THURSDAY MOOTS BUILD~PSYCHLO X DISC

This good looking build comes to us from Southern California and Graham Milner of WD40 BIKE.  Graham wanted to build a bike that would be a worthy machine to tackle the variety of terrain and road surfaces he sees throughout the year while at home or on the road at events with WD40 BIKE .

Graham has had a number of custom bikes over the years and now his Moots Psychlo X disc may have just retired some of the others in the garage.  In order to hit the fit for Graham we went custom as the stock sizing was just not going to work out.  So we started talking back at the Boulder Cup Cross weekend in October about a bike that would feel at home on pavement, gravel and the Cyclocross course.  The changes we made to the Psychlo X this last year really have been beneficial in hitting the marks for a good number of riders.  They want a Cyclocross worthy race rig, but would also find themselves hitting that wide range of rides on pavement & gravel. To do this we lowered the bb a touch, slackened the angles vs. the quicker RSL version and took the head tube to a longer 44mm (for tapered forks/disc) diameter.

In the new Psychlo X geometry is also the OPTION to go to a 45cm chainstay to allow for a bigger 40mm tire if you so desire.  The standard chainstay length is 42.3cm and will take a 35mm tire.  The shorter chainstay keeps the bike a little tighter for the race course and pavement rides.  Graham chose the 42.3cm stay on this build.

In the photo above Graham’s bike is pictured with 28mm Conti-GatorSkins for pavement & gravel. For cross, he’ll be able to change out the tires or the entire wheel set to roll on 33′s.

Once we finalized geometry we went to work on the build.  6-8 weeks later out came his Moots.

Graham decked out the final build with the following:

Moots Psychlo X Custom w/disc

Enve Disc CX Fork

Chris King 1.5 tapered head set

Chris King R45 Disc Hubs

Moots Stem

Moots Cinch Post

Ultegra 11 speed w/mechanical disc/compact

Red anodized bits highlight the build

Graham will be able to ride this bike in a number of situations.  If you attend an event that WD40 BIKE is at, we are sure you will be able to see Graham’s bike hanging around with Graham not far away.

Enjoy the ride Graham!

 

 

24 HOP~THE SPECTACLE

GrassMoots Racer Dave Gensch based in Carbonadale, Colorado made the journey with our crew to the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo.  These are his thoughts on the trip…..

Leaving behind waist deep powder, Jason, Matty and Alex arrived in the Moots sprinter van and picked me up in Carbondale as we headed west.  Stopping off in Palisade to meet Ned and Ed, we picked up 6 cases of beer kindly donated from Ska Brewing and continued on towards Moab to ride the new Bar M trails, where we met Ruthie Mathis and got some sweet single track in the setting sun.  Thankfully we brought some lights as the ride carried on a for a while…Even a bit longer for Matty and Jason as their topo reading seemed to encouraged a left turn option at each trail junction.  After some Pizza we hopped back in the van and headed south into the moon lit desert.  The lack off heat in the back of the van brought out our sleeping bags and Matty and Jason did a great job of driving through the night to land us in Phoenix at 5:00 a.m.  Our Denny’s experience could not have been better scripted if it had been written for a sitcom as our bigger, more masculine waitress, proceeded to tell us about how her “muscles of steal” would break the ends off the bars of her ten speed back when she used to ride.  A stop at Bike Haus and Trader Joes put us back in the van and on our way to the venue.

24 Hour Town is a culminating spectacle of the many walks of life that are loosely connected to the smile that rolling on two wheels bring oneself.  Setting up both our camp and the demo tents at the expo site in afternoon sun was a treat after coming from the Colorado blizzard conditions of the past few weeks.  We were quickly able to new make friends by passing out free cold Ska beer.  The almost full moon rose as the sun lit the western horizon; the air was filled with dust and excitement.

Friday morning was fuelled by not only caffeine but the ever growing crowds as the venue continued to fill up.  We each took turns working the demo and shredding the super fun 16+ mile course.  As the sun set on a busy day the evening buzz settled in slowly.  Rob and Patrick made it in just in time for the sponsors dinner and we were treated to a nice meal of tacos…although we had eaten a similar meal the previous two days, it felt natural as we were only 80 miles from Mexico.  The early night quickly turned debaucherous as the drum circles and campfires raged on until the 4;00 A.M. hour.

Race day came with a dust-laden sunrise, warm temps and a great vibe, as everyone seemed very ready to ride their bikes in a circle. Matty and Alex each raced solo and we took some time in the morning to “punch in” and get the scoop on what they were looking for in us crewing for them.  Fortunately, Patrick volunteered the info that he would run when he only had a short time to work out.  So naturally we chose him to do the Le-Mands start for our corporate team of six…even though I lost the arm wrestle with Jason the night before which was suppose to determine this order.

