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  • New Upgrades - Nimbus Stealth Pro Rim + 14g SS Spokes

    I just placed the order on Tuesday and the wheelbuild arrived Friday! Wow, A+ shipping, Unicycle.com . I actually didn't know the rim was white...I thought it was chrome, but white is even better!

    Here's my coker:










    • Radial Frame
    • UDC Super-Wide Hub
    • Qu-Ax Alloy Cranks - 125mm
    • T7 Handle
    • KH Seatpost - Primo Clamp
    • Jim C Pedals
    • Wheel TA Tire
    • Nimbus Stealth Pro Rim
    • 14g SS Spokes (36)



    I just took it for it's first test spin - The weight difference makes a huge impact on the way it handles. Not only is it somewhat nicer to lug around, it's also much more maneuverable. This should be nice to ride the LBI Unithon with.

    I know, the Jim C's are a bit bulky. I'm planning to pick up some twisted Odysseys soon.


  • #2
    Grrr... UDCUK haven't had any spokes for ages. But if my wheel ever turns up it'll be just like yours! (except I'm having a normal width ISIS hub). Very jealous.

    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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    • #3
      Originally posted by rob.northcott
      Grrr... UDCUK haven't had any spokes for ages. But if my wheel ever turns up it'll be just like yours! (except I'm having a normal width ISIS hub). Very jealous.

      Rob
      I would've ordered mine in early april, but UDC (US) was out of the spokes until the 30th - so I was in a similar boat. ISIS hub, huh? I wish I had the cash to have sprung for that haha. Post pics when you get it!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chexjc
        ISIS hub, huh? I wish I had the cash to have sprung for that haha. Post pics when you get it!
        It's about the same price as the square-taper hubs... are you thinking of a Schlumpf geared hub?
        I've got an extra-wide hub on my current steel coker wheel, but decided to go for ISIS this time (seems like the way unicycle cranks are going, and gives me the possibility of using the KH dual-holed cranks, although I'm not using those yet), which means no option of an extra-wide hub. In theory the standard-width hub will make the wheel a bit weaker, but I know loads of people using standard hubs with no problems, even cross-country, so I've decided to risk it (the new rim and spokes are better anyway so hopefully will make up for the narrower hub).

        Hopefully Roger will get some spokes soon (he was expecting them a couple of weeks ago I think)...

        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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        • #5
          Originally posted by rob.northcott
          It's about the same price as the square-taper hubs... are you thinking of a Schlumpf geared hub?
          Nah, I'm not thinking of the Schlumpf, but we definitely aren't thinking of the same hubs . Which hub are you ordering with yours?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chexjc
            Nah, I'm not thinking of the Schlumpf, but we definitely aren't thinking of the same hubs . Which hub are you ordering with yours?
            Just a normal Nimbus ISIS hub.

            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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            • #7
              Originally posted by rob.northcott
              Just a normal Nimbus ISIS hub.

              Rob
              Oh okay. UDC(US) has the Nimbus ISIS for a litte more than twice the price of the Super-Wide Hub.

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              • #8
                I wonder if they are going to make that rim in black

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chexjc
                  Oh okay. UDC(US) has the Nimbus ISIS for a litte more than twice the price of the Super-Wide Hub.
                  That's odd - they're about the same price in the UK (only 1 difference). Perhaps it's a cock-up on the UDCUS site?

                  Originally posted by Daytripper63
                  I wonder if they are going to make that rim in black
                  They already do. There's a choice of black or white.

                  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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Chexjc
                    Post pics when you get it!
                    OK, Roger's spoke supply arrived and I got my wheel yesterday.
                    Haven't had time to put it on the unicycle yet, but here are a couple of pics of the wheel FWIW. It's certainly noticably lighter than my old wheel. I'll weigh them when I'm doing the swap and see what the actual difference is. I'm guessing about 400-500g (the spokes alone save 200 I think).

                    Rob
                    Attached Files
                    Last edited by rob.northcott; 2008-05-30, 09:05 AM.
                    "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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                    • #11
                      I built up my 36er today and weighed all the parts as I swapped them over. The new wheel has saved a lot more weight than I guessed. For anyone who's interested:

                      Old wheel (Qu-Ax steel rim, 12-gauge spokes, UDC extra wide hub): 3125g
                      New wheel (Stealth Pro rim, 14-gauge spokes, Nimbus ISIS hub): 2155g

                      Old cranks (steel): 685g
                      New cranks (Qu-Ax aluminium): 325g

                      Tyre (TA with about 2000 miles use): 1990g

                      Frame/saddle/seatpost/brake (Qu-Ax steel / KH Fusion / UDC 22.2 steel / bmx calliper with Tektro lever on steel bar end): 2670g

                      Forgot to weigh the pedals. They're just standard DMR V8s (with pedal protectors at the moment).

