Meet the family
We love to meet our customers out riding and enjoying our bikes and components. It creates a feeling of family around the passion we share for cycling. We are riders and people just like you, and each of us has a part in the frame you ride or the stem you love. We invite you to find out a little more about each of us — the Moots factory family.
I grew up in Wisconsin. I’ve been rippin’ around on a bicycle as long as I can remember! I moved to Fort Collins in 2009. Shortly after moving to the Fort, I found my true love for mountain bikes! After 10 years living in the Fort I decided it was time to move closer to a chair lift, which is my second love, slashing snow on a snowboard. I moved for the snow but fell in love with the summers here in the Boat! I’m currently rippin’ a Transition patrol, Kona honzo, S&M Cam Wood jump machine, and a Surly crosscheck town slayer. Soon I’ll have a beautiful Moots in my quiver!
“What working at moots means to me ---
I get to work with an awesome material, finish a rad product, and work with a group of talented people who are passionate on what they do. It's pretty cool! ”
Time at Moots: 9.5 months
Really got into biking in 1994, borrowed my stepdad’s hybrid bike and started mounting biking on it. Picked up a GT Timberline about a year later and haven’t been without a mountain bike since. Started road riding in 2002 after moving to Boulder, Colorado.
Spend the rest of my time camping, snowboarding and paddleboarding with my family.
“Working at Moots and being part of getting quality metal frames in the hands of passionate cyclists is really rewarding. I think refurbishing frames might be my favorite thing at work. It's nice in this age of disposable everything to take an old frame and refresh it for a cyclist that can't wait to get it back on the road or trail.”
Hometown – Born in Lawrence, KS and still a very proud Jayhawk.
Time at Moots – The newest guy.
What draws you to Bikes – The most elegant and efficient machine created by humans.
Favorite post-ride meal – Real Mexican food & beer.
Life changing moment in cycling – Watching the American Flag rise above the velodrome and hearing The National Anthem in Sydney, Australia at the 2000 Olympic Games. Knowing that as a mechanic for the US Olympic Team that I played a small role in that gold medal ride.
“How did you end up in Steamboat? – After 18 months away from the bike business I was pulled back by an irresistible force. Bikes are in my blood and the opportunity to be part of a truly iconic brand and the team at Moots was too much. In short…dream job.”
Frame Finisher…at Moots and in Steamboat Springs for 3 months…originally from Greeley, CO…moved to Steamboat for job at Moots…snowboarder…1st bike was a 16” Magna Extreme equipped with coaster brakes and solid tubes…in the garage you’ll find Graham’s Intense Spider, Giant Revolt, Cult BMX, KHS DJ, Trek Antelope 850, and a Franken Townie…digs the new Pioneer trail on Mt. Werner…also like the Hypodermics-technos trail in Honolulu, HI…admires Randal Okada, assistant manager at The Bike Shop in Kailua, HI…dream cycling trip is to Big Sur, CA…after a ride it’s pizza & beer…when not on a bike, Graham can be found working on his bikes…“My few early memories are on a bicycle. I don’t know how we met but it was meant to be.”
What working at Moots means to Graham:
“It means I get to touch raw titanium and work with people that are passionate about cycling and the product we produce.”
JD (aka Chips)
Parts Program Manager Manager
Parts Program Manager Manager… 4 years at Moots… from Hartsville, TN…learned to run trails next to my Dad’s 2008 Moots Rigormootis…loves any trail near a creek…admires Matty Pronovost and Frida…daydreams about running awesome trails while dad pedals, stopping and swimming in a river, eating some treats, and then sleeping in the car all the way home….”My dad got me started following his bike when I was 10 weeks old. By the time I was 4 months I could run a whole mile with him. By 6 months we were doing 20-30 miles. I absolutely love it! I never cut trail and sometimes I wish Dad could ride faster, especially uphill. I usually have to bark at him to get him to hustle up. Slow humans.”…I like food. Do you have food? Is that why you’re asking me about food? Are you going to give me food? I see you’re eating something, is that food? Can I have that? Please? Can I have that? Please?
