Just got my new KH24! Here is the Review

Some first impressions and feedback of the New KH24. I did not go muni riding with it because it rained the night before and all of the trails were very muddy. :frowning: Instead I took it to the Promenade along the Tel Aviv beach. There are tons of stairs and concrete railings along the promenade making it a trials/urban riding paradise.:slight_smile: I put it through a hard workout. My arm and legs are very sore!

A little background. I mostly ride Muni I also do Unrban trials sometimes. The skills have an overlap and the tials are fun to do especially when girls are watching! I also do some cross country on a KH29. My old Muni was a 2005 ONZA 24" and a lot of the comparisons are to it.

  1. The new Rim is very impressive. It allows for much more air volume in the tire than the older Alex DX32 rim. I bounced right up stairs! It is much harder to get the tire on an off than the DX32 rim. A few Bicycle trial riders who happened by were very impressed by the 24" drilled rim.

  2. I liked the roughing that was done to the crown for foot traction while gliding/wheel walking or one foot pedaling. It gives me a reason to start working on those skills.

  3. The welding seems use quite a bit of material but are of good quality.

  4. The 2007 moment hub is thin! The ISIS cranks are beauties! So comfortable with the flat top and bottom for doing crank tricks. Also the protrusion where the crank connects to the hub is gone. It was a source of a lot of ankle wounds in the past! In all Kris has outdone himself with the new cranks! As expected the 165mm cranks are perfect. ( I asked for the 165mm. the default is 150mm.) I have a friend that has 140mm cranks on a 24" setup and in a race on flat ground I can’t compete but on the single track he never seems to go faster than me.

  5. The crown design is great. It is the major reason why I upgraded from my Onza. I have not hit the inside of my knees or my shin guards even once! I have always like the design of the KH crowns and with the 2007 model the design has even been improved.

  6. I did not find the Freeride Fusion Saddle as comfortable as the older KH Onza branded saddle. I did not get a sore butt after riding for over 4 hours on Friday but I was doing much more standing and seat in front than I would normally be doing on a Muni ride. To really test it out I will have to do at least an hour long road or cross country ride where I don’t do any standing or SIF. The new saddle is much slimmer though and allows for very easy removal for SIF. However it is much harder to hold onto on the side because of the rail adaptor. Another major difference is the lack of curvature. Even though the lowest part of the saddle was exactly the same height as the old Onza saddle the lack of curvature made the handle much lower. This was very noticeable. Also the seat seams to slip out from between my thighs. I have tilted the seat up and this seems to compensate all though it feels a little weird. I will have to get used to these new effects and let you know how it works out.

  7. The bearing clamps are solid CNCed Aluminum and close completely around the bearings. This is great. With my old Onza I always had to guesstimate how much I needed to tighten the bolts.

  8. The four bolts mounts for the Magura brake are solid aluminum and not folded metal. This is a plus.

  9. The Odyssey pedals are better than the Snafu pedals that came with the KHs in the past. They grip the bottom of my boots much better. The replaceable pins are a huge plus.

  10. The Duro Wildlife 24X3 tire is great. I never rode on a Nokian tire so I can’t compare. It would be interesting to try though.

  11. The post clamp is now as good as the Onza and Koxx One clamps. Don’t know why it took Kris so long to upgrade here.

  12. I don’t know what to think about the seat rail style of post. It does interfere with holding on to the side of the saddle during SIF but it seems necessary with the thinner seats for adjusting the angle. It also makes the Unicycle Saddles compatible with Bike posts.

In all I am very happy with with this new Unicycle. Kris really upgraded his product in a big way. It will be interesting to see how the Aluminum holds up compared to the CroMoly. I know it wont break but how well will the powdercoat hold up and how about knicks and scratches? I would appreciate feedback on this issue.

Now the Finances: I bought the Unicycle from Municycle.com. or UDC Germany. Roland really knows his stuff and is very helpfull with prompt email replies and great service. Since I had my Unicycle shipped outside of Germany I samed the 19% German VAT tax. I paid Roland 360Euro or $373 for the Unicycle. Shipping cost 42Euro or $55 to Israel. I had to pay a 15% VAT tax $84 to release the unicycle form Israeli customs. In all the Unicycle cost me $632 total.

I would strongly suggest this Unicycle. It is a testament of how one can produce a vastly superior product by learning from experience!
Way to go Kris!


show us some pics of it!

ive got the 20" and spent a weekend doing natural trials (not what i normally do) and must say, on the subject of scratches, the frame does have quite a few fresh ones :frowning: but it rode great!