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MOOTS~WHAT WE ARE ABOUT

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ROGUE YBB~HOW IT RIDES

Alan’s new ROGUE YBB made it’s trail debut in Fruita.

THE BUILD:

Rogue YBB

142 x 12 Thru-axle

PF bb30 (option upgrade)

XT Build

Fox fork

DT Swiss Wheel set

Chris King head set & PFbb30 bottom bracket

Moots stem & post

Trails are near and dear to our hearts that goes without saying.  The bunch here at Moots is active with our local trail club: The Routt County Riders, which has been maintaining trails and building new trails in our area for the past 20 years.  What was once a club of a handful of people meeting to make sure we had places to ride our mountain bikes, has now blossomed to 300+ members!

Building on the need for maintenance and developing more trails the club wanted to purchase a machine that would be able to knock out building new trails at a higher pace vs. doing all the work by hand.  So the plans were laid to purchase an ST240.  The price tag was large, but the club got very creative with financing and had great people and businesses backing them….Moots being a primary source of fund raising. We offered to donate a fully built bike and with the help of other industry friends. Stepping up to the plate was: DT SWISS, SHIMANO, FOX and CHRIS KING. With their help and the good people that bought raffle tickets we raised $12,500 dollars which was matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous party. So in the end we raised $25,000 towards the ST240.  Amazing work by all.

The Routt County Riders Fall get away in Fruita

Which bring us to the lucky winner of the bike: Alan Perkins. He moved to Steamboat not that long ago after a visit and of all things a bike trip.  Go figure.  After sampling the trails and getting a feel for the town he knew this was a place he’d love.  Alan is a long time cyclist of all disciplines and found that Steamboat had everything he was looking for.  Soon after moving here he joined RCR and was immediately lending his hand on trail work days.  Alan was gracious enough to write some thoughts about his time on the Rogue Ybb.  Here’s what he had to say……..

 

Yes the bike is dirty!   I really wanted the first ride to be on Morning Gloria(a new local trail), as symbolic tribute, but that didn’t seem to work out.  However, I did take it with me to the RCR year-end weekend in Fruita and had a blast.

The bike surprised me, actually.  It’s a touch lighter than my SC Tallboy2 Carbon, which is probably one of the best XC29ers out there, but I gotta admit, the Rogue, rides lighter.  It could be the weight, the location of that weight, the shorter wheelbase, the quicker wheel spin, or all of the above, but it’s super nimble, quick and very flicky.

Never far from reach…..Alan camped out in Fruita and go to know his new rig

It felt like I was able to ride up some smaller techy sections a little easier, and rode down stuff I know I rode on the TB.  LunchLine out LunchLoops was a little much, but otherwise, I must have bunny-hopped up, over, and off about half the rock features in Fruita!  Did I mention it was nimble and flicky?  :)

I put some Enve XC bars on it, but haven’t really done much else.  I had Brock (Orange Peel Bicycle Service) install a crappy 80mm stem as a placeholder, but I think I’ll want to bring it in 10 more mm.  I’m pretty sure he’s got the 90 still in its box.  The rest of the build is really good.  XT build is pretty nice.  Not sure I’ll stick with a 3×10, but that’s kinda inconsequential.  The Fox fork is good, and the wheels, well stiff, strong and spin like hell.

Its a bike that fits my riding style and personality perfectly.   I ride kinda like I ski, PGH, point, go, hammer.   It’s fantastic.

ALAN

 

 

FROSTHAMMER~UPDATED

FROSTHAMMER–4.8” tire, 100mm travel, Bluto ready.

Fat bikes have had a long history with us here at Moots.  Once made only as a “project” bike for a couple of riders, and then a a seasonal run, we have now moved into making them year round in stock sizes.  10 years of experimenting has lead us to offer 4 stock sizes in both the 5” FROSTHAMMER & 4” FROSTI. Below you will find the features, specs and photos. Just as the first Polar Vortex hits a big section of the country our focus turns to fat bikes.

Ready to get FAT? We are…..

MOOTS FROSTHAMMER

Eric’s baby.  The FROSTHAMMER was developed with much Moots employee input and testing.  Eric’s bike sticks with a rigid fork.

The FROSTHAMMER is Rockshox Bluto 100mm travel ready

FROSTHAMMER

The Frosthammer represents cutting edge technology in a Moots handcrafted package. Building off of the “standardization” of fat bike builds, we have incorporated top of the line features into this all season snow bike.

