Alright, before anyone rags on me, I combed the archives for a good 10 minutes before posting this, so those of you that say “we already discussed this” try looking for info sometime! It can get pretty cryptic as you look.
Anyway, what do those willing to participate think is the best unicycle for the money, I was considering buying a nimbus 2, and was wondering if there was anything better, but not necesarily one that costs a whole lot more. I want to be able to do muni as well as continue practical and trick riding, what have you found is best?
I’m very pleased with my Nimbus 2, 20 inch. Nicely designed frame, nice step on the fork crown if you like tricks. Tyre’s pretty fat.
The tyre tread is like grooves cut into rubber, rather than knobbles sticking out of the rubber, if you see what I mean. (i.e. the emphasis is on grooves rather than knobbles.) This means it’s liable to pick up small stones which would then damage either the tyre, or any wooden floor on which you ride.
The bearing clamps appear to be pressed steel, rather than forged, and look a bit flimsy. However, they’ve stood up to a fair bit of abuse.
I’d suggest that the seat, cranks and pedals are easy to upgrade, whatever you buy, so go for a frame and wheel you like.
Later, you can upgrade the seat, pedals, cranks, then the tyre, rim, hub and frame…
Well if you’re still riding a 20" Savage with no upgrades from what a saw in another post, buy something else or upgrade. I think a Torker with an upgraded saddle would be a very good option for the money. (at least if you can get one for $90 like i can at a local bike shop)
Yeah, still un-upgraded savage. The cranks keep comin loose, I tighten every time before I ride. I was actually thinkin about getting a 24", since I already have a 20" and I think the 24 will be better for muni/faster street riding, 400$ is i think a bit much. I have gone over the choices on unicycle.com, and have narrowed it down to 3: the pashley 26" muni, max traction 24, and nimbus 2 24". I’m still debating which one would be best for me. Sadly, no bike shops within a sizable distance sell anything but a savage, I had to call them all just to get the one i have!
I can’t make a direct comparison, but I have a Pashley 26 Muni, a Nimbus 2 20 inch and a Nimbus 1 24 inch.
As the Nimbus 2 24 inch you’re considering will be very similar to the 20 except for the size… I’d say the Pashley isn’t as nicely designed. It has lollipop bearings which makes the wheel hard to remove. The Pashley tyre is more suitable for mud, although rather poor quality, and quite narrow. The Pashley is reynolds tubing, and generally thicker in section.
Given a choice of only a 24 Nimbus 2 or only a Pashley 26, I’d go for the Nimbus, but put a knobbly tyre on it.
However, both unis are pretty good.
(The Nimbus 1 isn’t as stylish or substantial as the Nimus 2.)
Ok, so upon further review, It seems that I can’t get a Nimbus 2 here without excessive shipping costs (colorado) I don’t know why the american unicycle.com doesnt’ sell the nimbus model!! Anyway, I think that now, I might have to get another option altogether, the semcycle XL with upgraded gazzoloddi 24 x 2.6 in. tire, as well the upgraded sun rim. It looks to be very nice, i can’t tell yet if it would be better than the pashley power muni, or the others, I wish I could try them out. I guess I just want a really durable unicycle that is still good for road riding and a bit of tricks, as well as muni. A water bottle holder might be nice too
I bought the semxlw with the gazz 2.6 and miyata seat a year
ago and really like it. It is light at 13.5 lbs which is pretty light
and you can do some pretty good trials on it. The frame is strong
and I never had any frame flex.
I don’t know about the power pashley though. The pashley that
Dan Heaton rides in UNIverse has modified bearing holders.
Forget about the water bottle. Many of the threads I have
read on this subject say to forget about the water bottle, because
the bottle ejects itself often on UPDs. Get a hydration backpack.
For short runs throw a small clear plastic water bottle in your
Water bottle holders? No good on munis whatsoever. My Pashley had two, one at the front and one at the back. Not only do they eject the water bottles on UPDs, but they bend outwards as they do so. Even using a loop of elastic as extra security only improves things slightly.
Then you find that if there’s no bottle in the holder, the holder bends inwards on impact, and eventually cracks. I’ve got through several, starting off with cheap and cheerful ones, and moving up to a Blackburn one. No good at all.
And another thing: they always deposit your water bottle in the dirt, teat end first.
Bottle cages are only useful if you are unlikely to UPD - and on muni, if you don’t UPD, you ain’t trying.
I’m not sure about hyfration back packs. What I use is a waist bag with pouches for two wter bottles. Single bottle pouches are available very cheaply too.
Ah, the “you should expect to have a UPD” paradox.
Anyway, I completely disagree with the anti-water bottle sentiment. Granted, I use a camelbak when I actually MUni, and the water bottle cage does get bent out of shape fairly often. But off-roading is not the only time I use that unicycle. To carry the Camelbak every time I ride is not practical. So, if I ride to the local high school parking lot just to practice my moves, I definitely use the water bottle cage. I definitely wouldn’t use the water bottle on the trails, but there is a time and place for everything. Plus, when the cage gets bent, I just bend it back.
Also, the cage fits a bottle of Gatorade very well. If i’m out riding with no hydration at all, I can always stop at a 7-11 and pick up some Gatorade.
Bedford unicycles ,good deal.
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> minutes before posting this, so those of you that say “we already
> discussed this” try looking for info sometime! It can get pretty
> cryptic as you look.
> Anyway, what do those willing to participate think is the best unicycle
> for the money, I was considering buying a nimbus 2, and was wondering
> if there was anything better, but not necesarily one that costs a whole
> lot more. I want to be able to do muni as well as continue practical
> and trick riding, what have you found is best?
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Once again I love my 24" Bedford. It’s totally affordable, handles my lack of finesse and I can use it on road or off road. It will accomodate a 2.6 inch tire. I’ve upgraded to a Suzue hub, an Alex DX32 rim and Kooka cranks (170mm).
A great uni overall.
I just got a United frame with Monty tyre 20" from Unicycles.com
It was nice and cheap compaired to getting the Nimbus 2 with monty package’s shipping cost to Maryland I have no complaints with it yet except I painted it because I dont like all crome that much… I’ll try to get some pix of it up soon. I think you can get a similar thing with a 24".
I would wait a few till the new KH mid priced uni comes out though it sounds like it’ll be kickass.