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