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MOOTS ROGUE YBB~SWITCHBACK

Just out is the August/September SWITCHBACK (issue # 19) and inside the crew at SB take a deep look at the Rogue YBB.  The 27.5” wheel platform is the BIG thing in the bike world these days.  We are building two models: Rogue YBB and the Rogue RSL and they are on fire these days.  The mating of our legendary YBB pivotless rear end with the mid-wheel size makes for an amazing cross country ride.  If you fancy a hard tail, the RSL version is build for pure stiffness and speed.

You can read the entire SWITCHBACK review here:  MOOTS ROGUE YBB

 

VAMOOTS DR~REVIEWED

Hot off the press in the August 2014 ROAD Magazine our Vamoots DR gets a review and some great kudos for standing out in the sea of carbon fiber- flavor of the month bikes:

You can open the entire PDF here:  ROAD DISC REVOLUTION

 

TOUR DIVIDE 2014

TOUR DIVIDE 2014—–ON THE ROUTE TO WHERE YOU ARE GOING…

They have become less frequent this week.  Not many weary faces, dirty bikes and empty eyes left in our parts.  The Tour Divide is coming to a close.  Steamboat and Moots are on the route, our shop sits just 200 meters off the course and if you time it right you can see the blurry eyed riders coming down CR129 from the north off the top outside deck.  Not many come our way, as it takes all the energy they can muster just to get to the nearest open bike shop for repairs. More times than not that shop is Orange Peel Bicycle Service.   We are just a bit over half way on the course, so at this point there are some worn out bike parts. Brock (shop owner) and his crew are not new to the Tour Divide riders. They see this every year and can almost nail the hour the first rider will show up. (SPOT trackers are amazing little gadgets)  They know what to do when one rolls up to the shop.  It goes something like this:

*drop bags off bikes

*offer the rider a seat or point them in the direction of the closest food source

*put bike in stand

*drop off all offending parts

*”clean” what they can to get the work done

*they replace it all: bearings, cables, tires, tubes, brake pads, worn (or eaten by a bear) pack bags

Orange Peel has 5 work stands and during these heavy weeks of the Tour Divide they are all in service….usually at the same time.  5 bikes, going.  Orange Peel operates like a well oiled machine….each shop wrench knows their part and is capable of doing it all.  King bearings?…no problem….Mavic  freehub body? Got it.  Rohloff? Can do.  Single speed cog & chain? Done.   Those first 5-6 days of the route each year seem to be held underwater.  Rain and post-holing through snow…..not so good for bike parts…..especially after you then ride them for 800+ miles without service.

This year some really fantastic people took part in the event.  We tracked them and met them, for most they passed through in the night without as much as a hello.  At last count there were at least 10-12 riders on Moots frames….out of 135.

Alice Drobna

One such visitor came in the form of Alice from Bend, OR.  She happened on our door just before the lights were on…..riding her Moots Mooto X single speed.  She was interested in seeing how her bike was made and wanted to meet us.  I happened to be in work early that day and toured her around our place.  She was quiet and somewhat shy. She didn’t want to bother anyone, just see where he bike had been made.

Several of our production staff got to meet her and congratulate her on being pretty much a super bad ass.  Did I tell you she was leading the women’s division overall?…..on a single speed?  She liked to keep her rig simple.  Very little issues for her other than the normal wearing of tires and brake pads….and a bit of a sore butt.  Simply an amazing ride, congrats Alice!

Nic Handy

One other such amazing person on the route was Nic Handy.  Nic rode a bike that he had the concept for a couple of years ago; the do-everything- go anywhere Farr Hoots. A name with a little of Moots, a little adventure.  The bike itself featured at the Denver edition of NAHBS in 2013. It has its own Facebook page to boot. Once the show had passed Nic started putting the bike to the test, doing “short” rides into the Colorado Mountains for training for the big TD event.  Well, Nic did it….on his first try.  Overcoming some early rain and snow, a sore Achilles and day off the bike….he pushed on.  He passed into Steamboat during the night and rendezvoused with a couple of the Moots crew at a local restaurant where he ordered just about one of everything off the menu. ….followed by a deep sleep.  The next day he was on his way to Summit County where he met up with his girl friend. Off he went, all the way to the US/Mexican border where friends & family were waiting for him for his finish.

After the event Nic has been adjusting back to “normal” life, which could not possibly be too normal after 2745 miles out there….pedaling a bike, making due on your own, bears, storms, mud, heat, wind and your own thoughts as you push along the Tour Divide.

We have a close friend here in Steamboat that has done the event and finished 2nd in the geared division…he once told me that he put himself into a mode of thinking that “this is how the first Tour De France riders did it”…..no outside assistance, no team cars, no clean place to sleep at night,……just where your body put you is where you stayed. I think this event just nails it when getting back to how it used to be.

Congratulations to all the Moots riders that got out there…we are proud to your bike of choice for the Tour Divide.

 

RANCH RALLY WRAP UP

Big blue skies, ranches and bikes….the perfect day.

