I don't even attempt to hide my love affair with titanium bikes. It would be useless to attempt to do so, and bikes like this one help my case for Ti. This beautiful bike is one of three owned by Michael, the ride organizer extraordinaire and curator of Butter. Michael's relationship with Moots goes back well over a decade and his garage proves it: 3 PsychoX RSLs and an MX Divide dominate in a garage packed with everything a true racer could dream of owning.
This particular RSL is a disc version, though Robson also owns a cantilever setup as well. And although each of his three RSLs fit identically, it was interesting to hear the personalities of each standing alone so clearly from one another. I can echo his experience as I have felt the same on identical bikes in the past.
Much like his other bikes, this one is assembled full-tilt with a who's who of parts. SRAM provides the shifting in the form of Red, braking comes courtesy of Avid BB7 SLs. Cranks are Rotor 3Df, a personal favorite of mine. Also at the top of my list and found on this bike are Wick Werks chainrings, which provide some of the fastest front shifting this side of Shimano.
Every inch of the bike screams of an experienced cross racer, Gore Sealed cables and housing are a perfect example. Custom Moots bar tape, 3T bar and stem, Moots seatpost, and Clement Strada LGG 28c tires round out a top-notch build.
photos and words by Brandon Elliott