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
Why would I want disc brakes on my cross bike? … I suppose you could say that I waited until all the right pieces of the puzzle were lined up to make the jump, but really it’s more dumb luck on my part. The SRAM 1x system I’ve been riding on my canti bike for the last year and a half has been great, so I knew I loved that. It was the coming together of several companies with just the right items.
The Cycle Mode International bike show will take place this coming Friday, Saturday & Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Over 200 companies will be on hand to greet the more that 35,000 show-goers. Moots will be represented by our Japanese distributor DIATECH. They will be in booth 3-17/3-22 and will have on hand a brand new Psychlo X RSL built with Shimano Di2/discs.
This past weekend the Colorado Cyclocross season had a bigger race weekend than normal at the scene of the 2014 Cyclocross Nationals–Valmont Bike Park. With UCI points on the line for the pros and junior categories, the production level of these races was much higher. But pro point’s aside, we were there to get two good days of racing under our chamois in the amateur classes. The course for Saturday was the exact same layout from Nationals.
After the 24 Hours in the Sage was canceled in August I began looking for another event and was so glad to have found this awesome event. I spent many days climbing in Penitente Canyon in my twenties and it was really cool to be back in this special place. Sydney and her crew did a great job with this inaugural event.
Charlie Cunningham sustained multiple injuries in a fall in August 2015, broken bones, bruises and head trauma. He is hospitalized and is making strides to recover from brain surgery. Learning how to talk and swallow are just a couple of the hurdles he is facing. He needs our help to pay for the mounting medical bills and modifications that will be needed to his home in Marin, CA.
Today we have a friend of Moots write about his experience during his 3rd 3 PEAKS “CYCLOCROSS” RACE—
Wes Ulrich resides in Germany and has been a long time friend of our sales director Corey Piscopo.
Wes also made a special trip to Eurobike to come and ride one evening with us, he’s a great guy
and super committed cyclist. He took his new ROUTT to the test this year at 3 PEAKS
and wrote this insightful piece about his adventure.
#CYCLOCROSS is coming right? No, Cyclocross IS here. The first weekend of October has served up some cooler weather and some hot racing. Out east at the Providence KMC weekend the Alpha Junior CX Team pb/Moots took to the field with top level support in the pits and strong legs on the course.
Moots will be on hand at our stand out dealer, STUDIO VELO — in Marin county California, to support the Jensie Grandfondo of Marin.
Our sprinter will be loaded with road demos for customers to ride the entire day during the fondo. All proceeds from the event go to the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.