We’ve been getting a lot of questions about 44mm head tubes lately and we’d like to go over a few items on the subject.
Q: What Moots frames come stock with the 44mm head tube?
A: ALL Moots mountain, cyclocross and Vamoots DR (disc road) frames come stock with 44mm head tubes. The reason for this is that the movement to tapered steerer tubes is prevelent in the bike industry. The 44mm head tube also provides a stiffer front end for precise handling and braking. It also gives us a larger landing platform for oversized top and down tubes, thus increasing stiffness.
Q: What Moots road frames come with the 44mm head tube as stock?
A: One. The Vamoots DR (disc road) comes stock with a 44mm head tube to handle tapered steerer tubes and disc brakes.
Q: Why do the Vamoots RSL, Vamoots CR and Vamoots come stock with 1 1/8” head tubes?
A: They come stock with 1 1/8” head tubes because they are approximately 50 grams lighter and offer more ride comfort in the front end of the bike. The 44mm head tube is an OPTION on these 3 models for an upcharge.
Q: What head set do I run on a 44mm head tube from Moots?
A: Current model Moots frames that have a 44mm head tube have been corrected to run an external lower bearing. For mountain models you will want a 1.5” lower bearing. It is possible to run a road fork that is 1 1/4” tapered with a 1 1/4” lower external bearing on road bikes that are ordered with the 44mm head tube.
Q: If I get the 44mm head tube can I still run a fork with a straight 1-1/8” steer tube?
A: Yes Chris King offers the Devolution crown race which makes both the i7 and i8 headsets compatible
50 miles with 2400′ of climbing on dirt/gravel mix
The Moots Colorado Ranch Rally is a 50 mile cyclosportive held on the dirt and gravel roads around Steamboat Springs. Just 5 miles of the route are on pavement. The other 45 miles feature rural dirt and gravel roads that connect area historical ranches and farms. You will pass by historic Elk Mountain Cemetery, climb up to Mystic, touch the Wolf Mountain area and descend down Deep Creek before the rolling hills of County Road 52E and finish it off with a small climb over Fly Gulch. Enjoy a stunning day on the bike.
The event starts and finishes at Moots World Headquarters. This is a non-timed, non-competitive ride. You can ride at your own pace or that of the group around you. There are no awards other than seeing the amazing countryside around Steamboat Springs and meeting some great people along the way. When you enter the event you will also be entered into the drawing for a Moots Psychlo X frame. (choice of 7 stock frame sizes)
Moots is partnering with the Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) to showcase the importance of the local ranches and farms in our area. All proceeds from the event will go to CAA.
This route will pass several Centennial Farms and Ranches of Routt County. Lunch will be served at a working ranch that is on the route. Later that evening we will meet at Moots HQ for an evening of factory tours, “adult beverages”, hors d’oevures and the drawing for the Moots frame.
We are limiting the event to 100 riders, first come, first serve. SIGN UP NOW to make sure you have a spot in this event that is sure to become a Moots Classic.
Go here to enter: MOOTS COLORADO RANCH RALLY 2014
WHAT YOU GET
- • Lunch at a nearby ranch
- • Moots factory tour
- • Entered into the MOOTS FRAME DRAWING just for this event
- • Event t-shirt
- • Event water bottle
- • Route cue sheet
- • Event bandana
- • Locally raised beef jerky
- • Evening social at Moots HQ
- • Amazing ride through Routt county
- • Half way point aid-station
- • Mingle with Moots staff during ride and social evening
- • 50 mile distance
- • Event date: Saturday June 28th, 2014
- • Packet pick up: Friday June 27th 4-7pm & Saturday June 28th 7am-8:30am
- • RIDE START TIME: June 28th 9:00 am sharp from Moots HQ
- • Evening social at Moots HQ from 4pm to 7pm that evening
WHAT YOU NEED
Road Bikes: Yes, you can do this route on a road bike. However we recommend new tires and no less than a 28mm tire.
Cross Bikes: Yes, you can do this route on a Cyclocross bike. Stick with a tire of 30 or 32mm that is a semi-slick tread.
Mountain Bike: Yes, you can do this route on a mountain bike. Recommended tire on a mountain bike would be a 1.5’’ width.
Along with the above you will need a good working pump or Co2 set up…2 spare tubes and small seat bag tool kit.
