2017 Moots Routt RSL gravel road race bike

The all-new Moots Routt RSL takes their somewhat more casual Routt 45 gravel bike and gives it a racier geometry and lighter frame. This slots it in between the Baxter monster cross bike that launched just a couple weeks ago and the updated Psychlo-X cyclocross bikes.

The RSL version becomes the fourth category to get the race design. This one gets a longer top tube and shorter head tube than the Routt 45. It also gets butted tubes versus straight gauge to come in about 3/4lb lighter frame than. Claimed weight is 3.0 pounds for the frame…

2017 Moots Routt RSL gravel road race bike

2017 Moots Routt RSL gravel road race bike

It uses their 3D printed dropouts and shortens the chainstay length to 423mm, down from 45’s 450mm, to give it a snappier ride.

2017 Moots Routt RSL gravel road race bike

The frame has 38mm tire clearance, down from 45mm, but the new fork will clear a 45mm tire, possibly even 48mm depending on the brand.

2017 Moots Routt RSL gravel road race bike

The new full carbon cyclocross fork is coming in about 60 days. This is prototype #1, but the spec is finalized at 395mm axle to crown with a 47mm rake. It’ll use flat mount brakes and has hidden fender mounts recessed into the dropout and crown. It’s a one-piece unit with a 1.5″ tapered steerer tube.

2017 Moots Routt RSL gravel road race bike

2017 Moots Routt RSL gravel road race bike

The Routt RSL is aimed at the gravel racer. Retail is $5,220 for the fuselage (frame, fork and headset), or about $12,500 as shown with SRAM Red eTap Hydro, ENVE AR wheels and Moots stem and post. Frame is available for pre-order nownow, fork will be ready in about 60 days, or about the time the frames would be start shipping. Fender mounts will eventually come to the back, they’re working on new printed dropouts that’ll have it flush with the dropout. But expect early versions to come as shown.

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9 comments

  1. Eyal on

    I can’t believe Moots put out this kind of chainstays on the market. They look like amateur welds. Why not create disc chainstays & seatstays that are seamless like Seven, Firefly and No22!

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    • Pete on

      I can’t believe this is their 6th different gravel/cross frame that still fits a niche rather than a building a jack-of-all trades. The standard Routt is the closest so far, but its advertised tire width is 35mm, paired with an ENVE fork that has 48mm clearance.

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    • couchkicker on

      MOOTS- You should have listened to the dissenting voices when you work shopped that idea! Those 3D printed dropouts look like s@#%. What’s with the different diameter tubing and the curved section welded to straight seat stays? I know that it’s to make it work with different size frames, but it ruins the lines.

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      • Dinger on

        Interesting to see the 3D printed dropouts turn out that way. I would have thought the benefit of that tech to be size-specific parts since it’s essentially a tool-free process. The programming cost must be very high, which calls into the question of the tech’s value in the 1st place.

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  2. James Kennedy on

    Have to agree re. the dropouts. Have had custom frames that use one size fits all dropouts, e.g. from Paragon. And they are always the aesthetic blemish on the frame as they rarely match the angles of the tubes. I’ve always liked that my moots frames have had great lines incl where the tubes join the breezer style dropouts. The 3D printed dropouts are a great idea but the implementation is crap. After all, if they are 3D printed then the whole economies of scale idea sort of goes out the window as they can be printed to suit individual frame geometries as required.

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  3. myke2241 on

    Moots simply is no longer competitive. They make nice stuff but so does most ti & custom builders these days. The limits are not being pushed. I hear 3D printed I need to see a frame pushing the limits as well.

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  4. Heffe on

    I believe that you could get a fully custom Kish with sick welds, double-butted tubes, fork and headset for at least a grand less, and the guy has a great sense of humor.

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  5. Dodger Disciple on

    MOOTS! Ignore the haters. I think this bike works and I don’t give a darn about whether the dropouts look cool or not (although I think they look badass). All you haters in the comments above…shut up and just ride your bike! MOOTS has been doing unbelievable titanium longer the most and they ride great…period.

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