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! REGISTER FOR THE 2016 MOOTS RANCH RALLY 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.
The new Vamoots Disc RSL was shown at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento for the first time ever this past weekend. With the movement towards disc brakes on road bikes the Vamoots DR has been in place and will continure to be in our line-up, with the RSL taking it up several notches. This is the 4th model in the RSL family and shares many of the same features as the rest of the RSLs. Those shared features are: 44mm head tube Internally butted tube set, formed from US made seamless 3/2.5 tubing Press Fit bb30 30.9 seat post diameter 3D printed 6/4 titanium flatmount dropout with 142 x 12 thru-axle on the new Vamoots Disc RSL. Intended Use/Design goals Performance fit and handling, super light, nimble, crisp handling Positioned next to the Vamoots RSL in design philosophy and intent All the fine ride qualities of our top of the line Vamoots RSL Similar stack and reach to the Vamoots RSL VAMOOTS DISC RSL Taking those features listed above and adding in some very interesting technology in the way of a 6/4 titanium 3D printed dropout to bring the disc caliper inside the rear triangle in a very clean way. We have partenered with a company based out of the U.K. to execute our design in a 3D printed formate. Features and Benefits 58 cm = 1360grams, (3.0 lbs) – (VDR – 1550 grams (3.33 lbs) Reynolds internally butted tubing in the main frame for lightweight and stiffness Moots proprietary 1.125”- 1.25” tapered thru axle flat mount disc fork (in 2 offsets) Pf 30 bb, 30.9 seatpost 6/4 3D printed dropouts* for optimal lightweight, stiffness and strength in a flat mount disc brake design with 142 x 12 thru axle Great clearance for the brake for bleeding on all frame sizes Pricing: Full bike as shown $13,700 (substitute for Kysirum Pro Disc= $11,500) SHIPPING MID-JUNE 2016 Drive side of the 3D printed drop out. Replaceable hanger, Wire ready. Moots Carbon road disc fork. Tapered 1.25 to 1.125, Flat mount, 12mm thru-axle. Axle to crown of 370mm. max tire 30mm. This is our 4th fork design over the last 5-6 years and is specific for disc road bikes. Moots disc road fork. 6mm allen or 15mm flats to remove the 12mm thru-axle. *More about the 3D printing process and why we chose to use this company and this technology We are very fortunate, through an introduction from Reynolds Technologies, to have partnered with a small company in Birmingham, England to design our new flat disc mount road dropout. This company, Innovate 2 Make or i2m currently has two 3D printing machines capable of printing parts out of 6/4 titanium alloy. They have been making various parts for most all of the Formula One teams and also for various aerospace companies for several years and were interested in working in the cycling industry to make parts that are of high value in moderate volume. We chose to work on
Back in 1981 the first Moots was built. It was a steel road bike as that was the material of choice during that era and mountain bikes were barely known. 35 years later we are still at it, building out of titanium since 1991. 35 years in the hand made bicycle world….think about that. Not many can claim that many years in any kind of industry, let alone the bicycle industry. We have always been based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the location plays a huge part in our heritage. Riding, testing and building bikes that suit all types of riders in all sizes right here in Steamboat the entire time. This is a special feat to be around this long. It’s a testament to our work ethtic and sensible designs that have followed Moots through this 35 year run. THE BIKE To commemorate our 35th year building bikes we are releasing a Limited Edition Anniversary Vamoots RSL. The Moots Vamoots RSL frame and tapered Moots carbon fork embody the most current technology and craftsmanship to build a stiff, light and durable package all wrapped in a Colorado themed paint by Spectrum Powder Works. Enve 4.5 rims, classic Chris King silver hubs, headset and matching bottom bracket ensure you will roll smooth for years to come. The Moots stem faceplate, seat collar and seat post bits are buffed to a matching silver chrome and also show hints of our new etched finish for a modern twist. A hand wrapped leather Fizik saddle and matching perforated bar tape bring touches of class from the early 80’s. Add in the Shimano Di2 technology and you have a machine that performs as good as it looks. ONLY 50 TO BE MADE We are producing only 50 of them. Each will be serial numbered as such and once they are gone, they are gone. Choose from 9 stock sizes or custom. HOW TO ORDER We will begin to take orders March 1st, 2016 through our authorized Moots dealers. There will be two options to order the 35th Anniversary Limited Edition. Full bike as pictured (includes Silca frame pump) price $ 14,499.00 Frame, fork, headset, stem, post, saddle & Enve Wheels price $ 9,999.00 Moots Cinch Post etched detail–35th Anniversary Hand wrapped perforated leather saddle featuring Mr. Moots Limited Editon buffed chrome bits.
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
The NEW Moots tapered road fork. 335grams of tapered carbon-go-fast. The back story. Going back a year ago we were designing this fork and going through prototypes and pre-production samples. Testing, riding and finally landing on what you see in front of you. But to understand just how much time and effort go into such a project you really have to back all the way up to the original Moots carbon forks that came out about 4 years ago. When we designed the first version of the Moots carbon road and Cyclocross forks we were new at the game. We had made contact with a facility overseas and really liked what we saw and heard from them when we toured their facility. They have an American owner which makes communication really easy and they are willing to keep our designs to just us, i.e. – this source is not an open mold that you will see anywhere else other than Moots. It’s not an Enve fork with Moots logos placed on it. It’s Moots designed from top to bottom, and we think you might like what we’ve done. Black on black graphics at the fork leg. Standard quick release. Those first versions of our forks were 1 1/8” steerer tubes as we had not made the leap to the bigger 44mm head tube on the road bikes just yet. So we learned and had a great experience with those first forks. They ride very nice and have a nice balance of stiffness and weight. Standard road caliper brake mount. External i8 head set lower cup. Mr. Moots goes along on each ride. Fast forward to now and the fact that we have moved to the 44mm head tube on the RSL as well as the CR and the need for a tapered fork was apparent. So, we hit the design board again and came up with one fork model that will cover the two models of our standard caliper road bikes. (As a side note; the Vamoots is still a 1 1/8” head tube, the new tapered fork will not work, unless you option to the 44mm head tube). Late spring of 2015 saw us receive the first ridable test forks, which were mounted and ridden throughout the entire season. In addition to lab testing, we amassed 5-10 thousand miles of real world-on-bike-testing over smooth pavement, chip-seal, dirt roads and remote rock-strewn dirt passes. Some days dirt roads that turned to mud, which helped us test the limits of tire clearance. Did we like what we rode? Yes. The feedback coming directly from the road was nice and crisp without being overly built and harsh. Lateral stiffness is a touch more than the first generation Moots carbon forks, but the most noticible performance benefit was under heavy braking and cornering….here we found the fork to be more responsive and more confidence inspiring when getting on the brakes in heated moments of need. The fork is solid and transfers to an overall
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.
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Moots is teaming up with our standout dealer in Minniapolis for a demo event. Angry Catfish will be hosting us, so you can get a feel for what Handbuilt in the Rockies is all about. Call Parker at the shop for details or to reserve a bike.