2020 Moots Routt RSL
One thing all cyclists can agree on is that riding in heavy traffic sucks. It’s dangerous, loud and stressful. That’s one reason so many of us have glommed onto this whole gravel grinding movement. The Moots Routt RSL is the perfect performance-oriented gravel bike for anyone looking to escape the cares of road riding and take gravel grinds to the next level.
The Routt RSL has been the gold standard for gravel oriented bikes since it was introduced. But the designers at Moots found little places to tweak it that have made a great bike even better, especially for anyone keen on trying to tackle the new 350 mile option at the Dirty Kanza. For one thing, the RSL will now have clearance for 40mm tires. That will open up the possibilities in terms of tire choice, so that you can really balloon out for durability and comfort’s sake, or you can keep the tires a little narrower for those muddy days where clearance will be essential. But it’s the geometry that makes this Routt an RSL racer since the aggressive design will help put you in position to get as low and aero as you like. And there is no denying that keeping as much out of the wind can make or break your chances of stepping on the podium after 100 or 200 miles of gravel racing.
Of course, we have no intention of scaring you away from this bike with all this talk of 200 mile days out in the wilderness. The beautiful thing about the Routt RSL is that it really is a bike for all types of roads, and even if you don’t have any intention of ever turning a pedal in anger, you will get the full benefit of the RSL’s design. Do you live in an area that has pretty bad road surfaces and are tired of getting bounced around on your skinnies? This is the type of bike that you can still ride like a road bike, but one that will be much more forgiving over rough and broken roads. Or do you see yourself getting away from the crowds and taking on some rocky double track? This will be the bike for that as well. And everything in between.
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, but that doesn’t mean that the smaller frames will be wigglier. And the classic 68mm English threaded bottom bracket will fit most any crank size and give you that smooth pedal feel without a squeak so that your hours on the trails won’t be marred by interminable press fit BB noises. 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, so you will certainly be able to find the right fit for your needs. And as with all Moots, there are options for customizing the titanium finish as well as the decals. You can plan to build this frame up to the hilt since it can take electric groupsets with internal cable routing.
The Moots Routt RSL can be whatever you need out of a bike: it has the versatility to be your road warrior or off-road savior. It will help even the most devoted roadie to fall in love with gravel.
Rear Stay: Titanium
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 44mm
Bottom Bracket Type: 68mm | English 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: 40mm
Brake Type: Disc, flat 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 |
Etched: Etches the logos onto the frame where decals would be used
Brushed: Moots downtube, model name and seat tube gator in a subtle BRUSHED texture paired with our satin bead blast finish.
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.
Birch: A combination of brushing, bead blast, etching and anodizing that all add up to a striking design with subtle variations in texture.
Skyline: The top tube graphic samples the Skyline to our west and features outlines of Elk Mountain, Hahns Peak and others. The downtube logo is deep blue.
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. You can choose Polished as shown, or your favorite color from our anodized base colors, to make your Moots just the way you want it.
Anodized Logos: This finish option anodizes our standard Moots logos in the same locations of our decals. Customize the look of your Moots in six different colors.