Semcycle XLW

Hello uni-people. I’m planning on buying myself a muni for x-mas. This
will be my first unicyle. I plan on using it for riding around town and
riding the mountain bike trails with. I currently ride a track bike on the
road and a single speed mountain bike for the trails, so a uni will be the
ultimate one speed for me. I’m looking at getting the Semcycle XLW 26 inch
from Unicycle Source. Does anyone have any bad comments about it, or any
better suggestions in that price range. I will be in Mpls., Mn. in a
couple weeks, so I plan on looking at Osells to see what they have in
stock. Osells is a dealer for Unicycle Source I think. Thanks in advance
for any advice and support. Joe in Iowa

Joe,

I bought a Semcycle XLW 24" several months ago as my first Muni. I really like it. It roles over anything because of the Gazzalodi 2. 6 tire on it. The frame seems stiff enough for what I do and will last me a long time(years) until my skills outgrow it. I have dumped the Uni several times off road but never hit my knee on the frame. For some, this might be a concern with the flat top frame. The United Muni has a weaker wheel and won’t take more than 8" drops. The XLW will take 1 foot drops and probably a little more. Great Rim. I bought the XLW because of the stronger rim, because I wanted to be able to do some higher drops that the United Muni wouldn’t allow.

For the price, it is a great deal for a entry level Muni.

However, I have only been riding since April and started on a 20" united. That size tire is easier to learn to ride on, especially with the freemount. I don’t have any experience with a 26" wheel, but going straight to a 26" wheel for your first Uni might be difficult to do especially doing the freemount. When your off road, the freemount is harder to do especially in uneven terrain, so you might want to consider going with the 24". The mount will probably be easier. I still have a little trouble with the freemount on the XlW(cranks longer), but I can make it up almost every time, but it isn’t pretty.

But, wait. I have more. The Semcycle XLW is for off road. The Gazz tire is great for off road, but it is difficult to ride on pavement due to the tread design. Doing turns on the pavement can be tricky. It wasn’t made for that. Riding in straight lines works okay, but I find that if the road is arched for rain runnoff, it will cause you to lean to the right even at low pressures like 22 psi, which for off road is ideal.

I rode the Muni 2.5 miles to work one day. It was tough. I constantly had to fight the street due to the arched roadway. And yes, I had to peddle a lot. The 26" would be more suitable for going on “around town” rides.

As I found out, and you will too, you can’t just have one Uni. Maybe someone can recommend a tire that works better for duel use and that might help you out.

The XLW will take 1 foot drops and probably a little more.

Actually I used to have a unicycle with a sun mammoth, which is the same
basic desighn as a BFR, but i could easily do 3 foot drops without the
wheel haveing any problems, but the cranks are a different story…

Thanks Teachndad. I’ve pretty much decided to get the 26" Semcycle XLW.
I’ve heard that the Gazz is hard to turn on pavement. I will probably
commute to work some on this uni, so I thought the 26" would be better. I
may try a smoother tire for it if I have trouble learning on it. Another
plus with the 26" is the number of tires available for it. I even have a
studded tire that I use on my single speed mountain bike in the winter.
I’ll probably order the XLW from UnicycleSource in a couple weeks if I can
get my recumbent sold. cheers…Joe in Iowa

-----Original Message----- From: teachndad <forum.member@unicyclist.com>
>
>I bought a Semcycle XLW 24" several months ago as my first Muni.

>But, wait. I have more. The Semcycle XLW is for off road. The Gazz tire
>is great for off road, but it is difficult to ride on pavement due to the
>tread design. Doing turns on the pavement can be tricky. It wasn’t made
>for that. Riding in straight lines works okay, but I find that if the
>road is arched for rain runnoff, it will cause you to lean to the right
>even at low pressures like 22 psi, which for off road is ideal.
>
>I rode the Muni 2.5 miles to work one day. It was tough. I constantly had
>to fight the street due to the arched roadway. And yes, I had to peddle a
>lot. The 26" would be more suitable for going on “around town” rides.
>

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>teachndad