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Click links below to view the Moots bikes in our collection:

1983 Moots Mountainer
1990 Moots


Moots Timeline




July 1982 Moots ad:




March 1983 Moots Mounts ad:



Listed as having built 320 frames to date

August 1985 Interview:          

June 1985 Ad:




March 1987 AD:


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May 1988 Ad:


July 1989 Bicycle Guide magazine:




January ad:







January 1994 YBB:



From the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame


Kent Erikson

Inducted 1996

Web Site:

Kent is a native of West Bend, Wisconsin. In 1975, he founded a bike shop in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His specialty was building touring bikes for trails and dirt roads. In 1978, Kent began building his own custom frames for balloon tires with multiple gears and cantilever brakes. Kentís invention of the ďMootís MountĒ, an adjustable cantilever brake stud patented in 1980 led to the development of the Mootís Mountaineer bicycle. This bike went on to win the first NORBA Off-Road National Championships in Solvang, Califonia. In 1984, Kent invented what we now call bar-ends; those nifty, multi-position gadgets found on so many mountain bikerís handlebars today.

In 1986, Kentís futuristic thinking guided him to develop rear suspension for his bikes called YBB (Why Be Beat). So simple in its design and effective that in 1995 Hall of Famer, Tom Ritchey, started incorporating Kentís design and parts on his top-of-the-line XC bikes.

Kentís source of inspiration for his innovations came from years of mountain bike racing. In 1984, he finished 5th in the Nationals at Boulder, Colorado. In the past ten years, Kent has been a top-ten finisher in the Colorado Off-Road Point Series, finishing second in 1994.