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17/10/2017 - Soul, Roadrat and Escapade Deals

Weekend Deal

The Soul! Orange and Aqua QR axle Soul in medium or large available. The definitive trail hardtail. Light, lively, 853 frame, 27.5" wheels. 120-140mm forks. Dropped the price from £549 for the frame to just £399. There's about 2 or 3 of each size colour left. Get in quick!

Soul

Last few medium yellow old style Roadrat still in stock. No yellow matching forks left, but we have lime green, British Racing Green or Gunmetal Gloss available. Here's some shots of the yellow frame with a couple of the fork options:

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We are tearing these out at just £199 for the frame only, £249 with the forks, and all frames or framesets come with a free Cane Creek 10 Series headset fitted. Just choose the headset from the menu if you would like it.

Finally we have the last few Escapade in Fast Red, 52cm/Extra Small. Suits riders around 5ft 4in to 5ft 7in.

Escapade

We have knocked £100 off the frameset price and chucked in the free Cane Creek headset as well. So that's just £299 for the frames, or £899 for the Silver build, £1099 for the Silver Road Plus build shown above. Only 4 left in stock.

Or alternatively, if you're after something 'ALL THE NEW', then the new Roadrat is now available from stock. Just taken an order from a guy putting orange Hope hubs and headset on his. That's going to look sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

Road Rat v4
Road Rat v4

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17/10/2017 - Hope Women's Enduro

Hopetech Women Enduro

There's been such a buzz building around the Hope Women's Enduro, it was set to be a big event, and it didn't disappoint. Well done to everyone involved, a brilliant event supporting women's mountain biking. Over 220 women competed at the event held in Gisburn Forest. Below is a photo of Hannah Moore on her Cotic Flare. Huge well done to Hannah Moore on completing her first race and doing so well!

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16/10/2017 - Guy @ KesTV chats to Cy

A Chat with cy

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A few months ago, Guy Kesteven - veteran bike tester from MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Bike Radar - came and did a Best Bikes In The World video about the FlareMAX. Guy and Cy go way back, so inevitably during the day they chewed the fat about all sorts of things. So much so, that Guy realised he had the makings of another video about Cotic and what we're about right now, so we he set the GoPro running and asked me a few questions at the end of the day to bring it all together. There's plenty of ground covered about why we use steel for FS bikes, where we see our market, what Cy thinks about how the brand is perceived, some of the reasons we spec the parts the way we do, working with the local bike advocacy group, trail building, all sorts. It's 26 minutes, so it's a fair chunk. Make a brew and settle in...


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10/10/2017 - Swinny PMBA Champion

Swinny PMBA Champion

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Swinny is PMBA Enduro Champion for the second year in a row. It's an amazing achievement and we're so happy for him! Beer to celebrate!! More info and photos to follow soon...


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06/10/2017 - Sheffield Urban CX

Sheffield Urban CX

Alec Brunson participated in the Sheffield Urban CX Round 2 last week on his Cotic Escapade, he wrote a fantastic round up of the events, and bumped into Baybutt while he was there too....

Alec - As far as pre-race preparation goes, getting in at 2am from a friend’s birthday party doesn’t rank high among ‘things that will help performance’. Neither, in fact, does the size massive pizza that accompanied the journey home from aforementioned merriment, although because I’m not a complete animal, I opted to be designated driver (for myself, it still counts) and kept my head and body clear of any alcohol-based impurities. I may have had a pint at lunch with a burger but it barely seems relevant to mention. It’s safe to say then, that I wasn’t feeling particularly tip-top, although I can attribute a large portion of that to a less-than-satisfactory riding/sat in front of screen ratio. Nonetheless, racing doth beckon thy soul, and thy soul shall raceth etc. Any notion of feeling overweight was handily dealt with by the previous day’s nutritional choices and the quest for replenishment marked the first time I’ve ever bought an avocado sandwich; I was a soy latte away from writing an essay about it.

Parkhill flats then, the stage for round two of the Sheffield Urband Cyclocross Series is a part derelict – part regenerated block of flats overlooking the city. Now, a 1960s council estate might seem an odd choice of structure to be given listed status, but I reckon someone in the council had mates in construction and the complex is undergoing a massive restoration, the first phase of which opened in 2011. Apparently, the architectural style is known as ‘Brutalism’ which is defined as “the practice of designing infrastructure in such a way that ensures anyone racing around the layout 50 years from inception will suffer like an absolute bastard”.

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This was going to be an altogether different beast to round one. Where Kelham island was tight and twisty with a single smooth climb that you could get up swiftly, Parkhill had three changes of elevation in the ‘up’ direction. This would certainly be a test of one’s engine. After watching the juniors and women race, us ‘sport’ blokes set out for a few practice laps to find out what we were in for.

The course had everything: a fast cobbled descent and subsequent climb, a steep grassy climb, a double stair set to chuck it down, 90 degree corners, hurdles, rollers and a dismount to steps before the final climb to start a new lap. I thought I’d ended my race before it’d even started as my rear tyre went soft after an exuberant plunge down the stairs – the heavy landing had caused the scuff in the sidewall (picked up doing adventurey-type stuff) to let go. Tubeless sealant doesn’t do well at getting up the sides while rolling, so it needed immediate attention. I was already tyred anyway. Guffaw.

Sealant swished, tyre inflated and with 37% confidence that it would hold for the race we lined up on the start line. There was a lot more pro-looking chaps here this time, but less overall so it would be everyone in one heat and the top eight would qualify for a final. The skinsuits and serious eyes lined up in front and I took place alongside fellow Coticman Baybutt, a monstrous single speed rider and another beard. I burped and tasted that fucking pizza again.

GO!

Eleven riders sprinted for the first 90 degree corner, inches apart, to be met with a wooden roller. I was a Cheeky Bastard™ and went round the roller, and regretted my decision immediately.

“Boooo!”

“Oh shit” I thought. “I’m a baddie”. I attempted to do the right thing by giving the places back, but this isn’t karting and people DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING ALEC so this turned out to be a rather unwise idea. Biketrack’s Steve Taylor politely enquired as to what I thought I was doing, and once that silly corner was out of the way, things were a little easier to deal with. Good one Brunson.

A fun day at the #sheffield #urbancx yesterday at #parkhill. #architecture and #bikes combining beautifully. #sheffieldissuper #outdoorcity #photooftheday #architecturelovers #brutalism #instagram

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Sealant swished, tyre inflated and with 37% confidence that it would hold for the race we lined up on the start line. There was a lot more pro-looking chaps here this time, but less overall so it would be everyone in one heat and the top eight would qualify for a final. The skinsuits and serious eyes lined up in front and I took place alongside fellow Coticman Baybutt, a monstrous single speed rider and another beard. I burped and tasted that fucking pizza again.

GO!

Eleven riders sprinted for the first 90 degree corner, inches apart, to be met with a wooden roller. I was a Cheeky Bastard™ and went round the roller, and regretted my decision immediately.

“Boooo!”

The gaggle of racers screamed down the cobbled descent which immediately headed skywards after a fast left (I’d say about a 5 in rally speak). Bravery was rewarded with momentum that helped stave-off gravity for a few extra metres before the steep grassy climb separated the field slightly, with some having to dismount to crest it. Elbow-to-elbow through the archway to the stairs, before an exercise in late-breaking for the 90 degree right-hander, which almost claimed my enthusiasm the first time round. The racing was close and Baybutt and I had reconvened our battle of the Escapades from Kelham Island – I can’t tell you how much fun it is being in an close-run duel where both competitors are cheering each other on!

A fun day at the #sheffield #urbancx yesterday at #parkhill. #architecture and #bikes combining beautifully. #sheffieldissuper #outdoorcity #photooftheday #architecturelovers #brutalism #instagram

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Inevitably, I was enjoying myself too much and the Gods of Bikes decided it was time to play their hand. A particularly bouncy journey down the stairs was enough to lob my chain off and my rivals disappeared down the road, I figured I was set for lonely race! Having said that, 30 minutes is a long time so I pulled up my big boy pants and gave chase, a bit of clear track giving me a chance to focus on getting corners smooth and keeping braking late. The gap to those in front remained fairly consistent, which give me a chance to get an idea of how much others were hurting, and for Baybutt and I to say hello every lap. Eventually, I managed to reel a few riders in and take some places back, culminating in a close race for the two main beards of the group. I snuck into 8th place, qualifying for the final and the chance to do it all over again. The feeling of joy and elation was so overwhelming that I felt a bit sick and my nose started to bleed. The Vets (that’s Veterans, not animal doctors) raced next, and I’d have watched them if I could see straight. From what I could tell they were jolly bloody fast.

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The Sport finalists took the time to refuel. Some of opted for the ‘right’ stuff, some for ‘whatever I threw in a bag’ and the elite among us went for a beer and a pizza – the clear choice of champions. We were summoned to the start line, some of us looking fresh and ready, some gazing longingly at the bar. I thought I’d misheard that it would be a 20 minute final, which was so preposterous I scoffed and awaited to be told “it’s 10 minutes really lads teehee what a funny joke”.

That never came, of course. 20 minutes it would be and off we go! Baybutt made clear his intentions to get the holeshot, flying up the road like a scalded cat and I appeared to have found some juice from somewhere finding myself right in the thick of it. The usual suspects managed to creep ahead on the climbs and the natural order of things settled down over the first few laps. I was still trying really hard and at one point had a very real fear that I might shit myself, which would have been distracting.

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The racing was close between us again, trading places at various points on the course. It really shows individual’s strengths on a varied layout like this and there’s always an opportunity to have a go at taking a place. Baybutt took the right hand stairs and benefitted from wearing running shoes, flying up and taking the place off me. In my haste to get back on and clipped in, I rode straight into a big block of timber. It brought me to a rather abrupt halt and I found myself on my own for the rest of the final – my best advice here is to LOOK WHERE YOU ARE GOING.

The end brought tired smiles and great banter, most of us not sure why we enjoyed so much given how we now felt after all that abuse. The Sheffield Urband CX series is quickly gaining traction as one of the most enjoyable events about, for its mix of track location and layouts, organisation, partners and just great atmosphere. More please!

