Machined delrin is one of those luxury materials that everyone says they want, but once a yo-yo comes out the requesters balk at the price tag. I have seen many machined delrin yoyos, both good and bad over the last few years. The Milk by Crucial is one of the best yoyos of all time, and the DBYY Gung Fu is a classic favorite of mine. On the other hand, the Lucha Libra by Throw Down was a disaster that ultimately destroyed the brand. While it is cheaper to use a mold and celcon, it just doesn’t have the same feel as a truly machined derin. The problem is that delrin is a fickle product to work with and the result is usually an expensive yo-yo leading to yo-yo buyers to drop Grandma’s birthday check on a new metal instead. Enter Zeekio, a mid-budget brand from the people behind YoYoSam.com. Zeekio has been working on an affordable mid-budget machined delrin with metal weight rings to fulfill the delrin gap in the sub $50 yo-yo market, and the Quasar seems to be just that. Design:
|Gap Width:||5 mm|
|Bearing Size:||Size C|
Sometimes when trying to create a product that is hard to produce, it pays off to be safe. The Quasar does not push the boundaries with shape or specification, and does not have a trend breaking design. What the Quasar does have is an aluminum insert axle and bearing seat setup that appear to be pressure fit into the halves, and aluminum weight rings threaded into the inner cup. The machined delrin is smooth to the touch and the aluminum sections are anodized and slick. The weight ring placement delivers a decent mid to outer cup heft, and is open enough to allow for inner ring grinds. I noticed thought play that there were times the weight rings loosened and rattled. This revealed to me that the weight rings were held in place with threads and what looks like a LocTite or epoxy type material. This could lead to problems on extended play but I found simply screwing the rings back in tightly was sufficient for day to day play. The metal rings come in blue, purple, and red with matching axles minus the red model. Performance: What was a solid smooth spin at first slowly turned into a solid occasionally vibish spin over time. I am sure this is related to the weight rings loosening, but even with a small amount of vibe the Quasar has a certain appeal to its play. At first I was afraid to really play it hard. Delrin has this feeling of delicateness to it that makes me want to handle it like a fabrgia egg but the Quasar demanded more of me. That ended once I felt the weight ring loosen. Once I had a bit of vibe, I did my best to stress test it in what I would expect a normal player to do over time. I tried to over tighten it and it would not budge. I opened it and removed the bearing a number of times. I un-threaded and re-threaded the axle. It hit walls, floors and bars without squabble. I treated the Quasar like a beater, and it took it all like a champ. Is there a little bit of vibe? Yes, but the Quasar grinds like a champ, and the weight placement delivers long sustained spin times and is balanced enough to handle most trick combinations. I found that the Quasar does not respond well to dramatic speed changes. If you start fast, you need to end fast. If you start a combo smoothly and slowly, ramping up the speed will only deliver you a spin out. Hype: Zeekio, like I said earlier, is a YoYoSam brand which means it can only be purchased at YoYoSam.com. This does not lead to much hype at all. That said, there are pockets of yoyoers that swear by machined delrin and are awaiting an affordable model to be their daily carry around. The Quasar does not have much exposure but it has everything it needs to win the hearts and hands of delrin fans. Value: At $39.99 the Zeekio has delivered a durable delrin yo-yo that has enough character and play to it find a place among your carry around. While it lacks what many would feel to be stage competition qualities, you cannot beat the price. If you are looking for a cheap yo-yo to cut your teeth on there are probably better plastics and even metals to start with. If you are in the niche of delrin fans, and want a model that can take a beating and still spin true, then the Quasar presents as a good value. Overall Experience: I like machined delrin as a luxury material. I am not a fan of glossy plastics, exotic metals, or materials that stray too far from the traditional wood and modern aluminum but delrin is a nice option for daily variety. With a price tag of $39.99, the Quasar is not a huge risk and delivers what I consider to be an on par experience. You won’t get the performance of a $130 metal, but you will also see gains over a $15 plastic. For casual play, and as an occasional walk around model, I found the Quasar appealing.