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Old 2007-02-10, 04:48 PM   #1
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why is this so cheap?

http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=652 Ok other than the fact that the saddle is horrible, why is this so much cheaper than other 28-29'' wheeled unicycles? Would this hold up to constant road riding? (no jumps or anything whatsoever) thanks.
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# Unicrown (rounded) frame for ease-on-the-knees
# Main-cap bearing housings with 40-mm sealed bearings
# Cotterless hub with 150-mm (6-inch) crankset
# 36-spoke wheel with single-walled steel rim
# Adult-sized contoured saddle
# Pneumatic (air-filled) 700c x 45c (28 x 1.75) whitewall tire
# Plastic 9/16-threaded pedals

that is why it is so cheap
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Old 2007-02-10, 04:56 PM   #3
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# Unicrown (rounded) frame for ease-on-the-knees
# Main-cap bearing housings with 40-mm sealed bearings
# Cotterless hub with 150-mm (6-inch) crankset
# 36-spoke wheel with single-walled steel rim
# Adult-sized contoured saddle
# Pneumatic (air-filled) 700c x 45c (28 x 1.75) whitewall tire
# Plastic 9/16-threaded pedals

that is why it is so cheap

thanks for that quick reply, but would this hold up to road riding? I only weigh 100 pounds but I'm growing and I wouldn't be taking it on any jumps obviously and I have a replacement saddle since that one doesn't look very comfortable.
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Old 2007-02-10, 05:09 PM   #4
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If you're just doing road riding this would hold out yeah, things you might want to change on it are the seatclamp, the saddle, the pedals and eventually the size of the cranks, if you look at the more expensive 29ers you notice they have gel saddles, a more expensive tire (though this will do), a stronger rim, a stronger/wider hub and a better wheelbuild, for beginner roadriding this is a good buy, I have a similar 29" here, I was just working on it. It uses a standard hub, cheap bicycle rim and a pretty good wheelbuild, you can do minor (corrective) hops on it without bending anything.
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Old 2007-02-10, 06:20 PM   #5
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If you're just doing road riding this would hold out yeah, things you might want to change on it are the seatclamp, the saddle, the pedals and eventually the size of the cranks, if you look at the more expensive 29ers you notice they have gel saddles, a more expensive tire (though this will do), a stronger rim, a stronger/wider hub and a better wheelbuild, for beginner roadriding this is a good buy, I have a similar 29" here, I was just working on it. It uses a standard hub, cheap bicycle rim and a pretty good wheelbuild, you can do minor (corrective) hops on it without bending anything.
the seatclamp is welded on.
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Old 2007-02-10, 06:23 PM   #6
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thanks for that quick reply, but would this hold up to road riding? I only weigh 100 pounds but I'm growing and I wouldn't be taking it on any jumps obviously and I have a replacement saddle since that one doesn't look very comfortable.
If you only weigh 100 pounds, that unicycle might outweigh you. The biggest difference between that and a good unicycle is the rim; steel rims suck (and are unserviceable).
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I was actually thinking about buying this unicycle and replacing the saddle with a nimbus gel saddle and putting a knobby tire on it
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If you only weigh 100 pounds, that unicycle might outweigh you. The biggest difference between that and a good unicycle is the rim; steel rims suck (and are unserviceable).
If i were to buy this, what would be a good rim to replace it with?

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If i were to buy this, what would be a good rim to replace it with?

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the KH 29 rim.
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If i were to buy this, what would be a good rim to replace it with?

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I really think you're better off with a different unicycle. Replacing the rim would involve completely rebuilding the wheel, probably using new spokes. And you'd want a different tire. And the cranks and pedals are crap. In answer to your question, it's cheap because it's a piece of junk.
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i suggest this

http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=970
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Old 2007-02-10, 07:30 PM   #12
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It's too bad UDC doesn't sell the old Nimbus 29ers with nicer pedals and Big Apple tire anymore. That's what I've got as a distance machine, and it rules. The rim is single-walled, but it is really wide and lightweight anodized aluminum I believe.

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Old 2007-02-10, 08:31 PM   #13
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Why not wait and see how the new Torker 29ers will be, I believe they are due to be out soon
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Woo, I love it how everyone goes yammering how bad the Sun is without trying it... sure the Nimbus tour unicycle is better (http://www.einradladen.net/catalog/p...6abc2266a2abe2) but that doesn't make the Sun impossible to ride or a lesser unicycle. For 89 dollars you'd have a 20" starters unicycle in Holland, with much the same specs.

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the seatclamp is welded on.
Looking at the picture I somehow doubt that, but you could be right even so.

Converting this to a XC Muni you'd probably end up with keeping only the frame and seatpost. New tire + rim + hub + spoking would be neccesary.
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Old 2007-02-10, 09:37 PM   #15
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most of the welded seatclamps i have seen on frames are just welded on with one spot weld so when you take a iron saw you can just take it of thats what i did with my frame of my first unicycle
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