I was just wondering if someone could give me some actual pros and cons of the between small and large bearings. I have had quite a lot of trouble finding a previous thread that adequately described the difference in play. If anyone could point me in the right direction it would be a great help.
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05-29-2009 01:21 PM
Large bearings are generally less responsive and spin longer. Small bearings are usually more responsive and have a little shorter spin time. Small bearings are liked more by most people for 5a and 4a because they are easier to bring up.
Here are 2 pages that don't necessarily discuss the difference between how different sized bearings play, but they do talk about the different sizes and types of bearings, among other things.
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05-29-2009 01:23 PM
Smaller bearings (A) can cause snags. Key word: CAN, as in possibility, not definite.
But besides that...Others mat be able to help more. Good question, btw.
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05-29-2009 02:24 PM
Smaller bearings spin longer. They utilize more of your throw.
Smaller bearings have smaller gaps, also have better regens
Large bearings have bigger gaps, don't regen as well, don't utilize as much of your throw.Team Weenieyo
05-29-2009 04:46 PM
small bearings spin faster that large
05-29-2009 04:55 PM
To me they seem about the sae, I think it could have something to do with the differential of the outer race of the bearing. larger spins slower, but more efficiently, but because of the larger area that the bind has to cover they are less responsive. Personally i'm impartial, well, small for 4a an 5a like mrcnja said. But for 1a, it dosen't makemuch difference to me.
Well, i guess that wasn't really a pro/ con...:/
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05-29-2009 11:09 PM
You get more initial spin from a small bearing because the string wraps around it more times. Other than that it's hard to tell for me. I did do an experiment with putting a buzzon spr kit in a spintastics manta ray and was able to use both the stock spintastics bearing and a YYJ large bearing. The spintastics beaing is smaller than a duncan. It liked the way it played better with the small bearing. That said, most of my stuff has large bearings, and I love them just the same.
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05-30-2009 07:39 AM
small bearings are good for regens and stalls. because the string has to wrap around the bearing more times due to it's smaller diameter, it takes a little longer for the yo-yo to return to your hand, compared to a large bearing going the same speed. gives you more time to work with those type of tricks.
h-spin/spyy size bearings are only 1mm larger than a duncan size small bearing, so the benefits extend to those yo-yos as well. they are a bit wider too.
05-30-2009 03:20 PM
They spin for the same amount of time.
The small bearing would spin for less time, however it spins FASTER than the large bearing off the throw. So you get roughly the same amount of spin time out of them.
Large bearing, less responsive, can take lots of layers of string.
Small bearing, good for regens, i've always had trouble with snagging though tbh - i like the large bearing versions best.
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