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  • Building a new coker for under $300.

    Thought I'd do a quick little writeup for those of you who wish you had a coker but couldn't afford the steep $500+ price tage. Following this you can get a functioning coker for under $300 dollars! :]

    $70 - Nimbus Titan Frame: http://www.unicycle.com/unicycle-har...nch-frame.html

    $110 - Coker Wheelset (doublewalled rim + spokes + square taber hub all built up) http://cokercycles.com/product.php?productid=20

    $55 - Wheel TA tire (on sale) http://www.unicycle.com/sale-items/w...reet-tire.html

    $10 - 29er tube (powder it and stretch it on) http://www.unicycle.com/sale-items/w...reet-tire.html

    $25 - Torker Alloy cotterless cranks (these are totally underrated and awesome for a coker) http://www.unicycle.com/unicycle-har...nk-arms-2.html

    Total of $270 + shipping and you just have to borrow the seat and pedals from that muni of yours which you never use and you have an awesome new 36" unicycle on a totally reasonable budget.

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    This is pretty much my Coker. Shipping is ridiculously cheap from Coker too. I would say that a tire from Coker is probably cheaper when you add shipping. Also, I don't know if it will cost more to have the wheel shipped with a tire, but I suspect that the shipping won't go up. That may be a way to cut the cost a bit more.

    At any rate the Coker wheel is $118, but only $125 including shipping. I also got a seatpost from them for $12. Not bad.
    "A properly ridden unicycle is like an object in orbit: constantly falling but never landing." -Diogenes

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    • #3
      I wonder if this would have fit better in the review section.

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      • #4
        I've actually been thinking about going from my built-up steel Coker Rim with UDC super-wide hub to one of these.... is it worth it? Should I wait and buy a Nimbus Stealth wheel and build it up with a Square or ISIS hub?
        Also..... are the sidewalls machined for maggies?
        Last edited by Tirving; 2010-01-17, 08:26 PM.

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        • #5
          There was already a thread in the reviews section a while back about this. You can find it here.

          There was another thread somewhere that itemized a whole uni and I think with shipping it was only just over $300. I can't find the thread now though.
          "A properly ridden unicycle is like an object in orbit: constantly falling but never landing." -Diogenes

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tirving View Post
            I've actually been thinking about going from my built-up steel Coker Rim with UDC super-wide hub to one of these.... is it worth it? Should I wait and buy a Nimbus Stealth wheel and build it up with a Square or ISIS hub?
            Also..... are the sidewalls machined for maggies?
            As for whether or not it's "worth" it brings more into the equation than just the wheel, or the cost. I'm sure that there is someone who can come up with a justification for the extra expense of the Nimbus wheel, but for most people the Coker is not just adequate, but a very nice wheel.

            I have the Coker wheel, and I can say that it is a solid wheel with a nice double walled aluminum rim (I've heard its the Qu-Ax rim). It doesn't have machined sidewalls, but the profile of the rim is perfect for brakes. I had maggies on it for a while and hated them, but I have V's on now and they are great. When you consider that the stealth pro rim is $115 as compared to the Coker wheel for $118, it raises serious questions. If you really want an ISIS hub you might be better off getting the Nimbus and building it up, but it will end up costing three times as much as the coker.

            If you consider the cost with shipping the Coker option looks even better.
            "A properly ridden unicycle is like an object in orbit: constantly falling but never landing." -Diogenes

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            • #7
              I honestly don't think I need ISIS but a 48 spoke wheel just ind of turns me off. It's true though....even if I went Nimbus Stealth with a UDC superwide hub...which I have now, drilled for the monster 12ga. spoke on my steel wheel.... it would cost quite a bit more than a Coker wheel set-up.
              I'm just not sure it's that much of a step-up from what I have.

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              • #8
                I already have a set of maggies that are just waiting for me to get a wheel that has a brakeable surface.

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                • #9
                  Wow, thanks for this. I'll keep this in mind - I was hoping to buy a 36er this summer, but was worried I might not be able to afford the $500+ price tag.

                  I might try to find a regular Nimbus frame instead, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
                  Nimbus 29 with Pi bar
                  Nimbus 36 with T7
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tirving View Post
                    I honestly don't think I need ISIS but a 48 spoke wheel just ind of turns me off. It's true though....even if I went Nimbus Stealth with a UDC superwide hub...which I have now, drilled for the monster 12ga. spoke on my steel wheel.... it would cost quite a bit more than a Coker wheel set-up.
                    I'm just not sure it's that much of a step-up from what I have.
                    I can say that it is a huge upgrade from the steel wheel with the 12g. spokes. You will notice how light it is before you even mount it on your uni. Once you get it on the road you will wonder why you questioned it.

                    Are you running a 29'er tube, or the original coker tube? That is easily as much of an upgrade and the two together are amazingly lighter than the stock setup.

                    I thought that I would want 36 spokes as well, but not enough to justify the expense. Once you experience how much better the ride is you won't be too turne off by the extra spokes.
                    Last edited by jtrops; 2010-01-17, 10:14 PM. Reason: additional stuff
                    "A properly ridden unicycle is like an object in orbit: constantly falling but never landing." -Diogenes

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                    • #11
                      29er tube

                      How durable is a 29er tube after stretching it on a 36er frame? Does this shorten the tubes life span?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by scha6645 View Post
                        How durable is a 29er tube after stretching it on a 36er frame? Does this shorten the tubes life span?
                        I think if you do it right and stretch it well before you mount it you won't really notice a difference in the durability. Interestingly, the coker tube that came in my original wheel had completely deteriorated with cracks in the rubber.

                        Truthfully, I wouldn't be surprised if it's not going to last as long, but it is a $3 tube. I can buy a lot of 29'er tubes for the cost of one Coker tube. The performance gain from losing the weight at the tire is HUGE. This is one "upgrade" that pays off in every way, not to mention that you can get replacement tubes at any bike shop.
                        "A properly ridden unicycle is like an object in orbit: constantly falling but never landing." -Diogenes

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                        • #13
                          I would also never spend more than 5 bucks on a 29er tube. I usually get them for 3 dollars minus my discount.

                          But this is basically what I have. Except that I got an airfoil for cheap on the forums, then used an old hub I had kicking around. Probably cost about the same.

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                          • #14
                            New discount Coker

                            I've been wanting to get a 36er ever since I saw them on this site last November. Anyway, thanks to advice from everyone that contributes on this site, I finally got all the pieces in and together. Took my first drive last night, and it really is a trip. I have been riding 20" and 24" wheels for 30 years, wish I would have known about the 36er a long time ago.

                            I got the wheelset from Coker, and almost everything else from Unicycle.com.
                            I took the wireless computer off my hybrid bike, but need to change the setting to match the new wheel.

                            I got the handlebar grips from WalMart, they were only about $7 bucks, they are labeled X Games grips. The cool thing about them is they have endcaps that anchor into the bar ends. I only was able to get in a short ride with them yesterday because it was almost dark when I got my 36er put together, but they felt comfortable.

                            I think I ended up spending about $450 for everything. I wanted the Nightrider tire and a handlebar set-up too, plus the KH Fusion seat, so obviously couldn't keep it around $300.

                            Here's a pic...
                            http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/att...1&d=1266591929
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                            • #15
                              Looks like a beautiful setup : )

                              I think the titan frame has actually grown on me, it's as simplistic as it gets. (I have the nightrider.)

                              Those look like some long cranks, are they 150s?
                              Steel is real! => I ride a Nimbus!

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