Pictured above is the new Salsa Pro moto 3 100mm, 15 deg stem , a great value stem for the money with a nice solid wide 4 bolt clamp area .
The new rear 13 T stainless steel cassette cog was easily fitted by removing a couple of links from the chain and sliding the dropouts back at little. If you are interested in purchasing a 29 er single speed check out the Kona Unit and take it for a test ride. The standard rear 18 T cog that comes stock on the unit is designed for off road use but easily changed to give more speed if needed.
The photo above was taken on the ride into work this morning, the Kona handles the snow rather well once you let some of the pressure of of the Maxxis Ikon tyres which provide great grip in most conditions. This morning there was still a lot of ice about so I have been riding slowly to and from work each day. Yesterday Feb 24th was the worst winter conditions I have ever cycled in as the entire city iced over mid afternoon and a strong wind blew in from the sea of Japan . I had a company meeting that finished around 9.30pm at night and by then it was - 4 deg with snow and strong winds. Amazingly I did not slip in the ice but could not feel my hands on the ride home and thawing my hands out under warm water on arriving home was very painful. I used all my best colorful language on the ride home but alas it did not really help the situation at all. I think now that next winter I will be investing on some good quality pogies ( winter handlebar grip covers ) to protect my hands from the extreme cold winds we often get here as cycling with frozen hands is dangerous and not a lot of fun. Roll on spring !