Trikon hubs fit any of the 3 most common dragon staff diameters with a shaft adaptor:
- 19mm (3/4”) with 19mm adaptor
- 22mm (7/8”) with 22mm adaptor
- 25mm (1”) directly onto 1” shaft with no adaptor
Your hub should include the appropriate adaptor for your shaft.
The video below shows you step-by-step instructions on how to do all the things with your trikon dragonstaff - other than play with it ;)
- How to insert adaptor
- How to install hub onto shaft
- Make sure your staff/shaft edges are smooth
- When to tighten the bolt? How far?
- Make are your caps are properly installed, or stress cracks can happen
- How to remove hub from shaft & adaptor from hub
- Want to shorten your staff? How to cut your shaft down
- Putting a trikon hub onto existing flowtoys carbon fiber shafts? Take note!
To install an adaptor
- The open end of the adaptor should face the “inside” of the hub, where the shaft will be installed.
- The seam on the adaptor should align with the seam inside the hub where the bolt is. This ensures that the internal ribs that prevent twisting are aligned with their grooves.
- Overlap the two corners at the seam so the end of the adaptor can fit inside the hub. Push the adaptor into the hub.
- Adjust the two seam corners into place, so the adaptor lays flat inside the hub.
To remove an adaptor
- There is a seam on the adaptor. Use your fingers or a key to push one corner of the seam inwards and over the other.
- Squeeze the two corners of the seam together to make the adaptor smaller. Push it out of the hub.
To install the hub on a shaft
- The hub is designed to have a very tight fit, even when the bolt is completely loose.
- Use the included hex key to loosen the bolt a little. if you see any gap under the head of the bolt, it is as loose as it gets.
- Push the hub part way onto the shaft. Check that it is not getting caught on the adaptor. Make sure the shaft goes on straight, or it can jam into the side of the hub.
- Once it is on as far as you can push it with your hands, put the hub on the floor and use all your weight to push down on the shaft to be sure the shaft is inserted all the way. You can pound it into the floor to help.
- Don’t worry about bending the spokes - they are almost indestructible, and that amount of flex will not permanently deform them.
Tightening the bolt
- The bolt is intended to tighten the hub if it is too loose, or if it’s getting looser over time.
- Do not tighten any more than necessary, as it will stretch the hub and reduce the ability to tighten it more later, if needed.
- Start with the bolt “snug” - there should be no gap underneath the head, but it should not be “tight”.
- If you find your hubs spin on the shaft too easily, or work themselves off during use, tighten the bolt until the hub feels stable enough for your use.
If the bolt seems stripped/isn’t tightening:
We tried to make adjusting the bolt as easy as possible, while keeping the bolt and nut recessed inside the hub, but we are riding a thin line and it may take several tries to get it right.
- The bolt threads loosely into the plastic, and can freely spin but also unscrew, this is normal.
- To tighten the hub, the bolt also needs to thread into the metal nut - this might not be possible while the hub is on a shaft. You can remove the hub, and push the bolt in as you tighten it to start it threading in the nut. Tighten it all the way to fully seat the bolt and break in the plastic. You should see the bolt pushing out the plastic that covers the nut. Then loosen the bolt as much as you can while still remaining threaded in the nut a little bit.
- Put the hub back on the shaft. If it seems way too tight to get on the shaft, you may need to loosen the screw further, just not so much that it comes out of the nut.
- Once the bolt is threaded into the nut and the hub is on the shaft, you can tighten it as needed. You may not need to tighten it at all. We recommend using it at it loosest first, and checking if it works its way off the shaft over time. The plastic can loosen over time, and if you start with it over-tightened it will stretch out and you may be unable to tighten it enough later.
Using your own shaft? Make sure the edges are smooth/ filed down!
The outer edge of your shaft should be rounded smooth to avoid damage to the hub or insert. Flowtoys shafts should come this way, but if you are using your own, you might need to file/sand it down. Please check.
TROUBLESHOOTING & TIPS
Ensure flowcaps are securely installed on the tubes/spokes!
It is very important to twist the silicone flowcap until the buttons click into place in the polycarbonate tube. Leaving the cap misaligned on the tube will cause stress cracking as the constant pressure of the buttons affects the polycarbonate. It also ensures that your lights don’t go flying! You’ve been warned - please check your caps before use. We cannot replace lights and caps that go flying for free due to incomplete installation.
Can the hubs deform?
The flexible hubs are incredibly durable, but it is possible to weaken or permanently deform them by bending them too far. This will not happen during normal use, but do not bend them down flat against the shaft or store them in a deformed position for long periods.
Ensure shaft is fully inserted into hub before use!
Hubs can shift overtime as drops twist and flex it. Please ensure your shaft is fully inserted before each use! We can’t be responsible for hubs that go flying due to improper installation.
Are lights modular?
Capsules and flowlights are modular and interchangeable. You just need a flowlight adaptor in your flowcap. Vision cores are not easily modular, but if you’d like to upgrade, we can help make it happen. Feel free to contact us.
Charging vision hubs?
Avoid strain on the usb cables and jacks when charging: let the hubs hang over the edges of a table or chair, use a flowtoys kaizen rack, or remove one of the hubs.