New unicycle

Hi all,

I’m buying my first unicycle, and I don’t want to buy a cheap one which I’ll
eventually replace. I’ve narrowed the choice down to a Miyata Deluxe or
Semcycle Deluxe.

Any advice on which to buy (and why) will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your help.

Re: New unicycle

Both unicycles are great choices. Each has it’s advantages. The Miyata is very
well engineered and manufactured. It is light and strong. The frame has a
shoulder on the fork to place you foot on for one foot skills. It is an
excellent choice for freestyle, racing and general use. It is fairly pricey
though. The fork is narrow and cannot accommodate a tire wider than about 1.85"
which limits it’s off road usefulness. I prefer the Miyata seat for general
riding. The handle is great, but it can get in the way for freestyle tricks.

The Sem deluxe is also well made and a good solid unicycle. It is a bit less
expensive than the Miyata, but it is heavier. The Schwinn-type design, and
sloped fork make one foot riding a bit more of a challenge. The fork is very
wide. There is plenty of clearance to put on a 2.6" tire for an off road
conversion. It is wide enough for a Monty conversion. Bolting the frame together
through the seat post limits the adjustments to the seat height. The Sem saddle
is easily converted to an air seat, but it lacks a Miyata type handle which is a
must for off road riding and trials. Sem and Miyata seat post mounts are
different and you can’t put a Miyata seat on a Sem seat post without
customization. The Sem Deluxe is excellent for basketball and hockey as the seat
will not twist when dropped because of the bolt through the seat post.

Good luck with your decision.

John Hooten

cheveux_de_lin wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I’m buying my first unicycle, and I don’t want to buy a cheap one which I’ll
> eventually replace. I’ve narrowed the choice down to a Miyata Deluxe or
> Semcycle Deluxe.
>
> Any advice on which to buy (and why) will be greatly appreciated.
>
> Thanks for your help.

I would immediately upgrade to a larger wheel, or at least a larger
seatpost if you can’t afford a new wheel. It’s very difficult to ride
properly with your seat too low, and you’ll find you have a lot more
control and power with your leg nearly straight when the pedal is at the
bottom of its arc. Personally I’m a fan of the 24" wheel, simply because I
can get a reasonably priced unicycle of this size. In Australia, 26"
wheels cost at least twice as much as a comparable 24".

nic

On Sun, 13 May 2001, Jon Wyatt wrote:

>
> I’ve come to the conclusion that my very old unicycle is too small for
> me. I can touch both feet on the ground whilst sat on it and even with
> teh seat at full extension I’m still not getting my leg at anywhere near
> full extension at the bottom of the stroke and I often find I’m not sat
> with my full weight on the seat.
>
> So I’m thinking about a new unicycle. Thing is, if I’m going to buy one
> then I really want a proper muni as I’m aiming to be able to ride
> off-road eventually. I am still learning though, i can still only ride
> in a straight line and turn very slowly.
>
> Am I going to find a 26’’ muni too hard to carry on learning on or
> should I go for another 20’’ unicycle with a longer seatpost.
>
> Obviously the alternative is a new seatpost and seat but I really want
> a muni :wink:
>
> Ideas anyone?
>
> jon./