I’m interested in getting a unicycle purely for distance riding, and of course, a Coker is my first choice, but with the airfoil rim upgrade, it’s over 500 bucks, which is a little out of my reach…and I’ve already decided I don’t want a coker if I’m not going to be able go all out with it. Sooo…
I was browsing the 29ers on UDC for a reasonably priced rig, and I saw this 29-inch Yuni for about 300 bucks, which is a bit more reasonable for my budget. I was getting excited about finding a new prospect, but then I saw the one underneath it - another 29-inch Yuni. This one, however, was only 250 bucks. I thought, well, must be different; the quality of the cranks or the hub or the spoke gauge or pedals or SOMETHING…but I honestly cannot see, from the specs on UDC, what warrants that 50 dollar price difference (and there were no reviews for either unicycle, which didn’t help matters much).
So I ask you (with a no-luck site-wide advanced search beforehand), what is the difference in these two unicycles? And for that matter, are Yuni’s even reliable tourers?
I don’t see much difference. The crank arms for the $300 one are “Bike Euro” and the tube is a presta valve tube. Looks like you get your choice of frames with the cheaper one. I don’t think there’s enough difference there to warrant paying $300. I’d go with the cheaper one.
Have you thought about the Nimbus 29er? I’m sure you could probably get a seat upgrade (highly recomended as something like a gel seat is much nicer than a standard KH). You don’t need a square top crown on a 29er so a nimbus would be just fine.
From what I have heard and from my experiments with air seats I would suggest getting the nimbus gel seat over an air seat. I don’t believe it would come with the nimbus but it may be the same price as the nimbus is the same price as a KH. Just give them a call and ask them.
I have a Nimbus 29er with a Nimbus Gel seat (I paid full whack for the gel seat as a spare - they’re now a low cost upgrade on the Nimbus 29er in the UK).
It’s quite a comfy seat, even for spending an hour or two in the saddle, I like it. I also got one on my UDC radial 360. Last time I spent that long in the saddle I did feel some numbness by the end of the ride, but that was all.
I found it worth the money for an upgrade (from a cheap Velo saddle which never seemed to be shaped to bit my behind!).
Everyone’s bum is different, though, so opinions about seats do vary wildly.
I found it much more comfortable than an air seat. The air seat seems to compress everywhere, although that means even pressure everywhere, there are some parts I just don’t want pressure and with a gel seat I find that I avoid pressure in unwanted areas.