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14 09 2009
Surly 26" Conundrum

Surly 26" Conundrum

I need some group support to help me avoid adding one of these to my stable!  I keep checking these fat tire unicycles out online when I have an idle moment and thinking what a lot of fun they’d be after the hospital visit phase of the learning curve is over!  Luckily I think my healthy fear of being hurt will be my best defense against getting a unicycle…=-)  That and massive monthly payments on my new truck…lol!

Maybe someone else could get one and blog about it?  That would give me my fix without the actual buying of a unicycle cost…=-)

Surly’s seductive marketing spew:

“The Conundrum. It’s our unicycle frame for those wanting a Large Marge/Endomorph 3.7-compatible unicycle.Why would anyone want to ride a unicycle? What’s the point of riding one wheel, when riding two wheels is arguably faster and easier? There are lots of reasons; here are a few: 1. The pure challenge and satisfaction of learning to ride make it enjoyable. Once you’ve experienced the feeling of accomplishment from riding 3 meters on your own, you’ll be pushing yourself to ride 5 meters, then 10, then 30, then around the block. Pretty soon, you’ll be measuring your goals in kilometers instead of meters. And once you learn to ride a uni, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever lose the skill. 2. It is great exercise. More muscles are used for unicycling than bicycling, because of the inherent balance elements that are introduced. Spinning one wheel across town, or over your favorite single-track, is going to give you a good workout. 3. It’s very portable. The weight of the heaviest production unicycle is rarely over 8kg (17.6 lbs). It will fit in a car without disassembly. And it can fly with you as checked luggage without incurring extra charges if it’s packed correctly. 4. Generally speaking, unicycling is not equipment-intensive and, therefore, not expensive compared to bicycling with the same quality of components. 5. It’s a complement to other physical activities that you participate in. Your balance and coordination will definitely improve as you spend time on one wheel. This increased control translates to bicycling, snowboarding, skiing, skating, etc.

If you open your mind to possibilities and put aside common stereotypes, you’ll realize that unicycle riding is for all types of people…not just jugglers, acrobats, and clowns. Unicyclist come from every age group, every social, economic, and racial background. Most unicycles get used for cruising around the neighborhood, but many have toured the globe, while others have rolled over some extremely technical off-road trails and stunts…stuff that most bicyclist wouldn’t attempt to ride. Unicycles are ridden on pavement, dirt, slickrock, and snow. Most types of terrain and trails explored by bicyclists have also enticed unicyclists. That being said, we thought it would be appropriate to offer a one-wheeled vehicle that can provide the fat-tired stability and durability that Surly bicycle framesets are known for.

The Conundrum will be offered in two sizes: 24″ and 26″. Both are designed to use a Large Marge rim with a Magura hydraulic rim brake. You don’t have to use our rim; rims from other manufacturers will certainly work. But the dedicated Magura mounts are spaced to accommodate a 65mm-wide rim. You don’t have to use a brake; some riders like ’em—some don’t. We simply give you the option. Of course, we made room for the widest production bicycle tire on the market…the Surly Endomorph 3.7. The Endomorph is only offered in the 26″ size at this time, but the 24″ Conundrum was designed to accept a 24 x 3.7″ tire when this size becomes available. A 24″ x 3.0″ DH tire is recommended in the mean time.

The Conundrum was designed with the same functionality and durability criteria that we use when bringing any of our frames to life. The frame is constructed from 4130 CroMoly, of course. The legs were formed, to our specifications, to fit into our own investment cast bearing clamps. The seat tube will accept a 28.6mm seatpost, and we’ll include seatpost shims to accommodate 27.2mm and 22.2mm seatposts as well. Our bearing clamps have a 42mm I.D. that work with stock Kris Holm hub bearings. We’ll include the appropriate shims for 41.28mm (1-5/8″) O.D. Profile hub bearings and the 40mm O.D. bearings used on many brands of hubs. By including a number of seatpost shims and bearing shims, we give you the freedom to use many brands and sizes of components to build up your Surly rig. That’s the Surly way. Like our frames and forks, the Conundrum will be powdercoated \to protect it from abrasion and corrosion. We’ll even include a 31.8mm Surly Constrictor seatpost clamp to keep your perch in check.

