From Duncan: Our first-ever titanium yo-yo and one of our most awaited designs, the Freehand Ti - Large Bearing. The picture says it all. The body is the classic original Freehand design, with caps and a large bearing. So what’s the big deal? This one is titanium with aluminium caps.
We were actually pretty skeptical about releasing a luxury version of the Freehand. We asked ourselves if it was even worth it, or if it would even play differently compared to our previous Freehand releases… There were so many questions that made us really hesitant to proceed with its design. However, at some point, we just had to try. So we gave it a shot, and, as it turned out, having the Freehand made of titanium made a HUGE difference. Our initial goal was really just to make a cool collectors item, but what we ended up with was a true juggernaut of performance and style: The perfect high-performance yo-yo for the most devoted yo-yo collector.
Working with titanium allowed us to significantly thin down the wall for the Freehand Ti, which massively improved the performance of the yo-yo. Making the wall as thin as possible was tough, though, so the prototyping process was extensive. It’s still got that classic feeling, but the body is lightweight and the weight is well-distributed, which allowed us the freedom to add caps to this design, something we thought was key. What’s a Freehand without caps, anyway?
This specific design and weight is a one-time run due to the complexity of the design and assembly—We apologize for the limited availability. This model is really something special, though, and we are really proud of the product we were able to release to you with the Freehand Ti!
The release of the Freehand One AL with big bearing was a great throwback and an instant classic, but we weren’t satisfied with just that: We felt there was more to the Freehand experience that we hadn’t conveyed, and the Freehand One AL with small bearing really gives you that full Freehand One experience that we were after.
The small bearing gives you some really snappy binds due to its smaller gap, which gives the Freehand One AL with small bearing some really neat old-school vibes. Every throw is a guaranteed blast from the past, and the original Freehand shape is the cherry on top.
A staple feature of smaller bearings is the naturally smaller gap, which challenges you to get better at controlling the yo-yo, effectively refining your yo-yo play. After testing this yo-yo for months, there were two features we identified that stood out the most:
irst, the amount of sheer joy it gives you when you play with it is incomparable to other yo-yos. Seriously. It’s just like the original plastic FH1 but made of metal. How fun is that? Second, it’s a great yo-yo to practice with: It really forces you to control your tricks and your body in each motion.
This new small bearing Freehand One AL comes with a small flat bearing (Size A) with a semi-tug responsive feeling; enough for quick regen, stalls, and all other sorts of throwback tricks! To make your Freehand One AL small bearing entirely unresponsive, we recommend switching to a Size A Dif-E-Yo bearing.