You need to have a race bike, but should it be an aero bike or a climbing bike? Why not get both! Ofcourse, you need a ‘cross bike, which is different from a gravel bike, and what exactly is an adventure bike? Rain bike? Commuter? Don’t forget an endurance bike!
This is where the term “mixed surface” comes in, and Moots has embraced it with the new Routt. Named for Routt County in Colorado-home to Steamboat Springs, Moots’ HQ, and incredible riding on and offthe pavement-the Routt is intended to be a one-bike quiver. At home on gravel, dirt, long road rides and the ‘cross course, there are few places the Routt cannot go.
To call the Routt a completely new bike it not accurate. The original Psychlo X ‘cross rocket may not be its identical twin, but they share a lot of DNA. This begins with materials, U.S.-made seamless 3/2.5Ti, and construction. We could bend your ear with tales of gorgeous welds and the obsessive attention to detail, but let’s just agree that the Moots head badge says all ofthat already. Both bikes have stout 44mm head tubes for stifffront ends and compatibility with tapered steer tubes, they feature external cables with ‘cross-friendly routing, and they share rear ends-monostay seat stay, 423mm chain stays and 34mm tire clearance.
The differences are subtle and aimed at giving the rider a position and stability that’s intended to keep things rolling when the surface is, well, mixed. The geometry is more traditionally endurance, with a taller head tube and shorter reach putting more weight back in the saddle. The Routt’s bottom-bracket drop is almost a full centimeter lower than the Psychlo X RSL. The Routt also gets a slender 27.2mm seat post for more compliance and a disc-brake option, which is really mandatory for a bike seeking this kind of versatility.
Another nice touch in the name oftrouble-free fun is the threaded bottom bracket. Call us old cranks, but any weight or stiffness gains a press-fit bottom bracket delivers evaporate when it inevitably starts creaking.
Moots only sells frames, so the build is up to you. Our test bike came with mechanical Ultegra, ENVE CX fork, cable-actuated Shimano CX75 calipers, Moots stem and post and DT Swiss R520 wheels-and it tipped the scales at XX pounds for our 58cm. With the Routt’s ability to blaze new trails, we’d opt for the increased stopping performance of hydraulic.
The Routt and its mixed-surface intentions might be a mixed blessing for Moots. If the firm has been truly successful, the casual racer, weekend dirt rider and occasional fondo entrant may have just found a single bike that can happily take care of all their needs for the rest of their lives. With titanium’s longevity and Moots build quality, a Routt rider may never “need” a new bike.