2018 Moots Routt
If you were to talk to anyone at Moots about the gravel revolution of the past couple seasons, they would probably wonder what you are smoking. Gravel has always been a part of their riding lives and basic to the design of nearly all their bikes. The Moots Routt is a prime example. Though at first glance it looks pretty much like your usual endurance oriented road bike, but it can do and be so much more.
With the advent, even the ubiquity of flat mount disc brakes on road frames, designers and riders alike have all been able to get more adventurous on their rides since the issues with tire clearance have been exploded. The Routt can offer up to 38mm tire clearance even though Moots says this frame’s antecedents can be found in their Psychlo X cross racing bike. And there’s your hint. This is an endurance bike that is ready to get down and dirty on gravel trails.
Frankly Moots understands that we’re all not as lucky as them in having limitless access to almost endless numbers of gravel trails. So we’ll likely be spending a fair amount of time on the paved roads, even if it’s only having to thread our way through traffic to get out of the city. If you actually quite like your road rides, but want to avoid traffic occasionally taking a gravel option, then you can easily wrap your wheels in 25 or 28mm tires to enjoy your road rides while still giving yourself enough tire for the odd gravel section. But if you know you are going to spend the majority of your time in the woods and on the dirt, then by all means beef it up to 38mm and have at it. Mud, chunky gravel, sand, smooth fire roads, this bike can eat it all up.
Needless to say, Moots has designed the Routt to be very durable, able to withstand the rougher stuff, but without sacrificing the sort of weight that will make it fun to tackle road climbs as well. They have lowered the bottom bracket relative to where it is on the Psychlo X to offer that extra level of stability, which will be much appreciated on those loose gravel descents. There are seven stock sizes, but as with all Moots bike, the Routt 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 over tight trails while still feeling stable on the climbs. Each frame size has also been given size-specific tubes with things like tube thickness and shapes being strategically guided by how big the frame is. Smaller frames don’t need the same tube thickness as the larger frames, so you can save weight without losing performance.
And if you are more interested in turning this bike into a companion for multiday bikepacking adventures, you will have the option to add on an addition 1cm for the head tube length, as well as fender mounts, rack eyelets, and a third water-bottle mount. Internal brake routing is another extra you could plum for, as are S&S couplers if you have any ideas of traveling frequently with the Routt on an airplane or European bullet trains (where bike-sized cases are often not allowed).
As much as we all like to have as many bikes as our houses and garages can hold, the Moots Routt can be that one bike you own that will be able to do just about anything this side of enduro. A great way to save space without sacrificing your ride options.
Rear Stay: Titanium
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 44mm
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8“ - 1 1/2”
Bottom Bracket Type: 68mm | English threaded
Cable Routing: External mechanical, internal electric
Front Derailleur Mount: 34.9mm
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Max Tire Clearance: 35mm
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 |