> I am really interested in getting into trials riding, but am kind of
> confused on what equipment to get. I know that the standard trials unis
> have 20" monty wheel sets on them, but I know that Kris Holm, and others
> ride trials on 24" wheels. What are the advantages/disadvantages of a
> 24" wheel? The only advantage I can think of for the 24" is that it can
> be used for muni as well as trials. What is the best to get if I am not
> interested in muni, just trials? -Dave Kaplan
There are advantages and disadvantages to both 20" and 24" setups. Here are some pros and cons:
pros: best for freestyle tricks, lighter and more manoueverable than 24"
cons: is much slower for getting from A to B, is less stable for some moves such as gapping
perpendicular to narrow railings, is not appropriate for MUni except for small people (kids).
Unless you purchase the (expensive)Profile setup, you basically can't get decent quality short
cranks. The shortest Profiles are 145 (maybe 140's); really it would be good to have 135's but
these aren't available.
pros: best for Muni, more stable for some trials moves such as gapping perpendicular to narrow
railings, better for rolling rough terrain such as down stairs, better for large drops, better for
transportation, way more variety of cranks and frame styles available.
cons: heavier and less manouverable, not very good for most freestyle tricks.
There is about a 2 lb weight difference between my 20" and 24" unicycles (both have 20&24" Kris
Holm signature frames and Profile axles). My 24" is 14.5 lbs (with lightweight 3" slick tire) and
my Monty with a profile hub weighs 12.5 lbs. The weight difference feels very noticable at first
but isn't a huge deal when you get use to either style.
Both the 20" and 24" Kris Holm frames (with profile axles) will be available at Unicycle.com by
the end of October.
If you want to buy only one uni and use it for both trials and Muni then get the 24". Also buy two
tires: a Gazz 24x3" for MUni and a Dyno 24x3" slick for trials.
If you are sure you are only interested in street freestyle and pure trials, and don't care that
it's slow to get around on, then the 20" is probably the best choice.
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