Diabolo Bearing, A Distinctive Spin, Yet Truly a Diabolo?

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As a dedicated diabolo player, I have a deep appreciation for the inertias of this art. Today, I want to delve into the world of bearing diabolos. This isn’t your traditional diabolo. It’s a distinct prop, that I had the privilege of test, and for me it’s not a diabolo, read more to know why.

First off, let’s talk about bearings. Bearing diabolos are one side bearings, which means they only take spin in one direction, keeping your diabolo spinning for more time. They activate when de diabolo goes in the opposite spinning direction on the string. The sheer stability and duration of the spin are mind-boggling. It’s as if you’ve harnessed the forces of physics to keep that diabolo spinning far beyond what conventional diabolos can achieve. But here’s the thing – it’s not just about the spin.

Comparison of the types of diabolo bearing axels

Axel TypeFeaturesCompabilityPrice
1-Bearing AxleBasic bearing for specific Sundia diabolosCompatible with Falcon, Soarin, Shining,25€
3-B Bearing Robust, long-lasting, popular bearingFalcon, Shining, MHD Pro, Soarin, Magforce,29€
Axle for EVO 5-BMost performant bearing, faster than triple, exceptional stability, ultra-smooth feeling.EVO Hard cups, but I use it with soft ones.36€
Magforce 3-B AxleTriple bearing with magnetic rings,hyper smooth, quiet play, carbon washers.Magforce, Falcon, Shining, MHD Pro, Soarin38€

The gyroscopic effect is the real game-changer here. When you play with a bearing diabolo, you’ll notice that it resists tilting with an almost stubborn determination. It’s like it has a mind of its own, a rock-solid core that defies gravity, giving you an unprecedented level of control. Now, that’s a thrilling sensation, especially when you’re in the midst of intricate tricks and seamless transitions.

The shift to a bearing diabolo is noticeable if you’re familiar with the object. It changes the juggling game, especially in the horizontal plane (vertax), giving us a break from the constant correction needed for traditional diabolos. The bearing axle’s extra stability make some tricks easier and can open up a whole new possibilities, with tricks that take advantage of the gyroscopic effect and reduced friction.

But let’s not forget the audience. For those who aren’t familiar with the subtleties of diabolo play, the difference might not be immediately apparent. That’s where the bearing diabolo can become a captivating gimmick. It’s a hidden secret, a subtle enhancement that allows you to dazzle the crowd without them even realizing why they’re so captivated.

However, it’s crucial to recognize that a bearing diabolo is not a mere prop – it’s a tool that opens up new possibilities. It’s a choice, a deliberate decision to take your juggling game to places where a diabolo cannot. It’s like trading in your trusty bicycle for a high-performance motorbike – sure, both get you places, but the experience is on a whole different.


Dídac Gilabert

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