The Beach diabolo from Henry's, unlike the other diabolos in their range is made from a harder translucent plastic making it the ideal model in their line for the free hub upgrade. The free hub is a top quality super smooth one way bearing axle as you would expect from this German manufacturer. The additional speed and extra long spin time make this not just an excellent diabolo to learn on, but also a worthy prop for the seasoned, technical single diabolo player.
The Free Hub is an excellent axle that allows you to reach higher speeds and drastically reduces deceleration compared to fixed axle diabolos, this combined with its harder plastic cups make it the perfect candidate for complicated string tricks.
There are, however, a few downsides to bearing axles:
1. Unlike conventional fixed axle diabolos the axle will eventually need replacing once the bearings wear out.
2. Elevator tricks (magic string climb) are impossible.
The free hub axle is also much wider than most other bearing diabolos making finger, stick and all sorts of other grinds a breeze.
The cups feature the concentric inner rings only found on the Henry's Beach diabolo which greatly adds to the rigidity of the diabolo. Even at immense speeds this diabolo holds its shape and does not go into a 'death wobble'.
The cups are translucent letting a fair amount of light through, particularly when viewed diagonally. The new Henry's Beach Free Hub diabolo is available in 5 stunning colours.
We are very impressed with the quality of this diabolo and think it's easily one of the best bearing diabolo available as a result of its axle quality. This is German engineering at a cheaper price than many far eastern makes and models.
Please note, this is for the diabolo only. You may want one of our diabolo sets or just our selection of diabolo handsticks.