Zephyr vs. Schwinn vs. Semcycle

Hello!

I am looking at buying my first unicycle, and I am looking for some input into
what I should buy. For starters, I will just be riding around my house, but
eventually, I would like to use it for a short commute between where I park my
car and my office building. (About 4 city blocks.)

There are a couple places around me that carry unicycles. One has Schwinn, and
the other carries Zephyr. I am looking to buy a 24". Is it worth the extra $70
to buy the Schwinn? Also, someone had suggested the Semcycle XL to me. I know
that is likely more uni than I need now, but is it worth the few extra $$ to get
it? Is it THAT much better?

I would appreciate any feedback I can get.

Thanks!

Jason

Re: Zephyr vs. Schwinn vs. Semcycle

Hi Jason, Zephyr is ok to begin with but if you have the extra $70, get the
schwinn - it will be very much worth the difference. I like the Schwinn and
frankly wish I had purchased it first. Oh well. The main difference between the
Sem and the Schwinn is that the Sem will be a lot lighter. Schwinn’s are
notoriously heavy and bomb-proof. I personally ride a Schwinn 24" with black
widow bmx pedals and the longer seat post. One thing to consider is that a
schwinn dealer will help you work on your schwinn while bike shops may balk at
working on a Sem - just because they’re not familiar with them. But the Sem’s
are very nice. I hope to get a 28" someday. Good luck. Brian Berlin
http://how.to/unicycle

Jason Pecor <magnetic@earth.execpc.com> wrote in message
news:39734536$0$56832$392904a7@news.execpc.com
> Hello!
>
> I am looking at buying my first unicycle, and I am looking for some input
into what I should buy. For
> starters, I will just be riding around my house, but eventually, I would
like to use it for a short
> commute between where I park my car and my office building. (About 4 city
blocks.)
>
> There are a couple places around me that carry unicycles. One has
Schwinn, and the other carries Zephyr.
> I am looking to buy a 24". Is it worth the extra $70 to buy the Schwinn?
Also, someone had suggested
> the Semcycle XL to me. I know that is likely more uni than I need now,
but is it worth the few extra $$
> to get it? Is it THAT much better?
>
> I would appreciate any feedback I can get.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Jason

Re: Zephyr vs. Schwinn vs. Semcycle

Only buy the Schwinn if you like heavy unicycles. My first unicycle was a
Schwinn. THen a couple years later, I bought a Zephyr. It was cheaper,
lighter, quieter, and upgradeable. The only part that will wear out on you in
about a year is the four bolt holes in the frame that are used to attach the
lollipop bearing holders. But when that time comes, just get someone to weld 4
washers over the holes, and you’re set. Zephyr is the best Taiwanese cycle
made that I’ve seen, not to be confused with the brand called “Savage”, which
is a piece of junk.

Chris Reeder reed8990@uidaho.edu

Jason Pecor wrote:

> Hello!
>
> I am looking at buying my first unicycle, and I am looking for some input into
> what I should buy. For starters, I will just be riding around my house, but
> eventually, I would like to use it for a short commute between where I park my
> car and my office building. (About 4 city blocks.)
>
> There are a couple places around me that carry unicycles. One has Schwinn, and
> the other carries Zephyr. I am looking to buy a 24". Is it worth the extra $70
> to buy the Schwinn? Also, someone had suggested the Semcycle XL to me. I know
> that is likely more uni than I need now, but is it worth the few extra $$ to
> get it? Is it THAT much better?
>
> I would appreciate any feedback I can get.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Jason

Re: Zephyr vs. Schwinn vs. Semcycle

Hi Chris.

Zephyr production has moved from Taiwan to China. Savages are still made in
Taiwan. If you removed the seats and seat posts from Zephyrs and Savages, you
would swear that they were made in the same factory. Everything is identical.
Parts are interchangeable from one to another. Where they differ is the seat,
and the contoured Zephyr seat is clearly better.

Schwinn unicycles are also made in Taiwan. They’re still made like
one-wheeled tanks!

-John

> Only buy the Schwinn if you like heavy unicycles. My first unicycle was
a Schwinn. THen a couple years
> later, I bought a Zephyr. It was cheaper, lighter, quieter, and
upgradeable. The only part that will wear
> out on you in about a year is the four bolt holes in the frame that are
used to attach the lollipop bearing
> holders. But when that time comes, just get someone to weld 4 washers
over the holes, and you’re set.
> Zephyr is the best Taiwanese cycle made that I’ve seen, not to be confused
with the brand called “Savage”,
> which is a piece of junk.
>
> Chris Reeder reed8990@uidaho.edu
>
>
>
> Jason Pecor wrote:
>
> > Hello!
> >
> > I am looking at buying my first unicycle, and I am looking for some
input into what I should buy. For
> > starters, I will just be riding around my house, but eventually, I would
like to use it for a short
> > commute between where I park my car and my office building. (About 4
city blocks.)
> >
> > There are a couple places around me that carry unicycles. One has
Schwinn, and the other carries Zephyr.
> > I am looking to buy a 24". Is it worth the extra $70 to buy the
Schwinn? Also, someone had suggested
> > the Semcycle XL to me. I know that is likely more uni than I need now,
but is it worth the few extra $$
> > to get it? Is it THAT much better?
> >
> > I would appreciate any feedback I can get.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Jason
>

Re: Zephyr vs. Schwinn vs. Semcycle

Bummer. It looks like Zephyr moved away from the good 'ol 36 hole axle. I don’t
think it will be as easy to rummage up 28 hole Mtn bike rims from the landfill.

Chris Reeder reed8990@uidaho.edu

John Drummond wrote:

> Hi Chris.
>
> Zephyr production has moved from Taiwan to China. Savages are still made in
> Taiwan. If you removed the seats and seat posts from Zephyrs and Savages, you
> would swear that they were made in the same factory. Everything is identical.
> Parts are interchangeable from one to another. Where they differ is the seat,
> and the contoured Zephyr seat is clearly better.
>
> Schwinn unicycles are also made in Taiwan. They’re still made like
> one-wheeled tanks!
>
> -John
>
> > Only buy the Schwinn if you like heavy unicycles. My first unicycle was
> a Schwinn. THen a couple years
> > later, I bought a Zephyr. It was cheaper, lighter, quieter, and
> upgradeable. The only part that will wear
> > out on you in about a year is the four bolt holes in the frame that are
> used to attach the lollipop bearing
> > holders. But when that time comes, just get someone to weld 4 washers
> over the holes, and you’re set.
> > Zephyr is the best Taiwanese cycle made that I’ve seen, not to be confused
> with the brand called “Savage”,
> > which is a piece of junk.
> >
> > Chris Reeder reed8990@uidaho.edu
> >
> >
> >
> > Jason Pecor wrote:
> >
> > > Hello!
> > >
> > > I am looking at buying my first unicycle, and I am looking for some
> input into what I should buy. For
> > > starters, I will just be riding around my house, but eventually, I would
> like to use it for a short
> > > commute between where I park my car and my office building. (About 4
> city blocks.)
> > >
> > > There are a couple places around me that carry unicycles. One has
> Schwinn, and the other carries Zephyr.
> > > I am looking to buy a 24". Is it worth the extra $70 to buy the
> Schwinn? Also, someone had suggested
> > > the Semcycle XL to me. I know that is likely more uni than I need now,
> but is it worth the few extra $$
> > > to get it? Is it THAT much better?
> > >
> > > I would appreciate any feedback I can get.
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > Jason
> >
>