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Plastic flared gap yoyos have come a long way in the past five years. Many of the top models from 10 years ago or longer feature small bearings, and a sticker or starburst response system. The Yoyo King Merlin yoyo brings plastic yoyos up to "new school" design standards, with a larger, longer-spinning C sized bearing, and a silicone response system. That kind of design setup means that it's even possible to install a wide C bearing or even a concave, wide C bearing and make the Merlin into a non-responsive yoyo that requires a bind to wake up. A wide bearing is not included, but it's possible to add one to your order if you want to use the Merlin as an unresponsive yoyo and do binding tricks with it.
The design of the Merlin yoyo was optimized to find the best balance of spin time, stability, and ease of catching on the string. This makes it ideal for overall play. The Merlin's flared gap shape puts weight at the outside edges of the yoyo. That is the part of the design that allows it to spin longer, with more stability. If you look at the front view of the yoyo, you'll also notice that angle of the yoyo increases as you get way from the edge. That angle will help you more easily perform string tricks like the Trapeze or Split the Atom, or the Double or Nothing. It quickly guides the string back into the center gap of the yoyo, onto the bearing, to keep the yoyo spinning longer. With the standard narrow C bearing installed in the Merlin, you get just the right amount of responsiveness for all of your standard yoyo tricks. This means that you can tug on the string and make the yoyo wake up and come back to your hand, like a traditional yoyo should operate.
Yoyo King Merlin Yoyo Specifications and Features:
- Weight: 63.8 grams
- Width: 38.11 mm
- Diameter: 54.3 mm
If you're seriously advanced and like to play with a non-responsive yoyo that doesn't wake up at all when you pull on the string and requires a binding trick to bring back to your hand, take the yoyo apart and install a wide C bearing instead. If you don't have a wide C bearing as part of your existing yoyo collection, we sell them as an add-on accessory that costs extra. Most customers who are beginner to intermediate players prefer a standard setup and never bother with binding, so don't worry about a wide bearing unless you are an advanced player and know how to bind. If you are buying a yoyo, don't forget to buy a yo-yo trick book to carry with you, a yoyo trick DVD for at home, and extra yoyo strings. Learning new tricks makes yoyoing much more fun, and you'll need extra strings, because they wear out with regular use.