So it would be sweet to have a Moots cross bike, but I don’t have one yet. And honestly, I’m not sure exactly what I’d want for it either, option-wise. Pretty sure I’m sticking with disc brakes, and would have to have a pump peg. Through axles? No idea. Custom geo? Maybe, depends how finicky I want to get and how firmly I grasp cross bike geometery.
On the Moots facebook page there are a number of sweet builds, and one guy has all three of these configurations below.
First up the is the base Cyclo X. Looks sharp with the Enve fork, and I like the white bar/stem setup, as well as the white cables & black tape.
I don’t know if this is the same bike or a different one, but it looks cool with the red headset and spacers, and I really like the Crossmax wheels on the cross bike. Usually mountain bike wheels look dumb- you know, like mine do on my cross rig- but here I think they fit.
And maybe he sold these to get the new RSL version, but this one’s also sweet. Drilled for Di2 but with a single ring up front and a SRAM crankset. It’s also presumably running Clement tubulars, and based on my experience setting up Carrie’s race wheels I have to admit they’re not only easy to work with but also durable and remarkably straight.
Hampsten is also one of my favorites, and I really like their 7-Eleven-inspired team paint scheme on this proper road frame. They’ve shown it before on a track bike, but it’s hard for me to get too excited about those. Here it looks great, and not too Christmas-y as you might expect from a red and green combination (photo courtesy of Hampsten’s facebook page).
Also this week was SEMA, which for those not in the know is a major car show. I don’t care too much about the usual industry fair, but Expedition Portal posted some amazing pictures of some cool truck & 4×4 related show builds.
It would appear that if you’re going with a big, American truck you want a Dodge, and if it’s older it should be a Power Wagon.
Like this one from the 40′s.
Which features an awesome matched axe & shovel set. I might need to make a matched set for Dan for his FJ.
Or this Power Wagon from the early 80′s.
Power Wagons are pretty awesome and it’s amazing that many of those built in the 40′s and are still rolling (I see two locally on a regular basis). I’m not sure the new Dodge Diesel stuff is as cool or as durable, but there seems to be a market for them.
And of course, Toyotas. Did you play Ivan Stewart’s Off Road in the arcade? I sure did.
There were also a number of highly modified Tundras, which is also pretty awesome.
This was one of the cooler and less ridiculous ones. Who doesn’t have fond memories of Tonka trucks?
So with the possible exception of the racing pickup everything in this post is American made metal.