One detail remains to complete the project but these custom touches will ease the wait….perhaps!
Russ loves quality bikes and this MootoX was in his sights for a while. Here are his photos, his thoughts and rationale for his selection and his build specification. Very tasty.
“Hi all. My name is Russell and I recently took delivery of a MootoX frame from Peter and Paul at Cycling Edge. The two main reasons I did this are 1). Moots make the very best Ti bikes on the planet, and 2). Peter and Paul, are for me, the way I like to do business. I know what I want, I know how good the product is and I want to cut to the chase and get it ordered. Simple.
If you want to talk bikes, then the guys are knowledgable enough to answer any question you may have, but when they realise that you know what you want, they are professional enough to not try and impress any more than they do already with what is one of the nicest set ups in Melbourne. I am a bike mechanic by trade and own various custom bikes and to be able to talk to people who understand what buying a custom bike or frame means to someone, rather than just trying to sell, is worth it’s weight in gold.
The MootoX will be my third Moots, for the simple reason that they make the best Titanium frames on earth…and if that NASA rover finds any Ti bikes anywhere else in our solar system, then I’ll bet my house that a Moots will still be better. Remember, I work in the bike industry and work on the very best off the shelf bikes on offer. I could have just about ANY bike frame I desired and I still come back to Moots. Lots of my customers ask why I buy an “expensive” Ti bike when I could have carbon fibre!! This always makes me smile. I’ll show them my Moots and then tell them how much I paid for it. I’ll show them the perfect welds, the absolutely spotless finish to the Ti and I’ll tell then how I asked for a single bend downtube, with a 68mm English threaded BB and cable guides to be placed on the top tube please and the guys just said “yep”.
At this point I don’t usually have to say anything else, because the realisation of what they have paid for their bike and what they got for their money has just hit them. Then I ask if they have ever ridden a Ti bike? Usually NOT. So how can they know what they are missing? But also, let me say this. I am not a carbon hating old dude who thinks all bikes should be made of metal. I love carbon fibre. I love what it has done for the cycling industry, but Titanium is a beautiful material with which to build a bike frame and should not be overlooked. It will last longer, look better for longer and ride better for longer. Titanium has a place in the bike building industry and Moots are the very best.
Expensive……that is a subjective question, but being the age I am and having had the bikes I’ve had, to both ride myself and have hanging in my workstand in the store, I can confirm for you one cliche’ that rings very very true in the bike frame world…”you get what you pay for”. This is true of both Moots and Cycling Edge who sell them here in Australia. I am one very happy customer. Thank you guys.”
Here is the spec:
MootoX 19″ frame (single bend and 68mm threaded BB, customised).
Fox Terralogic Fork 100mm 15mm Thru Axle
Chris King Headset
Ritchey WCS Bars 680mm
Ritchey WCS stem 110mm
Thomson Seatpost Black
Prologo Scratch HWD saddle
Chris King hubs 32hole (black)
Mavic TN719 rims
DT Revolution Spokes (silver
DT brass nipples 12mm
Maxxis Welter Weight tubes
Schwable Racing Ralph 2.1 tyres
HOPE rear QR
HOPE Tech Evo X2 brakes 140mm rear rotor and 160mm front rotor
XTR Front Derailleur
XTR Rear Derailleur (medium cage)
Rotor 3D Cranks Ti axle 175mm
Rotor Q Rings 38T and 25T
Rotor 68mm English BB
Once he has recovered from some recent “bitumen rap dancing” we will get Russ’ ride impressions.
A nicely understated view with 2012 SRAM Red which looks like it is colour coded to the frame and “unchallenged” by the black/grey/white of the other components.
6.80kg on the button ready to race.
Racing, laughing, eating, racing, drinking, laughing, racing etc. etc.
2.5 hours to go and the guys who started supporting a bunch ride at 5.00am are ready to roll.
Mitch was last seen levitating above the studio floor whilst channeling Lars Boom and patting his bike which is finally in full racing trim.
Paul will switch to a Moots PsychloX for the Prologue and customer Chris Mason jumped at the chance to race the Parlee CX tonight. Simon “knees” Carey will probably throw stuff at him from the sidelines…
Hopefully the 2N’s will return to fight for the coveted “N1″ designation with the corresponding skinsuit.
