For mostly MUni and practicing hopping skills, I’d go for the 24". 150 should be all the crank you need unless your hills are crazy steep, leaving the 125s for some nice cruising in high gear (on the smoother stuff).
With the 24" Uni I would definitely go with the 125/150 cranks. 150mm is the perfect crank length for that wheel size when riding MUni in my opinion. Uphill is easier with the 165mm cranks but on every other type of MUni riding where you would want longer cranks than 125 (or 137), 165s are just too long.
Like I already said in that recent “24 vs. 26” thread I am a huge fan of the 26x3 wheel after having used a 24x3 for the last year and prefer that wheelsize for any type of MUni riding. But if you really would like to do lots of hopping things and you want a big 3" tire go with the KH24. A KH26x3 with Schlumpf hub is really heavy and can handle almost everything except lots of hopping With a smaller tire I would go with the KH26.
A brake is definitely worth it and when riding in high gear with short cranks (and even with the long ones) it is mandatory imho. In addition to that brakes are very useful when the ground is wet and slippery.
Hey MuniorBust, I too just purchased my Schlumph. I’m buying it through a local guy who knows Florian. He is also going to build my wheel when it gets here. I can’t wait. I hope it doesn’t take toooooo long, but I’ll take what I can get.
I would get brakes. You can get them a lot cheaper from Brycer1968. I have 4 sets from him. You’ll find him in the Trading Post. Downhill is a lot of fun with the brakes. Some people enjoy downhill with all the power coming from their legs, but I end up with too much knee pain and have to do descents quite slowly.
Have fun with your purchase. The anticipation is almost as fun as getting new toys.
Looks like from Brycer1968 I’d get a brake for $100 shipped. Then I’d need to buy a mount ($18) and spooner ($20 ). That’s $138
When I put my uni order in with UDC, I could pay $200 for this setup.
From the pictures I can see the current levers from UDC (minus spooner) look a little different. And the components from Brycer1968 are 2004, while I assume the UDC ones are 2009/2010.
Are these differences worth the extra $62 from UDC?
I’ve never bought brakes from UDC. The ones I have work very well. I can’t really compare. I had one set break when my dog’s leash got tangled up in the brake . I have two spooners but will create my own for the Coker and KH36. I like the bottle cap and JB Weld idea.