Welcome to the Moots Gallery, a showcase of owner bikes, special builds, and epic days. We are only present in the life of your Moots for a very short time. We want to see where your Moots takes you. Share your Moots photos, videos, stories and adventures. We build it, you ride it, now share it. #moots.
Off Road Magic
By Paul Silvestri from Baltimore, Maryland
My new Mooto X-YBB rides buttery smooth, climbs steady & true, eats up technical single track for dessert and w/out a doubt, provides me w/a blast of fun and excitement every time I ride. This bike is such a pleasure to ride, I may never touch my road bike again!
Red Clay Scars
By Jason Patrie from Columbia, Missouri
We all need to be reminded from time to time what is important. That may be the people around you, the values you hold, or what we choose to pursue. As cyclists we obsess over grams, gear, body image, time, and any other metric of performance or vanity. We can lose sight of what is important and why we choose to engage in the most glorious of sports.
This image is of my Moots Routt 45, but the the gear, and specs didn’t matter at this moment. This picture was taken deep into this year’s Land Run 100 in Stillwater OK. The race winners had crossed the line several hours prior and I still had 20 miles to go. Time no longer mattered. What did matter was that I chose to enjoy the experience and reflect on the companionship, culture, and pursuit of achievement that is ingrained in our sport. I had two goals while I waited for Bobby to fire the cannon that morning. 1.) Finish 2.) Enjoy the ride. It is easy to focus on the first, but forget the second. This picture captures both of those in a single frame. The red Oklahoma clay that covers the bike is a scar that speaks to the achievement of the event. I was there, I earned that mud. The bike has been washed, polished, and lubed but the mud, like a scar, just doesn’t go away. The red hue inside a bolt head, or worked into the bar tape, is an earned reminder, an earned scar, of that day. The beer, of course, speaks to that second goal. Finishing time was not a goal, and taking time to sit and enjoy the company of others with a finely crafted brew proved to be the more important for my enjoyment of the experience.
This was my story, and maybe yours is different. Maybe that extra position up the finisher list is what is important. Maybe the joy of a Twinkie, or coffee, or simply sitting by a river mid-ride is what is actually important. But make sure you take stock and remind yourself from time to time of those important things. Always enjoy the ride.
By Jake Marple from Edmond, Ok
My interest in cycling died when I was in middle school. I outgrew it. Then, I was a SAG for the Land Run 100 in Stillwater in 2017. My interest was renewed as I picked up dozens of those poor miserable souls. I’ve finished the LR100 in 2018 and 2019 while dropping 40lbs along the way. I bring my Routt45 with me when I travel to work. I get the opportunity to ride some amazing gravel roads when traveling for work (Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma). Hopefully my luck in the DK200 lottery changes for next year. That’s my next adventure/goal with this bike.
A Vamoots for the Aged
By Peter Stastny from McHenry, IL
The older I get, the steeper the hills seem to get. Lucky for me, Bob Olsen at Wheel Werks in Crystal Lake, IL found a way to retrofit the original-build Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset on my 2016 Vamoots DR with an 11-32 cassette by using the CeramicSpeed Oversized Pulley Wheel System. Looking forward to many more years in the saddle on this beauty.
By Michael White from Boston, Massachusetts
I’ve been obsessed with bikes since childhood, and after visiting Moots in Steamboat I knew that someday I would design my dream bike. Unfortunately. needing a major surgery and waking, not knowing if I would be able to walk or ride again I became motivated to recover so I could design a Moots. Through the most thoughtful and friendly bike shop (Fit Werx 2, Peabody MA) I designed down to the smallest detail my idea of a bike I could only dream of. Well, I recovered physically and made it to see my Moots arrive!
Moots YBB rebuild
By Albert Cornejo from Ashburn, Va
I’ve always wanted a Moots but just chalked it up to being too expensive for me. Until one day I walked into a local bike shop & found and old YBB (frame only) hanging from the ceiling. I saw it there for almost a year and wondered if it was just wall art or for sale, I had just recently sold 2 full suspension builds and had some money in pocket so I asked if the Moots was for sale. Just my luck! it was so I bought it, I love to buy frames and build them up and sell them…..this bike is staying in my private stash
Moots in Panama
By Alfredo from Panama, Panama
Greetings from sunny Panama! Love my Moots! One of a kind bike and one of a kind ride. Have yet to see another Moots in Panama, so it’s a special feeling to represent this beautiful hand crafted bike.
