04 Jan 2012

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YoYoFactory in conjunction with Central Bearing Co. have delivered a number of new things to bearings. First to supply DRY unlubricated bearings essential to unresponsive play, the mechanical advantage of the CENTER TRAC, the versatility of offering a narrow bearing for beginners and wide for advanced play with the Half – Spec and the performance of the SPEC. Now its time to add another bearing to the line with the new SPEC – X bearing.



Original SPEC shown right with shields removed. SPEC X shown left.


The SPEC – X was designed to be a more versatile, durable bearing not as focused on flat out performance of the SPEC and CENTER TRAC. It comes without shields for easy access to the race for cleaning and lubrication, and is built tighter and more robust for an extended bearing life. It has a very short break-in period, tends to make less noise and is less prone to failure or lockups due to impact or lack of lubrication. That being said,  all Bearings do go through phases of break-in where the noise of the bearing will change over its life. Bearings do need to be maintained and are designed to operate with some lubrication. While they can be run dry performance may be compromised in the long run.



04 Jan 2012

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Why looping matters and Why the loop360 matters for looping?


Notice that? Loop360? Well that in essence what the loop808 is. The Loop808 is a special edition of the soon to be released loop360. It is a yoyo somewhat out of time, out of price and out of the everyday. It has one purpose….bring back the notion that looping IS the most respected style of yoyo play.


It will attempt to put product in more peoples hands that:
1) works well
2) doesnt require effort to maintain
3) doesnt cost too much
4) wont break easily
5) inspire them to take looping play more seriously


Premier looping yoyos of $30 a hand and/or that break easily and/or require skill to maintain are scaring people away from the most visually appealing style of yoyo. So its time for us to take away the excuses.


$10 a hand, pick them up and play.


Official Specs
Diameter: 57.75 mm / 2.27 inches
Width: 26.55 mm / 1.04 inches
Gap Width: 2.65 mm / .10 inches
Weight: 52.1 grams
Bearing Size: Size A
Response: CBC Small Bearing Silicone O-Ring


04 Jan 2012

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7075 Catalyst
Diameter: 56.4 mm
Width: 43 mm
Material: 7075
Pads Bearings: Natural Pads, Large Center Trac
Weight: 65.5 Grams


Augie on the 7075 Catalyst:
Throw harder and play harder. The flat area thats I think looks better. It feels more stable, plays effortless. Good all around player. It’s like it’s Ken in Street fighter.


Tyler says:
Can be directed anywhere you want it to go. Sideways, 3D, frontstyle, sidestyle. Perfect weight for stage play or at home. Incredibly stable.


Harold Owens Pro Setup:
“String: type 6 100% polyester yellow  (length: belly buttton to floor)
Pads: standard white yoyofactory silicone stickers
Bearing: stock center trac”


The original Catalyst is kind of floating, but the new one is more solid and stable.


Mr X (player we don’t sponsor but got comment from): Super fast light quick yoyo. Built for precision speed, ergonomic. Its comfortable to throw and catch. Feels light, which I didn’t expect from a 7075 version, the re-weighting did it wonders and I like it.


Final Word: ‘This is REALLY GOOD’ – Multiple World Champion who we don’t sponsor




04 Jan 2012

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Diameter: 40 mm
Width: 39 mm
Material: 6061
Pads Bearings: Large SPEC, Large Slim White YYF Pads
Weight: 64.4 Grams


Gentry on the G Funk: The G Funk is really smooth. The edge of the rim makes it feel more solid then other smaller yo-yos. The shiny finish makes the dope logo stand out better. It’s FANCY.


Mr X Says: Too small for my hands.


Design Team says: Dv888 is one of our most popular yoyos. When thinking about what else to offer at this diameter we went for something with known stability, which tends to offset the lack of stability found in others of the size. This unique balance leads to exceptional performance.



04 Jan 2012

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Roll Model


Part of the YoYoFactory Champions Collection (WAVE 1)
Diameter: 53.8mm
Width: 40mm
Material: 6061
Pads Bearings: Large White YYF Slim, Large SPEC
Weight: 66.8 Grams



Steves Brief:
“I’ve been a professional yo-yo player since 1995. I’ve thrown hundreds and hundreds of yo-yos, from the latest and greatest to doing a few loops with an original 1928 Flores…and finally I feel like I’ve found my perfect throw. Designed collaboratively by YoYoFactory and myself, the Roll Model represents everything I love in a yo-yo; speed, stability, and undeniable performance. Perfect for nearly any style of play, it’s great as a daily carry or a competition throw.”


