I was on a quest this summer to build my own ultimate snow rig. I had ridden my cross bike last winter with some studded tires and wasn't completely happy with the results. I tried riding my single speed 29er and enjoyed the ride more than with the cross bike but my knee joints didn't like me when it came to trudging through the deep stuff. So I opted for the best of both worlds:
Redline Monocog Flight 29er 19inch frame
Red Chris King headset
RaceFace Evolve Cranks (22-32-44)
SRAM PG-990 11-34 cassette
SRAM X.O rear derailleur and grip shifters
Shimano XT front derailleur
Custom wheel set, SLX center lock hubs, DT Swiss Comp Spokes and X470 rims (a little heavy but super bommer!)
Avid Juicy Ultimate Brakes
Maxxis Ingnitor 29 x 2.1 tires for the fresh powder
Nokian Extreme 294 29 x 2.1 studded tires for the deep and icy stuff
Upright riding position, super low gearing, grip shift for easy use with gloved hand, and a straight bar for more control. So far the results are very, very positive. Here is some pics from the ride in on Monday:
A little bit of frost on the beard.
Even with fenders had some nice build up on the frame.
X.O rear derailleur took it all like a champ and never missed a shift.
And I will have more from my commute on Wednesday. Tuesday I have off.