Wow. I’m pooped. I just came back from my first 20" Monty ride, it lasted about 2 hours. (all urban) Here are some observations, as discovered by a 26" MUni rider.
1)The uni would be an ineffiecent traveller.
2)With the smaller wheel and lift handle, I could fling myself anywhere. (to an extent well within my abilities, of course)
Post ride observations:
The uni is a decent traveller. It’s obviously slower than the 26", but the feeling of being slow isn’t there. You are riding as fast as you can, just like a bigger wheel, you’re just slower.
The shorter cranks (127mm, from 175mm on my MUni) make a crazy difference!
The uni seems almost like the 26" when it comes to pulling up and jumping. I have been able to do pedal grabs with my 26"(no handle) Although I know a big part of this is new equipment to get used to.
Although it was as easier to lift and throw as I thought, the precision you get in your hop is phenominal. never have I been able to say 'Hmmm, I want to jump up onto that exact spot I’m looking at, and start to ride along the curb, with roughly 9/10 trys landing (but the pedalling along is less than that, maybe 1/2, but that’s still good)
As decent as this was to travel on, I have decided that my next MUni ride will be on this. I’m prepared to not be as effecient, but it’s not a very technical trail, and it’s going to be a whole new perspective. If I wanted effecient, I’d take my mountain bike instead.
This is was more the effecient travel as my previous 20x2.125" tire. I didn’t think it would such a difference.
I used to think only only one uni and that being a 20" Trials would be crazy, now I’d recommend it to anyone who could only afford one.