26" Uni for commuting and sometimes muni

Hi all,
It’s been a few years since posting here or riding, and the market
seems for unis seems to have really exploded. My beloved mountain bike
was stolen last night, so I’m looking for a 26" uni, mainly for
commuting 3 miles to work in Boston (which means mainly sidewalks
because the streets are scary). I also used to love muni-ing, so I’d
like to get back into that, but it’s a secondary thing to the
commuting. My budget is about $350, preferably closer to $300, so at
the moment I’m thinking of getting the Nimbus 26" Muni
http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=746
and swapping out the tyre for a thinner slick for commuting.

Other options I’ve considered are the 26" Yuni and the Sem XL with
Mammoth Rim and Kovachi wheel.

Any opinions on the Nimbus, and how it will go as a commuter? How does
it compare to the Yuni and Sem XL? BTW, I’m not considering 28/29"
options because I used to have a 28" DM and found it too difficult to
stop in tight situations (Boston has streets of death, so I need to be
able to stop on a dime).

cheers
nic

Nimbus 26 is an excellent machine. I commute regularly on mine, but it’s 9 miles each way cross-country rather than roads. I use 150mm cranks, but you could probably use shorter ones on road if you want more speed (although from what you said it’s probably too crowded for speed to be an issue). The Schwalbe Big Apple is considered a good road tyre (most people use them on 29ers, but I think they do a 26" version).
A 29er will be very similar but just a tiny bit quicker.
If you want to do occasional muni, I’d say go with the 26 and swap the tyres when you go muniing.

Rob

Yeah, what he said.

I have got a nimbus 26 and they are fantastic. I commute on mine almost daily with a Maxxis Hookworm tyre and 125mm cranks which for my commute are a bit on the long side but give me plenty of control.

Off road it is great as there are loads of 26" tryes to choose from and it rolls much more smoothly over bumps than a 24 (I do have a 24 but prefer my 26)

All in all a good uni for what you say you want. a 29er woud be another option but the tyre range is not as great and if you have a 3" tyre on the 26 then you are only an inch smaller in diameter than a 29er.

Have fun

Plumsie

Personally, if these were my parameters I would go for a 29er with the Nanoraptor 29x2.1" tire. The Nanoraptor is a fine tire for riding on roads and sidewalks, and it also performs well on easy MUni. No tire-swapping required. If you do want a 26", the Nimbus is fine.

I was just thinking an off-road tyre would wear quickly if most of his riding will be on roads. My 3" muni tyre performs fine on the road sections of my commute, but you can almost see the trail of money left behind as the spikes wear down. Most of my route is off-road, but if it were mostly road I’d use a road tyre. It sounded to me as if he was only planning on doing very occasional muni.

Rob

I agree that you don’t want to run a real MUni tire on pavement for any length of time. The NanoRaptor is only lightly treaded and does just fine on roads, and somewhat better than the Big Apple off-road. I would definitely use the Big Apple if I were only planning to ride on roads, but if I were looking for a road machine which could also do MUni in loose terrain, I’d compromise with the NanoRaptor. (There are knobbier 29er tires, but I think they suffer more from poor performance on roads).

Re: 26" Uni for commuting and sometimes muni

>From what you’ve said, I think the Nimbus seems like a good bet. I’ll
definitely swap the tyre for something narrower and slick and put on
shorter cranks. It’s easy to swap the tyre back to a fatty for riding
offroad. For this reason I don’t want to get a uni with a frame that’s
too small to allow a 3" wide tyre.

nic

tholub wrote:
> rob.northcott wrote:
> > I was just thinking an off-road tyre would wear quickly if most of his
> > riding will be on roads. My 3" muni tyre performs fine on the road
> > sections of my commute, but you can almost see the trail of money left
> > behind as the spikes wear down. Most of my route is off-road, but if
> > it were mostly road I’d use a road tyre. It sounded to me as if he was
> > only planning on doing very occasional muni.
> >
> > Rob
>
>
>
> I agree that you don’t want to run a real MUni tire on pavement for any
> length of time. The NanoRaptor is only lightly treaded and does just
> fine on roads, and somewhat better than the Big Apple off-road. I
> would definitely use the Big Apple if I were only planning to ride on
> roads, but if I were looking for a road machine which could also do
> MUni in loose terrain, I’d compromise with the NanoRaptor. (There are
> knobbier 29er tires, but I think they suffer more from poor performance
> on roads).
>
>
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