Parts Program Manager
Parts Program Manager…4 years in Steamboat Springs and at Moots…current quiver is all Moots: a 2008 Moots Rigormoots Rigid Singlespeed, a 2012 Moots Psychlo-X, and a 2018 Custom 650b Baxter nicknamed “Whaxter”…his Dad got him into cycling ..admires Stanley Wills. Thad refers to him as the Godfather and there’s an annual ride put together to honor, thank, and ride with Stanley back in Tennessee. “He’s everything you could ask for in a cyclist: friendly, inquisitive, tough as nails, loves seeking adventures, always finding great new “roads” and routes, stops and meets people all along the way, and is always smiling no matter how bad the ride gets.”…another cyclist he admires is Scott McConnell, who apparently is just like Stanley, only 30 years younger. “It’s worth getting to pedal with both of them.”..a dream cycling trip to Belgium enjoying cobbles, waffles, cross, and beer is on his to-do list..in the few remaining hours of the day that he isn’t on his bike you can find Thad typically playing in a creek with his four-legged buddy, JD, packrafting, or staring at maps dreaming up adventures…the Ramble Ride from Fort Collins to Steamboat and the 10 days he spent bikepacking around the Scottish Highlands have been the highlight rides of 2018 so far…
What working at Moots means to Thad:
“It means being able to follow one of my passions with people who share that passion. Plus it’s a rich culture of outdoors, adventure, bikes, dogs, exploration, giving back, being good stewards, and trying to enjoy every moment of these way too short and sometimes painful lives we live. It’s a healthy immersion.”
Sales Associate West/Southwest
At Moots since 2011…in Steamboat for 25 winters and counting…grew up in Napa, California…backcountry tele skier…in 1990, Michael married Stephanie,then loaded mountain bikes and camping gear into their Honda Accord and took a six week honeymoon in the Rocky Mountains. While passing through Steamboat, they ended up staying for a week, found jobs, a place to live, took out a steel Moots mountain tandem for a ride, and the rest is as they say history…first bike – Michael has three brothers so they fought over and traded everything, especially bikes…the first bike he called his own was a black Schwinn Stingray, followed by a gold Typhoon…currently in his garage – Moots Rogue YBB, Moots Vamoots CR, and a 1988 Breezer…loves anything singletrack in Steamboat particularly the full MRP…outside of Steamboat it’s Independence Pass…dream cycling trip is a tour of Patagonia…breakfast burrito pre-ride and salty chips with an IPA following…admires John Stamstad…when not riding Michael is listening to music and planning his next ride…speaking of music…Michael loves seeing live music: rock, blues, bluegrass, reggae, jazz, just about anything.
What working at Moots means to Michael:
“The product, and the people behind the product, it’s a passion, and something I can believe in.”
Inside Sales Rep
Jared moved to Steamboat to try a new adventure for a ski season and, like so many others, he couldn’t give up the Steamboat dream and decided to stay.
In his summer break between sixth and seventh grade, Jared realized he was big enough to ride his dad’s old Huffy road bike. He took it out of the garage and his dad helped him put new tires on it. After cleaning up the bike he collected his quarters and rode down to the dollar theater in his home town of Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was all by himself, and only about a half mile from home, but he may as well have been in his own world. From then on he understood the amazing perspective and freedom bicycles offer.
Variety is everything to Jared, and when he is not riding a bicycle he can be found dirt biking, hiking, van camping, or a myriad of other things.
“Jared is mainly a gravel guy but he is not afraid to throw down on the pavement or hit some single track—again variety is where it’s at! ”
Blake loves bikes and cars. After spending several years in our finish department he set off for a ride-about around the western portion of the US. After 4500+ miles on the road, he found himself back in Steamboat and awesomely enough back at Moots. Blake now works in the miter room cutting, shaping and whispering sweet-nothings to the best damn tubing we can find. He’s the jack of all trades and for sure the master of many.
