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New ride...(18 posts)

New ride...RCole
Feb 15, 2003 11:57 AM
Just built this up last week.
Moots Vamoots - 56cm
Dura Ace, Ksyrium SL wheels, Prima 199 bars, Newton stem.
Took her on her 1st good ride this morning. This is the best bike I've had. All my buddies give me crap because I've cycled through a number of frames to find the right one and this is it.
Nice bike.look271
Feb 15, 2003 12:03 PM
However, I think I would've gone with a different color tire, but to each his own.....=)
The tires are what make the bikeLazywriter
Feb 15, 2003 12:45 PM
I always found the Moots to be a little too dull due to the darker finish of their ti tubes, but with the white decals and those blue tires, the bike looks great.
Very nice!!Jowan
Feb 15, 2003 12:48 PM
I like the clean and 'classic' look. Also like the tire-colour, brings a nice touch to the bike. Was hesistent to put them on my new ride, but no've seen your picture, i'll sure go fot them.

Enjoy your ride!

Mr. Moots...Akirasho
Feb 15, 2003 2:01 PM
... you'll have to give us a more indepth ride report once you've logged a few more miles!

Be the bike.
lovely to look at (nm)CrazyMan
Feb 15, 2003 2:55 PM
Darn. Slobbered on the keyboard.up_hiller
Feb 15, 2003 4:28 PM
That thing looks marvelous.
Is that an Alien seat post?serbski
Feb 15, 2003 5:15 PM
I'm curious if you've used them before and like them. I just found it really frustrating to adjust quickly (as did all my LBS wrenches) then the adjustment screws stripped out mega-quickly. The bike is way understated cool.
Is that an Alien seat post?RCole
Feb 15, 2003 10:31 PM
Yep, that's an Alien Carbon post. I actually really like it and have no problems with adjusting it. It allows the smallest adjustments which helps find just the right saddle position.
Nice Build....Bixe
Feb 15, 2003 5:36 PM
While I appreciate a very nice paint job on a given frame (i.e., Fondriest), and actually rather like the Colnago Crashed-Into-A-Krylon-Display theme on an X-Lite, I also like the industrial look of a bare Ti frame. All business, no flash..

I like this ride because of its ‘classic' nature. The only bends in the straight gauge tubing are a few degrees of angle in the chainstays. It is meticulously assembled to tight tolerances with exceptional craftsmanship and rides with as much refinement as some very high tech frames in my garage. After not quite two years and something over 10 k miles in the saddle, the VaMoots is one of my favorite rides. Beauty in simplicity. and love those dropouts.
Nice Build....kelmeboyAZ
Feb 16, 2003 6:43 PM
I'm thinking of getting a Ti frame as I am currently riding a Look KG381I Kelme team frame - which I love. I ride carbon for the comfort. I have also been toying with idea of a Colnago C-40. Is the Vamoots very comfortable? How would you compare it to Merlin, Seven, etc.
Nice Build....RCole
Feb 16, 2003 9:03 PM
I had a Merlin XLCompact and from my limited mileage, I think this bike is more comfortable. That's probably because this is not a compact frame (which tend to be stiffer and less compliant). Ride quality- this bike is better.
Feb 17, 2003 6:50 AM
The VaMoots won't be as cushy as your 381. For the overall ride, I prefer the VaMoots over the Merlin and LS Vortex (apologies to Lazywriter) and a few carbons, including the OCLVs. The 5900 has as similar a ride to the VaMoots as any of them, but to get to that point all the Trek supplied components had to be replaced with equipment similar to RCole's build (and mine).

The VaMoots is a 'Can't Miss' recommendation for all but a few riders with, uh, 'special needs.' I still have the LS; the Merlin and 5900 are gone....
Feb 15, 2003 11:36 PM
Very nice bike.. very good taste building it.

If you ever want to get rid of her I'm a 56 cm :)

re: New ride...Ti-Boy
Feb 16, 2003 8:03 AM
I am double envious. My 56 Vamoots should be in and ready tomorrow. Unfortunately, we're expecting 12" of snow tonight, so no riding in the short term forseeable future. I went with Moots stem/post, and Forgie bars, otherwise same set up as yours. Enjoy you lucky boy.
re: New ride...7up
Feb 16, 2003 3:51 PM
looks awesome! just got my new and similar ride(seven axiom) last week,but with the snow I have only ridden it outside once rollers twice. enjoy and good luck with yours.
Possibly the prettiest new bike I've seen here. Nice work! nmfbg111
Feb 16, 2003 5:28 PM
A fine rideTig
Feb 17, 2003 7:19 AM
That is one fine and classy bike. I like how you've built it up. You must provide us a more detailed report after a few hundred miles.

I think most of us are always considering what our next frame will be, even if we already have a great one (or more). Over the last few years I've looked at just about every excellent choice out there, and I've finally come to my senses and decided on a Moots using the new Reynolds 6/4 tubset or perhaps the Hampsten version, which is the same).