Mid South 2022: Silver Delight – The Moots Routt ESC Neo Retro Build

We already looked at Moots’ new adventure platform, the Routt ESC a while back, in a photo review and as a Beautiful Builds video, but having never seen the Neo-Retro build spec in person, I had to take the build Moots brought to Mid South outside of District Bicycles for some photos. This build kit looks amazing, with mostly silver parts, a bead-blasted ti Moots stem/seatpost, and yeah, that’s a barcon shifter. Let’s check it out below.

Like its modern, carbon, wireless sibling, the Neo Retro build spec features dirt drops. These are Velo Orange Dajia Far Bars. It also has a titanium stem, made in house by Moots, titanium headset spacers, TRP RRL SR levers, and a White Industries headset.

The Deore XT rear mech is shifted by the barcon and the polished White Industries cranks really complete the Neo Retro look of this build kit. For hoops, Moots chose polished Velocity Cliffhanger rims and White Industries hubs.

Polished Paul Klampers, a polished Moots seat collar, and that beautiful Bearclaw Bicycle Co titanium fork round out the bling.

Now, at $10,484, the Neo Retro build spec does shave a little bit of money off the bottom line when compared to the SRAM AXS kit with its $12,719 pricetag but let’s be honest, you’re not buying this bike to save money. It might not be an accessible build but damn, that’s a good-looking bike. That’s something we can all appreciate.

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