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Old 2003-08-11, 06:05 PM   #1
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Getting a KH24!!!!

I am ordering a KH24 from my local bike shop in the next week. The question I have is should I really pay the extra money for the GAZZ or does the DURO suit just fine?
I ask because I am already going to be forking out some money to buy a hookworm to go on it when I am riding urban so I don't really wanna spend money on the GAZZ unless it is going to be a huge difference?

Thanks for the input.

Also for those that were gonna say it, a brake is not even in this equation b/c a mtn bike buddy of mine has some old Magura brakes and he is going to sell me one cheap.
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Old 2003-08-11, 06:43 PM   #2
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I have ridden both and my opinion is that the Gazz is way superior. Keep in mind, the Gazz and the Hookworm have thick downhill sidewalls and can be a pain to remove from the rim. Add the Maguras with the KH mount to the equation (no quick release feature) and wheel/tire changing is not a ton-o-fun.
The Duro has a very round profile and doesn't seem to put as much tread on the trail but it's not that bad on pavement and is plenty bouncy while the Gazz is not so great on pavement due to the somewhat square profile.
If your shop will give you an allowance for the Duro maybe an upgrade to the Gazz is the way to go. If they won't, then wait on the Gazz, try the Duro, you may like it just fine, plenty of riders do.
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Old 2003-08-11, 09:55 PM   #3
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At my local bike store, they said that they didn't make the KH 24 this year. Is it another model or did my bike store "make a mistake"

Have fun on it, I just got a KH 20 about a month ago

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Old 2003-08-11, 10:06 PM   #4
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I have never felt like the Duro was holding me back (my skill level does that).....and at Unicycle.com it's a $55 upgrade to the KH24, I figured I'd wear out the Duro and buy a Gaz later (I have seen them at a couple of websites for $50 e.g. http://www.beyondbikes.com) ......
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Old 2003-08-13, 11:30 AM   #5
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WoooHooo!! I put in the order yesterday at my LBS(local bike shop). I can't wait for it to come in! Since there is only one state between me and where it's coming from (unicycle.com in Georgia) the LBS should have it by the weekend. I can't wait!
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Old 2003-08-13, 02:03 PM   #6
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WoooHooo!! I put in the order yesterday at my LBS(local bike shop). I can't wait for it to come in! Since there is only one state between me and where it's coming from (unicycle.com in Georgia) the LBS should have it by the weekend. I can't wait!
Greetings Zod! Congratulations on your order. I plan to get a KH24 very soon too.

One Question: Why did you order your KH24 through your local bike shop, instead of ordering it direct from Unicycle.com? Assembly, Cost Break, Why?
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Old 2003-08-13, 02:51 PM   #7
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Cost break, I told the store owner he needs to put mUni's on his website, he already offers free freight so you come out a lot cheaper.
I told him he'd take quite a few online orders every month he offered them at a lower price than retail.
Wouldn't ya'll buy from him if it saved you some cash???
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Old 2003-08-14, 09:41 AM   #8
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Keep in mind, the Gazz and the Hookworm have thick downhill sidewalls and can be a pain to remove from the rim.
With metal tire levers and a Quik Stik the DH tires are easier to get on and off the rim.
There are several options for metal tire levers:
Park Tools TL-5
Pedro's DH tire lever
Intense Tier Levers

If you have a local bike shop that specializes in DH or freeride bikes they should carry some metal tire levers.

I use 1 or 2 metal levers similar to the Intense Tire Levers along with a Quik-Stik to remove and install a Gazz DH tire.

Use a metal lever to get the tire bead over the rim and then use a strong plastic lever like the Quik-Stik or a Pedro's plastic lever to slide around the rim and remove the rest of the tire bead. The plastic levers won't scratch up the rim when you slide them around to remove the rest of the tire bead.

Just don't use a screwdriver or other metal object with sharp edges to remove the tire. You'll almost certainly puncture the tube or damage the tire or rim.

Motorcycle and moped shops are another option for finding metal tire levers similar to the Intense tire levers. Now that Park Tools is also making metal tire levers it should be easier to find metal tire levers at more bike shops.

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Old 2003-08-19, 12:26 PM   #9
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My KH24 should be in today!!! The minutes will roll by slower than ever today at work I'm sure....... (tick.......tock...................tick.............tock......)
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Old 2003-08-19, 01:27 PM   #10
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I'm a whole state away from you Zod, but still, I can feel your excite all the way across the mountains.

Have fun on your new Muni! --chirokid--
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Old 2003-08-19, 04:56 PM   #11
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Wouldn't ya'll buy from him if it saved you some cash???
Depends on how much cash. If I was buying something for $500, and I could save 20 bucks, I think I would still buy from Unicycle.com. No offense to the company that you're going through; I'm sure they're good and reliable people, but I've bought a number of things through uni.com and I trust their service, their reliability, and yes, even their security (I know about their breach a few months ago, but I never felt compromised). Besides, they give you those cool bumper stickers! Can't have too many of those...
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Old 2003-08-19, 05:11 PM   #12
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I hope to get some of those cool bumper stickers Paco!! My KH24 is still coming from Uni.com, that is where my local bike shop ordered it from.
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Have you got it yet Zod? Give us the scoop!!! --chirokid--
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Old 2003-08-19, 11:34 PM   #14
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Yep, assembled it at the bike shop. I had to cut the seat post almost all the way down to the brake lever rod b/c I am only 5'7"

I already wrecked and got bloody on it trying to go backwards too!!!!!

Pictures to come later in the week, I love it!!!
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I already wrecked and got bloody on it trying to go backwards too!!!!!
Pictures to come later in the week, I love it!!!
Blood well spent . Glad you got your dream Muni! --chirokid--
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