You can still get a new Schwinn if you want, but I can’t imagine why anyone would want one. Apparently some “return” buyers, who rode when they were kids, will feel comfortable with that brand.
You can get Triton frames, which I believe are handmade, titanium uni frames for the true connoisseur. Very nice.
Mad4One come in a beautiful array of anodized colors, and look even better in person. Made in Italy, they may be a little pricy to get in North America (I’m not sure about that).
Silva Cycles will custom build for you (bikes or unicycles). They put together my KH 36" with Schlumpf hub, special powdercoating on the frame and Nimbus Stealth handlebar, and other build-to-order details.
Less expensive unicycles may often be found under various brand names. Often these are the names of the distributors, rather than the actual manufacturers (usually in Taiwan or China). Some are a good deal for the price, but others are total crap.
Miyata is still around, still making excellent unicycles for Freestyle and Track. But no official exporting to North America that I’m aware of, so you might have to order from the MYS website - - - which I can’t seem to find anymore. It was basically the “store” for the Japan Unicycling Association, run by its parent company, more or less. They may have moved that into the JUA website, but I can’t read it enough to find my way around…
Wait! Found it, by searching on “Miyata unicycles”. Why didn’t I think of that earlier?
Qu-ax, from Germany
Yes, it seems like maybe less brands out there at the moment, but the quality keeps getting higher.
Here are some brands/labels on the unicycles in my garage, in no order:
- Univega (a rebranded Miyata, early 80s)
- Oxford (Japan, 70s)
- Loyd (what later became the original Schwinn unicycles, 60s)
- OGK (Japan, 80s or 90s)
- Pro (Japan, 70s)
- DM (England, 90s)
- Columbia (USA, 70s)
- Semcycle (Netherlands/USA, 80s)
- Langenberg (Germany, 80s)
- Juno Cykler (Denmark, 80s; I just have one of their saddles)
- Reeder (one of his early Trials unis; he mostly made handles)
- Troxel (department stores, 70s)
- Stelber (higher-end department store models, 70s)
- Concord (Japan, 70s)
- Iverson (came from a garage sale in the 80s)
- Hamilton (Custom pro uni makers, 70s)
- Wilder (handmade aluminum Muni frame, 2000s)
- Unicycle Factory (Kokomo, Indiana, 80s)
- GB4 (handmade uni frames, 2000s)
- fmsa (Taiwan, 80s)
- Rutledge (similar to Troxel, 70s)
- Coker (created the 36" unicycle; 2000s)
Those timeframes represent what's hanging in my garage; most brands existed in more than one decade.