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UniBrier
2003-11-27, 03:50 PM
2004 Torker Unistar LX & DX

The 2004 Torker Unistar Uni’s are hitting the shelves at a LBS near you! As far as I can tell:

CX (Classic): This is the same original chrome uni with the kiddie seat.

LX (Luxury): Appears to have the same wheelset and seat as the 2003 Stealth Torker with the 48 spoke single wall rim, square taper hub, and miyata style seat. NEW AND IMPROVED ARE: it now comes with a beefy flat crowned frame, new beefy main cap bearing holders with recessed hex-head nut and bolt, and zero degree offset (straight) 5”/125mm cranks.

DX (Dirt): New line for this year. Velo seat that looks identical to a KH seat, a double bolted seat post clamp, chromoly frame with a flat crown, new beefy main cap bearing holders with recessed hex-head nut and bolt, a 48 spoked wheel with double wall rim (HJC Alloy, approx. 30mm wide OUTSIDE measurement) , tubular chromoly cranks, sealed bearings, heat-treated 10-splined spindle. Kenda K-Rad Tire.

DX 20: Cranks are 5”/125mm, tire is 20x2.125.

DX 24: Cranks are 6”/150mm, tire is 24x2.3. The frame can definitely handle a wider tire but I don’t know if there is enough clearance to the crown for a 24x3 Gazz.

Some Pics at http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/2004Torker

Torker has been making BMX bikes for quite a while. They already had their T-Drive splined cranks system so this is probably a strong hub. Of course it hasn’t been field and drop tested yet, I do wonder how big a drop the rim and spokes can handle. First impression is it looks like a great package for the price point.

super_evill
2003-11-27, 11:26 PM
OH, I want one sooooooo bad ( the DX/dirt 20"). How much are they? I own a 2003 20" torker unistar( or stealth). It's good but I want a trials unicycle with a flat corwn since I'm doing One-footed things. The 2003 is good. I haven't tried hoping with it that much but the rim seems good.

jagur
2003-11-29, 04:00 AM
i just saw this hot little number at my shop,and what a sweet little machine it is!

if i was into trials riding,i would be buying one just to use the splined hub and cranks...i hated how my Profile 145's smacked the ground all the time and those little Torker splined 125's are the perfect remedy...these are what evilewan and i were after awile ago...now its here..an accuall Trials uni that can be used for some freestyle stuff with out pedal strikes all the time.

on the down side,i dont think the frame is tall enough to retrofit with the taller Monty/Luna tyre...just my eyeball judgement..it could still be possible but very close indeed.

the beefer bearing caps are so cool and lead me to belive that Torker is out there following this "unicycle" trend of ours and reading our forum

the STealth Torkers of last year were cool and the ones now are even better.hats off to those at Torker for inserting a heathy competition into a somewhat monopolised (by the internet) hobbie.it is so good to see this kind of stuff in a local shop and not have to deal with shipping mishaps...over and over again...

also,the Velo seat it comes with is not a knock off.its a real Velo seat that just says Torker instead of KH on the back patch...it says Velo on baseplate underneath.

super_evill
2003-11-29, 05:11 AM
Why is the new torker showing up in everyone elses bike shop exept for me? I want one so bad, I got a "Stealth" torker now, but it sucks for trials,how much is the DX model?

daino149
2003-11-29, 09:36 AM
I agree with Jag. It seems that Torker, more then most other companies, are actively looking to improve their offerings for the unicycling community. Over the past two or more years, they have offered unicycles which were much better then their previous models, and at a great price.

The one disappointment with the new DX line is the narrow frame. I would have hoped that Torker would see the demand for a wider frame. Hopefully this will be rectified in the next model year, if not sooner.

Daniel

duaner
2003-12-01, 09:52 AM
Originally posted by UniBrier
2004 Torker Unistar LX & DX

LX (Luxury): ... NEW AND IMPROVED ARE: it now comes with a beefy flat crowned frame, new beefy main cap bearing holders with recessed hex-head nut and bolt, and zero degree offset (straight) 5”/125mm cranks

Are you sure? I ask because: the Torker LXs shown on unicycle.com still show a round crown, the same main cap bearing holders and same offset cranks.
Links:
- Torker Unistar LX 20-inch http://www.unicycle.com/Shopping/shopexd.asp?id=634
- Torker Unistar LX 24-inch http://www.unicycle.com/Shopping/shopexd.asp?id=675)

UniBrier
2003-12-01, 02:53 PM
Positive, the 2004 LX have a flat crown and straight cranks. The frame and crank in my pics (link above) are of the 2004 model.

