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  • Originally posted by DavidHood View Post
    Every time I hear somebody say that I say try it in a 36er! A geared hub feels more at-home in a big wheel as if it were designed with touring in mind. It's amazingly easy to ride and I'm not that talented. I'm just now getting into MUni on my new 26" Nimbus (disc brake) Oracle so I could not imagine climbing even a slight incline in high gear on a bumpy trail. On the smooth pavement, riding a geared 36er is only a question of legs and lungs.
    I actually started mine in a 29" wheel. Unfortunately, the high gear required enough pushing that it set off an old achilles injury, which is why I then switched to to the G26. So while the G36 does sound excellent for the road and bike paths, it wouldn't work for me.
    My 29er is my little wheel. Roll it, baby!

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    • Had a great ride this morning at Fullerton Loop on my G26er. I set up my camera to film myself climbing "Heart Attack Hill", which is about 28% grade. I had to do it TWICE, because the camera shut off during the first climb due to a full memory card!

      So I deleted all the files and went back down to climb it again. Revving up the hill felt smooth and solid with the schlumpf, and the more I do climbs like this with it, the better it seems to get. I'm sure it's because the extra hub weight improves leg strength and cardio, as it does when riding in high.



      [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKa1CEPdc0I"]Heart Attack Hill Climb - on a Unicycle! Fullerton Loop trail - YouTube[/ame]
      Last edited by MuniAddict; 2012-04-21, 06:26 PM.
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      • Quote:
        Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
        FYI, it seems that i have sold my G26

        Ben Meighen asked: Why?
        Well, because geared unicycles are not for everyone. I don't want to rain on anyone's parade here since this is the Pro guni thread, but...since you asked

        If you are reading this thread and dreaming about riding a geared up uni, you need to be very specific about the questions you ask and the people you ask/listen to

        Too late I heard the answer (Tholub) that would have steered me away from a guni; then again, the promise may have been too strong at the time

        These are my opinions, based on my short experience riding a guni, and from talking to guni riders and reading about guni riding:

        -Geared road riding is the most effective and user friendly application.
        -Riding rough terrain in high gear is very destabilizing, requiring very strong riding skills and lots and lots of practice.
        -Riding a geared uni is not necessarily faster nor does it necessarily allow the rider to "ride further with less effort".

        That said, guni riding is the edge, and there's only one way to experience the edge

        Now if Schlumpf made a 1:1.25, then I'd be back on board.
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        • Originally posted by Nurse Ben View Post
          Now if Schlumpf made a 1:1.25, then I'd be back on board.
          What about 3 gears 1:0.727, 1:1, 1:1.375 ?
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          • Originally posted by Nurse Ben View Post
            Now if Schlumpf made a 1:1.25, then I'd be back on board.
            Yup the jump to 1.5 is very big, especially on a 36 ...... it would be great if he made a 1.25 and then did a service exchange scheme to get the 1.5 when you have mastered the 1.25
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            • Originally posted by Nurse Ben View Post
              -Riding rough terrain in high gear is very destabilizing, requiring very strong riding skills and lots and lots of practice.
              -Riding a geared uni is not necessarily faster nor does it necessarily allow the rider to "ride further with less effort".
              Initially I found that riding GMUni with too much psi was bouncing me all over the place, and I was getting that GUni-specific "rocking fore/aft effect". This would have a very tiring effect on me since it was taking most of my focus, strength and constant balance corrections. After dropping the psi a bit, all those things pretty much disappeared, and it also allowed me to ride faster over rough terrain with much more confidence, and enjoy the GUni experience to its fullest! And there's nothing quite like letting her go all out on the smoother singletrack sections!
              Last edited by MuniAddict; 2012-04-21, 10:32 PM.
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              • I have been riding my 24 gmuni for almost 2 years now, and I love it! It is true that the geared hub is no magic speed bullet. It takes strength and skill to ride it well, and there is a learning curve. There are lots of sections of trail that I would always shift to low for, that I am now blasting up/through in high gear. I feel in full control of the beast in high gear, and there are lots of uphills and technical sections that I can handle now. I have even started to get comfortable catching air off rocks and humps in high. Riding my 36 guni has improved my leg strength. A couple of times recently, I have found myself trying to shift up on the 24 gmuni, and realized that I was already in high! No way that I would want to dumb it down to a lower ratio. The 24x3 really cushions the high gear riding. I have contemplated switching to a 26, but worry I would miss the cushy ride at high speed over rocks. My 29er used to be my main ride (except for serious DH). Now, I always find myself reaching for the 24 gmuni instead.

