I’ve heard the buzz around the cooler about how YYF’s “next generation SPEC” bearing is a ripoff of the Dif-E-Yo KonKave(KK) bearings. I don’t know about all the legal mumbo jumbo behind this kind of thing, and that’s not what I’m here to share anyway. What I want people to know about the new bearing is that it’s not just a copy of the KK.
Yes, it does the same general thing in the same general way. For me, the difference is all in the end result. With a KK, you have a bearing that is constantly trying to center the string in an attempt to keep it off the response of the yo-yo. This is GREAT, and many players truly enjoy the benefits it provides.
Now, before I go on I want to mention that everything here is my opinion and/or observation while playing with these two different bearings. While everything I say is true for my style of play, it might not hold true in yours.
The YYF Center-Trac doesn’t waste time trying to keep a string centered. All it’s concerned with is keeping the string layers away from the sides and the response with no restrictions in between. For me, this gives the same feel as a well-played SPEC that we all know and love. Personally, I love the way this bearing feels, and I hope YYF continues to use them!
Feel free to post your opinions about the situation, either of the bearings, and final thoughts in comparison.