For decades, Moots has been known as a manufacturer of high-end titanium bicycles. But now the company has announced its first carbon fiber bike, which is also its first electric bike. The new product, called Express, is designed for gravel driving.
Moots has abandoned titanium because it says the material is not suitable for a high-performance e-bike frame. The benefits of titanium tubes are lost by the amount of material required to attach the large battery and powerful drive, the company says.
“In short, we will need to use so much titanium in certain places on the frame to ensure a safe ride that the legendary ride quality characteristics will be lost.”
The Moots Express e-bike has a full carbon monocoque frame, carbon fork, seatpost and handlebars. The Medium size bike weighs 33 pounds (about 15 kg). To assist the cyclist, a Shimano EP801 motor located in the middle is designed. It provides 60 Nm of torque and a top speed of 45 km/h.
The motor is powered by a removable 504Wh Shimano lithium battery located in the downtube. When using Eco Assist mode, depending on the type of terrain, the battery can provide a range of more than 100 miles (161 km). Fully charging the battery requires 4 hours. The cyclist has a switch for changing 5 operating modes, and an automatic mode switching function is also provided.
Other key features of Moots Express:
Shimano XT 1 x 11 drivetrain with Ultegra shifters; Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes; WTB Gravelier Ti saddle; Shimano GRX RX-870 carbon wheelset; Panaracer GravelKing SK 700 x 50c tubeless tires.
The Moots Express electric bike is already available on the company’s website for $9,999.