Suggestions for freestyle unicycle?

Hi all,

I’m trying to decide between the following freestyle unicycles:

Nimbus X 20-inch Freestyle
(http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=743)

Yuni 20-inch Hookworm Freestyle
(http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=629)

Another possibility would be the Nimbus X 24-inch Freestyle
(http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=755), but I already have a
24-inch Miyata Deluxe, so I’m not sure what it would offer.

Any comments on these or other freestyle unicycles?

Thanks!

don’t get the 24"…those aren’t as good for freestyle as 20" uni’s.
as for the other two…I haven’t heard much about the Yuni, but I know that a lot of people like the Nimbus X.

Re: Suggestions for freestyle unicycle?

Thanks. Does anyone else have suggestions or comments?

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> don’t get the 24"…those aren’t as good for freestyle as 20" uni’s.
> as for the other two…I haven’t heard much about the Yuni, but I know
> that a lot of people like the Nimbus X.
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save some money and get this http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=634

save even more money and go downtown to a shop that sells Torker and order one from there. they are about 100 in shops…no shipping cost that way.

yeah, the Torker LX is a good freestyle unicycle. once you get better at it, you might want to upgrade a few of the parts…but the LX will do you good. and it’s sooper cheap!

Re: Suggestions for freestyle unicycle?

Any thoughts on the new Nimbus Boomerang 20-inch Unicycle
(http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=821), and how it compares
to the Nimbus X 20-inch Freestyle
(http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=743) and Yuni 20-inch
Hookworm Freestyle (http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=629)?
Would the 20 x 4-1/4 tire on the Nimbus Boomerang be a plus or minus for
freestyle?

Also, an unrelated question: Any guesses on whether a Coker will fit in the
trunk of a 2003 Camry?

Thanks!

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> Hi all,
>
> I’m trying to decide between the following freestyle unicycles:
>
> Nimbus X 20-inch Freestyle
> (http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=743)
>
> Yuni 20-inch Hookworm Freestyle
> (http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=629)
>
> Another possibility would be the Nimbus X 24-inch Freestyle
> (http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=755), but I already have
> a 24-inch Miyata Deluxe, so I’m not sure what it would offer.
>
> Any comments on these or other freestyle unicycles?
>
> Thanks!

I’m not sure of the size of the trunk of a Camry, but I have a ‘99 protege and I’ve had a 29er, 5’ giraffe (with seatpost removed, heh), and two 20" unis in the trunk… at once. you might have to fold the seats down or something, but a coker should fit in most cars from what I can tell.

also, for a freestyle uni, check out the semcycle XL longneck frame. That and the primo ‘the wall’ 2.1 make a seriously awesome freestyle combo. My freestyle uni has a sem seat, XL longneck, blue the wall and a nimbus wheelset. and 110mm cranks, although that’s a personal decision. For freestyle you also probably want pedals that are wider than they are long, like the united gym pedals, and bmx pedals are generally a no-no.

semcycle XL order page

In the end, you have a choice between a hard and soft saddle (miyata/sem style or KH style), you’re looking for a good square taper hub, like suzue, udc or semcycle, 125-110mm cranks, a high-psi tire for good manoeuverability, and a flat crowned frame. It’s hard to go wrong - get the machine that looks best to you! Then have fun! :smiley:

I’d say get the Nimbus X and upgrade to a Semcycle Longneck frame like I did. Both the Nimbus and Yuni frames are NOT good for freestyle because of their hight from the tire. A Sem Longneck is pretty much the best affordable ($60) freestyle frame there is. Even though the price after buying the new frame is over $200, there is still the possibility of selling the old frame. After upgrading the frame I upgraded the cranks, tire, and pedals just because I really wanted the best quality stuff I could slap on that semi-nice wheelset. And I am light, so a wheelset that isn’t SUPER strong doesn’t really affect me. I think I’ve got a uni that is perfect for what I do (intermediate freestyle) and I’m positive that it would work great for you, too!

I have a Nimbus II 24" frame on my freestyle unicycle, and it works great for stand-up tricks and other moves which require a good frame.

The Nimbus Boomerang unicycle is a novelty unicycle which, although it may be fun to ride, is not good for serious freestyle.

Re: Suggestions for freestyle unicycle?

Thanks for the replies so far.

What makes the Nimbus Boomerang a novelty unicycle? Is the huge tire
unsuitable for serious freestyle?

