Moots’ Colorado-crafted titanium family of gravel bikes gets a wide tire, wide-range gearing update for 2021, with completely revamped Routt RSL, Routt YBB, and a Routt 45 that maybe needs to get renamed the Routt 50? Moots calls it a more trail-capable gravel bike family. But it looks to me like the natural evolution of versatile bikes for everything from bikepacking fire roads to sneaking in some singletrack on your gravel rides…

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates

The Moots Routt family takes advantage of the smooth ride of their US-made titanium frames to tame all sorts of gravel roads. Now with bigger tire frame clearance, the same short rear centers, and slacker front ends, the Routts are more off-road ready than ever, building on what Moots has been building in ti hardtail XC mountain bikes for decades. With complete bikes builds featuring wide SRAM AXS Wide & Shimano GRX groups, wider gearing will take your ti gravel riders ever further afield.

2021 Moots Routt 45 ti gravel bike

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel

The Routt 45 (or should we call it the Routt 50 now?) is the Moots gravel workhorse. The seamless US 3/2.5 titanium gravel bike gets bumped up to 700c x 50mm tire clearance, while keeping the same shortened 437mm long chainstays. At the same time, this versatile ti bike is able to run gravel double chainring setups with up to a 42T big ring thanks to the subtle chainstay shaping updates.

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel geometry

This updated Routt gets geometry tweaks too, with new slacker 70.25-71° head angles (0.5-1.5° slacker, depending on size) for more stable handling over loose surfaces at speed. It also adds ever so slightly longer front centers – again for a more stable ride, but also for much needed toe clearance on smaller frames, especially when maxing out with large volume gravel tires. With 3-4mm longer frame Reach across all sizes, Moots also brings one size shorter stems to actually bring your bar closer, and with wider bars to improve leverage & control in more technical terrain.

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel

Lastly, all complete bikes get wide-ranging gravel-specific drivetrains that help with better tire clearance and wide gearing to handle steeper climbing without sacrificing top-end cruising speed.

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel

The Routt 45/50 still gets a 44mm headtube for tapered steerer forks, 12mm thru-axles & the 3D printed titanium flat mount disc mount, three standard sets of water bottle bosses, and font & rear full-coverage fender eyelets. It also sticks with the tried & true 68mm threaded bottom bracket, 27.2mm seatpost, seven stock sizes, dozens of finish options, plus the possibility for full geometry & Moots detail customization.

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel

Routt 45 framesets start from $4560 for mechanical groupsets and external routing, or $4885 for electronic groups and internal routing. Complete bikes start from $7500 with GRX and climb to $9215 with SRAM AXS.

2021 Moots Routt RSL ti gravel race bike

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel

Want to go a bit faster, the Routt RSL is still the racier, more all-road fast gravel bet in the family. But like the 45, the RSL gets more tire clearance, now up to 700c x 45mm for the RSL with its even shorter 430mm chainstays.

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel geometry

The internally butted titanium Routt RSL is said to save almost 350g over the standard Routt, while also getting faster-handling geometry – again updated, though. Now the RSL slackens to a 71-72° head angle (0.5-0.75° slacker, depending on size) with minor frame reach updates for more consistent handling across the full 7 size range (50-60cm).

Again, pretty much all of the tech details remain otherwise unchanged, just like they are on the 45.

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel

Routt RSL framesets start from $5560 for mechanical groupsets and external routing, or $5885 for electronic groups and internal routing. Complete bikes start from $8500 with GRX and climb to $10,215 with SRAM AXS.

2021 Moots Routt YBB ti endurance gravel bike

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel

Then lastly is a bigger, badder Routt YBB – delivering classic Moots ‘why be beat’ micro softail rear suspension to smooth out those big gravel hits, now with bigger 50mm tires too. With 20mm of travel in the rear the YBB is about tacking a little more of the edge off of bumpy gravel roads or longer adventure gravel rides.

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel geometry

The YBB gets the same slacker geometry as the updated 45, with slackened head angle and longer front center for improved off-road handling. Just, the Routt YBB leaves out the option for the smallest size, getting six stock sizes (52-60cm).

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel

Routt YBB framesets start from $4710 for mechanical groupsets and external routing, or $5035 for electronic groups and internal routing. Complete bikes start from $7650 with GRX and climb to $9365 with SRAM AXS.

New 2021 Routt Availability

2021 Moots Routt titanium gravel bike family updates, new Routt 45 50 RSL YBB ti gravel

The new wider tire & slacker geometry changes have made their way into all three Routt models by now as rolling updates. That means that all of the Routt 45, Routt RSL & Routt YBB gravel bikes in production in Steamboat Springs, CO get these updates, so you can start to configure your new Routt right away.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve had YBB’s for decades. They’re incredible. They fill a need very well. They’d be less niche if the price wasn’t so high. But if you can afford them, you’ll enjoy them forever.

    • I don’t mind the aesthetics. More importantly, compared to SO MANY other bike companies, Moots rear brake mounts are always completely square to the rotor. No hassles, no surprises.

      • Really the downside to CF as it can’t be faced and trued (could be but it would add grams!!!). All metal bikes can be faced and made completely flat and square.

        But, can someone explain why the 3D dropout-ST intersection isn’t lined up? There is always slight kink.

        • Carbon brake mounts are faced quite easily. It’s solid material, so light cuts are fine to clean up the surface.

          The transition has a kink because the mount isn’t custom per frame. The stay angles change slightly between sizes.

          Prova Cycles has been doing something similar, but each dropout is made to order, so the transition is smooth.

        • I imagine that Moots decided that the cost for buying different 3D printed dropouts for each size in a range of bikes was too expensive. They get said dropouts from Reynolds. 3D printing combo brake mount/dropouts is great technical solution, but it’s unlikely to be a cheap solution.

          Perhaps it would be different if Moots had their own 3D printers.

        • Silly overpriced nonsense. Any number of high quality ti framesets can be had for half or even less than half the price. Ride is no different than any other quality ti frameset.

  2. Still ride my Moots SL compact road frame almost everyday since 2006. It’s the greatest thing ever made! Moots knows what they’re doing. I’d be curious about a Route Rsl with the ybb damper custom if possible, when I won the lottery.

  3. LOVE!!! outstanding workmanship, meticulously crafted, and sublime ride quality.
    Why some of the best bikes on the planet are made in Steamboat Springs, Co, USA.

  4. Except for those granular dropouts, they’re cosmetically pretty, as always. But no option for a dropper post? Stupid omission in 2020.

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