Steamboat Springs, CO - "Handbuilt in the Rockies," is the simple but very poignant tagline for Moots Cycles.
Once your local Moots dealer sizes you up and sends the specifications to the factory in Steamboat Springs, the entirety of your brand new bicycle, right down to the image of Mr. Moots on your head badge, is cut, shaped, mitered, machined, aligned, welded, and finished inside their four walls.
Started in 1981, Moots Cycles first offering was actually a custom steel frame. It would take another ten years until the company rolled out its first titanium frame at Interbike, and it has not looked back since.
While the facilities have definitely seen an upgrade over the years, the original factory now Orange Peel Bicycle Service, the dedication, quality, and purposeful design philosophy of each Moots bicycle have not varied.
Using US-made titanium tubing, each Moots creation could easily be classified as art. But the true aesthetics of any bicycle often comes through in its fit and ride quality. And in that, Moots exceeds expectations.
Taking the dime tour with Public Relations Manager, Cathy Wiedemer, it was readily apparent that the craftsmanship that goes into and onto each Moots bicycle is directly related to those people involved in the process. From Amy DeCastro Shelters, one of the few female welders in the industry, to Moots President, Rob Mitchell, who took the time out of his busy schedule to show me Steamboat Springs, the real quality of any Moots bicycle is in the people who work meticulously on it.
With their first complete booth at Eurobike this year and the unveiling of three new offerings at Interbike, Moots Cycles certainly has a great deal to celebrate this year.
Somehow, I just don't feel they'll all slow down long enough to enjoy it.
For more information on Moots Cycles, visit the company's website.