The Ranch Rally route of 50 miles, (45 of which was a mix of smooth dirt road, gravel, rough gravel and goat two track) took off at 9am under sunny skies with a mix of clouds that made for a spectacular day on the bike. While out on course the 90 rider group was treated to almost car free roads that circled Elk Mountain that lies just to the northwest of downtown Steamboat Springs.  The roads twist through this part of Routt County pass by ranch after ranch and offer beautiful views of the Continental Divide. The bike choices ranged from road bikes with larger tires (28mm) to cross bikes to even some mountain bikes.  Each had its place on the course, but for most a road bike with a bigger tire did just fine.  It was interesting and rewarding to hear of riders pushing their limits on equipment that normally they wouldn’t think of using for the different conditions.  It’s also been a dream of ours to share those dirt roads with those that might not think of venturing off the paved routes.

A number of the CAA board greeted riders at the Rockin’ C Bar Ranch for a post ride lunch.

We teamed up with the Community Agriculture Alliance of Steamboat Springs to raise awareness of our local ranching community and raise some money at the same time.  All proceeds went to the CAA. They worked with us to notify the ranchers on the route in hopes to have as little impact on the busy schedules they keep. In the end we will be able to write a check for $1000.00 to the CAA.

You experienced it….now become a part of it.  Join Community Agriculture Alliance and help this organization preserve the agricultural heritage of the Yampa Valley.   A financial contribution of any amount is welcome and will ensure that CAA programs continue.  Visit their website at www.communityagalliance.org for information and to review membership opportunities.  You don’t have to own a cow or a horse to be a member of CAA….the saddle you rode on Saturday proves your interest in agriculture!

You can view our FlickR album of the event here:

MOOTS-COLORADO RANCH RALLY 2014

One last ask, if you have photos of the day and you’d like to share, please send my way:  jonc@moots.com

Some links to our local paper that covered the event:

RANCH RALLY READY TO GO

RANCH RALLY GOES OFF WITHOUT A HITCH

SADDLE PALS

Former World and National Champion Ruthie Matthes joined us for the ride.  I think the map made her think a bit.

 

PEDALERS FORK BIKE BUILD

http://www.vimeo.com/65756011

Bike build video from Pedalers Fork in Calabasas, California.  Taking the time to do it right in the shop and the kitchen! If you have the chance we highly recommend a visit.

MOOTS~LEADVILLE DEMOS

Moots will be on hand July 2nd, 3rd, & 4th to demo bikes through our dealer CYCLES OF LIFE in Leadville, Colorado the home of the Leadville 100 Race.  Come get ready for the race and check out our latest models.

Hours of Moots Demos:

Wednesday July 2nd: 3-6pm

Thursday July 3rd: 7am-6pm

Friday July 4th: 7am-6pm

2014 TOUR DIVIDE~FARRHOOTS STYLE

If you don’t already know of him or have seen pictures of the bike he rides,….please meet Nic Handy.  Nic and his Farrhoots (Serious Moots Adventure Bike) are now 1,000 miles into the Tour Divide.  That puts him just to our north in Wyoming.  So far he’s faced the snow hiking, the sore knee, the sore achilles and a mud packed up bike that would have most of us crying at the side of the road.  Nic is doing it! He had the concept for this bike just before the NAHBS 2013 in Denver.  A bike that would take the miles, take the abuse all while requiring little up keep.  Did I mention Nic is also a SUPER PRO mechanic? Yes, he’s when it comes to his bike, he’d rather be riding it than working on it.

Above you see the bike as it was at the NAHBS in our booth.  Zero miles on it, just sitting ready to be ridden.  After the show, Nic started with the normal 300 mile weekends and went from there.  Now, just about a year and a half after the bike was built he’s taking it for the long one.  Tour Divide.  By the looks of it we should be meeting up with Nic just north of Steamboat in the next handful of days.  We’ll be there….camera in hand, handshake at the ready.  If the timing is right we’ll be able to sit at the Clark store and have a coffee or burger.  We are watching Nic, you are doing great….keep the rubber side down and bring that beast back to home!

The mud of the northern sections of the Tour Divide…..that’s a Moots under all of that.

Nic’s Tour Divide set up as seen in Idaho.

We’ll see you soon.

That’s just one dedicated person on a Moots this year doing the Tour Divide.  There are others…..many others.  We will do our best to grab them as they come our way.  Also on course this year:

Nic Handy———->Denver, CO———->MOOTO X (FULL RIGID, ROHLOFF)

Ton Litson———->Qatar—————->MX YBB

Andy Amik———>Castle Pines, CO—–>MX YBB

Alic Drobna——–>Utah——————>MOOTO X SINGLE SPEED

Michelle DuLieu—->Rochester, NY——->MOOTO X

Evan Deutsch——->Portland, OR——–>MOOTO X (FULL RIGID)

You can track all the Tour Divide riders here:  TOUR DIVIDE 2014

SUMMER SOLSTICE 2014-GONE CAMPING

Summer Solstice is this weekend and most of us have some big rides planned.  And when I say big rides planned, that can be a realative thing.  Rich Rogers of Cultivator Ads & Design in Denver Colorado is loaded up and ready for some “light” bike packing.  He’s headed off on his Psychlo X (seen above).  Ready to go where the wind may take him and his wife.

