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2011 Moots MootoX RSL — Weight

Moots 2011 MootoX RSL
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For those with an unlimited budget for racing, a comparable carbon fiber frame bought each racing season might weight a pound less, but titanium lasts just about forever, good luck with carbon fiber over the long term and/or if you’re a big guy.

Titanium is elegant, durable, and rides with some extra comfort and zing that you won’t find in carbon. At the least, a carbon fiber frame with anything less than a full lifetime replacement warranty is not a poor long-term investment. Replacing a frame is hardly free, as it requires a teardown and rebuild.

But for me it’s primarily a comfort issue. In my experience so far, carbon fiber mountain bike frames have a too-stiff ride that only dual suspension can mitigate adequately. Since I’m not interested in a sloppy conventional dual suspension bike, that leaves a hardtail (or softtail).

Frame weight

The 2011 Moots MootoX RSL 18" frame is a racing design in a titanium hardtail 29er, and thus should be lightweight, and indeed it is as things go for a metal (non carbon) frame.

Moots specifies an 18" frame weight of 3.5 pounds, but it’s unclear what that includes (e.g., dropouts, bolts for water bottles, etc).

I weighed the 18" MootoX RSL frame on a gram-accurate scale after the SRAM PressFit 30 bottom bracket had already been installed (91g + ~10g (?) shims).

Weights here ALSO include the dropouts and bolts for the water bottles, but NOT the seat post or seat post clamp. Within a few grams, frame weight seems to be exactly what Moots claims.

This is a remarkable weight for a 29er metal frame, yet it looks and feels to be an extremely solid build; examining it in person and handling it makes me think of it as something as suitable for display as art as for building as a bike.

Moots "30.9 X 380 LB CO2" seatpost: 255g
Moots Ti handlebar custom 26" X 8°:  239g (bar), 256g with 31.8mm shims

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Moots 2011 MootoX RSL titanium frame and Moots titanium seatpost

XTR Parts weight

As weighed on my gram-accurate lab scale.

XTR 26/38 crankset
- cranks 660g
- SMBB90-A  86g
XTR 11-36 cassette:  276g
- largest 5 rings are titanium
XTR F01A pads with heat sinks:  18g
XTR pedals:
- 305g
- + 53g cleats
XTR chain:  271g in bag with pins
XTR front derailleur:  127g
XTR rear derailleur: 175g
XTR shifter set with cables, housings: 344g
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