Does your Moots need some finish love? (before) MOOTS REFINISH CONTEST 2017 For the month of February Moots is holding a contest for a FREE refurb on your Moots! We are giving away a full refinish
Monday……that day we go back to “work”, recovery day if you have played/trained hard, a day when you bump into your work mates,
Sometimes bikes are not all that consume our lives here at Moots. I know that is hard to believe, but it’s true.
We are hitting the road in early February for a mid-west Moots Dealer Tour. We have several social evenings planned, a return to the CABDA show in Chicago and special Moots take-over event at Angry Catfish in Minneapolis.
Way back in the early part of 2016 our friends at Chris King approached us to be one of just a handful of builders to build a bike in celebration of their 40th Anniversary. Our time slot would be November, so we thought of doing a Cyclocross build…..
We have compiled the top 10 things you learn when you get your first Moots. These are comments from real customers after they have had their Moots for a little while……… #1 You don’t know why you ever waited to buy a Moots!!!! #2 The claim of the great ride quality was waaaay under sold. #3 Your buddy that has X brand of titanium bike that he thought was the best is suddenly eyeing your Moots.
I wanted to explain in some detail why and how we decided to use this new and different technology of a 3D printing the parts for the Flat Mount brake mount and dropout on our Disc RSL versions of our road, cross and gravel bikes. We understand this is a different look from Moots, but we will share the reasoning behind this choice. The end goal is to make the best possible bike.
WHAT TYPE OF BIKE IS IT? Rigid views of road and mountain bikes have been in place for a long time, but an evolution of sub-disciplines has led more purpose built bikes to market and broadened the view of what biking can be. A recent example is the explosion of “gravel” bikes like the Moots Routt 45, gaining broad appeal thanks to events like Dirty Kanza along with forward thinking bike shops like CyclePathPDX and North Central. The Baxter is a bike built for maximum versatility, for adventure that knows no bounds, and for the sole purpose of riding everywhere without limitations.
Remember at NAHBS 2013 when we built the IMBA Trail Maintenace Bike? Well, it’s been quietly out there in service off & on ever since. Not just a show piece, this bike was meant to go further than the awards stage. Since then it has visited several note worthy trail days helping crews cut timber, clear underbrush and inspire them to do the good work that they do.
The movement towards bigger “plus” sized wheels and tires has made the hardtail and soft tail relevant again and not for just bike packing. During a recent trip to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, we got to get out for some early season mountain bike fun in the sunshine state and really fell in love with the 27.5 + wheel size. Coupled with our YBB soft tail, this set up is a game changer for cross country purists (such as myself). Here’s why…….. THE SET UP: I’ve been a long time lover of bigger wheels and have had almost every version of our 29” platform over the years. This build is based around all-round cross country geometry, a 120mm fork and those beautiful mid-fat (if you will) wheels. 27.5 Plus to be exact. What is 27.5 plus? Fisrt you take a 27.5” rim diameter witha 40mm width and add on a 2.8 “plus sized tire”. This takes your average 27.5 x 2.25 wheel/tire combo and super charges it to a “PLUS” size. Not a fat bike by any means, but a nimble cousin that rips trails with added; cushion, traction and float without much lose of efficiency. As stock the MOUNTAINEER YBB could very well be two bikes, maybe three-in-one. Let me tell you how….. 2.8 tires, YBB and 120mm fork……the bike in my garage is loosing sleep over this one. BOOST 148: In order to get the bigger tires mounted on a wider rim into the rear end of a Moots YBB, we used the latest “standard” in the bicycle world, which is 148 Boost spacing. This means that the axle is 148 millimeters from end to end, which allows the chainstays to be moved further out and manipulated more right behind the bottom bracket shell. This allows us to shape our stays in a way that will allow us to run a bigger tire on 1x and 2x setups. 148 also moves the hub flanges (3mm per side) further out to create a stonger wheel, via wider spoke angle to the rim. 148 also requires a +3mm crank that moves the chain line outboard as the rear end center line has changed. All good things, with multiple options on the market for cranks and hubs. Boost spacing is also carrying over to the Fox fork as well. 110mm spacing, again, stronger more stable wheel build. Nothing but good. 148 BOOST is a great movement for the hand built crowd….wider IS better. THE RIDE: My mind was open as I mounted my pedals, set the saddle height and dialed in the lever position. I was at Folsum Resivoir just out side Roseville, California. I had grown up riding these trails while visiting family in the area. Tight, punchy, oak-lined trails with the ocassional rock garden rearing its head. I had the newest Moots Mountaineer YBB demo under me with a 2.8 Schwalbe tire mounted to the 40mm rim. I was expecting a lethargic ride with wheel “spin