C3YoYoDesign Speedaholic Specs:
Diameter: 54.76 mm / 2.15 inches
Width: 45.86 mm / 1.80 inches
Gap Width: 4.23 mm / .166 inches
Weight: 67 grams
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: 19mm Slim Pad
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The C3YoYoDesign Speedaholic is a competition-quality plastic yoyo in the <$15 price range from Hong Kong manufacturers, C3YoYoDesign. Known mostly for their higher end models, C3YoYoDesign produces some truly great metal yoyos for modern players…but making good yoyos out of aluminum and good yoyos out of plastic are two very, VERY different things, and while their previous attempt at plastic (Alpha Crash) brought mixed responses from players, C3 seem to have really locked down the performance plastic market with the Speedaholic.
The yoyo plays like much of the C3YoYoDesign releases…fast. From the moment it hits the string, this yoyo really wants to move and it handles complicated play extremely well. It’s a very well-balanced design, both in that it spins smooth and also in that it plays quick and light while still feeling solid and substantial in the hand. It holds spin really well for a plastic yoyo, and the stock response works great. The wide, comfortable body shape holds up nicely to string rejections and even horizontal play, although being an all-plastic yoyo it’s obviously not ideal for horizontal. For a young player looking to move up the competition ladder, the Speedaholic is a fantastic bridge into the world of higher-end, unresponsive yoyos.
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The C3YoYoDesign Speedaholic is a beautiful plastic yoyo. Available only in translucent colors, the clarity of the actual yoyo halves is fantastic and makes for a very attractive yoyo that shows up well on stage (particularly the red and green versions). The hub and rim stickers are hand-applied during assembly, so you will get some occasional variance from one Speedaholic to the next, but nothing noticeable unless you’re really looking for it. The art and graphics are well done, and C3YoYoDesign is one of the very few small manufacturers who really brand and present themselves with a lot of style and polish. Even using a typical small plastic square box as packaging, C3YoYoDesign opts for a heavier grade of plastic, matte printing, and a much more professional layout ultimately giving their products a premium look.
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The C3YoYoDesign Speedaholic retails for $13 – $15, and is an absolute category killer. Stacked up against similarly priced plastic yoyos from much larger manufacturers, the Speedaholic holds it own against the best and completely decimates the rest.