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  • Lightening up a unicycle

    I have a Koxx one Alien Backflip, and it is too heavy for me...........are there any tips for lightening it up.........i don't want to buy to much stuff and don't want to really do anything that will weaken the unicycle.

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    Ti hardwear:20-100$
    Drilling bumper and handle: free
    Cut down seat foam:free
    Shaving tire (try-all is best for shaving) : free
    Cut off extra seat post:free
    Plastic pedals:9-20$
    Lighter cranks:10-90$
    Single bolt clamp:free-20$
    These are all the cheap to free ways to do this
    If ya got a little bit of money try these
    Stainless steel spokes or ti spokes and nipples
    Single wall rim
    CF base
    Mad4one hub or KH Ti
    Carbon fibre frame
    CF handle or bumper
    Light pedals echo tr
    Roses are red, violets are blue, may I procreate with you so I can ride a g32!! - Alan hogan

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    • #3
      thanks....im gnna do the drilling of the bumpers and cut the seatpost,............im also gnna buy some plastic pedals

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      • #4
        or try a light weight tube if you are not fat like me another good thing is drilling the seat clamp if you want serious weight loss
        Roses are red, violets are blue, may I procreate with you so I can ride a g32!! - Alan hogan

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        • #5
          People have also drilled their moments, and no reports of that causing problems yet, so that may be a route to take.

          Does drilling the bumpers really do that much?

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          • #6
            i dont know. but i think they have the same koxx cranks as you
            Roses are red, violets are blue, may I procreate with you so I can ride a g32!! - Alan hogan

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            • #7
              Yeha if they're the tubular K1 cranks I would be hesitant about drilling em, I don't think they're solid.

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              • #8
                They are not solid
                Roses are red, violets are blue, may I procreate with you so I can ride a g32!! - Alan hogan

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by knoxuni View Post
                  They are not solid
                  which doesn't mean that they are un-drillable, I just don't know of anyone who has done it.

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                  • #10
                    why would you lighten up a uni when you need all the strength you can get, unless you're 100 lbs the risk of breaking things is too much to justify the gram counting and I'm 210 lbs and ride a handbuilt frame with kh moments hub and crank

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tinman View Post
                      why would you lighten up a uni when you need all the strength you can get, unless you're 100 lbs the risk of breaking things is too much to justify the gram counting and I'm 210 lbs and ride a handbuilt frame with kh moments hub and crank
                      If you can lose weight without weakening the uni, why not do it?

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                      • #12
                        i am 220 also
                        Roses are red, violets are blue, may I procreate with you so I can ride a g32!! - Alan hogan

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                        • #13
                          This question has been asked since the beginning of time.

                          Years ago, I have written the definitive thread on lightening one's unicycle. It covers the modification of all materials from metal to carbon fiber.

                          You would have found the thread if you searched for it... "I want my unicycle as light as possible"

                          Originally posted by Dane M View Post
                          Does drilling the bumpers really do that much?
                          Dane, you're so busy asking questions, you're not taking any time to think about the answers!

                          How much does a whole bumper weigh? 100 grams maybe? Say, one percent of the unicycle's total weight?

                          Give yourself the Pepsi challenge... do you think you could tell the difference in weight between a unicycle with and without the bumper?

                          After that challenge, remember that you're only drilling out 20-30% of the bumper's mass...
                          "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell

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                          • #14
                            I barly have a bumper it weighs like 25% of what is used to
                            Roses are red, violets are blue, may I procreate with you so I can ride a g32!! - Alan hogan

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by maestro8 View Post
                              Dane, you're so busy asking questions, you're not taking any time to think about the answers!
                              To be honest it was really more of a rhetorical question, and should have been worded more in that manner.

                              I don't see much of a point in drilling a bumper or handle, it's like losing a few pennies... but lose 100 pennies and you have lost a dollar. So if you're going to drill a bumper, you might as well go full out with CF and every other weight savings possible, otherwise it's rather pointless.

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