Next up on our inside look at the bikes we took to Interbike is the ROUTT 45. This bike and style of riding has really exploded in the last couple of years. We don’t like the “grind” word, so we use mixed surfaces to adventure on this one. Lower gearing, drop bars and bigger tires allow the rider to take in just about any terrain they may encounter. The name itself comes from the county in which Steamboat Springs is located. Routt county has a massive network of dirt roads, b-roads and deep National Forest Service roads that pair perfectly with the ROUTT 45. Toss on a set of bike packing bags and your adventure is only limited by your food supply.
ROUTT 45—GRAVEL PLUS
The ROUTT 45 can and will take you just about anywhere you want to ride. Gravel and dirt roads, double track to smooth asphalt. With its 45cm chainstays tire choices can run on the big side…up to a 45mm tire (pictured with a 47mm on narrow rim) and the world is yours for exploring onboard the ROUTT 45. The ROUTT 45 makes for the perfect travel bike with the S & S coupler option and an extra set of tires in the box. You could ride light trail/heavy gravel one day, and with a set of 28mm road tires, the pavement loop you’ve seen on Strava the next. Truly a versatile machine.
CHARACTERISTICS: Endurance fit—comfortable more upright position—road and double track-exploring, longer touring—
THE FINISH: : Moots satin bead blast finish with your choice of color outline and matching Moots anodized bits on frame, stem and post
12mm thru-axle front is the standard you can expect on road/cyclocross and gravel machines. Mavic supplies the Allroad wheel set that can swing between QR, 12mm & 15mm axles, tubeless ready.
The entire Moots Psychlo X & Routt models move to thru-axle as stock for 2016. 142 x 12, replaceable hanger. Solid mounting and proper disc alignment everytime.
44mm head tube
Thru-axle as stock
140 post disc mount adaptable to 160
Oversized size-specific 3/2.5 U.S. made seamless titanium tube set
English threaded bottom bracket
45cm chain stays for 45mm tire max
27.2 seat post diameter
7 stock sizes, custom always available
We are back and collecting ourselves after Interbike and wanted to post the bikes we showed during the 3 days inside the lovely Mandalay Bay Convention Center. First up is the MOUNTAINEER YBB +. This caught the eye of many who have discovered the road & trail less traveled, the freedom that bigger tires + bike packing bags afford with a little imagination. You can check BIKEPACKING for the awards they wrote about and the kind words of John Watson of the RADAVIST We are working towards offering this frame in early 2016 in limited numbers and sizes. We’ll be sure to post when we will be taking orders. For now, here’s the lowdown on the build:
MODEL NAME: MOUNTAINEER YBB +
Prototype. By using BOOST 148 with prototype chain stays we are able to provide room for wide rims and a wide plus sized tire. This combination with the legendary Moots YBB unit makes this the ultimate adventure bike. It was only right that we brought back the original name of the very first Moots mountain bike: MOUNTAINEER. It stands for everything adventurous on a bike. Loaded with PORCELIN ROCKET bike packing bags there is no terrain that this bike cannot handle. The main triangle bag is strapless on the down tube and top tube mounting points. We used welded-in water bottle bosses and sturdy M5 X 16 bolts to secure the main frame pack. Starting our 25th year of YBB production, we have evolved the collar of the YBB to be sleek and modern.
THE FINISH: Moots satin bead blast finish with your choice of color outline and matching Moots anodized bits on frame, stem and post.
–+3 crank set for boost 148 spacing, which also allows for wider set chain stays for 2.8 tire clearance.
–148 rear hub flange placement builds stronger, stiffer & more stable wheel.
–This frame design allows for use of wider rim technology available today for a solid feel & precise handling.
–148 x 12 thru-axle
– Updated YBB unit
– 73mm bottom bracket shell
– 110 boost front fork
– Custom located mounting bosses for Porcelain Rocket bags
– This is a PROTOTYPE
–Limited production runs starting Jan 1 2016
on the tops of the Shimano blue neutral support cars that is. The story….
Going back to 2012, Shimano first approached Moots at Sea Otter that spring and posed the question of us supplying them with neutral support frames. They had used other brands that were built out of less durable materials and wanted to replace them with something much more durable and sustainable. The days of traveling to Shimano events and unloading trucks with damaged or broken frames was something they wanted to put in the past.
