Moots Zirkel – Mountain Bikes: Reviews
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Attention, bicycle junkies: Whether you replace that quiver of bikes clogging your garage or just add to it, the Zirkel is for people who maintain a bike fund the way others stock a 401(k). This three-inch-travel cross-country cruiser picks up where Moots’s now retired Smoothie left off, with a new suspension that’s more fluid and supple—and rides much plusher than three inches. An aluminum rear end keeps the bike from getting squishy, so on granny-gear steeps and hardpack sprint finishes, we didn’t notice a hint of flex. “This bike feels like a way of life—like you have to ride it every day,” said one tester. The only thing rivaling the flawless ride is the craftsmanship, with MoMA-worthy welds and brushed-titanium finish. 27.9 lbs, 19 in; www.moots.com
Bonus: We love the Shimano XTR integrated brakes and shifters.
Bummer: It’s a tough sell if you have joint checking.