Things I’ve learnt:

1. I should get more sleep.

2. I should eat better.

3. I should have researched parking costs in the centre of Sheffield.

4. I should have taken some photographs.

5. Chain device. Always have a chain device.


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01/10/2017 - New Roadrat Launched

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New Roadrat Launched

Aqua roadrat New Roadrat9 1x9 Drivetrain Bike, just £999 Aqua roadrat

New Roadrat launched today. New taper steerer frameset, improved standover clearance, carbon blade forks, new build options. Head over to the Product Page to learn all about it.

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26/09/2017 - Me, my Escapade and the Turino-Nice Rally

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Escapade Adventure

Rachel Sokal had her first adventure on her Escapade, here's her story...

A while back I was gifted an Escapade by a good friend of mine with the instruction to go and have fun and adventures. Up until now it’s been in singlespeed commuter mode so despite getting some very good use, I’ve yet to fulfil the fun and adventure part of the deal.This summer I set out to change that.

The heritage of my Escapade steered me towards choosing a long distance route. My want for a personal challenge and my obstinate attitude of my legs to climb hills meant it needed to be a lumpy one. The Turino-Nice Rally, now in its second year, is a self-supported ride which climbs 18,000m over 700km across the Alps. Part road, part gravel, part off-piste with a flexible route depending on bike, ability and will, it perfectly matched the brief for me and my Escapade. I persuaded my Other Half this would make for a good summer holiday and plans were made for the trip.

Miles and miles

I was never going to make this in singlespeed mode so upgraded to a 2x11 set up. With shifters and mechs all fitted it then dawned on me that a road cassette wasn’t going to work with my 29er MTB wheelset. With little time – about two days before departure – and funds to change the wheels then I looked for other options. And salvation came in the shape of a little converter (and 18 Bikesexcellent service) which increased the reach of the rear mech to swallow an 11-40 cassette. At the time it seemed a real bodge: the range of gears exceeded that of the mech which left we with miles of slapping chain, I couldn’t run certain gear combinations and it looked rather Frankenstein. But it worked and so with few other options, it would have to do.

We couldn’t make it to Turin for the official start of the ride. And to be honest, whilst I know we that means we missed out on a big part of what these rides are about – the people, the stories, the comradery – it rather suited me too. I can be a bit of a loner when it comes to riding my bike and I was quite happy to do this one at my own pace with only my pre-chosen riding partner for company or to find space from as required.

It wasn't all pedalling

We were aiming for a steady six days of riding but without a concrete deadline for a flight home, had enough flexibility to take longer if need be. It felt rather arbitrary dividing up the route into chunks and we had no real idea of how our 3,000m climbing a day was going to be comfortably achievable or beyond the capability of our legs. As we rolled out from Turin on day one, with the mountains looming ahead, I was part eager to get to the climbs and get stuck in, and part wanting the flats to last to get some easy miles into my legs.But even on the flat tarmac roads the going wasn’t that easy with the extra weight from the bike packing kit quite noticeable; I was filled with excitement and trepidation for our journey ahead.

After a couple of hours we started to climb. And it was by no means a gentle introduction. The 10% plus incline had me down in that teensy-tiny gear that I never intended to have and I was only just able to winch up the hill. As the tarmac’d surface ended the gradient mellowed a little but the challenge remained as the deep gravel sucked the momentum from our wheels for the rest of the 1,000m gain.

Dipping our toes in the Med

We were wowed by the views from the first of our colles (Italian; cols for the French). In the clear skies we could see miles and miles off the Columbardo to mountains ahead and the flat expanse behind back towards Turin. We marvelled at the sight of the switchbacks we had just climbed and were excited about those which would take us down the other side. Across the six days of our trip these moments seemed only to get more impressive with differing terrain, scenery, weather and levels of exhaustion and exhilaration all influencing the views.

As the days and cols went by there were times that I climbed more strongly than I’ve ever done before, settling into a steady rhythm as the meters and kilometres, minutes and hours ticked by. And at times I climbed like a drunken walk home; for every half, stumbling step forwards there was a sway and stagger from side-to-side and a small topple backwards. And then there were the descents, it only really sinks in quite how far you’ve climbed when it takes you over an hour of descending to get down the other side.

Our timing through towns and villages was lousy all week. The end of the summer season meant most cafes and shops were only open certain hours of the day and rarely the ones when we rode by. We spent most the week eating cereal bars, yesterday’s pastries and supermarket cheese and bread. On our fourth day, having finished our supplies of muesli bars with two for dinner the night before and another two for breakfast that morning, we were rather relieved to find a small village café open at the base of a 1,200m climb to the Colle del Morti. After half an hour of their opening we had polished off the day’s stock of croissants and half of the polenta cake with several coffees to wash it all down.

Guided by our original schedule and pushed on by sudden end of summer warmth in the few days since we started, we made good progress racking up the hours and distance in the saddle. This gave us a rather leisurely last day down to Nice where we took a little more time to take in the views as we descended our way to the finish. Theoretically this was a great last day; in practice I rather missed the challenge of the long days and climbs that had gone by.

The saviour

The Escapade performed flawlessly all week despite being laden with my kit and tired legs. The ever changing terrain means there is no ideal bike for the Rally but if I did it again, I wouldn’t change much about my set up. I ran 35mm 700cc gravel tubeless tyres on my MTB wheels and suffered just one puncture. On some of the rockier descents a smaller wheel and a fatter tyre would have been nice but there’s enough fast rolling tarmac to balance things the other way. Hydraulic disc brakes were a real pleasure and I was consistently grateful for their power and control, with my OH’s cantis a stark comparison. And for my last minute MTB cassette to road mech fix and the tiny gears for big cols, I will always be grateful.

Thanks to Tom and Jenn for the bike and instruction, and to James of the Torino-Nice Rally for all the meticulous route planning and great week. I vow this to be the first of many proper adventures on my Escapade.

Dusk on the Sampeyre

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26/09/2017 - Southern Enduro - Will Easey

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Southern Enduro

Thrilled for Development Squad rider Will Easey on his 2nd at the Southern Enduro at the weekend! Check out his video!


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22/09/2017 - New Builds on the Droplink Bikes

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New Build Kit on the Droplink Bikes

Flare 27.5 Flare Max Rocket Max Rocket 2017 build

Here at Cotic we don't really do model years; we prefer to develop our bikes and release them when they're ready, whilst adding detail improvements as we go along on current models. Things like the Rocket getting the revised hose routing, more sculpted swingarm heads and pinstripe detailing of the rest of the droplink range, when compared to the original batch from early 2016. The latest batch of Flare frames now have the stiffer seatstays from the Rocket with the smooth internal gear cable routing. The latest batch of RocketMAX frames got a gloss finish on the green and added orange detailing from the FlareMAX that's proved so popular, plus some more tidied up details. They are fundamentally the same great bikes, just with minor tweaks. So whilst there isn't a whole LOOK AT OUR NEW STUFF thing going here, we're always striving to make the bikes better.

And although we don't do model years, our suppliers do and the latest kit from them is now in stock and making the bikes look amazing. Starting with X-Fusion, all their forks are now black stanchion and low key graphics which mean their looks now match their amazing performance. They also key in perfectly with the latest Cane Creek DB Air IL shock on the rear of the Gold build bikes to make a brilliant bike even better.

On the drivetrain front, groupset of the moment SRAM Eagle GX is now an option for 12spd wide range gearing. Looks great, works great.

And finally those finishing touches; we have Cotic Calver bars and Shortstems available and they feature on all our Silver and Gold build bikes. The bars are 780mm wide x 25mm rise, with a really comfortable 9 deg back sweep. The stems are 35mm or 45mm and suit our long reach frames perfectly. You can order them separately for your bike here.

The final piece of the puzzle on the look of your bike is that you can now order the full range of Hope coloured parts with your build. The Gold build options feature Hope wheels, seat clamp and headset anyway, so you can colour coordinate or go full clashy! If you get Hope brakes and BB we can match those up too. Just add a note to your order for which colour you'd like. Check out the orange parts on the FlareMAX to see an example of what's possible.

Rocket Max Rocket Max Flare Max Flare Max Flare 27.5 Flare 27.5 Flare 27.5 Rocket 2017 build Rocket 2017 build Rocket 2017 build

There are loads more photos of all the details on the bikes over on our Flickr page


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21/09/2017 - Cy Talks Through The RocketMAX

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Cy talks us through the RocketMAX on Facebook Live


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21/09/2017 - Cotic Owners Ride Out

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Social Ride Out

Cotic Owners Ride Out

On Sunday 17th September we held a Cotic Owners Social Ride Out. We're trying to hold a couple of these a year, as they're great fun and give you a chance to meet fellow Cotic owners, and it's so nice for us to meet up with you! We try to go for longer rides, but we ride at a relaxed, sociable pace. We wait at the bottom of hills and the top of climbs and never leave anyone behind!

Cotic Owners Ride Out

We loved seeing these green Rockets in a row!

Cotic Owners Ride Out

Thanks again to everyone who came along for a fantastic day out in the Lakes. We hope to see even more of you at the next one! Look out on our demo calendar for our next Ride Out.


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19/09/2017 - Wes Fife Ard Moors

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Ard Moors Enduro

Wes Fife at Ard Moors

Ard Moors is an enduro race on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. 5 stages and 35km 2500m of combined climbing and descending. This year Ard Moors really lived up to its name. It was well 'ard.

Practice had many riders worried about the muddy conditions, then the downpour of rain that evening meant that many riders decided against it. Many people that did attempt to ride it didn't finish. Our development squad rider Wes did us proud and slipped and splashed his way round to the finish! Nice one Wes!

