I will start by saying that I feel obligated to post this because these bearings are really fantastic, but I am a little sad that I will probably have competition trying to buy these things on eBay now!
So after hearing some talk of these Terrapin X Bearings and seeing some girl at world's wearing around a crazy looking Terrapin X shirt I figured I'd try some out. I PM'd John (the guy behind Terrapin X) and he told me that his bearings were made in small runs for competitive yoers around the world and when he had extras he threw them on eBay. A few days later I saw one of each the Hybrid Ceramic/Stainless (Stainless Steel cage with Ceramic Balls) and the All Stainless Steel bearings on eBay and decided to bid. I was lucky and managed to win the bearings without anyone else bidding.
Since then I've won a few more of his auctions and had his bearing in a One Drop Project Two that I carry with me every day and I must say that this is my new favorite bearing. I perfer the Ceramic due to the sound, but the Stainless plays just as well imo.So what makes these bearings different?1)
- Well you can barely see it in the photos, but these bearings have a very very very minor dip in the center. Below you'll see some photos taken on a Canon 5D Mark II (very high res) and you can barely see the dip. Apparently this is all that's really needed because whenever I seem to check I'd say 9/10 times I look the string is centered on the bearing. I know that many people dislike the way KKs play and if you are one of these people, I would have to guess that you may love this bearing. Benefit of a KK without the same effects of string bunching in the center. This thing plays like a flat bearing but keeps your string centered.2)
- These bearings are treated by hand. "What does that mean?" you ask. Well John can speak more to his process, but what I can tell you is that these bearings are dipped into a chemical and then cured by heat. This apparently gives the pieces of the bearing the thinnnnnnnnest coating of whatever it is that protects the bearing from normal wear and tear. This means that you can run these puppies bone dry. He even recommends that you never clean them (with the standard mineral spirits technique that is) and never lube them. If they do need a cleaning he recommends blowing it out and/or cleaning the bearing in Distilled Water.The Photos
So here are the photos of his bearings. Now, what you will see in these photos is a bearing that I've been playing with, and one that I've yet to decide which yoyo will get to team up with the bearing for a bunch of awesomeness. The white crud on the unplayed bearing is wax. I'm not sure what it is there for, but it is (I assume) part of the treatment process. Before throwing it in the yoyo I just wipe the wax off using the inside of whatever t-shirt I'm wearing.Where to Buy?
As far as I know the only place to buy them is from John on eBay. I've also seen him sell some ear rings and other stuff on there as well. You can see his items at:http://shop.ebay.com/fjh123/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=
He also sells Ceramic Hubstack Bearings. I honestly can't say that I can tell the difference, but I had to buy a pair and they are on my 888
If you have any questions let me know and I'll try to answer. John is on the forums so I'm sure he can chime in as well. Good luck everyone!