Everything he carries….

 

AND THE WINNER IS…….

The creator of the ST240 (Barrett Brown)  pulled the winning number.

The day we have been working towards and waiting for has come.  The Routt County Riders have a new SINGLE TRACK ST240 machine to build those narrow trails we love.  In April Moots got involved to help the club meet the offer of a private individual to match any funds up to $12,500 that could be raised by the end of May.

The Moots crew…..Single Track Lovers.

The group here at Moots loves single track as much (if not more) than the next guy or gal.  These trails that surround our facility are the fiber of our community and where we test, design and re-test any new products we might produce.  So we thought…., what if we raise some money by offering a fully built bike to one lucky winner?  The plan was made, important industry contacts for support were brought in and bam! We had a full bike to raffle.  The raffle went live on our web store and sent out to our Moots Owners Newsletter and within 72 hours all 250 tickets had been bought!  That’s exactly 12,500 dollars! The match was made!

So this brings us to today and the arrival of the ST240 machine.  The Routt County Riders took delivery late Monday evening and then had a quick appointment with our friends at Lone Oak Studio to apply sponsors logos to the machine and then it made the rounds to Moots and Yampa Valley Bank for photo opps and one very important drawing for the winner of the fully built Moots Rogue Ybb.

And the winner is……..

ALAN PERKINS of Steamboat Springs, Colorado!

Alan received the call and I can tell you his reaction was priceless.  Over the moon with excitement and the thrill of winning a MOOTS! Alan bought 2 tickets and really thought he didn’t have much chance to win, but he really likes to support great groups like the Routt County Riders.  He happens to be a very active member in the club and moved his family to Steamboat just 7 short months ago.  Why did he move here? Because of the small town feel and great riding.  Jackpot!

Alan will be rolling on new trails on a new rig.  Moots Rogue YBB w/XT kit, DT Wheels, Fox fork.

Congratulations to Alan and congratulations to all that participated.  You should be super proud to support a great club and a town that has put great riding at the front of its priorities.

 

BETI BIKE BASH~IT’S A GIRL THING

 

Our original GrassMoots racer Kelly Boniface races at the PRO level during the season and right along with the challenges of training, being a mom and dividing up her time volunteering at pretty much any event in Steamboat, she guides a group of young ladies called “IT’S A GIRL THING”.  This past weekend she rounded up 5 of them and set off for the front range of Colorado and the BETI BIKE BASH. She writes in with how it went……

Sunday was the 5th annual Beti Bike Bash.  www.betibikebash.com if you want more info on the race.  Colorado’s first and only all female mountain bike race.

I brought 5 of my girls from the SSWSC Cycling Club (ages 12 and 13) for the Juniors Race.  Our cycling program doesn’t start until the end of June and most of the girls have only ridden their bikes to and from school and soccer so far this spring. But, I sent out an email to the girls that I coached last year and these brave girls decided to give it a go.  There were 3 options in the Juniors Races to pick from: 1, 2 or 3 laps.  Of course, I signed all my girls up for the 3 laps.  If we are going to drive all the way down to Denver, we are going to race three laps!

 

This was the biggest Juniors field that the Beti’s had hosted thus far.  There were almost 40 girls in the 3 lap race alone.  The girls were extremely anxious about getting to the front of the start line.  It was hilarious to watch them jockeying for position, but they got themselves to the front.  I love the picture from the start line where they are intensely focused.  I wish I’d gotten some action shots during the race, but I was too busy cheering them on and dumping water on them as they rode by (these girls hadn’t seen temps like that in a long time!)

They rode like champs…4 in the top 10 (but most importantly, they had a blast!)  They got to meet a lot of the women in the Pro field, had fun stopping by all the purveyor tents, and of course, chatting it up with Larry Grossman on the mic.  He gave us (the girls, me, Steamboat, Moots) tons of props as I’m sure you can imagine.

The results:

4th place, Maddie Heydon

6th place, Isabelle Boniface

7th place, Riley Hodges

10th place, Annika Malacinski

23rd place, Caitlin Smith

 

Not one mechanical (amazing since I’m sure a couple of those bikes had just been pulled out from last summer), crash, nor tear was shed.

After a stop for burritos and ice cream, it was back up the hill to Steamboat. I expected a tired and quiet trip home, but instead they were so fired up.  They tortured Siri with important questions like “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?”  and sang to the Pop Hits XM station (which plays the same 5 songs over and over again)  If I ever hear said 5 songs again, it will be too soon.  However, I wouldn’t change a thing about the day.  We all agreed we’re going to do it again next year!

 

 

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