Re: Yuni 29 inch touring cycle
If the 29’er Yuni is what unicycle.UK.com sells as 28" Nimbus with
700c wheel (I think it is), then that is the uni that arrived at my
home last Thursday. I swapped the cranks for 150 mm to ease the
transition as I now mostly ride my MUni which is in fact almost 26"
and has 170 mm cranks.
I freemounted after just a few tries to get the right ‘feel’. The
wheel is very light so control was good right from the start. I idled
on my first try.
>Would it be a good idea to sell the Sem and upgrade to the 29 as my road
No, unless you’re very short of cash, keep it. The 24" Sem is great
for all-round skills development, the 29’er is restricted in that
area. What you could do to increase the difference between your two
unicycles is to buy a 20" wheel for your Sem. But with the same frame
that is less than ideal because the high frame makes certain skills
(such as gliding) more difficult.
>Would the 125 cranks be preferrable for speed to the 150’s?
Absolutely. I just put 150’s on for the transition. Also I will be
experimenting with a wide range of crank lengths just for fun (and
statistics of course!). Other than that, my final crank length will be
125 or shorter, the Netherlands being as flat as they are. With 150’s,
the uni felt about as fast as the Sem 24" with 125 mm cranks, not
surprising since the gearing is almost identical.
>Would it be strong enough to hop curbs and do some ‘along the way’ drops
It should be good to hop on and off curbs, otherwise it wouldn’t be
worthy the ‘commuter’ label. But… my soul still hurts at remembering
what happened on my first and only ride on the 29’er. I made a series
of about 20 hops of some 2" height. That set off my cranks by about 15
degrees! Closer inspection revealed that at least one of the tapers
got twisted. Not sure if the cranks are damaged in the process (they
were brand new).
No worry, Roger of unicycle.uk.com agreed that this wasn’t too severe
abuse, even though with a thin (35 mm) tyre and long cranks (and quite
possibly bad hopping technique) the stresses on the hub can be quite
large. They’ll replace the wheel but in the mean time I can’t ride it.
>Would I even be wanting to this type of stuff with a 29’er?
Curb hopping? I think yes.
>What can riding a 29 be compared to; is a 24 to 29 sort of like a 20 to
From my limited experience: yes.
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