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Moots factory tour.....(lots of pics)(13 posts)

Moots factory tour.....(lots of pics)mugg
Apr 24, 2003 8:00 AM
Hey there guys. I did a write-up on my tour of the Moots factory. Not sure if you guys prequent mtbr's passion board. Here it goes.

Steamboat Springs is a picturesque mountain town and home to many hot springs resorts, million dollar homes, Smartwool socks and the Moots cycles. A small crew of 15 bike passionates makes their living transforming very expensive titanium tubes into wonderful works of art, an art worthy of being showcased in a museum. And it's handcrafted in the Rockies, where the crew can test their frames against the elements of long fire road climbs, technical descent and oh-so sweet singletrack. Each year the Moots factory produces a thousand or so frames for the lucky few.

I have been a Moots fanatic for some time now and have been fortunate enough to own two of their beautiful frames. Since I was visiting my sister-in-law in the Boulder area last week, it was only natural to pay the Moots guys a visit. Going along on the factory tour was my wife Rosita, niece, Dahlia and nephew, Joey.

One thing a visitor will notice shortly after entering the Moots building is the friendly staff. The building itself is impeccable, comparable to a dentist office except that your drool will be induced by staring at the gleaming frames hanging from the ceiling instead of a Novocain injection.

Dan "The Man", a sales rep and our tour guide took us around the factory, explaining in detail how they go about building the best bikes. He introduced us to the man behind Mr. Moots, Kent Ericksen-the founder, Bike Hall of Fame inductee and super nice guy. We met most of the Moots crew during our visit and all were happy to have us look over their shoulders as they go about building the best titanium frames and parts.

Excellent craftsmanship is what the Moots folks strive for, from the meticulous welds to the precisely mitered tubes. And their customer service is excellent as well. Dan and Jon are always willing to stay on the phone for hours. Answering all kinds of questions about bike fit, what frame to bike, and so on. They certainly do a great job building a dream bike. If this sounds like a strong endorsement then I'm guilty as charged. All you have to do is ride a Moots frame to be a believer.

Mad props to the Moots crew for their hospitality.

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day.

Newly built Dream Factory where the Moots bikes are built precisely.

Show room where one can ogle at the fine ti frames on the wall.

Moots Smoothie

Moots Vamoots YBB

Bird's eye view of the inside factory.

The man himself, Kent Erickson busy building someone's dream ride.

Shiny frames hanging from the ceiing.

Mitering station

Layout of the factory.

The crew in-charge of finishing each Moots frame to perfection.

Swag score! Titanium tubes finished with Mr. Moots decal. Mucho thanks guys

re: Moots factory tour part II....(lots of pics)mugg
Apr 24, 2003 8:05 AM

Almost there just a little more prep work. Someone's going to be very happy with their new frame.

Hard at work in the bubble.

Yours truly, operating a CADD machine. Can I get a job with you guys?

Dave the super clean, super friendly CADD master-showing off his drill bit.

Brad the man behind the flawless welds with the legendary Kent Eriksen.

Chris and John discussing the finer points of flyfishing.

Adding to the Moots quiver, a 56cm Vamoots. Can't help it, it's my "good" addiction.

Rocky Mountain High

Simply amazing views.

Clear above, visibility somewhat unlimited.

Two lonesome pines stuck in a crack.

Herd of elk grazing on a meadow.

"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world."~Grant Petersen

nice pics & nice bikes! :) nm.divve
Apr 24, 2003 9:11 AM
Beautiful ! Thanks :) nm.LDO
May 2, 2003 3:49 AM
nice! compared to litespeed tour last fall,...JS Haiku Shop
Apr 24, 2003 8:14 AM
...this place is compulsively clean and tidy.

interesting that they allowed you to shoot-up the place. litespeed folks were against any picture taking.

swag? a couple litespeed catalogs.

the LS place was all bidness, no showroom.

many similarities, though.

wow, now i'm getting all jealous and stuff.


thanks for the good report!

re: Moots factory tour.....(lots of pics)t-bill
Apr 24, 2003 8:18 AM
Very cool! You must be a professional photog, the lighting seemed perfect in nearly every photo. Nice use of fisheye, as well.
re: Moots factory tour.....(lots of pics)russw19
Apr 24, 2003 8:25 AM
Outside of the beauty of the Moots bikes and factory... that's very impressive camera work.

I hope you don't mind, but I may save a few to my computer. Something about b/w nature shots that I love!

Thanks for the pics

Thanks for the pics....Horace Greeley
Apr 24, 2003 8:22 AM
Pics are great. Our local LBS just became a Moots dealer (was a Litespeed authorized dealer) and last week was the first time I actually was able to hold or even see a Moots (never have seen one on the road where I live). Haven't had the chance to ride one yet, but they are beautiful bikes. I've done Steel, AL, and now Carbon. I figure next up is Ti, and Moots will certainly be on the list.
Has anyone done a Seven factory tour? -nt-sodade
Apr 24, 2003 8:44 AM
Great pictures! Thanks! nmTower
Apr 24, 2003 9:03 AM
nice! nmgtx
Apr 24, 2003 12:54 PM
Apr 24, 2003 1:35 PM
That is impressive and with great pictures. Thanks.
Excellent photography work and a great choice..Juanmoretime
Apr 24, 2003 6:03 PM
working in black and white. It adds a historic appearance to your tour.Black and white is timeless.