The Moots Routt YBB gravel bike: a soft-tail gravel steed for the rowdiest days

"My lower back has rarely been so happy" - 20mm of travel in the rear makes for a plush ride

The Moots Routt YBB
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Routt YBB is not a racer, but if you're seeking an adventure partner that can go with you anywhere you choose, and prioritize capability and comfort over speed, the Routt YBB won't disappoint.

Reasons to buy
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    Micro suspension + ti make for a very plush ride

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    Suspension offer control and grip

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    Good Spec options

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    Durable

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    And all-around confidence inspiring ride

Reasons to avoid
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    This is a gravel bike for those seeking adventure over speed

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    This bike doesn't come cheap

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Once a middleman caught between a road bike, a cyclocross bike and a mountain bike, these days, gravel bikes have a spectrum of their own. On the one end, you've got the performance-oriented steeds that are basically road bikes with bigger tire clearance. While on the opposite end, you'll find the highly capable adventure rigs that are more akin to the 1990s-era mountain bikes than their drop bar, skinny-tired siblings. 

Among the latter, rider isolation or suspension technologies are becoming increasingly common. These technologies are meant to provide more traction while being gentler on the body and less fatiguing, providing an overall more comfortable and enjoyable off-road riding experience. Specialized, in introducing their dual-suspension Diverge STR last fall, also claims suspension to be faster than a fully rigid bike.

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