A new Moots gravel bike has been spotted this week running 750d WTB wheel rims and tyres.
That’s right, 750d. In a video posted by Ben Delaney on Instagram covering the news at SBT GRVL in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Moots the American bike manufacturer famed for their titanium frames had a custom titanium Routt CRDD gravel model equipped with 750d wheels. The bike used custom 750 WTB wheel rims and Nano Raptor tyres.
If you thought the ink had dried on the final page of the wheel and tyre size standards book then you may have to think again. The best gravel bikes and bikes, in general, have long-used 700c wheels and the 650b wheel size (slightly smaller in diameter) has been around for a good while now on mountain and gravel bikes. Generally, you’ll hear about 650b wheels providing more fun and nimble ride experience and being best suited to rowdier off-road gravel riding.
It seems Moots and WTB have headed in the other direction and tried a larger 750d wheel and tyre size. The WTB tyres in the video are marked 750 x 40 making them slightly larger than 700c and 29er mtb wheels and tyres.
RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU… Cycling News We understand similar-sized wheels and tyres have been trialled in the past and do exist as well as even larger custom options such as 36-inch wheels, but most haven’t gained massive amounts of traction in the mainstream. A post shared by Ben Delaney (@ben_delaney)
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