26 or 28

>I have also been contemplating wheel sizes. I would like to get a unicycle for
>road and off-road riding. I just recently found out that Semcycle has a 28"
>model and I have a few questions.
>
>Is the 28" wheel a “standard” size? Can you easily get tires for it? There
>seems to be a huge selection of 26" tires for all types of surfaces. Should
>this be a criteria for deciding on wheel size?
>
>By the way, any idea what your average speed is on the 28"?
>
>Thanks!
>
>Troy
>
Troy,

    The 28" that semcycle manufactures is the "XL" which is substandard in
    my opinion as compared to their regular unicyle... I have some friends
    that weren't satisfied with this type of unicyle.. so make sure that you
    confer with someone before buying.. I apologise to all those I just
    offended by saying that the XL is not my favorite :-)

Ilan Berci ilan@kane.ece.ucsb.edu http://rainbow.ece.ucsb.edu/ilan/ilan.html

Re: 26 or 28

Ilan Berci wrote:
>
> >I have also been contemplating wheel sizes. I would like to get a unicycle
> >for road and off-road riding. I just recently found out that Semcycle has a
> >28" model and I have a few questions.
> >
> >Is the 28" wheel a “standard” size? Can you easily get tires for it? There
> >seems to be a huge selection of 26" tires for all types of surfaces. Should
> >this be a criteria for deciding on wheel size?
> >
> >By the way, any idea what your average speed is on the 28"?
> >
> >Thanks!
> >
> >Troy
> >
> Troy,
>
> The 28" that semcycle manufactures is the “XL” which is substandard in
> my opinion as compared to their regular unicyle… I have some friends
> that weren’t satisfied with this type of unicyle… so make sure that
> you confer with someone before buying… I apologise to all those I
> just offended by saying that the XL is not my favorite :slight_smile:

Since I made the original suggestion, I’ll add some comments. If I were buying a
24" or a 20", I would buy a standard Semcycle. I’ve tried one and it felt the
best of any unicycle I’ve ridden. It does not come in a 28" model though.

Since I’ve had mine, I have had two problems. The first one involved a loose
crank arm, a common XL problem. I sent it back to the vendor, who replaced
the arm and torqued it down real hard, and I’ve had no problem since. After a
year or so I had squeaky bearings, but after putting in some bike grease they
were fine.

Otherwise it has worked very well and I’m happy with it. I use it on roads and
bike trails and it barrels along. I use it for almost all of my riding. I only
use the 24" for tricks and racing.

Having said this, there are other 28" models available. I’ve seen a 28" DM, and
it looked nice and solid, perhaps more so than my Semcycle.

Beirne