26" muni question

26" muni question

Post by rosbor » Thu, 27 Dec 2007 15:12:35


Hey all, I'm thinking of buying a nimbus 26" muni with 150mm ISIS cranks
but I want to make sure that it is a reasonable choice before laying
down my $$.

I'm pretty new to unicycling and currently ride a 20" Torker
(freestyle) with 125mm cranks (one of which is a bit "sloppy" -- I
think I damaged it hopping).  I have taken it off-road (which is where
my unicycling interests lie) a couple of times but obviously it's not
the ideal uni for that use.  I would also prefer something with a bit
more speed (for running errands and following my 5 year old around when
he wants to ride his bike) which is why I'm thinking of going with the
26" instead of the 24" that most people seem to prefer.  Is there some
compelling reason to go with the 24" (I assume that it is a bit
lighter/ more maneuverable but is the difference really that
noticeable)?  Is a 26" going to be noticeably faster? Are 150mm cranks
going to be to short for muni?  I'm not really planning to be doing
anything too extreme I just want something that will take some small
drops, make it over rocks/ roots etc... -- maybe trails like Mel's (for
anyone out there from the Burnaby area).

Thanks in advance for your input,

Mike

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26" muni question

Post by peter.bie » Thu, 27 Dec 2007 18:23:38

Quote:

> Is there some compelling reason to go with the 24" (I assume that it
> is a bit lighter/ more maneuverable but is the difference really that
> noticeable)?  Is a 26" going to be noticeably faster? Are 150mm cranks
> going to be to short for muni?  

The only compelling reason to go with a 24" over a 26" is if you are
planning on doing a lot of trials riding as well as your mountain
unicycling.  If you are primarily going to be riding offroad I would
recommend going with a 26" wheel.

This gives you a lot more choice in tyres and rims if you ever want to
change componentry.  The nimbus 26" is a good strong unicycle and
because it is ISIS, if the cranks ever give out you can upgrade to
something like KH moments which are virtually indestructable.  The rest
of the nimbus componentry is very solid and you aren't likely to run
into many problems unless you really thrash your uni.

A 26" is noticably faster than a 24" but not by a huge amount.
Handling of a 26" is very dependant on what tyre you put on it.  The
stock tyre on the nimbus feels no where near as nimble as the 24"
nimbus model.  Swap the tyre though and you have a nice nimble offroad
unicycle.  If speed is your concern consider getting a 29er which has
an even larger rolling diameter and if anything is even more nimble
than a 26" uni (because the tyres are lighter).

I ride with 150mm cranks on a 26" wheel and can tackle pretty much any
hill I care to ride up or down.  Personally I wouldn't go with anything
longer than 150s as longer cranks slow me down.  Note that very steep
hills are easier to climb on a 24" but a 26" will roll over small
obstacles easier and small obstacles tend to be more common on trails
than steep hills.

Peter

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26" muni question

Post by saskatchewania » Fri, 28 Dec 2007 14:59:40

I have a Yuni 26" Muni and second the vote for the new Nimbus 26" MUni.
It is like mine except upgraded in almost every way (and curently
cheeper that what I payed). I have been riding with 170s and recently
switched to 150s.

I really like the 26" size if you are not planning on hoping up to much
stuff but it is still definitely doable.

A 29er with a light tire is definitely much more nimble than a 26 with
a 3" tire but a 26x3 is a tank that nothing can stop, the rider just
might not be able to keep up :)

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26" muni question

Post by rosbor » Sat, 29 Dec 2007 08:44:34

Thanks for your input -- I'm feeling much more confident about my
decision and have put my order in!  I already have some lighter 26"
tires for my mountain bike so that should give me some options to play
around with anyway.  Now I just have to wait for the UPS truck!

Thanks again!

Mike

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26" muni question

Post by phleg » Sat, 29 Dec 2007 09:00:58

Don't know what kind of tires you have, but just so you know, "light"
mountain bike tires typically aren't so good for MUni.  A good MUni
tire has a thick sidewall, and thus works well at lower pressure.  For
a 26" wheel you'll probably want at least a 2.5" wide tire.

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