Trials unicycling is a type of unicycling that focuses on trying to overcome various natural or urban obstacles without falling off or putting a foot or hand down. The sport derives from bike trials although competitions are performed differently. Unicycle trials competition lines allow for multiple attempts without regard to the time taken to complete a line. Bike trial competition lines only allow single attempts at a line regarding time. Because the rider aims not to fall off or touch the obstacles balance is of great importance in unicycle trials. More information about trials techniques can be found here.
A trials unicycle has a 19“ wheel and is very similar to a street unicycle except it tends to have longer cranks and may have a shorter neck. A trials unicycle needs to be able to take a lot of punishment consequently they often have the following characteristics:
- Wide and grippy tyre
- Strong & wide rim for extra stability
- Multi-splined crank & hub design for extra strength when jumping
- Metal pedals in order to keep the pedals ‘stuck’ to your feet
- Bolted seat clamp, quick release seat clamps usually slip when pulling hard on the saddle