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Bearing Drive (ベアリングドライブ, Bearingu Doraibu) or B:D is a 4D System Performance Tip released by Takara Tomy. It debuted in Japan with the release of the BB-118 Starter Phantom Orion B:D on September 17, 2011, and in western countries with the release of the BB-118-FX Spark FX Starter Pack Phantom Orion B:D by Hasbro in January 2013.

Description

Bearing Drive (B:D) is a 4D Bottom with a height comparable to Spin Tracks at a 170 height. As the name suggests, Bearing Drive features internal ball bearings that support the free spinning tip and allows it to spin for long periods of time with minimal friction. Inside its plastic casing is a metal shaft connected to the middle of the 4D Bottom, a metal casing that is connected to the base, and metal ball bearings between them. When the Beyblade tilts or has low spin power, the base makes contact with the stadium floor and stops, while the ball bearings reduce friction.

These ball bearings may occasionally stop the shaft from spinning, resulting in less friction between the stadium floor and itself. These factors increase Stamina, but there are many mold variations even within the same distributing company (Takara Tomy, Sonokong, and Hasbro) and general inconsistencies make this a rare occurrence. Bearing Drive can regularly spin for between 2 to 5 minutes, with the longest times being over 7 minutes.

However, this interesting 4D Bottom reminescent of HMS' Bearing Cores has two weaknesses. Firstly, since its central focus is on Stamina, Bearing Drive remains very easy to knock out of the stadium, with its tip being similar in shape to Performance Tips such as Wide Defense (WD). Secondly, while its height is not a considerable disadvantage, the tall height is vulnerable to various Attack Type combinations.

Overall

Bearing Drive has the highest Stamina potential of any Performance Tip, and has found use in competitive Stamina Type combinations. Despite its poor Knock-Out resistance, Bearing Drive remains a top tier Stamina Performance Tip.

As such, Bearing Drive is a must have for competitive bladers.

Products

Takara Tomy

Hasbro

Gallery

Takara Tomy

Trivia

  • Bearing Drive is very similar to function and design to the Bearing Performance Tip from the Burst Series.

References

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