Our 33rd year has come to a close. 33 years! 33 years of building bikes. 1981-2014! Not many hand built companies can say they have been in business nearly that long. What keeps us going? You of course, our dedicated customers that support our little company and love to ride. Everyone at Moots is really a bike geek at heart. We pour over the details; how to make it better, how to make it more “Moots”. This is our livelihood and our passion and we thank you for the support….we could not do this without you!
Wow. 2014 is done and dusted. Where did the year go?
All the best in 2015!
A stunning Vamoots RSL ready for its owner and many miles to come. 15.1 pounds as it sits…. The particular owner of this rig choose to go with a very clean and reliable Shimano Dura Ace 9000 build, Enve hoops tied to Chris King R45 hubs, Chris King head set and PF30 to keep things running smoothly for years to come. At first glance those are some of the component highlights….lets take a closer look…
The Vamoots RSL comes standard with a 1 1/8” head tube, with the 44mm (shown) being an option. He choose the 44mm head tube to increase stiffness and opted for the 1 1/8” Moots RSL steerer fork with a Chris King 1 1/4”lower, which gives the head tube to head set to fork a nice look. It also keeps the front end just a little more compliant on the hands. We have grown very fond of this set up hear at Moots. Since we are not making tapered road forks of our own yet, this will allow a rider to change out to a 1 1/4” tapered fork if/when they like, without disturbing the geometry of the bike. It also looks a bit cleaner vs the 1 1/2” lower external bearing. (see below)
The Moots RSL fork is all carbon from drop outs to top of steerer. We designed them in-house, we own the molds and have been very happy with the performance. A Chris King R45 keeps things smooth and classy.
Moots RSL spacers to match the nice curvy lines of the head tube. Note the RSL stem with windowed steerer tube clamp and titanium bolts.
All of our RSL line; road, mountain and cross use a PF30 BB. Best paired with a Chris King bb and in this case the CK 24mm adaptors. The large surface area of the PF30 allows us to use bigger tubes in every direction….bigger tubes=bigger foot print=more power to the ground.
1 inch tapered chainstays help put the power down, they are mated to our RSL drop outs that are scuplted for style and windowed to save grams. The slim seat stays are seamless 6/4 and help keep a smooth ride possible, without being overly harsh. Chris King R45 hub brings it all together.
Topped off with a set of world famous Ron Andrews Titanium King cages. They are blasted to match the finish of the frame and will last most of a lifetime.
The owner of this new build will be kicking off the new year in style. Durable, light and timeless….he’ll be ready for many seasons of miles.
The last update on Gage was when he won both his junior category and the PRO/OPEN at the Colorado State CX Championships. Since then Gage flew over to Belgium to settle in for his second block of Euro-racing. This block will span the “Kerstperiode” or Christmas Period, where a Cyclocross racer with the right contracts and connections can race something like 11 times in 9 days….well, maybe not that much but its pretty much racing every other day for 10 days around Christmas to New Years.
Gage hit the Namur World Cup this past Sunday and had a good go of it. He rallied to 5th in the junior race and was on a charge to be at the front again. The course is known as one of the toughest during the season. Drop-ins, leg snapping climbs and the amazing off camber kick-bike section.
The photos that you see here are from Dan Seaton who is in the Moots family. He also resides in Brussels, Belgium and covers the cross season for Velonews. He also happens to be on the GrassMoots Team, so he is very aware of Gage racing in Belgium.
Gage will return for our US CX Nationals and then head back to Europe for the final block of racing that will take him to Cyclocross Worlds in Tabor, Czech in late January.
We are thrilled to be along for the ride as Gage pilots his Psychlo X RSL’s through the mud in Europe. Good luck Gage, we are cheering for you!
Everybody loves a list right? It’s a bit easier to pick something off a list and “suggest” that your secret Santa might get this for you, so we’ve made a last minute holiday gift guide for the Moots Owner in your life. Let’s get down to it…..
1. Castelli Jersey and Bib Short Set. Our premium line of performace kit, the Castelli jersey and bib will help you log those miles in supreme comfort and style.
2. Hooded Sweatshirt…who does not like a good hoody? Soft and fuzzy on the inside, clean Moots design on the outside.
3. Moots Handcrafted T-Shirt….Can’t go to work or the store without a shirt on right? Might as well feel good and look classy in this simple Moots logo T.
