Best wheel size to learn?

I’m planning on learning how to Uni this year with no Previous Uni experience
Is there an easy’er Wheel size to start on?

Am looking to go off road when I get some skills going :slight_smile:

Also I should add I’m fairly tall 6’4"

For a beginner with thoughts of going off road eventually probably 24-26
I have both but I like the added speed and smoothness of the 26 so if I had to do it over I would probably just start with a 26". Others might say different. :slight_smile:

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Actually I’d say the same. Exactly what I was thinking.

My first uni was a 24" but if I had to do it over I’d get a 26" from the beginning. To me a 24 isn’t fast enough. You sorta gotta ask yourself if you’re more of a technical rider than one that likes speed. If you like to see that you’re getting somewhere and not be pitifully beat by a tired jogger, than at least a 26.

Unless you’re John Foss, ungeared:

I’d love to see a video of that.

But yeah. I would think your height comes into play so definitely a 26er. People say big wheels are harder to learn on and I agree, there’s good reason why it is. BUT…if you’re a determined, hard working individual, shouldn’t matter. I learned most of my stuff on a 26 oracle.

I’d recommend

or if you got the money and want a keeper that should handle some decent offroads.

If you want to go on harder MUni (mountain unicycle) rides, then there are unicycles that are heavier but stronger.

That’s my thought on the whole thing. Correct me if I’m wrong.

If you’re 6’4" and want to muni, I suggest you get a 24 at minimum.

trying to decide between 26" and 29"

Unless there is a super wide 650 B rim available

Thanks all for the help full advice :slight_smile:
Sorry to those that are over this topic

I wouldn’t recommend learning on a 29er.

Are you planning on buying a nice uni, or a “learner” uni?

I’m going to correct you here because what you’re doing is wrong. Don’t send a learner a link to unicycles that cost several hundred dollars. I see that happening all the time in this forum. Beginners don’t need an $800, bulletproof unicycle with high-end components and an aggressive downhill tire to learn on. They just want to find out if they like it.

I’m just linking him to the unicycle muni website not forcing him to buy it though? What’s wrong with looking?

I was planning on getting one of KH models so no stress

I have been into bikes for a long time and know you get what you pay for :slight_smile:

Sent you a pm about the KH.

I think harper thought I was trying to get you to buy a $800 unicycle without you knowing it or something.

But he’s right though if you’re a beginner, it’s best to try it on a cheap unicycle. The issue with cheap unicycles however is that many of them come with uncomfortable seats, end up costing money on parts that break that you could have initially use it for a significantly better more durable unicycle, not to mention the frustration of dealing with it. EDIT: Also forgot to mention if you start getting really interested and you learn fast, before you know it, maybe in a few weeks, you’ll have to go shopping for another unicycle.

So remember to ask yourself if you’re willing to do what it takes to exploit the hobby to a good extent before quitting, hopefully you won’t though :stuck_out_tongue:

Nimbus has a 24" muni on sale right now for 250 bucks. 100 dollars off just because it has a mess up on the paint of the frame. Pretty sweet deal.

Learning on a knobby tire will be harder imo. But if you’re determined to learn, and muni is what you want to do, nothing will stop you. Then again, learning on something that is SUPER INCREDIBLY cheap is also bad. Can’t learn on something that isn’t full-functional.

The nice thing about buying nicer equipment in hobbies is that if you choose to exit the hobby, you have an item that is actually worth something for reselling back into the community.

I’m the kind of guy that follows through with things and am keen to learn this new skill set:)

Dose anyone run 2 wheels in the same frame? I.E get the 29" frame and wheel and swap to the 26" wheel depending on terrain?

If you run without brakes it’s definitely something you could do. In the end, it will only become an annoyance, unless you have some super amazing crazy expensive titanium frame from russia…

With rim brakes, and now especially disc brakes, swapping wheels around can be really tedious. Even swapping a saddle with seatpost around can be annoying. In the end, I believe it’s worth it to just have separate, complete unis.

I have done the multiple wheels for one frame thing, and it works quite well, BUT I wouldn’t bother with getting a 29" wheel in addition to a 26" wheel unless it was considerably different, like a heavy 26" MUni wheel and a skinny road wheel (which would almost certainly fit in a 26" frame anyway)

It is a pain swapping wheels but I think it is less of a pain since the advent of disks on unicycles. I have used a 26" wheel in a 36" frame many times with no real downsides.

Are the disc brakes a big hassle ?
or are they the go?

I would hold off on the brakes until you are comfortable riding around. They are great but it is another learning curve and should probably be tackled after you have the basics.

I second what Dane said – don’t try learning on a 29er – it’s a lot harder than on a 20" or 24". Although it sounds like you are thinking of perhaps buying a 29er with a smaller separate wheel set for learning. That’s not a bad idea, particularly if the smaller wheel set has a relatively smooth tire, like a Halo Double Rail or a Maxxis Hookworm or CST Cyclops.

All that being said, buying a less expensive learner, like a Nimbus Club is probably the best idea since it will be dropped – a lot! I’d hold off on buying something nicer until you’ve figured out how to ride the smaller wheel and reduced the frequency of your UPDs (“Unplanned Dismounts”). The other good thing about starting off on an inexpensive learner is that after you’ve learned and moved to a larger wheel, you can lend/give the learner to a friend so you can end up with a riding partner after they learn! The Nimbus Club cycles are really solid cycles for the money, and they can stand up to being passed down through three or four or more generations of newbies.

Whichever you choose, have fun and don’t give up. I guarantee it will be one of the more challenging physical things you commit to doing. Moreover, it will provide a lifetime of fun once you’ve learned.

Given your stature, a 26er might not be a bad idea either, although it will be a bit more challenging to master than a 24". However, the tire choices for a 26" are essentially unlimited, whereas there are only a few decent smoother tires available for 24" unis.