I am an avid diabolo player and have been for 7 years now. When it comes to diabolos, i've tried most sizes and bearing axles; there's only one handstick I haven't tried yet (the henry's fibreglass). I have had two sundia shining triple bearing diabolos for years and have purchased another one just recently. Here's my review of my preferred diabolo, the sundia shining triple ball bearing diabolo.
This diabolo has a decently large size (similar to finesse diabolo) which makes it great for performances.
The triple ball bearing diabolo is recognized as one of the most effective and will exceed your spinning expectations.
The fast spin allows you to focus on doing more tricks and putting less time into trying to speed it up.
There is a light kit you can buy for sundia diabolos which make for a badass light show.
If you are a beginner looking for a diabolo to practice with, I do not recommend this diabolo. Due to the hard plastic, this diabolo cannot handle a lot of drops without being damaged and over prolonged use you may break or chip it.
Due to being large, this diabolo can strain your body with prolonged periods of use (this isn't the case for everyone as it depends on your capabilities).
The diabolo material is hard plastic and although it is very durable, it can chip a lot easier than softer diabolos if you throw them too high.
The sundia light kits, from my experience, stop working after little use so it's not necessarily a good investment.
This diabolo is relatively pricey so consider your budget before you buy and consider if you can afford to buy multiple ones for when/if you start juggling more than one diabolo.
Review by yu min,
Best diabolo i used.
I love it!!
Review by rogers,
i love this diabolo because its has a nice colour choice and it has very big frame also it has a nicely big one way bearing which is also made the company sundia, overall i think if you have the money you should get it and it is very hard to brake because of it plastic cups and i have had it for months and it has been very easy and flexible
the sundia IS shining
Review by jt-myth,
only owning 3 henrys circus and a spinabolo, this one really takes the cake. i foresee myself using my shining in a lot more practices and performances in the near future. its well balanced, solid, great spin time, and most of all QUIET. compared to my loud spinabolo, this ones bearing is super smooth and the wide cap for finger grinds is beautiful. looking forward to purchasing a light kit for it soon as well!!
Wrap start part 2
Review by Tony,
I forgot to mention that the Shining triple bearing diabolos require tightening of the nuts after a long session because the cups get a little loose. Is very simple you will need a 10 mm socket wrench to tighten the little nuts at the center of the cups that keep the axle and diabolo asembled. You can test the diabolos cups to check if they are loose by holding them one on each hand and try to twist them if they move you need to tighten the nuts, which is important to avoid wobbling of the diabolo. So if your shining starts wobbling more than normal that is another indication that the cups are loose, time to get the wrenchy.
Some say is in the nature of bearing diabolos to get loose and that all of them sooner or later would require tightening, I only own bearing shinings so I wouldn't know.
Wrap start for 2 diabolos no problem
Review by Tony,
The shining's new model bearing allows for easy wrap starts when doing 2 diabolo shuffle. I own 2 of them and do it all the time, throw ins are also no problem of course harder than the wrap by nature but the shining work great for that too. The older bearings on the shining and fly are very difficult for wrap starts, not impossible but a lot harder.
I have been playing with my shinings almost everyday for a few months now and the bearings are the same as the first day I started playing with them great.
The cups are holding up great too some scratches only and considering I began learning with these diabolos and dropping them a lot over all kinds of surfaces they don't show any major damage at all is amazing.
They are truly excellent diabolos to own top of the line.
Best Price (in the world?!)
Review by Pip,
I bought this for my nephew, and usually only spend $50NZD (25pounds) on his gift so I shopped around to get this from Firetoys UK who were the best price I could find on the net. Very reasonable shipping cost to NZ. (Their system goes by weight). Extremely prompt delivery (approx 1 week), and their communication with me was excellent (when I had a panic attack about something I'd misread on the website!)
The only downside, but it was my error, was I bought this particualr diabolo to match his other Sundia Shining TB diabolo thinking he could now learn 2, however I didn't realise it's way harder to learn 2 diabolos using bearing axles because you can't do a wrap start!! (You have to throw in, which I think is a lot harder). However you can do 2 with one fixed axle and one TB of similar size and weight.
Another thing to note is triple bearing axles munt your string (the speed comes from the friction of the strings rubbing together) so one string that can last you YEARS on a fixed axle only lasts a WEEK on the bearing diabolos, so remember to order string when you shop!!
I'd call this Sundia Shining TB diabolo the 'Ferrari of diabolos' as it really does spin for ages (fantastic for grinds!) but I wouldn't spend this money if the kid wasnt serious about his diabolo, and I've made him promise not to use it on concrete as it scuffs very easily. I'd say keep it to indoor and grass useage only, or you might as well buy a cheapy (or one with a rubbery cup).
Review by le le,
these diabols are strong big and colourful my son has one and he is in love with it when I come back from work I see him showing his dad if you buy one you wont forget it.
Great and beautiful looking diabolo, you will not outgrow this one.
Review by alicia,
I started learning the diabolo on the Shining and it was a great choice I made. It has been excellent for me because of the very long spinning time the Shining is capable of with its amazing triple bearing, which aids a lot to perform tricks. It gets up to high speed effortlessly and quietly and the balance is impeccable. it would take a couple of lifetimes to outgrow the Shining period!
Review by Jep,
Better than the huricanne version which broke quickly. The shining is a great diabolo
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