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Gear / Re: Taibolo Diabolos (Gong-Qun)
« on: September 11, 2008, 07:34:57 AM »
They feel "sexy" - is that enough?

Little firmer than a circus - little softer than a sun

I'm convinced. Now I play the waiting game for 3 more months.
By the way, I don't know if I asked this before or not, but do you give 'Christmas Discounts' or anything like that? The more money I save, the more presents I get  ;D

Gear / Re: Diabolomoves and GISOL
« on: September 11, 2008, 07:29:23 AM »
I hope you manage to recover your money, and hopefully Gisol gets a good legal bashing.

I'd love the 5% discount if I didn't have to wait until Christmas, but I'm sure some people will make good use of it.

Videos / Re: Do the Hokey Pokey!
« on: September 09, 2008, 07:53:51 AM »
Screw Tassy internet, mainland downunder runs at 500kb/s on average for me, and this is no special internet service.

IDK about Tasmania, but mainland internet is going good.

Gear / Re: Your help needed in choosing my second Diabolo.
« on: September 06, 2008, 11:41:35 AM »
Search for the diabolos that catch your interest in the embedded search bar, then make your choice depending on the information you find.

Eg. "Sun" or "Fly".

It's really up to trial and error until you find the perfect diabolo for yourself, I don't think anyone's opinion will change which diabolo actually works for you.

Tricks / Re: vertax - help
« on: September 06, 2008, 03:20:00 AM »
Bearing axle is a Cheat Diabolo...

Oh, shaddup.  >:(

There are so many threads that have the argument about whether Bearing diabolos are cheating or not, and the answer is a resounding 'NO'.

Just because they spin for longer, and faster, doesn't mean it doesn't take skill to perform the same trick.

Gear / Re: The Diabolo Maintenance Methods I Use
« on: September 04, 2008, 12:00:09 PM »
The site looks fantastic.

One problem I noticed with the maintenance guide is that there are a lot of steps used unnecessarily telling people to neatly arrange things and put things aside, that can really be assumed by anyone but a robot.

Everything else is really helpful, you should add another part for people that JUST want to RESHAPE their diabolo, instead of also cleaning it.

My guide for that goes like this:


You will need - A smooth, flat, waterproof surface that is portable and larger than the cups
                    of your diabolo. x2

                  - Dishwashing gloves (Optional)
                  - A quick source of boiling water
                  - Time
                  - Disassembly tools for your diabolo

Multiply these items for each diabolo you wish to reshape.


Method - Bring water to the boil
           - Carefully pour the water into a cup of your diabolo, be sure to completely fill it.
           - Take one of your waterproof boards, and place it on top of the filled cup.

           - With the board firmly pressed against the cup, flip the two over, and let the diabolo rest
              on top of the board on the table, water-filled cup facing downward.

           - Now fill your second cup with boiling water, and cover it with another board to keep
             in the heat.


After the heat has softened both cups (give them a gentle squeeze), carefully pour out the water from either cup. Doing this may seem a bit troublesome without spilling all of your water, but common logic should make it obvious.

Quickly dry the diabolo, but don't worry about all the hard-to-get moisture. Just make sure the axle is dry so you don't ruin your string.

Get the diabolo spinning as quickly as possible, continue to use your diabolo for as long as you can, or until your diabolo loses it's heat.

Now either repeat the entire process, if the reshaping didn't complete, or carefully take your diabolo apart to dry the rest of it to avoid rust.


I hope I didn't side-track the thread too much. If so, put the guide somewhere relevant before deleting it, please. It took a while  ::)

Gear / Re: Taibolo Kits...?
« on: September 03, 2008, 09:22:20 AM »
That light kit tooks very similar to a light kit i have to another diabolo that I don't use because the diabolo itself is terrible. It's just two cups and a brass axle. But, the lights are so nice. I think they're probably LED lights.

Picture, please.

Gear / Re: How many diabolos?
« on: September 03, 2008, 09:21:08 AM »
I'm thinking of buying some taibolos, especially because of the weight

Same here...

Gear / Re: Taibolo Diabolos (Gong-Qun)
« on: September 02, 2008, 10:46:20 AM »
Alright, thanks a heap.