Drop by and say hello as if we all huddle together it will be warmer!
Oh yes, here is IF Steel Planet X before he hits the sandpit…
The devil is in the detail! A work in progress with a vexing decision around the “right” wheel choice being the final step to completion.
We have been busy with a wide cross section of projects including working on some cranks for a stainless frame which will feature a range of finishes/textures.
They have come up beautifully and will be a Fetha in the owner’s cap!
A couple heading off around the world chose custom MOOTS frames for this daunting task. The frames had just about every possible mounting point option ticked and the build specification chosen for durability, included SRAM X9 groups and Schmidt generator front hubs and a USB port to charge phone and MAC to keep communication open.
Built to carry all their needs and see the adventure through to the end – just like every MOOTS!
The finish article below had its “Hell Ride” debut on saturday and the owner’s initial feedback by email was:
“Have just got home after riding the Moots, it is fantastic…. responsive and light all in all magnificent.
I’m going to enjoy riding this baby.”
Well have finally resolved Mac issues and can resume posts! This should have been posted a week ago but is still worth a look.
The build was finished with Paul cranks and brakes, Thomson post and stem and carbon tubulars with Dugast tyres. The final rim set is currently being built with beautiful brown King R45 hubs. Light and fun to ride with the option to easily move to a full geared setup using the matching King BB.
We are pleased to reveal the first components of our new apparel which will be made entirely in Italy by MSTINA. We have finalised the jersey and bibs which will be available in both men’s and women’s styles.
Orders are now being taken for August delivery and we currently have a full set of sizing garments so that you can order the right size, first time! Jersey and bibs will be $300 a set.
Gloves, arm warmers and socks and caps are being finalised now as is a small run of knitted Woollen jackets.
Tomorrow the Melbourne CX Series gets under way at Darebin Parklands and Simon Carey will find out what it is all about on the NAHBS Parlee ‘Cross frame.
Rival Moots rider Paul (can he be trusted?) has assembled it in an interim build featuring Paul Component brakes and associated pieces, Record 10 speed with FSA Cross rings, Neutron Ultra wheels with Conti tyres, Deda tape and XT pedals.
In a late surprise today we were given the opportunity to try a Hawk BB assembly (it’s green who could refuse?). First impression was good as it spins just like a Campag Super Record Ceramic BB post assembly. Dirty Deeds will test it for sure.
Our Round 2 plan is to upgrade both bikes to some modified PAUL “Royal Flush” suit of Cards single ring cranks and some carbon tubular rims featuring the amazing Dugast Cross tyres we have used previously.
After tearing up his mother’s garden and the horses’ paddocks by way of a test ride, we received an SMS from Simon with “WOW! this is amazing”. Tomorrow will tell. We are sure the temporary Frameskin will be tested.
Congratulations to Brendan who today stepped onto the ITU podium for the first time and in second place at that. He was 2 seconds behind multiple winner of this event, Aussie Brad Kahlefeldt at the line having run himself into this position.
Good as this result is, it is worth noting that this was after Brendan was served a 15 sec “stop and go” penalty as he was running away from the field.
Just reward for hardwork, discipline and an open mind!
This bike was built for a lady with a passion for long Audax rides and the hills. Her brief was for a light, comfortable and bullet proof bike that could travel, with a definitely stealthy look.
The build features her preferred Shimano groupset with matching C24 wheels, Zipp Service Course SL bar,stem and post, Tune cages, carbon Keo pedals and a hint of red.
Well the fast is yet to be proven but the quality shines through in strong, light and stiff wheel with not a lot into the wind!
Thanks and a Happy New Year to Peter, Garrett and the team at Phil Wood and Shifter Dan for the unbelievable spoke tension (sorry about the bruises!).
A 6.45kg bike is not so unusual now. However, there are few with 61.8cm toptube!
The build features full carbon everything – well except for the King Ti cages – and Super Record. This is first bike with this paint finish we have built and it will not be the last as it really takes on look of folded silk as the light hits it.
