Hardy commuters aren't going to let a little bit of snow put them off, but of course equipment choice in severe conditions is critical… particularly tyres. That's why Cotic are now offering a Monster Cross upgrade to the standard RoadRat. Essentially it's a RoadRat sporting a set of Bontrager XDX 1.75in tyres on 29inch wheels.
Drifting snow holds no fears for these those bad boys… smooth tarmac might slow them down a tad and they are probably not the best on ice, but then what is? (Suppose you could stud them with pop rivets…)
Cotic supremo, Cy Turner got the idea for the Monster upgrade at last year's Singlespeed World Champs, " I used some Jones XR 29x1.8" tyres on my RoadRat at the Singlespeed UK champs a couple of years back, but then a few weeks ago 18 Bikes (our local Cotic dealer) wanted some hoooge tyres for a custom build and Bontrager had started doing the XDX in 29x1.75". I use the 2.1" and 2.4" versions on my mountain bikes, so thought they'd be fun. We got some to try and they worked a treat.
All pics courtesy of 18 Bikes.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.