The "official" Muni Tyre Review Page

So in the B*ke world. There is a new tire size B+, which is fat 27.5 tires. There are only two out right now. WTB trailblazer which is 27.5x2.8 and the Vee Trax Fatty 27.5x3.25, the one I’m thinking about buying. These both look like they could have potential for being good unicycle tires.

I’m dreaming of a maxxix ardent in 24 size… Does it exists?

I’ll actually be building a unicycle up with a trax fatty once the tire comes back in stock. I’ll be modifying a frame and adding a brake. I’m planning to powdercoat the rim, frame, and hub because if I’m going all out, I’ll go all out. I’m going to post pictures as I get it done.

Maxxis makes the High Roller 2.7" tire in 24" size. But it is rare and hard to find.
Tire weight is heavier than the 26" tire because sidewalls are thicker, but lighter than a Duro 24x3. It’s a great tire for smaller and lighter riders, although riders riding very aggressively on a 24" are probably better with a 24x3.

Yeah… I typed “maxxis 24x2.7” on the search engine… and the answer was: “get a girlfriend, m8!”.
It seems some obscure forces don’t want me to try other tires…
Is there another option? Something that’s big enough for cushion, grips enough and it’s lighter than the duro?
I’m quite light: 63 kg.
Forgive me if this has already discussed.

You can have a look at the 24 Muni tires thread to have a better idea of what riders liked/disliked.

However, the tires in-between the Duro and the usual lighter tires are getting harder to source (like the Maxxis HighRoller 2.7 or the Kenda Kinetics 2.6 Killian had).
Maybe you’ll get luck and you find some old-stock / second-hand tire. Otherwise, you will have to choose between the Duro with its cushion/weight balance or try a lighter and slightly smaller tire with less cushion but making your unicycle nimbler. In this second case, you have for example the Schwalbe Fat Albert 24x2.4 (62-507) that is way lighter and still a good volume (the Duro is a 24x3.0 (75-507) ). On the upside, modern tires tend to use sticky rubber so the grip is improved compared to the everlasting Duro hard rubber.

Depending on where you live, you may have other riders around with different equipment to try before buying :slight_smile:

Get instead Schwalbe Big Betty 24*2.4 if you can.
Schwalbe(big betty, muddy mary) are just perfect, far better than maxxis ardent IMO (and mesure as told…).

Rim width?

I’ve been riding a Hans Dampf for the last 6 months and loving it, except for the occasional pinch flat around 20psi. So I’m going to go tubeless which doesn’t seem easy on the KH freeride rim. Time for a new rim, and to scale up to 27.5 :slight_smile: The Nextie carbon rims seem tempting - I’m thinking 50mm might be wide enough to avoid the weight of the SG version (yes I’m a weight weenie despite weighing around 190lbs) Is that going to work tubeless with the snakeskin tyre? Or would you go a narrower rim and the SG?

I’ve been using 120tpi Surly 26 x 2.75 Dirt Wizard mounted tubeless using the split 24" inner tube method on KH 26 muni 2012 model 150mm cranks, for about a month now, riding rocky and rooty trails, some mud, not much pavement or road. Haven’t used many other tyres but this has been the best yet: find I can ride uphill over roots and small step-ups and with a minimum of 16psi for my 82kg no autosteer. No burping and no trouble on rocks. Grippy. Turns fine on dirt. A bit of resistance to turning on sealed surfaces but who cares, give me single track or a fire trail! So far this tyre is my best friend.
Previous tyres Maxxis ardent 2.6 and Specialised something 2.3

Specialized Purgatory Control 2Bliss Ready 6Fattie 27,5x3.0

Not tested yet, 'cause I don’t have the wheel yet since it’s gonne be a Schlumpf wheel :slight_smile:

Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5x3.0 and Rocket Ron 27.0x3.0 are out!
See here

The Nobby Nic 3.0 is an awesome tire! I tried it on a Norco Torrent Demo bike from the company, I loved it! The nobs are big and super grippy like most Schwalbe tires. I was satisfied :stuck_out_tongue:

Nobby Nic 27.5x 3.0 and Rocket Ron 27.5x 3.0

Good Stuff :slight_smile:

I currently ride on a Nokian Gazzaloddi dual 26x2.6, the original tire on my 6 year old Nimbus 26. I love it, but then again it’s the only tire I’ve ever had, so I have no frame-of-reference.

Thinking perhaps it’s time to try something different. The Gazz seems to have a very flat square profile compared to some tires I’ve seen like the Duro Wildlife Leopard 26x3 or Schwalbe Nobby Nic, which look like they have a much more rounded profile. I’m guessing this would make them turn much easier.

The Schwalbe Nobby Nic comes in 26x2.1, 2.25, 2.35. Go widest? This tire also comes in a few variations – wired / folding bead, compound, etc. Best for muni?