#ardmoors2017 summed up in one photo 😂 despite the 💩 conditions, still had an absolute blast of a race! Rode all of stage 5 with no back brake and a slight hint of a front one! Not surprised to hear that only 400 of the 800 people who entered actually raced 😂 was a bit muddy to say the least 💩💩💩👍😆 Well done everyone #Ardmoors #gripplease #slidyslidy #funonbikes @coticbikes @polarisbikewear @hktproducts @sensusgrips

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Splashing my way down 'dead sheep gully ' on stage 2 yesterday #ardmoors #wetterthananotterspocket #flatout @coticbikes

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19/09/2017 - Adele Mitchell Enduro

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Adele Mitchell

Swinley Enduro

Swinley Enduro

Adele Mitchell braved her first mountain bike enduro last weekend. A 25km loop with 8 timed stages. It's a lot to take on! In her new blog post she explains the 10 things she learnt from this experience. It's well worth a read, as it's very true!

She bumped into our Development Squad rider Will Easey while she was there. Will absolutely smashed it and came 3rd in his category. Well done Will!

Nothing better than coming into a stage listening to this racket!!😂😂 Although people may complain about swinley, it still has its hidden gems with some pretty fun stages! #mtb #rideordie #cotic @dd_cycles @coticbikes @swinleybikehub @hktproducts @truemtb @riderschannel #swinleybikehub #steel #steelisreal #oioi #endurogame #soenduro #callmecurtiskeene #braap

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13/09/2017 - Announcing Factory Collection

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Cotic Factory Collection

As of this week we now have a Factory Collection option for your Cotic bike, and our Factory Demo Service from our base at Calver in the heart of the Peak District.

As part of the Factory Collection service, you will come down to our showroom at Unit 6 where you can have a sit down and a chat and check out your lovely new bike, as well as have a look at the demo bikes for planning your next purchase!

Cotic Spring Party

Although we strive to have your bike as complete and set up as possible when we box them up for delivery (the gears, brakes and headset will all be adjusted, for example), there's only so much we can do when you're not actually with us. With Factory Collection, one of us will set you up on your new Cotic - installing your pedals, setting up the suspension, tweaking the bar height and position, maybe even swapping the stem to make sure it's all spot on for you. We can answer any questions you may have.

You can then take your new bike for a blast around our test loop which is straight out of the door, and give your bike a proper shakedown before taking it away. You can also have a look through our clothing and merchandise options and get discounted rates for buying on the day with your bike.

Cotic Spring Party

The Factory Demo service is available from 1pm-5pm Monday to Friday, also from Calver. You can stay local and do laps of our demo loop if you're unsure of frame size or wheel size, taking out different bikes to test back-to-back. Or if you have a clearer idea of what you'd like, then you can go out for a few hours to really get under the skin of the Cotic you're considering getting. You can even just pop down to have a look at the bikes in the metal if you don't have time for a ride. It works just like our demos out on the road - bring some collateral like a Credit Card or similar, and some ID, and we will set you up on the bike and you can head out for a spin.

This is something we have been doing informally for a while. Due to the size of the demo fleet, we have some or all of the fleet around at the workshop most of the time, and we have had a few local people pop down and get a demo ride in during the week. It works great, and all you need to do is contact demo@cotic.co.uk ahead of time to make sure the bike or bikes you would like to have a go on will definitely be here. Speaking of Factory/Calver Demos, we have a bumper back-to-back Calver Demo weekend coming up on the 30th September / 1st October. All of us will be around at some point during the weekend, and we will be guiding the rides around the demo loop, drinking tea and coffee and eating biscuits extensively.

Cotic Spring Party

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12/09/2017 - James Swinden PMBA win

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Race Result

Swinny winny

Yesssss! Top step again for James Swinden at the PMBA Pro class at Gnar Bike Park at the weekend. Stoked to bits. With so many sections at this round riders had to be so consistent - and fast. Consistently fast then! Well done lad.


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11/09/2017 - Wes Fife Morzine trip

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Development squad rider Wes Fife went for summer shreds in the sunny Savoie. Here's a little video of what he got up to...


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08/09/2017 - FlareMAX Nominated for Singletrack Readers Award

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Singletrack Reader Awards 2017 - Best Bike Over £2500 Award Nominated FlareMAX

Some lovely news came through from Singletrack Magazine yesterday: The FlareMAX has been nominated for a Singletrack Reader Award in the Best Bike Over £2500 category. We are absolutely buzzing about this, mainly because it was a (nice) surprise! As these award nominations are based on Singletrackworld.com readers nominating absolutely anything in each category, and then the top three nominees go through to the voting, in a way we feel like we have already won. We did no PR, no encouragement to nominate, so to end up in the top 3 going through to the vote means that simply lots of people love the FlareMAX and put it forward. We are all chuffed to bits that the bike has generated such positive feeling, and are really looking forward to going to the awards along to meet some of our industry pals.

But now the important bit; now that we have been nominated we REALLY want you to vote for the FlareMAX!!! If you love our droplink bikes and would like to see one win an award, then please head over to Singletrackworld.com and get voting. You'll need a couple of minutes as you have to vote for every category, but it would mean a lot to us if you would spare the time. That link again is:

Singletrackworld Reader Awards Voting

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04/09/2017 - SSUK Event

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Baybutt - "Keen to try (almost) anything once, when the invite to the UK Single Speed champs arrived I jumped at it. Looking round my shed I realised I’m actually well qualified in the single speed game - BMX, dj bike, minibike, hub-brake pub bike, gravity bike, unicycle. The Rocket is actually the only bike with gears! With no time to build a single speed, plus-tyred, FlareMax with a dropper, I resorted to my trusty old BFe 26”. Sidelined from pumptrack duties, I re-shod the front with a Vigilante from WTB, made it one gear easier (32-18 I think) and made sure there was enough seatpost as it’s a small size. Perfect. Ish.

On Friday, after rolling into the idyllic camp spot just past Stavely in the Lakes, Richard Munro the organiser showed me the ride / race route which involved a couple of beer stops and a whiskey stop… Already even more keen for this than I was before.

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The Fife clan (including Sally Buckworth - reigning European SS champion) were already set up by the river and Wes was chopming at the bit to go for an explore. We headed up to some local woods and found a rope swing which provided some big fear and the largest tumble I’ve had in ages. A proper crash - grazes, dented lid, the works. I beer-tested the new bum bag and had a great shakedown of the BFe, followed by a pizza, more beers and a freezing night in a tent (I need a better sleeping bag!)

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Saturday dawned clear & crisp. When the very leisurely set-off time of 12pm came around we all had a quick briefing and set off en-mass up the hill. This isn’t like any race I’ve ever been to before - there were all sorts of wheel sizes, all sorts of styles, a guy riding with a speaker playing old time jazz, a dominatrix whipping anyone who didn’t drink a beer, tie-dye onesies and heckling anyone with a derailleur. The hillclimb challenge was a techy steep climb where the aim was to get as high as possible rather than any speed attempts. The race itself was a 10 mile route above Kentmere. The worst position you could get was 4th but all that matters is that I made it home before young Wes; even with a bog-snorkling session near the top, views so good I almost stopped and a shot of whiskey before a hectic downhill on a tiny dirt jump bike.

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We washed the cow crap off in the river, hiked up a hill to get the last of the sun, enjoyed a top chilli (included in our entry fee) and drank many beers to the tunes of the Acoustic Brew Duo. What a brilliant weekend. Huge thanks to Rich for his organising prowess and to the Fife’s for all the brews. We’ll definitely be at the next one - hopefully with a slightly more appropriate bike."

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01/09/2017 - Notorious Dids

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The Notorious Dids

Everyone has a story. Everyone. Some keep it quiet, some wear it like a badge of honour, some paint it all over their skin for the world to see.

Meet Daryl - aka The Notorious Dids. ( @thenotoriousdids )

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Dids is a huge fan of what we do up here - so much so he’s recently had the logo inked onto his knee. Even with a beer & pizza munching Krang, full arm sleeves and Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan, there’s always space for another piece!

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His bike too is another work of art… With a no-expense-spared approach, he’s colour coded the whole rig to suit his tastes. All the changable parts of his Hope Tech 3 brakes have been sourced in different anodised finishes. The cord on his Restrap bag has been swapped out. Valve caps, and even valves themselves have been sourced to match. Contrasting rotor bolt colours. Stickers to cover any scratches and crazy frame guards. There are very few bikes with this much effort spent on the build and we love it.

Bikes, bodies, life; it’s all a work in progress. It’s the little things that make a big difference. Since you’ve probably bought, owned or are considering a Cotic, you’re going to be the type of person who relishes the details. What are the favourite parts of your build? Let us know...

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30/08/2017 - Will Easey Tidworth Result

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Will - "Pretty stoked to have come away with the win today as well as take away 1st in the overall series. Has been some awesome races put on by Tidworth Freeride and can't wait to be back up there again in November..."

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30/08/2017 - Adele Mitchell in the Alps

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Adele Mitchell escapes to the Alps

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"The irony that a mountain bike riding holiday usually starts by putting your bike into a car isn’t lost on me, but with more and more far flung destinations offering tantalising riding, sometimes these things just have to be done. And so it was – several times this summer – that we shoehorned the family, our luggage, followed by even more mtb luggage, into our ‘its too small, isn’t it?’ car, strapped the bikes onto the roof and set off on holiday.

First off, we managed to convince our teenage family that a holiday in The Alps was just what they needed despite the fact there isn’t a beach. And it might rain. And they don’t like mountain biking. And they’d need to travel for ten hours with a couple of bike wheels nudging the back of their heads. As not everyone wanted to ride, we divided our time between walking in the mountains, eating, swimming in the local lake, eating, shopping at the market, eating, sneaking out for an occasional mountain bike ride while they were otherwise occupied, and then more eating. Turns out The Alps can tick almost every single holiday box with aplomb (and no one mentioned the lack of beach, so we’ll let that one go). Everyone wants to go back next year.


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25/08/2017 - New Cotic BFe

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Introducing...

