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Moots MootoX RSL Hard-tail in the Mountains — Ride and Handling (Plus White Mountain Photos)

I am incredibly impressed with the Moots MootoX RSL.

Read my latest findings on how the Moots MootoX RSL mountain bike performed in the White Mountains of California.

Moots MootoX RSL 29er mountain bike

This is some of the most enjoyable fire road you’ll find anywhere in terms of the landscape. I know of no better place to ride in California. Numerous side roads branch off the main road, but there are very sharp rocks, so plan accordingly.

Frame logos are blacked out here on the Moots MootoX RSL shown below— there are a lot of riders who cannot afford a MootoX RSL, and some that would nonetheless really like to have one. A prudent precaution.

White Mountain Road at Crooked Creek turnoff

Getting ready to ride...

Your author with White Mountain Peak in the background

Well, mountain biking doesn’t get much more thrilling than this kind of view and weather. What a feeling! White Mountain Peak summit is visible in the distance, summitted July 29.

I just about always have a Lupine Betty mounted on my mountain bike, because it’s great for a daytime running light, and one never knows when riding late in the day what might befall, or whether extra riding might be enjoyable. The Lupine Betty eliminates night-time as an issue.

White Mountain Road at ~12,000' elevation looking towards White Mountain Peak
Lupine Betty II mounted on handlebar next to Garmin Edge 500

My Moots MootoX RSL and gear I rode with:

Equipment for a solo high altitude mountain bike ride

The red spot is a mark from the helmet pressing on my forehead.

Self portrait at 12,800'

This is the road to the summit of White Mountain Peak on September 21, 2011, at the last hump before the road dips a bit before beginning its final strenuous ascent to the summit. Winter presses in early here in 2011.

Last hump at ~ 12,800' before the dip before the final White Mountain Peak summit push

Kill that sign dead. The local rednecks haven’t lerned how to kill signs with fewer than 10 shots, which is where they run out of fingers. This sign is in darn good shape compared to its sibling up the road, which looks like T2 after a bunch of shotgun blasts.

Kill that sign dead

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