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.
A trip to Rocky Mountain National Park to ride before they opened the gates to car traffic. We ran into some very tall walls of snow in places…some up to 15-18 feet. 12,183 feet above sea level has a spectacular view. We’ll be back again next year.
RAPHA PRESTIGE BY DEFINITION: “Unsupported, unsanctioned, and unmarshalled adventures across stunning terrain, the Rapha Prestige series calls for teams of riders to work and stay together over challenging courses. This year, 26 Rapha Prestige rides will take place around the world, challenging teams of four to discover roads less travelled while experiencing the pleasure of taking part in tough rides together.”
The plan was hatched in the hallways of Moots several weeks ago…..From the comfort of our facility I half heartily joked about how we should go ride the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park before they opened the roads to cars. Around Moots you have to be careful of offering up nutty ride ideas, because there are more than a few people in the building that will take you up on it. So I had let those words slip out of my mouth as Nate and Matt stood there and before I could finish, they each said; “I’m in.”….”Well alright then” I thought, gotta follow through with this….can’t look like “that guy” that proposes a ride and flakes. So, we put a time frame on the calendar, May 26th would be the last day the park was car free, so it had to happen before that….we watched the weather over the weekend and a short message to Nate and Matt on Sunday night and we were all in for a Monday morning assault to 12,183 feet above sea level. We would need an alpine-ish start time to drive the 93 miles to the park from Steamboat, ascend to 12,183 and descend before any type of weather might move in…….these are some of the photos we took, short descriptions and the bike each of us chose for the ride. The wake up call at 4:30am was much to be desired…..but if you’re gonna be beautiful you gotta suffer. After an hour in the truck we hit Kremmling, CO…..Time for coffee at Big Shooter. Driving highway 40 through Byers Canyon……This canyon would be a huge attraction in another country….for Colorado, it’s just another rocky little canyon. NBD.
Sometimes it’s the things you don’t need on your bike……Say like cable stops for the new SRAM Etap group. This new group from SRAM is wireless like most everything else in our digital lives….now you can have your Moots frame the same way. On a new Moots frame you can designate it as an “ETAP” frame. This means we will leave off the stops on the downtube and the drive side chain stay, leaving a super clean build free of internal wires and external shift cable & housing. BICYCLING MAGAZINE is testing the new ETAP group in a long term test aboard a Vamoots RSL. Look for that review sometime this summer. For now, have a look at a super clean RSL frame without the shift stops……..We still prefer to route the rear brake in the traditional manner at the 7 O’clock position under the side of the top tube. ……your mechanic will thank you. Clean downtube, without the cable stops……. Chain stay free of the cable stop…..it would sit just below the “S” in MOOTS. Cable stop-free chain stay on an ETAP Moots frame.
This past Friday evening Bicycling Magazine held a gathering at Sea Otter after the days races wrapped up. The bbq was a great time and place for them to announce their Editors Choice awards for 2016. We were told we should attend. That’s all they could tell us.. As it turns out we had built them an Vamoots RSL that was ready for Sram Etap. They would fly to Sram HQ in Chicago and install the new wireless wonder groups onto a 54cm Vamoots RSL that was built with no shift routing stops. This project was proposed to us back at Interbike in September of 2015. The frame was also requested with our clean engraved head tube and etched decal locations. This would be the first ever Sram Etap Moots build. The bike ended up making the rounds and saw good milage. The Bicycling Editors awarded 42 awards in various categories. The Vamoots RSL was awarded the “awesome award”……the editors words: “Somewhere in the early aughts, titanium stopped being the dream-bike material it had been in the 90s, replaced by carbon fiber for a lot of people. But ti never left; in fact, it got better, and the Vamoots RSL might be the most fully realized ti frame we’ve ever ridden. The magic is the mystery: that titanium can somehow be this light, stiffer than you expect it to be, but still supple enough to soak up broken pavement that caught you by surprise in a hard corner at 45mph because you were drafting a car (not that we’d advise that, but still). The Vamoots RSL is raceable, it’s adventure-able, and it’s weekend ride-able. Swing a leg over and it’s instantly amazing and familiar; astounding and comfortable; somehow, it’s always the right bike.” We are flatered to have our second (the first was last year when the Vamoots DR was awarded best disc road bike) Bicycling Magazine Editor’s Choice bike. BICYCLING MAGAZINE EDITORS CHOICE AWARD READ MORE ABOUT THE RSL
