2021 Moots Psychlo X RSL
Let’s be frank: gravel grinding is a different animal compared to cross racing. One is all about pleasure, the other you could be forgiven for thinking is all about pain. Because cross racing hurts, a lot. Burning lungs, burning legs, and that’s just in the first five minutes of the race. But having a nimble yet comfy bike will make you want to push your cross racing limits even further, which is why the Psychlo X RSL will be a great option for anyone who looks forward to the chill in the air that signals the end of the road season and beginning of the cross.
The essence of a cross bike is its combination of quick handling and durability. As with all Moots bike, the Psychlo X RSL has been given size-specific geometry for each one so that you won’t be stuck with too steep or too slack seat angles, and the reach will be just perfect for quick maneuvering in tight courses. The head tube has received a lot of attention too, since it also been specially butted to increase the stiffness without adding on the weight. But they don’t stop there since each bike has also been given size-specific tubes with things like tube thickness and shapes being strategically guided by the size of the frame. Smaller frames don’t need the same tube thickness as the larger frames. That doesn’t mean that the smaller frames will be wigglier. Not at all. Part of the rigidity of the frames across all sizes is thanks to the PF 30 bottom bracket that forms the soul of the Psychlo X RSL and ensures a stiffness in that essential region that guarantees pedaling efficiency and snappy accelerations when you decide to put the power down.
The frame has also been given interesting design touches like a rear triangle that offers tons of tire clearance while an integrated electronic wire tunnel through the chain stay to keep things neat and clean. The flat mount brakes with the 3D printed rear dropout allows for the disc caliper to be tucked inside the rear triangle to continue the clean look and offer that extra bit of protection from damage those times you take a tumble. Available in seven sizes with custom geometry always an option at Moots, the Psychlo X RSL can become the perfect cyclocross racing bike for your autumnal leg breaking exploits.
Rear Stay: Titanium
Fork: Not included
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 44mm
Bottom Bracket Type: 68mm Threaded
Cable Routing: Internal electronic (mechanical optional -$325)
Front Derailleur Mount: 34.9mm
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Max Tire Clearance: 38mm
Brake Type: Disc, post mount
Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
Seatpost Included: No
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 50cm | 52cm | 54cm | 55cm | 56cm | 58cm | 60cm |
Brushed: Moots downtube, model name and seat tube gator in a subtle BRUSHED texture paired with our satin bead blast finish.
Etched: Etches the logos onto the frame where decals would be used
Stanley: The downtube and model name are treated with a vivid gradient. The chainstay is further embellished with a design based on the iconic hotel carpet pattern found in one of our favorite Colorado-set films.
Dots: Our version of classic polka dots, for those seeking low-key eye candy. A mix of brushing, anodizing and bead-blasted anodizing; the color palette will always be the same, but each frame’s final arrangement is slightly unique.
Facet: Inspired by the likes of artists Paul Klee and Bridget Riley – as well as video-game design techniques – this pattern is rendered with bead-blasted anodizing. The colors are easy on the eyes, the branding is tasteful, and this has quickly become a factory favorite.
Panels: The classic, applied in Moots fashion.
Anodized Logos: This finish option anodizes our standard Moots logos. Customize the look of your Moots in six different colors.