The first Monty

Who made the first unicycle with the Monty wheel and how long ago? I’m curious
about where and when this Monty craze started.

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RE: The first Monty

> Who made the first unicycle with the Monty wheel and how long ago? I’m curious
> about where and when this Monty craze started.

Was that Dan Heaton? Is anyone aware of somebody doing it before that?

I took my first ride on a Monty Trials uni on Saturday. I may have tried out
Dan’s or Adams before on pavement, but on Saturday I rode it on the rocks at the
American River Confluence in Auburn.

Wow! I hopped and hopped over rocks, amazing myself. I went about 30’ through
big rocks that I don’t think you could roll a 26" wheel at all. The cool thing?
John Hooten captured this on video! This clip will probably end up as a future
Monty plug in a UnicycleSource video…

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“Sometimes there just aren’t enough rocks.” – Forrest Gump

RE: The first Monty

What is a Monty wheel? or what is special about it?

Tom

RE: The first Monty

> What is a Monty wheel? or what is special about it?

Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong:

Monty is a maker of bikes and parts for Trials competition. I don’t know that
much about bicycle trials, but I have to assume it’s the sport that breaks
more bikes than any other form of bicycle competition. And these bikes are
built strong.

So Trials is the logical place to look for (nearly) unbreakable unicycle parts.
Monty makes wheelsets for bikes, including these 20" models. They have fat
little tires, wide rims, and I assume strong parts all around.

It’s very different from riding a regular 1.75" tire. I have almost no
experience, but my first real ride on one took me over a bunch of loose, round
river rocks varying from about 3" to 1’ in diameter. I hopped all over the rocks
like a bunny, and it was a piece of cake. Now I have to have one, it’s just a
question of when… :slight_smile:

Unicycles like this will probably be the logical choice for future competitions
in Unicycle Trials, High Jump, and probably also Freestyle.

John Hooten mentioned that some of his riders were able to turn and ride
smoother on his Monty wheel when they tried it. I can see it becoming the type
of wheel the Freestylers prefer, maybe.

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RE: The first Monty

> Monty have been importing unicycles into the UK for the last 15 years! They
> are almost exclusively sold to BMXers and are of Taiwanese manufacture of poor
> quality.

Eww. Maybe those don’t “count”. We were talking about the cool kind. :slight_smile:

jf

RE: The first Monty

Think fat bouncy low pressure 20" tire. It’s a tire designed for what’s called a
mod trials bike. The tire is actually a little bit larger in diameter than a 20"
and is around 2.5" or more wide. It’s amazingly fun to ride and that small fat
tire makes it very easy to hop and jump.

You can see a picture of a unicycle with a Monty tire at
http://www.unicyclesource.com/United114532.html Check out
http://www.biketrials.com for some info on the mod trials bikes.

john_childs

>From: Clifford Elmore What is a Monty wheel? or what is special about it?
>
>Tom


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Re: The first Monty

Just to throw a spanner in the works I would say that Dan or any of the others
who we know were not the first to ride a “Monty unicycle”.

Monty have been importing unicycles into the UK for the last 15 years! They
are almost exclusively sold to BMXers and are of Taiwanese manufacture of
poor quality.

Roger

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> about where and when this Monty craze started.
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Re: The first Monty

In article <631B3F1D150FD3118E4D00A0C9EC1BDA48132C@SERVER>, john_foss@asinet.com
(John Foss) writes:

>smoother on his Monty wheel when they tried it. I can see it becoming the type
>of wheel the Freestylers prefer, maybe.
>

I am rapidly prefering my Monty wheel over my regular freestyle uni. I’m still
trying to find the right cranks (Has anyone tried Technique aluminum cranks? I
know they have some beefy ones available in Danscomp for $150, they come as
short as 135mm.) I believe we’re in the process of inventing a new category of
unicycling that needs a name, “Trials” doesnt cut it. Something like “Urban
Freestyle” says it a little better.

If you dont know what a Monty wheel is, check mine out at dustin.kelm.com/trials

keep on trying, dustin klem unicycling productions www.dustin.kelm.com

(remove the BICYCLE from the above address to send me your brain waves)

isa 40:29-31

Re: The first Monty

“John Childs” <john_childs@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:LAW-F226SnRMWuLn5U9000013a7@hotmail.com
> Think fat bouncy low pressure 20" tire. It’s a tire designed for what’s called
> a mod trials bike. The tire is actually a little bit larger in diameter than a
> 20" and is around 2.5" or more wide. It’s amazingly fun to ride and that small
> fat tire makes it very easy to hop and jump.

I learned to ride on my son Daniel’s Monty uni, and it was a lot more stable
than my present 20" Miyata Deluxe. Might be helpful as a club trainer…

Blessings!

Arthur Doerksen

Re: The first Monty

Monty is a brand, for starters. What we should really be calling them is
something like “mod uni”, or modified class trials unicycle. Since the
equivalent in the bike world is called a “mod bike.”

Modified is the class of bike trials where they can use small wheels, frame
mounted bashguards, short cranks, single speed, etc. You can buy one off the
shelf that weighs in a mere 19 lbs (lighter than some unicycles.) Usually they
look like an elongated BMX bike, except with excellent braking power and a fat
back tire. It’s the fat back tire that we’re interested in. The rim is even
smaller than a normal 20" rim, therefore they’re sometimes called 19" wheels.
But the tire is more than fat enough to make up for the shorter rim, so the
overall diameter ends up being about 20.75 inches.

So, can you guess what do you get when you put a lightweight, fat, bouncy tire
on a little bitty 20" unicycle?

My “Monty” is actually an Alex rim and a Plasmatic tire. Let’s not forget that
there are other brands out there.

Chris