I recently purchased a few of the Buddah “Ripple” bearings. Additionally, I also have purchased a few of the Twisted Stringz “Trifecta” bearings as well.
After looking at both of these bearings under a magnifying glass, I can not discern one bit of difference between these two types of bearings !!.
I made a similar observation with the General Yo “AIGR” bearings against the YYJ speed bearings…No difference at all.
Can it be safely assumed that there are but a few manufactures of bearings that produce the majority of all the bearings we use?
I made this observation when I sat down and attempted to sort all my bearings by manufacture.
It’s almost impossible with a large percentage of the bearings I own to discern the differences.
I realize that there are a few boutique type bearings available that are truly unique. The KK & the KK Ceramic come to mind, but I have a nice collection of bearings and the more I compare them to one another, the less of a difference I am finding. Of the dozen or two different choices in bearings that are available for YoYo’s, it just seems like they all come from the same two or three manufactures. Or are they?