I’ve always been a proponent of whatever wheel size I’m currently riding, and down played all others. Aside from a brief stint with a 26, I’ve tended to stick with bigger wheels. Currently a 26+ and 36 are my Muni’s.
Anyway, kind of thinking about a 24" now for freeride type stuff…
It may be a fading size, but I think it will be around for a while. There was certainly some hot 24" MUni riding at the 2014 California Mountain Unicycle Weekend (last weekend). Amazing riding on some very challenging trails!
My “best” Muni is still a 24" (Wilder, which I received in 2003). However I expect my next one will be a 26" KH.
That is true that the choice of tires reduced over the years and the unit price of the remaining tires still produced is slightly higher than for other sizes.
However… it seems to start again being trendy thanks to the fat bike movement. And based on the trend we saw with the 26in, after the fat tires comes the mid-fat tires (3.0). So, 24in is coming back in the game for the pleasure of muni riders
I’m finding my non-fat 26" to be obsolete and my 29" muni to be too tall for anything technical (and too scary during UPDs). I’m in the process of building a 24" simply because it is more lightweight, slightly less tall, and gives me another option for something that my fat 26" probably wouldn’t do well on. I think knobby 24" tires might become “dead” in the biking world, but I imagine it will still hold signifance in the unicycling community. That’s my lowly opinion, anyway.
There’s nothing like assaulting some hard-core trail with a 24x3. If all you ride is 26 or bigger, you are really missing out. I often look back over the trail that I ride through and think to myself, “how the h***” did I clean that???"
If none of the 14 fit my need, then, yes, I need more choices. When I was shopping, everything was offroad or square profile or high in the middle or too wide or too narrow, etc. I ended up risking it with a squarish one which thankfully ended up working out fine, contrary to the usual advice. A Cyclops would have been ideal if my frame were just a little bit wider.