Suggestions or just stick with my Gazz?

I suspect that it’s also the only one of those you’ll ever have. I’ve been unicycling for less than three years but they were long gone, and from what I could tell barely remembered, by the time I started.

I have a Duro Wildlife and it’s a heavy beast of a tire compared everything I’ve tried. Maybe not so much compared to the Gazz. I mostly ride a 2.6" Maxxis Ardent, which is plenty capable for what I do and not nearly as tiring as the Duro. I’m an old plodder and don’t catch a lot of air or do big drops, and it seems to suit me.

I don’t know where the Nobby Nic lines up among Schwalbe’s offerings. They seem to have a lot of models and variants, and they change from year to year as well. I also have a Hans Dampf Super Gravity bought based on recommendations here, but I might have done better to get the lighter, cheaper non-SG model because it seems just about the same as the Ardent. My idea was for it to be an alternative to the Ardent and it isn’t so much. (Btw, did Maxxis change their size markings? I haven’t seen 2.6" Ardents for sale in a while but mine’s exactly the same size as my 2.35" HD SG.)

I see good things on the MTB forums about Hans Dampf, Muddy Mary, and Magic Mary, not much love for the Nics. But maybe that all changes with the '15 or '16 models, and anyway it might all be different for unicycles. I can’t imagine many people being in a position to have tried more than just a few of them.

If you like the Gazz then you probably don’t mind heavy tires and you’d likely be best off with the biggest size. Sometimes there’s no substitute for tire volume. The trend for muni seems to be toward fatter and fatter tires. There are some smaller baby-fat models from Surly that might fit your frame and rim, that I’d be looking at if I was shopping now. But if you’d like to try a narrow profile, you might also want to move to a 29" wheel to maintain the rolling diameter, which seems to be a key to that style of riding.

For compound, there are three common ones for Schwalbe tires: PaceStar, TrailStar, and VertStar from hard to soft. Probably go with the softest you can find? If you ride it enough to wear it out, good for you, you’ve earned a new one!

Dunno if any of that helps. I’ll be interested in seeing what others have to say and what you wind up with. Good luck!

Edit: I should have scrolled up; Jaco loves the 3.0" Nobby Nic! But he’s got the 27.5". Do they sell a 3.0" 26" version? I’m not shopping so I didn’t look very hard but it didn’t turn up right away.

I loved the Nobby Nic I tried on a bike!

On my 650b uni I ride a Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 to keep the weight down :wink:
2.35 is pretty small for a uni. I have mine setup tubeless on a tubeless rim, so it works really well. But I do hit my rim alot, if I wasn’t tubeless my tube would probably be full of patches.

LargeEddie, thanks for the great response. I’m an old and damaged plodder too, so “not nearly as tiring” would be a good thing. I’m surprised weight makes that much of a difference on a uni, but this does seem to be a common thread. Sounds like I should try a lighter tire if nothing else for the contrast. But it will have to wait for spring – winter finally took hold and now I’m on my heavy studded tire!

You’re welcome, Cliff. Keep in mind that for any general claim I make, someone will likely pop up and say the opposite. :slight_smile: But yeah, as a geezer beginner who rides fairly tight trails, where I need frequent changes of line to get over and around roots and rocks, I noticed a difference for sure in how long I could go between breaks to catch my breath on the Ardent vs the Duro. I gather that the point of the extreme downhill tires is that they don’t have much rebound so they absorb energy on drops and don’t bounce, which tends to make them not roll so well besides being heavy. Tires like Ardents and Hans Dampfs seem to be meant as more of a compromise.

No snow down here so far; we’re just getting our first real winter chill of the season now, but I got out on snow a few times last year. The Ardent went like a champ if it was soft or rutted. The 700c road uni was the choice when it was smooth and hard packed. For glare ice I definitely get the point of studs, but we never had more than an occasional patch of that so I just walked the uni–carefully!

Maybe it’s good that you’ve got time to watch out for sales or keep an eye on the Trading Post here for lightly used take-offs to try. Unlike the 24" muni situation, you’ll never run out of options to look at.

I totally get the catching my breath thing. My lungs are shot. And I’m so done with extreme downhill. I thought the sign that said Cliff was a greeting, not warning.

I’m all for lower weight, so that’s my plan. I think my Snowshoe 2XL 26x5.05 will be lighter than my current clunker setup.

Studs rock - I aim for the ice. So much easier than snow and rutted up foot and dog tracks. The grip is amazing.


Damn. I’ve been told that falling isn’t so bad but the sudden stop at the end can be rough.

I was going to ask what frame you were putting the 2XL in, but based on some of your other replies I think I’ve got it figured it out. :wink: ETA?

Looking forward to your thoughts on riding both of your new tires.