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Introducing the KH Fusion Zero Saddle

Written by Kris Holm on May 15, 2014 categorized in Gear, News, • permalinkcomments

After a year and a half of development and more than 2000 km of testing, I’m happy to announce the new Fusion Zero saddle. This is the world’s first mass-produced, ultra low curvature saddle.

First I’d like to recognize Ken Looi for his early comments & enthusiasm for the project and Peter Barrell, maker of the original Flatfish saddle, for giving his blessing to this project from the very beginning. Thank you and Peter I hope you enjoy your new KH26 =).

Click here to find out more about the Fusion Zero!

This saddle is good for every riding style. Some key features:

  • Constructed from reinforced Nylon 12 + fiber composite. This material is not cheap but is exceptionally stiff, strong, and impact resistant
  • This is the first unicycle saddle with a Pivotal seatpost. This is the #1 aftermarket standard in BMX and is strong, simple, 24 degree angle adjustable, and eliminates exposed bolts. KHU will offer a very good one-piece forged, KH Pivotal seatpost in 25.4 and 27.2 mm diameter. But since this is a bike standard, you can obtain a compatible seatpost through just about any bikeshop if you can’t find a KH post.
  • Saddle frame and foam are shaped to support the “ischial tuberosities” (sit bones), reducing soft tissue pressure.
  • Low front nose provides a comfortable handle position
  • Slim profile and clean underside make it easy to grab for trials and tricks
  • Fully 15 mm narrower through the mid-section, compared to the other KH saddle models, to reduce chafing
  • T-bar touring handle compatible with no requirement for the reinforcement plate.
  • Weight is similar to existing Fusion saddles at about 810 g. The priority was on increasing strength & stiffness rather than reducing weight.

Besides myself, KH team riders Max Schulze and Ryan Kremsater have been testing saddle prototypes. Here are a few initial comments from them:

Saddle feels very different initially, but quickly you get used to it. Saddle angle is key to comfort. Most riders will want to have the saddle angled moderately down towards the back.

Flatland riders may find it messes up their tricks until they get used to the different shape, but will find it easy to grab and use once they get used to it.

I don’t think the ultra-low curvature saddle renders curved saddles obsolete, but it will be the saddle of choice for many riders going longer distances for sure.

Pivotal interface is a huge success. Because the installation bolt is accessible through the top of the saddle, it’s incredibly easy to install. The lack of exposed bolts on the underside is a major plus, and the post itself is very strong.

A small pre-shipment of Fusion Zero saddles will arrive in shops in about 1 week (slightly longer for some dealers), with more stock in about a month. You may need to move quickly to snag one from the initial shipment.

Saddles are the most personal unicycle component, and arguably the most expensive and difficult component to make well. So I hope you like it. I’m looking forward to your comments!

The Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling eBook Now Available

Written by Kris Holm on April 18, 2013 categorized in Gradient Press, News, • permalinkcomments

A year after the print book release, I’m happy to announce the release of The Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling as an e-book.

The book is available for purchase at www.gradientpress.com.

It is also available as an an affiliate link anywhere unicycles are sold online.

The cost is $12 and you receive 3 versions: epub, mobi, and pdf. The epub and mobi versions are entirely re-designed as e-books, and the pdf version is similar in layout to the print version.

All are DRM-free. This book was a ton of work and required major investment to make it possible, so please don’t share or obtain pirated copies =)

As a special introduction until May 9th, you’ll receive $3 off the book purchase if you type “MUNI” or “TRIALS” as the coupon code on purchase.

Get your copy today.

Cary Gray wins the 2013 Evolution of Balance Award

Written by Kris Holm on March 01, 2013 categorized in Evolution of Balance, News, • permalinkcomments

I’m happy to announce that Cary Gray of Baltimore, MD, has won the 2013 Evolution of Balance Award!

Cary proposed a 1.5 year, 24,000+ km cross-country trip that starts in Baltimore, loops into Canada, then heads south to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (the southernmost tip of South America).

He hopes to connect offroad tracks and dirt roads in every every single land-based country in North and South America, which means circling back up from the southern tip of South America into Brazil and the northern countries of the continent.

