A question I get a lot in our Camden shop is, whats the difference between a fixed axle and a bearing diabolo? So here, I will attempt to answer!
A fixed axle diabolo is where the center piece (axle) does not move.
A bearing diabolo is where the axle free spins one way and is fixed the other much like a ratchet spanner. This allows you to add a lot more speed without the friction that would slow down a fixed axle.Note – Bearings will only work one way round!
|Ease at beginning||Easier and will give you a better understanding of how the diabolo works||Harder at the very beginning as it’s less stable at low speeds|
|Ease in general||Better feel for the diabolo. The tension is better for certain tricks||Longer spin times allow you to work out more tricks, or get out of those annoying tangles|
|Spin time||Shorter- though with practice you can learn to speed up the diabolo with tricks||Longer – once it’s going, it’ll spin several times longer than a fixed axle|
|String Life||Shorter – There is more friction||Longer – As there’s less friction|
|String bite/ yoyo (this is when the string all wraps around the axle)||Will happen when the string is old, or too many wraps around the axle or technique||Doesn’t happen.|
|Impossible tricks!||The gyroflop isn’t possible||String climbs (due to tension) aren’t possible|
|Easier tricks (this doesn’t mean they’re impossible, but generally a bit harder||2 diabolos and more||Vertax/excaliber|
|String climb tricks||Slack whips and more complicated knots|
|More advanced stick release tricks||Grinds|
A fixed axle is not better than a bearing diabolo and a bearing diabolo is not better than a fixed. They are just different, and personal preference and style comes into it a lot!
Hope that’s useful!