Gear / Re: Taibolo Diabolos (Gong-Qun)
« on: September 02, 2008, 09:32:26 AM »
You explain by making the comparison you did with a Circus, only with a Sun.

Eg. same feel, harder/softer etc.

Gear / Re: Taibolo Diabolos (Gong-Qun)
« on: September 02, 2008, 09:18:14 AM »
Yeah, I read that.

But I mean in comparison to a Sun, because I've never touched a circus.

Gear / Re: Favourite Diabolo Poll 2008
« on: September 02, 2008, 06:12:48 AM »
I like Flys. I like that extra weight, gives it a stabler feel.


They aren't very heavy at all, in contrast to some other diabolos.

Gear / Re: Taibolo Diabolos (Gong-Qun)
« on: September 02, 2008, 06:05:39 AM »
So are the cups squishy or solid?

More like a fly or a sun? or a stiff sun?

Gear / Re: Taibolo Kits...?
« on: September 02, 2008, 01:28:58 AM »
No details on pricing so far (but I have been pre-warned that they will be expensive)

I think I know what you mean. A Taibolo diabolo is "NT$800" And these are "NT$1100".
A modification kit more expensive than a diabolo? Better be good.

Gear / Taibolo Kits...?
« on: September 01, 2008, 12:28:41 PM »
I was lookin' around for Taibolo information on the net, and I found a very strange picture... Not sure if it's new.

They look pretty cool.

I'm New / Re: I'm new, and I want to buy a Sundia...
« on: September 01, 2008, 05:14:35 AM »
Sundia thick string is unsuitable for use with anything but bearing diabolos, in my opinion. Both thick and thin Sundia string are relatively weak, and will fray and snap at the point where they connect to the sticks.
(see below for explanation - Sean)

As for sticks, Sundia Carbons are very, very reliable and high-grade sticks, but are breakable. For sticks that can stand up to abuse, aluminiums are the way to go.

Sundia makes both Carbon and Aluminium sticks, so you or your dad can get either or both when he goes to Taiwan.


Above I said that Sundia string breaks easily, I've now been informed by Nev that this is NOT TRUE. It is AS strong as Henry's string, the breakage was due to my sticks.

Thanks for the heads up, Nev  :D

Gear / Re: Taibolo on
« on: August 31, 2008, 10:09:29 AM »
'Diabolomoves seems cheaper, then.  ???

Gear / Re: Lighter weight Sundia Sun diabolos (260g and new colours)
« on: August 30, 2008, 11:51:33 PM »
I hope the site comes back up soon, I wanna' keep staring at them.

I'm New / Re: I'm new, and I want to buy a Sundia...
« on: August 30, 2008, 11:46:01 PM »
Taiwan is pretty big on skill toys, so chances are that you'll find a few stores selling Sundia products or other brands of diabolo.

So the Sundia building isn't the only option for buying diabolos in Taiwan, although it is probably the cheapest. Buying straight from their store, you could probably grab a Fly for about $20-30.
I'm not sure about the price of Suns there, but I'd think it's safe to assume that they'd be a fair bit cheaper than $40.  ;)

General / Re: 2 Days ago...
« on: August 30, 2008, 08:31:26 AM »
I had the same thing happen to me last Wednesday, but not as bad.

I was playing around with integrals, and finished up with what should have been a simple Mini-Gen. Unfortunately, I confused what kind of overwrap I had, and released the stick on the wrong side of the string.

So once I swing the diabolo to my right, and let go of the right handstick, I get that familiar feeling of the diabolo failing to un-wrap. So I go through the routine of waiting for the diabolo to finish its little circle, pulling the stick with it, while I positioned my hand for the catch.

Unfortunately, I was using thick Sundia orange string, which decided to chomp down on the axle- right next to my hand. So within like 0.001 seconds, there were about 15 wraps on the axle and the handstick slapped perfectly into my palm.

By 'handstick', I mean insanely light Sundia short carbon with a nicely padded foam grip. Regardless, it felt like getting by a lead pipe. No broken fingers, though.

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