New Moots 650B YBB Mountain Bike w/ First Pair of Mavic Crossmax SLR 650B Wheels, Plus Di2 Hack!

moots YBB 650b soft tail mountain bike with new Mavic Crossmax SLR 27-5 wheels

Moots is now offering their first 650B/27.5 mountain bike with their YBB soft tail platform. Oh, and it’s spec’d with the only set of Mavic 650B wheels in the states!

Moots’ resident racer and marketing guy Jon Cariveau (2nd at Kentucky in Masters CX!) said they’re initially going to build soft tails and hardtails with the middle wheel size, possibly looking at a trail bike in the future. Right now, they see it as being an option for race bikes for riders having for issues on 29ers.

They’re available now as a custom only frames starting at $3,650. Stock frames should come next year, probably.

moots YBB 650b soft tail mountain bike with new Mavic Crossmax SLR 27-5 wheels

The bike’s built with 100mm fork and about 1-1/8″ travel in the rear.

moots YBB 650b soft tail mountain bike with new Mavic Crossmax SLR 27-5 wheels

The bike gets a 44mm headtube, press fit BB30, curved down tube for fork clearance and curved top tube for stand over. It’ll also come standard with post mount rear brake tabs, something that used to be an optional upgrade on their frames. They use replaceable inserts save you from ruining the frame.

It’s made in Steamboat, CO, with 3/2.5 seamless Ti tubing.

Mavic Crossmax SLR 650B 27-5 mountain bike wheels

Looking for a high end wheel set option that’s not carbon? Mavic should have you covered soon! More on this as we get it.

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This bike’s getting ready for the Tour Divide.

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This MX Divide has the first ever Calfee internal Di2 battery hooked up to a dropper post and being used to power the Fox iCD suspension.

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All wiring runs inside the frame for an incredibly clean look. It’s working with the new E-Tube wiring design, so one wire goes from switch to fork to shock to battery, which has the processor built in. Slick.

Comments

vhom - 02/22/13 - 12:42pm

That MX Divide…..WOW!!!!!!

Steve M - 02/22/13 - 12:57pm

Very, very nice looking stuff.

TJ - 02/22/13 - 1:04pm

hot diggity!

metno - 02/22/13 - 1:23pm

omg – there were times they build up some nice frames BUT what the hell happens there?

John - 02/22/13 - 1:34pm

Looks great, no question. But I guarantee the front end of that MX Divide is super flexy. Ti is simply a poor material to use on a FS rig (especially with that undersized down tube). May work fine for the buff track in Steamboat under a 145 lb racer (or for the dentist or doctor who rides 3x a month), but take a 175 lb average joe with a few skills to Fruita, Moab, Sedona etc. and he’ll wish he had something else

Bob - 02/22/13 - 2:03pm

A lot of ugly expensive bike here

Pancakes - 02/22/13 - 2:29pm

John-

That’s a lot of speculation without riding the bike.

Kyle - 02/22/13 - 2:35pm

Bob-
Hater’s gonna hate

Ryan - 02/22/13 - 2:45pm

Love it.

JonDanger FTW - 02/22/13 - 3:11pm

John is right, that front end looks like noodle city to me. Also, the battery powered drooper post looks like a grease everywhere every time the battery needs charging. And how friggin long of a seat tube is required to fit that contraption in a frame? Methinks anyone riding smaller than an 18″-19″ frame is SOL. Moots, with their ever skyrocketing prices, is turning into the Serotta of the MTB world.

donnie - 02/22/13 - 3:59pm

never seen so ugly bikes!

John - 02/22/13 - 4:02pm

Pancakes,

Have you ridden any Ti bike with a 1 5/8 down tube, which is what Moots typically uses? Works OK for certain bikes (road) and riders, but the combination of material and diameter is way under-gunned for most modern, moderate to aggressive rider’s needs. BTW, just got a chuckle – I picked up Bike Magazine’s 2013 Bible of Bike Tests at lunch, and they basically rip on the MX for being flexy. The problem with Moots is that they use titanium no matter what, and never mind if it is appropriate for the application. They never outgrew the “let’s make everything out of titanium because it is so cool” mentality of the early 90s

greg - 02/22/13 - 4:11pm

battery doesnt have to be removed to charge. see calfee’s website. im sure the battery circuitry can be moved for smaller frames, this is far from a production piece.
just because it’s ti doesnt necessarily mean it’s flexy. steel, ti, alu, they have similar STW… it’s all in the application.

satisFACTORYrider - 02/22/13 - 5:00pm

isn’t the mx divide like 5k for the frame? atsalotta pasta for that noodle. yes, test ridden against a stumpy.

Bdangle - 02/22/13 - 5:08pm

Moots always has been a boutique brand for people who know nothing about bikes except that the most expensive is best. Flexy as hell, not very attractive. Have you ever met someone riding one? Elitists snobs.. You can get a bike 10 times better for 1/4 the price.

ridebeersleep - 02/22/13 - 5:27pm

Tour divide bike – very much function over form for that bike in what is a brutal race. However, are those hydraulic brakes? To me it looks like the internals were removed on a Shimano shifter. I really like the shifter mounted on the aerobar for the Rohloff.

Jeb - 02/23/13 - 12:38am

@ridebeersleep, Tour Divide isn’t a race much like RAAM isn’t a race, it’s simply a contest of who can sleep the least and keep pedaling a bike.

PasabaporaquĆ­ - 02/23/13 - 3:37am

Looks like photoshopping.
Those wheels look like SLR 29er, and, doesn’t Schwalbe label their tires as 650b instead of 27,5?

JimmyZ - 02/23/13 - 5:24am

“Hey, man, you doing the tour divide?”
“Obviouslyyyyy, can’t you see that I have a wine bottle mounted to my fork leg?”
“No, your collection of handlebars is in the way, sorry.”
“You had better be sorry. Now get out of my way!”

Tyler (Editor) - 02/23/13 - 10:02am

Pasabaporaqui – Not photoshopping, these were uploaded directly from the show floor. The front tire had 27.5 and the rear tire had 650B on the sidewall. They were definitely not 29er wheels.

Douglas F Shearer - 02/23/13 - 11:30am

So no-one is noticing the 650b specifix Fox Forx on the soft tail?

Looks like they make use of 26″ components both for the CSU and internals, with a longer-dropout section accommodate the extra 1/2″ of radius on the bigger wheel. Would love to see an image of the brake-mount on the other side.

Moot’s own photo from Twitter shows the elongated dropout better. https://twitter.com/MOOTSCYCLES/status/305076651237195778/photo/1

PasabaporaquĆ­ - 02/23/13 - 11:46am

Thanks for the clarification Tyler.
It was odd that this wheelset came so stealthy(first time spotted at NAHBS).
So, if Mavic gets into the 650b(I prefer this nomenclature), that wheelsize will be unstoppable.
For the moment, I’ll stick to my SLR 26ers ;)

Jeff - 03/08/13 - 12:33pm

I told myself I wouldn’t get into 650b until Mavic starts making wheels that size… I guess the time has come.

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