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Muni (Mountain Unicycling)

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Can I start with a Mountain Unicycle (MUni)?
You can learn to ride on any type of unicycle, but we don’t recommend off-road unicycles to beginners. Why? Because the knobby tread makes learning more difficult. (Imagine your first driving lesson in a 4-wheel-drive monster truck with huge knobby tires!) It’s best to start with a street unicycle with a smooth-tread tire. If you insist on making a MUni your first unicycle, order with a street tire for learning, then install a knobby tire after you’ve learned the basics.

Once you’ve learned to ride, you’ll want to own the type of unicycle that most closely matches your preferred type of riding.

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In the Online Catalog you have Trials and Rough Terrain, they both seem to be Muni, what are the differences? I'm ready to get my first Municycle and need to choose one (or could I have one of each of all the unicycles? No, to expensive, sigh).
The main difference is wheel size. 24- x 3-inch MUni tires are most preferred for the trail because they measure 26-inches in diameter and feel like a fat mountain bike tire. 20- x 2.5-inch Trials tires are preferred for short courses or obstacles because they behave (bounce) like a fat MUni tire but weigh a lot less, enabling the rider to jump higher. Trials tires are just as good on the trails, but a LOT slower. Small tires have to make more revolutions to keep up with big tires.

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I'm looking to purchase a new MUni. Is the 28/29 inch wheel much more difficult for climbing than a 26 inch wheel?
No, there's not a whole lot of difference so long as you're using the right cranks. For a 29-inch cycle climbing hills or rough terrain a longer crank in 165 or 170 is helpful in creating the torque needed to really get up hills with more ease.

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I've been muniing and trialing almost a year. I've got a torker dx trial, now I'm looking for a muni. something tough and very, very affordable.
Have you checked out our Nimbus 24-inch Muni with ISIS hub seen here?
It's very affordable, and for a fraction of the cost of some of the other ISIS cycles, it's a steal. The only negative to this cycle is that it does not come standard with built-in brake mounts. But we do sell a braze-on kit that will accomodate a hydraulic brake. It can be seen here

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I've been doing a lot of mountain riding and my knees are killing me. I have raced mountain bikes for a long time. I can''t figure out if it''s the time spent on the unicycle, the intensity of holding back on the downhills, or the impact from jumping off and landing on my feet. Do you have any information on knee pain and riding unicycles and how to avoid it?
A lot of it may have to do with the restraint required for the downhills, or the time spent on the unicycle. The only other reason we could think of would be if your seatpost is not extended enough, where you may be bending your knees too much, and relying on your legs not your butt to take the pressure of riding.

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