Fresh off of our return from Eurobike and Interbike we’ve barely had time to catch our breath and press posts have been hitting the interwaves about two new bikes from us. The story goes like this…. ROUTT and ROUTT 45 are two new bikes with a great past. Once called the Psychlo X which shared the same geometry of the racy Psychlo X RSL the ROUTT’S under went a geometry re-vamp last fall. We lowered the bottom bracket, slackened the head angle, lengthened the head tube and shortened the top tube to better suit the loose conditions many of us ride on a daily basis. The ROUTT keeps its racer friendly 42.3cm chainstays to keep it quick around a taped off cross course and the ROUTT 45 goes to a 45cm chainstay for even more stability and also to accommodate a larger tire width. The ROUTT can handle up to a 34mm tire, while the ROUTT 45 can take up to a 41-42mm tire for those more adventurous days in the saddle.
Also introduced are our all black decals(see below). Decal sets are in stock now and can be ordered for any model except the MX Divide and Divide. They will be in our web store shortly.
These two models really round out our line and let you have your pick dependant on your riding style.
Look for our website to be updated soon!
The Moots family is growing lately. We’d like to welcome Ellis Hindes to our crew. Eric and his wife Kristin welcomed their little girl just about 4 weeks ago today. Eric runs our CNC department and makes/designs all the cool items that get welded into your Moots. Of course the first order of business is to give Ellis something sharp and titanium to play with…..a future at Moots? Maybe. And yes, that’s a Moots sticker on her forehead. Don’t call social services.
Both Kristin and Eric are adjusting to parent life in stride…”she sleeps, eats AND poops” were Eric’s words when asked how it’s going. Nothing really shocking anymore!
Congratulations to Eric and Kristin and welcome Ellis!
We are packed up and headed to Las Vegas for Interbike 2014. Trade shows are known for loads of conversation and time on your feet. What better way to break it all up then a bike ride? The Moots crew is getting out and riding during the show and we’d like to invite you to do the same.
FRIDAY September 12TH
We are parking at our local Moots Dealer; Las Vegas Cyclery and heading out to do the Red Rock Canyon Loop. Ride rolls at 6:30am sharp from the shop parking lot. Bring your bike and let’s ride. The ride should be about 30 or so miles at an easy pace, with some climbing.
Once finished we’ll head into the show for the consumer day.
Date: September 12th, 2014
Time: 6:30 am
Location: Las Vegas Cyclery
Type of ride: road
**Please note: we will not have demo bikes for this event.
Steamboat Stage Race 2014—-
This last weekend Steamboat Velo bagged its 6th edition of the Steamboat Springs Stage Race on the roads in and around our wonderful corner of Colorado. The Steamboat Velo club has grown the race to a field of 400 racers that took part in 3 stages. An opening 22km time trial along River Road started off the action on Saturday, testing man, machine and the rolling terrain we ride weekly. TT bikes abounded for this stage to go against the clock.
Next was the Sunday Moots sponsored road race. A very hilly course that took place on Twenty Mile road and the “3 bitches” as the locals so affectionately calls them. True to its reputation the course handed out punishment for all, with our local woman pro Amy Charity taking the win in the women’s category. Which speaking of woman, the stage race pays our equal prize money for both men and women…..they are paving the way to the future. And with every edition in the past the Sunday evening BBQ help at Moots HQ was a hit. During the evening loads of food is served to all, factory tours are given by Moots employees and a Moots frame is drawn out of the hat for one lucky participant. Steamboat Velo also went the extra mile to have a volunteer podium that recognized the hard work done by some incredibly giving people. During the evening donations were also collected and with some help from entry fees, the event raised $700.00 for Lift Up, which is our local food bank.
Last up was the downtown crit that covers a rectangular course through old town Steamboat Springs. One little hill and some fast corners make this a classic crit course loved by many. Just one block off Main Street this stage really gives the feel of our town, as spectators are drawn to the fast action and great vibe.
Congrats to all that conquered the course and their bodies. Next year will be lucky number 7 for the event, which you can count on again for Labor Day weekend.
Hope to see you there!
Moots is making the trip to Germany again this year to attend Eurobike, at Friedrichshafen August 27th-30th. This year also marks the first year we will be participating in the dirt demo day on Tuesday the 26th. The venue at Eurobike can house both the dirt demo day and show all within the same area, which makes attending very easy. We will have several of our most current models to demo on road or trail as well as the inside show display. Those models include:
MX YBB, ROGUE YBB, ROGUE RSL, MX RSL, Psychlo X RSL, Psychlo X Disc, Vamoots RSL, Vamoots CR, Vamoots, Vamoots RSL Di2
You will be able to find us under the Moots tent during the outside demo day and then in Hall B1-501 during the inside show Wednesday-Saturday. Eurobike is known for it’s flair and number of companies that display as well as the public day, which is on Satuday the 30th. Over 20,000 visitors walk the halls on that single day alone!
If you are headed to Friedrichshafen and Eurobike 2014, please stop by and see what Moots has in store for 2015! If you want to book an appointment during the show, please contact Matt Alford or Jon Cariveau at the main Moots number: 970-879-1676.