Uni.com has not put the 2004 LX on the site yet, or at least not updated the pic and description. Both 2003 and 2004 call it the LX. (I would also be leary of e-bay where they are stating they are selling the 2004 but the pic is of a 2003). Probably good to call before ordering if the LX is what you want.

The DX 20 is under freestyle expert and the DX 24 is under rough terain.

unidude9
2003-12-16, 03:35 AM
Does anyone actually own one of these? I ordered a DX today and since it is being shipped from the east coast I'll be lucky if it gets to me by christmas. I hear its selling well but has anyone actually tried one of these? I would be interested to know-and what I hear from yoyoguy.com is that the handle is much stronger too.

super_evill
2003-12-16, 11:09 PM
It better be, the handle on my 2003 torker unistar broke like a day after I started hopping!

TonyMelton
2003-12-18, 01:46 AM
Originally posted by jagur
..an acutal Trials uni that can be used for some freestyle stuff with out pedal strikes all the time.

on the down side,i dont think the frame is tall enough to retrofit with the taller Monty/Luna tyre...

Yes - these two points are kind of conflicting. Sure the short cranks are good for freestyle, but who actually needs splined cranks for freestyle? The fact that you can't put a 2.5" Monty tyre in it means its not really a trials unicycle, either. Kind of makes me wonder what Torker had in mind for this unicycle - its overkill for freestyle but not really up to trials riding either!


--Tony
No Ciggy

UniBrier
2003-12-20, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by unidude9
Does anyone actually own one of these? I ordered a DX today ... has anyone actually tried one of these? I bought the DX 20 for use as a heavy duty freestyle. I've been using a "frankenuni" built up over the past year piece by piece with an ancient frame, chrome torker wheelset, torker/Miyata seat, etc. Before I got my Trials I was bending cranks when my drops got over 1 foot.

Torker seems to have developed a hybrid uni. True it is not pure trials, with the smaller width tire you get less bounce for hopping/jumping and less cushion when landing drops. But on the other hand I have done a two foot drop and not bent the cranks! Time will tell how strong the Torker 48 spoke and generic double wall rim will prove to be.

For an all-around uni it has its advantages. If you're going into bigger hops and drops get a true Trials. If you're going to get into advance freestyle skills get a true freestyle. If you're want something that will work for most freestyle and street situations this may be the uni for you.

JonnyD
2003-12-23, 06:55 PM
I was at the bike shop the other day, and secretly snuck the DX (24" "off-road") off the stand and took it for a ride in the shop.
The guys at the shop won't let you ride a unicycle if you ask them, hence the secrecy. (they were busy at the time)

Impressions:

-Those looking for a heavy duty Muni will have to loook somewhere else, but this bad boy is butt-strong compared to older torker models. I like the splined cranks, the square frame and the Generation III KH seat (especially nice, but the one I tested was too low)

-Not the best muni, but an excellent all-around unicycle. Would be great for bits of anything you wanted-- light off-road, cruising, racing, *hockey* light trials, and *freestyle*

-Light, but really strong

Great pick for all those that bought it-- my only hope is that torker continues to improve and give us better (and cheaper than the rest) products.

-JonnyD

daino149
2003-12-26, 10:05 AM
So far the main downsides to the DX models are the narrow fork and the questionable strength of the no-name rim. Am I wrong? Are there others? I almost feel like getting one just to send the message to Torker that unicycles are worth making and improving.

Your thoughts?
Daniel

super_evill
2003-12-29, 01:30 AM
My borther just ordered a 24" Lx Torker. I tell everyone what I think of it when it comes in!

unipsychogirl
2004-01-01, 03:33 PM
hello

I am planning on buying a freestyle frame for fairly-heavy-duty flatland-type skills. I have noticed that the crown fork of the frame of the Torker LX OR DX 20" and that of the Wyganowski custom uni look FAIRLY similar. Although the Torker has only one "ridge" and the Wyganowski has two "ridges," do you think that would make that much of a difference in strength? I am prepared to buy either the entire Torker LX or DX (are they the exact frame design??), since you cannot just order the frame by itself on unicycle.com, OR the Wyganowski custom frame (I have a Miyata 20" wheelset).

