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Old 2016-07-07, 01:18 PM   #31
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Found out the hard way that the Maxxis Torch has no grip through fine waterlogged silt on concrete. To be fair I think any tyre would have slipped out under the circumstance.

Riding in cruise mode, not paying attention. At night, in the shadow of the bridge, should have had the high beam on a higher setting and definitely should not have been doing 12 kph when I hit the flick in the path. Forgot about the rain the previous night.

Straight down onto my hip. The bruise was big and very colourful. Really glad of my thick hip pads.

I have put the pressure up to 55 psi because I realised it was buckling a bit under heavy torque and I was losing some control and feel.

Rolling even faster and the ride is still great.
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Old 2016-07-07, 06:57 PM   #32
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Straight down onto my hip. The bruise was big and very colourful. Really glad of my thick hip pads.
Where do you get hip pads and what do they look like. That would be much better for me than shin guards, which I don't wear. I only do a helmet and wrist guards. The wrist guards have saved me many times. The helmet never.
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Old 2016-07-07, 10:31 PM   #33
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Where do you get hip pads and what do they look like.
I cut 20 cm (8") squares of 25 mm (1") thickness high density closed cell foam and put them in calico coin bags. They go inside my outer shorts which I wear over my bike shorts. I fold the top of the bag over the waistband and my shirt goes over the outside.

The closed cell foam doesn't absorb water so they can go straight in the washing machine still in the coin bags.

I cut the pieces of foam from a roll I bought at the tip shop for $5. They retain a bit of the curvature from the roll so conform to the curve of my leg perfectly.

I made them after falling from my 24 and having a sore hip for over two months.

After this last incident I am going to make a a new set that extend further down the leg. Most of the bruising was below the pad but it prevented what would have definitely been major damage to my hip.
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Old 2016-07-07, 10:59 PM   #34
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If I'm doing a muni ride which I know will test my technical ability I wear a pair of snowboard under shorts I got on Amazon. They have padding on the hips and tail bone. I once fell off the back of my mtb looping out on a wheelie and bruised my tail bone so it's reassuring to have that little bit of foam at the bottom of my spine! Fox do an mtb version of the same thing.
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Old 2016-07-08, 12:49 AM   #35
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Where do you get hip pads and what do they look like. That would be much better for me than shin guards, which I don't wear. I only do a helmet and wrist guards. The wrist guards have saved me many times. The helmet never.
I know people who wear these, and like them. (You wear them under your regular riding pants.)
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Old 2016-07-08, 07:45 AM   #36
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Thanks for posting that. They look interesting but only 8mm padding. I still hurt enough after my fall with 25 mm. Also they don't appear to go far down the thigh. Mine went further than that and were still not enough.

Certainly has given me some great ideas for my next home made protection.

Motorcycle racers have inflatable air bags built into their leathers. Would be nice but I imagine that doesn't come cheap. They sweat pretty heavily in their gear because, even though they are not pedaling, it is incredibly physical to jump all over the bike hundreds of times in a race like they do.
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Old 2016-07-08, 08:15 AM   #37
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Thanks for posting that. They look interesting but only 8mm padding. I still hurt enough after my fall with 25 mm. Also they don't appear to go far down the thigh. Mine went further than that and were still not enough.
Otherwise, you have the G-Form version:
http://g-form.com/en/pro-x-compression-shorts-374.html

I don't know how thick it is but it will absorb most of the impact for sure !
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Old 2017-01-12, 09:47 PM   #38
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I recently put a road tyre on my KH29 which I had bought second hand with an off road tyre. The rim is 38 mm wide (outside). The tyre I chose is not mentioned in the same page as unicycle anywhere on the Internet let alone this site.

I have now covered about 50 km on the Maxxis Torch 29 X 2.10. The version I bought has a wire bead and weighs 770 grams but I can't find that exact model on the Maxxis site.
Special thanks to UniDreamerFR for unearthing this thread on the French forum.
It's true that I had never heard about this tire before, and it seems pretty great for urban/road riding. Strange that no one except OneTrackMind mentioned it, no one out there rides with this tire?

OTM, are you still happy with it? It's still in your signature, so I assume you're still using it.

There seem to be too version available for sale. One is a 60tpi and the other a 120tpi. The 120 tpi is called Silk-something and apparently, it has an extra anti-puncture layer and is made of tri-density rubber as opposed to regular rubber - which would explain why it's 10€ more expensive.

Which one would be the best for a uni? I'm not familiar with how tpi influences a tire, especially one that is rated 50psi.
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Old 2017-01-13, 06:24 AM   #39
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It's true that I had never heard about this tire before, and it seems pretty great for urban/road riding. Strange that no one except OneTrackMind mentioned it, no one out there rides with this tire?
Same with the Maxxis Drop The Hammer (DTH) that I use on the 24 and 26 inch unis. Nobody else seems to have mentioned them on unis. The 24 x 1.75 version makes for a fantastically responsive uni.

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OTM, are you still happy with it? It's still in your signature, so I assume you're still using it.
I have done around 1000 km on the Torch and I am still very happy with it. I did eventually manage to make it slide out when taking on a small step at the toe of kerb ramp at a ridiculously acute angle but it is a remarkably stable and tolerant tyre.

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There seems to be two version available for sale. One is a 60tpi and the other a 120tpi. The 120 tpi is called Silk-something and apparently, it has an extra anti-puncture layer and is made of tri-density rubber as opposed to regular rubber - which would explain why it's 10€ more expensive.

Which one would be the best for a uni? I'm not familiar with how tpi influences a tire, especially one that is rated 50psi.
I am pretty sure mine is 60 tpi version. I am running it at 55 psi and I thought it was rated at 65 psi. The pressure needs to be high to stop it buckling under heavy loads when climbing steep hills because the sidewall is so flexible.

