Interbike 2011: Moots' new 'cross and full-sus mountain bikes
By James Huang, tech ed in Las Vegas, USA | Friday, September 16, 2011 1.00pm
Moots launched its new Psychlo X RSL 'cross racer at this year's Interbike show James Huang/Future Publishing
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.
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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.
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