The event will be run on open public roads that have minimal traffic. There are no painted center lines so it will be of most importance to obey all traffic laws while on the route. We will have one main support stop about half way around the route but will rely on you to be self-sufficient at fixing a flat tire and fueling yourself. There will be snacks and drinks at the main support stop as well as an assortment of mechanical supplies if you need them.
Rules of the road
- • Please be safe and remember that safety is in your own hands and ride by these rules:
- • This is not a race but a timed tour. Ride within your means. If you haven’t ridden in a large group before don’t.
- • Wear a helmet at all times – NO EXCEPTIONS
- • Carry ID and relevant medical information
- • Rules of the road apply; same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle
- • Ride single file where necessary, maximum of two abreast when conditions allow, do not impede traffic. Ride as far right as reasonable
- • Obey all traffic lights, signs, and regulations.
- • Pass on the left only, announce “passing” or “hello” or “on your left”
- • Use hand signals to indicate road hazards, stopping, slowing, right, and left turns
- • Prepare properly: nutrition, hydration, training, and for sudden changes in weather conditions
Respect others: riders, volunteers, host communities, motorists, pedestrians, law enforcement, and the environment
Riding dirt roads on road bikes or cross bikes is nothing new to cycling. Located in Routt County Colorado, Steamboat is situated at 6700’ feet above sea level at the foot of the Continental Divide that shoots up to 10,000 + feet. The county itself has about 600 miles of unpaved dirt and gravel roads vs. the 159 miles of paved roads; this offers us many options and the chance to get up close to amazing views and the road less traveled.
Go here to enter: MOOTS COLORADO RANCH RALLY 2014
**You will need to sign a waiver at packet pick-up**
You can read more about our dirt road riding and the Community Ag Alliance:
Steamboat dirt road riding: TAKING THE DIRT ROAD LESS TRAVELED
CAA article about our rural roads: RIDING RURAL ROADS
Drinking morning coffee while sniffing around the interweb I was drawn to another “review” of a titanium bike. As it goes this one is sold by a company that is proud to have made the commitment to building 29er’s for the last 9 years. That got me to dig into my memory about our start into “big wheels” and the birth of the Mooto-X Ybb in 1999.
We received our first set of WTB Nanorapters in 1999 with a request to build a softail frame around them. Word was there were only 10 pairs of tires in the US at that time so we went about designing and building a bike for the first 700c tire with mountain bike tread. First we had to identify a fork to use. V-brakes were the order of the day for stopping so the fork had to be built for 700c rims.
I knew Wes (Williams) and Bruce (Gordon) had built fork pieces for an RS-1 for some of the Rock and Roads Bruce built and Wes’ personal bike, but we needed a product we could provide to our dealers and customers. In the Manitou warehouse there sat 100+ 700c compatible shocks. The Manitou 4 based design needed to have the elastomer bumpered travel limited so the tire did not buzz the bottom of the crown, but it was available.
So in 1999 we built it and rode it bringing it to the Interbike trade show and putting it into the model year 2000 catalogue as you see it here (drop bars and all). We saw this as the awesome gravel bike/monster cross and put it next to our Psychlo-X in the catalogue. Truthfully, for tight singletrack we preferred our 26” wheeled bikes, but on fire roads and doubletrack it rocked.
The summer of 2000 Moots followed the NORBA and World Cup races around the western US showing our wares in various parking lots and fields. At Deer Valley, walking through the Expo I introduced myself to Dan White of White Bros. My first question, have you guys thought of making a 700c compatible fork to fit the Nanorapter? He was positive they could do something, so after a summer of pestering him with random phone calls we installed one on our Mooto-X Ybb on the tradeshow floor at Interbike for model year 2001. This time we used flat bars touting it’s all around ability on gravel roads and singletrack. In the catalogue it still sat next to the Psychlo-X because of the shared rim size.
Today we still produce, ride and sell the Mooto-X Ybb. It has matured into a great singletrack design with forks, tires and parts mating to our current frame design beautifully. Experience has taught us a lot over the years. Now in its 15th year of production we have never stopped updating and changing to improve the ride while holding onto one simple plan, build the best we can.
Just in time for some major spring miles and a summer full of adventures our dealer NEBO RIDGE BICYCLES in Carmel, Indiana has put this stunning build together for a customer.
This beauty is our VAMOOTS DR (disc road) model. Features on this bike are almost endless and paired with a stunning Shimano Dura Ace Di2 build and full hydraulic brake system, through guides for hydo brakes and internal Di2 routing, this bike will be burning up the roads of Indiana for years to come.