                      Overall saving: 1330g, more than twice (almost three times) my guess, and all from the wheel.

                      I'm now starting to think I should save some weight from the saddle foam and bar end (it's a REALLY heavy cheap steel one, but swapping it for a light one wouldn't really make that much difference - I'll probably cut the foam down a bit though and flatten the profile slightly while I'm at it).

                      I haven't ridden it yet - might ride it to work tomorrow.

                      Here are a couple of pics of the complete machine (sorry about the quality - it was raining and the light was a bit funny):

                      Rob
                      Attached Files
                      Last edited by rob.northcott; 2008-06-01, 07:48 PM.
                      "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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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rob.northcott
                        I built up my 36er today and weighed all the parts as I swapped them over. The new wheel has saved a lot more weight than I guessed. For anyone who's interested:

                        Old wheel (Qu-Ax steel rim, 12-gauge spokes, UDC extra wide hub): 3125g
                        New wheel (Stealth Pro rim, 14-gauge spokes, Nimbus ISIS hub): 2155g

                        Old cranks (steel): 685g
                        New cranks (Qu-Ax aluminium): 325g

                        Tyre (TA with about 2000 miles use): 1990g

                        Frame/saddle/seatpost/brake (Qu-Ax steel / KH Fusion / UDC 22.2 steel / bmx calliper with Tektro lever on steel bar end): 2670g

                        Forgot to weigh the pedals. They're just standard DMR V8s (with pedal protectors at the moment).

                        Overall saving: 1330g, more than twice (almost three times) my guess, and all from the wheel.

                        I'm now starting to think I should save some weight from the saddle foam and bar end (it's a REALLY heavy cheap steel one, but swapping it for a light one wouldn't really make that much difference - I'll probably cut the foam down a bit though and flatten the profile slightly while I'm at it).

                        I haven't ridden it yet - might ride it to work tomorrow.

                        Here are a couple of pics of the complete machine (sorry about the quality - it was raining and the light was a bit funny):

                        Rob
                        Was the old one 48 spoke?
                        http://www.Unicyclist.ca

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                        • #13
                          I rode the new wheel to work today. Not at all sure if I like the 125mm cranks (I've always used 150s before) and because of that it took me 10 minutes longer than usual, but apart from that it's nice. I'll give it a bit longer to get used to the 125s, but I think there might be a bit too much cross-country on my route for those cranks - they're OK on the road (although my top speed went down from 15.5 to 14.5mph because it felt so unstable, but hopefully that will improve as I get used to them), but on the gravel and grass on the moor they're really quite nasty. I had to walk one stoney downhill section that I normally ride. And I missed every other freemount But it's the first time I've ridden a coker on anything other than 150s, so I'll give it a chance. I've got a pair of 145s as well, so I may end up using those for my commute and keeping the 125s for pure road riding.

                          Rob

                          EDIT:
                          Originally posted by unicyclist.ca
                          Was the old one 48 spoke?
                          No, 36. Qu-Ax made an exact rip-off of the original Coker with 36 hole steel rim..
                          Last edited by rob.northcott; 2008-06-02, 08:42 AM.
                          "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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                          • #14
                            I ride 125/150 dual hole KH cranks and as you have an isis hub I highly recommend them. I am also with you that 150s are very comfortable because I live in the mountains, however I like changing over to the 125s for longer distances.
                            http://www.Unicyclist.ca

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rob.northcott
                              I built up my 36er today and weighed all the parts as I swapped them over. The new wheel has saved a lot more weight than I guessed. For anyone who's interested:

                              Old wheel (Qu-Ax steel rim, 12-gauge spokes, UDC extra wide hub): 3125g
                              New wheel (Stealth Pro rim, 14-gauge spokes, Nimbus ISIS hub): 2155g

                              Old cranks (steel): 685g
                              New cranks (Qu-Ax aluminium): 325g

                              Tyre (TA with about 2000 miles use): 1990g

                              Frame/saddle/seatpost/brake (Qu-Ax steel / KH Fusion / UDC 22.2 steel / bmx calliper with Tektro lever on steel bar end): 2670g

                              Forgot to weigh the pedals. They're just standard DMR V8s (with pedal protectors at the moment).

                              Overall saving: 1330g, more than twice (almost three times) my guess, and all from the wheel.

                              I'm now starting to think I should save some weight from the saddle foam and bar end (it's a REALLY heavy cheap steel one, but swapping it for a light one wouldn't really make that much difference - I'll probably cut the foam down a bit though and flatten the profile slightly while I'm at it).

                              I haven't ridden it yet - might ride it to work tomorrow.

                              Here are a couple of pics of the complete machine (sorry about the quality - it was raining and the light was a bit funny):

                              Rob
                              first picture almost looks like a 29'er.
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