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MXC or Moots Cross-Country: All-New Light Titanium Hardtail Race Bike from Steamboat

2024 Moots MXC lightweight cross-country hardtail, US-made titanium in Steamboat Springs. CO
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I feel like it’s been decades since I last saw a new ti Moots XC hardtail, but this MXC means the Colorado bike builder still has cross-country racing on the brain. Their PR team hints it could be prepping for Olympic racing, but Moots also describes the new bike as their “most progressive XC bike yet”. Any way you shake it, this new Moots MXC cross-country hardtail looks quick – whether you plan on racing hot laps on your local singletrack or heading to Paris to hunt for some shiny Gold to play off this matte titanium…

2024 Moots MXC lightweight ti cross-country hardtail

2024 Moots MXC lightweight cross-country hardtail, head badge
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The MXC is the solution to riders looking for a lightweight titanium hardtail designed for buff trails, demanding climbs, hours of hard pedaling, and those areas in the world where “downcountry” trends don’t apply.

2024 Moots MXC lightweight cross-country hardtail, fast race bike detail

Yeah, just looking at it, and it’s clear this a rabid race bike. Moots calls the MXC progressive, but that just means its up for modern XC racing. That means it’s 1x specific, it’s got room for high-volume 29 x 2.4″ race tires, a racy steep 69° head angle, but built for a 100mm fork. Think of it as an updated Mooto X & MX RSL, mashed together with extra tire clearance, a bit longer fork, and slightly more modern geo.

2024 Moots MXC lightweight cross-country hardtail, frame cropped

Think Leadville 100, Chequamegon, and Sea Otter Classic—fast, efficient, and fun.

It certainly isn’t a trail hardtail, though. There’s still the Womble aggressive trail bike for that, with a 140mm fork, fatter tires, and slacker geometry. But, IFYKYK.

Tech details

  • 4 stock sizes (S-XL)
  • Lightweight titanium tubeset with a double-butted front triangle & S-bend seatstays
  • Straight 44mm matched headtube for a Chris King headset and 1.5″ tapered steerer
  • T47 threaded bottom bracket
  • max 38T chainring
  • 30.9mm seatpost, with internal dropper post routing
  • Boost 12x148mm
  • 160mm Post Mount disc brake
  • UDH (Universal Derailleur Hanger)
  • Fully external rear brake routing, optional mechanical shift routing
  • up to 3 sets of water bottle cage mounts for full marathon mode
  • max 29 x 2.4” tires
2024 Moots MXC lightweight cross-country hardtail, XC race geometry

Moots MXC ti hardtail – Pricing, options & availability

2024 Moots MXC lightweight ti cross-country hardtail, complete titanium race bike

Complete Moots MXC bikes start at $9,999. But with that, you already get a full XTR groupset, SID Ultimate fork, and Astral Outback carbon wheels! Sure, you can also opt for SRAM & AXS wireless if you are looking for something more techy, but heavier, more complex, and reliant on you keeping batteries charged. An XX SL AXS build with Zipp 1Zero wheels will run you at least $11,200.

2024 Moots MXC lightweight cross-country hardtail, custom Frostbite anodized titanium finish

A thousand dollars down will get you a build slot, and kick your new Moots MXC into production. Then you have to think if you want to upgrade from the classic Moots bead blasted ti finish to something like this thousand dollar extra Frostbike look!

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Sirclimbalot
Sirclimbalot
11 days ago

Beautiful bike, and Totally looks like a better option than a gravel bike for anybody hitting a mix of gnarly stuff and pavement, but not gnarly enough to warrant the f/s (and all the maintenance requirements there). Tho personally I have a 2019 highball with almost the same geo and 11k miles- it’s my most grabbed to ride bike and not in a hurry to replace it. But this world be the candidate.

Ben
Ben
11 days ago

Beautiful frame. However, for the price and geo id much rather have a Neuhaus HB SL.

Jan Hammer
Jan Hammer
11 days ago

Crikey.. short & steep is back

Mike
Mike
10 days ago
Reply to  Jan Hammer

I like it, looks like a proper XC hardtail not trying to imitate something it’s not (eg. HT trail bike).

I’ve been racing on 2014 Haibike Greed and when I see gravel bikes with more “progressive” geometry I chuckle when they try to use it on gnarly terrain with that twitchy combination of short stem and narrow drop bars… It’s like ’90s all over again – races getting more technical, so add a front shock, then straight handlebar, wider tires and… wait, did we just make a XC bike again?

Marcel
Marcel
10 days ago

Straight tubes For The Win!
Nice bike, I like it.

FrankTheTank
FrankTheTank
10 days ago

Beautiful work, as always, from Moots. But for that price, you could buy a Turner Nitrous AND Cyclosys, and have two bikes that are better for specific conditions, instead of one that tries to split the difference.

packfill
packfill
9 days ago

Did they copy geometry from 10 years ago?

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
8 days ago
Reply to  packfill

Not with that HT angle…it used to be more like 71!

Cody
Cody
8 days ago

“Lightweight” used everywhere but no frame weight listed? Can’t find it on their website either.

Tom Wenzel
8 days ago

I hereby declare my Sage Optimator as downcountry, which I thought was already very short and steep (its numbers are totally apt for the “technical” fire road that dominates my backyard terrain).

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
8 days ago

I don’t think the SID is available in 100. Is that a 120 in all their shots?

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