Hey guys. I’m pretty new to riding, and have only been doing it for a couple of months. I currently have a small 20in learning unicycle that I upgraded with a 300mm seat post and a mtb tire. Although its not an ideal uni, I live down the street from a very nice mtb park so I’ve been riding trails since nearly the beginning with relatively good success, as well as doing ~10 mile rides a couple times a week.
This came to an end when I had a pedal explode during my last muni ride (I’ve learned plastic pedals aren’t for muni), so I have decided its probably time for an upgrade. I met a guy on the trails riding a 29in KH muni and when he let me try it, I was amazed at how stable and smooth the ride was. Since I’ve been doing about 50/50 muni and street riding, I believe a 29er would be versatile enough for my needs.
This is the one I’ve had my eye on recently. I’m on a budget, as evidenced by my current riding setup, so this looks to be a good one for the price. I don’t expect it to be as luxurious as the KH I tried, but I expect it to be much more comfortable than what I’ve been practicing on. I already have plans to swap out the pedals and tire ASAP, but everything else looks like it would be a good fit, though there are a few questions and concerns I have for those of you who know more about unis than I do or have tried this particular uni.
First off, would the 150mm cranks be good for bouncing between muni and street riding? The mtb trail I ride on the most has a trail head at the halfway point that connects to a MUP, which I will sometimes do a few miles on before completing the mtb trail.
Second, what would the advantages or disadvantages be over a 26er? I’m pretty tall (6’5") so I have a natural tendency to go with the bigger option. Would this tendency translate well to uni though?
Third, does the uni I’m looking at have a brake mount, or would I even need one? I’ve had one instance on my 20in of going way too fast and not being able to get enough leverage (or grip?) to stop, though I was trying to impress a lady and I think the universe just didn’t want it to happen.
Lastly, does anyone know the tire clearance of the frame? With a 100mm hub I assume its around 3.9 inches, but I assume a tire above 3in may be pushing it.
I discovered the UDC USA store is just a short drive away, so if I make a decision I should be out riding within 18 hours.