Moots Launches MX Divide Full Suspension 29er, Updates Mooto-X Frames & Starts Making Psychlo-X RSL

2012 Moots MX Divide Titanium 29er full suspension mountain bike

Moots’ new MX Divide full suspension 29er mountain bike was designed with endurance XC racing in mind. Borrowing heavily from the performance features usually reserved for their RSL bikes, the MX Divide gets a PFBB30 bottom bracket, post-mount rear brake, dual-curve downtube and a 44 headtube.

The frame has a 100mm travel suspension designed in concert with the Sotto Group. It uses a carbon fiber swingarm link and will come with a Kashima coated Fox shock standard.

For 2012, Moots has also created a MootoX RSL bike and updated the frames of the regular and YBB Mooto-X, added a carbon ‘cross fork and, as of a few weeks ago, actually started making the long-awaited Psychlo-X RSL cyclocross bike. Pics and info when you click through…

2012 Moots MX Divide Titanium 29er full suspension mountain bike

The lower linkages use sculpted bearing points that are machined in-house at Moots’ Steamboat Springs, CO, facility. The chainstays are a thick 7/8″ ovalized and shaped tubes. Combined with oversized bearings, Moots says the rear end is kept stiff and efficient.

2012 Moots MX Divide Titanium 29er full suspension mountain bike

The seatstays are titanium. Pivots use oversized bearings to keep things running smoothly, and Moots says they won’t need much maintenance. The design uses a single pivot with the “Fusion Swing Link” upper linkage to tune the shock rate and provide supple action without pedal bob. Introduced a couple years ago, the 44mm head tube standard gives frame builders and consumers a lot of versatility when picking their headset type and size. While hardtails may need a thinner seatpost to add a little bump-mitigating flex, the MX Divide uses a fat 30.9 post to increase overall bike stiffness. They’re targeting Spring 2012 for release, MSRP TBD.

2012 Moots Psychlo X RSL titanium cyclocross bike

This is one I’ve been waiting on since placing my own personal order in February. The Psychlo-RSL is their top of the line cyclocross bike and, because each one is handbuilt in the Rockies,” they can be customized any way you’d like. Mine, like this one, will be disc brake only with 135mm rear hub spacing (which is shaping up to be the standard for disc ‘cross bikes, thankfully) plus tabs for fenders and racks during the off season. This show bike is using a WoundUp disc fork, but with more options hitting the market (ENVE, 3T, Ritchey), all we’re really waiting on are SRAM, Shimano or Campagnolo to give us a hydraulic road group.

2012 Moots carbon fiber cyclocross fork

Change doesn’t happen overnight, though, and this new carbon fiber cyclocross fork is something Moots has been working on for some time now. Similar to the RSL carbon fork that comes on their road bikes, it has a metallic gray paint that matches their frames about perfectly and small recesses inside the legs to give the pads a bit more clearance. This is particularly helpful when opening the brakes to remove the front wheel.

2012 Moots MootoX RSL titanium mountain bike

The MootoX 29er frames come in three variations, the top-end RSL, the YBB with a short travel “soft tail” design and the regular hardtail (shown in their current incarnation from top to bottom below). The MootoX RSL was only just introduced two years ago and it’s already getting a major refresh. The original frame had only the single downtube curve just behind the head tube. The new model gets a second curve at the bottom, too, to make it a bit laterally stiffer and whole lot sexier. It keeps the S-bend stays, PFBB30 and 44 head tube.

For 2012, the regular and YBB versions will get the single-curved downtube like the old RSL, shown at top.

Comments

FANBOY - 09/03/11 - 7:21pm

LUST.

KII - 09/05/11 - 4:48pm

American engineering AND manufacturing cool. Where is your “high end” frame made? Nice work Moots, keep up the good work. Support USA made.

Robin - 09/05/11 - 7:36pm

Nice bike. I had a Moots. Now I don’t. I could care less where it was made or where the people who designed it were born or lived. Oddly, I buy my bikes to ride, not as political statements.

Kovas - 09/06/11 - 10:14am

Moots is pure tits.

@Robin… You know what they say – your dollar is your vote. Like it or not, unless your ride in total seclusion, the bike you ride does make a statement… With new bikes being essentially rolling billboards for brands, what your ride shouts what you spend your money on (what you support). Be it a carbon bike molded in communist china, or a ti-bike built in a garage factory in the US of A. When you buy a multi-thousand dollar bike, that’s excess spending – no bones about it. Personally, I prefer to spend my excess on USA-made where and when I can. Buying ‘local’ is patriotic and healthy for our country.

Robin - 09/06/11 - 12:38pm

No, a bike purchase is only a political statement when someone is trying to score political points or when people that really don’t understand “patriotism” and “freedom” become afraid that other’s don’t act like them. Patriotism is also what someone with something to gain screams about when it hits their wallets, like Funk Cycles.

My bike purchases have not been political statements. They were statements about how I felt about the bikes after extended test rides; how I felt about them aesthetically; and how they fit my budget at the time.

The “communist china” bit was funny, though. Dang, iffin’ that ain’t sounded like something’ our good buddies pushing’ fear and exclusion might cry. Golly, ‘remember when Brotha Eugene made a stink about the commies in the ’50′s. Dang! Thems was the good ol’ days.

It’s probably a good time for people to do a bit more reading on what “freedom” really is. Here’s a hint: it’s not defined by one political party, by economic needs or interests, or fear. The definition is really simple.

Mike - 09/06/11 - 4:43pm

Dude, lighten up. Not everything has to be political. Its a bike….A bike.

Ovrdbrs - 09/06/11 - 5:29pm

What seat is that on the Psychlo-RSL? It looks great.

Danny - 11/19/11 - 11:27pm

I actually traded in my Specialized, made in China, bike for a 2010 Cannondale, primarily because it was the last year that frame was built in the USA. i will say thaT i am about to buy another bike AND i am looking at made in the Usa bikes like the moots Mx divide.

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