Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • What's the difference between Fixed and Bearing Diabolos?

    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!

    In Brief

    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!

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    Fixed Bearing
    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

    Final Thoughts

    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!

  • Oddnews January 16

    We all had a lovely Christmas time, we ate lots, enjoyed good company, and of course helped Santa make people very happy!

    Now it's January we all have a brand new set of Juggling resolutions, from mastering that elusive 3 ball trick, through learning 3 diabolos all the way to making a hoop routine!

    Coming Events

    Chocfest 21 - York's Juggling Convention (chocolate cake and juggling, what could be better?)
    23rd Jan

    Belfast Juggling Convention 2016 a lovely 3 day event
    12-14 Feb

    Video of the month

    Labyrinth inspired a generation of contact jugglers (myself included!)

    New Stuff!

    Short days and long nights have caused us to get serious with LEDs -

    The Duncan Limelight LED yoyo is here for all your evening yoyoing needs, a nice shiney looper.

    The new Juggle Dream Luxor and Aurora hoops are fantastic LED hoops at a great price! With 100s of functions easily available at the press of a button (they come with a remote!) They're lovely.

    See you next time!

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