Moots Routt Gravel Bikes get WIDE: Bigger Tires, Geometry & Gravel Wide Drivetrains

“Moots is pioneering the evolution of gravel bikes. Is it ironic that this classic, handcrafted brand should be at the cutting edge of a cycling movement? Maybe, but being located in a part of Colorado that boasts more dirt roads than paved, it actually seems fitting in the context.” – Moots

So what’s new? Moots has revamped its entire Routt family of gravel bikes. Increased tire clearance, geometry optimizations, and new gravel wide gruppo specs will place these titanium works of mechanized art solidly at the top of any gravel riders’ wishlist.

Moots Routt RSL

moots routt rsl 2020 gravel bike review

“‘Pure gravel performance- 45mm tire clearance-Stiff and light-The ROUTT RSL is the ultimate gravel bike and mixed-surface machine”

moots routt rsl 2020 gravel bike review

Tire Size – The Routt RSL holds a 45mm maximum tire size.  We all love to go fast and the goldilocks tire size for most fast-paced gravel rides and races lands right at 40mm.  The ROUTT RSL will allow you to go up to a 45mm for those extra chunky courses or those bike packing overnighters you might have planned the following weekend.  When we say a 45mm fits, it does more than “just fit”  it clears with room for mud should you take that one turn you might not have.  We were able to keep the chainstays at 43cm for an agile handling bike and great climber. The Routt RSL retains its double-butted tube set, 3D printed dropouts and brake mount and comes standard with 3 water bottle locations, fender mounts and multiple choices of Moots finishes.  7 stock sizes and customs are always available.

moots routt rsl 2020 gravel bike review

Angles, Stems & Bars – The head angle goes a bit slacker to give us a bike that tracks straight down on lumpy roads.  It’s not a big change from the past geo, just a refinement that we think rides better. It’s still very nimble and responds very well to rider input.  As the Routt RSL has traditionally run a longer top tube vs. the Routt 45 and Routt YBB, we want to see it paired with a shorter stem and a wider bar than in the past.  More leverage on the wider bar, more direct with the shorter stem.  All three of these things add to the already sublime ride of the Routt RSL and enhance its capabilities..

moots routt rsl 2020 gravel bike review

Gravel  W  I  D  E  for all: 

As the evolution of gravel bikes continue, drive trains take on a special debate of 1x or 2x? Well, that’s up to you and your preferences for your local riding.  But what’s great is that SRAM and Shimano have come out with gravel wide drive train options..  What does this mean?  GRAVEL WIDE….say it again with spirit! What does it do? Gravel wide moves the chain ring (s) outboard  as well as adding 2.5mm to each side for width at the crank.  What this allows a builder like Moots to do is move the chainstays outboard to create tire clearance WITHOUT making the chainstays longer.  This in conjunction with the wider gearing range now needed for 45-50mm tires and the terrain we want to ride makes this a win-win.  The ROUTT UPDATES in all three models are built around gravel wide.  The ONLY drawback is that you will NOT be able to install a standard road group set on the Routt family of bikes, but with broader tires being used we’ve found standard road gearing simply no longer to be relevant for this application.

moots routt rsl 2020 gravel bike review

Fork: 

The current Moots gravel/cx fork is standard on all three Routt models. It features ample room for the 50mm tire, tapered steerer tube, hidden fender eyelets, 12mm thru-axle and flat-mount brake mount.  Its full carbon construction is stiff, durable and lightweight.  Designed by Moots specifically for our gravel bikes.

moots routt rsl 2020 gravel bike review

Further Routt RSL Details

PERFORMANCE FIT & FEEL race fit geometry that puts the rider in a neutral to a positive position

ONE BIKE, MANY USES broken roads, dirt roads, gravel and rock-strewn double track are where the ROUTT RSL are most comfortable

STIFF our butted tube set combined with our 3D printed dropout, 142 x 12 thru-axle and FLAT MOUNT disc brake mount increases stiffness for quick acceleration

LIGHTWEIGHT our proprietary, internally butted titanium tube set reduces weight and maintains stiffness and durability

DESIGNED TO FIT seven stock sizes and 7 designs, all angles, tube lengths, tube diameters and wall thickness are size-selected to create the perfect ride feel

The ROUTT RSL is also compatible with a LAUF gravel fork if you would like to add a bit of suspension to your ride.

