We initially approached team player Graeme Steller with the idea of making him a signature yo-yo at the beginning of 2014. Graeme, deep in his second semester of college, politely declined because he wanted to wait until he could give the design process his full attention. After finishing final exams, he immediately flew out to the One Drop Factory in Eugene, ready to begin working on the yo-yo with three goals in mind: exceptional competition-ready play, great looks, and affordability.
Graeme wanted his signature yo-yo to be inspired by different elements from some of his favorite throws, and then melded together into a unique design that could handle anything he could throw at it. After a long design session, the Gradient was created.
The Cascade type weight distribution promotes maneuverability, and the bigger size promotes stability allowing the Gradient to ride the line between those two forces while still being speedy. It features a large, open concave catch zone to facilitate horizontal play. Graeme decided to add a single “Projection Profile” groove to accent this wide catch zone, adding a unique aesthetic touch. Side Effects are the axle system of choice, and the Gradient ships with spikes.
Despite the complex design of the Gradient, Graeme wanted us to achieve a low retail price point, making it accessible to as many players as possible. We succeeded and are able to offer the Gradient as our lowest priced signature yo-yo to date with solid colors starting at $79.00.
Graeme “yellow pants” Steller joined the One Drop players team way back in 2010 as a teenager. Since then, we have had the pleasure of watching him bloom into a wonderful young man and an amazing yo-yoer who we are proud to have out there representing One Drop. The name “Gradient” represents the transitions we have seen Graeme go through as a person and a player. The spirit of change and growth can be seen in the Gradient itself as an evolution in yo-yo design.
Base Weight: 63.32 grams
Shipping Weight: 66.3 grams (with aluminium Spike Side Effects)
Width: 44.35 mm
Diameter: 56.25 mm
Stock Response: Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.35 mm
Bearing Size: Large © stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
Finish: Pyramatte ™
Axle System: Side Effects™
Release Date August 13th, 2014.