Bike Crit-ique: Sean’s MootsWritten: May 21, 2012
Another week, another first – not had a Moots on here, let alone an RSL…
- Frame: Moots Vamoots RSL
- Forks: Edge 1.0
- Wheels: Lightweight Gen II tubs
- Chainset: SRAM Red
- Levers: SRAM Red
- Bars: Edge
- Stem: Moots Open Road 110mm
- Seatpost: Moots Cinch post
- Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio
- Front Mech: SRAM Red
- Rear Mech: SRAM Red
- Tyres: Continental Sprinters
- Brakes: SRAM Red (previously Ciamillo Gravitas)
- Pedals: Speedplay Ti
- Bottle Cages: Planet-X Carbon
Any other components worth a mention?:
Nope, that’s it.
Tell me a bit about it:
Built up over the past year or so, almost everything is second hand. Its the best bike I’ve ever ridden by a country mile. Ride it hard through rain, wind, snow and sunshine, winter and summer. Ride it hard and put it away wet! Love it. The Lightweights finish it off. My ultimate, dream bike.
The RSL was on my shortlist for my dream build. I always wanted a Moots before Baum came to my attention… But what of Sean’s?
First up, generally there’s not much to fault with this build in terms of spec choice. For me, SRAM Red (or perhaps Di2) would be the groupset of choice for a Moots, much as SRAM XX would be my groupset of choice for a Moots MTB – it just ‘fits’. And then there’s the Moots finishing kit, which is so good even Chris King uses it on his Cielo show bikes. Hard not to spec it on a Moots build on that basis alone, although personally I’d be equally happy speccing Thomson if I ever built a Moots.
So, collar & cuffs sorted, black brake tracks sorted, saddle rails sorted and the bar tape matches the saddle. Top marks all round then. But what of those red cables? Well I have to say it’s probably not what I’d have done, but I can’t help but think it works. It picks up on the only splash of colour on the bike – the red in the groupset detailing – and presents it with equal amounts of interest and subtlety. Personally I would probably have picked up on the white in the logo or gone with a black or grey, but the red works well.
The skewers just about pass, but only as long as they’re not to gaudy on the non-drive side of the bike too.
What else? I’ll be honest, good as I know the Edge forks are I do think it’s a shame they’re not Moots forks. I believe the forks that Moots spec on the RSL are basically the same as the slightly quirky looking Alpha-Q GS40 – an acquired taste, but a fork I actually really like as much for its slightly odd design as for performance. I also think the Planet-X cages are completely out of place on this build irrespective of whether or not they’re any good. Even a set of the plastic Arundel Sport cages – a bargain at around £8 a go – would better suit the calibre of this build (although I’m sure I don’t need to suggest that I’d go for the full carbon Mandibles that I so openly rave about on this site?!).
As an aside, I think the new SRAM Red would look awesome on this bike.
A tidy build, and a very solid score at 8/10 – I’m afraid this build signifies a clamp-down on the attention to detail so I’ve docked points for the failure to photograph it in the big ring as well as the light and saddle bag brackets. Rule #26 is one of the only ones I truly subscribe to and it’s time I took a stand!
Worth noting that with Moots forks and different cages (and better rule #26 adherence) this would have been the biggest scoring bike for a while…
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