By Robin Hu
The Sundia Shining Diabolo is a technological marvel and has the potential to push the boundaries for diabolo. It is different from a normal diabolo because it has a ball bearing axle.  This ball bearing causes the axle to spin separately from the diabolo cups, giving the diabolo a longer and smoother spin.

Tricks are not necessarily easier on the Shining, but because the diabolo spins longer, you have more time to prepare for your tricks and more time to recover if things go awry.  A significant advantage is that it is nearly impossible to get the string to wound up with the diabolo, which is very common with a fixed axle.  You can also perform lengthier trick combos without having to stop and speed up the diabolo.

If you are an advanced diaboloist, then you may be interested in how the Shining runs with 2 diabolos on a string.  My recommendation if you are serious about learning 2 diabolos is to get a set of regular Sundia Suns; 2 diabolos with Shinings is much more difficult and you will learn faster with fixed-axle diabolos.

Overall, the Sundia Shining Diabolo is a quality prop, though I recommend a ball bearing axle as a supplement to a fixed axle diabolo, not a replacement.


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