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Chico Yo-Yo Company Flat-Top (mini)
Exhibit #3670
ShapeConcave )-(
ColorRed and gold
ConstructionMulti-piece aluminum
ResponseCBC Slim Pad
Diameter50 mm
Width40 mm
Gap Width4.7 mm
OwnerRick Brough

Chico Yo-Yo Company's Flat Top, released June 2011. Has a curved, organic body shape on the string side while the outer face of the yo-yo sports a completely flat look. The classic profile was made modern by adding a rounded shoulder on each halve, near the response pad. This design made the string gap of the yo-yo much wider to accommodate horizontal play and was forgiving with small tilts or player errors.

During grinds, this wider spacing helped the yo-yo to sit comfortably on a finger or arm. A notable undercut on the lip of the yo-yo assists with grinds and is also a nice place to add an O-ring for those that want to add extra weight.

The flat sides were more than just cosmetic. By separating the rim weight from the center weight, the Flat-Top was described by someone, somewhere, at sometime, as a "race car on rails". That is, it was fast and stable but able to turn quickly and accurately.

The version seen in this exhibit was a glossy red/gold finish. It also came in a gunmetal grey body with green splash.

Original retail price: $85 US.
Other Views
Side B, angled, large
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