                Funny thing how when I was a big proponent of the 29 that there was a certain member of the forum who was selling his 29er in favor of riding a 26. The situation is repeating itself with him dropping the gmuni and touting the 29er.
                Last edited by Tucson Uni; 2012-04-21, 11:44 PM.
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                • What about 3 gears 1:0.727, 1:1, 1:1.375 ?
                  Now who's being greedy

                  Funny thing how when I was a big proponent of the 29 that there was a certain member of the forum who was selling his 29er in favor of riding a 26. The situation is repeating itself with him dropping the gmuni and touting the 29er.
                  I still find the 26" to be a better size for muni, but the 29" is smoother and more comfortable for longer rides. It did take a while to adjust to a taller wheel, I think riding a Larry on the Conundrum was a lot of help. I finally have a fixed 26" again, so now I'm switching back and forth between the 29 and 26, the Oregon is resting

                  A guni is a wonderous thing for those who can make use of it, I just don't have the trails to really ride that fast unless I want to ride roads; our public lands in Tennessee are limited so we have few double track areas.

                  Thinking about the riding I did this past week, all of it was "abrupt", classic Appalachia, rooty and rocky, nothing flowing or smooth, so a single gear was just right all the time; there is a certain hill that I would have liked to have had a reduced gearing...

                  I kick myself for not "understanding" how a guni rides, maybe I jumped the gun, but then it's practically impossible to know a guni without having ridden one, so I guess it was a worthwhile "trial" that only cost me a couple hundred dollars.

                  Honestly, I am so pleased with my new Oracle disc brake hubs (26 and 29), that selling the guni was like getting out from under a bad debt, now I can afford a new 36er for muni once the new Walts Works off road tire is available. I'm thinking an Oracle disc brake hub wold be a nice match

                  Now about the 3 gear hub 1:0.727, 1:1, 1:1.375, anyone?
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                  • i've the schlumpf in turtle's V 36" which is nice on the road (even i don't ride it often). an other one is in a 29" wheel, this is ok for XC (also i don't ride that very often and i don't like it), now i've also a 26" schlumpf muni with disc brake, and this one i love! low gear for hardcore technical stuff and second gear if there is an easy trail. somtimes i think 1.5 is a bit to much but mostly i like it. what a bit dangerous is, that in rough terrain sometimes i change gear by accident... not funny .... today i had also a highspeed UPD in highgear because a crank got loose and i didn't feel it, the hub somehow stopped amd med too a little bit later. scary...
                    If everything's under control, you're going too slow

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                    • I had some bad wipeouts because of accidental downshifts on rough ground. This happened mostly when I was using the 125 hole. I now use the 150 hole and I am careful about my foot position, and I have not had an accidental downshift in a long time.
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                      • luckely i had my full face helmet on and all the protection (because i knew that beast is fast!)

                        see on the pic, that's how it looks with the helmet on.... i don't wanna know how it would look without...
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                        If everything's under control, you're going too slow

                        I trust in those:

                        Triton

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                        Schlumpf

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                        • Originally posted by turtle View Post
                          luckely i had my full face helmet on and all the protection (because i knew that beast is fast!)

                          see on the pic, that's how it looks with the helmet on.... i don't wanna know how it would look without...
                          Is there any visible impact on the helmet? If yes, show pics. Just to get an impression what your head would look like without wearing a helmet.
                          Wolfgang

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                          • you can see only a little bit... maybe i'll put a pic on tomorrow.... but i've got a small footage from the UPD, it's only in a few minutes...
                            If everything's under control, you're going too slow

                            I trust in those:

                            Triton

                            Mountainuni Brake System

                            Schlumpf

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                            • enjoy:

                              [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4qt_0ntgus"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4qt_0ntgus[/ame]
                              If everything's under control, you're going too slow

                              I trust in those:

                              Triton

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                              • As I was cranking my way up one of the many steep trail sections this morning at Fullerton loop, my right crank totally slipped and pitched me off the front in a flash! This was my third 11.3 mile ride at this trail in just 4 days, but after the first ride I checked my cranks and they needed just a little tightening.

                                I didn't think they would need tightening again so soon, and I thought it was a bearing cap slip. I checked the caps and they were fine, then I checked the right crank it it was almost OFF the splined axle! I couldn't believe it, as this had never happened since I started riding my G26er more than a year ago!

                                So I just figured it must have gotten loose from the dozens and dozens of steep climbs I had done at this trail over such a short time. I had never put my GUni through this much continual steep climbing. I'm lucky I didn't loose the shift button! I think I'll put some more locktite on the bolts!
                                Last edited by MuniAddict; 2012-04-22, 08:14 PM.
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