Charlie Cunningham gave a lot to the world of cycling. From custom frames to roller cam brakes, 135 mm axles to the founding of Wilderness Trail Bikes, he has shaped the sport of cycling as much as anyone.
Now it’s time for us to give back. After suffering a serious brain injury as a result of a cycling crash in August, Cunningham faces a long road to recovery. Moots Cycles is helping out with a fundraising campaign that will send 100 percent of the proceeds to help him get back on his feet, literally and figuratively. The Moots Ti Stick is a titanium “cow bell” of sorts that is made from scrap tubing in its Steamboat Springs, Colorado, workshop. Instead of being recycled they are made into noisemakers for cheering on your favorite racers.
This batch of 32 will sell for $125 each and the $4,000 raised will go straight to Cunningham’s recovery fund. You can order one through the Moots website today.Tweet Print
Even if you don’t live in Colorado or might never have the chance to sample its sweet singletrack, it’s hard to pass up an opportunity like this. The Routt Country Riders – a local IMBA chapter – is raising funds to purchase some new trail building equipment, and Moots is pitching in to help.
For every $50 ticket you purchase, you’ll get another entry in a raffle to win a Moots Rouge YBB, a 27.5 titanium hardtail with Moots’ famous YBB softtail design. That’s an $8,000 value we’re talking here.
If you’re not familiar, the partnership between Moots and the RCR goes way back. Formed in the early 1990s, the club advocates for both mountain bikes and road riders, and has earned a Bronze level certification from IMBA and built the only IMBA Ride Center in Colorado and one of just 17 in the world. They also worked with Moots to create the amazing “chainsaw” trail building bike we saw at NAHBS last year.
Only 250 tickets for this raffle are available now through June 10, and you can grab yours at the Moots online store. Good luck!
Since 1981, Moots has been handcrafting frames from U.S. made titanium and are well known for their soft-tail YBB frame and high-quality hardtails, road, and ‘cross frames. Feeling the need to cater to XC and Epic riders and racers looking for a short travel bike, other than ones made from carbon or aluminum, Moots partnered with the suspension experts at the Sotto Group. The Sotto Group has helped bike companies such as Fox, Mountain Cycle, Lynskey, and Ahrens with suspension designs, and after two years of working with Moots, the 29-inch-wheeled MX Divide was created.Tweet Print
Cyclocross season may be winding down, but if you’ve got Holiday Fever, the only solution might be MORE COWBELL. Moots is happy to obliged with the annual release of Ti Sticks, a noisemaker made from excess or scrap tubing from Moots frames.
The titanium tubes are cut and finished in just a way to provide the perfect resonance for heckling your favorite racer. They will undoubtedly ride faster and farther thanks to your assistance.
Each year, 100 percent of the proceeds from the Ti Sticks goes to charity or advocacy groups. For 2013, the recipient is the Great Colorado Flood Relief, a natural choice after the devastating floods along the Front Range in Moots’ home state. Each of the 2013 tubes is also marked with the Great Colorado Flood Relief logo for extra specialness. There are only 31 being built this year, and with Cyclocross Nationals coming up in January in Boulder, these are likely to go fast. Order yours here.Tweet Print
In Issue #159 we visited the Moots factory in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for our Homegrown – Made in America series. Here are some additional photos from our visit.
Photos by Adam Newman
Welder Matt Pronovost lays down one of Moots’ signature double-pass, stack-of-dimes welds.
The signature brushed Moots finish is achieved by blasting the frames with tiny glass beads.
Moots didn’t always build in titanium. This early-’90s time trial bike is TIG-welded steel.
Tubesets are kept at-the-ready for new orders.
For 2012 the Mooto X RSL 29er gets a new, curvy downtube.
Don’t expect to see this time-trial prototype in the Moots catalog anytime soon. After mitering, each tube is smoothed by hand.
The welding area is tidy and organized, with plenty of room to work.
The factory building houses the construction area on the first floor, offices on the second floor, and three apartments on the third floor.