4. Moots Titanium Bottle Opener…because your Moots friend just might go to a holiday party and how cool would you be if you pulled out this precision machined solid titanium opener and opened that craft bottle of beer for that nice person you just met at the refrigirator?
5. Moots (by B.A.P.) Active Wool Beanie. It’s a fact that we lose most of our warmth through the top of our heads….(some more than others, if you are “thinned”) so why not keep that Moots Owner nice and warm during the cold dark winter days.
6. Moots Pandana. Pan-What? A new Mr. Moots favorite. This little piece is pricless. Use it as a neck gator/scarf, facemask, hairband, earwarmer, balaclava, hat, bandana or wristband. Keep that neck warm and look sharp doing it….
Check out these and other great Moots gift ideas at http://moots.myshopify.com/.
Like the title says, our 3rd annual Moots Owners Camp hosted by The Cycling House wrapped up this past Sunday in Tucson, Arizona. You might ask….What is the Moots Owners Camp? Well, starting 3 years ago Moots had an idea of getting a group of Moots owners together in Tucson and have the fine folks at The Cycling House (TCH) host us for 5 days of riding road bikes around the area. The camp is based out of the house that TCH rents for the year. It’s run like a more-friendly version of a boot camp.
Large spacious rooms, court yard outside for yoga and core in the morning and of course the massive kitchen that their chef Zander will use to fuel our hungry bodies. The schedule of waking, coffee, breakfast, ride lunch then dinner is smooth. It really gets you into a rhythm and by the end of the week you don’t want to go home. I like to call it pretend-a-pro camp. I envision that this is what PRO teams do when they go to the faraway warm places to start their seasons. Eat, ride, recover, do it again…day after day….complete with follow vehicle and massage options. I could get use to this….
Morning core workout before we ride
The camp is not free, but looking back on it, is a very good value as your lodging, meals and transportation to and from the airport are covered. All for about 1500.00. We logged close to 300 miles, climbed many thousands of feet, soaked in the sun and of course ate like kings. The Cycling House guides are very good riders and come from diverse backgrounds. They can also go like mad on a bike. The routes varied from rolling through saguaro cactus lined roads, to climbing Mount Lemmon which over the standard 21 mile affair, has you gain 5,500 feet as a steady grade of 4-5% the entire way. Starting at 2500 feet above sea level in Tucson you climb to over 7,000 feet and go through an amazing amount of different ecosystems.
The Moots Owners Camp 2014 group
The Moots Owners came from all over the country, east coast, west coast, Vegas, Brooklyn. They rode a mix of Moots models that ranged from Vamoots RSL’s, Vamoots CR, Vamoots DR and a couple rode the new ROUTT mounted with 25-28mm tires. They all did great. We all made it to the top of Mount Lemmon and we all shared stories of our lives and bicycle exploits.
Some of the Moots at camp:
Robbie-He owns Pedalers Fork and has a sweet Vamoots RSL with Campy Eps
The tempo of most rides was nice talking pace with harder efforts put in as the group felt “necessary”. There was also the occasional attack that got the group worked up and brought things to a boil….good fitness builder week and I can say that the week really had an impact on me.
The weather in Tucson was warmer than the average for the dates, mostly in the mid 70’s with the last day being more of a “classics” weather day of 50 degrees and rain! The group persevered and pushed themselves to finish out a great week.
After experiencing the week first hand I would recommend any of THE CYCLING HOUSE camps, but be rest assured there will a 4th Annual Moots Owners Camp in 2015.
We’ll post details for next year by early summer. Stay tuned!
You can view more photos from the week here:
STRAVA FILES FOR EACH RIDE WE DID DURING THE CAMP:
Pfffffff……Was that a tire loosing air or the sound of my near hibernating cycling legs just giving out? I’m not sure which, but I do know this: This group of Moots Owners that has gathered in the Tucson desert this week to hammer out a week of miles is dedicated. They come from all walks of life and from places all over our country. They ride and ride hard. They enjoy good food, good laughs and they all have the love of Moots in common. The interaction and talk of bicycles we have had in just a single day together cannot be matched by an e-mail, newsletter or even a phone call. I sit in The Cycling House and feel humbled that these fine folks would come and spend a good chunk of money to shack up and ride their guts out.
