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So far it’s a solo ride.

More Moots!

Anthony Little |

Doing a bit of writing on Moots lately and that is not about to change as we have a few more coming in soon and all are pretty custom and trick. This article is on my personal Moots Compact that I purchased about 4 years ago. Since I have a few bikes that I've split my time on this has not had all the miles, but still over 20,000. It has been rebuilt about 5 different times as it served as my test bike for a while. I've used it to race and train on and it has spent two winters as a training bike. Now that I'm about to finish up the build on my Moots RSL I wanted to get this frame built back up to do a little comparing...



This is how I found the bike, sitting in the back of the garage for the past few months. It's been a pretty wet winter here and I think a titanium frame is about the only material that I'd let sit around in a damp garage without even cleaning it off before storing it. One of many major pluses with these bikes.



Drink mix and dirt...



Cleans up nice. Took about 5 minutes to get back to a bike that I could almost sell as new. Remember, titanium is one of the only frame materials that does not fatigue with time. If you like to keep your bikes for a while, this is really the best way to go...



From the front...



One of the few places that gives this away as a used bike. If I was so inclined I could sent this back to Moots and have them re-finish the frame and then you really would never know it had ever been used. Have done this with a few over 10 year old frames and it's amazing. The King headset will last almost as long as the frame!



Still faced and chased perfectly...



Putting on my equally old SRM. It's a gasp! WIRED version! Works great though and no reason to switch now. And man, do I miss the Campagnolo square taper bottom bracket. Still the smoothest bearing out there, ceramic or not. But yeah, we all just flexed these way too much and luckily have stiffer items now... (sarcasm)



Over a winter of riding grit gets everywhere. This is why you bring your bike in at least two times a year for an overhaul. Sucks when something small like this fails and you miss a ride or two...



Once again...



Wired version of the SRM. I actually really like this. Once installed you just forget about it, and if you do a clean routing job, don't even know it's there...



Found the rest of the components in various places around the garage, I mean Service Corse... This is a Campagnolo Centaur 10spd rear mech after much cleaning. Even though I love all the really top range stuff, this is a purpose driven training bike. I actually like it to be a bit heavier. It just makes it that much nicer when I jump on the new stuff!



Getting there. Blue Fizik tape, Continental 25c Gatorskins, Deda Zero 100, Campagnolo Record hubs, King stainless cages, Speedplay ti pedals... 18.01lbs w/ SRM and head unit...



The K-Edge chain watcher is starting to become standard equipment on our bikes, sucks to fall off the break w/ a dropped chain...



And the final product. How fitting that it's first time out was in the driving wind and rain. Felt at home in less than a second being back on this bike! Stay tuned for some comparisons btwn this compact and the RSL! As always give us a call at the shop with any questions!

Thanks for reading...