I have now been riding muni for about one year, having progressed from wobbling across the elementary school lawn to barreling down steep single track, it has been a long flat progression. I never thought that I’d get to where I am, btu I am so pleased that I put in the time to become a muni rider.
So, having progressed through the stages of 20", 24", 26", 29", I am now back to the 26" muni. What happened for me was both a progression in my skills as well as a realization that in some ways a bigger wheel is better, esp for muni. Though my Nimbus 24" was my workhorse these past six months, after yesterday’s ride on my new Nimbus 26", I can see that the workhorse is gonna be put out to pasture
It may be just me, but for technical terrain mixed with mellower single track and some double track, a 24" x 3" muni is just too small and too heavy, so I built a true XC 26" with the following parts:
Nimbus 26" Muni, Black
KH Titanium hub, Silver
Koxx TRYALL 26" x 47mm drilled rim, Gold
14 ga spokes, Black
Alloy nipples, Red
Koxx TRYALL STIKY 26" x 2.5" tyre
26" DH tube
Koxx K1 160mm ISIS cranks, Black/Silver
Twisted PC nylon pedals, Charcoal
KH Adjustable seat post, Black/Silver
Animal single bolt clamp, Red
KH Freeride seat (08’), Orange/Black
The longer cranks, though only 10mm longer than my normal cranks, really help with climbs and downhill control, so I don’t really need a brake. The tire is narrower than my Intense 3", but at 2.5" and beinga sticky tread, it is just enough for cushioning, yet still fast and nimble like a good XC tire.
Between the Ti hub, lighter tire, and light wheel build, it is abou the same weight as a KH 29, and that’s with a steel frame! So far I have noticed little difference is what I can ride vs the 24", though the 26" is far easier to throw around due to lower weight. Compared to a 29", I get a similar feeling of “flow”, but more control and a better ride.
I know why Kris decided to build a 26" muni frame, it’s the perfect XC ride