TAKE A TOUR THROUGH MOOTS
LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT ‘HANDBUILT IN THE ROCKIES’ IS ALL ABOUT.
We’ve been building high-performance bike frames since 1981.
Each is meticulously fashioned out of premium US-made titanium tubing, allowing us to design every bike to the specific needs of the frame style and individual rider. Our purposeful design philosophy, our knowledge of the unique characteristics of titanium, and our relentless focus on craftsmanship come together in the creation of true lifetime bikes—whether your preference is asphalt, dirt or both.
Internal Double-butted Tube Set
Working with Reynolds in the UK we have tubing cold worked to make it consistently thin in the center while maintaining thickness at the ends. Internally butting the tubes keeps the outside diameter as big as possible while maintaining thin walls. This technique ensures the material is worked to the proper dimension for the maximum strength-to-weight ratio.
Every Moots frame carries a lifetime warranty against any defects in material and workmanship. Titanium is the most durable bike frame material available, providing confidence no matter the conditions. Starting with the highest quality materials we take extra steps such as utilizing our double-pass welding system to assure the strongest possible bike.
Although we do many stock sizes to fit the majority of men and women, when custom fitting and sizing is needed the ideal fit is very simple to achieve. Working through our dealer network of qualified fitters we will design the perfect-fitting bike for the ride you want. Proper fit is key to the best riding bike.
Used throughout our flagship RSL line of bikes, we swage taper and shape our tubes in house to provide the greatest bottom bracket stiffness, which gives the best pedal efficiency while delivering a smooth ride by tapering the diameter down at the dropouts. Our Vamoots RSL utilizes a 1’’ tapered chain stay in a very thin wall to maximize performance.
Tuning the ride of a bike for the purpose for which it is designed requires the right materials selection and years of experience. Our Pi Tech tube sets utilize 30 different tube dimensions depending on purpose and size. We stock 3 wall thicknesses to optimize durability, weight and stiffness. Each model’s geometry and tubing are selected for optimal handling and feel to every bike we make.
Why Be Beat, simply put this is what it’s all about. Our pivotless softail has provided great traction and comfort in a clean, simple extremely low maintenance design. In production since 1991, always with a lifetime warranty, our YBB continues to provide a reliable 30 mm of rear wheel travel to smooth out your ride.
Behold, the magical, mystery material. For two decades, we’ve built our bike frames exclusively out of premium US-made, Moots Pi Tech 3/2.5 titanium tubing. Why? Because no other material allows us the ability to finely tune every single frame to achieve the perfect ride quality in every single bike we make. We custom spec a proprietary blend of tube diameters and wall thicknesses for every single frame style and individual size in our line.
CRAFTED WITH PRECISION, EVERYTIME.
AT MOOTS WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON PRODUCING THE HIGHEST QUALITY PRODUCTS EVERY DAY.
Quality design, quality tubing, quality craftspeople and quality processes equal the best made frame you can buy. Our long-term dedication to one material, Titanium, has provided Moots with a level of experience designing, building and riding every style of bike over the past 35 years.
The perfect size company to make the best Titanium bikes in the world—
- 25 years of nothing but Titanium – 35 years of bike manufacturing. The crew at Moots knows Ti and knows bikes. The years of cumulative experience in the building gets used every day to make the product better
- Experience has taught us to teach and learn. Each specialist brings skill and perspective that elevates the product beyond one person’s ideas.
- Moots has great partners within the industry. Having worked with a variety of suppliers over the years, some for 25, we have developed relationships which have strengthened the designs, materials and execution to highest level
- Never stop moving forward. As a team we build Titanium bikes because we believe in what we do. The challenges we embrace are to improve what we do and how we do it and to never stop moving forward.
Ride + Design
MOOTS IS A COMPANY OF TITANIUM MANUFACTURING SPECIALISTS AND RIDERS.
This has a direct impact on every size and model of bike we make. Design changes must have a purpose that improves the product, not just for sales. If we don’t believe it enhances the product we won’t do it.
- We know titanium. Our design team has a combined 65 years of experience tuning titanium bike designs for optimal performance, comfort and durability
- Because we have specialists in each area of manufacturing we are able to prototype and create our own tooling in order to refine each design for optimal performance, durability and consistency
- Each tube we shape has a purpose. Our tapered butted chainstay design utilizes the large, 1” diameter to provide bottom bracket stiffness tapering to a ride smoothing 0.730” diameter at the dropout.
IN ORDER TO BUILD THE BEST TITANIUM BIKES IN THE INDUSTRY YOU HAVE TO START WITH THE BEST SELECTION OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY MATERIALS.
You will notice we have a multitude of models in a huge variety of sizes. Tuning the ride and feel of each of these frames is essential to Moots.
- We use 3/2.5 alloy seamless tubing in the Cold Worked Stress Relieved condition which allows us to build using the thinnest wall seamless tubing in a huge range of sizes
- US made quality matters. We have worked with the same team of engineers at the same tube mill in Washington for 15+ years. Optimizing the material’s dimensions and characteristics for the best ride quality, durability and consistency to produce the best bikes.
