Moots celebrates its 40th with new Vamoots RCS titanium all-road bike

by James Huang

photography by Moots


Moots is getting into the all-road game with a new flagship model called the Vamoots RCS. Just like the Vamoots RSL and the Routt RSL, the Vamoots RCS (Routt County Special) uses similar US-sourced double-butted titanium tubing and trick 3D-printed dropouts, and (save for the printing) is still fully manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 

But whereas the Vamoots RSL is aimed at traditional road riding with a maximum tire size of 700×30 mm, and the Routt RSL is targeted at gravel racing and general off-road rowdiness, topping out at 700×45 mm, the Vamoots RCS shoots the gap for the all-road crowd, designed ideally for use with 700×32 mm, but approved for ones up to 35 mm. That extra volume should provide a lot more capability and comfort than the Vamoots on mixed terrain, while the tighter geometry will also be faster-handling than what you get with the Routt. 

If the Vamoots RSL is too roadie, and the Routt RSL is too gravelly, the Vamoots RCS might be just the ticket if you’re looking to scratch your high-end titanium itch.

In addition to the specific geometry and layout, Moots has also equipped the Vamoots RCS with its own full-carbon tapered fork and its own set of 3D-printed flat-mount thru-axle titanium dropouts. Down below is a standard 68 mm English-threaded bottom bracket, the rear brake is internally routed through the down tube, and the standard drivetrain configuration is set up for Shimano Di2. 

Other drivetrain configurations can be easily accommodated, however, and there’s also a slew of custom options, including a variety of finishes (such as Moots’ new Hunter pattern), fender and additional bottle mounts, and (of course) fully personalized geometry. 

Retail price for the frameset is US$6,000, while a complete bike with SRAM Red eTap AXS, Enve Foundation carbon wheels, and Enve finishing kit is just shy of US$12,000 (pricing for other regions is to be confirmed). Claimed frame weight is 1,360 g for a 56 cm sample, and CyclingTips editor-in-chief Caley Fretz has one inbound for a full review. 

More information can be found at www.moots.com.

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