From what I know all the 20" Trials unicycles are actually 19" rimmed. The description however is 20". This holds true for the tires also. For example the Maxxis Creepy Crawler is described as a 20X2.5 inch tire. Is this the same size tire that would fit on a BMX bike? I just got a KH 20 and just assumed that I could use any decent BMX tire on it. Is this the case or do I have to get special 19" tires?
Measuring my KH 20 installed tire diameter, I get 20.5". A Rim Diameter of 15.5"
My guess is they call it 19" because it uses a fatter tire from the “mod 20 inch” size trials bike, which is different then a regular 20" bike tire. Reading the sidewall of my maxxis creepy tire on the KH20 it says 67-387 (20x2.5).
So where do they get 19 inch from?
I guess, the point is to make sure you are buying a “trials " tire.
I just taped the tire and rim of my cheapo regular 20” uni. It has rim diameter of 16 3/4" and a tire installed diameter of 19 3/4". It’s tire says 50-406 (20x 1.95). So strange. Both tires are marked 20xsomething, yet the trials rim is 1 1/4" smaller diameter.
It’s called a 19" because it’s a little smaller than a 20" rim. However this isn’t used in the bike fraternity as much, they use the word ‘mod’ to refer to 19" rims and tyres. The number refers to the OD of the tyre anyway, so calling both BMX and mod tyres 20" isn’t wrong, the whole reason mod rims came about was to get a fatter tyre but with the same OD as a BMX tyre, so it would still fit in the same frame, so they are intended to be approx. the same outer diamtre. I’m afriad it’s just one of those thigns you have to know if you want to ride trials.
So then I would guess that any trials tire should fit. I would consider any 2 1/2 inch tire a trials tire. I don’t think that BMX bikes have anything bigger that 2.1 inch. Would this be a correct assumption?
I am a hardcore MUni rider but I am getting into trials because one I think that Trials skills will improve my MUni and two because I met a group of really nice kids who are great on Trials bikes and it is fun to ride with them. They however all have 26" weels on thier bikes. Is the 19" Trials tire a common tire? Or is it going to be hard to just walk into a bike shop and find one?
I hate that about the 24 tires. I can only order them through the online Unicycle vendors. It just pisses me off.
About half of my local bike shops stock mod tyres, you just need to find one that is geared towards your needs, my experince is that bike shops are either intended for commuters/road bikes or mountain/bmx/trials bikes. 26" is also popular for trials, although I’ve never worked out why.
I looked into buying a trials bike in the USA. There are like 3 shops in the whole of the states! Their are no low end Monty, Onzas etc. here. Only 3 dealers online and the bikes start over 1000$ US.
So the chance of walking into a bike shop here and finding a trials uni or bike tire is almost zero. You must order it online.
i didn’t read 1/2 the posts or anything but the rim size is 15", not 15.5" (you measured it differently than manufacturers do) the outer diameter of the tire is different on every tire.
the way tires and rims are measured is that the average tire is about 2.0 … on a bike… the rim is always 4 inches smaller than the said size. so a 20" bike’s rim is going to be 16"… or close to it. it goes on, so on and so forth.
you definitely can not put a BMX tire on your rim. it is a mod rim, you can get a tire for around $30 and they normally last for several months. if you invest in a 15x2.5 motorcycle tire you won’t have to worry about the tire popping either.
Thanks for all the help everyone. By being on the forum I know about Try All, Onza, Luna, Maxxis Creepy Crawler (Comes on the Stock KH20.) and Monty. I live in Israel and it is quite expensive to get things shipped here. I wanted to order just a KH seat cover from Municycle.com and they wanted 32 Euros just for shipping the 12 Euro Item! Therefore I am always trying to find common bicycle solutions for my unicycles. All the trials bicycalists here tend to ride 26" tires so no good. I thought that BMX might be a good solution but apparently not. Once again thatks for the help.