Back from Los Angeles Roundup few days ago.
This is my impression. I saw couple freestylers doing some amazing stuff on uni w/ FAT tires! Very impressive.
Anyway, I (a Cokeur) am looking for my NEXT ‘possible’ uni…don’t tell my wife. She would kill me!
I thought of using one of those 24’ or 26’ for possible MUni and would be easier to do idle, wheel walking, and eventually gliding.
So fellow unicyclists, in YOUR option:
What is fattest-tire uni I can possibly get WITHOUT breaking my bank? Thanks!
Why do you want this fat tyre? If you want to do freestyle tricks, get a freestyle unicycle. A fat tyre will not aide your freestyle riding. I did freestyle on my trials unicycle w/Monty tyre until level 4. Getting a real freestyle unicycle made a huge difference. I doubt I would have passed levels 6 and 7 on my trials uni. Sure its possible to do freestyle with a trials or Muni tyre, but far from ideal. In my opinion wheel walking and gliding are much easier to learn on a standard freestyle unicycle, rather than on a 24" or 26" muni.
The fattest available tyre at the moment (or at least in the very near future) is the 26x3.7" Surly Endomorph. Its designed for sand, snow, soft mud & other similar terrains. However, you have to have a custom frame made to fit it, and use the Surly Large-Marge 26" rim. The wheel I’ve made up with this rim currently has the second biggest tyre on it, a 26x3" Nokian Gazzaloddi. Pics Here
I planned on having a 3.7" uni a while ago, and began sourcing parts for it 2 months or so ago. I ordered a frame off GB4 just before George stopped making frames, so I don’t know if mine will be the only 3.7" compatible frame available, or if others will come in & start widening frames to accommodate it. If you want a 3.7" compatible uni, expect it to cost £300-400 (about $550-$700) plus.
The 3" Tyres on the other hand are pretty well supported by most frame manufacturers, and going for a Hunter or similar will serve you well. It’ll be excellent as a Muni & medium distance commuter, especially in 26" since the external rolling diameter is larger than a 28" road uni.
Consider your choice very carefully however! I’ve been waiting months for my uni, and now the last piece (the frame) is only a short period of time away (I don’t know if its shipped or not yet!), I’m like a kid on christmas eve, not knowing if its going to be christmas tomorrow or just another christmas eve again! Patience is a virtue, and I am getting exactly what I’ve always wanted in a unicycle.
Endomorph 3.7 tires are ready to ship. 60tpi (1260 grams) and 30tpi (1350 grams) casings will be offered. We’re just waiting for the 26 x 3.0 - 4.0 Presta tubes to be packaged. Everything should ship in a week or two. ETA is late July/early August.