coozie on mine, which fits great, but I don't think that's what you're after.
I'm not very familiar with tanks, I've purchased one steelie brand new and a used GA a while back which was all I've ever used.