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Tech Gallery: Moots MootoX RSL 29er

Last year the roadie world celebrated Moots’s introduction of the Vamoots RSL road bike. It was the most high-performance road bike ever born into the extensive ti frame quiver from this small, Steamboat Springs, Colorado-based builder. The bike still gives goosebumps to any tarmac aficionado with a yen for the magic metal.

Well, now the dirt deviants have something to cheer. At the recently concluded Interbike, Moots showed off the new MootoX RSL 29er hardtail. It’s built with the same attention to detail and handmade craftsmanship as the Vamoots RSL, but it’s obviously meant to rip trails rather than asphalt.

The MootoX RSL started with the same philosophy as that originally applied to the Vamoots RSL – build the highest performing race bike possible without eroding the Moots quality and durability standards. It starts with the highest grade of seamless 3/2.5 titanium tubing available in the U.S., internally butted to save weight. The head tube is oversized to accept a zero-stack 1-1/8-inch headset. The down tube curves at the head tube junction to add fork crown clearance.

Farther down, a BB30 bottom bracket shell allows Moots more weld surface area for the chain stay/seat tube/ down tube junction. Plus, BB30 cranks tend to be lighter, a feature that MootoX RSL buyers will certainly appreciate. Also improving the strength to weight ratio of the frame is a pair of slender, formed 6/4 titanium seat stays, similar to those employed on the Vamoots RSL road bike. The chainstays are extensively shaped as well to boost tire clearance and keep the wheelbase short.

The whole package is welded together with Moots-tuned geometry for racing and aggressive riding. Each bike size gets its own subtly varied geometry for optimal performance in each of five stock sizes.

The new bike will be available in spring 2011, so get in line because it looks like a hot one.

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