What do you think...?

Hello!

I would like to know what you think about this unicycle:
http://www.wuk.at/hochrad/shop/grosseseinrad_eng.php

I would love to have a 42" -like unicycle, but I don’t have much experience with the various types (I only ride an old 24").

(Also, Wien is the closest where I can get a unicycle, but it’s still too far away to go and try…)

Thank you,
balu

I’d get it in a second!

(pending a thicker wallet)

Interesting… polyurethane tires.

Thanks,

IMHO, the disadvantages are:

  • not so comfortable (polyurethane tire)
  • fixed seat height
  • too expensive
    (Isn’t worth? This uni looks primitive…! Wheel+pedals+seat+frame for ~600e ?)

advantages:

  • BIG wheel!

But I am no expert. Does anyone have 1st hand experience with something like this?

Thanks,

Balu

Re: What do you think…?

i have a 36" from unicycle.com (the bigone). a good tire, it’ s a very good
uni, it goes very fast. I thinkj 42" or more will be very uncomfortable, and
it’ s stupid because we use this sort of uni to make a lot of road.

vive moi

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> Thanks,
>
> IMHO, the disadvantages are:
> - not so comfortable (polyurethane tire)
> - fixed seat height
> - too expensive
> (Isn’t worth? This uni looks primitive…! Wheel+pedals+seat+frame for
> ~600e ?)
>
> advantages:
> - BIG wheel!
>
> But I am no expert. Does anyone have 1st hand experience with something
> like this?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Balu
>
>
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Re: What do you think…?

Those are very nice looking big wheel unicycles. They look to be very well made.

What do you plan on using the big wheel unicycle for? Parades? Long distance rides? General riding around?

The general consensus is that big wheels with solid tires are not comfortable for long rides and because of the rough ride and difficult handling they are not as fast as smaller pneumatic (air filled) tires like the Coker. The big wheel would be great for parades and just having fun, but for long distance rides a Coker would be better.

Check out the Coker. It’s available from unicycle.com in the UK
<http://www.unicycle.uk.com/>
<http://www.unicycle.uk.com/shop/shopdisplayproduct.asp?catalogid=78>
Very fast, and the nice fat pneumatic tire makes it comfortable to ride even on rough pavement and gravel roads.

You cannot really ride a solid tired big wheel through gravel while you can ride a Coker on gravel roads, through deep gravel, and even off-road.

One of the people who has more experience riding solid tired big wheel unicycles can tell you more about how they ride, their disadvantages, and how they compare to a Coker.

Thank you for the answers.

I was thinking to make one big-wheeled unicycle like the one on the picture…

…but I would also prefer the Coker, but I’m afraid it is not possible to get one nearby… UK is 2000 km away… maybe I am the only unicyclist in this whole country (I am Hungarian).

So then, I will try to make one Coker-like unicycle, it’ll be more difficult than the other one, but I have the time, and a little bit of skill…

Cheers,
balu

You’re only in Central Europe. It’s not like you’re across the ocean. I don’t think shipping costs should be too bad from the UK to Hungary, but shipping a Coker can be expensive due to its size. Contact unicycle.uk.com to find out what shipping would be.

Getting the Coker tire and tube and then building the rest of the unicycle would be a lot of work. You would need to get a custom rim made, get custom spokes cut, and build a custom frame. Getting a good rim made that is wide enough and big enough for the Coker tire would be the difficult part and the expensive part. I have a hard time believing that building it yourself would be less expensive than the extra shipping.