The VAMOOTS DR features a 44mm head tube to accomodate a 1.5” tapered steerer tube to handle the stresses of disc brakes. The customer chose the red accent bits and a svelt set of Zipp carbon clinchers. After being out of cycling for a couple of years the customer asked his friends to help him spec the bike. They (and I might be biased here) certainly pointed him in the right direction. After a fit session with Joel at Nebo Ridge, they found our stock 56cm size fit him out perfect and once he rides it for a while will add a Moots stem for a final touch.
The customer is going to use his new rig for Grand Fondo rides, training and long days in the saddle. The Vamoots DR offers up some great all day geometry and can fit up to a 28mm tire for rougher roads.
KEEP THE MOTOR RUNNING
The Moots sprinter van just may top 200k on this trip. We are headed east this time around and have some great demos planned with our dedicated Moots dealers.
Check out the listings below as we make stops in Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and beyond. Come out demo a Moots and jump into a group ride. This is a great time to get up close to what makes Moots Handbuilt in the Rockies so special.
THANKS TO ALL THAT BOUGHT TICKETS, WE ARE SOLD OUT!
Our local trail club (ROUTT COUNTRY RIDERS) has taken a huge step to provide more narrow single to our area, whether you are a local or come to visit Steamboat, you will benefit from this undertaking. They have purchased a SINGLE TRACK SPECIALTY MACHINE and we are pitching in to help fund this amazing machine.
You can help and be entered into a chance to win a fully decked out Moots Rogue Ybb at the same time. We are selling only 250 tickets at $50 each. 100% of the proceeds go to the trail machine. Our great industry partners at Shimano, DT Swiss, Fox Racing Shocks and Chris King are doing their part as well, by helping with this stunning build. The winner will have their choice of one of 8 stock sizes.
A true single track crushing ride.
You can view the original PDF here: RCR TRAIL MACHINE
You can click here and go to our store to PURCHASE TICKETS (SOLD OUT!)
Come out to CYCLOPEDIA’S new location next Thursday (April 24th) for an afternoon of Moots Demos. We’ll have both road and mountain bike demos on hand for you to check out.
PLEASE NOTE NEW ADDRESS:
CYCLOPEDIA BIKE STUDIO
630 TWIN VIEW BLVD
REDDING, CA 96003
We are keeping the engine warm in the Moots sprinter van this spring. Less than a week ago the rig returned from the NAHBS/SE Demo Tour and we are turning it around for a splendid trip to California. This time around the Moots Demo Tour starts off in SoCal and heads north from there.
Stay tuned for more demo dates/times for central and northern California.
1ST STOP: ADRENALINE BIKES
2ND STOP: BIKE EFFECT~~SANTA MONICA
This is an amazing opportunity to get out on a full ride on a Moots demo! Show up early to get sizing and adjustments, drink some great coffee and then roll for the group ride at 8:30am!
SATURDAY APRIL 12TH
7:00 AM DEMO FIT/COFFEE
8:30 AM ROLL ON GROUP RIDE
3RD STOP: PEDALERS FORK
Models and sizes available to demo:
Most days for the working stiffs of the world we don’t have unlimited time to get out and ride. Rides come in the form of 1 hour blocks that can be worked into a planned lunch hour. Some days it’s a mad scramble to kit up, hit the road and be back in around an hour, but it’s what keeps the motor running until a longer weekend ride can be had.
At Moots we love to get out and ride. It’s part of the job description in a lot of ways…..part product development, part testing, part mental break to just pedal and make notes in your mind about things. Yes, the quote by Albert Einstein goes right here:
“I thought of that while riding my bicycle.”
The ride above is what we call Airport Plus. It’s almost a perfect 20 miles in length and covers a mix of pavement and dirt roads. As the name implies it passes the small Steamboat airport. It can be ridden in either direction and feels just about the same no matter which way you go. You cross the Elk River twice and the Yampa River twice, which can make for some great wildlife viewing at times. It can be done in just about any season; winter it’s frozen with packed snow, spring it’s tacky dirt, summer it’s dusty and rough, fall it’s littered with color. The route passes some of the most beautiful farm and ranch lands in this corner of Colorado. We are lucky to have this loop right out our door. If you ever come visit us and happen to stay for a ride, this will most likely be the ride we take you on.