THE DETAILS

Our stock FROSTHAMMER comes with these important design features:

  • • Built to hold a 4.8 tire on a 100mm wide rim
  • • Geometry is suspension corrected for Rockshox Bluto 100mm travel
  • • 1 x & 2 x 11 compatible
  • • 100mm bb shell
  • • 190 rear wheel spacing (QR)
  • • 29er+ wheel compatible (29 x 3.0’’)
  • • Built to handle a 30.9 seat post (which is dropper post friendly)
  • • ISO disc mount

100mm bb shell to clear those fattys!

190mm rear spacing as stock or 197 x 12 thru-axle as an upgrade option

44mm headtube with 1.5” lower bearing for tapered fork

FROSTHAMMER for the fattys

Options to consider on the FROSTHAMMER

  • • Upper and lower rack eyelets
  • • 3rd water bottle mount
  • • Post mount disc
  • • Dropper seat post cable routing
  • • 197 x 12 rear thru-axle

Dropper seat post routing as an option

FROSTHAMMER in summer mode with 29+ wheel set (29” x 3.0)

FROSTI 4” MODEL

The 4” tire FROSTI

For those that don’t want or need the mass of a 5” tire we offer the FROSTI which shares many of the features found on the FROSTHAMMER in a paired down version.

THE DETAILS

Our stock FROSTI comes with these important design features:

  • • Built to hold a 4’’ tire on an 80mm rim
  • • Geometry is suspension corrected for Rockshox Bluto 80mm travel
  • • 1 x & 2 x  11 compatible
  • • 100mm bb shell
  • • 170 rear wheel spacing (QR)
  • • Built to handle a 30.9 seat post (which is dropper post friendly)
  • • ISO disc mount

Options to consider on the FROSTI

  • • Upper and lower rack eyelets
  • • 3rd water bottle mount
  • • Post mount disc
  • • Dropper seat post cable routing
  • • 177 x 12 rear thru-axle

MOOTS STORE: 10% OFF ON VETERAN’S DAY

To celebrate and honor Veteran’s Day 2014, Moots is offering 10% off everything on the Moots store.  For one special day (November 11th,2014) you can use the code:  VETERANSDAY2014 at time of check out to receive 10% off the items in your cart.

Get over to the Moots store to stock up on those Mr. Moots approved items.

MOOTS STORE

 

RIDER INSIGHT: GAGE HECHT

RIDER NAME: GAGE HECHT

CATEGORY: 17-18 junior

DISCIPLINE: CYCLOCROSS

Through some of our dealers we come in contact with many talented athletes over the years.  This year our dealer (ALPHA BICYCLE CO.) in Centennial, Colorado contacted us concerning sponsoring a junior for the Cyclocross season.  We helped out with some equipment, but really had no idea what a force we were looking at.  Meet Gage Hecht.  He’s racing the 17-18 year old junior category in Cyclocross….and by the way; he’s ranked #1 in the world! Gage is racing on a fleet of Psychlo X RSL frames this year and is poised to be in Europe as the heart of the season gets rolling.  Gage took the time to write about what he’s been up to lately……

From Gage:

I have had a great time so far this season with all of the racing that has taken place. Thanks to Alpha’s sponsors I have been afforded the opportunity to travel around the country and soon across the globe.

Early in the season I went to the Providence Cyclocross Festival. During the two day event I raced top caliber riders from all over the country. The first day it was cool outside and during the race it began to rain. I was able to hold second position for the first half lap. After that, I put in an attack that gave me a gap and I held it for the remainder of the race. The second day I sat in the lead group for the entirety of the race and held out for a second place.

Just this past weekend, I raced in Cincinnati at the Cinci3 UCI race. Both days were in parks consisting of a very grassy environment; however, the second day I raced held a lot more elevation gain and overall technical difficulty. The first day, I broke off the front in the first lap and built upon that gap until the finish. The second day, which was the Pan-American Championships, I got the whole shot and worked with my former teammate, Christopher Blevins, until we were two laps outside of finishing. I put in an attack and it led to my gaining a healthy lead. Consequently, I earned the title of Pan-American Champion. This win was the first American win at the Pan-American Cyclocross championships. Following that weekend I have been ranked the #1 Junior Elite Cyclocross racer in the world…such an honor!

Over the next couple of months I have been invited by the USA Cycling National Team to compete in Europe and experience a new level of racing.  These races, some of which will be world cups, will take place in Belgium and the Netherlands where I will have the opportunity to race in typical European Cyclocross conditions consisting of a lot of mud.  I’m really looking forward to comparing European Cyclocross racing/competition with American Cyclocross.

