Me and my Metropolis... a Mini-review


(Sensei Dave) #1

So I traded for a Duncan Metropolis a while back. Here’s a fast review.

The Duncan Metropolis — a Mini-review

Love at first sight?

Nope. The thing felt funny… its drastically modified H-shape hit on all sorts of weird places in my hand no matter how I held it. It also seemed small to me. For some reason I always thought it was bigger. It is definitely lighter than what I usually prefer and there was NO place for an IRG. Anyone who knows my style knows I do love my grinding and this just had no where for my fat Vienna sausages to go. Didn’t think I was gonna take it, honestly.

And then… he threw it!

Here is where you hear the immediate recant of all the negatives I just mentioned… usually. Not so this time. Honestly my first throw of the Met’ was devestating. It was a trade, as I had mentioned, and had been seeing play by its original owner. What he neglected to tell me was that he never took the original cotton string off of it and put a proper string on it. When my manly-man side hand throw thundered out that poor piece of cotton didn’t stand a chance. It snapped at the apex of the throw and the brand new Metropolis skittered like a flat-out Ferrari on ice across my buddies Italian tile floors.

So needless to say, seeing as I put an inch and a half scuff on his mint Metropolis, I traded him despite my initial negative impression. I also got a Raptor in the trade, but that’s a different review.

He threw it — again!

So I got it home and put a good string on it and attempted that first throw again. It has a good strong spin that felt like a heavier throw. It seemed to like to play like a heavy throw, too. It liked more deliberate and methodical movements and with my swinging style it seemed a good fit. Even though there is no way I am ever going to IRG the Met’ the very thin profile of the H-shape wings makes for a very low-friction surface for palm grinds and there’s just enough space inside the H for my index finger to get a good solid finger grind. In fact my only beef with an otherwise comfy throw was that it rolled! This thing would go from straight on strong to flop over dead in about twenty-five seconds. I haven’t done so many UFO’s in my life as I have in the first few days of playing with the Met. I have used other H-shape yo-yos and I have noticed with my play style, this is a common thread with that design for me. I was bummed.

Let sleeping dogs lie? Not on MY watch!

Being the tinkerer I am and seeing the potential of the Metropolis, I couldn’t leave it at that. I was determined to figure out how to defeat my tilt demon. I tried throwing differently with some success, but as soon as I picked up a more traditional throw I would have to re-re-learn all over again. Not so much fun. Then on a whim I threw a center-trac bearing in it. Maybe the eighth of an inch dip in the bearing would make a difference?

Holy mother-of-pearl!

It was like a switch has been flipped! That tiny little sink in the center of the spin was just enough to go from roll-over to rock solid! Spin times went from good to awesome and I was able to tell it what to do when I wanted it without any issue. I even found that though a steady player it may be, when I want to hit the gas it obliges with a smile and an Elvis lip curl.

I think that if the diameter was just a hair larger a standard C bearing would work well for me, because that would naturally make the center of gravity larger and put the string closer to the middle of it — maybe for the 2.0 version? We will see.

Is that’s your final answer?

So, even though I am deprived of my beloved IRG’s and the Met’s tendancy to chew through my slick-6 faster than any of my other throws, this puppy is fast becoming my main throw. It has definitely changed my opinion on H-shapes and has even boosted my confidence of performance. Now I just need to get some more center-tracs to do replace the one I moved out of my DV888. Duncan has done a great job on this one for sure, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

I <3 Duncan all over again!



#2

So how does the Metropolis cut through strings? I’ve seen a few reviews stating that now and seems to be a consistent thing. Still wouldn’t mind trying one of these out, to join forces with my Raptor and Echo.


#3

I just threw one today and fell in love. I actually bought one on a whim the other day just so that I can have a Duncan to pull out when I get that imfamous question. “Is that a Duncan?” I honestly havent like a Duncan yoyo until the Raptor and that still wasnt high on my want list. but after playing this thing today for about 10 mins I’m glad I bought it. Might even buy a Second tonight to make a 2 tone.

For the Price its hard to beat. I played it with a Flat bearing and it was still nice. I’m a KK guy all my throws have one. this thing will just be Epic once I get it and put the KK in there.


(Sensei Dave) #4

Nice review on the Echo you did before, btw.

Its a hang-up of the new SG pads. They are a bit more grabby that the average silicone pad. That’s just how Duncan rolls, there response pads are all more responsive than the other companies comparable pads. Because they are more grabby but still spin and play as good as they do, its the increased friction cutting away at the string fibers. I haven’t yet but I bet if you picked up some CBC sillicone pads (central bearing company) the string cutting would be brought way down. Like I said in my review I have a center-trac bearing in my Met’ and I have one coming for my Raptor too. I have found that the center-trac keeps it from cutting as fast cause it pulls the string centered and away from the response. I still blast through the strings though. I just killed a string today on my Met’ that I only put on three days ago.

Cool about the stuff. Duncan is really trying hard to become being about the player now and less about the bottom line. I have been super impressed just by the difference from even a year ago. I was a hard core YoyoFactory guy til I got my Met’ and my Raptor, now I am once again a Duncan man.

Oh, I don’t have an echo but I have found with a bit of initial string tension on the inner wing of the Raptor it can IRG better than my YYF DV888. That best palm grinder I own is the Met’ and I can’t decides if the Met’ or the Raptor is better for finger grinds.

So there ya go. Long winded, I know, but that tends to be me.