My report coming soon on my gorgeous new mountain bike: the Moots YBB 26". See my April 23 notes discussing the YBB (“why be beat”) feature as well as 26" vs 29er considerations.
The Moots YBB was built up by Neil at Palo Alto Bicycles, who is a very thorough guy (and encyclopedic also, with bike know-how), right down to breaking in new brake pads properly, bleeding the brakes perfectly, etc.
This Moots YBB 18" as shown with pedals and both water bottle cages is ready to ride, and weighs in at 22.4 pounds, which is a half pound lighter than the Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SSL— though the Trek is has a rear shock.
The Moots YBB is still a virgin as I write this, except for a very brief spin (quality photos must come before dirt and mud!), but I’ll have a report within a week or so. The brief spin tells me that it rides like a dream bike.
As for the out of place Bontrager carbon fiber stem, that’s temporary because I was unsure of stem angle and length; I salvaged it and the Chris King headset from my old Trek Top Fuel. A titanium stem will be slotted in once I nail down the stem length.
I’m not sure I need quite so many Moots stickers, but even so this bike presents itself as about as elegant a bike as I’ve yet seen. One with elegant and strong lines, but also it’s a build with zero compromises to low maintenance and long-term reliability. And water bottles are not an in/out hassle as with too-tight-triangle dual suspension bikes.
Click the bike to enjoy a high-res image.
Images taken with the Nikon D3s and Nikon 60mm f/2.8G.