Duncan - Grasshopper GTX
A new flavor of Grasshopper has arrived! You've seen the monometal and inner rim variations, the Grasshopper GTX is an outer rim bimetal version.
The Grasshopper is the signature model of the 2013 1A champion, Janos Karancz. The GTX is the third in the series, following the original all-aluminum and inner rim versions.
The shape may look the same across the board, but there are many small tweaks made to the Grasshoppers, resulting in noticeably different playfeels. The beautiful outer rim enshrouding the wingtips of the GTX doesn't just focus the weight at a specific point, but spreads it out across the "face" of the rim, giving it a surprisingly nimble feel and sense of control. The world-class stable sleep is obviously still present; you wouldn't expect so much power from a yo-yo that's actually .5mm smaller than its older brothers.
So, what will you do with all that sleep? Will you pile on the speed for intense combos, or throw it light and casual and enjoy a fun session? At any rate, the Grasshopper isn't out of place in any scene, and is a solid bimetal throw!
We didn’t plan on revising the Grasshopper... Until János needed a new one. But why alter an already outstanding product?
World Champion János Karancz has been playing yo-yo for a long time, and throughout the years his tricks have changed with the current yo-yo meta, becoming longer, more fluid, and increasingly more complex. New types of tricks require a new type of yo-yo, and what that meant here was that his yo-yo needed an update.
Introducing the Grasshopper GTX: same look, new stainless steel placement! The new design features a stainless steel rim that’s pretty heavy compared to the aluminium body, making this yo-yo very strong and reliable, but it features the same look because it’s a simple, straightforward competition design with no gimmicks about it.
Let's talk about the playability. As we were developing the Grasshopper GTX, János made it clear that he wanted more stability to help him perform his signature slack and rejection combos and glide through his rail and hop combos with ease.It took us multiple revisions and intensive design work to deliver this to the table. His last request? He wanted this yo-yo to be the king of horizontal tricks, and we were happy to oblige.
Brandon Vu, a yo-yo YouTuber, called the original GRASSHOPPER X the Lamborghini of yo-yo. If the original was a Lambo, what would that make the new Grasshopper GTX?
Our team has already won a few titles using the new Grasshopper GTX: János placed 1st in 1A last year 44Clash using the GTX, competing against almost every world champion from the past ten years, so the new Grasshopper is no joke.
|Style||String Trick (1A, 3A, 5A)|
|Trapeze Width (mm)||43|
|Body Material||Aluminum (6061)|
|Bearing Type||Dif Licensed KonKave Bearing|
|Bearing Size||Size C (Large)|
|Response System||Slim (OD 19mm)|
|Axle||M4 x 8mm|
|Maintenance||Pad/Sticker/O-Ring Change Required|
|String||C3 Pro String (Fat) x100|
|Bearing||CLYW x iYoYo Pixel Bearing|
|Pad||REWIND Japan Pad|
|Maintenance||YYF DARK MATTER Lubricant|
This is an amazing bimetal for the price. Very snappy binds, long spinning, and not too rim weighted so it is easy to control. Furthermore, the rounded edges make it very comfortable in the hand. This yoyo plays better than some of the 100 USD bimetals that I have.