Posted by Logan Watts
The Moots Routt family of gravel bikes includes the Route RSL—the most road bike-like of the bunch—the Route 45, and the Route YBB, which incorporates a “softail” micro-suspension design. Since Moots first introduced the Routt family of gravel bikes in 2014, gravel riding, components, and rider requirements have been evolving at a blistering pace. To address these needs, all three of the Routt bikes were just revamped to increase tire clearance and optimize their geometry for a more stable ride in rough terrain. These changes include slacker head tube angles and longer front-centers to accommodate shorter stems and wider bars, all trends that rippled through the mountain bike industry and have been trickling into drop-bar bikes over the last couple years. In addition, each was designed around the new crop of “gravel wide drivetrains”—AXS Wide and Shimano GRX—for the same reasons.
To summarize, the Moots Routt RSL moved from a 40mm maximum tire to 45mm to clear 700c x 45mm tires. It also got a slackened 72° headtube angle (for 56-60cm sizes). The Route 45 and YBB models can now fit 50mm tires and both get a 71° headtube angle (for 56-60cm sizes). Find details in the video below and scroll down for a gallery of the Moots Routt YBB with their custom Dot anodizing pattern.