A short love letter to Moots
By Jay Butler from Carson City, NV
I am 46 years old and have been cycling since I was a young boy. I raced on the Boston University cycling club and, although not a very competitive cyclist (in all honesty), I have always loved the sport and enjoyed riding my bike. There’s nothing better than flying through the crisp air and feeling the sun on your face as you pass through the trees while the scenery changes from one rolling hill to the next.
I have had the pleasure of owning some of the finest bikes money can buy from Merlin, Seven, Eddy Merckx, Trek, Cannondale and BMC, etc. Throughout my various experimentations with aluminum and carbon fiber frames, the compliance and resilience of titanium has always won my affection. If you are considering dropping the “bling” to purchase a Moots titanium frame, please take it from a veteran amateur cyclist, “This is the best (last) bike you will ever want to own.”
Again, thank you Moots for putting all your time, energy and sweet equity into a product which brings cyclists so much joy!
Sincerely, Jay Butler
Built to last
By Jim Closmann from Seattle, Washington
Today as I biked along past the Boeing factory and museum I couldn’t help but marvel at the similarities between American made B-52’s that are still flying at over 50 years old and my Moots that will likely last that long. Love the smooth vibration dampening ride and tight handling characteristics of my slightly custom Vamoots CR with s/s couplers. Great set up work by Big Swingin’ Cycles in SF. Hope my body will hold up as long as these two beasts!
The GrassMoots Team is comprised of a diverse collection of cyclists who live in various communities across the country that share personal values similar to our Moots values. All are well connected and committed to their respective local cycling communities, participate in local cycling advocacy and volunteer programs, are not purely obsessed with podium finishes yet love to participate in local, regional and/or national races and who share a common bond of wanting to spread their love of cycling with others. Some of them are road cyclists, some are mountain bikers and some are Cyclocross specialists and many are a combination of all of them. Their backgrounds and professions are many, but most importantly we feel all of them are great people and great ambassadors for cycling and Moots.
We feel fortunate to have them as part of the Moots family. Keep an eye out for them in your local cycling communities. All are very approachable, psyched on cycling and Moots and will be happy to share with you their insights of Moots and direct you to the local Authorized Moots Dealers to learn more about all of our bikes and components. GrassMoots Blog: To follow their cycling lifestyles, stay close to our GrassMoots Blog. There you’ll find ongoing updates of their recent riding, racing, volunteering and general life adventures. And, enjoy the GrassMoots Team gallery which will be a growing collection of team member profiles and pictures of them riding and racing in their various parts of the country.
2018 Grassmoots Team
Mooto X YBB, Farwell, Routt 45
When not riding:
Working or spending time at home with my wife, our daughter Brittyn, and our son, Griffin.
“Simple, Reliable & Timeless. I’ve always had an affinity for Moots dating back to when I lived and went to school at Western State in Gunnison.”
Local Moots Dealer:
The Path Bike Shop
Routt RSL, Mooto X RSL & Vamoots CR
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
2018 “Main Event” –A first time go at The Dirty Kanza 200. Done and dusted. Kelly
When not riding:
Watching youth sports, office managing Backcountry Delicatessen, and managing two daughters
“The best bikes!”
Local Moots Dealer:
Orange Peel Bicycle Service
MX YBB, Routt RSL, Psychlo X, YBB, MX Divide, Frosthammer
When not riding:
Hanging with my two boys, cooking food for friends, skiing powder, and looking for hot water to sit in.
“As a Colorado native, I find that supporting “close to home businesses” is critical to sustaining the stay, play, and work lifestyle. The craftsmanship is beyond art and the ride is beyond bliss.”
Local Moots Dealer:
Aloha Mountain Cyclery
Residence: Bend, OR
About: I love the outdoors and traveling to places on foot or bike where it’s otherwise impossible to get to. I love sleeping under the stars and waking up with the sun. My bike lets me go and see places I never knew existed. I hope everyone gets the same chance to explore and find their happy.
