Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
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.