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.
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.