Know of any companies that make GOOD 10 ball KK bearings?


#1

Sooo I just got my One Drop 54 for christmas…and I love it except for the bearing. The fact is that I’ve been coddled by the KK bearing in my Protostar for the past few months. I really like the smoothness that comes with the 10-ball, but I find that my OD just becomes unstable so easily with it in. (And no, it’s not that I’m not throwing it straight. Whenever I throw, the string is pretty much dead-center on the bearing, but as I do tricks I have to shift my entire body to keep the yoyo from veering off.)

Today, I popped out my KK bearing from my Protostar and put it in my OD…and it plays wonderfully now. In fact…I love my protostar even more with the ten-ball in rather than the KK. I dunno…my protostar doesn’t become unstable even though I don’t have the KK bearing in it. I think it’s because of the H shape. I dunno.

But then I got to thinking: Wouldn’t it be magical if there were 10-ball KK bearings? That would pretty much make my OD my favorite throw then. I did a google search and found that they do exist…but I don’t wanna get a cheap, low quality bearing and then get frustrated again. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with 10 ball KK bearings? TELLL MEEE!


#2

My Protostar plays fantastic with the factory centertrac bearing in it.

My OD 54, bought via BST was shipped to me with a YYF flat bearing in it, which worked fine. I swapped it out for a Terrapin X Wing Cut and I like that better. I do have some extra OD 10-ball bearings that I bought. One was for that same 54, and the other is intended to go into a MMN that I bought off BST with a YYF bearing in it.

My general thoughts are that the people who designed it chose a specific bearing type to put in there for a specific reason. My Agapes use flat bearings since their designer uses flat bearings, and so it makes perfect sense for me to put a flat bearing in them. Well, one shipped with either a centertrak or a konkave, but the others I put flats in. Either way, they play amazing.

Regardless, do what you want. If a specific set-up works for you, then I definitely recommend sticking with it, regardless of what anyone else thinks.

I have heard that they do make 10-ball KK’s, they just aren’t as commonly available.


#3

I’ll quote myself twice for effect.

The point here is that the number of balls doesn’t really matter. If you want to use a KonKave bearing then do so. Another ball or two in the bearing isn’t going to make it any smoother or sleep any longer.


#4

Many manufactures make this bearing in any configuration, 7,8 ,10 and 11 ball in full ceramic, ceramic/hybrid or steel. They are called U-groove track bearings in the real bearing world.
I think Magic YoYos come with them.


#5

They are good…


#6

Yeah…I dunno, maaaan. Maybe I’m just not used to it yet since it’s new and everything. I remember when I got my protostar I was all awkward with it at first too but I quickly got used to it. I have to say that just by having two yo yo’s…I can already tell what my personal preferences are. I feel kinda guilty admitting it, but I kind of like playing with my Protostar a bit more. :o

I think I messed up my KK bearing a bit when I attempted to clean it…uhhh. Yeah. :-\ I can notice a slight difference in how the bearings play though. I’ll buy a new KK bearing and get back to you on that one though.

Interesting. These Magic YoYos you speak of…why are they so dirt cheap? They look like high-end yoyos. Is it because they’re made in China? I’m a bit flabberghasted…I may just order one and try it out for myself. Hell…I may just buy a Magic YoYo for the bearing. haha.


#7

I know chinese companies do 10 balls KK (don’t know which ones tho)
Magic yoyos are great yoyos, play wise, and very cheap. Some players throw them a lot, I do prefer “real” high end throws (better finish, giving my $$$ to people who matter in the community, collectors etc…)
but for a beginner, they’re very nice as they play very nicely. and they’ll also be good for those who are after only performance and don’t care about the finish or the rarity and whatnot.