The new BFe

With the biggest leap forward in the BFe's geometry since it's inception, the Cotic tearaway just got rowdier! Longer, lower, slacker, the BFe 27.5 will make small work of any trail, downhill, skatepark, pump track or dirt jumps you point it at. Dave Camus took us on a tour of Sheffield spots (using our Grit & Steel piste map) and showed us just how capable a hardtail can be. It comes with a Reynolds 853 downtube, a 142x12 syntace rear axle and clearance for 27.5 x 2.6", or new 26+ x 3" tyres. Optimised around a 140mm fork (down to 120mm or up to a whopping 160mm), there's very little that you will struggle with astride one of these. It really is the hardtail version of our flagship Rocket. The main delivery is available to pre-order now, but we had a few frames air-freighted over for video shoots and early birds who were signed up to our mailing list. All sizes will be available to test on the demo fleet so be in touch at demo@cotic.co.uk if you'd like to get booked in. Let us know what you think in the comments below and we'll see you on the trails soon.


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21/08/2017 - Team's weekend results

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King & Queen of The Hill - Innerleithen

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So so stoked with these two this year. Chay was the overall winner in Vets & Swinny came 2nd overall in Seniors. Proper team - they train, travel, laugh and drink together. Well done dudes. Special mention to our Development Squad rider Wes Fife for coming 5th after a couple of pretty eventful stages. Nice one!


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18/08/2017 - Will Easey Result

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Well done to Will Easey! Awesome result and great photos by James Cud and Muddy Shots

Racing round up - @will.easey smashing it again. Top work lad. #Repost @will.easey (@get_repost) ・・・ 7th in English champs, starting to feel the pace

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16/08/2017 - Ard Rock 2017

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The lads absolutely smashed it as usual. Swinny was comfortably leading Masters and probably on for a podium in the overall when a mechanical on the final stage dropped him down the rankings. Frustrating, but we know the speed is there. Chay kept his unbroken run of Ard Rock podiums going with a solid 3rd in Vets. Rich bagged 14th in Masters on the Sprint and Sam 10th in Seniors. Pretty rapid chaps! Paul was inspired out of retirement - having not pinned on a number board for at least 10 years - and having never done an enduro before. He took a last minute entry to the Intro as well and went out on his Soul. He promptly when 17th overall and 7th fastest on the final stage! Well in. We don't just make fast full suspension bikes!

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15/08/2017 - Hannah's Ard Rock Report

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Hannah's Ard Rock Report

I'd wondered what I'd be writing in this report during my training. Would I be explaining how I'd not managed to complete it? Trying to justify that to myself, and to you? Or what I hoped for was to tell you I'd finished it! And I did! I finished! Here's all about my journey...

I met Cy at his house on the Friday, and we drove up to the beautiful Dales. I was very apprehensive. I'd never been to an event like it before, never mind racing in one. Cy put me at ease "You ride in the Peak District! You've got this.", I tried to keep that phrase in my head all weekend. As soon as we arrived I realised Ard Rock has the coolest vibe of anywhere... ever. It's so chilled out and everyone's there to have a great time. That helped my nerves a lot! The Cotic stand was so busy with people demoing bikes and interested in the brand and our display bikes. It was great to meet so many people and put faces to names I'd emailed. I loved being on the stand and it really set the tone for my race on Sunday.

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I'd won the entry to the race through Maxxis. My High Roller II Double Down tyres arrived a couple of weeks before which gave me time to get a few rides on them. I ride the Small Cotic Flare prototype and just before the event I got a SunRace 11-50 cassette and a nice new SLX drivetrain to make sure I could make it up the transitions. Swaledale is brutally steep! I was glad of the new cassette and drivetrain as it made a big difference.

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I woke early to our campsite on Sunday morning. I was camping with team riders Chay and Swinny. I felt positive but nervous. Chay woke up and was chatting to me about the race, helping me with my bike and bag and making me "more enduro", in his words. He then started getting himself ready. He raced on the Saturday and came 3rd. "You're not racing again are you?" "I'm going to come with you, it'll cure the hangover!". It was quite a celebratory evening after the race...

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It was a long ride to even get to stage 4, it took in stunning scenery which made it all the more bearable! Stage 4 was absolutely wild. I followed Chay down, the plan was to keep up with him and stay on his wheel! It was the steepest, rockiest trails I've ever ridden, so I put my trust in Chay and the bike and just kept going! I was completely buzzing at the end. Chay couldn't stop laughing at me and my huge grin.

On the transition to stage 5 we met some amazing people and got a nice little group going. They were all lovely people and thrilled to speak to Chay and ask him questions about the upcoming stages (everyone was very happy to learn stages 5 and 6 were less rowdy than stage 4!). Big shout out to that group - you know who you are! You kept me going!

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Another long transition between Stage 4 and 5, it involved riding through a mud bog and pushing your bike up what I can only describe as a mountain. But Stage 5 was fun, it was far more smooth and fast! I was 8th fastest in my category on that stage. It then felt like it wasn't long before we were at the top of Stage 6, ready to be greeted by our friends at the bottom! I was so relieved to have finished and felt so proud I'd done it, and finished in one piece - no crashing! I wouldn't have made it round so smoothly or enjoyed it so much had Chay not been there with me every pedal and step of the way. The comradery was fantastic and I felt so proud of everyone we rode with, we all hugged and fist bumped at the bottom, it was brilliant. Huge thanks again to Chay for being a hero and everyone at Cotic for their help and support throughout!

If you've never been to Ard Rock, you really should! If you're unsure whether or not to race next year. If I can do it, you definitely can!

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09/08/2017 - Restrap Bags are Back

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custom restrap mtb luggage is back in stock

Our custom made MTB framebags from Restrap are back in stock again. We know there's plenty of you who have been waiting for these.

Order your Restrap x Cotic framebag by clicking here:

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They're custom sized to fit perfectly in our mountain bike frames.


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08/08/2017 - Eagle Has Landed

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SRAM EAGLE GX

NOW AVAILABLE ON COTIC BIKES

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Cotic bikes are available with new Gold Eagle build option. Yes, we have finally got a deal with SRAM and we are offering both Eagle GX and Pike/Lyrics on the bikes from now on.

It's the full SRAM Eagle GX 12 speed drivetrain, including the cranks and X-Sync2 chainring. And here's the item everyone is talking about; that 10-50 cassette.

We're big fans of wider range cassettes. Cy and Paul have been using the One Up Components 45t on my XTR setup for a couple of years - before Shimano did their 11-46 cassette. Cy has also tried (and for a recent trip to Innerleithen, re-fitted) the One Up Shark 50t conversion for Shimano kit. He was very glad of the extra climbing range on the 5th day straight of riding up the Golfie trails!

This SRAM drivetrain should refine that even further with wider range due to the 10t bottom sprocket and 12 speeds minimising gaps between gears. We are also adding a 32t chainring to the Eagle GX drivetrain. Usually we spec 30t rings on our bikes to make sure there's plenty of climbing oomph, but even with the larger chainring the Gold Eagle bikes will have a slightly lower bottom gear than the Gold XT bikes with the 30/46, and a much higher top gear. Great for those smoother trails and road linking section.

We have stock right now, and the first couple of bikes with it fitted have already been built and shipped. Here's the full rundown of the RocketMAX Gold Eagle bike spec as an example (Forks and Hope wheels vary with bike and application):

The Gold Eagle bike is just £50 more than the regular Gold build bike based around the Deore XT drivetrain.

There are all the usual Plus wheel options for MAX bikes, and Hope brakes, Pike, Lyric, Fox, Cane Creek (27.5" only) fork or shock options and plenty more besides when you click the Go Custom button on your bike order.

You can order your Gold Eagle bike, or any Cotic bike, over on the Order Page of the website.


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03/08/2017 - The Future Is Now

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The Future Is Now -

Launching The Cotic Development Squad

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This week sees the official launch of the Cotic Development Squad. Cotic was 14 years old last month. By producing bikes for all that time, you'd be forgiven for thinking that we might have a foot well-entrenched in the past. Of course we have history, but the truth is our first product was the result of creating something for the future that wasn't available in the present. We're still constantly looking ahead to see how we can do things differently and (more importantly) better. The future is what we make it and at Cotic we work hard on that every day.

We have always tried to give back to the sport that has made us, wherever we can. 5 years ago I instigated a program of giving 0.5% of our turnover annually to local trail projects. That got the local pump track resurrected, funded 10% of the initial build of the first Lady Cannings crowd funded trail, and is now committed to helping the RADmires project which is the next trail to be build in Sheffield.

When we founded our Enduro Race Team in 2013, we supported some up and coming riders from the local scene. We volunteer with advocacy groups and dig days. The latest extension of this is our new Development Squad. We're super happy - and proud - to introduce our hopes for the future in Wes Fife and Will Easey. Only a couple of years older than the company itself, these two lads are starting out on their journey of racing, riding and living bikes; just as we have been lucky enough to do for most of our lives.

These lads are already blisteringly fast, so the Development Squad has been created to help them with the myriad things young racers need to know to survive the circuit. Our pro racers Chay (multiple podium Elite level Enduro racer, The Wheelie Master and aka Straightline) and Swinny (aka Rocketman and Reigning PMBA Enduro Champion) are on hand to share the kind of race advice only their experience can bring. Cotic are here for help with bikes, kit, everything else. Wes even came and did some work experience with us. We're helping any way we can. They might turn pro, they might decide the race-life isn't for them, they might retire at 20 to travel the world and live out of a van. Who knows? All we can say is that if these two are the future then it's going to be fun. Last week we took them all to Revolution Bike Park for a team building session, photo and video shoot and dog running competition! Be sure to check out the video and then go and get some dirt under your wheels.

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The Team and Development Squad all run the Rocket, and we have a new Team Page where all their photos, videos and blogs are pulled together in one place. There's a fair few podiums in there! If you'd like to follow the lads (Will produces his own ride videos amongst other things) check out @wesfife155 and @will.easey over on Instagram.


Follow the Team over on our Team Page…

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28/07/2017 - Cotic Grit and Steel Sheffield Riding Map Now a Poster

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Cotic Grit and Steel Sheffield Riding Map Now a Poster!

