Moots Vamoots RSL

$8,715

Moots Vamoots RSL     Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

THE SELL: Metal is better than carbon fiber.
THE TEST: Think titanium is too mushy for a serious race bike? Think again. Built with oversize, U.S.–made titanium tubing (except for the slender seatstays), the RSL adds a brawny bottom bracket and new dropouts to make this year's model both lighter and stiffer than previous iterations. It's the lightest bike we tested this year, and you can feel it: from flat-out sprints to out-of-the-saddle efforts on steep climbs, it was "a total rocket" in the opinion of several testers. We also loved its understated simplicity, especially the new red anodized bits and outlined logo, which add a hint of color.
THE VERDICT: Contrary to ultralight titanium's reputation for flex, the RSL was rigid and confident. 15.5 lbs (56); moots.com
HANDLING: 4.7
RESPONSIVENESS: 4.8

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