by Marc Basiliere
March 24, 2014
Love it… or hate it?
Every six months or so, images of this pumpkin-themed 2012 Moots MootoX RSL make the rounds- and variously sets hearts aflutter and raises blood pressures. Those of us who survived the matchy-matchy early ’90s seem to be the most torn- but there is just something about a fanatically-matched, unlimited-budget build.
With the look of a neuveau-Amp, the German-A Kilo fork is the most striking piece of kit here, with its orange linkage only serving to draw more attention. As if that was needed. The AX-Lightness carbon fibre saddle come straight from Bavaria to frighten more substantial riders while the sight of BrakeForce One brakes will likely cause flashbacks for anyone who has experienced their hesitant braking first hand.
The dual-port cable routing for Acros’ A-GE hydraulic shift system is a nice touch- let down only by the zip tie used to keep its hoses out of the drivetrain. Still, the system’s performance is as slick as slick can be, supported by equally impressive design and machining . While suspicious in nearly any other context, Dugast tubulars somehow make sense in the context of what is a very, very Euro build.
Obvious investments of time and money aside, this build isn’t for everyone. But the execution is difficult to fault and who among us doesn’t piece together similarly extravagant fantasy builds in preparation for a big lotto win? From Moots’ blog.