Jon Cariveau, Sales Manager for Moots, was showing off the Zirkel, the cross-country race bike that's replacing the popular Smoothie. "In 2006, we'll no longer be producing the Smoothie," Cariveau said. "The Zirkel is our three-inch travel cross-country bike now." The new bike still uses a pivot less dropout but, Cariveau adds, "now we're using a rear end made by Sapa [based in Portland, Oregon] especially for Moots." The basic difference between the two bikes is in the configuration of the rear end. "We don't have to rely on the downtube for shock placement any more," Cariveau said about the movement of the connection point of the rear shock from the downtube. "We moved it all to the seat tube, which makes for a cleaner build in our production process." The other major difference is that Moots is using an extruded yoke system instead of a straight chainstay. "We get better tire clearance and a better chain line. Another difference is that the Smoothie seat stays came in at a much lower angle than the new Zirkel, which gives us a wider, more laterally stiff rear triangle." The Zirkel will ship as a titanium front end with the aluminum rear triangle, with no plans to make an aluminum version to replace the discontinued Smoothie Al. Para el que no entienda Ingles: Es la sustituta de la Moots Smoothie, cambia el punto de anclaje del amortiguador que antes era muy parecido al de la Giant Anthem y ahora lo han puesto en un sitio mas normal. El triangulo delantero de de Titanio y el Trasero de Aluminio. Tiene 7.5 cm de recorrido. Un saludo.