By now you may have seen the coverage of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show or NAHBS and our project bike called the Trail Maintenace Bike. We though it might be nice to give you a little insight to the background, build and just how this bike came to be.
IN THE BEGINING
Let’s back up to late September 2012…you remember…late summer, warm weather with Fall colors right around the corner. Back then the idea of a project bike for NAHBS came up around Moots. We don’t often go down this road of one off-show-specific-bikes….it’s just not our nature. Building show specific bikes takes a lot of time that pulls us away from our normal builds, that keep our dealers and customers happy. One feeling that really drove this project from the start was that it would be a REAL-USABLE-BIKE in the end….meaning that when the snow melts, we’ll be out maintaining our trails with it, and also loaning this rig out to our local trail club for trail days and hopefully passing the bike around to other trail days beyond Steamboat. Plus the crew put in loads of after-hours work on this….a labor of love and dedication. So off we started……
We invited our local IMBA chapter club (The Routt County Riders) and some good folks from the IMBA Headquarters office in Boulder, Colorado. We sat down with this group of people and asked a list of questions to base the direction of this build. First and foremost we needed to know what tools it would need to carry. The list of key tools was made and then we moved onto the plateform that we would use….Wheel size. 29er plus…not a fat bike, not a normal 29er….bigger tires to spread the load and carry both equipment and rider to thier destination with good ride quality.
Once the basics where covered off on, the crew here at Moots starting laying out drawings (really big drawings) for the frame work. The tube set started coming together….some of our tubing and spec choices:
44mm head tube
100mm bottom bracket shell
Moots Custom built Titanium Fork 1 1/4” diameter, smooth gentle curve, with Paragon 9mm drop outs 135mm front wheel spacing
1.64” top tube
Rack material: 3/8” tubing
Chainsaw bar gaurd: 3/8” double wide, custom bend
7/8” Chain stays….extra long, extra stout
7/8” Seat stays large diameter and curvy
170mm rear wheel spacing
Rabbit Hole 29+ rims
Shimano Saint 4 piston disc brakes front & rear with 203mm rotors (post mount on both)
Shimano Xtr clutch rear der
The crew wanted to show off there skills and what was possible in tube forming, joining and one-off customization. The frame itself borrows several ques from our stock line of bikes…curved tubes in large diameter, machined parts of perfection, a custom chainsaw bar-gaurd as well as two custom racks to handle any load…(in this case a chain saw and rouge hoe….and “beverages”).
3/8” Tubing for racks, front & rear…31.8 stem clamps to hold hoe handles…
Engraved Mr. Moots and welded in place racks.
The crew at Moots is very happy the way the project turned out. As Spring rolls our way we will be planning trail work days in Steamboat and looking at ways we can tie other IMBA trail days into the use of the bike. BUILD IT. RIDE IT. IMBA played a big part of the inspiration of the build of this bike. Our hope is that this will move more people to get involved with their local trails and groups that make it possible for all of us to enjoy those trails that get us outside, riding and smiling.
You can learn more by clicking IMBA and find out what is happening with the trails in your area.
We are also selling a LIMITED EDITION MOOTS/IMBA/ROUTT COUNTY RIDERS T-SHIRT with all proceeds going to these two great organizations. Get yours today!
You can visit our MOOTS FLICKR account for many more photos of this great build.