Bobby’s Land Run 100 Moots Routt 45
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk
Bobby knows the Gravel roads around Stillwater, when given the opportunity to make his ultimate gravel bike he chose the Moots Routt 45. This isn’t just any Routt though, this one has RSL tubing something that wasn’t an option until NAHBS this year. Other details include laser etched logos, and an engraved head tube. Bobby chose to use a Chris King 40th kit on this bike, to me something about the olive and Ti is just near perfect. The bike is outfitted with some new ENVE AR rims, Moots post, Thomson stem and a tried and true Salsa Cowbell bar. A Shimano Di2 build rounded it out with a custom machined Wolf tooth ring made to fit the new 9100 cranks.
Bobby and the crew at District Bicycles sure do know how to make one nice bike.
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This year at NAHBS, Moots debuted their Chris King collaboration color dubbed emerald. Much like its namesake, this color really pops, like a well-fertilized lawn in suburbia. Moots decided to display this new hue on their Routt RSL, built with Dura Ace.
It’s hard to photograph titanium bikes with this lighting setup, but this bike with those green components made the struggle well worth it.
There are technically two things named Baxter at Moots. The first is a banana-eating Chocolate Labrador and the second, a drop bar 29’r designed to specifically for expedition riding or bikepacking. As you can see, it’s a burly beast with three bottle cages and is made from Moots’ proprietary 3/2.5 Pi Tech titanium. See more specs below and check out more information at Moots.
If you were to ask me what one of the most promising “innovations” the industry has moved towards, with regards to mountain bikes, I’d say the 27.5+ to 29’r compatibility found with boost frames. Keeping up with this new design capability, the Moots Farwell is a trail-ready hardtail able to roll on 27.5+ tires or a 29’r xc bike. All backed with Moots’ lifetime warranty and pristine construction. Head over to Moots for more information, or see full specs below. (more…)
Moots makes lifelong bicycles for people wanting the most precise titanium machines. While many opt for the raw titanium look, or maybe the half-painted “bragger’s triangle” scheme, other clients go completely over the top, looking to a painter to make their bike magic. This Moots client went to Black Magic Paint with a specific theme all mapped out and Rudi being Rudi made it happen…
Over the past few years, bikes designed specifically for backcountry expeditions, or bikepacking trips have flooded the market. Framebuilders have always had an edge on the bigger brands, in terms of design, or nuanced usage and Moots is no exception. Plenty of people have used their YBB and full-fatbike platforms to take on bikepacking trips and races, prompting them to design a bike specifically for these kinds of trips, resulting in the Mountaineer 27.5+” YBB. We took a look at this bike back at Interbike last year and finally, Moots has added it to their online catalog.
Head over to Moots to see more!
Porcelain Rocket’s Moots Fatty with Hunter Fork
Words and photos by Morgan Taylor
Our recent trip through the Rockies to visit Porcelain Rocket’s shop was months in the making. The plan was to start with the shop visit in Calgary and then backtrack for a ride with Kevin Tweed in Banff the following day. I was excited to experience first hand the majestic Canadian Rockies, and to ride with Kevin on his home turf – but we were skunked.
In the days approaching our visit, massive wildfires burning south of the border combined with stagnant weather patterns to send a blanket of smoke over much of southern BC and Alberta. I had imagined shooting Scott’s Moots with a breathtaking Banff backdrop that I knew Kevin could lead us to, but that idea was out the window. Fortunately, Scott’s Moots holds its own. The haze lifted just enough to let an orange sun bring out the depth in the titanium, and we made some magic. (more…)
Looking for a fun 50 mile “all-road” ride in Moots’ backyard? Check out their Ranch Rally. Head over to Moots for details but HURRY, there are only 150 spots!
Moots have been making moves over the past year to redefine some of their lineup. Their Psychlo X got an overhaul and inspired the Routt, which then spawned the Routt 45 and while that might be exactly what you want, or need, they also offer custom designs.
This all-road is one of those custom designs and it features one hell of a build kit. That super tricked out ENVE GRD fork made its first appearance on this bike, as well as those new 12mm thru-axle King hubs (more to come on those). One other detail worth noting is the prototype ENVE seat post, with a double clamp mechanism – a vast improvement over the current design.
Overall, this was my favorite titanium bike at the show because it not only looks capable, it looks confident.
Shouts to Mike Cherney for making every. single. one. of those Moots head badges by hand!
I’m not even going to tell you what GRD stands for, because I’m sure you can guess. The newest prototype fork from ENVE is not what it appears to be. Cross fork? Nope. Road fork? Not really. The GRD is a new axle-to-crown dimension, offering a little more clearance than a road fork, yet not as much as a cross fork, at a rake more friendly for road bikes.
It’s that nuanced, middle ground that enough frame builders have requested from ENVE and after a good amount of internal discussion, they’ve finally responded to their demands. Thru-Axle compatible and an integrated, yet removable fender to keep your downtube, feet and legs clean while you’re tearing through muddy, wet roads.
This particular Moots has a few nifty prototype items on it, which I’ll be covering later next week. Detail oriented readers will spot that thru-axle, disc, Chris King hub though…