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You might have seen earlier in the year that we commissioned a bespoke piece of art. We put a lot into our local scene, with our annual 0.5% of sales Trail Fund, as well as volunteering with Ride Sheffield. We love our City and our region, and we wanted to pay tribute to it. Our bikes are all about great design, so we had to put the same effort into any artwork we were going to commission and we loved the result. It was the Grit and Steel Map.

It lists all the amazing riding areas near us, and is something just plain cool to hang on the wall. We even did a bit of an art launch and exhibition for it. Get us!

The original prints were limited run, beautiful art Glicee prints, individually stamped and numbered on 315GSM paper. It's all in the details, as always! There's a bit of background over on the website. Have a read. We still have a few left if you'd like a piece of history:

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However, this week we have just received our run of A1 poster versions. Still look amazing, if not quite as special as the original prints. These are just £15 posted. Available now:

Orders yours here: Grit and Steel Map Posters


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28/07/2017 - Cane Creek HELM On Its Way

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Cane Creek HELM Fork Now Available to Pre-Order on Cotic Bikes - HELM YEAH!

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We have had some Cane Creek HELM forks on test for a few months now, and safe to say we love them! Stiff, light, plush, tuneable and they look rad as hell! Sam liked them so much he didn't give them back, as the picture above attests to!

Cane Creek have been flat out getting into production and our first batch of forks are available to pre-order on bikes now for August delivery. They are adjustable travel anywhere from 100mm to 170mm (although you can only max it out at 160mm on Cotic bikes) so it will work on the Soul, BFe, the Flare and the Rocket. We have options for 120, 130, 140 and 160mm travel, which we think we suit our bikes best.

You can add the forks to your bike order by selecting the bike, size and colour you want on the Order Page then hit "GO CUSTOM". You can then fiddle with your bike spec to your heart's content, including adding the HELM. They are a small saving over the Fox Factory forks on the Platinum builds, £350 upcharge over the stock Gold Build, or £450 over the Silver Build.


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27/07/2017 - Development at Revs

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Team Day Out

The idea behind our new development squad is to encourage incredibly talented young riders. We want to support them in keeping their (awesome) bike running, helping them out with kit if we can, and spending time with our team riders can be valuable in learning and gaining experience. Give back to grass roots and help where we can. It obviously doesn't hurt that these guys look great on a bike! However, the key thing is that - just like with our 0.5% of sales trail fund donations - we are making sure we are giving back to the sport and supporting it so it's better for everyone.

So to properly launch our Development Squad we decided to organise a day at Revolution Bike Park in Wales, this would give everyone a chance to meet and allow Will Easey and Wes Fife (Development Squad riders) a chance to ride with our team riders (Chay and Swinny). Here's how the day went, with words from Will Easey...

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'Wow' is all I can say, what an incredible day at one of the most impeccable riding spots ever! I woke up the morning after and had the urge to just want to be back on my bike again. Definitely a well spent day and an unforgettable one! It was a pleasure to meet everyone for the first time, everyone had open arms and were wicked the entire day. I could have ridden 2 weeks straight with the same dudes and I don't think I would have got bored at all.

The main concept was to learn from team riders Chay and Swinny, and take away what there outlook is on riding. I can proudly say I have taken a lot away just from one days riding with them, they are incredibly chilled and have real character. On top of this, they are mightily fast which was a real eye opener to try and keep up! The one thing that really changed my mindset on everything within riding and was awesome to hear, is there view on riding. "Just have fun and ride your bike" - "Don't get all stressed out, or what's the point?". Because at the end of the day, you're riding your bike because you want to ride, not because you want to win all the time and get all worked up about it, you should be able to constantly be stoked to ride with or without your mates!

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I am over the moon to be part of the Development Squad. I am extremely privileged to be a part of such an awesome group of people. Everyone has such a wicked mindset about everything and are constantly smiling. Partnered up with me is a dude that I first met through Instagram. Cotic first made us two start talking when they realised we both loved the company and ride our Cotic Rockets on a day-to-day basis. From then on, me and Wes were in contact. A few months passed and that is when the whole Development Squad idea launched. I was hooked instantly and so was Wes, we were both stoked and just wanted to be able to ride together. The only problem was, we live halfway across the country from each other!!

I woke up at 4:30am, left at 5, and arrived at Revolution Bike Park for around 9am to be greeted straight away by this curly haired dude! From then on we just wanted to get on our bikes and ride this insane place. After a couple of runs it was near enough impossible to take the smiles off our faces. Finally riding together was so good, our speed and style seemed to match and it was almost like the Brendog and Bryceland scene from the Deathgrip film. Although we live a long way away from each other, I definitely think you'll see us riding together a lot more now especially with the development team underway. We both have a massive passion for riding bikes and are stoked to be part of the family.

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Revs. Oh my days. Wow. What a place it is! Revs has definitely rocketed (pardon the pun!) up through my list of favourite riding places! To start of the morning to get into it we all did a train on the Free Ride line. It was fast and flowy including the expected and dreaded braking bumps. Within 30 seconds I was already smiling under my helmet and couldn't wait to see what the next section would hold. One of the main talks was about the famous new "50to01" line. Going up in the uplift you can see it through the window to your left, all of us were pretty much jaw dropping looking at each other. Even the dog couldn't believe it!

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After 10 minutes of looking at it and trying to understand how it works, Wes dropped in and hit the first jump perfectly, this got me and the boys amped to give it a go. I took it jump by jump getting the speed checks right and the flow. I managed to get to the third, then we decided to go hit some other trails and return back later. We returned later, more pumped then ever to tackle the enormous jumps. Wes and Swinny were hauling through them leading each other in making it through them more and more each run, it was wicked to watch the progression. Me? I took it a slight bit more chilled. I still managed to get near enough halfway through without getting to the major 25/30ft ones! Time was running out as we had caught the last uplift up, but I was stoked to get as far as I did and looking forward to going back and hitting them again!

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Until next time Revolution! It was a pleasure getting to meet everyone and for once the weather was on our side, that great big ball of fire was out the entire day and yet, we were obviously still moaning that it was too hot! Thank you to Baybutt for keeping us all on track and planning this incredible ride. Also a thank you to Will for coming along and not only being a mobile mechanic for the day, but sending it massive! Can't wait to ride with everyone again.

Stay safe, ride safe & have fun! - Will

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26/07/2017 - How Our Bikes Are Packed

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Every bike we ship from Cotic goes out in one of these - our custom designed, awarding winning (yes, really!) bike boxes. So your bike is perfectly protected and arrives with you safe and sound and just a front wheel, handlebar install and set of pedals away from shredding the trails.

If we put this much thought into the boxes, how good do you think the bikes are?


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26/07/2017 - Incredible Long Term Rocket Review

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"The Cotic Rocket is the best trail bike I’ve ever ridden. In fact, it’s so good, I just bought one!"

Absoultely incredible review from Tom at ride.io on the Rocket. He absolutely loved it.

I’m going to make a bold claim, but one I’m happy to stand by. The Cotic Rocket is the best trail bike I’ve ever ridden. In fact, it’s so good, I just bought one! With actual money!

Read the full review here: Ride.io Rocket Long Termer Final Review

Rockets are in stock right now in small, medium and large, with XL due back in stock next month. As Tom says in the review, we have loads of options from frame only up to complete XTR/Fox/WTB Carbon wheel super bikes and everything in between. Check out this customers' beautiful build based around our Gold bike option with some choice Rock Shox, Fox and Hope upgrades from the Go Custom program.

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26/07/2017 - BFe275 Demo and 2nd Sale

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Bfe275 Demo and 2nd Sale! Head over to the Factory Outlet page at the link below to get your hands on a BFe Bargain.

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All specifications and info and more photos on the website. Happy bargain hunting!


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21/07/2017 - Adele's Mountain Bike Skills

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Adele Mitchell

On Mountain Bike Skills

"I’m an enthusiastic rider, rather than a great one but like to think I have managed to build some skills in that time (I’m still in one piece, for a start). Of course I also know that, like most of us, I have gaping holes in my skills set. I’ve written about some of them here – and as a result Si from Pedal & Spoke MTB Coaching – a man who has the patience of a saint, btw – kindly offered me a skills session to help iron out a few of my habitual creases. My last skills session was over three years ago so it was long overdue: its good to keep learning and also bad habits take hold easily and can be hard to shake off (as I was about to find out!)."

Read more of her blog post using the link below...


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14/07/2017 - Hannah's Progress Report

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Progress Report

Hannah's update

Beautiful day out exploring. #Cotic #peakdistrict #mtb #mtbgirl #travel

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Since my last post I've been trying to get out and ride more often. There's definitely been highs and lows. I mentioned in my last post that hills were my main problem. There was one particular hill that's fairly steep and rocky that I found most difficult. I finally cracked it! The overwhelming feeling when I got to the top was so rewarding, I felt so much better having done it, it was like nothing else could stop me! There's also the mental thing of keeping going to get to the top, which now having done that hill, I'm so much better at keeping momentum and just keeping pedalling.

I've now had two skills sessions with Paul. Most of you know will know Paul as the person at the end of the Cotic phone and many of the email enquiries. In Paul's pre-Cotic days he was a skills coach at Sherwood Pines and kindly agreed to giving me some beginners 1-2-1 sessions after work and at Sherwood Pines.

I was a mixture of excited and nervous for my first session. I just didn't know what to expect. He took me on the Cotic test track. You'll have seen from the Guy Kesteven video it's a pretty crazy track (see video at bottom of the page if you haven't watched it already!). The first lesson was about braking and body positioning, getting used to the bike moving under you and line choice. I found it very useful and really made me think about how you have to work with the bike and your weight and positioning makes a huge difference in how the bike reacts. You also have to learn to trust yourself and the bike, which I think is quite an important thing. So after a couple of tries on a calmer section, we rode along to a steeper, rockier section of the trail, to combine the things I'd just learnt. Line choice was important here, so I got off and walked it first. Feeling fairly confident I could do it, I really went for it, perhaps with a little too much enthusiasm. I successfully followed my line, only with not enough braking, sending me crashing at the end of it because I was far too fast! Lesson learned. I managed the rest of the trail but with using my brakes a lot more...