“You can see some amazing things while out riding your bike. Don't forget to look around! ”
• Hometown – Born in Sweetwater, TX, home of the Rattlesnake RoundUp.
• Time at Moots – Still the new guy.
• What draws you to Bikes – Riding is the perfect Zen balance between freedom and suffering.
• Life changing moment on a bike – At ten years old, I tried to impress a girl by jumping my BMX bike off a handicap ramp. Long story short, I ended up with a concussion and a compound fracture. She was not impressed.
• How did you end up in Steamboat? – Followed the smiling alligator.
Danny is our newest Sales Associate, and Steamboat local since 2010 (minus 2 years living in the SF Bay Area, working for Specialized).
Born in Bozeman, MT and grew up in the Pacific Northwest just outside Seattle in Bellevue, WA. He moved to Steamboat to get out of the PacNW rain and see the sun!
In typical Steamboat-transplant fashion he moved to town in the winter and stayed for the summer. He married his lovely wife, Kirsten, at the Columbine Cabins in North Routt County, and has two firecracker daughters, Éloïse and Margaret.
He’s a mountain biker first, but also loves riding road (pavement and dirt), commuting, towing his kids in the trailer, and JRA. Is a Telemark skier (nobody cares…), snowboarder, hiker, traveler, cartographer & geographer, linguist, chef, and of course devoted father and husband.
Has worked in bike shops since high school, and alumnus of Moots dealer Orange Peel Bicycle Service.
Favorite rides in Steamboat are anything in the high country to a spot where there’s a view, Spring Creek & Emerald Mtn. (at night), in-town singletrack, and the Emerald Loop.
Has a 10 year old Newfoundland dog named Magnus
Pre/post ride food: burritos
At Moots since the beginning (1981)…from West Bend, WI…arrived in Steamboat Springs in 1971 while bike touring…recently took up snowboarding (loves the terrain park)…first bicycle was a Moots Mountaineer…has a new one order…rides all over the world…fish or snails before a ride, Honey Stinger gingersnap waffles during, and a muskrat after..when not riding, Mr. Moots enjoys swimming.
What working at Moots means to Mr. Moots:
“Being part of a small business in Northwest Colorado that’s driven by people with a passion to build lifetime bikes for more than three decades is pretty darn cool. And my position is unique, I get to accompany each and every Moots owner on cycling adventures world wide. It’s the best job ever.”
Baxter the Chocolate Lab–2006-2017 R.I.P.
Moral Support, post lunchtime vacuum cleaner, watchdog for the mail lady who brings rather large biscuits
Moral Support, post lunchtime vacuum cleaner, watchdog for the mail lady who brings rather large biscuits…time at Moots 8 years…hometown Evergreen, CO…moved to Steamboat ‘cause he wanted to live the dream too….loves bananas (he’s a freak for bananas) and pretty much anything else…favorite thing to do at Moots – follow Evan around the shop all day step-for-step…after work Baxter looks forward to swimming in the Yampa River.
I was fortunate enough to buy Moots in October, 2015 and am proud to be part of this team. I’ve been a passionate cyclist most of my life and to combine my personal and professional interests is truly exciting. After years in the corporate world, I grew tired of that experience and was looking for something more fulfilling and Moots was a perfect fit. This is an incredibly talented team of cyclists who handcraft these beautiful bikes right here in Steamboat and have a tremendous culture that was just what I was looking for next.
I grew up cycling as a kid and never grew out of it I guess. Years of riding all over the neighborhood for fun with my brother turned into a way of life. I’ve had many bikes and the one I remember most was a Specialized Stumpjumper, my first mountain bike that I purchased in 1990. Believe it or not, the shop actually financed it for me or I’d never have been able to afford that bike. My wife still gives me a hard time about that as I had no money left for evenings out.
I am currently riding a new lineup of Moots bikes to include the Routt 45, Mooto X YBB and the VaMoots RSL. My favorite trail in Steamboat is definitely The Ridge with beautiful views and just a fun downhill. Outside of Steamboat, the epic trail the Womble, in Arkansas is without question my favorite. My dream ride is to tour New Zealand from top to bottom with no time pressures whatsoever – and with my wife, which is why this is likely to remain a dream.
