Duncan - Freehand ONE AL Small Bearing
This special metal version of the Freehand uses a size A bearing (AKA "Duncan size").
The longstanding Duncan flagship that launched a thousand variations, the Freehand sees another iteration; this time, it marries the newer high end metal version with the small bearing that came with the original Freehand. That bearing, size A, is also lovingly known as "Duncan size."
Compared to the modern standard size C bearing, size A is much smaller, which has a power boosting effect on yo-yos as their body weight directly translates into rotational inertia.
With the body size and shape of the original Freehand, and now even the original bearing size, you would expect it to be just a straight blast from the past, but the catch, the string touch, and the playfeel all show impressive development and evolution in the Freehand line. There's no mistaking that this is a modern yo-yo, albeit with a classic design.
*The side caps are especially tightly fitted. It's not intended for you to remove them.
We are going all-in with our Freehand line. We spent a lot of time debating whether to release it or not, but here we are, releasing it to the wild. Presenting the Freehand One AL – Small Bearing.
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:
First, 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.
This is a small bearing yo-yo that you will never regret buying or adding to your collection!
|Style||String Trick (1A, 3A, 5A)|
|Trapeze Width (mm)||36|
|Body Material||Aluminum (6061)|
|Bearing Type||Ball Bearing|
|Bearing Size||Size A (Duncan)|
|Axle||M4 x 10mm|
|Maintenance||Pad/Sticker/O-Ring Change Required|
|String||C3 Pro String (Fat) x100|
|Maintenance||YYF DARK MATTER Lubricant|