On pads.

ILYY & IrPadWe joined forces with IrPad to create pads that will fit all our future and past large bearing yoyos. The pads are just slightly recessed to provide snappy binds while maintaining unresponsive play. IrPads are well know for their consistency in response and long durability amongst players world wide. We might switch to pads entirely at some point, but for now, our yoyos will still come stock with our signature sILYYcone response. The pads can be used as a replacement for our stock sILYYcone.

They will be available at your favourite retailer soon.

Enter the Nile!

We can finally show you the first prototypes of our most recent design: the Nile

ILYY Nile Prototype

Diameter: 56.00mm
Width: 44.00mm
Weight: 66.20g
Gap: 4.20mm
Response: Hot Red SILYYcone
Bearing: ILYY KMK Metric
Coating: Soda Blast (Black/Gold Splash)
Material: 6062 Aluminum
Limitation: 11

There will be a total of 11 prototypes for sale. You can buy them directly from us via email for 75€ plus shipping. The remaining ones will go to international shops.

Since we have no experience with high RPM/mid-weight-focused yoyos yet, further testing and feedback is required before we decide if we keep developing this design. It plays great, but feels vastly different than what we are used to. We are not sure if it feels “right”.

Christmas Eels!

Christmas Saint Eel ILYY Saint Eel
We decided to go for a final batch of Saint Eels for this Christmas. This time, they are finished by vibratory grinding in two steps. The first being ceramic pellets followed by wallnut shells. This gives the outside of the halves a smooth polish-like appearance while the inside keeps its machining looks. The specs are the same as those of the last batch.

Around 30 were made. These will be the last Eels to slither out of our shack. If you want the reigning micro-yoyo king, keep your eyes open. Those will ship soon to retailers.

Nile

We decided to take a dive into the centerweight-trend and Frank began designing a new yoyo he called Nile. Here are his notes on the design along with a first CAD render image.

As many people suggested, I’ve designed a yoyo in the modern vein. More centerweight and thus higher RPM that is. Its all about getting the right balance between spintime and RPM. So we needed to shift some weight to the center to get higher RMP value.

So, here is our first dip into high RPM yoyos.

The Nile

Diameter: 56.00mm
Width: 44.00mm
Weight: 66.20g
Gap: 4.20mm
Response: Hot Red SILYYcone
Bearing: ILYY KMK metric

As you can tell, we have this typical yoyo in a yoyo design here. The inner rim area has a diameter 36.44mm the outer diameter of the inner yoyo is about 45mm. The whole rim stretches over 9.78mm. I’m not quite sure if this is enough to make a huge difference playwise. But we’ll see.

The rims have linear elements (parallel and collinear) that reduce visual tension. I was going for round lipped rims first but that way it got way too heavy. In order to maintain a small (diameter) inner yoyo, I had to cut away a part of the rim, thus it is flat now. I had difficulties getting the outer rim thin enough to shift enough weight to the center while still maintaining a good haptic. We had this issue with the fist Lynx prototype as well: it had too thin rims at the outermost point. Therefore it felt quite unpleasant and gave a cheap impression. Both rims might be useable for thumb grinds. However, this is just a design study, we have yet to try it out once it is machined.

A high wall (flat area around the response area) is more or less absent this time. That should prevent the yoyo from tilting too much if the strings are not perfectly parallel. I’m not into horizontal play, as a matter of fact, I can’t do a single horizontal style trick. But this feature should suite this playstyle well. Correct me if I’m wrong.

The profile turned out to be quite traditional, what is good for a competition yoyo, I guess. But basically it follows the inner shape (horn to rim). That’s quite a difference for me. Usually, I focus on the profile first. The inner area just arises from working out the desired weight. But this time, it’s different. The top area of the profile meets the rim in a Lio-ish kind of way. I really like that, it should result in a quite comfortable hold.

Overall, the design incorporates flat and curved surfaces, I tried to keep it as consistant as possible and threw in some linear parts here and there as you can see in the profile and from the horn to the rim.

I took some inspiration for the name from one of my favorite metal bands – Nile. I was listening to their music while designing the yoyo. The name also serves as great basis for an awesome engraving that has yet to be created. The Egyptian mythological theme will be realized by a certain coating or color way.

Prototype will be made in the next weeks. I hope to get it before the Christmas holidays.

By the way, any similarity to any existing yoyo is just coincidence. I intentionally did not look at yoyos that feature this particular style before I started designing. I wanted my design to be as unaffected by existing designs as possible. But as a matter of fact, yoyos tend to look more similar to each other than, say 2 years ago. The design features are nearly the same overall. That is especially true when it comes to a certain style of yoyos, as seen here with the centerweight/higher rpm focus.

So far…
Frank

More information will posted soon. Stay excited!

New releases!

It’s been a while. But that time was well spent. Check out the 2012 versions of the Fury and the Enigma!

Fury:

This 2012 variant is 3g lighter than the original which gives it a lot more floaty goodness. Stability is not affected. This thing flies like on rails. Oh, and it’s limited. Crazy limited. Only 15 made, exclusively for YoYoExpert.

Enigma:

Also featuring our new IRG design, the brand new 2012 Enigma. A total of 25.

Available soon at YYE, YYSR and Yo-Shop!