John D. once explained Mr. Kovachi’s process for building and testing a wheel. I’ve been riding on the Kovachi Wheels for almost two years now and have no complaints. From one big guy to another, it doesn’t seem that you can go wrong with the Kovachi built stuff.
Through my years of experience in BMX I’ve become semi-close with John (Kovatchi). He’s built quite a few wheels for me in thed 6-7 years that I raced, and I even spent two straight weeks with him at a camp in Evansville, Indiana. Needless to say he does wonderful work and is very professional.
I love my Pashley 29". The frame is high-quality (you can use it as a
tuning fork) and the wheel is solid. I’ve done noticable distance on
it, both on and off-road, and it’s held up great. (Except for the new
Miyata seat handle). I’m thinking of building up a second wheel (fat
26" with 170mm cranks) to swap in for serious mountain stuff; the 29"
with 150mm cranks is hard to get up off-road hills.
>I’m strongly leaning toward the Semcycle Deluxe with 28" Kovachi wheel,
>thanks to a brief but informative phone chat with Rebecca at
That is probably a good choice. For comparison, I have ridden the the
28" XL for at least 5 years. It still rides fine but has gotten pretty
If you’re getting a touring uni I’d suggest getting something that can take
a nice fat 29" tyre. Maybe get a 28" yuni frame built up with a decent 700c
wheel. That’s what I’ve got and it’s great.
The pashley one is good, but it looks like it doesn’t have much clearance
for the 29x2.1 tyre, whereas with the Yuni/Nimbus II you can slap in the
biggest fattest thing you can find, there is even a 29x2.3 slick which will
probably fit in there and you can put in IRC 29x2.1 tyres which are I think
slightly bigger. The IRC tyre is great for hopping too.
Actually, If you don’t anticipate any offroad riding or trials then ignore
all that, but if you do want to go offroad, get a frame with mud clearance
or if you do want hoppyness get a frame with space for the biggest tyre out
> > The Coker is wonderful, but I want something less delicate and easier to
> > learn on.
> > And sturdy: I weigh 242. And slower…
> I weigh more. My Coker is fine. And it does not force you to become a
> demon. Perhaps you should reconsider…
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Joe Marshall <email@example.com> wrote:
)The pashley one is good, but it looks like it doesn’t have much clearance
)for the 29x2.1 tyre, whereas with the Yuni/Nimbus II you can slap in the
)biggest fattest thing you can find, there is even a 29x2.3 slick which will
)probably fit in there and you can put in IRC 29x2.1 tyres which are I think
)slightly bigger. The IRC tyre is great for hopping too.
The Pashley has almost no vertical clearance for the 29x2.1, but there’s
definitely room for a fatter tire if it’s not any taller.
> don’t be swayed dude,stick to you guns.when i announced that my Coker
> was for sale i got lots of hate mail and the mind changing police came
> in at full force.
Hey, some of that hate mail was from me, I can’t believe you sold your
Coker. I’m not selling my Coker, I’m thinking about getting something
smaller to shorten the learning curve, but I’m keeping the Coker, probably
even after I get a deluxe Coker.
> i would not go for the Pash 29 because of tire clearance issues,but i
> can testify that there is 15mm between a 2.1 tire and the crown on a
> Sem29.i don’t know about the Yuni.
> here’s a look at the 15mm of clearance on the Sem with WTB tire
S.Kurland, try putting some oversized cranks on the coker. They will slow you down and they make the uni much easier to ride. The people on this site could tell you which ones to get.
carjug from jugglingdb
When Paul Haygood gets back to Austin ask him how he felt about carjug’s wimped-out Coker with genuine Lasko* seven inch cranks. He Took it for a ride in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
I don’t Know how well these cranks [from unicycle.com] would stand up to a dude your size, but they would make the beast more ridable. Gyppo Wrote me and told me that trick bikers with long legs prefer long cranks, and I believe this applies to unicyclists as well.
In the meantime, search rec juggling for carjug and Coker, and you will find my essay on these long cranks, which I put on my Coker to ease the strain of hill riding. Long cranks solved my problem and I believe they will solve your’s at a fraction of the cost of a new uni. firstname.lastname@example.org