Second lesson we met at Sherwood Pines. My first trail centre experience! Paul knows Sherwood Pines, probably better than the back of his hand. He took me to his 'cornering practice track'. A track off the main trail, carved out from his students riding it so many times. This lesson was all about the importance of corners, using pressure on your bars, and moving your weight to keep speed. It was hard work because I was so determined to take it all in and try my best to do exactly what he said. I found the leaning into the corners most difficult to grasp at first. Towards the end of the day I got better at it, so that's what I'm now aiming to work on in my future rides.

We continued on and did the red route. We'd picked the hottest day to go on, a good test for me. I struggled on certain areas, just needed to keep up my speed. I need to work on pumping and strength (probably!). But I really enjoyed the day. I was tired, but not letting that beat me I went for an evening walk at Stanage Edge to keep myself moving. The joys of having the Peak District on your doorstep!

More updates to come...

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12/07/2017 - Singletrack Longterm Review of the FlareMAX

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James Love of Singletrack magazine has been playing on… sorry testing… a FlareMAX for a while now… trying different shocks, forks and rides… his take on it all is now up on their website…

"The COTIC FlareMAX is a truly brilliant all-round, up for anything trail bike. It’s an enjoyable ride on big cross country days out in the hills and very capable hooning around the woods seeking out the fun and challenging lines. It’s just the ticket. Can be taken out for a big day out and ragged.

The FlareMAX has a great feel – tough and strong and rides light. It’s got POP & an easy vibe. It’s a lot of fun."

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10/07/2017 - Ben Gerrish Trans Julius Enduro

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Trans Julius 2017

"A few months ago I was sent an email asking if I would like to go and race the first ever Trans Julius Enduro, in Slovenia by Anna from Bikesoup magazine. The trip format was, a few days either side of the event to document the Slovenian scene surrounding the race and to a point the country in general. The event itself is a four day stage race, in the truly magnificent Julian Alps.

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Slovenia has been on my list of places to visit for some time now, so it’s safe to say the stoke was high, and building, for this one.

No sleep, an abandoned van and a few forgotten items, saw me arriving in Slovenia, early Tuesday morning with my passport, bike camera and a few euros. What could possibly go wrong?

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Our hosts, the organisers of the race were amazing from the off and coffee, beer, food and perfect tour guiding was the initial order of the day. Their English not only put my complete lack of Slovene, but also my questionable northern dialect, to shame.

A couple of days, guided by the ever enthusiastic locals got us champing at the bit for the race. Dry dusty trails, within some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery I have ever come across can’t really fail to stir the stoke. I had seen the mountains from the plane window on the way into the Ljubljana runway, and even from that overhead perspective, had struggled to grasp the scale and vastness of them. Now we were on the trails, it was even more exciting.

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For a first Trans race by the team and coming in at sub €200 for a four day event, the organisation, food provided and entertainment was top drawer. Seeding was run on Thursday, with a night stage ending in on the town steps and into the square. Novel, fun and rowdy, if I had to choose three words to describe that one. Placing 6th, after a decidedly dicey crash on the cobbles near the end, I headed into the main event feeling positive.

The subsequent days were a whirlwind of high alpine passes, insane mountain views, gruelling climbs, amazing singletrack and some 90’s throwback, off the brakes, flat out fire road and old WW1 artillery tracks built by the Italians high in the mountains. Bike riding and history lessons, maybe if I'd paid more attention at GCSE if we toured the historical sites by bike?!

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The final stage, saw us perched a top one of the highest accessible points from the Vogel ski resort, staring down a seriously fun looking scree slope, awaiting the mass start. Minutes before the klaxon should have been sounding the start of our final descent of the race the sky turned an ominous black and a crack of thunder forced the start line a little farther down the hill. A little gutted to not get the chance to race the screes, but what unfolded was more than enough to be, undoubtedly, a lifelong memory.

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As we dropped into the initial bike park section the storm had already caught up with us, and the rain was heavy! Out of the bike park onto the lower slopes of the hill and the visibility was down to about 10 metres, and the rain was sideways, rounding one corner I was physically knocked off my bike by the wind. Thunder was growling through the valley and even though it was only midday it felt like dusk, only lit up by the occasional flash of lightning. This was epic, I pulled into the finish, pretty unaware of position, time or whether or not I’d just ridden or swam down the last 20 minutes of track.

In the end it turned out I’d pulled myself into 3rd position on the last stage, but a big enough margin to go 3rd overall. So I got to stand on a log, won an amazing recycled tyre trophy made just down the road, an entry for next year, beer and most importantly received a novelty sized cheque, so thats a life goal complete.

Slovenia rocks! I’ll definitely be back!"

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07/07/2017 - Rocketing Into The Weekend

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Rocketing Into The Weekend

Here's the original Rocketman film to get you going for the weekend. All together now...

WWOAAAH BLACK BETTY....BAMALAM!!

Check out the rest of the Rocketman series - Rise Of Straightline and Return of Straightline - over on our Videos page and watch our hero defeat evil aboard his trusty Rocket-ship.

Have a great weekend


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03/07/2017 - 4th July Offer

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Happy July 4th

To celebrate Independence day we are offering our American friends FREE SHIPPING! (Including North America.)

This offer includes all our merch too! Check out our merch and frames following the links below...

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30/06/2017 - Development Squad

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Development Squad

Cotic are launching a development squad. A team of up and coming young riders that are seriously skilled on a bike. We believe it's so important to encourage young riders in mountain biking. We'll be helping them out with kit, keeping their bikes running and letting them meet and hang out with the Cotic team and staff. So here they are, introducing our development squad!

Will Easey

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About Me

I'm 17, living in the Surrey Hills of England! I am truly passionate about anything with two wheels, primarily mountain biking. Coming from a motocross background, most of my idols are from that sport. From the age of 5 I was racing moto, but had to put an end to it due to the expense of the sport. That's where I found that riding a bike without an engine was actually pretty good fun! I did my first ever Downhill race in 2014 at an abandoned quarry, managed to bag myself a 2nd place!

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From then on I was hooked, I loved how laid back everything was compared to motocross and I seemed to find that I could control my nerves more. Now, up to date, I would never regret getting into the sport, even with breaking my collarbone last year, I found the drive to want to get back on the bike more than ever. However, being out for a couple months means that the other people you race with are still on the bike, still getting practice in and progressing whilst you are basically walking backwards. After my collarbone, I got back on the bike and continued on with the races. The start of 2017, I found myself not being able to keep up with everyone, as if I had completely lost the drive and swing of things. It was continuous, not the greatest of results, so I decided not go go full race mode and put myself under the pressure. Just have fun, and ride your bike - That's basically my motto from now on.

Well, at the age of 17, I still have so many things I haven't done yet and still want to do. Being a filmmaker, I have always wanted to make a future out of using a camera and still do. I really enjoy capturing moments that you will only get once in a lifetime. Other than that, I love creating short films and would love to travel more, go to different countries, and take my camera wherever I go. With riding, I am at that point now where the whole Downhill scene isn't staying my cup of tea, the riding level at my age is through the roof with boys like Matt Walker, Kaos Seagrave, Joe Breeden and more. Even the boys I was up to pace with last year have now gone ahead and are up in the top 5's. Since getting my Rocket, I have clicked with the bike and just feel extremely comfortable on it, and doing my first enduro of the year yesterday (Sunday 25th June 2017) at Aston Hill Bike Park, I managed to bag a 3rd place. I find enduro really relaxed and you get to ride your bike a lot more as well as hang out with your mates on the transitions. I believe that if you want to get far in the downhill scene you have to put the effort in to get the outcome you are looking for, and with breaking my collarbone setting me back a couple of months, and starting a year too late from my class, it hasn't really worked out the way I wanted it to.

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For the future, my main goals are just to continue doing as many races as possible and just enjoy riding in general. I love filming, and doing self-filmed videos. I find that I can be very creative and have a lot of fun making those type of videos. I also have Megavalanche coming up in a couple of weeks this year which I cannot wait for! I qualified 1st last year in my age category in my heat, but decided not to do the race to risk anything as I was 7 weeks after breaking my collarbone. This year I'm going to go for it and it's going to be wicked! I have the PERFECT bike for it too, which is so ready to send it down the mountain!

OTHER THINGS ABOUT ME:

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Wes Fife

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Who am I?

Hi, I'm Wes, I'm 16 years old from Guisborough, North Yorkshire, UK. I mainly got into riding from both my mum and dad riding and also living so close to Guisborough woods and the north York moors. Over the years I have made some awesome friends from Guisborough who all share the same passion for the sport as me, so with a mixture of the two I have always had people to ride with and to push my riding capabilities and to have good times on bikes with!

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First bike?

My first bike was a Scott Jr12, a 12" wheeled yellow shred sled, if I can remember rightly it was my 3rd birthday present. Stabilizers were off pretty quick and I was loving it!!


Who inspires me?

Nowadays I look up to the likes of Joe Barnes. The Dudes of Hazzard videos are always a good laugh to watch and it goes to show that you can still have fun even with the pressure of being one of the top riders in the world, something that I believe is sometimes forgotten about by some of the top riders. Also I am greatly inspired by the 50to01 crew as again they show the true essence of mountain biking- having a blast on bikes with good vibes all around!

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My favourite race is Peaty's Steel City Downhill, even though this year was my first race I managed to wangle a first place in a pretty big field of riders, it was just such a good atmosphere to race in as there was not a quiet place on the track- chainsaws, cowbells etc... Other races include the Tweedlove Vallelujah Enduro race back in March which was an awesome event, didn't do greatly but had a blast nevertheless. Also got to meet the team Chay and Swinny who welcomed me with open arms and chilled out with them for "apres race" before podiums - Cheers dudes!

Favourite trail in the world?

Probably "nae spleens" up at the Innerliethen golfy. It is basically a natural trail that consists of tight trees, drops and steep corners (basically my dream trail). That being said, you cant beat a run down the super morzine blue run which is just fast open berms and jumps, brakes are not needed on stuff like that so that'd be up there as well. Two polar opposites but variety is good.

