Switching Up Main Cubes and Deducing Use-Life

We all know cubes don’t last forever. In this day and age cubes are getting better and better, rapidly. Some of the most major cubes have come out within the last year and a half or so. The F-II, the Alpha V / Haiyan, and (currently most notorious) the Dayan Guhong. So when is it time to switch them up? You can’t simply switch main cubes every few months, it’s rare that you pick up a cube and it just works, it usually takes time.

When I first reviewed the Dayan Guhong, I wasn’t too impressed with it, now though, it’s my main cube. I’ve essentially transitioned into using it and I’m retiring my Alpha V, which I still regard highly, for the Dayan with which I’m closing in on th 16/15s barrier. My Alpha V lasted just over a year of heavy use. hmmmm

Thinking about some of my other old worn out cubes too, I think one could deduce a way to predict when one wi’ll need a new cube! Here are some use-lives I’ve seen through my other cubes:

  • Alpha V: 1 year, heavy use as a main.
  • Rubik’s 25th: 1.5 years, moderate-heavy use as a main and an OH cube.
  • Regular Rubik’s brand: 2 years light use as an OH cube.
  • Rubik’s 4×4 #1: 1.5 years moderate use.
  • Rubik’s 4×4 #2: 4 months, heavy use after I did a Squircle Mod on it.
  • Maru 4×4: 6 months, heavy use.
  • V-Cube 5 #1: 9 months, heavy use in the latter days.
  • The Eastsheen 5×5 (I used to have) and the 2×2 never really wore out, those are really durable cubes.

Cool? From this I judge how often I’ll need a new 5×5, and a 4×4 (provided I stick with the Maru). How long will the Dayan last? If it’s another year I can anticipate transitioning to using a new cube! I think this is pretty neat as someone who has less than ten 3×3’s. Tell me what you think of this below and if you have any use-lives I’d really like to know and compare them.

The New(?) System

I admit I’m very hesitant about posting this announcing a new system or method that I am using. Mostly because it is so similar to Petrus, yet at the same time not at all. I’ll mostly let the reader decide what to call it and tripple check with people before naming it after someone (especially me). Soooo here’s the story.

It’s a late thursday night, I’m cubing, after a hideous 23.xx average but with one amazing 16.xx single. This 16.xx was the last solve of the 5 and I had gotten an extended cross on it (the cross with 1 F2L slot finished) so then I realized, “Hey I always get good times where I have an extended cross or some sort of 2x2x2 form, so why don’t I always start with a 2x2x2 block?” It took only a few solves to try this new system out and sure enough my times dropped. A lot.

Just look at the averages drop.
Just look at the averages drop.

So after a video glitch in an average of 12 with this new system it seemed to work! So what is it all together? I’ll try to elaborate. Before I start, I think it’s safe to say that color neutrality is very advantageous.

1. Get a 2x2x2 block somehow, doesn’t matter how, sure look ahead a bit for the next slot after it, but you really can’t plan all that well.

2. Finish up the next two layers either by adding the two last edges to make an extended cross. Or by making the 2x2x2 into a 2x2x3. From the 2x2x3 you can choose the side the LL will be on.

3. Do LL how ever you want to.

So for those interested and who understood those three consise yet complex steps, call the system what it is, and if it isn’t around then what you want. I’ve misnamed things in the past before so I’m not making any calls here just to be safe.