That the bike is being sold at Walmart, for $199. To me, that says a lot.
Ha ha! Except if that stuff actually worked, you might see it for sale accompanied by some actual medial studies that prove it works. Snake oil is alive and well!
A good question. Are there other bikes using this size? Or is the maker of this bike just throwing it out there to see if people buy it? Today’s 36" spec came from Coker tire, who decided to “throw out” an inexpensive unicycle and see what happened. I like what happened there…
I don’t think a constant # of inches spread is logical for wheel sizes. It should be based on proportion. The larger you get, the less of a difference is made by those 4" increments. I don’t think the gap between 29" and 36" is as important as what it would be like to ride a 36" wheel that was actually lightweight!
I have a 12" unicycle custom built by Tommy Miller. It uses one of the wheels from a high-end (well made) children’s bike that cost $100 at the time (1984). That uni still works, though tiny wheels are a lot harder to kill.
I doubt it. Check out the bike parts selection at your local store. If it were a bike shop, I’d have that expectation, but not Walmart. My guess is that, at the moment, all that’s available are whole bikes. If that wheel size is to catch on, it will probably need to be produced on some higher-end bikes to catch the attention of the cyclist crowd.
48 spokes is totally fine if you can find a hub that fits into your current frame. Coker, QuAx etc.
They probably don’t, like john said. But i don’t think it matters. 29" tubes should be no problem if they can get them on 36" rims. And the tires are part of that $100 and also aren’t as likely to go as the tube.
I would totally go get one if I were back in the US yet. My friend and I have cokers, so there wouldn’t be any hacking to do, just buy another coker hub. We also don’t have any 29ers so for 100$ it would be a nice way to try another size with the same set-up.
This response takes our ‘disposable society’ to a whole other level. Tires wear out and go flat, it’s part of what bicycles do best. To sell the bike without carrying replacement tires and tubes is irresponsible.
I don’t understand why everyone is so concerned about replacing the tubes on the bikes in case of a flat… people put 29" tubes in 36" unis all the time. A 29" tube could easily fit into a 32" wheel. I’d be more concerned about replacing the tire when the time came.
Well this seems a bit pessimistic, but maybe. Yeah is the Oregon Hub necessary?
I don’t know much about building wheels, are the spokes for SURE not going to work at all?
Have you seen the bike in person? Are the rims and tires “Junk”? Maybe they are ok.
Are you that intense of a rider that you would destroy it right away??
I mean we cant complain 48 spokes is too much, then assume it’s just going to fall apart right away.
I don’t blame you for not wanting to try it, if it’s not worth it to you though. I just wanted to see if someone would, too see how it goes. I wouldn’t mind having a second size wheel to throw in my Coker when I get back, if it’s not too tricky.