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Moots Routt 45

moots routt 45 2020 gravel bike review

“Gravel and dirt, 50mm tire clearance, 3D printed flat-mount brake mount, gravel riding, gravel racing, longer touring, bike packing”

moots routt 45 2020 gravel bike review

Tire Size – The ROUTT 45 holds a 50mm maximum tire tucked into a 43.7cm chainstay. The 50mm tire has generous room at the chainstay and the upper seat stay for mud and debris.

moots routt 45 2020 gravel bike review

Angles, Stems & Bars – The geometry of the Routt 45 uses a slacker head angle and a longer top tube to give the bike a longer front-center.  Going to this set up you will use a 1-2cm shorter stem depending on fit needs.  Pairing a handlebar that is also 1-2cm wider will put the rider in the sweet spot of stability and control.  Improved stability, comfort, broader handling capability and more fun.

moots routt 45 2020 gravel bike review

Gravel  W  I  D  E  for all:

As the evolution of gravel bikes continue, drive trains take on a special debate of 1x or 2x? Well, that’s up to you and your preferences for your local riding.  But what’s great is that SRAM and Shimano have come out with gravel wide drivetrain options..  What does this mean?  GRAVEL WIDE….say it again with spirit! What does it do? Gravel wide moves the chainring (s) outboard as well as adding 2.5mm to each side for width at the crank.  What this allows a builder like Moots to do is move the chainstays outboard to create tire clearance WITHOUT making the chainstays longer.  This in conjunction with the wider gearing range now needed for 45-50mm tires and the terrain we want to ride makes this a win-win.  The ROUTT UPDATES in all three models are built around gravel wide.  The ONLY drawback is that you will NOT be able to install a standard road groupset on the Routt family of bikes, but with broader tires being used we’ve found standard road gearing simply no longer to be relevant for this application.

moots routt 45 2020 gravel bike review

Fork:

The current Moots gravel/cx fork is standard on all three Routt models. It features ample room for the 50mm tire, tapered steerer tube, hidden fender eyelets, 12mm thru-axle and flat-mount brake mount.  Its full carbon construction is stiff, durable and lightweight.  Designed by Moots specifically for our gravel bikes.

moots routt 45 2020 gravel bike review

Further Routt 45 Details

The ROUTT 45 is a workhorse gravel machine that’s aimed for adventure and versatility from tackling fast-paced lunch rides to multi-day bike packing outings on ornery backwoods roads and trails.

Shortened stays give the ROUTT 45 increased snappiness for climbing and cornering agility while retaining the stable handling and comfort of the original Routt 45.  Optimized for 700 x 40-50mm tires, with a maximum tire size of 700 x 50mm. Clearance with compact double chainrings, or up to 42 tooth clearance with 1x drivetrains. 

The ROUTT 45 sports a 3rd water bottle location as stock, so you can go further between watering holes.

The ROUTT 45 is packed with multiple performance-oriented features.  Perfect rear wheel and brake alignment come courtesy of our proprietary 6/4 titanium 3D-printed flat-mount disc mount.  To provide the greatest range of tire and wheel combination compatibility, the frame and fork are designed to accommodate up to 50mm tires with a geometry optimized for 700c wheels.  Standard builds come equipped with Moots full-carbon gravel/cross forks that conveniently feature hidden fender eyelets for foul weather riding and training. The ROUTT 45 is also compatible with a LAUF gravel fork if you would like to add a bit of suspension to your ride.

