Moots’ Surprising New Womble Titanium Hardtail – Pond Beaver 2020

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Moots is a name synonymous with titanium hardtails and also for creating some of the cleanest hardtail frames on the market for road, gravel, mountain biking and generally just sit back and admire. But they’re also cyclists and probably advocate that you spend as much time riding as you do looking at their frames. And to increase the amount of ride they offer the more aggressive ATV crowd they’ve come out with the Womble. It might not be a complete “hardcore” hardtail, but we’re still excited to see a brand like Moots produce a bike with about 66 ° (not sagging) head tube angle designed around a fork. 140 mm.

Not a tiny animal that lives under Wimbledon Common, but actually named after the IMBA Epic Trail in Arkansas, the Womble is for people who like a good single track and a bit of adventure. Moots gently says it’s for old souls, those who aren’t looking for the latest trend or the latest specs and colors. This is probably a bike that you will have in your quiver for many years to come. Rather an investment.

The Womble uses 29 “wheels with 2.6” tire clearance, is based on a 140mm fork and is available in two construction options.

The geometry is indicated for the bike at 25% fork sag, so more of a dynamic geometry guide than the usual static guide. But there are 4 sizes ranging from 419mm to 505mm with a head angle of just over 67 degrees. The length and angle of the seat tube are changed by size, with larger sizes getting a looser seat angle. The BB drop is 57mm which should give a BB height of around 321mm and there is 434mm chain backing on all sizes.

The frames are designed around a post length of 35mm to 50mm and a dropper post of 150mm minimum. It is also possible to go down to a 120mm fork, but that would change the geometry resulting in a steeper head and seat angle while providing a longer reach. The maximum chainring size is 32 teeth.

All frames have clean external cable routing, threaded BB, and attention to detail like no other. USA-made titanium frames have never been cheap, and this is true with the Womble – the frame is priced at $ 3,625.

The Womble uses new double butted upper and lower tubes to improve the stiffness and strength of the longer bike design while minimizing the weight penalty. Moots also increased the diameter of the tube and the resulting aesthetic is more aggressive.

Both versions of the Womble are 1x only with a full SRAM AXS setup, ENVE wheels and SRAM brakes. The other version uses a 12-speed Shimano XT and normal hydraulic brakes and reverb. Both versions come with Rock Shox Pike and Vittoria tires.

SRAM construction bikes come with special shot-blasted anodizing for a little shine without hurting your eyeballs. Moot’s standard etched finish is also available, as is the Signature Series of anodized logos and patterns for an upgrade option.

For more information, visit the Moots Womble website.




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