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6 LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR MOOTS LOVERS

Everybody loves a list right? It’s a bit easier to pick something off a list and “suggest” that your secret Santa might get this for you, so we’ve made a last minute holiday gift guide for the Moots Owner in your life.  Let’s get down to it…..

1. Castelli Jersey and Bib Short Set.  Our premium line of performace kit, the Castelli jersey and bib will help you log those miles in supreme comfort and style.

http://moots.myshopify.com/products/castelli-jersey-bibshort-set

2. Hooded Sweatshirt…who does not like a good hoody?  Soft and fuzzy on the inside, clean Moots design on the outside.

http://moots.myshopify.com/products/copy-of-hooded-sweatshirt

3. Moots Handcrafted T-Shirt….Can’t go to work or the store without a shirt on right? Might as well feel good and look classy in this simple Moots logo T.

http://moots.myshopify.com/products/moots-handcrafted-t-shirt

4. Moots Titanium Bottle Opener…because your Moots friend just might go to a holiday party and how cool would you be if you pulled out this precision machined solid titanium opener and opened that craft bottle of beer for that nice person you just met at the refrigirator?

http://moots.myshopify.com/collections/accessories/products/mr-moots-titanium-bottle-opener

5. Moots (by B.A.P.) Active Wool Beanie. It’s a fact that we lose most of our warmth through the top of our heads….(some more than others, if you are “thinned”) so why not keep that Moots Owner nice and warm during the cold dark winter days.

http://moots.myshopify.com/products/active-wool-beanie

6. Moots Pandana. Pan-What? A new Mr. Moots favorite. This little piece is pricless.  Use it as a neck gator/scarf, facemask, hairband, earwarmer, balaclava, hat, bandana or wristband.  Keep that neck warm and look sharp doing it….

http://moots.myshopify.com/products/wheelie-gator-headwear

 

Check out these and other great Moots gift ideas at http://moots.myshopify.com/.

 

MOOTS OWNERS CAMP 2014-WRAP UP

All about the ride

Like the title says, our 3rd annual Moots Owners Camp hosted by The Cycling House wrapped up this past Sunday in Tucson, Arizona.  You might ask….What is the Moots Owners Camp?  Well, starting 3 years ago Moots had an idea of getting a group of Moots owners together in Tucson and have the fine folks at The Cycling House (TCH) host us for 5 days of riding road bikes around the area.  The camp is based out of the house that TCH rents for the year. It’s run like a more-friendly version of a boot camp.

Just one example of post-ride lunch at The Cycling House.

Large spacious rooms, court yard outside for yoga and core in the morning and of course the massive kitchen that their chef Zander will use to fuel our hungry bodies. The schedule of waking, coffee, breakfast, ride lunch then dinner is smooth. It really gets you into a rhythm and by the end of the week you don’t want to go home. I like to call it pretend-a-pro camp.  I envision that this is what PRO teams do when they go to the faraway warm places to start their seasons. Eat, ride, recover, do it again…day after day….complete with follow vehicle and massage options.  I could get use to this….

Morning core workout before we ride

Mount Lemmon did not disappoint

The camp is not free, but looking back on it, is a very good value as your lodging, meals and transportation to and from the airport are covered.  All for about 1500.00. We logged close to 300 miles, climbed many thousands of feet, soaked in the sun and of course ate like kings. The Cycling House guides are very good riders and come from diverse backgrounds.  They can also go like mad on a bike. The routes varied from rolling through saguaro cactus lined roads, to climbing Mount Lemmon which over the standard 21 mile affair, has you gain 5,500 feet as a steady grade of 4-5% the entire way.  Starting at 2500 feet above sea level in Tucson you climb to over 7,000 feet and go through an amazing amount of different ecosystems.

The Moots Owners Camp 2014 group

The Moots Owners came from all over the country, east coast, west coast, Vegas, Brooklyn.  They rode a mix of Moots models that ranged from Vamoots RSL’s, Vamoots CR, Vamoots DR and a couple rode the new ROUTT mounted with 25-28mm tires.  They all did great.  We all made it to the top of Mount Lemmon and we all shared stories of our lives and bicycle exploits.

Some of the Moots at camp:

Lance from Seattle-Vamoots DR

Robbie-He owns Pedalers Fork and has a sweet Vamoots RSL with Campy Eps

Ken from California-very sweet Compact SL still going strong after many years on the road

Anthony from Las Vegas….rolling on a Vamoots DR, big rubber and frame pump for the win!

Mount Lemmon-Windy Point

The tempo of most rides was nice talking pace with harder efforts put in as the group felt “necessary”.  There was also the occasional attack that got the group worked up and brought things to a boil….good fitness builder week and I can say that the week really had an impact on me.

Ready for Christmas!

Weather

The weather in Tucson was warmer than the average for the dates, mostly in the mid 70’s with the last day being more of a “classics” weather day of 50 degrees and rain! The group persevered and pushed themselves to finish out a great week.

The 2015 TCH catalog has some great trips

After experiencing the week first hand I would recommend any of THE CYCLING HOUSE camps, but be rest assured there will a 4th Annual Moots Owners Camp in 2015.

We’ll post details for next year by early summer.  Stay tuned!

You can view more photos from the week here:

MOOTS FLICKR-MOOTS OWNERS CAMP 2014

STRAVA FILES FOR EACH RIDE WE DID DURING THE CAMP:

TCH-MOOTS OWNERS CAMP OPENING SPIN

TCH-MOOTS OWNERS CAMP VAIL, AZ LOOP

TCH-MOOTS OWNERS CAMP MOUNT LEMMON

TCH-MOOTS OWNERS CAMP GATES PASS

TCH-MOOTS OWNERS CAMP SAGUARO EAST

Laundry

The sun sets on the 3rd Annual Moots Owners Camp

DAY 1-OWNERS CAMP

The sun sets on day one of Moots Owners Camp.

