There is no shortage of Moots RSL reviews out there for your googling pleasure. Better writers and riders than I have tried to put into words without sounding like hacks how much the bike kicks ass. I tried from 2007-2009 and the results were, let’s just say the results were worse. Come to think of it, I don’t think I have ever read a bike review that was not clichéd jargon.
It’s hard to convey how a bike rides. When asked about saddles, Tim used to reply, “Do you like to feel supported or do you want to be cradled?” That cracked me up even though I kind of knew what he was talking about. In any case, I am going to make my comments on the new Moots RSL very brief.
You can get a bike that is lighter, cheaper, stiffer, and probably marginally faster in most conditions. I have ridden, raced and enjoyed a lot of those bikes and still do. But the quality of the ride on the Moots is not just a little better than anything I have ever ridden—it is a lot better. Bombing bumpy corners and cruising on rougher roads, the contrast is just very perceptible. The first few rides I thought maybe my enthusiasm was overblown due to coming off a TT bike for the last 6 weeks, but each ride I just like it more. Bike shop guys can get a little jaded after riding a lot of nice bikes and I am no different, but this one is just so killer.
The Moots is the perfect 2nd bike for the racer with the means to have such a caliber of a 2nd bike, or the guy who wants the absolute best ride quality on a bike that will last a long, long time. There are eco reasons to get titanium over carbon if you are into that. I am very into that—in theory at least.
If I go any further I will cross the line of sounding like a hack. So in conclusion, I love my new bike.
P.S. If you do go google Moots RSL reviews you are going to get a good chuckle out of one entitled “Rhapsody in Blue.”