Re: demand for a high-quality “Coker”
>David Coker is very interested in producing quality cycles. We’ll let him know
>about John Taylor’s concerns. >David asked our
team (and John Foss, during
>his visit) for suggestions to improve the unicycle. We requested
>quick-release handles. So Coker owners: are there other requests we can
>forward to David Coker?
I don’t even know how useful a quick release would be (hope that wasn’t my
suggestion…) because: The seat post is very short. This is necessary to fit
riders onto the unicycle. The amount of seat tube above the tire is also short,
for the same reason. Any longer, and you’re limiting even more the leg length of
who can fit the unicycle.
So with a narrow range of seat adjustment, it’s important for people to be able
to order the right post with their new Coker. The standard post should be one
that can go all the way down. Then you probably need two or three longer ones,
to not only accommodate taller riders, but also allow them the maximum ability
to lower their seats for others. The longest post should be one that Jamey
Mossengren (Twin Cities) could fit on, then work your way down from there. Jamey
has the longest legs of any unicyclist I know. Is he done growing yet?
>Overall, the wheel size seems very appealing to many people but the quality
just isn’t there yet.
I think the quality is excellent for a $300 big wheel. If you were paying $500,
you should expect a lot more. But as long as unicycles are manufactured in the
tiny numbers they are, it will be hard to improve much while keeping the low
price. The best way to bring down unicycle prices is to do everything you can to
spread awareness of unicycling, and teach lots of people to ride. As the market
grows, larger sales will drive competition up, and prices down.
Right now, Coker is probably seeing better sales than they expected (at least I
am, way more Cokers are being sold than I thought!). It’s great that they’re
asking what to do next.
Here are some other wish-list items from Foss:
- Large wheels are inherently weaker than small ones, so this may not be
feasable. But if the wheel can be made lighter, that would be nice.
- Contrarywise, though I don’t know what the tread life is on the 36" tire, It
would be nice to have a hard rubber compound that will be long-lasting. Since
they won’t be ridden indoors much, trying to make them non-marking is probably
not as necessary as with smaller tires.
- The tread pattern is great for a 1902 Oldsmobile (or some other old car I saw
recently at the Blackhawk Auto Museum), but I don’t know how useful it is for
- The hub is too narrow, probably compromising wheel strength. I realize this is
probably a standard Taiwanese uni axle, but a wider one would be a nice future
- I’d love to see the seat changed to the one found on the Cycle Design (as
found on the Unicycle Models page:
That’s (more than) enough for now…
John Foss Angeles City, Philippines