Buying suggestions.

As regular readers will know, I’ve just learned how to ride on a friends 20" uni
of an unknown make. The time will soon come when I buy my own!

My primary use will be, I think, as a “road” uni, and as such I’m guessing I
want a 24-26" wheel. However I may be tempted “off-road” occasionally, although
I’ve had a mountain bike for about 15 years and hardly ever taken it off-road!).

My choices so far are:

DM Ringmaster 24" - by all accounts a well built uni with an excellent
reputation. Is it strong enough for occasional off-road?

Pashley mUni 26" - clearly okay for off-road, but how is it as a road machine? I
note that it has “lollipop style” bearings, which are apparently not as good as
the other type. What’s the difference?

(Note that I’m in the UK, and our version of unicyclesource has a much more
limited range than in the USA.)


| Trevor Coultart |

RE: Buying suggestions.

> DM Ringmaster 24" - by all accounts a well built uni with an excellent
> reputation. Is it strong enough for occasional off-road?

Yes. Kris Holm rides the DM ATU, which is built on essentially the same
platform.

> Pashley mUni 26" - clearly okay for off-road, but how is it as a road machine?
> I note that it has “lollipop style” bearings, which are apparently not as good
> as the other type. What’s the difference?

Pashley bearings are lolipop shaped, but are not the ones we spook about on the
cheap Taiwan unis. The Pashley will do well on road or off, depending on the
tire you use.

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Re: Buying suggestions.

I’ve had a mountain bike for quite a long time… took it off road once or
twice. Then I got my Schwinn 24" unicycle (far from the best for mountain stuff,
but I had it)… well, if you’re anything like me, you’ll go in the woods, and
have a lot more fun with one wheen than with 2.

>want a 24-26" wheel. However I may be tempted “off-road” occasionally, although
>I’ve had a mountain bike for about 15 years and hardly ever taken it
>off-road!).
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Re: Buying suggestions.

If I lived in the UK I would have nothing but DM’s, a Coker, a mini giraffe,
some custom toys made by Roger, and many pints of good beer. Take advantage of
the good things you have over there. Here in the colonies DM’s are not easy to
get (except for a few models at UnicycleSource USA) and are expensive when you
find them.

My experience is with DM’s Ringmaster Advanced, DMATU and Vortex. I’ve never
seen an actual Ringmaster but I’m sure it’s a good solid uni and better than a
Pashley. I prefer the split bearing holders as on the DM’s to the lollypop style
on the Pashley. DM’s bearing holders are great as long as you know not to over
tighten them to the point that they squeeze and deform the bearing. It’s also
easier to remove and swap wheels on the DM’s than on unicycles with the lollypop
style bearing holders. I think DM makes the Ringmaster in 20", 24", 26", and 28"
sizes so you would have a good range of choices.

Picking a uni to do double duty as both a road uni and a little off-road is a
little more difficult. Road unis want shorter cranks. Off-road unis want longer
cranks. And then there is the issue of wheel size and tyre. The best mix of
compromises depends on the rider, riding style and skill and is not clear cut.
That’s a tough one to answer without knowing you.

john_childs

>From: Trevor Coultart <coultart.remove.this@mac.com>
>
>As regular readers will know, I’ve just learned how to ride on a friends 20"
>uni of an unknown make. The time will soon come when I buy my own!
>
>My primary use will be, I think, as a “road” uni, and as such I’m guessing I
>want a 24-26" wheel. However I may be tempted “off-road” occasionally, although
>I’ve had a mountain bike for about 15 years and hardly ever taken it
>off-road!).
>
>My choices so far are:
>
>DM Ringmaster 24" - by all accounts a well built uni with an excellent
>reputation. Is it strong enough for occasional off-road?
>
>Pashley mUni 26" - clearly okay for off-road, but how is it as a road machine?
>I note that it has “lollipop style” bearings, which are apparently not as good
>as the other type. What’s the difference?
>
>(Note that I’m in the UK, and our version of unicyclesource has a much more
>limited range than in the USA.)
>
>
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>
>
>

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Re: Buying suggestions.

When I bought my first uni I opted for the 24" Ringmaster Advanced. I’m still
very happy with it. This was the size recommended as striking a balance between
learning tricks and riding distance/off-road.

As it turned out my main interests (or rather ‘aspirations’, since I’m a bit
flabby :slight_smile: ) are the latter. I did a little trail-riding on the 24" and
survived, but when I bought my 26" with longer cranks I noticed a big
difference. All I need now is the stamina to get the most out of it…

Hope this helps.

Arnold the Aardvark

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