When not on my bike, I’m hanging with my family to include my wife, daughter (Makenna) and son (Nash). I love to read and am always into an interesting book. I got hooked on skiing in my early 30’s and am excited about the winters in Steamboat Springs. Should be able to ski each time I’m there and then get out and ride again when returning home to Little Rock. Oh, and I’m a huge Kid Rock fan!
Head of Finish/ Part time Dog Petter
Brett joined Moots April Fool’s Day of 2015. He moved to Steamboat Springs from Brooklyn, NY but when pressed, will confess to growing up in western Colorado. He refuses to pick a favorite ride. He likes his Rosko off-road bikes, and his Vamoots RSL. He admires Major Taylor, Gino Bartali, Graeme Obree, Bill Cunningham, Le Corbusier, Joan Miro and many others.
What working at Moots means to Brett:
“That’s easy: dream job.”
At Moots 15 years…in Steamboat 20 years this winter…moved to Colorado for college from Cleveland in 1990…came for the snowboarding, was originally a manager for a snowboard shop…loves snowboarding has no idea what skiing is…first bike – a really sparkly blue Schwinn Sting-Ray…currently rides – a commuter with Extracycle, a Moots Vamoots, a purple Dirt Jumper, an NS Soda for riding lift serviced trails, and a Santa Cruz 5010 for everyday mountain biking…favorite local trail ride – Burgess Creek Road to Creekside, back up to Thunderhead base, then up to “Gunsmoke” and down to EZ Rider or Bucking Bronc…thinks the Monarch Crest trail is amazing…wants to ride in the Pacific Northwest someday…burritos the night before a big ride is always a good call…when not on a bike, Caleb is skateboarding like an old man, fly-fishing, playing (or building something) with his son Finneas…he admires Major Taylor…his parents introduced him to cycling with that shiny StingRay. They rode Raleigh touring bikes around Europe before Caleb was born…if Caleb let’s his grow, it’s ridiculously curly.
Working at Moots means to Caleb:
“That I get to go home everyday with a sense of great pride in the work I have done.”
Length of time at Moots 3.5 months…been in Steamboat Springs 8 years…calls Albany NY home…her hubby’s ski coaching job brought her to Steamboat Springs…alpine skier…first bicycle was a red Schwinn with coaster brakes…current bicycles are carbon, but that will change soon…favorite Steamboat trail is Larry’s on Emerald Mountain…also likes the ride road riding in Switzerland around Lake Geneva…Elyse’s dream cycling trip is anything in Europe…she admires Fabian Cancellara (think there’s a Swiss theme going on here?)…when she’s not on her bike, she’s doing Manic Training or ski racing…Elyse is thankful for her college friends who introduced her to cycling.
Machine Dept. supervisor, product development, and QC manager
Worked at Moots and been in Steamboat Springs 15 years…hometown is Iowa City, IA…came to Steamboat for Moots…mostly a tele skier these days, but usually on the fatbike…first bicycle was a red Vista 20”er (heavily modified!)…current bicycles include a Mooto X, a Frosthammer, a Routt, and a couple of old Teesdales…favorite rides – there are too many good ones out there he says – in the Steamboat area – Seedhouse area and the the CDT are always winners…he enjoys riding in the Pacific NW with his Dad on the super fun trails a few miles from his parent’s house. Eric’s Dad is 71 and still rips it up!…dream trip itinerary – he’s had Japan on the radar for a long time and thinks Iceland looks pretty sweet too….Eric admires and looks back to all those old guys back in Iowa City that put up with an “annoying kid” constantly hanging out in the way, asking a million questions, working on his own bikes, etc. – Dennis Malone, Chuck Coyle, Eric, and Andy, Patrick Mulligan, David Eye, Nick Hoeffer, Ed Rushton, Tom Teesdale (RIP!), and Steve McGuire- they all had a major influence on his passion for bikes and making things, and for that Eric is extremely grateful!…no favorite pre or post ride food – he likes all food, period…when he’s not on one of his bikes, you can find Eric hanging with his daughter and wife or working on the house…Eric credits his folks for getting him into cycling, “They bought me a bike and encouraged me to get out of the house!”
