now the snow is gone I am thinking about next year now and transforming my MTB into the ultimate winter commuting machine-
it will have a new rear wheel based on a Shimano Nexus type geared hub with a Snowcat rim on which I will mount my Nokian Extreme 296s. I think this will be an improvement over the Deore derailleur system that I have at the moment that sometimes wouldnt shift very well when the temperature dropped below about -10oC.
I will also rebuild the front wheel also using a snow cat rim and a Shimano hub dynamo so I always have some light.
Does anyone have any suggestions for improvements?
Also can anyone tell me what would be the best geared hub to use?. I have disc brakes so I need disc mountings and I would prefer 36 spokes as I am quite heavy. I would like to have at least 6 gears but the Rohloff hubs are way to expensive.
Edit: it looks like the Nexus doesn´t take a disc - there is an SRAM dual drive hub which does but only has 3 gears
Edit2: The guys at ice bike seem to be thinking along the same lines as me: http://icebike.org/Equipment/CustomEquipment.htm
Edit3; A further thought if I get a geared hub with a built-in brake I could ditch the rear disk. Sturmey Archer make a 7 speed hub with brakes. http://www.sturmey-archer.com/layout3.htm. I have read bad things about coaster brakes but drum brakes should be OK