Tyler says: “Perfectly fits into the pocket.  Perfect for string rejections. Unique feel of a plastic yoyo but with pro performance. Im actually a bit jealous. I love capped yoyos and this may be the best metal one YoYoFactory has made”


Pat Says: “Definitely the most fun yo-yo in the Champion’s Collection. Surprisingly dead smooth for a metal yo-yo with caps… it doesn’t feel hollow or make any funny sounds”


Steve Brown Pro Set Up:
“stock pads, and whatever string is closest to my hand when I need to change. Anything from the YYF green poly to Type 8 cotton to Slick 6.
When I first met Bob Rule, he was playing with these cheap orange promotional yo-yos from some orange juice campaign from the 80s. I was amazed at how good he was with them, and said something to him about it. He told me “I’m a yo-yo demonstrator. My job isn’t to be picky about my equipment, it’s to make my equipment look good.”
I’m still picky about my yo-yos, but I’ve never allowed myself to get picky about string or pads. It’s my nod to Bob.”



04 Jan 2012

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SuperStar – John Ando Edition

Diameter: 45 mm
Width: 41 mm
Material: 6061
Pads Bearings: Large Center Trac, Large White YYF Pads
Beadblast finish
Hubstack bearings and hubstacks NOT INCLUDED retail price : $84.99


Pat Mitchell – “As a big fan of the Superstar through all of the versions, I am especially stoked on this version because it is a cut and dry players yo-yo. Fancy anodize and odd colored hubstacks are cool, no doubt, but any hardcore player will tell you that a superstar plays the best with nubs in place of hubstacks.”


Mr X – “Forgot how good this thing was”


Bottom line : This is how John wanted it. Its stripped down for the player who wants performance without the bells and whistles and price associated with it.


2 World Titles on this yoyo.





04 Jan 2012

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Diameter: 56.4 mm
Width: 40 mm
Material: 6061 or 7075
Pads Bearings (6061): Blue Pads, Large Center Trac
Pads Bearings (7075): Natural Pads, Large Center Trac
Weight (6061): 66.5 Grams
Weight (7075): 66.8 Grams


6061 versions have a softer Matte finish and are priced to reflect the lower cost of the metal.


Initial run releases already available


Ben says: We wanted to stay true to the MVP name. The corners are a little softer but the familiar profile is still there. We added a thumb lip for those whose thing that is but the bowl stays flat and open. I love the MVP logo, so we kept it!


Paul Kerbel says: “Hey i just tried the new MVP 6061 and i liked it a lot”



04 Jan 2012

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Diameter: 56.4 mm
Width: 43 mm
Material: 7075
Pads Bearings: Large Center Trac, Natural Pads
Weight:68.8 Grams



Tyler Says: Great for sideways tricks, but better for “training” or practicing instead of competing.

Gentry Says: The 7075 Super G is more hard hitting then the Original. When it lands not he string it hits, you can feel it. You know it’s happening.

Pat says: Too heavy for me but it makes a great training tool because the switch back to the regular adds so much speed to tricks

Final Word: Should have been called a MUTANT Super G. Its heavy, deliberate and for those who skip the potatoes and just want extra MEAT.


04 Jan 2012

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White Pads:
The standard YoYoFactory response pad. White pads come in almost all of our yo-yos when they are brand new because these are the best all-around pads. Whether you use them in preparation for a contest, for a high intensity freestyle, or for just hanging out and throwing, the white pad will play to your standard. Good for all styles of play.


The Competition Pad. Red response pads break in very quickly, reach an ideal sweet spot, and then wear out quicker than any other pad. This combination makes them perfect for freestyle competition play, in which you can break them in within minutes and walk on stage ready to go!


The Consistent Pad . The yellow pad is reliable in how consistent it plays as it wears down. Unlike many of the other pads that have a sweet spot once they are broken in, the yellow pad is as good when you first swap it into the yo-yo as it is just before it is worn down to the core.


The Grippy Pad. Blue Pads have a little longer break in period, meaning that they retain that new pad feel for much longer than most other pads. Once broken in, blue pads hold a Medium Response while still holding an overall grippy feel.


The Marathon Pad. The Natural color pads are intended to be the longest lasting pad that we make.  Surprisingly they also require very little break in time, no maintenance.  Best used in the yo-yo that you take with you wherever you go.


The Responsive Pad. The Green pads are actually thicker than all of the other pads, meaning that they protrude slightly into the yo-yo’s string gap. Though these pads will still require a bind to get the yo-yo back to your hand when used with a standard large bearing yo-yo, combined with a slim Half SPEC Bearing, the green pads will enable the yo-yo to be tug responsive, meaning that you can get the yo-yo back to your hand with a simple tug of the wrist.



04 Jan 2012

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This year at the 2011 Russian National YoYo Championships YoYoFactory Contest Team showed up in full force. Taking home top honors for the 3rd time was YoYoFactory’s own Victor Gravitsky. Followed closely by his team members Alexander Pelevin and Igor Galiev.