THE MOOTS ROGUE YBB-27.5/650b—MOOTS MID WHEEL MODEL NOW IN 8 STOCK SIZES!
We are never one to shy away from experimenting with different wheel sizes. Dating back to our beloved Moots-Mounts (that allowed a cantilever to be moved up and down a fork leg or seat stay to adjust between 26’’, 650b or 700c wheels) up through our first 29’’ wheeled mountain bike in 1999 as well as the Gristle that used 29’’ front wheel mated to a 26’’ wheel in the rear. Always experimenting, always looking for the perfect ride.
As the 29’’ wheel has taken over a major part of the mountain bike market these days and trust me when I write this we love the 29er. There has always been a limitation to the design as far as a smaller frame size goes. With a tall wheel/tire and 100mm fork the front end of the bike can only get so low. Stand over can only get so low. We have pushed the limits of the 29’’ chassis to the smallest we feel comfortable building without making some serious compromises in geometry and ride quality, that’s where the 27.5/650b Ybb comes into the picture. …
By using the middle size wheel we can now go smaller in the frame size, without messing up the geometry and build a bike that handles on the trail like we want. This also opens the door to those out there that are not in love with 29ers. We really don’t want to get into the debate of which is better, but we do feel very strongly that now everyone can get onto a bigger wheeled bike no matter their body size. For some, the 29er doesn’t have enough “spin up speed” that they had on a 26’’, now they can have a choice. Forks are in the market place, wheel sets and rubber are everywhere, and it’s now a viable option.
Over the last year we have built the 27.5/650b as a custom only in a hard tail or Ybb version. As we have spent more time on the builds in the shop and the trail, we feel very confident in offering them as a stock size product.
For now we offer an Ybb version that lays out like this:
44mm head tube
English threaded bottom bracket
27.2 seat post
US made seamless 3/2.5 Titanium Tube set
8 STOCK SIZES!
Moots’ is teaming up with The Cycling House for our 2nd-ever Moots Owners Cycling Camp in early December. Come join fellow Moots owners for some warm weather miles, amazing meals and good times. We are aiming to fill the camp entirely of Moots Owners from around North America and beyond.
A great time to fend off those holiday meals and start putting in those base miles before 2014 gets under way.
Peter Kraft & Peter Kraft Jr. cruised through Steamboat over the weekend and by coincidence ran into several Moots staff out on the roads around Rout County. The Kraft’s are from Gainesville, Florida and are doing the Tour Divide together, father & son pedaling the 2,745 miles of the route from north to south. Their bike of choice? A matching set of Mooto X Ybb’s. Decked out in the standard Tour Divide bike packing equipment, the two are doing well and loving the time together.
Before they set out on the trip (that neither of them had seen), they contacted a Tour Divide rider that just happened to live only 6 miles away from them in Florida. They consulted with the event veteran and made their plans to set off from Banff Canada on Jun 14th. An amazing adventure to share with each other.
At the moment they are in Silverthorne, CO and have been averaging just over a hundred miles a day. That should put them into the finish at about 24-25 days total.
Good luck to the father & son team!