Interbike 2011: Moots' new 'cross and full-sus mountain bikes

Titanium framebuilder launches Psychlo X RSL and Divide 26 and 29ers

Titanium framebuilder Moots is growing its RSL range of top-end race bikes for 2012 with the addition of a Psychlo X RSL cyclo-cross variant joining the current Vamoots RSL road bike and Mooto X RSL 29er hardtail.

Key features include an oversized and double butted 3/2.5 front triangle to save weight, a 44mm-diameter shaped head tube that works with either straight 1 1/8" or tapered steerers, a PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell, tapered stays, a replaceable rear derailleur hanger, a slightly flattened top tube underside for easier shouldering, and a larger 30.9mm-diameter seatpost. 

The included all-carbon 1 1/8" fork sports generous clearance around the crown and there are also pockets molded into the inner sides that let the brakes open up farther for quicker wheel changes.

In addition to the stock configuration, Moots will offer the new Psychlo X RSL with a number of options such as a singlespeed configuration, disc brake tabs (though there currently is no disc brake fork option from Moots), a chain stay bridge, and internal routing for electronic drivetrains.

Claimed weight is right around 1,350g (3.0lb) – roughly a 120g (0.25lb) saving relative to the standard Psychlo X – and Moots is currently building the Psychlo right now, just in time for 'cross season.

Moots showed off its new divide cross-country full-suspension bike at this year's interbike show: moots showed off its new divide cross-country full-suspension bike at this year's interbike show

Moots' new Divide cross-country full-suspension mountain bike

Moots will also replace its aging cross-country full-suspension mountain bike platform with the all-new 26" Divide and 29" MX Divide, both using simple single-pivot rear end designs penned by the Sotto Group in Watsonville, California – the same outfit behind Yeti's new Switch system.

Moots will build the new bikes with swoopy titanium front triangles and titanium seat stays but aluminum chain stays and a molded carbon fiber upper link.  Additional features include cartridge bearing pivots, a PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell, post mount rear disc tabs, and a 44mm-diameter head tube that will work with either straight 1 1/8" or tapered steerer tubes. 

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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