I’m getting closer to finally being able to buy my 2006 24" Torker DX Muni. However, I just noticed it comes standard with the Kenda 24x2.6 tire, but the Duro Leopard 24x3.0 will also fit on it, according to UDC’s description. Is this worth the extra $23 USD to splurge on the fatter tire?
As a side note, I will be using this Muni for learning basic trials and street, and for riding both cross-country and some rougher terrain as well.
I would wait until your tire you have now is dead, then switch to a fat one. Then you won’t feel bad about the splurge and its not pointless if you don’t notice a difference. If you really want to use it then ride really really hard.
Remember that most all trials tires are 2.5 inches wide, and folks generally do higher drops and so forth on trials than they do on Muni. A 3 inch fatty tire really only comes into it’s own when the terrain gets very uneven and tractoring is involved (especially over rocks), wherew the fatty tire deadens or smooths out the jarring fandango. One of the reasons folks have started moving to the Duro from the fatter Gaz is that we realized we really don’t need that much tire (Gaz)–and the advantage of the large rims (like the Large Marge) is not that it increases the tire width so much as it eliminates fold over and limites rebound.
I haven’t ridden the Duro, but I’ve ridden a lot on both the Gazz 3.0 and the Kenda 2.6. If I were specifying a more general-purpose unicycle (street and cross-country as well as full-on MUni), I would get the Kenda. The downside is traction is not quite as good in loose or slippery conditions, and there’s a little less cushion for hops and drops, but it also weighs noticably less and rides noticably better in more generic riding situations. The Gazz is a bear on pavement, for example.
When we first started out as a Muni group, we all had Duro 3s except Loose, who had the Kenda (stock on the Onza), it was never ever noticeable in his riding versus ours, even when we started doing trials type stuff the Kenda was fine. having said that i prefer the Duro, but id save the cash and get yourself some 661s instead.