2019 Moots Routt 45
There’s no law that says you can’t take your road bike on gravel grinds with your buddies. Modern day 25mm tires work pretty well over rough roads and gravel. Just be prepared to have a sore ass and build in flat-changing time for each ride. But then, if you really want to get the most out of your gravel rides and not climb off feeling numb at your touch-points, then check out the Moots Routt 45. This is a gravel bike that will convince you this is not just a marketing fad, but a ton of fun on two wheels.
So, what’s different about the Moots Routt 45 compared to your road bike? Well, if you have a carbon road bike, it’s likely you don’t know the joys a titanium frame can bring, especially if you are looking at long stretches of rough or unpaved roads. All sorts of carbon bikes make all sorts of comfort claims, but they really cannot compare to a titanium bike lovingly made in the Colorado Rockies, where those guys understand a thing or two about how to smooth-out washer board dirt roads. Alright, it can do dirt, you may say to yourself, but so can a cross bike. So why not just go with a cross bike? That is a question you have to answer for yourself, but it all has to do with the sort of riding you want to do. A race-ready cross bike is going to have slightly different geometry in very important areas, in anticipation of the hour-long sharp sort of racing it will be required to tackle. And oftentimes, cross bikes won’t even have bosses for water bottle cages. With a gravel bike, on the other hand, you are more likely to want to take this baby on long rides; it is really a pure adventure bike built for comfortable high performance. In fact, the 45 in the Routt 45 name refers to the increased 45mm chainstay length that this bike sports, which has been tweaked in relation to the original Routt to add that extra level of road stability. Descending on loose gravel with the Routte 45 will feel more secure and stable, saving you from those wobbly moments where you pee yourself a little.
If you have ventured out riding gravel on your regular road bike, you probably used 25 or at most 28mm tires. And it probably worked okay. Inevitably, though, you must have hit some sections that were just too rugged or sandy or muddy for you to enjoy it. That won’t be a problem at all with the Routt 45 since you can fit anything from 23mm slicks to 45mm knobby tires on this frame, which means you can focus your rubber towards exactly the types of courses you intend to tackle. Do you spend a lot of time on pavement and just want a bit of extra oomph in your tires for those eight or ten miles that will be rough surfaces? Then slap on a pair of 33mms and be ready to roll fast and furious. But will you be aiming to train for the sorts of endless rough trails that you’ll face in a race like the Dirty Kanza, then you can really wrap your wheels in seriously tough rubber. Even if you haven’t considered endurance events in the past, the comfort-oriented geometry will help you feel like tacking on that extra 50 miles to make your day a double century. That’s because Moots has shortened the top tube, increased the length of the head tube and slackened the angle.
Another nice thing about titanium versus carbon is that there is a wide range of customizability available for ti that is just harder to do for carbon. In this case, the Routt 45 does come in seven stock sizes, but custom frames are always an option. The cable routing for mechanical setups is external, but if you are planning on spec’ing this frame with some electric shifting, you can go internal routing for that. There are three mounts for water bottles since you will likely need to keep a big supply of water on hand for those adventure trips, which is also why rack eyelets have also been included for bikepacking trips. The Moots Routt 45 will be your entrée to discovering the joys of endurance and adventure cycling.
Rear Stay: Titanium
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 44mm
Bottom Bracket Type: 68mm | English threaded
Cable Routing: External mechanical, internal electric (+$200)
Front Derailleur Mount: 34.9mm
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Max Tire Clearance: 45mm
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 | 62cm |