In the end, I realised that I might as well get another unicycle given the price of a wheelset or getting a wheel build done for me (I don’t currently have the skills to build one up myself). I didn’t really want to invest lots of money in this, since I intend it just to be an extra unicycle that I can bring with me on my travels. So I was happy to go for a “cheaper” (but not absolutely the cheapest) model. I am a fan of the UDC but this time I went with URC.
It just seemed better value for money, than similar options on UDC, not least because the clearance on the frame allows for pretty big tyres (4 inches), but I also appreciate the nice colour options. It came with a cotterless hub but as I would only be using this on the road or light trails, I think this is absolutely fine.
I have tweaked it slightly in that I replaced the cranks with 90mm ones and switched to a cream coloured, Felt Thick Brick 24x3.0 (75-507). Here it is next to my Nimbus 26er (which is also sporting a 3 inch road-style tyre), for a size/look comparison.
I have only been for a couple of 30 minute rides so far but it has performed nicely. It doesn’t feel a lot slower than the 26er, in part, I suppose because I am running shorter cranks (I typically run 100mm on the 26er for normal, good weather, road use) and probably because there is a noticeable weight drop. Even on hills, the smaller wheel and lighter unicycle mean that it feels no more difficult getting up them than the 26er, despite the shorter cranks.
I know this isn’t much of a review but I will probably add to this thread as I have played with it more and/or if I try a 4 inch road style tyre.
I guess, so far the point of my review is to say that it meets all my expectations, and looks great (IMHO). So if you are in the market for a new unicycle, keep URC/Mad4one in mind. They have some nice options that are a little different from what you find on UDC. Also, if anyone has any questions, ask and I’ll do my best to answer them.
P.S. I should probably also add that whilst shipping took a bit longer than what I have experienced with UDC (UK, Sweden and Denmark) I received updates on the progress and so was perfectly happy. I also like that URC packaged a few extra spokes with the unicycle. I might never need them, but it was a nice touch.