Bike of the Week | The Moots Womble is a sumptuous singletrack-slaying hardtail

The Moots Womble is a titanium hardtail mountain bikes designed around a 140mm-travel fork and 29in wheels.

The American brand is revered for its titanium craftsmanship and the Womble, named after its namesake trail in Mount Ida, Arkansas, is no exception.

In today’s edition of Bike of the Weekwe take a closer look at the luxurious frame and its heady top-shelf build.

A titanium hardtail brimming with neat details

Titanium builds don’t get more heady than this.
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Even without the branding, there’s no mistaking this is a Moots frame – its meticulously neat welds and distinctive 3D-printed dropout design give it away from a mile off.

Moot says the Womble uses proprietary double-butted top and down tubes. Both are said to be the largest-diameter tubes it has ever created, boosting stiffness and strength.

The brand says the Womble is constructed to the highest possible standards, with the tubes cut to exacting tolerances before being placed in a jig and then double-welded.

The Womble is designed around a 140mm-travel suspension fork with 42mm offset. However, Moots says you can also use a 120mm-travel fork with 51mm offset and maintain its handling characteristics.

The frame can accept two water bottles inside the front triangle (although only one on the smallest size). Its maximum tire clearance is rated at 29×2.6in.

The frame uses a 73mm thread standard bottom brackets and post-mount disc brakes.

The cables are routed externally through some particularly neat guides, without requiring zip ties.

Just look at these guides. Bicycle industry, take note!
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On a size medium, the Womble has a reasonably progressive 67.1-degree head tube angle, a 75.7-degree seat tube angle and 450mm reach.

The 44mm head tube means you could run an angle-adjusting headset if you wish.

The Womble’s geometry is designed around a 35 to 50mm stem and Moots recommends a minimum of 150mm drop for the post droppers.

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No-expense-spared spec

The Womble is sold as a frame only for £4,800 / $3,999 and is available in any of Moots’ in-house paint finishes. This particular colourway is called ‘Facet’.

Our example build is from Moots’ UK distributor, Saddleback, and is built using products from many of the component brands it distributes.

The bike features a RockShox Ultimate SL fork sporting 140mm suspension travelwith PUSH Industries providing its ASC3 internals.

SRAM contributes the top flight XX1 Eagle AXS drive train. The only deviation is to the cranksetwhich is a Race Face Next SL crank on a Wolf Tooth 32t chainring.

SRAM is also on braking duties with its G2 stoppers. They’re paired with a 180mm SRAM HS2 disc brake rotor up-front and a 160mm rotor out back.

ENVE provides its M5 carbon handlebars and Alloy MTB stem, as well as the AM30 rims. These are laced to Industry Nine hubs.

The AM30s are shod with Schwalbe Wicked Will mountain bike tires in its Addix SpeedGrip compound.

A San Marco saddle sits atop the wireless dropper post.
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A San Marco Allroad saddle is paired with the RockShox Reverb AXS post droppers.

There are quite a few Wolf Tooth components on the bike too. The brand supplies the colour-matching blue headset, grips, seat clamp and disc rotor lockrings.

The build is rounded off with a Silca Sure titanium bottle cage and a Chris King bottom bracket.

All-in, the bike weighs in at 11.78kg without pedals.

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