Since I just went through the process of buying a 5 foot Savage unicycle, I thought I would share my experience. I am a relative newbie to unicycling and I don’t have much technical knowledge about unicycles. I don’t tear them apart for fun, nor do I know the correct terminology for the parts. Still, some advice is better than none. Hopefully, people with more unicycling expertise will add to this thread so the next person looking to buy a giraffe won’t be working in the total dark like I was.
The FAQ at http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/faq.html has very little advice about giraffes and is out of date. It has nothing on CyclePro, Savage, or Braun giraffes. A good review of giraffes would be helpful (hint, hint!).
First of all I posted to rec.sport.unicycling asking for advice:
I need some advice on on buying a 5’ giraffe.
After 2 months of fooling around with a 20" Torker, I am taken with the notion of riding a taller beast. However, I noticed that most giraffes are more expensive than the loose change I can find between the cushions of my couch.
As an impecunious grad student, I really don’t want to pay US$400 to $500 for something which is going to be my next big “toy”. Not that toys are bad, but I can’t justify spending that much money on something which is just a good study break.
After a search on the internet, I have found three giraffes within my budget:
Agee’s Bikes offers a CyclePro Action 20" with 5’ Chain Drive Unicycle @ $149.99 + $19.00 Shipping to continental US
No information is given about the uni, but it looks to be cheap construction, judging from the picture.
BRAUN Giraffe 5-foot Unicycle costing US$152.39
“This 5 Foot high Giraffe unicycle is a blast to ride. Its direct chain drive cranks give you a good feel and control – But don’t forget your step-ladder. Equipped with a 20 inch wheel and a chrome-plated Hi-Tensile Steel frame with a good quality padded seat. The Braun Giraffe is HIGH on value (and we mean High) and long on fun.”
Picture: http://www.brauns.com/gc/gc_item.ex...f&R=H%2FCatalog %3ABike%20Stuff%3AUnicycles%3ATall&ID=1226135731208171519575
Savage 5-foot Chain-Driven Unicycle - Standard Model
Of the three giraffes which I found, I am inclined to buy the Savage Giraffe, but several of the reviews at unicycle.com say that the normal Savage 20" is not very sturdy. Past posts on this new group have also not been very flattering when describing Savage giraffes. Is the Savage 5’ giraffe made of better construction than the Savage 20"?
Has anyone out there ever used a Braun unicycle? Are they any good? Are they sturdy?
Does anyone know of some other unicycle options in the cheap range (available in the US or Canada)? I looked on ebay and didn’t find anything.
Any advice would be very helpful. Thank you very much.
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