Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology

 

 

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

1983 Moots Mountainer
1990 Moots

 

Moots Timeline

 

1982

 

July 1982 Moots ad:

 

1983

 

March 1983 Moots Mounts ad:

 

1985

Listed as having built 320 frames to date

August 1985 Interview:          


June 1985 Ad:

1986

 

1987

March 1987 AD:

1988

October 1988 Ad:

May 1988 Ad:

1989

July 1989 Bicycle Guide magazine:

 

 

1991

January ad:

 

1992

 

1993

 

1994

January 1994 YBB:

1995

 

From the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

 

Kent Erikson

Inducted 1996

Web Site: www.kenteriksen.com

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.