After a few months of back and forth, a deal was struck to supply 12 Cyclocross frames in time for U.S. National Championships in Wisconsin. The beautiful part of this is the deal that was struck was that they bought the frames from us and also left all branding on the bikes. So that year when we attended and raced nationals in Verona, we took great pride in seeing the neutral pit all decked out with Psychlo X’s. An even dozen of them! The following year (2013) that fleet of Psychlo X bikes saw use from New England to Boulder and back to Verona, with the bonus trip to elite worlds in Louisville. Shimano is the neutral support provider for the big UCI main events and our bikes were front and center that entire week.
Onto the next phase of the Shimano neutral fleet and we found ourselves in the position to provide 30+ road frames for the men in blue. This fleet would go to trade shows, dealer events and of course race events across the U.S. Working towards that date for road worlds in Richmond, which is now upon us.
Just this last weekend we got a chance to see our handcrafted bikes clamped to the top of the Shimano Volvo neutral support wagons following the Steamboat Stage Race through the countryside. It brought a ton of looks and nice comments, but really for us at Moots it brought to the surface the pride we have in the products we make. And who knows, in the next couple of weeks there just may be a World Pro Tour riding needing a bike in a jam during the World Road Race Championships….I hope she/he likes the ride.
If you attend Worlds in Richmond and see the blue Shimano cars or their set up, snap a picture or two and send our way. We may even set you up with some killer Moots swag!
The US Pro Challenge comes our way this week here in Steamboat. We are the start town for the entire event and will be hosting the Stage 1 start & finish, as well as the start of Stage 2 as they leave the valley. Moots has a host of activities around the event and we’d love to have you participate. Below is a run down starting Friday August 14th.
Friday August 14th——-Moots factory tour at 10 am…Come take a tour of our place and see what “Handbuild in the Rockies” is all about.
Sunday August 16th——Orange Peel + Moots in the expo/festival area 12noon to 6pm.
Monday August 17th—–Moots factory tour at 8 am….Come take a tour before the racing gets under way.
Monday August 17th—–RAPHA/MOOTS group ride to the KOM on course. This ride leaves Moots at 9:30 am sharp and will cover about 20 miles to reach the only KOM on the course. Join us & RAPHA for a casual ride along parts of the same course. We will cover some dirt roads to reach the KOM. Come prepared with food & water for the day on the KOM. Once the race passes for the 2nd time on the KOM we will ride back to town for the finish and Orange Peel/Moots social at Orange Peel.
Monday August 17th—-Orange Peel + Moots will be in the expo/festival area. If you don’t go on the ride, come see us downtown! Expo is 10:30-5pm.
Monday August 17th—-Orange Peel + Moots are hosting you for an evening social at Orange Peel Bicycle Service from 6pm-8pm. Come meet the great folks from Orange Peel and Moots in one great location. 1136 Yampa Ave—-only steps away from the finish line. We’ll have “beverages” and light snacks.
Tuesday August 18th—-Moots group ride from Moots at 9:00am sharp. We will ride from the Moots World HQ to the west summit of Rabbit Ears Pass. Watch the race pass with the Moots Crew!
For anyone coming to town, please be prepared for traffic delays. Click on this link to see what the impacts might be.
Also the expo/festival info
BIKES ETC based in the UK spent some quality time on the VAMOOTS CR earlier this year and did a very detailed write up of what they found. At the time they also had two other brands of titanium bikes to ride as well. The overall article is pretty long, but well worth a read. Click below to pull up the full pdf out of the June 2015 edition.
The 4th annual MOOTS OWNERS CAMP will be held once again in sunny Tucson, AZ December 8th-13th.
Come and extend your riding season by loging miles on beautiful routes and having PRO level service from THE CYCLING HOUSE. Only 15 spots total with a hand full already booked. Moots will be on hand to talk riding and also give insight to how we build our bikes for the very riders at the camp. We will also have a selected number of current models on hand to demo. Click on one of the following links to register or check out photos and a write up from the 2014 edition. We hope you can join us!
Cathy’s new ROUTT just where it belongs. Routt county road 52E (Salt Creek) which is part of our annual Ranch Rally. Cathy told me that this recent ride really brought out the fine characteristics of the lower bottom bracket, slacker head angle and slightly more upright position.
