What does it take to race the entire lenght of Africa? We know what it doesn’t take is a weak stomach or a flashy paint job. How about a dialed in Psychlo X Ybb and a strong will to crush. We think yes. Check out the photo above for the very machine Dave Grosshans is riding right now at this very moment as he LEADS the race by a huge marigin of 42 hours!…the largest ever lead in the race’s history. Dave picked the PX Ybb for it’s versatile manners and added the Ybb unit for comfort on the long haul.
CYCLING EDGE out of Australia worked with David on his custom geometry build up of the PSYCHLO X YBB you see above. Some of the details:
Dave’s PSYCHLO X YBB
MECHANICAL DISC BRAKES
3 WATER BOTTLE BOSSES (KING CAGES OF COURSE)
MOOTS YBB SOFTAIL UNIT
A CONTINENT WORTH OF COURAGE
We pick up our Moots road warriors on leg three of our NAHBS-there-and-back-demo-tour.
Jason Coble will be taking the wheel of our sprinter van and rolling north through shops in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and finally the front range of Colorado. Some of his stops will be Moots Dealer visits, some will be all out Moots Dealer visits plus demo. There are more stops planned, stay tuned for when/where.
Have a look below for full demo stops that will give you a chance to ride some Moots Ti!
We’d love to see you at any of the stops. Come out and ride!
Spring is in the air this week, for real. We officially get to say we are in “Spring” on Thursday the 20th of March. To keep the spring theme going we are making a demo swing through Texas this week. Michael has the Moots van loaded with our current demos and will be making stops along his way back to the mother ship here in Steamboat.
We hope to see you at one of the following demo stops!
Texas Moots Demo/Ride Schedule:
WEST END BIKES—HOUSTON, TX—-THURSDAY, MARCH 20TH 4:00pm, Group ride at 5:30
MELLOW JOHNNYS—AUSTIN, TX— SUNDAY, MARCH 23RD Morning demo time TBD
MAD DUCK—–GRAPEVINE, TX—-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26TH 4:00pm, Group ride at 5:30
BIKE: Moots Vecchio Patata “THE OLD PATATO”
Full Custom Vamoots + Campy
RIDER: PETER CHISHOLM
This is Peter Chisholm’s (The Old Potato) retirement present from Moots. Our long standing association with Vecchios Bicicletteria, in Boulder, Colorado is flourishing and we wanted to recognize Peter’s retirement from retail in a special way. We felt paying homage to Campagnolo and Peter, and his love of classic frames through a one-off frame design was the best send off. Peter supplied the beautiful 80th Anniversary Campagnolo groupo to hang on our version of a “modern retro” bike using titanium and some classic styling for his custom ride.
At Moots all of us are bike nerds in one way or another. Some of us have nerdiness rooted in mountain, some cross and some road. For many it’s all of the above. Let’s just say that this one started with the road nerds. Butch served as pilot of the project but those involved deserve the credit for doing the work because like all things Moots, each frame, each product, each idea reflects what the group sees, not just an individual. We feel this is our strength.
Eric’s retro perspective stems from road riding the Iowa countryside on a steel Rossin. All of the expert machine work and engraving are his handiwork. The notion of a Merckx like image of Peter on the seat tube, that’s his idea as are the through guides on the top tube.
Nate took the tasks of swaging, shaping and mitering the tubes for construction. Different designs require different techniques to make a straight frame. He also designed and built, with Ned’s help, the display stands. Once again, as with his role in the trail bike, he nailed it.
Ned put his artistry to work with the welding. Welding this frame was a new challenge and he rose to it with his usual can do attitude and awesome skill.
Jon worked with our partner in graphic design wizardry, Cultivator, to create the decals for this baby. From concept to final product they gave us the look and feel of what we were trying to accomplish.
Butch did some polishing and running around but as with last year’s trail maintenance bike both with the ideas and execution we did this as a team and the result reflects a group effort. We hope you like it.
—–Full Gallery and details on our FLICKR PAGE—–
Photo & Video credit: Mat Barlow
BIKE: “Suitcase of Courage”
PSYCHLO X S & S COUPLERS & 450MM CHAINSTAYS
RIDER: MATT ALFORD-MOOTS INTERNATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR
The very bike you are looking at was built just for our International Sales Director Matthew Alford. As his title indicates he handles all of our international accounts which puts him logging some frequent flier miles around the globe. Matt was getting a little tired of seeing the world from the window of a jet and back seat of a taxi, so he built himself the perfect travel companion. Now when he’s on the move his PX S & S bike gets packed and he’s as mobile as they come.
This “suitcase of courage” Moots was designed to handle anything and everything thrown its way from fast shop rides in Charlotte to rickshaw-dodging in Jakarta. The 450mm chainstays allow a fat 40c tire for exploring WAY off the beaten path, or a quick switch to high-pressure 25c tires to hang with the RSLs on group rides. S&S couplers fit the whole shebang on board without extra luggage fees, and Moots custom mounts allow easy reassembly in ports of call far from home.
Some specifications on the “Suitcase of Courage”
S & S Couplers450mm Chainstay option for 40mm tire
44mm Head tube
140mm Rear post mount disc
Moots custom titanium bike stand
For a complete gallery on the “Suitcase of Courage” you can check out this bike and others on our FLICKR….just click below.
This one-off build will be at the NAHBS this week in the Paragon Machine Works booth. The crew at PMW does an amazing job on design and execution…just a couple of the reason we choose them to make some of our weld ons. The ToggleDrop Out allows a rider to keep their single speed chain or belt drive tension set even after removing the wheel for a flat tire. You can slip the wheel back in the drop outs and it returns to the tension you had already set. …pretty slick and sweet. You can take a closer look on the PARAGON website here: PARAGON MACHINE WORKS
Going Rogue….this little beauty hits the trail after NAHBS……
Head set spacer encrusted with PINK sapphires.
You can click over to our FLICKR to view more photos of this NAHBS bike plus others….
The week of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is here! Last minute tweaks to bikes and some final shipping logistics worked out and we are ready for the show!
We’ve got some pretty incredible builds this year and will be posting them as we tick off the days to the show. Follow us along here for details.
For now we’ve got an invite for a social evening at our Charlotte Dealer (BICYCLE SPORT) and a Saturday morning ride before we hit the show. (see invite above). Come hang out, come and go for a ride.
Our Dealer BIKE EFFECT in Santa Monica just delivered a custom Vamoots, which by itself is no big deal as they are THE place to go for a custom fitting and build. However, this particular build was off the charts big. Meet DeAndre Jordon, he plays center for the LA CLIPPERS and has realized that riding a bike can keep you fit and have lower impact than running to stay fit. The build was amazing to watch come together. At 6’11” and a listed 265 pounds, we went BIG on everything. Some of the tubing specs:
44mm head tube @300mm long
1.75 inch diameter down tube
1 3/8” seat tube
30.9 seat post
Igleheart custom steel fork with 400mm steerer
Custom Moots 150 x +10 stem
Really cool to think that when you see him dunk like this (DUNK OF THE YEAR) his Vamoots just might give him that extra %.
To complete the impressiveness of this build, the drawing:
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 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!