My first lap was at 3:30 and it felt great to ride a lap in a race environment again.  Both Matty and Alex each had a solid first few laps as well.  The dry, loose, and cactus riddled course rides fast but begs for each rider to stay the course or result in great peril with the utmost impalement of every type of cacti.  My next lap was at 1:00 in the morning as each rider had solid laps and most importantly, a ton of fun.  I had a quick crash and unknowingly lost my water bottle in the first two miles.  When I reached down to grab a sip at mile 3 and found no water bottle, I knew I had to settle in and just ride.  Riding at night down here is otherworldly and very fun.  Alex and Matty kept burning laps as we tried to crew for them the best we could.  The sunrise again was spectacular and birthed another hot and dusty day and the early morning laps were a treat.  After off the couching it, Matty had hit the wall…what a very solid effort and performance.  Alex who had been at the front, had started to break down as well as his knee had started to sized…Oh yeah, he was riding a bike he never had and after some 200 miles he started to feel it.  Our 6-person team had great laps and some quality trailside P.R. for Moots with flat tire assistance and cacti removal.

At the end of the day Each solo rider posted great results especially coming from snow country, our corporate team rode well and had a blast ripping the Sonoran Desert.  Those of us who were finished racing broke down camp as the race came to an end.  Dirty and Dusty, I think we all enjoyed the weekend.  Sharing brews with strangers, Turning people on to the sweet ride that is a Moots bike, and getting to know new people all while riding bikes.  After packing it all up we found, Yo Polly’s Pizza in Scottsdale on the way home and couldn’t have found a better authentic nightcap to an amazing time…”I’m Just Saying.”

So a special thanks to Jason for the invite, Matty, Alex, Patrick, Rob, and Ned for being very different but great people, Ed who did a great job of both crewing and bringing some great humor to our adventure, and to Dave T for giving the Ska beer to share the love.  I really appreciate everything that you all brought to a whirlwind five days in the Sonoran sun. Thanks Guys

 

David Gensch

 

JOB OPENING: MOOTS MITER SHOP

We’re looking for a full time employee, willing to work forty hours a week, dayshift, Monday to Friday…….

 

READ MORE HERE: MOOTS MITER SHOP

 

Moots in Johannesburg South Africa~Sharing the Love

TEAM MOOTS~South Africa

Hennie Loubser and Jon Strausburg are the proud owners of these two Vamoots CR bikes.

Cycling with friends in the Cradle of Humankind just outside of Johannesburg South Africa, Feb 22nd 2014.

 

We just wanted share the love of cycling and our MOOTS  from South Africa.

 

Sincerely~ Jon Strausburg

 

SNAKE CREEK GAP FINALE 2014

Moots is hitting the road this week for a mega-road trip that will see the sprinter van on the move to the SE, making dealer stops for demos and hitting events.

This looks to be serious…..

First up on the trip is a weekend at SNAKE CREEK GAP in Georgia.  March 1st is the final in the three race series and looks to be a good one.  Oh, and we are also GIVING away a Moots frame to one lucky raffle entry.

Steeped in history

Mattyp and Corey from Moots will be on hand to demo bikes and talk all things Moots.  Look for them at the finish line with the Moots tent and van and stop by and say hi.

Ready to rumble at the SNAKE

 

THINGS I LEARNED IN THE SONORAN DESERT IN 24 HOURS

GrassMoots hard man Patrick Wilder came from his home in Olympia, Washington to take his laps with the Moots crew.  He put together the following photo essay and a few things he learned at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo .

A little of this will take the edge off people in 24 hours town beating a drum until 3 a.m.

 

Never pick up hitchhikers at 4 a.m.

If you want to turn fast laps in the desert you need to do less of this in the weeks leading up to the race.

Riding on this the weeks leading up to the race does not prepare you for ripping dusty single track.

Take time to watch the sunset

And sunrise

Always buy something from a kid wearing a ZZ top shirt selling ice-cream in the middle of the desert.

Always book a first class ticket when you have the air miles. Your fellow travelers will love it when you sit down in a seat smelling of sweat and mesquite looking like a complete dirt bag.

The only rule in 24 hour town is equally applicable in life

 

DONE & DUSTED–24 HOP 2014

Cactus and dust…and a little reminder from us!

All photos credit: Devon Balet

Our crew has returned from the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo none the worse for wear.  A little dusty, a little tired, a little sunburt, but pretty happy they got to rip some desert single track in the middle of February.  The fact that these guys could go out and put down some consistent times is pretty amazing, considering we haven’t seen single track around here since mid-October. Off the couch and onto the bike right?

The event was once again sold out long before the starting gun went off.  This was our 2nd year as the official bike sponsor of the event. We had not only our racer support area and camp set up, but we also had a great spot in the expo area.  Always nice to meet so many fans of our bikes.

