Hey guys and gals,
I just bought a used Nimbus 20" with a KH rim and I was trying to figure out if the Maxxis Creepy Crawler 20" x 2.5" Trials Tire would fit/if there would be enough clearance between the rim and the frame. I already purchased the tire so I may have to return it if it doesn’t fit.
Here’s some pics of what I bought at the trading post:
You have a 20", not 19". The Nimbus II only came as a 20". Kris made a 20" rim as well as a 19", that is what is fitted. Quite rare now… but very nice rim.
I can see that it is a Wall tyre in the picture… the Wall is only made as 20". You will also find the ISO figure on it of 406.
A little history behind 20" and 19" tyres… When trials biking was first starting they stipulated that the rear tyre must be 20” in diameter. The bike riders wanted tyres with more cushioning for their rear wheel so Monty took a 1” smaller old scooter rim and tyre (which is nominally 20" in diameter) and used that instead of the standard 20" tyre. To go further to conform with the regulations, Monty got the tyre printed with 20x2.5". This of course just add to our confusion! Always trust ISO dimensions.
Oops! Roger pretty much said it all. Your new 20 x 2.5 tire won’t fit.
The KH20 flatland is indeed a good rim. It is rare only because it is no longer sold. I bought one of the last ones at the end of 2013, as part of what was essentially a trials unicycle. A real trials rim with a real trials tire is a bit stronger than the KH20FL, but if you get the fattest tire you can find (assuming it fits your Nimbus II frame), you will still have a very strong wheel, plus you will have a much bigger variety of tires to choose from, including ones with little or no tread. Trials tires are always incredibly knobby and will get full of dogshit if you ride in urban or suburban areas. I use a 20 x 2.4 slick tire. A lot of people say that it’s a trials tire because it’s so fat, but technically it is not. I weigh 200 pounds and ride down the stairs a lot, but months go by without my wheel needing to be trued.
There was a problem with KH hubs from about 20009 to 2015 or so. They creaked a lot, and I guess would eventually fail, but that is a different issue, and there are plenty of threads about it.
it is a pity that we can not get the KH rim any more. I think that Kris was in front of the curve with this one. Impact now do a similar rim to the KH flatland 20" rim. Although it is in my opinion is using a better profile and hence should be stronger.
Yes, it is odd that KH discontinued the flatland rim. The Impact rim you linked to, as it has no drill-outs, would probably be my preference if I were looking for a new 20" rim, but right now I am not. The 20" Nimbus Dominator2, though 42mm wide instead 47mm, is also fairly similar. Some say that the slightly narrower rim, making the tire thicker, is better, but I haven’t tried it.
For my first rebuild, I tried to reuse the same spokes, which apparently is feasible if you label them and put them back in their previous roles as leading, trailing and inside and outside spokes, but I didn’t know about that, so I just threw them on randomly. Every few weeks, I would be riding along and hear a “ping!” and another spoke had snapped. Wanting to fix something so messed up doesn’t really qualify me as a perfectionist. I think it would annoy just about anyone who rides.
So I bought 40 new spokes (182mm) on Ebay and re-did the whole thing according to this tutorial. Since then, I have only once or twice had to do some very minor truing. No snapped spokes, no funny noises, no wobble.