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Old 08-07-2017, 09:34 AM
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Old Moots = new bike (now with build pics)

A while back I started to develop an interest in titanium. So I started checking Craigslist and was surprised at how many nice examples I found, Litespeed, Merlin, Lynskey and others. After a few days I had a short list of a couple in my size and price range, but then a Moots popped up that had only been listed for a few hours. After surveying forum members on which bike to pursue, the response for the Moots was overwhelming...which was the way I was leaning anyway.

I met with the seller and found that he was a collector and had many beautiful vintage steel bikes, even a his/hers set of Bruce Gordon's that were just gorgeous. We made a deal and then geeked out on bike stuff for a couple more hours.

According to the serial number, this frame is from around 1996. It still sports it's original decals, that I plan to keep. This is "as purchased", with Dura Ace 7700 group.
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I stripped it down and sent the fork out to be painted. I like the look of the color matched forks. I used Black Magic Paints, in Portland OR, on the advice from Moots.
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I'll post up final build pics soon. Super excited to gets this out on the road.


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Old 08-07-2017, 10:03 AM
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nice. that fork is going to be a huge aesthetic improvement from what it looked like before.

what are the build plans?
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:05 AM
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Ti-meless! Congrats on bringing home that beauty!
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:12 AM
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How much did they charge for the fork painting?

Great looking bike and cool story!
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:16 AM
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nice. that fork is going to be a huge aesthetic improvement from what it looked like before.



what are the build plans?


I pulled my SRAM Rival 22 group off my GT National Team bike, so it will be installed on the Moots. PRO bar and stem. I want to get a Moots seat post eventually, but I'll determine if I need the straight or setback after I get my position sorted.


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Old 08-07-2017, 08:22 PM
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Can't wait for the build pics. Love the painted forks. Will make the final build much nicer.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:27 PM
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How much did they charge for the fork painting?

Great looking bike and cool story!


Paint plus return shipping was $195. I had a quote from another painter for $175, but he was guessing at the color. The paint on the fork is a matte finish that looks great against the bare titanium. I'm happy I chose them. Turnaround time was two weeks.


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Old 08-07-2017, 09:17 PM
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Paint plus return shipping was $195. I had a quote from another painter for $175, but he was guessing at the color. The paint on the fork is a matte finish that looks great against the bare titanium. I'm happy I chose them. Turnaround time was two weeks.


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Right on. I'm going to use them too. They are literally right up the street from me..
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:18 PM
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Spent this morning finishing up on the Moots build. OMG, I am so digging this bike. Tomorrow's the shake down ride, I'll let you know how it goes.

Now pics.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:42 PM
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This morning's shakedown ride went really well. Of course, my normal front derailleur not exactly perfect thing was there, but besides that this bike is so good. The ride is perfect, not to firm, and the bike handles great. I'm amazed that this frame is over twenty years old. I've had a couple titanium frames pass through my garage, a Serotta and Colnago, and each one wanted to bounce me off the saddle every time I hit a crack in the road. The Moots though is fantastic, I'm sure it will be around for a while.


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Old 08-09-2017, 08:54 PM
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That repainted fork looks great on the bike!
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:23 PM
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Looks great! I just picked up a vamoots and am building it up tomorrow I am very excited to try it out and compare it to the others I've owned
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:53 PM
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Is that a 1" steerer ? Looks great !
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:08 PM
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Is that a 1" steerer ? Looks great !


Yes, it has a one inch steer tube. I'm using a shim.


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Old 08-09-2017, 10:34 PM
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That repainted fork looks great on the bike!


Thanks. I agree, I'm so glad that I had refinished


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