all in all, the Coker big one is a great deal, however if I was buying a 36er, I would go with the Nimbus Titan. Cheaper, parts are more universal and replaceable, better seat if upgraded to KH Freeride, and better tire choices when buying from UDC.
but most importantly, whatever you buy, you have to tell me when you get it so that I can take it for a spin :p.
I agree with zfreak, but I’d like to add that you will probably find 150s too long after a of bit of riding. I’d order from UDC and get an assortment of cranks (150, 125, 114). This way you save on the shipping. You can also get the Nightrider tire which is lighter than the coker one… Also, keep in mind that saving weight in the wheel (rim/tire) is much more important than saving weight in the frame.
I just got my coker 2 weeks ago and i love it. This is my first 36er and i picked the xlr tire and for me its working great ! smooth and quiet. I did get the bar with the uni and it works very well, i like the adjustabilty of it. I opted not to get the brakes but after i rode it i thought i should get some. So off to the LBS and picked up a set for 20 bucks. i mounted the lever to my right handle so far i like it out their.The only thing i didnt do was buy the 125s, now i wish i would of spent the 25 bucks more as i feel the need for shorter cranks very soon. The 150s are nice to start on !
MY 2 CENTS !
P.S I ordered mine from coker and was shiped very quickly!
I was going off of UDC’s price of the Coker Big One, sorry. All you have to do to install that caliper brake I linked to is drill a hole in the fork of the frame. Doesn’t even have to be exactly centered, just has to be relatively close.
Edit:Yes to the saddle compatability. The only saddles you really need to worry about not fitting are Miyata/LX saddles.
The first thing i checked on my big one was the wheel trueness and it was spot on ! The only thing is im not sure is how much tension the spokes should have ?
I dont have many miles on it and the feel of the spokes hasent changed.
Is your hub painted black ? if its the same as mine I will be keeping an eye on the rusting. Mine was shiped well and assembled well , i have had no problems yet.
Thanks for the info !
Tire comparison: Button tire is lightest one on the market, apparently. Good for dirt. XLR tire appears to be identical (as in same factory) to the Radial TA, an awesome road tire, and probably lasts even longer than the button tire on pavement. Both last a long time. When worn, I found the button tire very sensitive to road camber.
Cranks: Opt for both, or buy others if you don’t want the Q-factor. 150s are great for getting used to the cycle, but too long for going fast or all day. 125s are great for most terrain and light MUni, 150 is great for medium MUni. For something like RTL you’d want something shorter than 125.
Coker handle: My favorite one on the market. Adjust it to where you want it! I ran the one I was trying out really low, but the bar-end part is fairly wide and my knees had to learn to stay away from it. If you run it at a more typical height this won’t be an issue.
Brakes: If you don’t feel you need them, you don’t need them (at least not yet).
Seat post/clamp: I like the aluminum post. Buying both give you a backup, or a choice of a long and a short one. This can be necessary if you go from MUni riding with long cranks and low seat to road riding with short cranks and high seat.
Today’s Cokers come with a Coker-branded Velo (KH) saddle. A huge improvement over the old Viscount! I like that seat just fine. The KH Freeride has not been my favorite. So far the best one for me is the Nimbus Gel. But it depends on the type of riding you’re doing.
I didnt like it being under the seat as well,especially with the handle on.I went to my LBS and picked up a complete brake kit for 20 bucks and i put my brake lever on the RH bar end so when your tucked in its at my finger tips. I have only used it a couple times just to slow me down a hill abit. It works for me ! and I saved 40 bucks !
When you order, be sure to specify that you want a frame with brake bosses. Otherwise, mounting a brake would be more difficult in the future. I don’t know if this is still the case, but when the Cokers first shipped, if you didn’t specify that you wanted a brake, you would get a frame without the brake bosses.