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  • #16
    Originally posted by Mikefule View Post
    Part of being a unicyclist is being an individual. ("We are all individuals!" "I'm not...") Make your own decision according to your own principles, because, you know what, pretty much everyone in this forum will recommend what they decided to buy.
    I recommended the opposite of what I bought/would buy for myself, and it seems to me that multiple others did the same. Part of most good decisions is getting different opinions from (ideally qualified) people, and evaluating them for yourself.
    In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. -Douglas Adams.

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    • #17
      I would say get the brake. I got it, and use it pretty much every day. On which Uni to buy, I was at the same crossroads that you are at now, I was even looking at the same unicycles! I went with the Oracle, and I'm glad I did. But the choice is yours and only yours. Good luck with whatever you go with.
      If your not sore, your not ridin' long enough!

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      • #18
        Aracer, I do ride a lot of downhill on a KH29. Usually the uphill too.

        I use my brake even less now compared to when I first started riding a 29" Oracle about 3 years ago.
        I'm guessing that's because I couldn't handle the momentum of the larger wheel nor did I have the skills or lungs I have now.

        Back then I was also using 150mm cranks and now I'm on 127's.

        So brakes for me and my riding? No way on a 26"
        You? I'd probably guess yes by what you've said.
        SOK said "My dream is to ride easy off road bike trails nothing too crazy." so ya, I stick by telling him he won't need it.

        How about this?... Skip the 26 and go for a 29!
        Then get a brake for sure.
        Problem solved.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by UniDreamerFR View Post
          One of the stuffs I like with brakes is the very smooth and gentle dismount by the rear in slow motion.
          It's very appreciable to dismount by the rear from a 29er and even more from a 36er like if you were wearing a parachute: much better for the knees.
          Now I do it all the time, and I find that it's a good way to progressively learn emergency braking.
          I was wondering about that. Yesterday I rode 9km on the 32inch. Some sections going downhill, but I hardly ever use the brake other than if I want to UPD. I thought of using the brake to dismount backwards, but I reckoned if I ride slowly enough and have the balance right, I could get off without using it. Sometimes the wheel rolls away though when trying to dismount nicely. I will focus on using the brake more on that too.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Canoeheadted View Post
            SOK said "My dream is to ride easy off road bike trails nothing too crazy." so ya, I stick by telling him he won't need it.
            It's all in that statement! If it's only about easy off road trails, then brake not required.

            But you shouldn't rule out the brake in general, especially on preconception.

            I have a KH24 and it came with a brake, at a time where I was too beginner to use it except for instant face plant.
            I became better at the brake when the 36" I bought second hand came with a brake too. And like Unidreamer, I've become a big fan of the rear dismount with the brake. It's the first thing that made me consider the brake for other use than counteracting the downhill. And it's also the thing that made me more confident about using the brake on steep downhill.
            This summer, I took a ski lift and went down the slope. It was a 1200m descent over 6km, so rather steep. I had the 24 muni, and the brake which got a lot of use, and despite that, it took me 3 days to recover my upper thigh muscles!

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            • #21
              Thanks to all

              Thanks for all the great insight into brakes. I'm very close to buying my first serious unicycle (the Club 20 I bought on craigslist $50) doesn't count.
              I'm leaning toward the Oracle 27.5. With luck it will be a good balance between too small and too big for where I'm at in the learning process.
              "Knowledge is gained right after you needed it the most"

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              • #22
                Originally posted by ScaredOldKid View Post
                I'm leaning toward the Oracle 27.5. With luck it will be a good balance between too small and too big for where I'm at in the learning process.

                Sounds good. If I could rewind time I would get the 27.5 or the 29 Oracle.
                If your not sore, your not ridin' long enough!

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Uni Klein View Post
                  Sounds good. If I could rewind time I would get the 27.5 or the 29 Oracle.
                  My first real uni after the one I learned it on was a 26" which I rode quite a lot, but then I got a Nimbus 29", which I just loved. I've ridden many many kilometres on it. The 27.5 might be easier to mount, though I have no issues with the 29er.

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                  • #24
                    the 29 comes with a smaller tire, so they both end up with almost the same tire circumference. can't go wrong with either, but down the road there may end up being better tire choices with the 27.5.

                    27.5 is also cheaper.
                    Last edited by anton005; 2017-10-18, 05:47 PM.

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                    • #25
                      Discounts at unicycle.com

                      How often do discounts at unicycle dot com come around?
                      "Knowledge is gained right after you needed it the most"

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by ScaredOldKid View Post
                        How often do discounts at unicycle dot com come around?
                        They used to discount a few times a year, lately (last year or so) it's been rare to see any of the preferred uni's go on sale. I would say if it's going to happen most likely it will happen in the next month or two. Search around, sometimes they pop up at other places as well.

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                        • #27
                          Fat uni

                          How much would I be using a brake going down
                          serious muni trails with a fat unicycle with 140mm cranks?
                          Habits are often more comfortable than Luxurys.

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                          • #28
                            A lot if it's steep or drops are involved.
                            Even more the larger the tire.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by ScaredOldKid View Post
                              How often do discounts at unicycle dot com come around?
                              They usually have a sale the week after I buy one. Not sure when that will be though.
                              UniMyra's YouTube channel

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Uni Klein View Post
                                Sounds good. If I could rewind time I would get the 27.5 or the 29 Oracle.
                                What do you mean, if you could rewind time. You can just buy those 2 as well. I think any unicyclist should have all wheel sizes in his shed. I have 8 unis, though not the 27.5.

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