Moots Comooter

A little eye-candy for you. I’m not sure about the viability of a titanium commuting bike that retails for $8750, but who am I to say? I guess if you have the money…

  • Frame: Titanium
  • Fork: Wound Up Cross
  • Bars: Moots Ti flat bars
  • Crank: Campy Chorus Carbon
  • Brakes: Magura Louise
  • Headset: Chris King
  • Stem: Moots Open Road
  • Seat Post: Moots Cinch
  • Saddle: Brooks Swallow
  • Front Hub: Schmidt Generator
  • Rear Hub: Rohloff
  • Rims: DT Swiss x470
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon
  • Fenders: Honjo
  • Rack: Tubus Cosmo
  • Lights: Schmidt EG, Busch & Muller Dtoplight

More photos here and here

17 Responses to “Moots Comooter”

  • Rick says:

    It is funny to read about this bike after reading about the workplaces that don’t allow bikes inside…how many locks would you use on this one?!

    I think when you go high end, a folder makes more sense to me…

  • Roland Smith says:

    I do hope that the name of the brakes is a typo, otherwise you’d pay a premium for lousy brakes. ;-)

    The parts list looks like a who’s who of top-line bike parts.
    But you’d think that for almost $9k they’d throw in a chainguard! While it is certainly a very nice bike to look at, I’d have to say ‘commuter bike? you’re doing it wrong’.

  • Croupier says:

    Coming from a company like Moots this is kind of a surprise. I can’t see it really selling that well but it’s cool that they’d give it a try.

  • Dale says:

    Well, I’ll TRY to control myself. I’m not know for my tact, however.

    $9-grand for a commuter, (excuse me – “comooter”), bike?????? How lame is that?

    Ridiculous!
    Absurd!
    Insane! :- ) :- ) :- )

  • andy parmentier says:

    i googled RANS DYNAMIK and got something about it being a swiss army knife of a bike, but in a local bike shop i saw an actual swiss army bike, army green and red, for about 5 grand ($5,000)
    but it’s the folder that folds out like an actual swiss army knife, right?
    my sister got me a leatherman “squirt” for christmas. it’s got a scissors, which comes in real handy because my feet are in constant disrepair from not living by the ocean. so the soles of my feet are a real mess, but now i can cut the cracked and peeling skin with a scissors, like a swiss army field hospital surgeon working for low pay, rather than just crudely tearing the skin off and leaving the bottom of my feet a bloody mess.

  • andy parmentier says:

    like the soles of my feet, my sarcasm is bone-dry. walking in the sand with my feet in the surf, is really nirvana for my poor feet. titanium goes into the rotors of army helicopters, and the army’s flush with cash. but i listen to johnny cash

  • andy parmentier says:

    i always have my nephew pick movies (although i’ll veto the picks quite a bit til we settle on something) and tonight, after naming a few films, he picked SNOOPY COME HOME (this was a couple hours after i’d blogged about snoopy come home) and then he picked THE PRINCESS BRIDE
    which had the man in black. (johnny cash) my nephew has a gift, this is’nt the first time we’ve been on the same magical wavelength.

  • David Hembrow says:

    Presumably this isn’t something they’re actually intending to sell, but a concept to get some press. Fair enough. However, for actual commuting it would seem to come up short for many reasons, largely related to reliability:

    o The exposed chain will wear out, taking the chainring and sprocket with it.
    o Daft brakes – hub brakes are more reliable.
    o Silly cranks – Campy is very nice, but a steel chainring would last longer in daily use in bad weather.
    o Stretched out position due to looong stem, which also makes fitting baskets or bags to the front difficult.
    o Front light positioned to be in the way of baskets or bags.
    o Straight bars when “North Road” style would be more comfortable.
    o Fussy, touring style rack.
    o No built in lock.

    This bike does look _very_ nice, though, and I suppose that was the intention. By the look of the moots webpage they make nice sport bikes, and this really looks a lot like one of those. There are good reasons why utility bikes should look different.