24 Hour Town under nightfall

 

Sunset or sunrise??  Hard to tell after many hours in the saddle.

 

THE ITCH

It’s about this time each winter that “it” starts.  We’ve been in full winter mode for a good long time here in Steamboat.  The snow started falling early this season…..early October, like the first week of October!  Since then it’s been pretty steady. That puts us a solid 4 months in….Living in a “ski town”, we expect this.  But as the years roll by and you spend more time here, each winter gets just that little bit harder to deal with.  This is by no means a bitching post about winter and how rough we have it. We live in an amazing place…. It’s about the light at the end of the tunnel.  That “it” mentioned above.  Each of us try to embrace winter in our own ways; for some it’s the season they live for, for others it’s the season they get out and do some type of activity that keeps them from going crazy until the roads melt out, then the fields, then the trails.  A cycle that repeats itself every year.

Now we are in mid-February and it’s a short month to boot.  Soon it will be March and the lowlands towards the deserts will be warming up and calling us to ride trails and roads.  We escape with loaded cars to camp, ride and shed some layers.  This next week our local schools are closed for “Blues Break”…..you can figure out by the name of it, that it’s timing is about winter, a break…..feeling blue from the depths of winter.  After Blues Break we have our Spring Break in late April after the ski area has closed down.  The migration of mountain people to places like Fruita, Moab and beyond is pretty amazing. We set up small cities while camping, soak up the sun and put those miles on legs that have been turning skis instead of pedals.

That “it” for me is the itch to start riding more and skiing less.  I can feel it happening right about now….but for now I can’t reach that spot, so embracing winter for a couple more weeks will have to be the way…….for now.

 

2014 24HOP

The van is getting loaded and our team of factory racers is pulling their mountain bikes out of storage.  This week the 2014 mountain bike race season gets rolling with THE 24 HOURS IN THE OLD PUEBLO near Tucson, AZ.  This year we are again the official bike sponsor of the event and will be fielding a team plus bringing some our our latests products for you to check out.

You can register for the Moots frame, stem and seatpost raffle here: BAG IT all while contributing to a great cause.

MOOTS 24HOP TEAM:

Jason Coble–>The trip ringleader and FNG here in the Moots sales staff.  Jason will be taking his race laps and manning the expo booth during the event. Stop by, say hi and view some Handbuilt in The Rockies goodness. Jason will be rolling on one of our new Rogue RSL’s.

Ned Kajko–> Ned the welder returns to the desert to set the fastest lap on the team again this year.  Ned has done zero miles at this point, but rest assured, he’s a trained killer.  He’ll be piloting his 1 x 10 Mooto X around the course and making friends with the cactus along the way. You’ve been warned.

Patrick Wilder–>GrassMoots original from the Pacific Northwest.  He’s our call in/fly in sleeper.  Rapha Gentlemen’s Race veteran, Cyclocross Nationals Pit Boss and ready to drop into whatever event he’s needed at.  Super man in a cyclist costume. He’ll be rocking his MX Ybb during the race. Look for Patrick to bring this team to the finish in one piece.

Matty P–>Welder here at Moots and ready to pick up a bike and ride/race no matter his preparation.  He may or may not be sporting a full mountain man beard this winter, so you may not recognize him as he takes on the solo single speed division again this year.  Last year he claimed 3rd place solo SS off the couch. This year he’s made a special 24hour chamois cream just for this event. Matty P will be rolling on his MX RSL SS and MX SS. He’s looking for a volunteer for his chamois cream applicator position. Once again, you’ve been warned.

Dave Gensch—> Another GrassMoots original from Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  Dave is known for his adventure outings both on skis and bikes.  The winter has been a big one here in Colorado, so when asked, Dave jumped at the chance to go with the team.  Super nice to talk to; come say hi to Dave around the Moots compound. Dave will be racing on his MX Ybb.

Rob Mitchell–> Rob has home field advantage in the Tucson desert as he lives there full time.  This year Rob will see if he can top his 3-flats-in-a-lap record from last year.  Hopefully he’s figured out the whole tire sealant thing and will spend more time racing laps than fixing flats. Rob’s rig of choice is his MX YBB.

So that’s a little insight to the Moots team that is coming to 24HOP this year.  The sprinter van has been dug out of the snow banks and the sunscreen has been applied.

Come see us at the Moots expo tent or our camping compound!

See you in the desert!

LONDON CALLING

This weekend some mighty nice bike brands come together for the London Bike Show for 3 days of viewing and conversations.  Our good friends at Mosquito Bikes based in London will be on hand to display Moots.

If you are lucky enough to attend the show, please stop by and see what the gents have to show you at booth # LB 1615.

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