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 Post subject: Moots Mountaineer
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:10 pm 
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Thought I'd throw up a bit about this funky bike as I plan to return to, and try to complete this project (been sidelined by the Groves and Yeti).

This is a pretty nice example of an early steel Moots from back in the old days in Steamboat Springs when Kent ran the show. It has a lot of unusual features like custom made lugs, subtle paint touches, the moots brake mount and articulating cable mounts just to name a few.

I got the bike from a guy in CO, who got it from the original owner as payment for painting his house. The second guy had no clue what the bike was and really didn't take good care of it, fortunately he didn't throw away the rigid fork like so many do. The bike was built with a very eclectic mix of parts including WTB Speedmaster roller cam brake in the rear, Cook Bros cranks and Cook Ti BB (BB was toast), XC-PRO drivetrain, CK headset and Mavic wheels (missing front and rear was beat). The seatpost was frozen in the frame and slammed all the way down, took a few days of soaking with penetrating fluid until it was freed. The BB was much worse. The cups had to be cut out, resulting in a little bit of damage to the BB shell, but nothing really bad. Otherwise the bike is solid, shiny blue pearlescent paint, no dents, dings or any major scratches. It's definitely been used and stored with little care, but it's only skin deep.

I replaced most of the worn out and rusted XC-PRO stuff with some nicer pieces I had lying around. For the time being I'm using XC-PRO wheels, although I was able to get a set of Mavic hubs so I may go back to those. The rigid fork is back on the bike and once I get the BB sorted and clean up the chain suck area a bit it'll be there. The seat on there was only used for purposes of extracting the seatpost and it now has a nice vintage suede seat.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:36 pm 
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Uauu, really amazing!!

Another great bike from you ;)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:48 pm 
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that really is funky, i love some of the details.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:11 pm 
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8) WOW

.......super.....

so different than many bikes


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:20 pm 
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Super 8) really really nice! Lookin forward to the finished pics.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:27 pm 
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Very nice 8)

love the lugwork. Are you going to keep the shark? :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:29 pm 
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firedfromthecircus wrote:
Very nice 8)

love the lugwork. Are you going to keep the shark? :lol:


I'm not changing anything on this bike. Just doing some minor touch ups on the chainstay but otherwise it's staying just as it is now.

BTW - I think that's an alligator or crocodile, not a shark :D


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:41 pm 
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Yeah, think its an alligator to due to the tail on the other side of the headset tube!

Really nice details on this frame!


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 Post subject: wow
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:49 am 
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too cool


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:21 am 
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very cool indeed. Love the details on the frame, very special


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