  • mike says:

    how many people drive 4 wheel drive SUVs on highways and paved roads to work? complete with climate control, way more horsepower than needed, traction control, dvd, media center, etc. etc. etc. what about an audi or porsche or lexus or mercedes or bmw?

    technically we should all be able to get by with a yugo, low end toyota or honda, chevy, etc. to get to and from work. afterall – its just a commuter, right?

    yeah, its price is overkill to some and its part spec would turn some folks off. but i see plenty of racer types commuting 10 miles in full kit on their carbon wonder machines.

    be sure not to look at my Ti IF club racer in the gallery. I use if for all sorts of stuff – from a light tour to brevets to ‘re’creating to errand running (i commute from my bedroom to my home office) – its even been chained up to a poop scoop bag holder @ a pet store with my burley trailer.

    the rolhoff is a nice touch. looking back i wish i went that route with my machine. hub / roller brakes are great for city style bikes – but something tells me this will get ridden in places most city bikes can’t go. stem length and bars are a personal choice (who is to say that the designer didn’t fit this to herself?). a built in lock makes sense when you have a tripod style kickstand…

  • Alan says:

    I think the practicality of any commuter bicycle depends upon the circumstances in which it will be used.

    For someone that commutes into a high crime area and has to lock their bike outside, nothing more than a thrift store beater would be reasonable.

    On the other hand, if a person has a point-to-point commute, safe, indoor bike parking, and money to spare, there’s no reason why a $9000 commuter bicycle isn’t “practical”.

    Now whether it’s reasonable to spend $9000 on any bicycle is a different question altogether… :-)

  • Roland Smith says:

    @David

    I have to disagree with you on the brakes. In an urban environment where emergency stops are a reality and can be a matter of life and death you need the best brakes you can afford.

    About ten years ago I switched from cable actuated brakes to hydraulicly actuated ones. The difference in how the brakes feel was a huge leap forward for me.

    About six months ago I switched from (hydraulic) rim brakes to hydraulic discs. The discs are much better in the wet. I can feel no difference whatsoever between wet and dry conditions wrt braking action, and the brakes are extremely powerful.

    Drum brakes I’ve only “enjoyed” on motorcycles where I found their lack of braking power and control disturbing if not sphincter-loosening.

  • Yokota Fritz says:

    I know the guys from Moots — realize they’re in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, not an urban core area. Commuting for them is part of their recreational riding. Steamboat Springs is dry on most days, and even when there’s snow on the ground the high altitude sun burns it off of the pavement pretty quickly.

    They’ll sell only a handful, but even their bread and butter bikes are high end hand made boutique bikes. They’re not interested in volume, but in creativity and quality.

    Thanks, Alan, for the links to my Flickr photos.

  • Rick says:

    Good point about the Steamboat Springs area! I had to get my bike fixed there a few years ago, and when I pulled up to the bike shop there were probably about 25 nice mountain bikes sitting outside unlocked. Startled, I asked about them and the workers said, “We only have about one instance of theft per year–and they usually just go on a joyride and bring it back!” It sure made us feel more confident about leaving our “junkers” sitting around…

  • Galen says:

    More photos of this bike I took at Interbike.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2kings/2887649299/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2kings/2887649111/

    and a video I shot at Interbike:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/huggerindustries/2895466063/

  • Alan says:

    Thanks Galen!

  • Gentleman's Bike says:

    9k for an internal gear commuter that you can’t lock it up outside?
    I’d rather buy three Rivendells with better parts.

  • Matt says:

    Wow. There’s a lot of vitriol directed towards what’s essentially a show bike. It’s not meant to be practical for most commuters/riders. It’s a showcase for the company’s skill and creativity. And yes, we all know that $9K could buy a stable of nice bikes.

    Moots is all about the custom. So if you wanted a chain-guard or a shorter top tube or a different style of handlebars I’m sure they’d accomodate you. Those things are all personal preference/riding style anyway.

 
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