You know what’s really cool to see in cycling? If not, let me tell you. What’s cool is when a real person, with a real person job, real person family, real house payment, real car payment and real kid juggling takes pretty much a year off from racing her bike for the good of a fellow human and then comes back to enter only a few chosen races and then RIPS OFF SOME LEGS! That’s what’s cool about Kelly Boniface. She won’t go out and tell you and frankly, she’s not the Twitter or Instagram type, so I’ll tell you. Last year a dear friend of our community came down with a brain tumor. A nasty one….(as if there is a good one)….well, Kelly being the person she is, put her racing desires on hold to help with our friends children as he and his wife traveled to seek out the best care they could get. Then after surgery, Kelly and her husband made sure to watch and include those kids in as many things as they could, trying to keep their thoughts off the treatment their dad was going through. It’s what good humans do.
Flash forward to this summer and Kelly……She got back into her similar habit of riding and training like she was on a mission. That mission was a few select events that she thought would be “fun”. The BRECK EPIC was the highlighted event of the summer. Kelly had never done a mountain bike stage race, so she went BIG. So, Kelly goes out and wins the first stage and then never finishes below 4th on any stage. CRUSHING. She texted me during the week and after the 2nd day she proclaimed that she was hooked on stage races. She suffered and powered through the week and the thin air to finish 4th overall for her first ever Breck Epic! I’m sure she’ll be back for more.
KELLY’S BIKE OF CHOICE:
MX RSL (nickname: “Tom Brady”)
FOX 80MM RLC
GEAX TIRES (TUBLESS)
CAN OF WHOOPASS
We are proud to announce that we will be hosting the 3rd Annual Moots Owners Camp in Tucson, Arizona December 9th-14th, 2014. THE CYCLING HOUSE will again provide route plans, meals and full support on the roads and climbs that have made Tucson famous for winter training. This is a great chance to log some miles before the holidays or get a jump on 2015 in style. Moots will be on hand with 2-3 factory staffers to ride with you and give you some insight to what makes Moots….Moots. Anything we can do to prolong the onset of winter is okay with us.
Come ride with first class support and routes in the clear air of Tucson. We’ll be there with the Moots van chock full of current demo bikes ready for you to check out.
Space is limited so make that reservation now, we hope to see you there!
Stage 4 goes off today and after yesterdays Queen Stage Kelly finds herself in 3rd overall in the Women’s Pro Open 6 day during the Breck Epic. She’s 13:25 off the lead and only 5 minutes out of second. The first stage on Sunday saw Kelly take the win by about 6 minutes. After the second stage Kelly said her lower back was not too happy, but she was fueling and resting to fight for the rest of the week.
Today we are expecting monsoon rains to return to Colorado which could make for some interesting conditions as the race moves into the second half of the week.
We’ll be posting more on how Kelly goes for the rest of the race.
GO KELLY!!! HUP, HUP!
Sepia tone for all things Rapha.
Riders (R-L) and what they are riding in the event:
Nate Bradley (Psychlo X 28mm tires)
Kelly Boniface (Vamoots CR 28mm tires)
Matty Pronovost (Vamoots SL 28mm tires)
Corey Piscopo (Vamoots RSL 25mm tires)
Matt Alford (Psychlo X 28mm tires)
Jon Cariveau (Vamoots DR 28mm tires)
This Saturday the six riders above will set off on the Rapha Gentlemen’s (plus a lady) Race near Boulder, CO. The course is laid out and tactics have been thought through. Our fearless MOOTS FACTORY PILOTS team will be rolling off the line at 7:52 MST Saturday morning. The Rapha Gentlemen’s Races have been around for several years and they go something like this…..Unsanctioned, unmarshalled, unmarked, unsupported…ride as fast as your slowest person, live off what you can find in stores along the way. It’s hard, like really hard. Most teams don’t finish. Bring low gears and bigger road tires, are the instructions from Raph HQ….a good portion of the route is dirt road/gravel….and in this case that adds up to about 50% dirt. Sweet.
The Bubble. The Olympic Village. The Republic. Call it what you want, it has terrain that is world class and athletes that are the same. Canyons, flat, rollers, altitude….heat, snow, hail, rain…it’s all possible in a single day of riding. We will set off to tackle the course and ourselves.
You name the climb around Boulder and we will be climbing it. A total of 106 miles with 13,444 feet of climbing. ABC…..(always be climbing)….An interesting thing about the Rapha Races is that the course is not marked. Only GPS coordinates and a cue sheet are given out, so the race is also part route finding if you are not familiar. We have Matt Alford on our team and he has lived in Boulder and Nederland over the years and knows the entire county really well. He’ll be our navigator for what lies ahead on Saturday.
The riders on the team come from almost every department at Moots. Sales, miter, welding and marketing. Kelly Boniface comes from our GrassMoots Team and is an orginal team member in that program. All of us have ridden a good amount of miles with each other, so we have that going for us. The goal is to ride at a good pace, have as little mechanicals as possible and help each other through the point in the day when each will crack. You must finish with all 6 riders at the same time to be counted.
There are none. Well, kinda. First place team usually gets a full Rapha kit for each rider. Second place gets all the beer. …Oh, about the beer. Each team must bring one case of beer to the start line. There are 24 teams……and that’s a crap load of suds.
We’ll be posting on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds as the day unfolds. Follow along if you can.
Wish us luck.
Just out is the August/September SWITCHBACK (issue # 19) and inside the crew at SB take a deep look at the Rogue YBB. The 27.5” wheel platform is the BIG thing in the bike world these days. We are building two models: Rogue YBB and the Rogue RSL and they are on fire these days. The mating of our legendary YBB pivotless rear end with the mid-wheel size makes for an amazing cross country ride. If you fancy a hard tail, the RSL version is build for pure stiffness and speed.
You can read the entire SWITCHBACK review here: MOOTS ROGUE YBB