What working at Moots means to Eric:
“I like making things. Figuring out how to create things and seeing how psyched people get about what we make....it’s a pretty good feeling to be a part of this.”
Time at Moots 9 years, closing in on almost 16 years in Steamboat Springs…hometown is the Mile High City (aka Denver, CO)…moved to Steamboat to live the dream…alpine and nordic skier…first bike was a Diamondback Sorrento…current bikes – Moots Vamoots RSL, Moots Divide, Intense Tracer 275 Carbon, One Cycles Singlespeed, and Santa Cruz Bullit…fav Steamboat mountain trail – Sunshine, and the Stagecoach loop on the road…enjoys Hartman’s Rocks in Gunnison and Reno-Flag-Bear in Crested Butte and the Copper Triangle. Evan’s dream bike trip would take him mountain biking in the Alps…when not on the bike, you’ll find Evan spending time with his wife and daughter (and Baxter) camping, hiking, skiing, riding, etc.
Frida…too many AKA’s to list
Floor warmer/ bodyguard/ recycle bin cleaner
She’s been at Moots almost 3 years..rescued from somewhere AZ…arrived in Steamboat in a van via Summit County Animal Rescue…loves any container that needs to be cleaned…favorite past time…playing with favorite dog friends…24-hour face kissing rule may be instituted at any time.
Midwest and Rockies sales guy…been at Moots and in Steamboat Springs for a year…lists hometown as Pittsburgh, PA…recently got an AT set up (he says, “…this is one step in becoming a curmudgeon local.”)….came to Steamboat to, “work for the best darn bike company in the world!”…currently has one more bike than he had before…will eat anything in a tortilla before or after a ride.
What working at Moots means to Jeremiah:
“Being part of the Moots community across the country and around the world. And building bicycles with the highest quality and integrity.”
At Moots for 22 years…been in Steamboat Springs for 25 years (the longest he’s ever lived anywhere)…hometown – Earth. Jon traveled as a military kid for a large part of his youth…telemark skier and Nordic dork…came to Steamboat for the pursuit of mountain biking and all things that go along with mountains…not sure what his first bike was – “It had two wheels and I was hooked.”…current bicycles include: Moots MX YBB, Vamoots RSL, Moots Psychlo X RSL X 2, and a Schwinn tandem from the early 70’s…favorite Steamboat Springs rides are a cyclocross tour of town (not on any map) and Emerald Mountain with his kids…way too many favorites outside of the Yampa Valley to list however, Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI is the best CX venue in the US…Dream cycling trip is touring the Netherlands with his family in the summer (oh those canal roads and tulips…)…Jon admires his wife and her ability to multi task and wrangle our family…espresso + oatmeal before a ride, after, a giant burrito…when not on one of his bikes, Jon is thinking about how to get out on a ride…Jon credits his parents for introducing him to cycling – “They taught me how to ride and also took me to BMX races growing up.”
What working at Moots means to Jon:
“Working at Moots means I get to work in the proverbial "candy shop" for bike nerds, which allows me to pursue my passion for riding and racing. It also means that I get to help guide this amazing company and be here as it has grown from a 5-6 person shop to almost 25 characters that only care about building the best.”
Name: Kelsey Hutchinson
position at Moots: welder
time at Moots: 3 months!
from: Omaha, NE
I bought an old Bianchi off of Craigslist before moving to NY, I loved exploring the boroughs in the fresh air instead of being stuck underground with everyone and their grandma. After moving back to Omaha, I started working at a bike shop and became bananas obsessed with all things in the bicycle world. (Thanks Omaha Bicycle Company, SJ & Jim)
I was a fashion journalist, turned graphic design major until I toured a frame builder in Oregon and saw someone welding a frame. I immediately came back to Nebraska, quit graphic design school and enrolled in a community college to get a welding degree. Two years later, I’m working at my dream job. (Eeeeee!!) I also really like Star Wars but, ONLY the original trilogy.
