Used to sell drugs, now he just takes them
Comparatively the commuter is a lot simpler bike too. There's a considerably larger cost in just keeping the mtb going with bearings, shock servicing, breaking derailleurs in half & so on. The commuter could have been a lot cheaper too; but like you say with the mattress salespeople, it might as well be nice if I'm spending so much time on it!Weird that my cheapest $per ride bike is also the commuter. It's kind of like those matres salespeople who tell you to spend 1/3 of your income on a bed because you spend 1/3 of your life on a bed.
My MTB $/ride wouldn't be so bad if stuff stopped breaking on it! It's why most of us have at least two!
I did that for a few years - would not recommend. Wore out all the bits, not as comfortable for grinding km's and much slower. Great for hitting stairs and the pump track on the way home though, so there's that. Having 160mm of travel up your sleave can also come in handy when you don't see the rather large traffic divider in front of you and just plough into it.The solution is to start commuting on your MTB