Recently, I’ve taken to wondering aloud why there’s a very obvious preference by recent new riders to go for a larger wheel size. I’ve been doing my rounds on my 29″ the last few years and the other few frequent riders are riding on their larger wheels too but it’s only because we’ve been clocking distance rather than technique.
I’m quite surprised by the number of people who’ve been talking about owning a 29″ uni and it seems that 24″ ones are more popular than the 20″ ones these days. A lot of the newer riders are taken by the thrill of going offroad or the fun in using a unicycle to commute but it really does beget the question of if the trend is due to influence.
My favorite uni is still my 20″ trials. It’s versatile enough to do tricks with, I like hopping with it and it’s light enough to lug around. It rolls down stairs and steps effortlessly and it’s not tall like the bigger unis so I don’t feel intimidated when learning stuff. Perhaps I’m wrong but I think a lot of people have the misconception that a smaller uni is not as fun since you can’t travel to places with them. It’s really quite misguided though.
- Traveled with my uni in a hand-carry luggage
- Rode Pasir Ris to Boon Lay
- Played Hockey
- Learnt 80% of whatever tricks I know
- Performed with it
- Muni-ed with it
I’d probably spend more time on my larger wheel but regardless, I’d still want my small wheel around for the versatility it offers.
Do you ride a small wheel too and why?