Perennially a show favorite when it comes to titanium, Moots had their usual welding prowess on display but two bikes in particular were gaining the most attention. Calling it their Dirt Road Prototype, Moots’ newest build is based on their popular Routt gravel bike. Designed to take advantage of the new ENVE GRD thru axle fork for gravel/road use, the Dirt Road offers improved handling on the road but still offers clearance for all but the biggest gravel tires.
Along with the Dirt Road Prototype, Moots also entered the Best Campagnolo bike competition with a special build for Pedaler’s Fork. Of course outfitted with a drool worthy Campagnolo build kit, the real story was the finish of the bike which will be available for new builds very soon…
Created for the owner of MOAB Bicycle Shop in in Tennessee, essentially the Dirt Road Prototype was built around the new ENVE GRD fork. Due to the fork’s lower 382mm axle to crown measurement, the DRP is able to have a lower front end but still clears 38mm tires with the integrated fender. The bike’s 44mm head tube allows for the use of a tapered fork including the 1 1/4-1 1/8″ steerer of the GRD.
Built using Moots’ internally butted top and down tubes, and 3.25 US made titanium tubing, the Dirt Road should offer the perfect blend of light weight and gravel durability. Like all Moots builds you have the choice of mechanical or electronic drivetrains, and the frame uses a 12x142mm rear thru axle, PF30 BB, and replaceable post mount brake tabs.
Part restaurant, part coffee shop, part bike shop, Pedaler’s Fork in Calabasas, CA is a must see for any cycling foodie. As part of their concept, the restaurant features an ode to Moots throughout the space along with farm to table food, and great drinks. Technically the only Moots “concept store,” this incredible build is headed to the owner of Pedaler’s Fork, Robbie.
As the entry for Moots into the Best Campagnolo Bike competition, this stunning Vamoots RSL also includes a new finish option that will soon be available on all Moots builds. Called their Etched finish, the process starts with their standard satin finish and then the logos are masked off and blasted to etch the surface. Available on new bikes starting in April, the finish will be an additional $300 over the decal finish. Etching will also be available for refinished frames but it will be more expensive ($650) due to amount of work needed to reblast the frame then etch the finish.