OK....sorry guys but i do not ride in winter....however I pulled the GF Utopia out of the basement. Forgot I needed a few changes before I start riding. Well I am almost done. I swapped out the Manitou Empire elite fork to a rigid aluminum fork and upgraded the brakes from bb5-bb7's. Changed out the saddle to a softer one. Pedals and a wider handle bar will be next in a few weeks. Then I can get ready to replace my wheels with a set of Mavic roadies with centerlock Deore XT hubs and she's done. Might post pics later on. These kenda tires are not only heavy but are cracking.