There's a feast of fine US components on this Routt RSL build.
Moots hand craft their framesets in Steamboat Springs, Colorado,
from US-sourced titanium, each one built with their hallmark
precision welds. The RSL is their lightest, stiffest, most
race-ready frame, sitting at the intersection of gravel and fast
road riding, with clearance for up to 40mm tyres.
Titanium is a perenially popular choice for framebuilding, super
tough and with just the right amount of comfort. Moots bring things
right up to date with their 3D-printed disc mount/dropout, which
gives all the strength and rigidity needed for precise braking
without a shred of excess weight. Etched logos bring a fresh look
to the raw Ti finish.
A Chris King headset and bottom bracket are always a great match
for these handmade frames - again made in the USA, Chris King even
produce their own ball bearings in-house. Similarly the ENVE carbon
cockpit is a regular feature on our Moots builds, and justifiably
This particular build also features Klamper mechanical disc
calipers from the legendary Californian CNC masters, Paul
Components. We're not always fans of cheaper mechanical disc
brakes, which can lack the power and modulation of their hydraulic
brethren. But these are a whole different ball game. With oversized
bearings and heat treated pistons the Klamper perform incredibly
well, and for durability and ease of servicing they're a great
adventure-bike option. No hydraulics to worry about, no need for
bleeding, just a simple barrel adjuster for when the pads wear.
They work well, and they're also a work of art, simply beautifully
Mechanical SRAM RED continues the theme of reliability with
modernity. No batteries here, just cable-actuated shifting refined
photos by Bence Bujaki