bigger or smaller wheel

I have been thinking of getting a 20in trails uni. I have a 24in Torker that I’m having trouble free mounting. My thinking is a smaller wheel would be easier.
Lately I have been thinking maybe I should go the other way and look at 26er or 29er. That way, when I “Get it” I’ll not need to upgrade to the bigger wheel.
Does this make sense? :thinking:

so you havent learned yet? :thinking: i think a 24 should be fine, unless your really short. if anything, i think a smaller wheel would be better fo learning than a 26 or 29, but if a 24 fits you, i think it should be fine.

I have a 20 and a 26 that many of my friends have tried learning on. I have noticed they seem to be able to mount the 20 easier but have an easier time with the 26 once they are on it.

I think that a 24 would be ideal for learning on so I would just keep what you got until you master the free mount and need a second uni to expand the things/places you ride :slight_smile:

If you are really having troubles maybe try buying some cranks one size longer than what you have on there now. It is way cheaper than getting a whole new unicycle and completely changes the feel.

Good luck in your one wheeing endevors!


well, if u wanna learn trials and to ride, then you should get a 20" trials. I think it’s easier to learn on. If you wanna get a cruiser/distance uni, you should get a cheap 20" to learn to freemount and later get the larger wheeled uni.

i learned on a 20" and then got a 24" i enjoy the 24 much better but its more my style. My friend who is learning to free mount finds it easier to do on my 24" than his 20". I hope this helps. Stick with it tho cus it was one of the harder things to learn at first.


your input has helped. I am going todevote one half hour of riding time to only mounting up.
I saw a new 20in trials the other day and had a case of the “envys”.

More practice, more practice…less time watching uni-videos on the computer…more practice, more practice:D

Don’t forget patience & perseverance, you’ll need that too. :smiley:

yes watching the videos on youtube will get too your head if you watch them for too long. Then you go outside and relize that you are really not Kris Holms… Its kinda deepressing but it’s reality. Ohh well. Gl and keep up the practice.

We can’t all be perfect sutton629, but then again. That’s what makes us UNIQUE. As long as we enjoy doing what we’re doing. Then we don’t need to be perfect like KH etc.

tehee KH isn’t perfect, just proven to have super powers. I was just mentioning that the best thing is just to go out and do it rather than watch a bunch of other people that can.

1) That’s the only way to learn, i think. :smiley:

I learned on a nimbus 29er. It was a very steep learning curve and it took me a few weeks to get mounting to happen properly but it paid off. I’d suggest what others have said. Learn on the 24 until you are confident and keep riding it around. If you find yourself wanting to ride a few miles, save up for a 29er or a 36er (the difference between 24 and 26 isnt worth the extra purchase in my opinion). If you find that you’d rather be hopping around and doing trials and street, save up for a heavy 20" trials setup.

Given your current place, the nimbus 29er would be a good step to a larger wheel once you can properly mount and confidently ride. It has an ISIS hub, is built very well and is a very good deal:

If a small wheel interests you more, the nimbus 20" trials or the torker DX will be good choices for you. Both I’ve posted below.

These are all in the $250 range so that should keep options open in getting both eventually if you like to do both types of riding.

I learned on a 24" wheel. I have never ridden a 20", but have ridden a 29" (which i currently have) and a coker. I am much more comfortable on my 29er now since i’ve gotten better on my 24. I may have to drop down to a 20 once i get the bug to do wheel walks, coasting, and the like. But as far as learning to free mount, took me about two weeks after learning how to ride to get it down consistantly. My only thing is i can only free mount with my right foot, tried with my left and it wasn’t too pretty. But eh, a few weeks with that and i will be able to go left or right.

Just keep in there and soon enough you will be free mounting in no time. As you said, practice practice practice!!

but can u ride yet and just not mount? if you cant ride yet:
if you thinks its hard, thats b/c learning IS hard. but once you learn it it seems very easy, and you wonder why everyone cant do it. i took me a LONG time to learn, but i never used tutorials and i only practiced like 10 min a day. if you are dedicated and determinde, it will come with time.

That’s the ticket!:smiley:

I recomend getting an assortment of cranks. Use the longer ones for learning to mount w/ each foot, climbing hills, learning lto hop up curbs (but few or no drops), pedal grabs, still stands, and riding backwards. Then put on smaller ones for more speed. A learner uni can’t take much of a beating and I’ve found riding less rough terrain w/ a smaller wheel and/or shorter cranks to be a good & fun way w/ less risk to improve my skill and ability to roll over objects and maintain smoothness on rougher terrain w/ my MUni.


Yeh, that too…

I can ride. It’s just that I get “out there” and upd. Than I desparatly look for some thing to hang onto to remount :astonished: .
“Patience, Grasshopper, keep practicing!”:smiley:

That’s the way, focus on the learning and everything else will become natural afterwards.