Any and all suggestions would be helpful. Thanx!!

paco
2004-01-19, 07:42 AM
Originally posted by UniBrier
Torker seems to have developed a hybrid uni. True it is not pure trials, with the smaller width tire you get less bounce for hopping/jumping and less cushion when landing drops. But on the other hand I have done a two foot drop and not bent the cranks! Time will tell how strong the Torker 48 spoke and generic double wall rim will prove to be.
UniBrier,
I know this is an old post, but I see that you've had your Torker DX for about a month now. What do you think? I want to get myself a freestyle/light trials 20" hybrid for under $200, and this seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. But what are your impressions after a month? Are you regretting your decision? Or are you pleased with its performance? Inquiring minds want to know...

UniBrier
2004-01-19, 08:20 PM
My impressions remain the same. Heavy duty freestyle also good for light trials.

The only additional abuse I have done is more hopping up steps and lame drops (under 2', I save anything bigger for my Summit). The uni is holding up well (I am 180 lbs and don't roll out of drops well, if you get my drift.) with no apparent damage yet.

It is fine as a freestyle, I can do all the stuff through level 4 on it, I'm currently working on the level 5 skills, non achieved yet though but that's not the uni's fault.:)

A few minor downsides:

The KH seat on the DX is tougher than the Miyata style to pull out and in for seat out skills.

One of the Wellgo Pedals has developed a click. JC thinks it may be a split or out of round bearing. I need to take the pedal apart. But that is a Wellgo complaint, not Torker.

Unipsychogirl bought a DX24, I don't know what she was doing but she does have a couple bruises from where the flat crown sticks slightly out from the legs.

One of our club members bought a 04 LX20 for Christmas. One of the cylinders in the double bolt seat clamp appears to have stripped out so right now it is a single bold clamp.

bam
2004-01-21, 04:12 PM
Torker DX 24"
Can not handle a tire much larger then it comes with. Not sure I could get a 2.3 knobby into it. It has plenty of side clearance but little top clearance. If they would add an extra 1/2 inch to the legs it would be an outstanding uni for the price. A 3" GAZZY is out. I got mine to lace the hub upto a Halo Combat SAS 24" and put it on a 26"Yuni frame with a Gazz 24" x 3.0".I will rebuild the Torker frame with a trials wheel. I find the Torker saddle more comfortable then my Velo freestyle saddle even though they are same saddle. The Velo seems to have heavier padding. Hence it crushes the family jewels even more.

Torker DX 20"
Can not handle a trials rim and tire. Top of tire heavily rubs on the frame. Otherwise a great heavy duty freestyle/street uni. Will have to wait and see how the rim stands up to use.

Both are a bit on the heavy side (I have not weight either). Both make a solid clunk when they hit anything. Both would make a great first uni. :D

unipsychogirl
2004-01-23, 02:31 PM
Originally posted by UniBrier:

"Unipsychogirl bought a DX24, I don't know what she was doing but she does have a couple bruises from where the flat crown sticks slightly out from the legs."

Yes, I do have a few bruises on the inside of my right knee. I was using my Torker DX 24" MUni to practice some variations on seat-to-the-side mount...not a good idea! : ( Both of my Trials uni's were in the shop and my freestyle uni was loaned out at the time, so, I thought, well, even though it has a bigger (24") wheel, I really want to try out some new trick mounts. I do not own a KH 24", but I think one of them wouldn't bang up your knees as much as a Torker DX 24" cuz it seems to me that the crown on the Torker sticks out a bit more than on the KH (I own a KH 20" Trials). I think I remember hearing that Kris designed his Trials and MUni frames with the flat crown so that if one wanted to bust a freestyle/flatland move, they could. The Torker's crown, on the other hand, sticks out more and might even be a little too beefy in my opinion. I can only imagine what the Torker crown would do to the legs/knees if you were say landing a drop with your legs pinched a little too much to the seat...ouch!! Overall it seems like a decent MUni though!

~Bruised up a little, but still riding!!...
Sara Chastain

duaner
2004-02-10, 01:24 AM
It does not seem to affect ride-ability, but the Torker frames tend to be welded crooked (at least on the 20" LX). The pic below is of mine, my friends is similiar but not nearly as noticable/obvious.

technochoc
2004-03-24, 05:11 PM
Just received my Torker 24" LX in the post from the U.S. (bought on ebay) & have taken some shots for your info

Seems to be well built & the frame doesnt seem to be crooked at all

http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albums/albuw23/DCP_0006.thumb.jpg http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albums/albuw23/DCP_0004.thumb.jpg
if you want the higher resolution look on My Album (http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albuw23)

It is lighter than my existing 20" Pashley Muni

I am 6 foot tall and have had to cut approx 2" off the seat stem it was much too high
http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albums/albuw23/DCP_0007.thumb.jpg

