ValorFirst released in February 2014
When we approached Vilmos about making a signature yo-yo, his original goal was to make an all around competition throw with a straight forward design. He was going for pure performance that was excellent play demands. Vilmos came to visit One Drop from Hungary and we sat down with him and worked out the design.
In more detail, he asked for a simple and comfortable V shape with small undercut rims and lots of rim weight for long spin times made out of 7075 aluminum. For the play, he wanted it capable of handling all kinds of trick styles including fast technical, horizontal and finger spins. If you watch Vilmos compete you will see what a complete player he is and he needed a yo-yo that would keep up with him.
We added a small circular bump in the hub area to make finger spins possible both inside and outside of the circle. The rest of the hub is as flat as possible to minimize center weight. For some reason, some consider the tap-through axle a "budget" feature, but the use of it here improves performance and quality. Usually on a flat hub yo-yo, a very short axle is used meaning there are less threads which increases the chances of stripping or the yo-yo coming apart. The tap-through axle feature allows the performance of a flat hub yo-yo with the assurance and quality of a longer axle and more threads.
For horizontal play there is nice bump coming out of the guts as well as a nice open wide catch zone to lower string friction so spin times and stability remain constant.
On the last day of the design process, Vilmos came up with the "Triple Grooves" in the catch zone and inside the hub as a unique styling element. It is an new take on our classic "Projection Profile" first seen on the original Project and it looks amazing.
The dictionary defines Valor as "strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness". For Vilmos, the Valor will allow him to encounter his yo-yo challenges with firmness and resolve because of the unique design, high quality dense aluminum and the incredible play.
- Weight: 66 grams
- Width: 43 mm
- Diameter: 56.5 mm
- Stock Response: One Drop Flow Groove
- Gap Width: 4.45 mm
- Bearing Size: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
- Aluminum: 7075 Axle System: Tapped, 12 mm