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    ROM 6:23 flipped4bikes's Avatar
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    Monocog 29er winter commuter?

    I cross posted this in the Commuting forum. Does anyone use this rig to commute? I love the idea that it is a singlespeed, 700c wheels, and cheap! Less than $400 for the '06 from my LBS. I want to get the 15" size, and wondering how it rides. The only drawback I can see is that the frame doesn't have eyelets for racks or fenders...
    Every time we let a vehicle pass there is a little bit of compromise. But compromise allows the city to function and allows cyclists to function in the city. The trick is not to eliminate compromise but to learn how to work safely within it.

    --Robert Hurst

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    Senior Member mihlbach's Avatar
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    I normally commute with more road oriented bikes, but in the nastiests of conditions, I use my 26" Monocog. It works well..I usually take an alternate offroadish route when I commute with it. The 29er is basically the same bike with larger wheels and would probably work even better in snow. During the summer I use it as a mountain bike...during the winter it becomes my nasty weather commuter. It doesn't get better for the price.

    The lack of fender eyelets is a drawback...but there are simple workarounds. When its raining/sleeting/snowing, I put on a pair of planetbike clipons. The fork crown of the monocog is not drilled, so mounting the front fender is a challenge. You could either drill a hole, or install a starnut into the bottom of the fork steerer tube. I opted for the latter and now I simply bolt the front fender into the fork from below. Becasue of the suspension corrected geometry, you have to run the front fender above the v-brake. Its not optimal...but once you get the star nut installed, its farily easy to set up and it works very well.

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