I switched to a Maxxis Creepy Crawler, after having ridden my Luna 2.5" tire for over a year. I had my LBS order me a replacement tire, and to my surprise the new OEM replacement tire is the Maxxis from uni(dot)com.
I mentioned in earlier posts that I was skeptical about the Maxxis, and the thinness of the sidewalls.
The Luna is by far a better tire. And yet, I wish there was a better tire than the Luna, too.
My first ride around campus, I hated how the tire felt when going up hills. I was out of breath after a short distance!! I was running the Maxxis at the same 29psi (that I was running at the tail end of the Luna’s usage). It felt like I was pedaling a wheel made out of jello!! Very soggy!
THIN SIDEWALLS (bottoms out easily, too bouncy so that it feels soggy–I’m now riding it in the 30’s psi, and probably will have to go to 40+psi!!!–the tire also folds like mad)
WEARS TOO QUICKLY (because the tread is almost TOO sticky/grippy for unicycle uses…You’ll have to stay keen on rotating it, probably only after 2hrs of expert-level riding!)
After less than two weeks of riding (less than 8 hours), I don’t think this tire will last beyond three months!! The tread has become SEVERELY worn out, and if I don’t rotate it soon, it will flatspot.
THE VERDICT: This tire sucks! I can’t see it being used for more than LIGHT-DUTY activity…maybe even some small natural trials lines, if you ride with higher psi.
FURTHER OBSERVATIONS/FINAL THOUGHTS: I don’t notice too much in the size of the tires, or the shape. I think the Luna has a nicer tread, wich allows for a more equal distribution of weight on it’s knobs–because there are more knobs than with the maxxis (and it’s knobs are very very soft and squishy). Weight? There is a slight difference, with the Creepy Crawler being lighter. Not by much. Big deal! Since the performance isn’t as good as the Luna, I couldn’t tell at all when riding, because of how thin the sidewalls are.
I’ll be happy in a couple months when I’m back with the Luna. I’m almost positive that this tire is hurting my judgement, confidence, and wasting some of my riding energy.
139lbs(probably a little less than that now)
Riding style: Purely Trials, with a few rolling-hops/180’s/2 foot wheel walks now and then)
My uni’s set-up, to give you a clue what I tested on:
Jim C. pedals
Alex DX 32 19" rim
KH Pro Canadian-made frame
Wallis de-rail carbon fibre base
Trimmed KH foam,