Pfffffff……Was that a tire loosing air or the sound of my near hibernating cycling legs just giving out?  I’m not sure which, but I do know this:  This group of Moots Owners that has gathered in the Tucson desert this week to hammer out a week of miles is dedicated.  They come from all walks of life and from places all over our country.  They ride and ride hard.  They enjoy good food, good laughs and they all have the love of Moots in common. The interaction and talk of bicycles we have had in just a single day together cannot be matched by an e-mail, newsletter or even a phone call.   I sit in The Cycling House and feel humbled that these fine folks would come and spend a good chunk of money to shack up and ride their guts out.

Anthony and his Vamoots DR

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday seasons are looming we rolled for just about 70 miles today sharing stories, pulls and laughs. We passed cactus that are decorated for Christmas just the way a tree would be. In all we have 13 Moots owners, two dealers and of course The Cycling House staff that has this gig dialed.  As we road at about 20 strong today I think about these riders…..  They have busy lives, they live in big cities…they have families, they also have a passion for cycling that we all share. We are cut from similar molds.

This is the coolest Moots event I’ve ever been involved with and I’ve been with Moots for 18 years now.  It’s the ultimate contact and story sharing experience.  We all love bikes, gear and riding.  To have this camp which is now its third year is a sign to me that cycling is alive and well in the US.  We are not PROS, but to have this opportunity to act like one for a week.  A follow van stocked with food and drink, ditching clothing as the day heats up and having a guide call out turns….nothing to think about but pedaling.

Moots bikes vary from Vamoots RSL’s, Routt Ybb, Vamoots DR and a classic Compact SL.  Sharing with these cycling devotees how we build, why we build and what makes our little company tick over miles, great meals and drink is the perfect way to tell our story.

Tucson is new to me for riding….never been here, but after just a day or two can say I’ll be back.

Today was 70 miles on rolling terrain, tomorrow Mt. Lemmon comes for us.  Just a mere 6k of climbing in one sitting. HUP, HUP, time to rest up…..

You can view our FLICKR account for more photos from today:

THE CYCLING HOUSE MOOTS OWNERS CAMP 2014

STRAVA TCH DAY 1

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CX CHAMPS 2014

Michael Robson does Moots proud.  His tip: “don’t shave, go fast.”

Over the weekend, Colorado played host to the 2014 Rocky Mountain Regional CX Championships.  Brook Watts who puts on CrossVegas teamed up with Without Limits to put together a great course.  Most called it very non-technical so it would be a fast tactical race.

Moots CX  men took the honors in the 35+ and the Pro/Open catagories.

MICHAEL ROBSON~

Michael has been on a tear lately starting back on the cold day at the Boulder Rez….taking that day’s win with super handling skills that he always has, next was the Parker race on a technical course and reduced field.  Michael worried that those might be flukes, but now with his win at the RMCX Champs, that is not the case.  Michael dueled it out and took a sprint win on a course that was not his style.  This really looks good for next weekend as we have our Colorado State Championships in Castle Rock.  Michael is the 35+ defending champ and looks to defend his title.  Then it’s 4 weeks until Nats….Look out for the un-shaven Aussie on his Moots! No fluke!

GAGE HECHT

Gage was fresh off his European visit and his win at Koksjide.  He pounced on the field during the RMCX Champs and took the win in a stacked field of PRO men.  This should be an epic battle next week for the state title that has been held over the years my many notable Colorado Pros.

Good work gents.  Rest up and be ready to rumble this coming weekend!

BEAUTIFUL CYCLOCROSS

http://www.vimeo.com/98972981

The “Love of Mud” caps that I’ve seen around the internet these days, especially at the WC at Milton Keynes made me poke around a bit and what do you know Benedict Campbell is filming a beautiful piece about this sport that is so near and dear to our hearts.  ”FOR THE LOVE OF MUD“…..can’t wait to see the full lenght.

FOR THE LOVE OF MUD-TEASER PART I

SANDMAN~GAGE HECHT, KOKSIJDE-BE

Gage Hecht pilots his Psychlo X RSL to the win at Koksijde, Belgium!

Gage Hecht had an amazing weekend in Belgium.  The Junior Cyclocrosser went from racing our local Colorado race at the Boulder Rez one weekend to winning the junior division at Koksijde, Belgium.  One week…one week…..the sands of the Rez had to help right?  It couldn’t hurt.

Gage is sponsored by several companies including Moots.  This connection came to us via Alpha Bicycle Company in Centennial, Colorado.  The shop serves up top notch service and products they believe in, ranging from customers that ride only the bike path to now, International Cyclocross Super hero.

The sands of Koksijde, Belgium are storied.  Wars have been waged on the beaches there both on bike and real war.  The Dunes require a tight rope walk of balance and power application.  Gage put his skills to the test by being the first American to ever podium; much less win a race on the historic air base at Koksjide.

Bart along for the ride with Gage—photo stole from TQHOPPER

After winning on Saturday Gage set his sights on the Super Prestige at Spa.  A course that was described over the weekend as something that would be almost illegal in the US.  Not many riders have been exposed to the technical aspect of something like the Spa course.  Gage was in the hunt early, but as so many riders found out, the course sometimes wins.  He had a mechanical and that took him many spots back where he finished 27th on the day.

You can view the video from Sunday here:  SP FRANCORCHAMPS (SPA)-JUNIOREN

We’ll be tracking Gage and looking forward to his next races.  Nice work Gage!

MOOTS~WHAT WE ARE ABOUT

http://www.vimeo.com/107410764

 

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

 

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