So, I’ve put on a lot of miles with my Coker V2, have been looking online to see other big wheeled uni’s are out there since I got mine. The Nimbus 36" Impulse Disc Uni really caught my eye, even though it’s a bit expensive.
I’m wondering what everyone thinks about these two 36ers, compare them, and if getting the Nimbus 36" Impulse would be a good buy coming from the V2!
Being as I have owned and riden both of these unicycles over the passed 5 weeks, guess I should reply.
I started with the V2 - my first 36er. I loved the big wheel, but it developed a problem where the left crank arm would not stay tight. An assembly issue at the factory which resulted in my trading the V2 in on the Impulse.
I rode 10 miles on the V2 and rode 32 miles on the Impulse before breaking my wrist during a bothched free mount. I do recommend wrist guards for riding the 36ers.
Comparing the V2 and Impulse, the Impulse is noticably lighter - about 2 pounds according to my batheroom scale.
Another distinction is the Shadow handle comes out much fruther than the PI Handle. I like that. I suspect that difference could be addressed on the V2 with a KH seat mount handle.
Overall, I do not believe there is enough distinction between the two unicycles to justify an upgrade. The V2 was a great ride I and would have happily kept it if not for the crank problem.
One issue I can not comment on is comparing the brakes as I never did install my brake on the V2. I can say that the disk brake on the Impulse works very well and I am very happy to have it on teh down hills. The steeper the hill, the happier I am.
If I had kept the V2 and were thinking of an upgrade, I think I would be saving for a GUNI.
My $0.02 worth is to ride the V2 and save up for a KH with a Schlumpfh hub. If married to disc brake (it is butter smooth) you could always go the Triton with mountainuni disc and they I hear they are gear compatible.
You can expect more speed than you want. I am limited on my 36" Schlumpf by how fast I feel comfortable riding, not how fast I can pedal. This was much less of an issue on my non-geared Coker before that. Though I could crank even a non-geared Coker up to speeds well beyond my ability to run out of a dismount, I rarely did. With the Schlumpf, I can ride in that zone for long stretches, with much less effort.
Hills? It does great on hills, especially down. For up, that’s what the ability to shift is for. Remember it’s not just like riding a 54" wheel, you also loose some energy in the gearing. I can feel the difference.
johnfoss - since you don’t utilize the high speed end of your 36" Schlumpf, wouldn’t you be better off with a 29" Schlumpf that would give better hill climbing ability and give all the high speed performance you would utilize?