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  • #31
    Originally posted by rob.northcott
    Dave (kington99) mentioned to me last weekend...
    That was a complete lie - it was Rich (loosemoose)

    Rob
    "Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?" (Dan Antopolski)

    "I would absolutely recommend a 29er to anyone who didn't prefer a larger or small wheel." (Mikefule)

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    • #32
      thank u very mutch !
      اغانيافلامالعاب

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      • #33
        Stealth pro downgrade

        My first impression was "I'm not impressed with this ugly white!". Because there was no choice of black in NZ. Replacing a black Airfoil in a black frame seems a bit silly.

        My first problem when getting my wheel built was finding spoke washers. On my previous wheelbuild I had a lot of snapping spokes problems due to the Coker hub being designed to take 13 gauge spokes- so the ends of the 14 gauge spokes would wriggle around in the holes. I managed to find stainless steel washers easy enough but in my opinion they should come with the spokes and come with advice on using them since it was only $2.

        Originally posted by rob.northcott View Post
        Overall saving: 1330g, more than twice (almost three times) my guess, and all from the wheel.
        The weight saving is nice, but at what cost? If you ever get a puncture how the heck are you going to take the tire off? It took me 3 tire levers to get the damn thing on- resulting in a pinch flat. I got it off and on, fixed with a slow flat left over, and snapped my tire lever trying to get it back off. Now I am going to order Nylon coated steel core tire levers from England to get this ridiculously tight tire off, negating most of the weight savings if I carry them. If I am ever in an endurance race and I get a flat tire I will probably have to give up instead of fixing it cos I am not looking forwards to taking it off again.

        In my opinion this might have happened due to the bad batch of Airfoils. They were made the wrong size and some people's tires popped off at high pressure I think- so they went and made the Stealth pro the wrong size bigger- so they are not practical!

        I'm sick of hearing the old excuse from manufacturers that "It costs too much to make a new tire/rim and there are not enough unicyclists". I reckon if one was available, I'd use a tire that is similar to 700c, but around 40" or 42" in size. Make a Carbon or alloy rim. We have had so many new combinations of 36" tires and rims but very little innovation- basicly the same thing but a few grams different. There was obviously a lot of money to be made or they wouldn't make so many different sorts- airfoil, coker, stealth pro, wheel ta, nimbus nightrider etc. All these wheels are basicly designed to be ridden offroad- we need a lightweight high pressure road version! And a new narrow innertube to match!

        Maybe I don't understand how difficult it would be to mount such a tire/rim combination and have it stay on successfully.

        I get the feeling unicycle.com is there to make money off us rather than to serve our needs sometimes.

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        • #34
          My TA tyre isn't a particularly tight fit on my Stealth rim. In fact, the first time I fitted it I was going to pump it up hard to seat the rim, but it blew off the rim at less than 50 psi. That's not a problem to me because I never run my tyre over 30psi anyway. I can't fit it without a tyre lever, but plastic levers (just normal Park ones) are enough for removal and fitting.

          Perhaps the Nightrider tyre is a tighter fit.

          And I quite like the white finish (and that's coming from somebody who would usually go for black everything)

          Rob
          "Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?" (Dan Antopolski)

          "I would absolutely recommend a 29er to anyone who didn't prefer a larger or small wheel." (Mikefule)

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          • #35
            Originally posted by rob.northcott View Post
            My TA tyre isn't a particularly tight fit on my Stealth rim. In fact, the first time I fitted it I was going to pump it up hard to seat the rim, but it blew off the rim at less than 50 psi. That's not a problem to me because I never run my tyre over 30psi anyway. I can't fit it without a tyre lever, but plastic levers (just normal Park ones) are enough for removal and fitting.

            Perhaps the Nightrider tyre is a tighter fit.

            And I quite like the white finish (and that's coming from somebody who would usually go for black everything)

            Rob
            The nightrider and stealth pro rim fit quite nicely, not hard to put on but a solid fit and can easily pump up to 80 PSI without it blowing off. (I've never had it blow off, but I have gotten it up to 80 PSI in case you misread the previous sentense.)

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            • #36
              Originally posted by rob.northcott View Post
              The wheel is certainly slightly stronger with a wider hub - nobody can deny that, it's just a fact. But I reckon it's strong enough with the normal width hub, and if the spokes are nice and tight the flex isn't bad either. I think the people who complain about wheel flex are mostly using Magura brakes, which needs to be set up quite close to the rim. With a caliper brake the pads can be set up much further apart, so brake rub isn't a problem. I can JUST get the rim to brush the brake while honking it up a really steep hill, but it's really not a problem.
              Rob
              I have a new KH 36 with the normal width ISIS hub, 125 QU-AX arms and Airfoil rim - and coming from the superwide hub, I was worried about the amount of wheel flex I was seeing and yes with the Magura brakes, there was some rubbing, but most of the rubbing was while idling, so I adjusted the brake pad on the side I idle on to be further away from the rim. I do like the lower Q with this new set-up and after several hundred road/commuter miles, it appears to be holding its true.
              Brycer1968
              Brycer1968,
              Mayhem on one-wheel since 1968

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