One Drop – Downbeat – Red
Playstyle String Tricks
One Drop – Downbeat – Red – Profile
The Downbeat is a purposely heavy, organic yoyo. The shape and weight make for a long spinning, stable yet laid back throw that’ll be unlike most of your collection. I’m not usually a fan of yoyos that let you feel the weight on the string but the it really suits the Downbeat. It’s perfect for hot summer days where you just want to relax and play around. It uses One Drop Side Effects so you can swap them out for a slightly different feel.
“My first OD yo yo and I instantly fell in love. Spins for days is very comfortable in the hand and very stable. I can see how the weight comes into play for a more relaxed play style.”
“amazing organic from OD. play style is medium to med-slow and spins for days. it is slightly smaller than the MMC but plays much larger, it just feels bigger on the string. the weight is there but you dont notice that it is heavier than your other yoyos until you play them back to back. it hand grinds well and thumb grinds for days. regens really well at low RPM and because of its weight you can play it until its almost stopped. i cant put mine down.”
“So one of the things I noticed while trying to decide what my next throw would be was the surprising lack of reviews! I looked for hours in the waiting time for my package and I only found one review. It was a good review but I don't like taking my information from 1 source, so I thought I'd make my own review. I'll start this off by saying WARNING: I have only had this throw for a few hours. With that said, this throw is so much fun! One Drop really hit the nail on the head with the downbeat, being a slow but very "fun" throw. The slow part of that is actually very important because it makes the most fun part of throwing really easy, the tricks. Because this throw is hefty and slow it really makes breaking down and learning tricks, as well as practicing them so much easier. Nothing feels more satisfying then finally nailing that combo you've been working on for weeks. When going from a more competition style throw like the Shutter, to something more casual and relaxing like the Downbeat the difference is immediately felt. Everything from your basic breakaway to your practiced combos feels absolutely effortless and incredibly satisfying. Personally even with my barely handful of tricks, it lets me slip into that fantasy on being on stage for the world, while showing off for my girlfriend in my underwear. This isn't the throw you would take to worlds. There's definitely somethings limiting it in that aspect. The weight of it may not seem like much over other throws but after a couple hours, you really start to feel it. I'm used to throwing my Shutter (My second heaviest throw) all day and night and not feeling a thing in my throwing arm, but the extra weight and especially how it's distributed really takes a toll on you. Playing horizontal and finger spins are also quite difficult due to the shape of the cups only having a very small bevel on the inside as well as the side effect makes finger grinds impossible for me to even practice, but someone more skill may just find it bothersome. The weight also makes it hard to stay horizontal as it pulls you down. Palm and regular hand grind though are perfectly fine. The tracked grooves and weight keep it in place and I like how the finish slides on my fingers. As for speed. This throw takes a lot to get up to speed, and once it's there, it ain't stoppin. I haven't had a bruise on my palm since I first got a Fireball and forgot how to catch. What this means though is if you get your break away perfect, and get a good amount of spin on it, it's going to keep going for quite a while. I love it. I can do longer combo with this without it spinning out than any of my other throws, and I think that's what makes you feel like such a star while playing with it. You can just do so much, you eventually run out of ideas. Overall, I really love my Downbeat. If you're not into being competition level, and just want something to goof around on and have fun, please, do yourself a favor and grab one, you won't regret it. One Drop did and excellent job with this, and I am excited to see what else they offer. My first OD throw, but certainly not my last. P.S. Don't worry about the bearing being loose, One Drop assures me thats normal. :D”
“The Downbeat is heck of a throw! I love how heavy it is and how it really slows down your play. Great for learning tricks because it makes you really be more deliberate with your action. Finger grinds feel awesome and the spin time is incredible. ALSO, for you baseball fans out there, when using the Downbeat and then switch to another throw, it has a similar effect to putting weight on your bat in the on deck circle. It makes all your other throws feel super light and fast. Very fun to switch between this and other throws. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars though, is that it comes with a flat bearing. Normally this is not a problem, but when you have a heavier throw if the string isn't perfectly aligned in the center, any tilt you have is twice as bad because, well ya know... gravity. Anyway, just throw a center-trak bearing in there and its smooth sailing! Highly recommend this throw!!”
“Got my Downbeat a few days ago. My previous yoyo was a YYF Horizon, great yoyo, but due to lack of experience the axle system and bolt were completely stripped and the yoyo is now just sitting dead and useless. So a replacable axle system was definitely my go to choice, especially seeing my brothers 2014 O shape Benchmark in action, One Drop was the obvious choice. My yoyo came right on time from YoyoExpert, And oh boy its a beauty! The Downbeat is the heaviest throw iv ever used, max weight being able to around 76.5 grams or something like that. Everything in perfect condition, smooth, shiny, lovable, just perfect. I pretty quickly put on some Code1 side effects from my bro, which weigh 4.0 grams, so got it up to like 71.6 maybe, idk im bad with these numbers lol. I like heavy yoyos, and this is quite that. If you throw for example a 2014 benchmark and this back to back, good lawdy you can feel the difference, such a cool difference. This yoyo is as floaty as many others, you feel it on the string, But in an amazing way. So smooth, Regens AMAZING! FINGER SPINS total yes! Definitely worth the 70 i spent, and would be worth it to get a splash, i was in a pinch so didnt splash it, but wouldve been worth it. Yes the reviews are right that this yoyo lets you relax and kick back and have fun with some freinds, but it does let you go fast, maybe not Gentry Stein competition fast, but, fast enough, dont let that hold you back. This is soooo highly recommended from me! Im a huge OD fan, and plan to buy many more from them, ill let ya know how those are too C:”
“The Downbeat is a heavy weight monster. That being said, it is also not the most stable of throws. Being high-walled and more center and mid weighted than most modern yoyos, the Downbeat will tilt and be less forgiving while also slowing down a fast player. While it's not a competition yoyo, it is extremely fun and perfect for a chill yoyo session with friends.”
“Love from the first throw. Heavy, yet you can't feel it until you go from Downbeat to your other throws. Plays amazing. 5/5”
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