While I was perusing the endless sea of 10×10 tents at Sea Otter, I stopped by the Mavic booth to test ride the new 29er wheels. When I asked for a large bike, a mechanic pointed to the end of the A-frame rack and asked if a titanium Moots MX Divide would do. I was threading in my pedals before he finished asking the question.
Getting the lowdown on the MX Divide from Jon Cariveau of Moots, I learned (not surprisingly) that the MX Divide and its 100mm of travel is no cheap date. Retail for a frame and Fox Kashima RP23 shock is $5,000, making the MX Divide more expensive than the Trek Top Fuel ($4,200) and the Specialized Epic S-Works ($5,000 with RockShox Sid fork).
Engineering It Bigger
Aside from the raw titanium frame the MX Divide shows no signs of similarity to any other Moots bikes. The MX Divide was a start-from-scratch project that Moots called in Sotto Group engineering for, to help perfect a suspension setup that would be efficient for the full length of travel. Sotto Group engineered a single pivot “Fusion Link” (fancy title eh?) suspension design, which uses a carbon pivot manufactured by PMG, the same factory that makes Moots carbon forks, as well as ENVE forks.
In an effort to put the MX Divide on the cutting-edge, Moots engineers decided to go with a 142mm rear thru-axle. However, according to Cariveau, titanium is not an appropriate material to be used with the threaded thru-axle design. So Moots called upon Zen Bicycle Fabrication to machine the 6061 aluminum chainstays.
The mix of carbon, titanium, and aluminum creates a “fusion” (see what I did there?) of materials.
Beyond a trio materials and fancy terms, Moots decided to go big on the MX Divide’s frame design. Literally, they made everything bigger from front to back.
The non-tapered head tube of the MX Divide measures 44mm. This oversized head tube leads into a larger than average top tube and down tube.
The tubes are one continuous diameter, so the seat tube is blown out to accommodate a 30.9 seatpost and the bottom bracket shell was machined for a PF30 system. The larger tubes of the MX Divide were intended to give the bike added stiffness and strength.