Riding to the ride. We left Steamboat a day before the event got underway. On our way down to Fort Collins our route took us along the northern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. 150 miles, 10,000 feet of climbing. Production Manager and R & D driver Nate Bradley climbs Cameron Pass on his ROUTT loaded with bags & gear. Nothing like a little warm up. Nate’s ride of choice: ROUTT, 54cm, Shimano Di2/hydrulic disc brakes, 50/34 chainrings, 11-28 cassette, Mavic All-Road, thru-axle front & rear. Porcelain Rocket bags, frame pump. Not a single flat or mechanical in general. STEAMBOAT RALLEYE WHAT IS IT? A 3 day bike packing trip that allows you to travel as light or heavy as you want. Some support was used. WHY? Duh? To ride with 49 other characters, which will be called friends after the event.
PSYCHLO X in spring/summer mode. 18.5lbs Yes, #crossiscoming and we all are making that transition from riding long summer routes to those quick eye popping efforts that Cyclocross requires. Those that are inclined to race during the fall and winter are also making the transition to different bikes and the gear that goes along with them. Gluing tires, lining up race events we’d like to hit and making sure our gear can make it through this dark wonderful aspect of cycling. I myself am doing the same. I’ve been on a few short intense runs (on my feet) and have been using our local Tuesday Night Worlds as a chance to do some intense efforts as well as increase my leg speed.
FREE ENVE CYCLOCROSS FORK WITH PURCHASE OF PSYCHLO X Now that the big race around France is complete, it’s time to get ready for CYCLOCROSS season. We want to help you be ready for the season! We are including a FREE ENVE CYCLOCROSS FORK with a purchase of a Psychlo X frame set or complete bike. The Psychlo X has been proven across frozen cross courses, the deepest mud bogs and finest sand pits across the globe.
Sometimes riders can amaze me. Can you imagine recieving a foreign bike, putting your pedals on it, setting the saddle height and reach to somewhere that might be close to your day to day ride, then, putting a few shorter test rides on it, to then line up at the Dirty Kanza 200? Well, that is exactly what Reuben Bakker-Dyos of BIKE RADAR did in June. Add on top of the above, he flew in from the U.K. and did it all with jet-lag. Yeah, that’s pretty amazing in my book.
This past weekend several hundred racers took to the line at the CRUSHER IN THE TUSHAR in south central Utah. 70 miles, 10,000 feet of climbing, on mostly gravel Forest Service roads. This event is the baby of hard man Burke Swindlehurst, ex-pro road racer, slight mad-man. One of the riders to take the line was Michael Burleigh from the front range of Colorado. He was also the winner of our frame give-away at the Steamboat Stage Race. He put that new Psychlo X RSL to good work. The bike that really could rule them all. Read his account of the day below:
A group rolls up the Mystic climb in the first 10 miles We’ve had some time to digest the Ranch Rally and the great day that it was. Most of us have attended events and even put on events that we didn’t want to end. The Ranch Rally falls into this category for us. Meeting new friends, sharing our little corner of Colorado, the special roads, ranches, and experiences has us elated and looking forward to next years’ edition. We hope you feel the same way.
Who dosen’t love a Campy build? Heading into NAHBS we think, we plan, we over think and arrive at the 5-6 bikes we will take with us to the show. It can be a maddening exercise. We also have to keep in mind that we could easily have 10’s-20 thousands of dollars tied up in parts alone when outfitting a fleet like that. Fortunately we have good friends to help us out and when it comes time for a new build for them, sometimes, just sometimes, they end up going to a show before they get delivered. This case in point is the bike above. Jim Barker has been a pillar in our little cycling community of Steamboat Springs. He rolls on the group rides, he supports cycling through his business STEVE GREEN COMPANY. He volunteers at races, working late nights planning with the group, and then shows up to rip off some legs and just after crossing the finish line is back at work. Jim is one of those guys you would love to ride with…..always a smile. He also likes to take a road bike places they weren’t meant to go. This train of thought was the start of what you see in this post. A bike that could go just about anywhere still has good road manners and hell, even hit a cross race come fall. Jim is also a die-hard Campagnolo user. I’ve never seen him ride anything but. Jim decided on the Psychlo X RSL for this amazing build. Campy EPS, paired to mechanical disc calipers, thru-axles front & rear and some lower gearing that will surely take him up and over countless dirt road passes once our snow is gone. We entered this bike into the “Best Campy Build” at NAHBS and although it did not win, I did catch Mr. Campagnolo looking over Jim’s bike on more than one occasion. My only regret is not capturing that in a photo. 50/34 rings and EPS…ready to get lost. Jim already has a few rides in mind once the snow melts. Blue has been a favorite of Jim’s. The shaped top tube of the PX RSL will come in handy when your adventure leads you to hike-a-bike sectors. 30.9 seat post with 17mm of offset will put Jim over the pedals just right. Jim had the Enve Cyclocross fork painted by Spectrum. 12mm thru-axle for pin point line choice. Zelvin bar tape, Chris King I7, Campy Record EPS, Fizik bar. 142 x 12 thru-axle, post mount disc brake, 11 speeds no waiting. Jim topped off the build with Titanium King cages that will hold a bottle under any condition.
