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, makes 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 significantly adds to the rigidity of the diabolo. This diabolo holds its shape and does not go into a 'death wobble' even at immense speeds.
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.
|Country of Manufacture||Germany|
|Diabolo Level||All Levels|