Interbike: Moots unveil new Vamoots RSL road frame

'Best performer to date'

Moots are continuing to stick to their titanium guns with a new Vamoots RSL (Race Super Light) road frame that they claim to be their best performer to date. 

Claimed weight for a 56cm frame is just 1,180g (2.6lb) but its healthily proportioned down tube, chainstays and seat tube supposedly make it Moots' stiffest ever, too.

Butted 3/2.5 titanium tubing (made for Moots by Reynolds) is used throughout save for the spindly seatstays that use a stronger 6/4 alloy to better match the tiny diameters.

This 6/4 alloy is also used for all fittings (such as cable stops) and the trick machined dropouts, which stick to a stouter non-replaceable derailleur hanger for improved shifting. 

The new vamoots rsl is designed to use the new press-fit bb30 bottom bracket.: the new vamoots rsl is designed to use the new press-fit bb30 bottom bracket.

The new Vamoots RSL is designed to use the new press-fit BB30 bottom bracket.

Up front, Moots fits the RSL with a standard 1-1/8in head tube but a press-fit BB30 bottom bracket beefs up the bottom end. 

Moots will offer the new RSL solely as a frameset for now, including an Alpha Q GS40 fork with a custom 41mm offset. 

Suggested retail price is US$4,300 (approx £2,630), and Moots expect to begin shipping frames around February.

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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.
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