Well I know there is some exciting news happening on Unicycle.com if you are waiting for a new 36er. I was talking on the phone with unicycle.com and a very nice a helpful woman told me that there will be something exciting happened in terms of 36ers at the end of January. She said if she told me anymore she would have to kill me!
Well maybe the context of the conversation would help. I was about to order an airfoil wheel build from her as they do have one or two airfoils in stock just not listed online (I never ended up buying it so there should be two left). I was saying how it was basically impossible to get a new 36er into canada for under $900. Duty charges can be in the hundreds if the item is not manufactured in the country it is being shipped from. So I was cancelling my order and she mentioned to me that “something really exciting” will be up on unicycle.com for 36ers. The news is not the new Cokers because we were already talking about that and she said she was sworn to secrecy. I agree, I think it will be KH 36 frames or maybe even a build.
Kris said in another thread recently that he was hoping to have a KH36 frame available some time in 2008. Which would be awesome I guess if he’s thinking of that maybe he’ll go the whole hog and make a complete uni, that’d be cool…
Also, UDC have been looking at making their own 36er rim for ages so that the N36 can come with a good alloy rim by default rather than them having to be shipped in separately and added as an upgrade. That’d be cool because it should lower the costs somewhat - particularly for us in the UK (where they have to factor cost of shipping in the Nimbus, plus the fairly substantially cost of shipping in the airfoil from the US).
Remember you are likely to get stung for duty and VAT on anything you import from the US. That can add up to a hefty amount. Then you wait a lot longer for your order to reach you. Plus if anything goes wrong it is MUCH more desirable to be dealing with a local company than having to send stuff back to the US.
In skating, the dealers are always saying: “coming soon”. It’s meaningless, useless & ineffective marketing. So if they want to wait to announce, that’s good. Even better to wait until it’s actually in stock.
Like the local tire store sign proudly states: If it’s in stock, we got it!!!