Cary’s EOB award will include CAN$1500, a KH36, and KH gloves and armour.

Sincere thanks go to the Hoover family for helping support the cash portion of the award, and to Unicycle.com who will sponsor shipping of KH gear to Cary. Thanks also to everyone who applied: it was a tough decision to choose from many strong applications from around the world.

For more info, check out Cary’s website, and the newly launched Evolution of Balance website: www.evolutionofbalance.org. The Evolution of Balance website also contains photos and stories from previous winners.

Welcome to the new Kris Holm Unicycles website

Written by Kris Holm on January 11, 2013 categorized in News, • permalinkcomments

Welcome to the new Kris Holm Unicycles website! It has been re-built from the ground up in HTML5. This was a big project, and huge thanks go to Carl Hoyer of Pixolium for his technical wizardry and creative concepts. Here are a few of the new, stand-out features:

Announcing the new KH Gear for June 2012

Written by Kris Holm on June 14, 2012 categorized in Gear, News, • permalinkcomments

I’m happy to announce the improvements on KH gear for June 2012! Check the products page for details, and here are some highlights:

All KH unicycles (except the KH20) are compatible with disk brakes.
See the new Spirit cranks, below.

New: Spirit Cranks
Disk Brake Version (road and muni). These cranks allow installation of a standard disk brake rotor on the right hand crank. Placing the disk rotor on the crank allows disk brake compatibility with a full strength wheel and an efficient pedalling stance. I’m really happy with these €“ they’re beautiful and have worked really well in testing over the past year.
Lightweight. Over 25% lighter than Moment cranks (up to 34% lighter depending on the crank length and model year). Some weights: 110/137 (396 g), 127/150 (424 g)
Strong. We used stress modelling to maximize strength to weight ratio. The cranks are 7050 Aluminum €“ almost twice the yield strength of 6000 series Al. and tougher than 7075 Al.
Low profile. disk-mount (spider) is hardly noticeable if you choose not to use disk brakes
Compatible with standard disk rotors and most hydraulic disk brakes
No pedal inserts = no problems with loose inserts, with hard 7050 aluminum to resist pedal stripping
Outside face of the crank is optimized for shifting on the KH/Schlumpf hub.
Lengths: 110/127, 110/137 (new), 127/150, 137/165 (all double hole)

Non-Disk Version (trials, street, and flatland)
Lightweight yet strong €“ they feel like Moment cranks but noticeably lighter. Weight (137 mm): 406 g
Comfortable outer shape for avoiding bashed ankle bones
Rollo disk compatible
Lengths: 110 mm, 127 mm, 137 mm

Updates to Frames:
KH24, KH26, KH29, KH36 frames have International Standard (IS) disk caliper mounts (right side)
All frames have 2 mm narrower bearing housings, for disk brake compatibility. The reduction in width also slightly increases foot space for crank rolls.

New: Starfighter brake lever extension.
Strong, comfortable, and fits most brake levers
Shaped to be easy to grab without getting in the way
The Spooner is still the recommended choice for Magura HS-33 and HS-11 brakes

Improved: Brake attachment bracket. Bracket is now angled at 6 degrees to move the brake lever slightly closer to the handle.

Updated: Rollo disks
Re-shaped to fit the Spirit Cranks. Old Rollo Disks do fit, but not as well.

Improved: Saddle covers The drawstring has been replaced with a simple velcro tab underneath the seatpost plate, sandwiched under the seatpost when installed. This eliminates the hanging drawstring and bulk of the knot under the rear bumper, and makes installation easier. The pattern has also been adjusted around the front 4 bolts to help keep fabric away from the bolt holes. For June 2012 I’ve returned to having the covers with smooth synthetic leather for main top panel.

A few people I’d like to thank:
Carl Hoyer for his work at krisholm.com
Terry MacLachlan and Rob Moore (former Raceface cranks engineer) for detailed design on the cranks
Jeff Putnam of MountainUni. I’ve been thinking about crank-mount disk brakes for 10 years, but I’d like to acknowledge that Jeff was the first to commercially release this type of system. It’s hard to be first, and I want to acknowledge his efforts.

Kris Holm