My goals this year are to continue to improve and grow as a rider while racing the Senior Men Open races with the Pros.  Ultimately, I hope to win Cyclocross National Championships in Austin, TX and qualify for Worlds.  If I am invited to race at Worlds, which will be held in the Czech Republic, I hope to place top ten representing America well.  Again, I cannot thank Alpha and its sponsors enough for all of the support they have invested in me.

I am grateful to also have been provided a lot of great equipment this year. The Moots bikes that I am riding are amazing. It’s really cool to get the chance to ride titanium as opposed to carbon. It has proven to be a great material and the bikes perform amazingly. Also, this year I have been given the opportunity to use TRP’s mechanical disk brakes, which I have never race with before. These are like the cherry on top of the pie. Sram helped us a lot with components. I have always loved their product and they have performed well as always.  I am thankful for the Clement tires I receive. They have helped me get through all the conditions I have faced with ease. DT Swiss has provided me with high quality hubs and wheels, and Fi’zi:k has delivered the comfort that every rider wants. My Lazar helmet fits like no other has which I am grateful for because my head shape is hard to fit.  WickWerks has provided me with some or the best chainrings that are on the market and Crankbrothers gave me some very versatile pedals. Finally, Orange Seal has saved me from many flats, both on training rides and in the race.

Thank you so much to all of these sponsors for helping me grow as an athlete and reach my goals: Vista Auto Group, Subaru of America, United Healthcare, and Cardel Homes.  I couldn’t do what I am doing without your support!

 

SUSIES BIKE: MOOTS BUILD MONDAY

Just before bar tape, you’ll see Susie coming!

Our dear friend Susie Wargin of Channel 9 News, based in Denver, Colorado likes the color pink.  So much so that this is the second bike she’s had painted in her favorite hue. This time around it’s a Vamoots RSL.  Susie has been a long standing sports anchor with the top rated 9 News for many years.  Always taking that early morning gig and always finding a special interest in cycling events around our great state.  Coincidence? I think not.  Is there a reason she gets to follow the US PRO CHALLENGE? Ride the Rockies? Yes, cycling is in her blood.

3/4 paint keeps the blasted rear showing

This last summer she visited and stayed with us here at Moots.  A type of break from the action and part ordering a new bike!  Susie is stepping away from the super full time news gig to pursue other things as well as being with her family a bit more.  In there somewhere she has decided to do RAAM in 2015!  What bike will she be on?  This pink RSL no less.

Mr. Moots looks good against the paint

Her bike is now done and ready to get those training miles rolling.

  • Susie went with these highlights on her new rig:
  • Vamoots RSL (custom)
  • Moots RSL fork
  • Shimano Ultegra kit
  • Shimano Ultegra wheels
  • Moots Ti stem 31.8
  • Moots Ti post (zero set back)
  • Chris King 1 1/8” no-thread set (black sotovoce)
  • Chris King PF BB
  • Custom “Telecom” Pink paint

Blasted relief logo on the down tube

Clean bb cluster with Chris King PF30

STUDIO VELO/MILL VALLEY~NEW MOOTS DEALER

We are proud to announce that we have a new dealer in Mill Valley, California.  STUDIO VELO has come onboard as an authorized Moots dealer and has already stocked bikes and has their first full custom in the works as well.  Moots is thrilled to be in the heart of one of the epicenters of cycling, just over the bridge from San Francisco. STUDIO VELO has been in business for 10+ years and founds their business on PASSION, PRECISION and PERFORMANCE, these core values are shared by us here at Moots as well.

Be on the lookout for Moots events coming to STUDIO VELO this coming year.  We’ll be out to support a great shop and partner to bring Moots to Marin County, California.

If you live in the area, please stop by and see what Handbuilt in the Rockies is all about at STUDIO VELO.

LIKE BIKE MONACO 2015

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Moots dealer BESPOKE CYCLING in London are featured in this short video promoting the “MOST GLAMOROUS BICYCLE SHOW ON EARTH”…..The takes place in Monaco, so I’ll take their word on that.  The store front shots are of BESPOKE CYCLING and the ocean, palm trees and “other views” are from the Monaco tourism board.  Like they need a tourism board, right? I’m clearing my calendar now for the April 3rd-5th event.

Anyway, can you spot the Moots in the video?…a couple of hits.  Eyes up here!