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Moots Routt YBB

moots routt ybb 2020 gravel bike review

“YBB micro-suspension for gravel, 50mm tire capacity, three water bottle locations, hidden fender eyelets”

moots routt ybb 2020 gravel bike review

Tire Size – The ROUTT YBB holds a 50mm maximum tire tucked into a 43.7cm chainstay for quick handling and great climbing.  The 50mm tire has generous room at the chainstay and the upper seat stay for mud and debris.

moots routt ybb 2020 gravel bike review

Angles, Stems & Bars – The geometry of the Routt YBB uses a slacker head angle than before and a longer top tube to give the bike a longer front-center.  Going to this set up you will use a 1-2cm shorter stem depending on fit needs.  Pairing a handlebar that is also 1-2cm wider will put the rider in the sweet spot of stability and control.  Improved stability, comfort, broader handling capability and more fun.

moots routt ybb 2020 gravel bike review

Gravel  W  I  D  E  for all:

As the evolution of gravel bikes continue, drive trains take on a special debate of 1x or 2x? Well, that’s up to you and your preferences for your local riding.  But what’s great is that SRAM and Shimano have come out with gravel wide drivetrain options..  What does this mean?  GRAVEL WIDE….say it again with spirit! What does it do? Gravel wide moves the chain ring (s) outboard  as well as adding 2.5mm to each side for width at the crank.  What this allows a builder like Moots to do is move the chainstays outboard to create tire clearance WITHOUT making the chainstays longer.  This in conjunction with the wider gearing range now needed for 45-50mm tires and the terrain we want to ride makes this a win-win.  The ROUTT UPDATES in all three models are built around gravel wide.  The ONLY drawback is that you will NOT be able to install a standard road groupset on the Routt family of bikes, but with broader tires being used we’ve found standard road gearing simply no longer to be relevant for this application.

moots routt ybb 2020 gravel bike review

Fork:

The current Moots gravel/cx fork is standard on all three Routt models. It features ample room for the 50mm tire, tapered steerer tube, hidden fender eyelets, 12mm thru-axle and flat-mount brake mount.  Its full carbon construction is stiff, durable and lightweight.  Designed by Moots specifically for our gravel bikes.

moots routt ybb 2020 gravel bike review

Further YBB Details

The ROUTT YBB brings the YBB soft tail to gravel roads worldwide. The bike incorporates the legendary Moots YBB ‘softail’ micro-suspension design, first pioneered on our mountain bikes in the 1990’s and adapts it to create the ultimate gravel bike.

The ROUTT YBB is primarily designed for the cyclist looking for next-level compliance when tackling mixed-surface rides.  It features just over 20mm of rear axle travel that takes the edge off backcountry road and trail chatter, to provide supremely smooth, confident, and pleasurable pedaling experiences.

moots routt ybb 2020 gravel bike review

The ROUTT YBB boasts a bevy of performance-oriented features.  Perfect rear wheel and brake alignment come courtesy of our proprietary 6/4 titanium 3D-printed flat-mount disc brake mount. To provide the greatest range of tire and wheel combination compatibility, the frame and fork are designed to accommodate up to 50mm tires. Optimized for 700 x 40-50mm tires, with a maximum tire size of 700 x 50mm. The ROUTT YBB frame comes standard with a 3rd water bottle location, rear fender mounts and Moots all carbon gravel/cross fork that features hidden fender eyelets for all-weather riding. The ROUTT YBB is also compatible with a LAUF gravel fork if you would like to add a bit of suspension to your ride.

The ROUTT YBB uses a US-made, seamless 3/2.5 titanium tubeset and is available in seven sizes, with custom geometry available to ensure perfect fit for every rider.

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More information is available at the Moots Website.

4 comments on “Moots Routt Gravel Bikes get WIDE: Bigger Tires, Geometry & Gravel Wide Drivetrains

  1. Beutiful bikes. Im not ready to give up on my rigid carbon bike frame but as I get older, I plan to test ride a YBB frame.

  2. That YBB is my n+1 dream bike. That is exactly what I have wanted in a gravel bike. Titanium, micro suspension, wide gearing. Checks all the boxes. Need to try one of these.

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