As the hustle and bustle of the holiday seasons are looming we rolled for just about 70 miles today sharing stories, pulls and laughs. We passed cactus that are decorated for Christmas just the way a tree would be. In all we have 13 Moots owners, two dealers and of course The Cycling House staff that has this gig dialed. As we road at about 20 strong today I think about these riders….. They have busy lives, they live in big cities…they have families, they also have a passion for cycling that we all share. We are cut from similar molds.
This is the coolest Moots event I’ve ever been involved with and I’ve been with Moots for 18 years now. It’s the ultimate contact and story sharing experience. We all love bikes, gear and riding. To have this camp which is now its third year is a sign to me that cycling is alive and well in the US. We are not PROS, but to have this opportunity to act like one for a week. A follow van stocked with food and drink, ditching clothing as the day heats up and having a guide call out turns….nothing to think about but pedaling.
Moots bikes vary from Vamoots RSL’s, Routt Ybb, Vamoots DR and a classic Compact SL. Sharing with these cycling devotees how we build, why we build and what makes our little company tick over miles, great meals and drink is the perfect way to tell our story.
Tucson is new to me for riding….never been here, but after just a day or two can say I’ll be back.
Today was 70 miles on rolling terrain, tomorrow Mt. Lemmon comes for us. Just a mere 6k of climbing in one sitting. HUP, HUP, time to rest up…..
You can view our FLICKR account for more photos from today:
Over the weekend, Colorado played host to the 2014 Rocky Mountain Regional CX Championships. Brook Watts who puts on CrossVegas teamed up with Without Limits to put together a great course. Most called it very non-technical so it would be a fast tactical race.
Moots CX men took the honors in the 35+ and the Pro/Open catagories.
Michael has been on a tear lately starting back on the cold day at the Boulder Rez….taking that day’s win with super handling skills that he always has, next was the Parker race on a technical course and reduced field. Michael worried that those might be flukes, but now with his win at the RMCX Champs, that is not the case. Michael dueled it out and took a sprint win on a course that was not his style. This really looks good for next weekend as we have our Colorado State Championships in Castle Rock. Michael is the 35+ defending champ and looks to defend his title. Then it’s 4 weeks until Nats….Look out for the un-shaven Aussie on his Moots! No fluke!
Gage was fresh off his European visit and his win at Koksjide. He pounced on the field during the RMCX Champs and took the win in a stacked field of PRO men. This should be an epic battle next week for the state title that has been held over the years my many notable Colorado Pros.
Good work gents. Rest up and be ready to rumble this coming weekend!
The “Love of Mud” caps that I’ve seen around the internet these days, especially at the WC at Milton Keynes made me poke around a bit and what do you know Benedict Campbell is filming a beautiful piece about this sport that is so near and dear to our hearts. ”FOR THE LOVE OF MUD“…..can’t wait to see the full lenght.
Gage Hecht had an amazing weekend in Belgium. The Junior Cyclocrosser went from racing our local Colorado race at the Boulder Rez one weekend to winning the junior division at Koksijde, Belgium. One week…one week…..the sands of the Rez had to help right? It couldn’t hurt.
Gage is sponsored by several companies including Moots. This connection came to us via Alpha Bicycle Company in Centennial, Colorado. The shop serves up top notch service and products they believe in, ranging from customers that ride only the bike path to now, International Cyclocross Super hero.
The sands of Koksijde, Belgium are storied. Wars have been waged on the beaches there both on bike and real war. The Dunes require a tight rope walk of balance and power application. Gage put his skills to the test by being the first American to ever podium; much less win a race on the historic air base at Koksjide.
Bart along for the ride with Gage—photo stole from TQHOPPER
After winning on Saturday Gage set his sights on the Super Prestige at Spa. A course that was described over the weekend as something that would be almost illegal in the US. Not many riders have been exposed to the technical aspect of something like the Spa course. Gage was in the hunt early, but as so many riders found out, the course sometimes wins. He had a mechanical and that took him many spots back where he finished 27th on the day.
You can view the video from Sunday here: SP FRANCORCHAMPS (SPA)-JUNIOREN
We’ll be tracking Gage and looking forward to his next races. Nice work Gage!