THE WRIGHT AWARDS 2014

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This past Monday and Tuesday small businesses that had been nominated for THE WRIGHT AWARD gathered in Denver for an afternoon of round table discussions and then the award night on Tuesday at SPACE Gallery.  The WRIGHT award was started by a group of entrepreneurs that awards a Colorado company that combines commererce and lifestyle in the work place.  Cutting edge businesses that show they do more than make things and sell things.  This is about working in a place that encourages employees to get out and be active while taking care of business.

The WRIGHT

150 companies were nominated.  12 of those companies make it to the final, which requires you to put together a 90 second video about your company.  Those 12 are asked to come to the round table session and the awards night.  From there the 12 videos are shown during the night and a panel (which has already seen the videos and voted) cuts the 12 to the final 3.  The final 3 are then put on stage and asked questions by the panel.  Those questions/answers determine the winner.

MOOTS

Moots was honored to be in the final 12.  We worked with Michael Bye here in Steamboat to produce our video.  Capturing what your company is all about in 90 seconds is tough work for sure.  As the videos were shown, there was a short break between the first 6 and the last 6, which let our governor John Hickenlooper take the stage and say some great words about our state and the spirit of small businesses in Colorado. Once the last 6 videos were shown the final 3 were announced.  Moots didn’t make it into the final 3, but we felt really good about the experience and exercise that went into making the video.

Colorado governor John Hickenlooper (sorry, bad photo)

Eldorado Climbing Walls, Icelntick Skis and Dale’s Pale Ale made the final 3 and went through the on-stage- Q & A.  In the end, Eldorado Climbing Walls came out the victor.

All in all it was a great event and again, we were honored to be in the final 12.

We hope you enjoy our little video.  Look for more of them to be hitting our site soon.

 

 

MOOTS FACTORY PILOTS RGR~COLORADO

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MOOTS FACTORY PILOTS —RGR COLORADO 2014

We all have tales of “epic” rides, shredded tires and shredded legs.  This tale goes back to late July of this year and the Rapha Gentlemen’s Race-Colorado.  An event that is not an “event”, no road closures, no permits needed, “We are just a group of 6 friends out riding this beautiful terrain” is pretty much the only instructions you get….plus a queue sheet that lists out the turns and mileage and overall elevation gain/loss…..oh yeah about that….only 107 miles dotted with 7 sustained climbs that put us climbing almost 3 vertical miles in the end… (That’s just over 14,000 feet in this case). ….with over half the miles on dirt surfaces to the “Switzerland Trail” that would best be taken on a mountain bike for most.  Truly an amazing way to see a route you would never string together on your own….in your right mind.

ON WE ROLLED

The Moots Factory Pilots vowed to finish the route, no matter how long we might be out there.  We stuck together and pushed through as a group.  We rode a mix of bikes, from Vamoots RSL, Psychlo X and Vamoots DR.  We all stuck to tires around 28mm and used every one of those little millimeters.   We almost made it the entire day without a flat, until about 3 miles to go…..just at that point you want someone to take your bike away from you and hand you a sandwich.  We changed it and headed to the barn.  Not the last team to finish but hey, only 8 teams out of 24 finished the entire route, so we felt like winners anyway.

NAMES #HASHBROWN FUN?

Looking back at the queue sheet brings back the memories of the roads, climbs and land marks.  Names like….FLAGSTAFF, GROSS DAM, MAGNOLIA, MOUNTAIN PINES RD, ESCAPE ROUTE, SUNSHINE and let us not forget the gut punch of LICKSKILLET ROAD at mile 87.8.  Just a little .7 mile stretch at 18% to make sure your legs were still hanging from your waist.  OUCH.

TIPS FOR RGR COMERS

During a day like the RGR it is without doubt very important to pick your team wisely.  You should not base this on speed alone; you should base it on their mindset and ability to keep a good sense of humor for 8 hours.  For most teams out there it’s not a matter of IF you will bonk, but just when…..and keeping a cool head during the crappy times is key.  Our band of brothers + one sister did just that….we all have worked together at Moots for some time and have ridden many rides together, but never an outing like the RGR…it really brought a new meaning to “bonding”…and since this ride we all have just a little more “dirt” on each other…..

NEXT TIME

So the next time something like this comes up I’d be proud to ride with Matty P, Corey P, Kelly B, Nate B, or Matt A….serious fun out there and something I’ll remember for a long time.

For more insight to the RGR Colorado you can read some great words from non other than Andy Hampsten on the RAPHA site.

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