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Photo credit: Will Easey: Martin Zielinski, ALC Photography, BigMacPhotography, Mega photographer. Wes Fife: KJS Photography, JWDT Photography.


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28/06/2017 - It's All Downhill From Here

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It's All Downhill From Here

Cycling Europe, North to South

Riding from the north of Europe to the south sounds like a crazy idea. It's a challenge that Alec Bain and three of his friends are hoping to complete this summer. From Nordkapp in the north of Norway to Tarifa, the south of Spain. "The idea for this trip can solely be blamed on a conversation over social media between the four of us that got way out of hand. The only reason we aren’t cycling our bikes backwards across the Atlantic is due to the conversation coming to an abrupt end as each of us dropped our phones and began eagerly writing a kit list. So off we went with the idea of cycling the length of Europe, in the hope that it might be a good laugh and a great experience. It was quite the surprise when we later googled exactly how far it was."

It's All Downhill From Here

The trip is 3600 miles, passing through 8 countries. They plan to finish within 5/6 weeks. Alec is doing the trip on his Cotic Escapade. They are all fans of Cotics, 3 own a BFe275 already, all having been on one of our demo days with Sam. They are completing it for Hospiscare and St Michael's Hospice in Devon. You can donate to their Just Giving page here to show your support.

Expect more photos from these guys over the coming weeks! Good luck guys!

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27/06/2017 - Adele Mitchell: Fear, MTB & Why you're all awesome

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Fear, MTB & Why you're all awesome!

Adele writes....

The response to my post on mountain biking and fear has been awesome. I loved reading your comments which are full of honesty, courage and wisdom. Here are some of the absolute gems – I hope they will inspire you to face your mtb fears."

Adele Mitchell

I thought long and hard before I wrote my post about Fear and Mountain Biking – firstly because mtb is full of posts where people are getting air and having the time of their lives and I didn’t want to put a downer on that, and secondly because I’m wary of admitting stuff like this on SM, where we’re all supposed to be sorted and ‘feeling blessed’.

But I did it – and whatdoyaknow – it’s been one of the most popular posts I’ve ever written. At the end of the post I asked how you deal with fear, and your responses have been so brilliant I thought it might be a good idea to share some of them here. There is so much that is useful – thanks to everyone for taking the time to share your experiences (and sorry I can’t share them all but we’d be here all night!).

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This is from Jennifer @pinkmtbr on Instagram (I ADORE everything about this post btw!)

“As I sat in the van having a fear cry after practice, I started to fret about what people would think when I pulled out of the race. I was worried my friends wouldn’t think I was as badass as I pretend to be. That @kev_purcell would point out I’d missed a day’s training for @bcbikerace. That I’d have wasted the entry fee. Blah. Then @adelemtb‘s recent post on Fear and Mountain Biking conveniently popped up on my timeline talking about the right frame of mind, and a friend reiterated that I had to turn the fear in to excitement. I could give that a go. As I rode up the transition after the final stage I pondered back to practice the day before. Why was I worried about what everybody else would think? If I had pulled out I’d have been so disappointed with myself for me. I race for the fun, for the community, for the challenge for ‘me time’. So actually, it didn’t matter at all that I was ‘least quick female’. What mattered was I was faster than if I’d stayed in the van and that made it flipping awesome.”

Emma Downey:

“Riding with other women helps me to overcome my fears. Being encouraged by others and seeing them do it and following them has helped me to tackle stuff I was scared of. In turn it feels good to also help other women to overcome their fears.‬”

Taken from Cotic's Facebook post on the subject:

Enok Walden:

“I think fear is important to keep you from doing stupid things beyond your ability but it’s also important to fight back some territory from the fear once in a while. Skill training is a good and save way to do it. As Cy says in his newsletter: it’s one of the great things of biking that you can always improve no matter what age you are or how long you have been into the sport.‬”

Sarah Freeman:

"The fear of humiliation is an interesting one. I’ve been learning to wheelie recently and I was told ( quite rightly) that all I needed to do was go out and practice in the street outside my house, or in the nearest empty carpark. For a woman in her 40’s, that’s actually quite daunting! Firstly…people my age…just going ‘out to play’ like kids do. It’s pretty odd behaviour. Secondly, a lot of people who live here know I ride mountainbikes, and have done for years…so I’m going to go out in public and show them I actually can’t do wheelies….yet! What I found though…surprisingly…is that if you just DO IT, nobody actually takes much notice. For the past month or so I’ve been riding regularly, like a 10 year old would, taking my bike out for 30 mins or so and doing wheelies, hopping off kerbs, wheelying off kerbs…and it’s been REALLY REALLY good fun. And I’m better at riding a bike because of it.‬”

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23/06/2017 - Demo Feature in SingleTrack Magazine

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Singletrack Magazine has done a great feature about our demo rides and Sam, our demo man.

"Imagine if you could get a demo of a top-flight bike and ride it on your local trails, with the ability to swap between sizes, or models. Well, that’s exactly what Cotic has set out to do. Chipps spent the day with Sam, Cotic’s demo driver to find out what goes into getting a top brand like Cotic to come and see you on your own trails."

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"Sam is Cotic’s demo fleet manager and he’s having the time of his life. For a start, Cotic’s approach to demos differs to most other bike companies. It tends not to go to the ‘bike shop open day’ style of demos where would be (or would be not) potential customers wander between stands, grabbing whatever bike is free and taking it on a coned and taped short lap of the woods before returning to try the next bike from the next brand."

Cotic’s approach is far more specific. Rather than happening upon Cotic at a demo day, Cotic organises its own demos at hot riding spots around the country and, if there’s enough interest from you and your riding pals, it will bring your very own demo to you.

It was a crazy idea, but Cotic isn’t one to do things normally. (Steel hardcore hardtails? Steel full suspension bikes? They’ll never take off… oh, wait.)"

Sam @ Cotic

"The idea isn’t to possibly influence the buying decisions of your average bike shop floating purchaser, it’s more to confirm the decision already made by a few hardcore Cotic fans (and their friends) and more about finding the right size, or spec, of a bike you’ve already talked yourself into. Some demo-ers already have one Cotic and they’re either looking to upgrade, or to add to the fleet. Other riders that sign up are Cotic-curious and keen to try a bike (or the whole range!) in an unpressurised environment. Sam certainly isn’t around to be a salesman (Cotic would argue that’s the job of the bike), he’s just there to make sure you get fitted and set up on your test bike and that you have a great time.

Like any ‘too good to be true’ job, Sam’s comes with its fair share of downsides. As well as driving around 18,000 miles a year for work, Sam flits between staying in generic McHotels, friends’ sofas and actual home home – though even that has seen him move out of the flat he shared with his girlfriend in Newcastle in order to move close to Cotic’s Sheffield HQ. He seems to have taken it all in his stride though and appears to be having the time of his life. Apart from a day or two early in the week at Cotic’s HQ where he swaps bikes in and out of his current fleet and catches up on paperwork, Sam is almost entirely out there ‘in the field’.

Before this bike-roadie lifestyle, Sam was literally on the road to being a car-bound rep for a brewery in Newcastle (another job that’s probably not quite as glamorous as it sounds…) As a student, he got ‘REALLY into beer’ though not in a way that most students do. Sam got into brewing in a big way and that led to an interest in the brewing industry and eventually a job."

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"If there’s not a demo in your area, or if you really, really, need to try a Flare Max against a Rocket, or a Solaris against a Soul – or if you’ve made your mind up on a model, but want to try a large and a medium, then you contact Sam and he literally brings the demo to you. And if you’ve not ridden a single Cotic before, even better, you and your pals can spend the whole day working through the range on your home trails."

"These exclusive demos work for groups between four or so and 10-12. You book Sam, tell him what bikes you’re interested in and where you’re planning on meeting and riding. Sam is the first to admit that he’s not a mountain bike guide – it’s up to you to pick the route that you want to ride. He just comes along to answer technical questions, help with mechanical issues and just be cheerful at everyone. It makes sense that if you’re going to spend a not-inconsiderable amount of cash on a new bike, you should ideally get to test it on your favourite trails – and this is what Cotic’s exclusive demo service offers."

Sam @ Cotic

"Apparently no one yet has organised a demo day for a birthday treat, but it can’t be long before someone does. Imagine pitching up to the Peaks one sunny Wednesday and having your mates around to celebrate your birthday with a selection of well maintained, top notch bicycles…"

"Obviously there’s a big cost for getting the big Cotic van full of bikes to come to a car park of your choosing, full of the shiniest of new test bikes.

"No. No there isn’t. Not a sausage. Cotic maintains that if they were going to be running a test fleet anyway, then they’d much rather be talking to fans of the brand and the ‘Cotic-curious’ than fighting for air time in a crowded car park full of other bike brands. As such, it makes financial sense to keep Sam on the road, ready to help riders choose the bike that they’ve probably already made their mind up about…"


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22/06/2017 - Cane Creek Rocketship

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The Cane Creek guys over in North Carolina are a great supplier to work with, and as you can see here, they have awesome taste in bikes! This is Marketing guy Andrew having fun on his Rocket at the Pro GRT just gone. A couple of the other guys have Rockets, and there's a BFe275 and SolarisMAX with them too.

#HELMyeah ! We had a blast at last weekends #ProGRT @beechmtn ! Rider: @sand_dogg+@coticbikes 📸: @j317537 @canecreekusa #DBcoilil #everyrideisdifferent @industry_nine @maxxistires

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We will have HELM forks in stock in a few weeks as an option on all 27.5" wheel mountain bikes. DB Coil IL shocks are in stock now for the Rocket and RocketMAX.


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21/06/2017 - Will Easey video

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Will Easey

Here's the full video. How cool is this? A LOT of talent this lad


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19/06/2017 - Will Easey video preview

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Will Easey

Our development squad rider Will Easey has just launched a great preview for his upcoming film! Have a watch, and listen out for his tyre at the end!

Below is a photo of his bike, it's a beauty.

