I’ve owned the DX 24 for a couple months now, and can only say that it is DEFINITELY worth the price. Simply by looking at the price differences in hub/cranksets, you realize that you’re paying MUCH less for a much stronger set. I won’t try to compare it too much with the Yuni due to lack of experience. I’m not terribly easy on my DX, and never feel like i’m over-stressing it.
There are a few things to consider though. With the torker uni, replacement parts might be a bit of a headache (48 spoke hub/wheel makes for strength, but the good DH rims are all 36) Also, the 10 spline hub might be hard to fine cranks for. These things I haven’t researched much, so it might be possible to get them from Torker, or match up with BMX stuff. (Anyone with input here, please pipe up)
The frame is a good design, and strong. The seat is essentially the KH seat, and leagues more comfy than the miyata/viscount seats. Petals are standard wellgo’s and have been replaced on mine due to bearing problems. I immediately put an Arrow Savage 3" tire on for my Muni riding and have been nothing but impressed with the DX’s durability.
The only comparison that I can bring to the table on this matter is with those of all my friends’ cotterless Suzue hubs with standard cranks, but as I’ve seen here on the forums and elsewhere, cotterless cranks are always difficult to keep straight under heavy use. All my friends paid somewhere in the ballpark of 210-260 for Uni’s through UDC, and all but two of them have tweaked out cranks or twisted hubs now. I paid about 175 for mine shipped with a way better seat, and stronger hub/crankset.
Moral of my story is this. Just because it costs more, doesn’t mean its going to be “better” in some mysterious way. Cotterless cranks will always be weaker than Splined, and until these other companies realize that they’re losing business to Torker, they’ll try and sell “MUNI’S” with cotterless cranks at higher prices. Rest assured, I’ll post an update if I ever encounter crank/hub problems with my uni on here, but thus far haven’t heard any reports of breaking.
Happy shopping, and we’ll be looking forward to hearing about what you get, and your follow-up on this thread.