We raised $5000.00 in 2015 for the CAA! You can be a part of this in 2016! THE 2016 RANCH RALLY IS SOLD OUT It’s time to Rally! Back for its third year, we are gearing up for the Moots-Colorado Ranch Rally 2016. Limited to 150 riders we are planing for a great day of riding and raising money for the COMMUNITY AG ALLIANCE of Steamboat. This fundraiser ride is an amazing way to see the roads less traveled around Steamboat, meet some new friends and challenge yourself along the way. Now in its third year, the Moots Colorado Ranch Rally is a 50 mile cyclosportive held on the dirt and gravel roads around Steamboat Springs. Just 5 miles of the route are on pavement. The other 45 miles feature rural dirt and gravel roads that connect area historical ranches and farms. You will pass by historic Elk Mountain Cemetery, climb up to Mystic, touch the Wolf Mountain area and descend down Deep Creek before the rolling hills of County Road 52E and finish it off with a small climb over Fly Gulch. Enjoy a stunning day on the bike on the very roads we test and develop our bikes. The event starts and finishes at Moots World Headquarters. This is a non-timed, non-competitive ride. You can ride at your own pace or that of the group around you. There are no awards other than seeing the amazing countryside around Steamboat Springs and meeting some great people along the way. When you enter the event you will also be entered into the drawing for a MOOTS ROUTT frame. (choice of 7 stock frame sizes, retail value of $3540.00) Moots is partnering with the Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) to showcase the importance of the local ranches in our area. All proceeds from the event will go to CAA. This route will pass several Centennial Ranches of Routt County, which means they have been in the same family for at least 100 years. Lunch will be served at the ROCKING C BAR RANCH that is on the route. Later that evening we will meet at Moots HQ for an evening of factory tours, “adult beverages”, hors d’oevures and the drawing for the Moots frame. We are limiting the event to 150 riders, first come, first serve. SIGN UP NOW to make sure you have a spot in this event that has become a Moots Classic. Go here to enter: MOOTS COLORADO RANCH RALLY 2016 WHAT YOU GET Entered into the MOOTS FRAME DRAWING just for this event…think about that…..1 of 150 chances to win a frame valued at $ 3450.00 !! Pastries by SMELL THAT BREAD RISTRETTO COFFEE for that giddy-up in your pedal MAVIC world renown neutral support on course VELOSCAPES sag wagon on course RAPHA mobile cycle shop on site Lunch at a nearby ranch Moots factory tours Event t-shirt Event “hipster cotton musette bag” Route cue sheet Event bandana w/cue sheet printed on it Locally raised beef
The engraved head tube goes along and is only avaliable with our etched logo option. Our CNC department runs the head tube through the engraving process before the frame is welded. This finish is available on all Moots models with a 44mm head tube. The Vamoots model can be ordered with the optional 44mm head tube to achieve this same finish option. Let’s have a closer look……. MOOTS BUILD OF THE WEEK: frame model: VAMOOTS RSL fork: MOOTS TAPERED CARBON ROAD finish option: ENGRAVED HEAD TUBE W/ETCHED LOGOS by MOOTS size: 60CM weight: 15.8 LBS build kit: SHIMANO D/A Di2 contact points: ENVE-BAR, STEM, SEAT POST & 4.5 CLINCHERS W/CARBON ENVE HUBS owner: MARK SATKIEWICZ Model name and owners name etched onto the frame. The chain stay and all other decal locations are etched onto the frame. The subtle etched finish gives the entire package a minimalistic look. All business for this machine. Mr. Moots rides along on the seat tube. Clean lines and etched finish make this an understated build. Di2 wire exits the chain stay through the drop out. Ready for 2016! The owner of this build went with his name on the top tube. 44mm head tube works perfectly with our tapered carbon road fork. Note: subtle logos on the fork as well.
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.