Hobbies: climbing, riding all of the bicycles, and trying to cook.
“What does moots mean to you? The fact that I get to come to work everyday and be a small part of building someone's dream bike is the most satisfying job I've ever had. ”
Started at Moots July 6th 2015…been in Steamboat 5 months…moved to Steamboat for his job at Moots…hometown is Baltimore, MD…telemark skier and snowboarder…current bicycles are a custom steel road and a mountain bike he built himself before his time at Moots. He’s still figuring out what his first Moots will be…needs to ride more Steamboat trails to pick a favorite. However, he’s partial to Morning Gloria on Emerald Mountain…Outside of the Steamboat area Luke names the White Clay Creek/Middle Run in Newark, DE or Patapsco Valley State Park, MD as favorites…after a ride get this man a burrito.
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and I don’t remember any of it, except for riding BMX bikes with my friends. Eventually that turned into a high school job at a local bike shop where I was introduced to “real bikes.” Eventually, the city life made me yearn for something more relaxed, I landed in Steamboat springs where I continued riding bikes with my friends and working in a new bike shop.
Catch me out on the Yampa valleys best roads and trails, or at Storm Peak Brewing Company!
“Although I've only been at Moots for a short time, it really feels like I've found the absolute most welcoming place for a cyclist to be. It doesn't matter where you came from, what you ride, or how you ride it; Moots and Steamboat Springs is it.”
Production and Product Development
Length of time at Moots, “not as long as Butch.”…came to Steamboat for his job at Moots…from Delaware…when asked what type of skier – he’ll tell you he fat bikes…first bike he can really remember is a Torker BMX, around ’89…as a kid, cycling gave Nate the opportunity to get outside and go far…current bicycles, “ I’m told to many.”…favorite Steamboat area ride is Soda Mtn…outside of Steamboat – the trails in Northern Delaware…dream cycling trip – “It would be long in both distance and time. It needs to be warm, I spend too much time riding in the cold. I would like some big hills, but would also like it to be close to a coast line. Hopefully there are lemonade stands along the way, with lots of good food stops scattered about…I’m still looking!”…Nate admires the new generation (youth), he’s impressed with their skill, ability, and enthusiasm, “Cycling has a good future, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”…pre and/or post ride food, “Come on, pizza.”…off the bike you are?, “That doesn’t happen often.”
Since 1981 we’ve designed and built a lot of bikes, pedaled countless miles and welcomed many into the Moots family. Here’s a few milestones we’re proud of:
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
We’ve been handcrafting bicycle frames in the Rocky Mountains since 1981, earning a reputation for the building some of the finest quality titanium road, mountain, cross, and specialty frames on the market.
Moots2545 Copper Ridge Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Who We Support
Aside from building great bikes, we are also passionate about supporting organizations that make a difference in the lives of others. Especially when it comes to cycling. We support numerous non-profit organizations and other businesses in Steamboat Springs and beyond. Here are a few of them.
We try hard to make sure we are operating our business responsibly, in recognition of this the City of Steamboat Springs has awarded Moots with the Gold Certificate for Corporate Stewardship. Day-to-day efforts include:
Moots employees contribute a significant amount of time each year to volunteer for various community support programs and cycling-associated advocacy efforts.
Every Moots employee receives $1 for each day he/she commutes round-trip to the factory. The money is given to the team’s chosen charity at the end of the year.
Employee CO-OP Garden
Corn, carrots, radishes, lettuce – it’s all growing in the Moots factory garden! Harvests are split between those who cultivate the garden through the season.
The Moots factory is outfitted with Solar panels on the roof, providing about 10-14% of our monthly consumption.
We recycle 100% of our part-offs and material waste as well as all paper, plastics and cardboards.
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