Hi David, My cousin and a friend of mine have both experimented with
rockshox suspension forks.
There are a couple of problems with using fork suspension with a unicycle.
As you ride you tend to alternate pressure from the right pedal to
pressure on the left pedal. With non rigid forks this often results in one
side of the shocks compressing and not the other. This causes the wheel to
rub against the shocks and makes the unicycle unrideable. This problem can
be minimised by using high pressure shocks which are quite stiff (and also
The general practice in the unicycling community regards suspension is to
use a combination of the following factors:
Oversize tyre: 2.5"> width tyres with a large depth. For 20" unicycles
Monty trials tyres are good providing about a 3" thick tyre. on a 26" a
Gazziloda is a good choice. The idea is the oversize tyres allow you to
run at a lower pressure with out bottoming out and can provide up to 2"
travel. You usually need an expensive rim as well to accomodate the
Airseat: more comfortable and a little more forgiving. Miyata and semcycle
seats are fairly easily coverted.
Seat suspension: Not so useful for drops but definately smooths out the
ride. Available with some production unicycles like the Telford.
Feel free to play around with fork suspension but if you want something
useful rather than a gimmick you are probably best off considering
“David Straitjacket” <straitjacketcircus’DELETE’@totalise.co.uk>
wrote: Hi all
I am a recent uni convert and am considering building myself a uni using
‘rockshox’ suspension forks (the type designed for mountain bikes). I
wonder if anyone here has tried anything simalar, and if do do they have
any info or advice they can offer.
Many thanks, sorry my first post here is a request. If anyone has any
circus, juggling, trapeze, acrobatic or stiltwalking questions I would be
happy to help.
o o Peter Bier o O o Juggler, unicyclist, programmer and mathematician.