This years yoyo season saw some great yoyo releases, incredible innovation and approach to yoyo design that we haven’t seen before. Especially in the high-end metal market. There has been a number of great plastic releases as well, and C3YOYODESIGN just managed to get into the 2016 plastic game last week with the second generation of the Speedaholic. How does it compare to it’s main competitors, the Replay, Freehand, FirstBase and others? And what are the differences between the first and second generation of this throw? Lets take a closer look at it.
Immediately after taking the yoyo out of the box you can notice a significant improvement in quality over the last generation. I think it’s thank to the experiences that C3 gathered during the years. The first Speedaholic was a massive step into the unknown – low budget, large scale plastic yoyo release without any previous sales data just had to be a bit careful. Speedaholic 2 is definitely more advanced, it has more forward thinking and confident approach to design. The main focus shifted from “affordable plastic yoyo” to higher quality, clever details and playability.
The main difference between the generations is the axle system. The first generation was held together by a standard, metric sized nut and bolt on each side of the yoyo. It’s a very simple and affordable solution, but it has it’s disadvantages. The Speedaholic 2 setup is a bit different. The yoyo is screwed together by a industry standard M4 axle, which is mounted into a metal hub which is pressed into the plastic body with a hydraulic press. Very carefully under a 90º angle so the yoyo has minimal vibrations.
This metal hub has three major functions, apart from holding the yoyo together it also doubles as a bearing seat (no spacers = less vibration = profit!). And if you look at the centre of the yoyo from the outside it has a groove / cup / area for horizontal finger grinds. Possibly the only plastic yoyo with a metal insert which allows this kind of tricks. Metal has less friction than plastic so the yoyo spins much longer. Take a look at this short video showcase from “Momo” to get the idea of what i am talking about:
If you inspect this “SpinHub” closely you’ll find tiny grooves, a pattern which reduces friction even more so the yoyo spins a noticeably longer time than it’s plastic counterparts. And unlike the previous generation the centre walls have a slope which leads the finger into the centre hub. That means that if you’re still not 100% sure about your grind accuracy you can relax because the yoyo is going to get itself into the ideal grinding position. At this point it should be mentioned that the press which puts the hubs in place does a little bit of damage to the anodising. Some people might notice small scratches on the outside rim of the hub. These are very, very tiny – just check the photo bellow for illustration. I wouldn’t even call it a scratch, more like a manufacturing flaw which can’t be avoided.
Which moves us neatly towards the looks of the second Speedaholic. Originally the design was done by a round sticker, which was placed on the rims. The new yoyo is much more grown up and the graphic design is applied using high quality print, directly onto the plastic itself. Nice touch which improves the overall looks of the yoyo itself.
Another major difference is the new weight distribution. The weight has obviously been shifted more towards the edges of the yoyo. It’s more stable, spins longer and it feels much more compact when you hold it in your hand. When you try both of the yoyos right after each other, you’re going to get the impression that the first Speedholic has to be a bit lighter that the second. But it’s a perfect example how shifting weight around can change the overall feel of the yoyo. Even though that the new generation feels heavier, it’s actually half a gram lighter.
The last upograde is in the bearing region. C3 broke the bank and switched from flat SPEC bearings to the GroovedCentring bearings. It holds the string bang in the middle, reducing friction, improving the performance and making the yoyo spin that much longer.
All of these little details make the experience SO much better that this thing feels twice as expensive than it actually is. And that’s a massive achievement. Well done C3. Speedaholic 2 is available in 4 different colour combinations (blue, red, clear, purple) and it’s a very good choice for aspiring beginners who want to skip the responsive steps, as well as advanced players who are looking for a new exciting throw to add to their collections.