So what does one ride when they work at Moots? Moots is the obvious answer, but within that there are plenty of choices and we each have our favorite discipline or style. For some it’s all about the mountain bike. Trails can’t open fast enough for our single track seeking co-workers. For others it’s all about the road, and then there are the Cyclocross fanatics…but for most if not all, it’s everything as long as it has two wheels. Many of us seem to flow with the seasons. Winter fat-bike, early spring roads and classic dirt roads that abound the Yampa Valley, then we transition onto single track when the snow relents. It’s a diverse group for sure. That, to me is what makes Moots all that more special.
Eric Hindes heads up our machining department. If you are riding something from Moots he more than likely designed and machined some part on your trusty steed. If you have opened a beer with one of our bottle openers you can bet Eric tested the design so it works perfect every time. He has a love for metal music, bike history, fly fishing and of course riding bikes. (He’s from Iowa so I’m pretty sure the love of bikes is bread into him somehow.)
Eric has had several of our Psychlo X frames over the years, always testing some type of new set up. He also has one of our 29” hardtails with drop bars….yes, he was a fan of Tomac and that era of cycling pretty much gives you more insight to Eric.
Onto his new ROUTT…..Like I said above, Eric has had several cross bikes over the years and when we re-configured the long standing Psychlo X into the ROUTT he could not resist. The lower bb, slacker head angle, shorter top tube and taller head tube give the bike a solid fit and stable handling for those mixed surface rides that dot the country side around Steamboat and beyond. Eric went with a nice build that features trust worthy components for the long haul.
ROUTT 58cm frame, solid black decals, Chris King 1.5 to 1.125 head set, Deda RHM 01 bars, Ultegra 11 speed, Moots 110 x 0 stem.
Eric went with a Praxis Works crank set that uses their M30 BB. It’s a standard english 68mm threaded shell with outboard bearings that house the large 30mm spindle. Stiff, light, stout. The rings are also Praxis, they shift extremely well.
If you follow us on our social media feeds you might have noticed some particularly stunning builds and photos from BESPOKE CYCLING – LONDON. The ladies and gents at Bespoke Cycling do an amazing job, fitting, building and delivering Moots builds to their customers. Below are just a couple of builds that are now out in the world collecting miles under some pretty happy riders.
All photos by: Bobby Whittaker
Visit Bespoke Cycling for more images and Moots information in the London area.
This beauty came through the other day and really started thoughts of brown ribbons of goodness running through my head. It’s early spring in Steamboat and our trails are still under snow, but that first trip to Fruita is not that far off.
Over the years the YBB has morphed from a 26” wheeled-U brake equipped steel bike in the late 80′s with a rigid fork, then onto titanium in starting in 1991. As technology improved we had v-brakes and tubeless wheel sets in the late 90′s, which led to disc brakes and then 29” wheels in 1999. All the while the YBB (why be beat) sat just behind the seat tube using its 1 1/8” of rear wheel travel to soak up and take the edge off hundreds of thousands of trail miles under riders world wide. It’s a simple system, or maybe it is to us because we’ve been building them for so long, but if you are looking for a no-nonsense, low maintenace cross country single track slayer, look no further. Today the tubing is bigger in diameter, thinner in wall and is more refined than those early YBB days. Advances such as thru-axles, dropper posts and super dialed group sets put this bike into a super performance category. There is also wheel diameter choices to be had….we make them around 26”, 27.5 and 29”, something for everyone.
Below we take a look at a 2015 version. I hope you enjoy.
22” Size frame
23 pounds as pictured
142 x 12 thru-axle (stock)
XTR 2 x11
Front side swing derailuer
44mm Head Tube
100mm travel fork
We are continuing our pull through the heart land and will have demo days with Moots dealers along the way. Come out and test ride road, mountain, cross and gravel bikes from Moots! We have a sprinter van full of dialed bikes in many sizes and models. Jeremiah Gantzer from Moots HQ will be on hand to talk titainium and everything Moots. Read below for dates, times and locations.
THURSDAY MARCH 26TH
6-8pm group ride with Moots!
FRIDAY MARCH 27TH
3-5pm Open Demos & Ti Talk with Jeremiah
5-7pm Demo & Group ride
7-8pm Moots Happy Hour
These days it’s all about the meat. That is, tire size and how big can you go in your road bike? “Gravel” is the buzz word as of late and the bike industry has jumped into this full-boat. You and many here at Moots have been venturing down the path less-traveled on our road bikes for years. With a little thought about what tire you run, pressure settings and making sure you have the right repair kit with you, those dirt & gravel roads can be all yours.
Today we are looking at Nate Bradley’s 2015 Vamoots. Nate manages our mitered shop where he along with Willy & Pete cut every bike we make. So he knows a thing or two about bikes and bike set up. Did I say he rides a lot? He does.
