Nimbus 29"

I was thinking about a new Unicycle to get a bit more speed on the
road.

I have a Pashley 26" Muni, but I would rather something with a bit more
speed. I don’t think I could handle a Coker yet, so I was thinking of a
Nimbus 29".

Would this be a good option?

Innes

With a big apple tyre on , Yes its a good option. Clearence is a little bit fine tho! so it not a mud plugger like the muni.
Sarah

Re: Nimbus 29"

Thanks Sarah

It would be for more road based rides, I will still use my Muni for off
road rides.

Innes

My unicycle collection arrived in this order: 20 inch, Pashley 26 MUni, Coker, 24, 28. I know whereof I speak.

That is to say that the jump from a Pashley 26 to a Coker is perfectly achievable. If you can freemount the 26 and ride it fast or slowly, and turn both ways, then you can easily ride a Coker. It will take only minutes to learn.

What to buy, then?

A 29 is only 3 inches bigger than a 26, meaning an increase in distance per revolution of only 11%. If you ride the Pashley at 8 mph, then you’ll ride the 29 at 9 mph, all other things being equal.

That is to say that the small difference in wheel size will not make a substantial difference in speed or distance capability.

But there are other considerations. A Coker is very specialised. It can be hard to store and transport. It’s great on rough ground, but a handful in the woods or on narrow twisty tracks. It’s a bomber, not a fighter.

A 26 is great for MUni (although many prefer a 24 with a 3 inch tyre) but most 26 inch tyres are knobbly and unsuitable for roads and firm surfaces. It’s a Land Rover Defender, not a Japanese SUV.

The 28 (or 29) is a versatile option. 700c is a common tyre size and you can get knobblies, slicks, thin tyres and fat tyres.

Set up for off road use, the 29 will be faster than the 26, will roll over obstacles better, but will be less manoeuvreable, and more of a problem on hills.

Set up for road use, a 29 will be slower than a Coker, but more nimble, less intimidating, and some would say safer.

If I only had one unicycle, it’d probably be the 28, with a selection of tyres and cranks.

Is the Coker not really hard to freemount?

Innes

No. In many ways, it’s easier than a smaller uni, as long as you are bold and confident. It’s so stable, and things happen slowly because of the inertia. I was freemounting mine 50% within a couple of days, and I now expect 100% except in unusual circumstances. Cokers are like Rottweilers - people who don’t have them are afraid of them, but owners know they’re big softies.

Thanks Mike

That might give me another option…