The 120 tpi Silkworm technology is used on the DTH and I would probably pay the extra to try it if I could get it in a 29 inch Torch in Australia. I have had one puncture in the Torch. Whatever it was it was quite large and made a hole then came back out.

I think the higher tpi would be more flexible which I believe is important in minimising the camber thrust. The DTH 24 with 120 tpi is quite remarkable with very little effect from camber but then it is a smaller diameter narrow tyre so I don't know how much the difference the finer fabric really makes.

I don't think either the torch or the DTH would do anything like the mileage of the more robust tyres most riders use but the performance is great.
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Old 2017-01-13, 01:37 PM   #40
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Have you got some pics of you 29er with this tire?

It's very strange that you are the only unicyclist in this forum using it and talking about it, a Maxxis light 29er tire that seams almost as promising as a suprem marathon but not being a Schwalbe road tire (so, in theory less prone to tire explosion at high PSI on one of the 3 usual unicycle rims :kh freeride, kh xc, Nimbus Dominator2)

By the way, few days ago I tried to put my Schwalbe super moto on my G29 that has the 47mm freeride rim, inflated it (nervously) at 44 PSI, and 30 min later it exploded in an enormous "BANG" letting me with tinnitus for days.
This never happened on my 42mm Nimbus Dominator2 rim.

So I'm a bit paranoid now putting anything else than my Knard (30-35 PSI max recommended) at high PSI on this 47mm rim, but I'd be really interested to test this Torch, I'm just not sure enough that it would fit the Freeride rim without any explosion risk, let appart the fact that kh rim strip doesn't seam very adapted to high PSI (like 65PSI), especially with the enormous holes that are behind it, you see what I mean? it's nearly like you can see the tube through the rim..

Has anyone ever put a Maxxis 2.0-2.2 tire on a 29" 47mm kh freeride RIM, inflated at 65 PSI without any issue?
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Old 2017-07-26, 11:58 AM   #41
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Well, this thread is getting nice and relevant for me! I've been spinning my new shiny G29er build with a Nimbus Dominator2 rim, and am considering what to get rubber-wise. I'm at the moment running my Halo Twin Rail from my old 29er, and while it's fine, it's incredibly worn already and is quite heavy (not helped by the fact that I had to put an extra kevlar liner in it because it started puncturing a bit too much!)

So what's the consensus on this these days? That Maxxis tyre looks great, but I'm a little scared of the BA 2.0 exploding on my Dominator rim (I run ridiculously high pressures, dunno why I just like the feel).

I sort of like the idea of the Hookworm 29er, although 2.5 wide seems ridiculous to me it might make for an interesting ride at speed
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Old 2017-07-26, 12:49 PM   #42
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It's very strange that you are the only unicyclist in this forum using it and talking about it, a Maxxis light 29er tire that seams almost as promising as a suprem marathon but not being a Schwalbe road tire (so, in theory less prone to tire explosion at high PSI on one of the 3 usual unicycle rims :kh freeride, kh xc, Nimbus Dominator2)
I had overlooked your post until this thread resurfaced today.

It is definitely odd that nobody else seems to have tried the Torch. Or the DTH on the smaller wheels. Or for that matter a Hookworm on a 20 inch, which is the only size where they do work well for me.

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By the way, few days ago I tried to put my Schwalbe super moto on my G29 that has the 47mm freeride rim, inflated it (nervously) at 44 PSI, and 30 min later it exploded in an enormous "BANG" letting me with tinnitus for days.This never happened on my 42mm Nimbus Dominator2 rim.
My rim is 38 mm. No drillings. I have never run the Torch above 55 psi. Much less than this and the sidewalls buckle a bit on steep climbs under my 80 kg weight. But it doesn't need the extreme pressure to counter the camber issues experienced with the likes of the Hookworm.

I doubt that the Torch would be safe on a 47 mm rim because of the combination of two factors. Firstly because it would be below the usually recommended 1.4: 1 minimum tyre to rim ratio. Secondly the tyre has a very minimalist carcass so it relies heavily on the rim to maintain its integrity. Mine is a wire bead. I suspect the foldable bead would be even more marginal.

BTW I have had severe tinnitus for over ten years from singing in a band while I had some kind of middle ear problem. Definitely recommend avoiding it.
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Oh, nice thread I could hijack. I was looking for some roadish 29+ tire. Have you seen anything about 29x3.0 size that is more road oriented? I have Schwalbe Super Moto 27.5x2.8 on my 27.5 uni currently and it's nice to have wide and big road tire as well. I see some 29+ offroad options for me, but I would need a road option before I go and try 29".
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Oh, nice thread I could hijack. I was looking for some roadish 29+ tire. Have you seen anything about 29x3.0 size that is more road oriented? I have Schwalbe Super Moto 27.5x2.8 on my 27.5 uni currently and it's nice to have wide and big road tire as well. I see some 29+ offroad options for me, but I would need a road option before I go and try 29".
I'm not sure about a 29x3, Surly do a 29x2.5 Extraterrestrial that's sort of a touring bike type tread (and there's also the Hookworm mentioned earlier that's a 29x2.5).

I'm fairly sure Vee Rubber do a 29x3 Speedster which is more of a BMX inverted tread type thing, so that'd probably work. No idea where you'd actually get ome from though
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Old 2017-07-26, 10:35 PM   #45
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There's a similar thread in the "product review" section of the forum, check it out.

I ran the Hookworm 29 for a short while. It's way too heavy to be pleasant, and I found it awful on road camber. I'm currently on a Scwhalbe Big One and I like it a lot.
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