Candy blue tint on frame, cranks, derailleurs and levers over a Parlee “ghost” logos deliver a bike with many moods. The “one with the lot” Campagnolo Super Record mean we have a light and supremely comfortable bike for life.
It wasn’t santa but the the UPS man, however the result is the same. An ear splitting grin and that sensation of “I can’t wait to see how it goes!”
These jems came out of a conversation with Peter while having a tour of the factory and learning how they do what they do, and why. For example, the spoke holes are shaped by a method that, once an initial hole is machined, involves no further material being removed in achieving the final diameter and profile – the result is greater strength where you need it.
Now just have to get the finished wheels in the right hands…..
Following a complete review of her position and bike fit, we were faced with the challenge of meeting a customer’s vision in time to race at the Tour of Bright. Tanya had a very particular idea for pink giraffe fur on top tube and fork blade inners on what is an otherwise “Ghost” finished Z5.
The frame is complimented by a subtly revised Campag Super Record groupset and 3T LTD bar, stem and post and is presented in the images below.
We made it and Tanya and her “giraffe” flew! In her first stage race, in B Grade, she was second on the first stage, third in the TT and 2nd to Hotham leading to 2nd in the KOM award and place second overall. A very exciting performance for them both!
Most of our Super Record order arrived and is currently being added to Parlee, Moots and IF frames for delivery. Another order is due any day – get in early.
Tim’s Deluxe is the bike he’s wanted for 18 years and it got its first outing at the World Singlespeed Champs after being built up and hand delivered to New Zealand.
The house blend of Reynolds, True Temper and Columbus steel tubing, customised Paragon singlespeed drop-outs and sterling silver headbadge ensure Tim’s Indy Fab looks the goods, rides just right, and should take good care of him on the trails. With a short 100mm headtube, Tim’s bars will be able to be dropped as he adapts his position, assuring a stable, well weighted front end, even with the 29” wheel’s extra height.
After facing the bottom bracket, the Shimano composite bottom bracket spacers are replaced with alloy spacers which last longer and aren’t prone to cracking or squeaking under the interminable singlespeed load.
180mm cranks provide a little more leverage at low cadence, minimising the punishment Tim’s knees have signed up for, delivered by the new generation XTR pedal.
Fox’s new 15mm through axle F29 fork will be Tim’s everyday fork. Running 100mm of travel, the Deluxe geometry is tweaked from the standard 80mm travel design. 20mm doesn’t sound like much extra travel until you need it. The new XTR rotors and brakes, using a 180mm front rotor means stopping won’t be a problem.
Niner’s carbon rigid fork was also sourced and custom painted to match the gorgeous Independent Fabrications “Works” paint scheme. It’s ready to go with a second King crown race, pre cut steerer and carbon specific plug.
Cockpit consists of an Edge Sweep 700mm bar, Edge carbon stem and seatpost topped with a WTB saddle. Continental supplied new Race King niner treads, which will adorn Tim’s set of XTR hubs built with Stan’s rims. The King Titanium cages continue the royal theme.
Anything else just wouldn’t be correct! The owner just loves his carbon SMP saddles and we felt that this one needed a little work to fit in with his evolving candy blue Z1. Classic and understated and yet it highlights the carbon weave.
It has taken a while but we have finally managed to get a set of the “right” green SRAM hoods for this custom painted Parlee Z4.
We thought we would hang some components off the XS Z5 frameset we recently featured and were more than a little surprised by the result.
The frame (complete with all hardware including seat clamp), fork, headset and 25mm of spacers, Edge Composites 100mm stem, 42cm bars and uncut, 350mm zero setback seatpost and Fizik Antares saddle with Kiium rails.
TOTAL WEIGHT 1920 real grams – now pick a groupset, wheels, pedals and bar tape of choice and what do you get?
We now have in stock EDGE Composites’ seatposts which feature a simple to use and highly effective single bolt fixing system and are compatible with most carbon rails when using the alternative “carbon specific wedges.”
We have zero and 25mm setback posts in 27.2 and 31.6mm diameters and 30.9mm, zero setback MTB posts.
Priced at $410, they are available from Cycling Edge and for MTB in QLD, For the Riders – Annerley.