2015 NAHBS: Moots Custom Design All-Road

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!

  • Tyler Morin

    Holy smokes is this bike sexy. That titanium with the touch of green is such a great combo. If I had the funds I would own a moots no doubt about it.

  • Erik B

    Huh. This is basically what I’m going to have Saila build for me. Been dreaming about it for ages.

  • Robert Franklin

    Other than the prototype fork, what differentiates this from a ROUTT or ROUTT 45? I’m interested in how the geometry was tweaked (if it was).

    • Jon Cariveau

      Robert, this is basically a custom ROUTT. To start with we built around the 383mm axle to crown length of the fork vs. the 395mm of the stock model. This kept the front end lower and puts the rider in a more agresive position. We also used a shorter head tube vs. a stock ROUTT in the comparable size. Next we increased the bb drop from the stock ROUTT to lower the center of gravity to add stability. Chain stay length is simialar to the 42.3 we use on the ROUTT, this bike featured a newer bend in the chain stay that we played with while designing. Head tube angle was about 72.5, with a seat tube of 73.

      • Robert Franklin

        Thanks; that was an interesting & helpful reply.

  • recurrecur

    Beautiful bike, but I’m personally getting tired of all these carbon forks. Whether the frame is steel, aluminum, titanium, or even bamboo, there’s invariably one of these ENVE forks on it.

    People are going to all sorts of trouble to make new and interesting frames out of all kinds of materials, why are there no other options for forks?

    • Only a few builders make titanium forks. Drew from Engin is one of them. I don’t think I’d want to ride a titanium fork, personally. Out of the 19 bikes I’ve posted so far, 10 have had carbon forks. That’s not a bad margin, IMO…

      • recurrecur

        I’ve heard is Ti is really flexible as a fork material, though I have no personal experience, but I guess I’m wondering why you never see a high end steel fork on a Ti frame. 853, 953, Columbus, etc…

        I didn’t mean my comment as a criticism of your coverage, plenty of steel here!

        • btdubs

          Putting a steel fork on a Ti frame to me is just weird… kind of like making a roast beef and tuna fish sandwich.

      • Schmeebs

        For the record, drew’s ti forks are mostly for other builders.

  • Nicholas Erickson

    Full front fender but no rear fender?

  • Shef Cranston

    what type of brake discs are those? Anyone know who makes them?

    • Jon Cariveau

      The rotors are KCNC from Fairwheel Bikes, Tucson, AZ. The rest is Shimano.

  • MOOTS bikes are timeless. It’s weird that this was posted today. I received a phone call thanking me for some service work I did on a Moots I built some 13 years ago at this point (was in the shop last week). It was my “build this bike and don’t screw it up” part of learning how to wrench on bikes. Unfortunately that shop/.com is no longer around but the good ol’ days I remember quite a few Moots coming through the doors of that old schoolhouse turned bike shop.

  • Keith Adams

    Absolutely love this bike. But I just cannot bring myself to like the design of the Dura-Ace cranks.

    • Paul

      are you mad? those things are art!

    • Schmeebs

      What you meant to say is that you don’t like the way they “look”. The Dura-Ace 9000 cranks are regarded as one of the most beautifully designed components ever. The technology and manufacturing used in the fabrication of the big ring and crank arms is astounding, and has data to prove its worth in terms of “design”.

    • Schmeebs

      As John said, this bike looks capable, but also confident. Shimano drivetrains, at least since the 80’s, have arguably been the most consistently confidence inspiring components out there (SRAM may take the crown in the MTB market lately). Look past the form and find beauty in the function. It’s 2015, the world doesn’t have time for people who support aesthetic innovation of functional innovation. If you’re looking at bikes of this price point and caliber primarily as a fashion accessory, you should probably just get a used corvette.

  • Bradley Tompkins

    Damn…..lottery ticket purchased

  • Carson

    The fender is beautiful. Does it come on and off easily, or is it meant to stay put?

  • btdubs

    Every time someone says “gravel bike” a mountain gazelle dies. I’m all for the “All-Road” genre.

    Not so sure how I feel about this 12mm axle weirdness (why not just go 15mm front 142×12 in the rear?, but thru-axles are definitely a good thing!