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>> Both the Nimbus and Yuni frames are NOT good for freestyle because of
>> their hight from the tire.
>
> I have a Nimbus II 24" frame on my freestyle unicycle, and it works
> great for stand-up tricks and other moves which require a good frame.
>
> The Nimbus Boomerang unicycle is a novelty unicycle which, although it
> may be fun to ride, is not good for serious freestyle.
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The Boomerang tire is wide - that means there’s more rubber and rim, and ultimately, more weight. That makes quick starts and stops more difficult. Also, the width of the tire means there’s a bigger contact patch with the ground, thus more friction and more difficulty in turning.

Something with, for example, a maxxis hookworm (110psi 1.95" tire) is incredibly manoeuvarble, and you will have no problems when you try to turn, or eventually do pirouettes and the sharp turns required for front/backspin. The tire has less bounce (a lot less bounce), but the tradeoff is that it turns on a dime (literally with some riders :D)

The boomerang, on the other hand, is pretty much going to grab the pavement however it sees fit, and drag you with it. The control is going to be sub-par, and you’ll probably be fighting it every step of the way. It’s probably very good for jumping though :stuck_out_tongue:

Re: Re: Suggestions for freestyle unicycle?

So far it sounds like there aren’t any 2003 Camry owners with Cokers handy. So you might want to measure the trunk. If the obvious 36" diameter will fit, consider next the height your seat would be above the wheel. This is often the sticking point for trunk stuffage. Lastly consider the Q-factor, otherwise the width of the pedals and space they would need to occupy. Often this cannot be determined for sure until you try it, because the tolerances may be close. also remember you can take the seat off if necessary.

Sorry, no great advice on Freestyle options. I like the Semcycle XL frames, or Miyata Standard frames. If stand-up skills aren’t on your horizon, you may not need to worry as much about crown height above tire. This height will also affect coasting. Some people are fine with a higher crown, but for serious Freestylers, I’d think a low crown is preferred.

Re: Suggestions for freestyle unicycle?

Thanks to all for the advice.

How important is a splined hub for a freestyle unicycle? From a quick
search on UDC, the only freestyle unicycle that had one seemed to be the
Torker Unistar DX 20-inch
(http://www.unicycle.com/Shopping/shopexd.asp?id=764).

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> Uni wrote:
>> Also, an unrelated question: Any guesses on whether a Coker will fit
>> in the trunk of a 2003 Camry?

> So far it sounds like there aren’t any 2003 Camry owners with Cokers
> handy. So you might want to measure the trunk. If the obvious 36"
> diameter will fit, consider next the height your seat would be above the
> wheel. This is often the sticking point for trunk stuffage. Lastly
> consider the Q-factor, otherwise the width of the pedals and space they
> would need to occupy. Often this cannot be determined for sure until you
> try it, because the tolerances may be close. also remember you can take
> the seat off if necessary.
>
> Sorry, no great advice on Freestyle options. I like the Semcycle XL
> frames, or Miyata Standard frames. If stand-up skills aren’t on your
> horizon, you may not need to worry as much about crown height above
> tire. This height will also affect coasting. Some people are fine with a
> higher crown, but for serious Freestylers, I’d think a low crown is
> preferred.
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don’t go splined for a freestyle. It’s stronger, sure, but for a freestyle you want a low q-factor (shortest axle), and strength isn’t really a factor, since most pure freestyle is flatland, no drops or jumps that will really stress the hub anyhow.

another great thing about square-taper is that you can pick pretty much any crank length you want. This is good for getting your ‘gearing’ right.

and hey, it costs less too :smiley:

Re: Suggestions for freestyle unicycle?

Just to follow up, the Coker (actually a Radial 360) fit in the Camry trunk
with room to spare. The unicycle is great, btw. I like the gel saddle and
tire. I had tried a Coker only once before, so I wasn’t sure whether I
would be to ride or freemount it, but everything went well. I’ve done most
of my riding lately on a 29er with 110 mm cranks, so maybe that helped
prepare me for the Coker experience.

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> Uni wrote:
>> Also, an unrelated question: Any guesses on whether a Coker will fit
>> in the trunk of a 2003 Camry?

> So far it sounds like there aren’t any 2003 Camry owners with Cokers
> handy. So you might want to measure the trunk. If the obvious 36"
> diameter will fit, consider next the height your seat would be above the
> wheel. This is often the sticking point for trunk stuffage. Lastly
> consider the Q-factor, otherwise the width of the pedals and space they
> would need to occupy. Often this cannot be determined for sure until you
> try it, because the tolerances may be close. also remember you can take
> the seat off if necessary.
>
> Sorry, no great advice on Freestyle options. I like the Semcycle XL
> frames, or Miyata Standard frames. If stand-up skills aren’t on your
> horizon, you may not need to worry as much about crown height above
> tire. This height will also affect coasting. Some people are fine with a
> higher crown, but for serious Freestylers, I’d think a low crown is
> preferred.
>
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