Are you intrigued? Do you have what it takes to roll some some solo fat rubber? Do you want to try something new? Do you want a uni that will go where others can’t? Yes? Well, it looks like the Conundrum is the vehicle for you.”


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14 responses

14 09 2009
Jeremy

Hey Vik, let’s both buy one! I’ve been oggling over these fat-unies for a few years now. Expecially now that I’ve only got a 7 minute commute, a unicycle would class itself as a useful commuter now. What’s the retail price on these? I seriously want one. My plan is sort of to buy a simple unicycle (Cal’s cycles has some decent beginner ones for $99.) get good at that, and then move up to a bitchen snow uni. Would this or would this not be the perfect winter time commuter for me? I think it certainly would! For real, we should both buy one. Then we can start a support group for those who just couldn’t resist. Remember, rehab is for quitters!

14 09 2009
thelazyrando

Okay I tell you what….you buy the $99 trainer and I’ll come try it out. If I can actually get to the point where I am riding it I’ll get a Conundrum!

14 09 2009
thelazyrando

BTW – you do have the ideal fat tire uni commute…=-)

14 09 2009
Jeremy

yeah for sure. Okay, I’ll let you know when I’ve got a uni. I’m also hoping that learning to ride a unicycle will translate into killer wheelies on my fixie. We’ll see…..

14 09 2009
thelazyrando

I haven’t seen a price for one assembled. I was at Bow and checked the cost on just the frame – $400! You gotta add in $100 rim, $100 tire + hub and cranks and pedals…not cheap!

14 09 2009
thelazyrando

Been reading some unicycle sites…I’m officially scared!…yikes….why don’t we stick to something safe like jumping over burning cars???…=-)

14 09 2009
Gerco

Get one!!! :-)

14 09 2009
Zyzzyx

Really… its not so bad. A couple years ago I picked up a fat tire uni, but of the on-road variety. Its a relative cheapie by Sun, with the 20×4″ tire that you see an the back of some of the kids ‘chopper’ bikes.

Its been a blast. Really only took me a few weekends to get the basics of riding it, then another couple weekends to figure out how to start on it without leaning against something. (but then, the balance of many years of biketrials might’ve helped)

Since mine’s only a 20″ wheel, its not so fast. But riding a uni IS a surprisingly good workout, even on the street. And especially for your core muscles. If you’re interested at all, I’d say spend $100 on a basic uni (mine was $150) , learn on that, and then resell it as you decide to move on to the Conundrum or just give up on uni.

14 09 2009
ToddBS

The guy that is riding a uni across Australia looks like he’s using a 29er. The thing is seriously large. Unless he’s just really short.

http://www.3oceansunicycletour.com/

14 09 2009
jamesmallon

Dude, how many bikes you own?

I saw a brilliant idea the other day, a guy pushing his kid’s stroller while on a uni! Imagine: cheaper and more portable than a kid/cargo bike, it’s ‘fixed’, and you have the stroller for balance.

Just make sure that stroller has a ‘deadman’ brake.

14 09 2009
jamesmallon

ToddBS, that is a 36″ uni! Found the info on his site. Wonder what that’s like in gear-inches. 90″?

14 09 2009
Jerry

Hey Vik! Don’t want to push you over the edge, but check out Shug’s MUni videos. He’s a great entertainer and also a great off-road unicycle rider.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=shugemery&view=videos&query=muni

Jerry

16 09 2009
Brian Martin

Hey Vik you can come to town on one. http://unicycleacrosscanada.ca/
Fully self supported uni-cycling across Canada this past summer.

B

14 06 2010
Nik Heathman

You don’t hurt yourself riding on a uni (unless you try the trials stuff of course) you always land on your feet. Downside is you will then have to buy the juggling stuff to go with it. If you want to get techie then you can get a geared Schlumpf (I’ve got one!)

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