Following a week or commuting I had to take the opportunity to
try and push the limits for what Moots designed this bike for -
ploughing through a soup of mud, roots and rocks while trying to
retain something resembling 'speed'.
When Nate Bradley (Moots Product Development Manager) visited us
in the summer, he said "everything about our frames is designed
around the ride". When I took the Routt RSL off road, what he said
made absolute sense.
The longer wheelbase and slacker head angle compared to a road
bike meant that even with 30mm Schwalbe G-One tyres (not
particularly knobbly), the handling had the poise and certainty
usually reserved for mountain bikes. I was genuinely grinning from
ear-to-ear the whole time. The highlight is going sideways around
corners still pedalling and having absolute assurance I could keep
the bike going rubber side down.