First woman ever to finish the Triple Crown of Bikepacking Challenge (Arizona Trail Race 750, Tour Divide, and Colorado Trail Race in one season) in 2015
Tour Divide (2014, 2780 miles, first in women)
Smoke n Fire (2014, 420 miles, first in women)
Trans North California (2014, 400 miles, second overall)
Arizona Trail Race (2015, 780 miles, first in women & current women’s record)
Tour Divide (2015, won overall singlespeed)
Colorado Trail Race (2015, 550 miles)
Stagecoach (2016, 400 miles, first in women)
Dixie 200 (2016, 200 miles, first in women)
California Sierra Trail Race (2016; 430 miles)
Bones to Blue (2017, 345 miles)
Arizona Trail Race (2018: first in women)
Favorite meal: It’s a tie between Chicken Tikka Masala and Kohlrabi Sauce with Hotdogs
Hobbies: Trail running, hiking, camping, lettering/calligraphy
Useless talent: I can whistle with a blade of grass
What Moots means to me: When racing or simply exploring the outdoors, I know I can count on my bike. It’s very solid, and yet it feels so comfortable to ride for even 18 hours straight. It’s simply an amazing machine.
Moots frame: MootoX
–Residence: San Jose, California
– About: From Madison Wisconsin, B.S in Exercise Physiology, and am the Sales Manager at Bicycle Outfitter in Los Altos California. Competed in the sport of rowing from high school through college until I broke my back in several places. When I could no longer compete in rowing I began cycling and have never looked back.
–Nickname?: Schup (shoop)
–Favorite meal?: Mothers beef stroganoff
–Hobbies/what you are doing when you are not riding your bike?: Working, spending time with my wife / family, and thinking about riding bikes.
–What is the most useless talent you have?: Super strength large toes ~ Grapple large size tennis ball and throwing it considerable distance across a room or park.
–What MOOTS means to you?: Consistency, reliability, and a lifetime of experiences. My Moots represents a commitment to always be working towards my next adventure and/or challenge. I use my Moots to ride to work every day and race ultra endurance gravel races. It has always and will always be right there with me. Over the years I have and am sure to rebuild my moots many times over but no matter how I build it up it will always be my Moots and always represent consistency, reliability, and a lifetime of experiences.
–Jake rides: Moots Baxter
• Residence: Lebanon, TN (Nashville Metropolitan Area)
• About: Occupation: Airbus A320 Series Captain, American Airlines. Married to Sonya, the most patient soul I’ve ever met. We have 2 children, Jeff, (19) and Catherine, (15 going on 25).
• Nickname? There are a few people that still refer to me as Mel, but I answer to anything.
• Favorite meal? Anything that pairs with palate wrecking, West Coast style Imperial IPA.
• Hobbies/what you are doing when you are not riding your bike? I still play with model trains, and have a 1/8th scale steam locomotive. I also have a soft spot for tube powered stereo equipment. Otherwise, I’m probably looking for my car keys.
• What is the most useless talent you have? My talent isn’t useless, just unappreciated. I’m waiting for the right night at a trivia contest when the final round is Springsteen lyrics, but until then, my greatness lies dormant.
• What moots means to you? In 2014, I was tired of my 2 year old carbon frame, and my good friend at the bike shop had finally talked me into buying a Moots. My old bike was a great, I still have it, and it was last ridden on December 21, 2014. The following day I took delivery of my Vamoots RSL, and I’ve ridden nothing but it and my Routt RSL (2017) since.
There’s much more to Moots’ concept of Lifetime Durability than frame longevity, though it definitely has that. I look at it from this perspective, of all the bikes I’ve owned over the years, nothing rides like a Moots, and nothing makes me want to ride like my Moots do. I intend to ride these bikes forever; they are classically beautiful, extremely tough, exceptionally well made, and have a ride quality unmatched by anything I’ve ever ridden. Having been to the factory, ridden with several Moots employees, and been made welcome by everyone there, I feel more like an extended family member than simply a customer. I’m impressed by the company, its employees, the manufacturing process, and the end result, a fantastic bicycle.
• Moots frames in your fleet: Vamoots RSL and Routt RSL
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