As I have just taken possesion of a new 2008 KH 36 I thought I would write an ‘initial thoughts’ review of this uni.
I’ve been wanting to pick up something that was going to get me around town a bit faster than my 24" uni’s were doing and had thought pretty seriously for over a year & a half about moving up to a 29".
Having only ever seen one 36" up close (never road one) I was a bit intimidated by it’s overall size and presumed that it would be a real bear to move around on city streets, so the 29" looked to be a better plan of action. Then I got thinking that once I went to a 29 I would just be wanting to get a 36 anyway so why not just go 36 and be done with it. (That way I wouldn’t have to explain twice to my wife why I was getting yet another unicycle)
So having done just that last week I will get on with my review.
I usually like to have my seat heights on my 24’s at about 32" (using 150ml cranks).
The lowest I can get the KH seat with the post cut off to a 5.5" length (which is the total tube depth) puts it at 33" using the 150 ml hole on the double 125/150 “Moments” so this might be a concern for persons with shorter legs. (I have a 29" inseam and size 8.5 foot)
Short of cutting down the seat post tube (not something I would want to do to this beautiful frame) or going to a less padded seat than the stock KH “Free Ride” or using the 125 hole on the crank arms, a shorter legged person might have a tough go of getting set up on this uni.
I swapped the JC Odyssey Trailmix pedals out (you need a 17ml wrench for these as opposed to the standard 15ml for most other pedals) and put on a set of depinned Snafu’s which I am more comfortable with for learning purposes (applied to the 150ml holes) and was ready for my first voyage.
As our weather here has been less that ideal for riding, with tempuratures in the minus 40’s with wind chill and extremely icy ground conditions, I was not able to get in much of a ride but what I did has convinced me that the 36 was definetly the right choice for me. The feel of the ride was smooth and powerful and not as intimidating as I thought that it would be, even on ice and snow. I am able to free mount most of the time and can hop in place. Under movement it is suprisingly manouverable and agile. It appears to me to be very light in weight compared to it’s overall size and is very well balanced.
I am looking forward to trying out the 125 ml position on the crank arms but will likely wait until I have some proper ground conditions for that.
My only disappointment, and I use the word disappointment not complaint, is that the newer model KH unis have gone to a black colored ISIS hub which I think does not look near as good as the “signature blue” hubs did with the stock “signature blue” KH frames
As I own two other KH Unis I will have to say that once again Kris has come up with yet another top quality product that I am proud to own.
Side note: When I went to pick this uni up from my LBS he had it tucked away in the back of the shop. Said it was so large that it was frightening his customers away.