A True Trail Ute: Moots’ 2013 NAHBS IMBA Workbike

If this bike were made for the 2018 NAHBS, it probably would have had a Shimano Steps system. A lot has changed since 2013, yet a lot is still the same. Trail builders need help accessing trail and over the years, I’ve taken a real liking to documenting trail working rigs, some as simple as mountain bikes with a BOB trailer, others built with custom racks to carry chainsaws and e-assist.

Moots made this bike in 2013 for NAHBS, alongside IMBA. It was at the height of the 29+ fad, so naturally, that’s what the bike sits on. It’s a true deep custom bike, with racks designed to carry trail tools like a collapsible shovel, and a geometry tuned for the extra weight but boy will you have to work for it! Even pedaling up to this little knoll above the Moots factory, I was short of breath. It’s easy to see how e-assist is a big helper in trail access!

Still, this bike has seen plenty of work days in and around Steamboat Springs and to this day, it stands as one of my favorite Moots to leave their facilities! I hope you enjoy!


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  • Chris Valente

    “The two ute’s.” – Joe Pesci running a trail crew. (if the apocalypse comes i want that thing)

    • Tim Guarente

      I just saw that again a little while ago on a transatlantic flight. So good.

  • 29+ is not a fad. Folding shovels are like hybrid bikes. Check out Warlord Tallbeast Battle Axe’s.

    • I was just referring to that specific time in the cycling industry where 29+ bikes were in everyone’s catalog. Now, not so much. Fad isn’t a negative thing, it’s just a remark on availability. Those Battle Axes are awesome, like a beefier McCloud! This bike is high concept, so the folder makes sense. Plus they’ve been using this bike for trail work days and the folder has been fine.

      • Would you believe I managed to break my Battle Axe at the pick end. Gonz welded on another plate and now it’s truly indestructible. I think McCleod is also known as a Rakho. Great to see people that are passionate about creating playgrounds for future generations to enjoy.

  • Too. Cool. Motivation to dust off my Yuba Mundo and put it to use again. What should I carry now the kids are too big for the back?

  • Tranquillo

    Stihl now makes 4 li-ion battery powered chainsaws that work astonishingly well. Battery life is surprisingly long. No idling, fast cutting (thin chain, aggressive teeth), easy to sharpen. Quiet, no fumes. Great for trail maintenance and other sporadic operation. Carry batteries instead of gas.

  • Jason Rides Bikes

    Lose or minimize the racks a bit and this would be an amazing daily commuter/townie bike too. Sweet. I want.