Hi, I’ve been a lurker on this site for a little while and am now coming out of the woodworks in need of some help.
My real name is Kylen, and I go to Sierra College in Rocklin CA. My parents bought me a unicycle off unicycle.com 2 years ago as a b-day present, but I hadn’t learned to ride consistently until about a month ago. Now I’m addicted and ride every day. I’ve come to prefer trials, then muni, but my cheap uni isn’t going to cut it. What I want from this great community of unicycle addicts is suggestions/opinions on what unicycle I should purchase for mostly trials and, considering the rolling hills and wooded area I live in, some light muni.
The search feature has provided some insight, but not really enough for me to make a purchase.
Note: Although I wish for muni capabilities in my trials uni, I do plan on getting a second uni dedicated to muni, which will most likely be a 24”. But that won’t be for some time.
So you want a light trials uni (which I prefer for m-uni than a 24"er). The DX is quite heavy compared to others. For another $250, you can have a top of the line KH unicycle, which is:
-Lighter at 5.7 kg compared to 6.6kg+
-MUCH nicer seat: The DX seat unmodded is a cock masher. The KH is low profile, comfortable, and easy for seat in front.
-Nicer cranks: Cranks that are very easy to grind with, crank grab, etc. Also note that the DX has 125mm cranks which absolutely suck for trials. KH has 137s (better leverage) which is the perfect length for trials and even street.
-True ISIS hub. This essentially means that any ISIS cranks can be put on this hub.
-Comes with Jim C Pedals, which are nice, grippy pedals. They are the pedals of choice of many riders on this site.
-A wider rim at 47mm (compared to 38mm), which is very nice for trials (your tire folds over less, and gives more bounce to your hops.
-A aluminum frame that is amazingly light, strong, stiff, and doesn’t have the retarded clearance that the DX has. Feet on frame tricks are much easier done a KH than a DX.
-Amazing customer service: If you have any questions regarding your uni, Kris will often give in depth answers within a few days.
Ask yourself this: How many hours of enjoyment will unicycling bring me? How much does other serious hobbies cost? A mediocre mountain bike can easily go over $2000, and the top end ones up to $10 000.
I’d personally go the extra mile and get the KH. You won’t be disappointed. The KH 19"
Yes, welcome to the forums. It is nice to see that you took time to write your post and learned about the search feature without someone yelling at you. Most newbies do not leave a clean entrance, congrats.
i would suggest going with the nimbus. it should be better than a DX, the only unproven thing on it is the hub, and it happens to be a replica of the KH hub, so you have nothing to worry about there. The cranks are iffy, but they are new to the market. if you break anything thats what it will be. it is a beasty/fairly light uni w/o a beasty pricetag.
the DX is basically the same deal but heavier, and has pinchbolt cranks.
Welcome to the area, Rocklin! That’s where I lived when I first came to CA in 1994. Now I’m in Carmichael. I’m not very into Trials but I do organize the occasional group MUni ride on trails in the area. There are lots of great trails in Auburn and other places around here:
If you’d like to get on my mailing list just send an email to my address which is spelled out below. As for what type of Trials to get, get a KH. You didn’t mention having a budget.
Thanks a lot for the replies. They were very helpful and I think I’m going to go with the KH Trials as soon as I can get a few more dollars together I think it’ll be worth it after everything I’ve read and your guys’ help.
Thanks very much.
Umm, one more thing. What about a cross trials/muni shoe? suggestions?
Not to highjack, but this thread was very useful to me, and I wanted to get some more information pertaining to this.
At first, I wanted a coker, then I wanted a 29, and recently, I have been set on a 24, but now that I read this, I am wondering if I should just go for a 20". I live in NYC and I don’t use my uni for commuting. I just use it for joy riding and at the moment beginner tricks (my uni probably won’t survive more than a 6 inch drop). I want to be able to use my unicycle on trails, but, with my environment, I will be using it mostly for trials.
So my question is, will I really get pissed off at how slow a trials will go, or will I be able to deal with it.
(the farthest I really go with my uni is like 1 mile)