So basically, performance was sacrificed so that the name would fit the bearing and the bearing would fit the name?
Actually, I think the plan was interesting and kinda creative, but technically falls kinda flat in ‘real world yoyo bearing functionality’.
Unless you are going for some kinda sleep record, the groove is counterproductive(potentially limiting immediate lateral movements of the string)(partially dependent on string tension).
Note> the exception being an original concern addressed by Paul Yath. One of the reasons Paul came up with the Crucial bearing groove was simple. By combining a concave type of outer race with ‘the groove’, Paul got his 3a yoyos to sync better. < 3A isn’t a sleeping Contest, but Paul wanted to get the most spin time on his 3A combos and keeping the strings away from the walls of the yoyos was a step in the right direction.
But for 1a play, the groove feature, on a scale of 1 to 10, is a lot closer to zero in function.
If you love your Trifecta bearings, that is Great! If you want to put them in all your yoyos, good for you. If you have convinced yourself that the bearing plays better and would be worse without the groove, that is fine too. <Happy is good. Fun is good.
But if you actually think that the groove has an advantage in 1A play, then just be personally satisfied that ‘dreaming’ can be a good thing too, if it helps you relax.
If any 1A players have brainwashed themselves into a view very opposite to mine, chime in and I will post up a more Technical view on why the groove falls flat.
Class may begin soon…
PS… A few things that should be noted>
I have a Deadly Spins Wrath. I love the yoyo. I think it is one of the very best examples of yoyo performance design. The: shape/weight/weight distribution/width/ergonomic feel, all blend together seamlessly into something that needs ‘no modding’ that I can think of.
The Wrath comes stock with a Trifecta bearing. The bearing works soo well in the yoyo, that I refuse to change the ‘recipe’. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. < you won’t hear me say that very often, if ever.
I have a few Trifecta bearings and I have noticed that the depth of the grooves seems to vary. The one in this Wrath is very very shallow. So, if there is any groove in a bearing, to me, this shallow one is preferred.
So there can be exceptions. Even to somebody that prolly likes Trifectas less than anybody else.
My little technical oratories are posted for your information and awareness. They are not necessarily meant to change your choice of bearings or your buying habits. But then again, I think Jen should drop the groove and just call it the Perfecta bearing.
The main mission in yoing is to have fun.
I think most people use flat bearings anyways, and the World hasn’t come to any kind of abrupt Stop because of it.