HISTORY

A lot has happened in three decades of bike building. Here are a few memorable moments in Moots history.

’81: The first Moots, a custom steel road frame, rolls out the front door in Steamboat Springs, CO.

’83: Our urge to ride the trails we hike inspires the design of the Mootaineer. And Steve Tilford quickly takes the first NORBA National Championship on one. Mid-80’s: Moots introduces our “road handles” (modern-day bar ends).

’87: The first YBB (Why Be Beat), the industry’s first soft-tail design, is built, becoming our signature bike. It becomes one of the most copied suspension frame designs in history.

’88: We begin TIG welding all our frames allowing for greater design flexibility.

’91: The first titanium Moots is displayed at Interbike and the magical material quickly becomes our material of choice. We expand the factory. 92: We begin offering stock sizes, still built one at a time.

’94: The first YBB Superlight makes its debut at the World Championships in Vail. Mid-90′s: With full suspension on the rise, Moots applies our engineered simplicity to the KT-60 and DH-88. Weighing only a pound and a quarter more than our rigid frame, the KT-60 offers 3” of rear travel with a swing-arm rocker that alleviates fatigue and lateral sway-prone dropout pivots. The DH-88 couples the design to a beefy mainframe and increases travel to 3.5” while only adding 4 oz of weight. We name the design Matched Arc (MARC) for the precision relationship between the bottom bracket pivot and the arc of the rocker arm as the shock moves through its travel.

’96: Pro Racer Ruthie Matthes joins the Moots family and proceeds to win the National CC title on a YBB.

’96: The PsychloX cross frame is introduced.

’97: The Vamoots road frame is offered with stock geometry. Sticking with our “simplicity rules” design philosophy, it boasts clean lines and traditional European geometry. Unlike the steel of the day, the titanium Vamoots makes for a supremely silky ride. The Mootaineer (using a 2nd gen MARC suspension) is also unveiled, with 4 inches of rear travel devoid of dropout pivots and weighing only 5 lbs.

’99: Our first 29er, the Mooto-X YBB becomes part of the fleet, nearly a decade ahead of the 29er craze.

’01: We celebrate our 20th Anniversary with a Limited Edition Vamoots. The 50 frames were an instant hit and sold out before the season began.

’01: We move into our current, state-of-the-art factory in Steamboat. 01: SL Road and MTB models introduced.

’03: The Vamoots CR (compact road) is added to the line-up, featuring a sloping top tube for greater lateral rigidity and even lighter weight. The Compact SL weighs less than 2.5 lbs. 05: The 5-inch travel, Cinco and the go-anywhere, do-anything Mootour join the family.

’06: The newly designed 3-inch travel Zirkel joins our mountain lineup. Also that summer our 25th Anniversary Silver Celebration party brings together Moots owners, retailers, past and present employees, and cycling legends. Everyone convenes on Steamboat Springs for a weekend of titanium exuberance. To help us celebrate, Silverado Vineyards in Napa produces Breakaway Red, a 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon blend bottled exclusively for us.

’07: The Mooto-XZ, a 4-inch dual-suspension 29er is introduced. We receive Gold Planet certification from the Steamboat Sustainable Business Program by incorporating sustainability practices into our overall policies and daily operations. New machinery and production processes cut lead times and refine service levels.

’08: We introduce the custom Gristle 96er mountain bike and our innovative and simple to adjust Cinch Post.

’09: The Mooto X YBB 10th Anniversary Edition 29er is released.

’10: The Moots Road Line is completely revamped with the unveiling of the new Vamoots RSL.

’11: Moots adds the Mooto X RSL to the mountain line making this the second model in the RSL family.

’11: Fall sees the addition of the third RSL model in the form of the Pxychlo X RSL…full race, stiff, light durable.

’11: Moots offers a limited run of Frosti (snowbikes) to the general public for the first time.

’12: Spring of 2012 sees the production of the MX Divide and Divide bikes…Moots’ most advanced full suspension bike to date.