I know you guys love these threads… So I’ve been lurking the boards for a few days reading but I still would like some advice, especially since some of these threads are several months or a couple years old you may have some newer product recommendations.
Here are the ‘person specs’:
-Located in Western Canada
-beginner/first time rider(s)
-height 5’2 to 5’6, 100-135lbs (multiple lighter-set adults will be learning to ride)
-ease of learning to ride is first priority, but would like the option
of being able to do freestyle and or street “tricks”, after the initial
mastery of basic uni riding (however long that will take). light hops
or drops from less than 3-4 feet as well. not too extreme trials.
-longevity is also quite important as I’m willing to spend a fair amount and
would like it to last for a while.
-price range: under $300cdn
Nimbus X 20" from UDC – $215cdn (shipping inc.) + border duties
Nimbus II 20" from UDC – $230cdn (shipping inc.) + border duties
^ according to posts here these are great ‘learners’ and good for freestyle but i got the impression they were too ‘weak’ to do any sort of trial or hopping(?)
Bedford Light Duty Trials – $250 cdn + shipping (quote from Darren)
^ also positively regarded as a great unicycle, but i read some concern about
their weakness for any trials, even minor drops.
'07 Torker DX 20" from Ebay – ~$245cdn + $45cdn shipping (+ duties…)
^ built like a tank, can take punishment. very well regarded, recommended in most cases as a “budget minded” uni that is also very good and tough.
I realize that there is no real “all-around” uni and that your “style of riding” dictates the uni you will get. I’m leaning towards the Torker DX since it is durable for street and trials, but is it still good for freestyle type tricks? What characteristics make a good freestyle uni?
Thanks in advance