Rayden
2004-03-24, 08:40 PM
I'm 6 ft. I had to put the seat pretty much all the way down but i didn't have to cut it. I may have a larger inseam than avg though. 20" LX

unipsychogirl
2004-05-28, 12:42 AM
I am not very good at freestyle or flatland but I have ridden Semcycles, Miyata's, Wyganowski's, KH 20's, Torkers and other uni's with 20" flat crown frames...and I have to say that the Torker LX or DX 20" crown sticks out the most. It really bugs me when I'm trying to do any kind of skill where I am riding with my legs pinched together a little more than usual so that one or both of my legs are closer to the crown of the frame and occasionally hits that part of the uni (kinda reminds me of a Trials frame in that regard)...but then again, I'm picky and used to my old-skool Miyata freestyle. Also, they could have made the crown a little less "slippery" and "glossy" cuz when I tried to do 1-ft. ww my foot on the frame slipped off a lot.

Oh, and my Wellgo pedal bearings are sloppy or rounded out, too.

But overall, they're good unicycles for the money!

kraze
2004-05-30, 04:26 PM
I ordered a DX 24". I'm not yet able to ride it well enough to speak about how it handles, but I do know when I emailed unicycle.com and asked what they recommend for someone learning to ride in Iraq, and wanting it to be in good enough condition to keep riding when I get back to the states, they recommended the Torker Unistar DX 24".

ben_unruh
2004-06-18, 01:56 AM
hi i know that the 2004 lx crown is flat but apparently a few ppl dont

bicycle-source.com is selling the 2004 LX unistar for only $70 the text says it's a 2004 modle but the pictures dissagree i already notifed them but they havent responded

should i belive the text or the picture

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3683468387&category=42315&sspagename=rvi:1:2



:confused: :confused: :confused:

digigal1
2004-06-18, 08:57 PM
If you add up the shipping and required insurance, you're gonna spend just $10 less than I paid getting the flat crown 2004 LX directly from Unicycle.com. And they'll stand behind their products.

ben_unruh
2004-06-18, 09:38 PM
inshurance?

ben_unruh
2004-06-18, 09:43 PM
at uni.com it's $96 + 16.35

at the one i showed it's only 69.97 +22.85 + 4.85

by my calculations ebay is cheeper

digigal1
2004-06-20, 11:48 PM
Right, $98 on ebay, I paid $108. And the people at uni.com are GREAT. They sent me a part I needed and didn't charge shipping, and sent me a free set of pedals because my LBS told me mine were defective.

That kind of service is worth way more than $10.

fire_phreak
2004-06-27, 06:42 AM
I own a unistar LX 24" and I love it. My friend got on not too long ago and after riding it I knew I had to get one. The only thing i dont like about it was the pedals it came with. So, I bought some BMX pedals to repace the plastic ones it came with. Even after purchasing the pedals I only spent about $130 (Its a great uni for the price).

the-tom63
2005-02-20, 01:59 PM
Hey yeah I am thinkning about ordering the torker DX uni but on every site that sells it such as unicycle.com and sunrisecyclery.com they don't tell you the crank size. :cool: :D :cool:

jagur
2005-02-20, 06:30 PM
Originally posted by the-tom63
Hey yeah I am thinkning about ordering the torker DX uni but on every site that sells it such as unicycle.com and sunrisecyclery.com they don't tell you the crank size. :cool: :D :cool: i've owned them both. the 20" has 127mm cranks and the 24" has 150mm.

mboulanger
2005-04-07, 02:35 AM
Just bought an 04 Torker LX 24 this winter from bicyclesource.us-

I love the uni- its my first, so this is probably a pretty unqualified opinion- but it went together well and looks pretty solid. The double bolt seatpost clamp will be very easy to strip, though. I've tried to be really careful with mine. The pedals are super-cheesy, but I'm just wrecking them up falling all over the place now anyway, so no biggie.

A word of caution about bicyclesource, though. They are a big eBay dealer but I bought throught their website. No uni for a month after I ordered, no response to multiple emails, reponses to phonecalls were sporadic and took at least a day. When I finally did get to talk to someone, after more than a month from my order date, I could overhear the lady asking her supervisor when it would be coming into THEIR shop so they could ship it- so they weren't in stock when I ordered, I guess. It is the 04 square model, though- I think they have fixed the photo at this point.

UniBrier
2013-04-19, 01:20 AM
Update: After 9 years of a lot of freestyle and many lame drops...

The frame gives before the wheel set on the DX.