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  • #31
    Monsterous Ride

    Nice little ride on the G32 this morning

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    • #32
      My new 32

      Built up over Christmas...

      Kent bicycles rim, tube & tyre
      Nimbus 48h ISIS hub
      Spokes are 36er stainless spokes cut down to length by UDC UK
      Laced 5-cross over-over-over-under-over by yours truly

      Nimbus Impulse 36er frame (125mm, bent in to 100mm)
      KH dual-hole 110/137 cranks (for now)
      Fairly ancient Qu-ax magnesium pedals, for now
      Nimbus gel saddle
      Nimbus 300mm seatpost, single quick-release seatclamp
      Attached Files

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      • #33
        Great build! Congrats! You're gonna love it!
        "I'm a unicyclist. I make my own reality."

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        • #34
          Here's mine.

          Until I get some more money, the wheel's playing swapsies with my 36er.
          That does however come with the advantage of having brake and bars set up ready.

          The wheel is using the standard spokes and nipples and a 48h red Qu-Ax ISIS hub. The larger flanges mean that 3 cross is way off for spoke length but 4 cross is spot on.

          I estimated the rim ERD at ~650mm.
          The stock b*ke hub measured up at 44.5mm PCD, 53mm spacing. This equates to 3 cross spoke length at ~309mm.
          The Qu-Ax hub comes in at 63.7 PCD, 64.5mm spacing, giving ~300mm 3 cross or ~309mm 4 cross.

          Actually measuring the spokes (in the wheel, I forgot when they were out) gives me more like 312 so I guess the rim ERD is actually closer to 654mm.

          Anyway I hope that calculation helps someone out.
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          • #35
            First congrats on the new build! Looks great, I'll be interested to hear how you like riding it, especially compared to the KH36.

            Second, it's interesting that you figured your ERD out to 654. That's what I got, too, but jtrops (who is pretty experienced in this kind of thing) got 662. I wonder why the big difference?

            Anyway, it's great to see another 32" on the road! Cheers!
            "I'm a unicyclist. I make my own reality."

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            • #36
              Originally posted by LanceB View Post
              First congrats on the new build! Looks great, I'll be interested to hear how you like riding it, especially compared to the KH36.
              Yeah I'm not sure yet. It would be a better to compare it to a road 29er I think as it's only got about 2 inches on to of that compared to almost 5 inches less than a 36er.
              I initially didn't pump the tyre up enough and it was pretty lousy. Now I think I've got the tyre a bit too hard as it's pretty twitchy and even small road bumps are a pain in the backside (literally).
              I'll drop the pressure a bit and report back once I've done more than my current 4 (broken up) miles.

              Second, it's interesting that you figured your ERD out to 654. That's what I got, too, but jtrops (who is pretty experienced in this kind of thing) got 662. I wonder why the big difference?
              No idea but 662 sounds way off. I can't imagine the rims are different sizes.

              Anyway, it's great to see another 32" on the road! Cheers!
              Yeah, I can't wait to see a production 32" and more of them around! From the other thread it sounds like that might be before the end of the year!
              "Ride It Baby!"

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              • #37
                Here's mine.

                Qu-ax 36" frame, clamp, and yellow 48 hole hub.
                Nimbus 137mm VentureII cranks, pedals, seat post and modified saddle.
                Kent rim, tire, tube, and rim strip, purchased directly from Kent.
                UDC Stainless spoke nipples.
                It appears to weigh 15 lbs. by my non-scientific "weigh self, weigh self holding unicycle, do the math" method.
                Very satisfying to ride, smooth and stable. Thanks to all who paved the way.
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                • #38
                  Does a 32" wheel feel more like a 29er, or a 36er?

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Brian O. View Post
                    Does a 32" wheel feel more like a 29er, or a 36er?
                    Like everything else unicycle-related, that evaluation is very subjective. My own take on it is, it "handles like a small wheel, rides like a big wheel." What that means is that, unlike a 36'r, it is very maneuverable. I can ride it in crowds or tight quarters with no problem. (When I had a 36'r, I never felt really comfortable on it, like I wasn't really in control all the time. I would always mentally go through a ride route and try to plan ahead how to handle or avoid "problem" areas. I don't blame the 36'r for this, this undoubtedly had to do with my own lack of riding skills and experience.) I ride the 32 with confidence wherever I want. So in that sense, it's more like a 29".

                    Having said that, the wheel size is also big enough to cover distances handily, particularly with short cranks, and/or a geared hub. I use M4O 110/130/150 cranks and a Schlumpf hub, and enjoy riding along next to my wife on her bicycle for 10-20 mile rides (occasionally 30) without any issues. For me it was a perfect fit, and I eventually sold my 36'r.

                    While the 32" size probably isn't for everyone, it works very well for me, and I'm very happy with it. The build itself was somewhat challenging, but coming from a mechanical engineering background, design and fabrication were not daunting to me. The finished product was well worth it.
                    "I'm a unicyclist. I make my own reality."

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                    • #40
                      Nightrider 32

                      Having tested the new Nightrider 32 I can officially say "it's awesome" there are pics on my Facebook page if you want to see it 😄
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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Alan Hogan View Post
                        Having tested the new Nightrider 32 I can officially say "it's awesome" there are pics on my Facebook page if you want to see it 😄
                        Oh my. I need this in my life as soon as possible.

                        Not being able to turn corners properly on this Kent tyre is getting on my nerves.

                        How do I get one/when?
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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by mowcius View Post
                          How do I get one/when?
                          Per Roger in this thread: http://unicyclist.com/forums/showthr...=118462&page=6

                          Easter time.

                          I am also looking forward to this.
                          I'm really glad to see that some development effort has been going on "behind the scenes" on this wheel size. I was starting to think there would just be us few outliers that tried it early on, then nothing after that. Personally, I like this size, and I think it may make "big wheel" riding more accessible/appealing to a lot of people. (Just my opinion, of course.)
                          Last edited by LanceB; 2016-01-12, 07:26 PM.
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                          • #43
                            I also love the size but increasingly hate the Kent tyre.
                            If I let the pressure down then it drags and doesn't turn at all, if I pump it up then it turns better but is like a rock and seriously twitchy. As a commuter it's not ideal.

                            I'd better get saving! Maybe UDC/Roger will sell me one at BJC 2016.

                            Yeah it's cool that UDC are putting serious effort into testing and prototyping new sizes. Maybe I'll try a fatty at some point too!
                            Last edited by mowcius; 2016-01-12, 07:55 PM.
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                            • #44
                              I went ahead and ordered a 32" bike from walmart instead of re-building my frankentire. The bike is because I don't want to wait for easter but this tire gives me way more confidence that 32 is here to stay. I wonder if the bike people will adopt them as skinny wheels on a 29+.
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                              • #45
                                If it's not too late, you can order the tire and wheel combo direct from Kent. I got the whole assembly, shipped to L.A., for $70. Pretty reasonable.
                                "I'm a unicyclist. I make my own reality."

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