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Thoughts on More Than One Mountain Bike (and Cyclocross)

Bike nuts like me need more than one bike, because no bike suits all conditions and terrain. I was a natural skeptic in this regard, but I’m now a believer

Is the bike for racing, rough trails, smooth hardpack, all-around use, etc?

Simplifying the picture, here is what I use each of my Moots for:

  • Moots YBB 26 — fantastic on tight singletrack, 180° turns, anytime that fast, light and super maneuverable is the game. Just darn fun on singletrack.
  • Moots MootoX RSL 29er — my fastest most efficient bike, my all-around favorite. Rolls over stuff, goes like stink (super efficient) uphill and down. Not as quick as the YBB 26 on tight singletrack, slower to maneuver on sharp turns, etc.
  • Moots MootoX YBB 29er — workhorse bike for rough terrain, carrying a 10-20 pound daypack, nasty weather in remote areas, days when I want to plant my butt on the saddle and ride.

Click each image to read more about that bike.

2011 Moots YBB 26
2011 Moots MootoX YBB RSL 29er
2012 Moots MootoX YBB 29er


Cyclocross isn’t a mountain bike, but it can substitute for one on hard-pack trails, fire roads, etc that is mixed in with road riding.

The Moots Psychlo X RSL is the right bike for that, but I’d avoid cyclocross brakes, which are awful; go with mini V-brakes unless you’re cyclocross racing.

2012 Moots Psychlo X RSL cyclocross bike

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