I’ve been looking at a lot of uni’s lately, and I’m ready to upgrade from my 20" learner.
The ones I’ve been looking at from UDC are: 24" or 26" Torker Unistar LX and 24" or 26" Nimbus MUni. I plan to do some MUni, nothing too hardcore, probably fire roads and some single track.
I’d also like to commute the 8 miles to work and back. As I see it, the Nimbus has a double walled rim, which should be bomber for what I plan to do. I’m thinking a 26" wheel will be better for distance, without going up to the larger wheel diameters. Any other set ups I should consider?
I find the Nimbus 26" muni to be an excellent all-round machine. I use mine mostly for longish fast muni rides, commuting (9 miles each way cross-country) and some xc racing (where most people would use a 29er). The hub has proved plenty strong enough for my riding, which although not hardcore cliff-diving stuff does get pretty rocky. The only thing I’ve broken in just over two years is the strengthener plate in a KH saddle.
Crank length is a pretty personal thing, but I prefer 150s over the original 165s for general riding - makes it a bit easier to keep up a good speed. My commute takes me 50 minutes, including a few very steep hills and some quite rough sections. A 29er with a lighter tyre would be fine on that route, but I like the lower-pressure 3" tyre on the rockier sections. It’s as fast as a 29er on all but the smoother steep climbs, where the extra weight of the 3" tyre is more noticeable. In fact personally I find it easier to sustain a high speed on the flat with the heavier tyre smoothing things out and feeling less twitchy.
For the type of riding you’re planning on doing I’d say it would be a good choice.
rob.northcott said “…I use mine mostly for longish fast muni rides, commuting (9 miles each way cross-country)…My commute takes me 50 minutes, including a few very steep hills and some quite rough sections…”
You’re saying you can average over 10mph cross-country with some steep hills and rough trail on a 26" muni ? You are amazing! That is almost coker fast! I thought I was doing good averaging 8-8 1/2 mph on fairly flat road on my 26x3 muni yuni! I guess I better work harder!
lol if u cant go up hills fast around dartmoor then u are screwed lol… you learn pretty quick living round devon LOL. I go to modbury from ivybridge which is like 5-6 miles and that is way harder than the 14 mile bath to bristol ride i did LOL
It seems that on my 20" learner I’m at the same pace, or slighly faster than, people who race-walk or jog. I ride on a pedestrian path adjacent to a track . The 26" Muni I’m considering should be a good all around cruiser…