Now, the Vamoots name has been with us since 1993 and over the years has changed a little. Current Vamoots geometry provides for a more upright postion, less reach for a given size vs. the older model, a touch longer chainstay and just a bit more drop in the bb. This set up lends itself to a fantastic ride across many different surfaces. Add in the fact that the Vamoots can handle up to a 29mm tire and you have yourself a cobble crushing, dirt road, chip seal, pavement- eating machine, that can carry you all day in reasonable comfort. No crazy frills, just a machine that will take anything you can throw its way ride after ride.
Let’s take a look at Nate’s Vamoots, which he has opted for a few changes from the stock model:
Tried and true. A good frame pump will never let you down….and you’ll always be the most popular person in the group when others flat. Topeak Master Blaster is a hot favorite around the Moots building.
Now that the Ranch Rally registration is open, we’ll be posting some updates of course conditions as the snow leaves and equipment needs that will make your day at the Ranch Rally all that more special.
Hope you enjoy!
Our road warriors are still at it after the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show and are now rolling into Texas. We have 4 demo events planned with our dealers. We hope you can make it out for some quality time with Michael Loomis from Moots. He’s got a van full of our lastest bikes in many different sizes. Read below and come out and ride!
THURSDAY MARCH 19TH
DEMO + GROUP RIDE
FRIDAY MARCH 20TH
SATURDAY MARCH 21ST
DEMO + GROUP RIDE
SUNDAY MARCH 22ND
DEMO + GROUP RIDE
It’s time to Rally! Back for its second year, we are gearing up for the Moots-Colorado Ranch Rally. For the 2015 addition we are enhancing our swag bag and improving on the Saturday evening social at Moots with more and better food items, and maybe most important, more beer! We are also aiming for 150 riders so we can write the Community Ag Alliance a much BIGGER check. Sign up and pass this around to your riding friends.
Now in its second year, 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. 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 ROUTT frame. (choice of 7 stock frame sizes)
Moots is partnering with the Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) to showcase the importance of the local ranches in our area. All proceeds from the event will go to CAA.
This route will pass several Centennial Ranches of Routt County, which means they have been in the same family for at least 100 years. 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 150 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 2015
WHAT YOU GET
• Entered into the MOOTS FRAME DRAWING just for this event…think about that…..1 of 150 chances to win a frame valued at $ 3325.00.
• Pastries and coffee the morning of the ride by local bakery & coffee roaster.
• Lunch at a nearby ranch
• Moots factory tour
• Event t-shirt
• Event water bottle
• Route cue sheet
• Event bandana w/cue sheet printed on it
• Locally raised beef jerky
Friday evening social at BUTCHERKNIFE BREWERY the night before we ride!
• Evening social at Moots HQ with catered heavy apps + Butcherknife beer
• Amazing ride through Routt County
• Half way point aid-station stocked with HONEY STINGER
• Mingle with Moots staff during ride and social evening
• 50 mile distance
• Event date: Saturday June 13th, 2015
• Packet pick up: Friday June 12th 4-7pm & Saturday June 13th 7am-8:30am
• RIDE START TIME: June 13th 9:00 am sharp from Moots HQ
• Evening social at Moots HQ from 4pm to 7pm that evening (frame drawing, beers, good food, fun times).
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.
The event will be held rain or shine. Come prepared.
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 on the road less traveled.
Go here to enter: MOOTS-COLORADO RANCH RALLY 2015
Go here to look for lodging: STEAMBOAT CENTRAL RESERVATIONS
**You will need to sign a waiver at packet pick-up**
You can read more about last years RANCH RALLY, 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
Steamboat Pilot newspaper: MOOTS-RANCH RALLY
Steamboat Pilot newspaper: RANCH RALLY GOES OFF WITHOUT A HITCH
Letter from the editior: SADDLE PALS
QUESTIONS?? CALL JON AT MOOTS: 970-879-1676
The Moots Vamoots RSL for Pedalers Fork was honorable mention in the Campagnolo build catagory. It also featured the first shown to public etched finish from us.
Just back from NAHBS (North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show) and we wanted to post some up-close photos of the new finish option we are going to offer and set the record straight about when this will be avaiable, how much it will cost and what is possible with this new option.
To start, all the work is being done in-house here at Moots. We want to have full control of quality and lead times. This point is very important to us as we have see over the years with bringing most of our machined parts in house. Not long ago, we bought a plotter to create the masks in-house as well as a dedicated blasting cabinet that will only be used for this finish. This way we can continue to blast frames at a normal rate and also etch the new finish options without disrupting our flow.
WHEN CAN I ORDER?
We will begin taking orders around May 1st for this option and this will add about 2 weeks to normal delivery times.
WHAT CAN I GET?
To start we will offer our normal placement locations on our frames, stems and seat posts. With the etched option the customer name is included on the top tube if they like.
Final price TBD.
We can and will offer to refinish older frames with this option and that will add the etched option price onto the top of the refinish cost. Price TBD.
At this time we are not offering any custom graphics outside our normal decal locations.
You can also view the post that BIKE RUMOR did on the show bike here:
Visit us at booth #343