Cathy Wiedemer handles the PR at Moots and has been on just about every model of bike we have made over the years. Always up for an adventure no matter if it’s road, mountain, skis, or the bike park. So when it came time to get a new rig, the almost natural move towards a “do everything” bike was next. This time around Cathy chose the ROUTT. Getting off the beaten path of paved roads drew her in and this is the machine she built up. It’s quickly become her go-to bike from dirt road rides to running errands. Stable, durable, responsive and pretty darn light…..and rides like a dream.
Sensible build with mechanical Ultegra, mechanical Shimano disc stoppers, compact 50/34 chain rings, 11-28 cassette…this will take you most any place.
Cathy likes a touch of green and went with Chris King to hand the head set duties.Fizik bar, stem and seat post kept costs in check and provide a great looking cockpit.
Mr. Moots leads the way on all adventures.
Shimano top to bottom. Smooth, reliable and confident.
The county in which we live in….ROUTT…..thru-guides for all three…solid sealed housing top to bottom.
Cathy went with optional rack mounts. Front derailuer adjuster to fine tune. Schwalbe Sammy Slick in a nice 35c handle smooth to rough surfaces well.
Hidden fender mount welded into the monostay. Thru-guides for the rear housing.
Clean fender & rack eyelets…Moots replacable hanger.
Fender mount in the chain stay bridge.
Post mount disc mount.
A view from the drivers seat.
The Psychlo X returns…..
No, not a movie, but that workhorse of a Cyclocross machine that has been with Moots since 1995…..
As you may or may not have noticed the PSYCHLO X has returned to the Moots line up this summer. The original Moots Cyclocross chassis took some time off when we introduced the ROUTT and ROUTT 45, leaving the Psychlo X RSL to handle the race course. As time passed we felt we needed to have a 2nd option in the true Cyclocross race category. So with some modern tweaks to the Psychlo X we softly rolled the revamped model out during the Ranch Rally. Those on hand got an eyeful of goodness.
Highlights of the NEW Psychlo X are: 142 x 12 thru-axle as stock, post mount 140mm mount and 44mm head tube. The PX has the same proven geometry of the PX RSL.
Other important items on the PSYCHLO X:
- • 44mm head tube
- • Post mount disc mount (140 to 160mm)
- • Threaded English bottom bracket shell
- • Oversized U.S.-sourced straight gauge 3/2.5 tube set
- • 27.2mm seat post
- • 7/8’’ chain stays that are tied to our legendary breezer style drop outs
- • 142 x 12 thru-axle for solid rear wheel placement
- • Replaceable derailleur hanger
- • Ample tire clearance for 34mm tubulars
- • 7 stock sizes 50cm, 52cm, 54cm, 55cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm + custom
I would be showing you more detailed photos of the bike above, but at the moment it’s locked in the Moots sprinter van in Salt Lake City as the turbo gets replaced.
The PX is up on our site and you can visit that page here: PSYCHLO X
Over Memorial Day weekend JG (Jeremiah Gantzer) and myself had the pleasure of making a mad dash through the midwest to do dealer demos and partake in the Gravel Metric in Dekalb, IL…(which the event is a post on it’s own)…for now we’ll focus on this beautiful rig build up by Midwest regional Shimano Rep Randy Niesen that we got to see in person just before we rolled out on the Metric. This is just one of his Moots in his quiver. The build on this is second to none. He used Shimano (shocker) Di2 XTR, PRO cockpit and Shimano carbon mountain wheels. No stone left unturned here. Let’s have a look:
We have friends in the industry far and near, some of that industry happens to be right here in Steamboat. You may own something from Big Agnes and atleast surely you’ve seen one of their wonder tents or sleeping bags. Their office is just a stones throw from the Moots front door and we are big fans for sure. Their head of operations man Chris Tamucci or “Mooch” for short is one mean single speeder. This past spring he wanted to build the ultimate rig for those one gear rides he loves so much. Helping pick the parts is a pretty fun part of any Moots build, because let’s face it…spending other peoples money for them…..it’s pretty fun. Have a look at what Chris ended up with…..nothing but top shelf items from top to bottom…pure one speed fun.