- Using US certified tubing means each batch of tubing is tested for composition, strength, straightness and resistance to deformation. When using such thin walled tubing this assures superior ride quality and durability
- Moots is big enough to handle long lead times and 1000’ minimum orders per size of tube we use. This allows us to design and stock the best materials to build the best titanium bike.
- We stock and use 30 different tube sizes in order to finely tune the ride of each bike model and size.
- We utilize butted tubes on select models. Working with Reynolds Technologies, who first butted tubes for bike frames in 1895, they created an internally butted 3/2.5 seamless tubeset to lighten our frames while maintaining strength and stiffness
* FOR THE TECH NERDS:
CWSR tubing is a challenge to make; the temperature of the heat treatment needs to be held within 5 degrees for the exact amount of time to get the material to have the proper strength and ductility. US mills control this better than anyone. Therefore, airplanes only fly using this tubing. Anytime you see a US made tube marked CWSR (cold worked and stress relieved) the diameter to wall ratio (diameter/wall thickness) cannot exceed 47 to 1. When we look to build the most durable best riding bike we chose this material over all others for the critical areas of the bike. If we want it thinner than the 47 to 1 ratio we use our Reynolds internally butted tubeset.
Here is why we use internally butted tubes. When designing a tubeset for a frame that is extremely lightweight you need to know exactly what you are working with. When working with Titanium tubing there are several ways to reduce the wall thickness in the center of the tubes, the areas away from the weld zones. Tubes can be chemically reduced using HF (hydrofluoric acid) to eat the inside wall away, externally ground or internally butted, to name three methods. Our tubes are produced at the mill using a mechanical operation using dies and mandrels to work the material into the diameter and wall thickness desired. Internally butting does exactly the same thing physically working the material to the new dimensions. This is the best way to create consistent and known diameters and walls.
MACHINING AND MITER
Again, our size, big enough to be experts in the process and small enough to do custom work, allows us to be proactive designing bikes with the most current features. This works thanks to our high level of skill applied in the manufacturing process. The Yellow Card is a direct symbol of pride for those whose initials apply that talent.
- We utilize our expert machinists and 5 CNC machines to make prototypes, design and produce tooling. Once the part is refined we produce these parts in house for the highest quality control possible.
- Since 1991 we have only designed and made Titanium bikes. Over time that experience has been applied to creating better tooling each year to improve the product and the process.
- Shaping extremely thin-walled titanium is technically challenging. By using the right material with the right tooling in the hands of highly talented craftsmen, we achieve great success.
- Our tapered butted stays are shaped in house with tooling we have designed and made. These chainstays add stiffness to the bottom bracket area while smoothing out the ride by tapering at the dropout.
- Each frame goes through our system one at a time, the Yellow Card along with it. Each specialist writes their initials with pride next to the task completed. No secrets here.
- This first step in the process of the build is done to the highest standard, with watertight tube to tube fit-ups providing exacting geometry and alignment.
MOOTS WELDING — setting the standard
At Moots we have refined our welding techniques as a technical art. The beauty of a Moots weld is more than skin deep, they will last the test of time.
- Tight fit-ups are the key to strength, beauty and alignment and at Moots they are gap free. Each tube fits perfectly with the next.
- Each tube is prepared by buffing and cleaning all weld areas spotlessly—not even a fingerprint is allowed.
- Custom welding equipment has been developed and refined since 1991 to achieve the cleanest welds possible. This assures the strongest welds.
- Our two pass system has been repeatedly tested showing the greatest strength possible. The root pass joins the pieces together, next the filler rod is added to guarantee lifetime durability.
- Our team of frame welders each has over 10 years’ experience welding titanium bikes assuring consistency in quality and alignment.
NOW TO FINISHING
From the welder’s hands the frame passes to our Finish area. The all-important steps of squarely facing, chasing and final alignment happen before the “painter’s touch” is applied to the fine bead blast finish for our sophisticated raw metal finish. Thirty five years of frame manufacturing experience goes into each frame.
- Dedicated machinery has been customized for each specific finish task so that we can maintain the highest level of precision in all critical areas each time.
- On our Yellow Card you will see 10 tasks with 10 initials next to each as it goes through each step tracking who does the work along the way. This responsibility brings a strong sense of pride to the process.
- Squareness is measured and maintained within 0.003”, alignments to within 0.007” which means your bike will be very, very straight.
- Our bead blast finish is applied with the care of a fine painter, with strict attention to detail.
- Next your choice of color outlined decal or our beautifully subtle etched finish is applied.
- Each step of the process is monitored for quality control by an expert set of eyes. Everyone involved in the process of building your bike has the responsibility to check it over and hold it back if something is not perfect.
Build it. Ride it.
- At Moots we take the approach of riding to develop new products or improvements toexisting ones. We love to ride. When you visit the Moots facility you might notice an awful lot of us vacate the building at lunch to go ride what we build. In a lot of ways it’s a company policy.
- By riding our products and constantly striving for excellence you are guaranteed the best possible experience every ride.
- Our motto is “Build it Ride it”. We live this; prototypes are ridden and raced on the trails, inside the tape and on the roads every month of the year by the very staff that makes your Moots.