What it does well: This Moots is named after Colorado’s Routt County, home to Moots and hundreds of miles of fast-rolling dirt roads through ranchlands and forgotten doubletrack. The Routt was built for exactly that type of riding. It was the favorite bike we tested, not only because it’s cut from gorgeous titanium and was tricked out well beyond our means, but because it rode like silk. The bottom bracket is lower for a more balanced ride, and the titanium build is incredibly plush without sacrificing durability. The frame could run everything from race tires to 35mm gravel fare.
What it does poorly: Not much. It wails on dirt roads. And as you’re doing so you aren’t worried that a rock will impale the frame. If you opted for the YBB rear suspension it would make a great cross and rough doubeltrack dirt bike, too.
So who’s it for? Here’s another one bike quiver that transitions for rugged country to endurance road riding based on wheel choice. 17.5 lbs.