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary”……”Edgar Allan Poe gave the Raven a bad rap in his famous writing of THE RAVEN” says Joe Kayser of KAYSER & CO. He painted him with words of doom and death. Joe subcribes to the mythical version of the RAVEN as the shape shifter that is always changing and adapting to any situation it may find itself. Joe is a designer from San Fransisco and uses the RAVEN as a symbol/icon of his company KAYSER AND CO. This was the thinking behind the paint job that adorns his new rig….always changing, always in motion even if it is sitting still. We met Joe for the first time at NAHBS last week in Sacramento. Joe explained his thinking behind the paint scheme as we snapped photos of him admiring his design skills. He had designed the paint layout to the millimeter and had not seen the complete build until he walked into the booth. He is the proud owner of this beautiful new ROUTT with the stunning paint job from Black Magic Paint. A while back Joe was hit by a car which destroyed his carbon bike he was riding. He starting working with STUDIO VELO in Mill Valley to replace the bike. Scott and crew at SV got him thinking about a Moots ROUTT that will take him places his old road bike could not. The project was born and it seemed only natural for this bike to be on display at NAHBS. Thanks to Studio Velo and Joe for bringing this project to life.
It’s getting to be late January and many riders are thinking of the new season and possibly the dream bike they have always wanted. Today we are looking at what goes into building a Moots Routt 45 almost step by step as seen through the eyes of our entire production staff. Back story. The build belongs to Mike Walker who lives here in Steamboat Springs. Mike is a huge Moots supporter and has ridden countless miles on his trusty 1999 Moots Vamoots. He travels with his bike and is always up for some off the beaten path ride, no matter the surface. Last summer after he completed his 2nd Ranch Rally ride on his Vamoots he mentioned he was dreaming up a new bike. Something pretty far from his Vamoots that could take a big tire for those adventure rides, still handle well and lastly be travel friendly. His eyes were firmly fixed on the ROUTT 45 with S & S couplers. As he worked his way through the fit with our local dealer ORANGE PEEL BICYCLE SERVICE, he carefully planned the build kit and also wanted to document the process of his frame being built. We came up with the idea of having the production staff at Moots snap the pictures as the frame passed through their perspective areas and their lives. These are the photos that came from that….we hope you like. **Big shout out to our staff for taking the time to capture their skilled work! You are crazy good people! Thank you! The design is finalized. Each tube selected, time to get to work. Note the blue sticky reminding us to ride Cottonwood Pass this summer. We think of rides while building bikes. Upper photo: Routt 45 chainstays are parted off. Lower photo: Chainstays are bent for tire and crank clearance. Max tire on the ROUTT 45=45mm…coincidence? I think not. Chainstays are squished into desired shape for tire clearance. Shaping is complete on the chain stays…..now off to miter. S & S couplers are the gold standard for travel bikes. Titanium with stainless steel outer nut. Our in-house robot–SPARKY 1 Sparky holds, purges, rotates the coupler and tube while laying down a flawless weld around the circumference of the coupler. Like all titanium we weld, it goes through the ultrasonic cleaner to remove all oils for a clean uncontaminated weld. The tube set in the dry basket after the ultrasonic cleaner. Tubeset is ready to be placed into the main frame jig for tacking. The drawing follows the frame the entire time it is in production. Onto main frame welding. Mattyp lays down the sick beads. Once out of welding, a hand stamped serial number is applied to the bottom bracket shell. Once the head tube, seat tube and bottom bracket get post-weld machining the frame goes onto the alignment table. A dial indicator is used to check that the frame is in perfect alignment. Small adjustments can be made at this point if needed. Mike
A sign from friends course-side this last weekend. I think they miss Dan for sure. As we launch our new website for 2016 it is a true honor to have our first post come from GrassMoots rider and an all-around great person Dan Seaton. Dan has been based in Belgium for the past 7 years and during that time he’s reported the European Cyclocross seasons for Velonews in his “spare time” from being an astrophysicists in “real life”. He’s now moved back to the US and starts a new chapter in Boulder, Colorado. He writes this piece of reflection on what it was like and the essence of loving the bike no matter where you might live…….. words by: Dan Seaton Driving to the race a few Sundays ago, a sunny late autumn afternoon on the E-40, I passed the exit for Drongen, a modest village at the fringes of Gent, and momentarily traveled back in time. It’s the last Sunday of November, 2010: The temperature has been dropping all week, and the morning in Drongen is downright frosty. A dusting of snow covers the fields, which are themselves buried under a crust of frozen mud. The course straddles the highway: A long start straightaway that ends in a tight left turn onto narrow singletrack and a steep climb to the overpass that leads to the other side of the course. Then unrideable mud, a second steep climb, and a plunge back down and into the frozen fields. It is one of those days where the mud is bad enough you want to wash the bike, but you know the wash will be a sort of Faustian bargain, earning you maybe half a lap of smooth riding before things start to freeze. I decide that, outside of an emergency, I’ll opt out of the deal, stick with a dirty but functional bike as long as I can. Atomium: Every year Brussels closes all its roads to cars for one Sunday in September, and the city’s residence pack the streets on their bikes, cycling to parties at famous landmarks like the Atomium. In 2010 we still lived in a fifth-floor walk-up in Ixelles, south Brussels, and I trained for steep cyclocross climbs by carrying my bike up the 100 stairs that led to our apartment. I would shoulder the bike and run, over and over, trying to reach the top of the stairs before I even started to feel winded, then — as my body caught up with the effort — gasping for breath at the top. All that training pays off in the race, and I quickly start passing people who normally might be half a lap ahead of me. Every time we climb back up to the overpass, fumbling for footing in the slippery, half-frozen mud, I pass someone else. It is one of those magical days where everything lines up you perform at a level so far beyond your usual self that you have to remind yourself you