I was listening to Mark Montgomery’s interview and I was confused by what he said about stability.
I’m new to modern yoyoing; I yoyo’d a little ~30 years ago, but only just started playing with an unresponsive yoyo this March. I have 2 unresponsive yoyos. The Horizon which is apparently “oversized,” and heavier. The other is a Legendary Terrarian, which is much lighter, slightly smaller in diameter, wider across the axel.
I put OD 10-ball bearings in both because i like how quiet it is, and while it seems like there are a lot of people using centering bearings, there are also a lot of people raving about these OD bearings.
I think these two yoyos might fit perfectly into Mark’s comparison, because the Horizon has a lot more stability; it spins much longer than the Legendary Terrarian. I’m guessing this is because the Horizon is heavier overall, and it’s rims are much thicker. The Legendary Terrarian has very thin rims at the edge, and the weight is pushed back from the edge into the corner of the W shape. Although since the Legendary Terrarian is a few millimeters wider, it looks to me like the weight is about the same distance horizontally from the axle, but closer along the diameter.
But going back to Mark’s comments: I don’t understand why a less stable yoyo would be more fun. I know he was saying the best situation is a balance; has the Horizon hit that balance, or is it too stable?
I don’t mean to ask if the Horizon is a better than the Legendary Terrarian because it’s easier for me to do tricks on it. I guess maybe I’m wondering how close do the yoyos that I have come to the in/stability balance that Mark is talking about?
More Generally: Is a less stable yoyo fun because it’s more of a challenge to hit tricks with it? Does a very stable yoyo like the Horizon impede certain elements?