If it ain't broke don't fix it!!! The Moots Vamoots is the longest running model that Moots has ever created. Classic road geometry provides an exceptional bike for those long days in the saddle, a shorter top tube and longer head tube then the RSL or the CR this bike is ideal for the century rider, the charity rider or the rider that is looking for superb performance with the race geometry. -3lb frame in 56cm -Available sizes 48,50,52,54,55,56,58,62. -Colors: Titanium finish. -Classic Vamoots road geometry for mile after mile performance. -1 cm longer head tube than the Vamoots CR for more intuitive posture on bike. -.5 cm to 1cm longer chainstays than the Vamoots CR for more telepathic handling. -1 cm shorter top tube, than the Vamoots CR better fit for rider with more upright riding posture. -Lower bottom bracket than the Vamoots CR for more grounded road feel. -Replaceable derailleur hanger.
Strengths: Ride quality, durability, fit and value
Weaknesses: Weight, stiffness (if you are strong and sprint often), dull looking ti...
If you are not sponsored and have to ride a certain bike then think about a Moots. I have ridden almost every high end bike (thanks ebay!) and when I finally decided to pick a long term ride I choose Moots. I never worry about my Moots getting knocked around, ti handles that great. For me that is a priority as I use my stuff and tend not to baby it. If you pick a Vamoots over the RSL then you won't mind the extra grams or slightly (I could not feel a difference) less stiff frame. This is a classic frame and offers a ride that will still reward you 10 years from now. And as the guy at Moots told me when I asked about the warrany "sure it's a lifetime warranty but you'll never have to use it". The only bikes I have ridden that I cosnider in the same class as the Vamoots are the Time VXR, Colnago C50 and the Torelli Nitro Express. Everything else is not in the same classs
Weaknesses: I'm digging deep to find weaknesses...But the decals wear quickly (but replacements are available thru their webstore)...And this is not necessarily a weakness, but difference in frame styles - But it's not as stiff as most carbon racing frames (many will see this as a plus)
I've been riding my Vamoots now for going on 9 years. Wow, what a bike. I've replaced components on it 3 times over the years (Dura Ace, Campy Centaur, and now Campy Record). I just can't believe how a bike can be so buttery smooth on a rough road, yet still climb the way it does. The oversized chain stays give it ample stiffness when out of the saddle (although not quite as much as a carbon racing frame, but equal or better than many carbon performance frames). This bike performs well on any surface, and at any speed. I highly recommend the Moots seatpost as well, as it adds to the smoothness of the ride.
Well, recently I've contemplated selling the Moots and getting a new carbon fiber bike. I've looked at and ridden some nice ones (Parlee, Cervelo, and others)...And while they look sharp and sprint/climb well, and I want and look for any reasons to like them better than my Vamoots, I simply can't say that I do. So that being said, I'm sending the Vamoots in for a refurb, and buying all new wheels/components for it yet again. It's like having a brand new bike, and that's the beauty of buying a Moots. The frame will last you a lifetime, and you can always upgrade components as technology changes.
Bottom Line: It just doesn't get any better!
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: December 17, 2010
Strengths: Stiff in the right places, the right amount of compliance in other places. Outstanding machine.
Weaknesses: cost ? you get what you pay for
I have about 10,000 miles on this bike, bought new, so I figured it was time. It's broken in and I can comment fairly on the bike. I am a fast recreational rider, 50+, aspire to push the pace and finish at the top of the climbs of my B+ club rides by the end of the summer :)
This 2004 Vamoots is a unquestionably a great bike. I worked my way through g-school working in an LBS (and working for a rider who was on the '72 Olympic team) so I got a chance to ride some great bikes (C'dales, Paramounts, Pinarellos among others) and learned something about bikes - and I absolutely love the Vamoots. Never fails to put a smile on my face. I liken the ti to novacaine at the dentists office: costs more, hurts at first, but then you see things coming that should hurt and they don't. I spent the first 500 miles looking for holes and ruts to ride over - just amazed at how comfortable, solid and predictable the bike rides. On rides with friends I've seen other frames start to wobble and chatter on downhills. Never an issue with the Moots - fast, responsive and predictable. Fast uphill, fast down. Does what you tell it to do. Goes where you point it. I love long rides (100+ mi) and this bike has always been a joy to be on. I'm the kind of rider who just goes - if the perfect route on the map turns to dirt and sand in real life, I don't care I just keep going. Been hit by a car, jumped off the road a few times, a couple of falls - no matter.
p.s. - if you are reading this, you are thinking about spending a ridiculous amount of $ on a bike. Hey, if this amounts to a paycheck or mortgage payment :) be sure to get a great fit. If the best the shop owner can do is tell you to straddle the bike or do the forearm measure to the stem, "whaddya think??" go elsewhere with your piggy bank. You deserve a much better fitting than that. Do your homework and ask many many questions. Talk to friends who ride a lot. Scott at Evo Pro bikes gave me a great fitting that has made a huge difference in my riding.
Bike Setup: Custom Moots Compact. Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork. Moots stem and seatpost, of course. DT Swiss wheels handbuilt by Joe Young. Campy Chorus/Record combo.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2009
Strengths: Impeccable quality. American made. Light and low maintenance industrial beauty. No chips, no paint, no worries.
Weaknesses: My own. I need to figure out my stem/bar a little bit better. Leaves me lusting for the SL
This is one of the best and most beautiful bikes that exists. It is actually a Hampsten that was built by Moots, I imagine to Moots geo, but I am not sure. I have never seen better welds by any other manufacturer. The stout chainstays transfer power, but the seatstays do a good job of damping the road shock. I love climbing out of saddle as the bike just wants to run. Long days seated are a joy and I can go longer than ever before and still not feel fatigued from the road.