I have only ever used poly pro hoops with rivets and am making a bunch of Poly pro hoops in the next week or so. My question is if the friction connection is reliable without tape. I hoop hard and put a lot of momentum into my hoops and dont want something that could pop apart while performing. What are all your experiences with friction connections? I like the idea but am skeptical...
Friction fitted hoops work if they are made correctly. I do a great deal with breaks and reversals and have no problem with my hoops. They are fitted with a 7" connector. My other polypro that was made for me is fitted with a 4" connector, that one comes apart constantly. The greater the connector, the tighter the fit.
No. Get the rivets. I have to tape over any that I make that are just friction...they do hold up, but I find I have to stop and push them back together...not good :(
To avoid having to tape over rivets and getting a bump in your tape, tape the hoop first then drill and rivet.
I much prefer the rivet over friction. Friction just doesnt stand up to intense hooping...I have to travel with a roll of tape in case it pops. What I don't like about rivets is the bump, even after dremmeling it down. Synergy hoops has a rivet that is different than any I've seen and I would love to get ahold of some. No clue what theyre called, but they seem slick;)
I only use rivets. I hoop hard and fast and a friction connection without rivets just doesn't make sense for me.
my friction connection hoops had to be taped shut by the 2nd week i had them (and even the tape starts to pull apart.) Rivets! super light you wont even notice them
my friction fit doesn't stay unless taped. I jus got my rivet poly in the mail and like it so much better <3
Both of my friction hoops had to be riveted eventually. Once they loosen they will keep coming apart until they finally fly completely open while hooping. If you're worried about coiling the hoop for travel get one of the push button connectors...I have one on my 5/8 OD polypro it works great and I haven't noticed any balance problems with it :)
This video may help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbHCmGOcfgQ&feature=plcp .
You can purchase the rivet and rivet gun from: http://hoopsupplies.com/shop/?id=17&collid=56
I didn't do mine myself had them redone by the girl that I purchased them from, but I'm sure Hoop Supply can walk you through the process if you need help :)
Found another one :) http://www.homeofpoi.com/lessons_all/teach/Library-How-to-make-your...