Cotic Rocket - Will Easey

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16/06/2017 - Aqua Flare Back In Stock

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Flare in Aqua Back In Stock

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We have just had a re-stock on our super lively Flare trail bike in Aqua as we have been out for a couple of months. We'll be in touch if you have a back order, but if you've been waiting for this colour then here it is!

STUNTS!

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Have a great weekend.


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16/06/2017 - Bike Radar FlareMAX Video

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FlareMAX Review

Trail Bike Of The Year 2017

Bike Radar


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16/06/2017 - Pinkbike Manic Seatpost Review

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Pinkbike Manic Review

Pinkbike Manic Review

Pinkbike have just reviewed the Manic Dropper Post we offer on our bikes, and they loved it!

X-Fusion has a winner with the Manic. While the 150mm travel version won't be available until July, the shorter stroke Manic displayed zero issues during testing, and it offers a great feel at the lever. No, it's not the lightest option out there, but at [the price] and with a reliable design, the Manic is easy to recommend.

In particular they loved the super light action and massive position configurability of the remote, both things that we have found great. Paul is a big fan having struggled with Reverb remotes, particularly with cold hands.

Order your Manic seatpost on any of our complete mountain bikes, from the BFe to the RocketMAX.


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16/06/2017 - Tweedlove Retrospective

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Retrospective

Tweedlove 2017

Just back in the office today after a marathon (and arduous) drive back involving closed motorways and diversions, plus stinking colds (me) and hangovers (the rest of them). Thanks to everyone who swung by over the weekend. We all had a brilliant time, and was good to meet owners and demo riders and people just looking.

Friday was a little quiet, but we still had a few demo rides out, and we finished off the day in fine style with the Cotic Ride Out from the stand in the evening. We had a couple of demo riders join a small group of existing owners, and it was so nice to hang out with everyone and share stories of how they got their bikes. One guy, Mark, was a particular star as he brought Soul number 31 - an original batch 1 2003 frame, recently repainted in nail varnish pink - along for the ride. At the other end of the scale was Sam who had just got his Rocket two weeks ago. The whole journey of Cotic right there in one ride! Lovely.

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Saturday was much busier with around 30 demo rides through the day and catching up with Chay and Swinny and some of the other Sheffield crew up for the International Enduro. They were having a rest day having practiced on Friday on what turned out to be a monster loop. Over 50km and several thousand metres of climbing, along with stages up to 10 minutes long. With Greg Callahan, Lewis Buchanan and Tracey Moseley all there racing there were plenty of big hitters to measure up against too.

Saturday evening after the family ride (they closed the main road through Peebles to let kids and parents ride around a circuit. It was ace!) the lads hit the freeride park up at Buzzards Nest car park at Glentress, taking the camera gear with them. Development Squad rider Wes Fife took time out from his GCSE's to join in. Looks like they had an alright time.....

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Sunday dawned a little damp, but not too bad, and the International Enduro rolled out from 9am. Swinny was seeded in the Top 10 so he got a little mascot to join him on the podium. They were even playing Rocketman on the big screen at the same time. Couldn't have planned it better! All the Top 10 riders got local kids to join them on their ride out. How cool is that?

The lads did brilliantly as usual, and both looked completely empty when they got back. Hardest race of the year so far they think. In keeping with our tradition of Cotic Racing - Never Knowingly Off The Podium, Chay put it on the box with 2nd in Veterans, and Swinny just missed out with 4th in Masters. A problem with brake pads on Stage 1 put paid to a better result unfortunately.

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Massive thanks to Geoff Waugh for the awesome shots of the lads out on track.

Once podiums were done and champagne sprayed, we packed up, grabbed a curry and headed to the pub. We capped off the weekend in civilised fashion some some carpet bowls. Rock and Roll!

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12/06/2017 - Adele Mitchell blog post

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Fear and mountain biking

A Line Demo Day

Our brand ambassador Adele Mitchell has recently written a fantastic blog post about fear and mountain biking. Her post is inspired by Megan Hine's new book, Mind Of A Survivor. In her book she explains how the instinct and skills needed for survival can be applied to ordinary lives.

Adele Mitchell- "Ultimately when we ride we are all chasing ‘the flow’ fix – those moments when your mind and body connect and riding becomes instinctive and effortless “it’s the most beautiful, almost spiritual feeling: a kind of physical enlightenment’ says Hine. But this means pushing ourselves to our limit, and when fear takes over (which it does for me fairly often!), we freeze, don’t think clearly, and are then in more danger. Reassuringly Hine explains that fear is an evolutionary response to a perceived danger and there is nothing impressive about not being scared because that means you don’t know you may be in trouble. Fear is your body’s way of saying something is wrong. To move forward, it's important to control your fear – perhaps using visualisation (I have found this very effective, though it takes practice!), or by pinpointing the cause, accepting it and putting it ‘into a box’."

Cy - Although written from her perspective and based on her experiences, it's a universal theme and one which I (and I'm sure all of us) still battle with, and it's very definitely not just women who have to deal with it. That said, in a male dominated sport it does seem that women do feel more easily intimidated in group ride situations, which I think is a huge shame.

Sam told me how positively the Cafe Adventure Women's Demo had gone the other week, with feedback being that the people who attended felt much less pressure about 'slowing everyone down' and other such things. I guess we all have this to some extent - the playground concerns about fitting in. I know I was put off riding with a group of guys I met not long after moving to Sheffield because they were soooooooooooo much faster than me. They never complained about waiting, and never took the piss, it was all in my head. It's not nice being the one at the back though. All sorts of ego issues wrapped up in it. I ride with them regularly now, and can largely keep up these days (just about), but it took some swallowing of pride and some effort on my part to improve a little to make me comfortable in my own skin with them. Like I say, nothing to do with them or their behaviour (apart from being annoyingly fast and strong on bikes), all in my head...

I hope by discussing it we make you think, and realise, feeling these pressures is OK, and completely normal. We're all here to have fun. As she says, we really don't talk about fear enough.

Read more of Adele's blog post discussing fear here


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12/06/2017 - Tweedlove Race

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#tweedlove was tough !! 2 nd was hard earned !! what an event , what a weekend. Hi 5's with the kids was a treat . gona sleep well tonight . Big up all the top gang i call my mates 😃👌🏽🕺🏼@coticbikes #rocket / #ridejoystick / #xfusionshox / #35bikes / #hookitproducts / #polarisbikewear / #ninjazgloves / #wildernesstrailbikes #rockguardz #enduro #hktmovement #ridejoystick #joystick #burgtec @burgtec

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#tweedlove the mornin after is a tough one but a #panshotfriday on a monday makes it better!! its a rental lets go mental @coticbikes #rocket / #ridejoystick / #xfusionshox / #35bikes / #hookitproducts / #polarisbikewear / #ninjazgloves / #wildernesstrailbikes #rockguardz #enduro #hktmovement #ridejoystick #joystick #burgtec @burgtec

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Bloody cracking weekend up @tweedlovefest. Tyrone rode a dream, pretty happy with 4th place after a mean stage 1 mechanical. Loves racing bikes ✌🏼 : #tweedlove @coticbikes #rocket / @wildernesstrailbikes / @ridejoystick / @xfusionshox / @burgtec / @35bikes / @hookitproducts / @ninjazgloves / @polarisbikewear / #enduro #hktmovement #ridejoystick #mtb #steelisreal #gritandsteel

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Nice one teaaam! 2nd and 4th - Amazing!


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10/06/2017 - Tweedlove Post Demo Play

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I ride better with my friends

Sam, Rich and Wes @ Glentress

#IRIDEBETTERWITHMYFRIENDS


09/06/2017 - Tweedlove Weekend

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Tweedlove

This weekend

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This weekend we are at Tweedlove Bike Festival with our Cotic stand and our whole demo fleet!

If you're wanting to demo a Cotic, there's probably no better place than this festival! It's the perfect chance to get a close up look at our bikes and to chat with Cy and the rest of the Cotic team. Hope to see you there.

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05/06/2017 - Adele Mitchell clothing

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Adele Mitchell

Adele Mitchell Clothing

She must be the best dressed mountain biker...

Our brand ambassador Adele Mitchell has written a great piece about what she loves to wear when out on the trails.


Read her clothing review here on her blog…


05/06/2017 - Ben Gerrish race weekend

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PMBA Enduro

Lee Quarry

PMBA Lee Quarry

Our brand ambassador Ben Gerrish and our team riders Swinny and Chay went to the PMBA at Lee Quarry this weekend. While Ben Gerrish was there he had a great time with our team, learning their eye for a good line and what an athlete's lunch consists of.

Ben - "The Rocket held strong, did me proud and caught a peoples eye as usual. Front and back Vigilantes was a prime choice, to balance the fast rolling dust and rocks in Lee Quarry, with the unfathomably slippy tracks at Havok. All in all... top razzing."

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Swinny took the top spot on the podium again and Chay finished in 5th. Well done lads!

Ben Gerrish bike cleaning

PMBA Enduro Results…

See Decent World's Write-Up…


02/06/2017 - Bikes for Sale

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For sale

The Rocket and FlareMAX recently came back from MBUK and What Mountain Bike Trail Bike Of The Year shootouts. They both did great, but the FlareMAX in particular smashed it in What Mountain Bike, getting 6th out of the Top 20 and beating some seriously well thought of competition. You can see the abridged version of the review over on BikeRadar.

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Rocket Silver Custom, Large, Matte Orange - NOW SOLD

The budget for the MBUK test was £3,000, so this bike is a Silver Build with SLX 1x11 and Deore brakes. Detail specifications are:


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FlareMAX Silver 29 Custom, Large, Aqua - NOW SOLD

It's the Silver build which features SLX 1x11 drivetrain and Deore brakes. Detail specifications are:

Go Custom upgrades:

Retail price on this is £3199. A snip at £2199. We can even offer 0% Finance on this. Order Now.


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02/06/2017 - Restrap X Cotic 2

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JUST IN: A second batch of our RESTRAP x COTIC bags has arrived. This time with orange logos and green zip helper. Designed for our droplink full-suspension frames, but will fit any of our bikes.

Like batch 1, these are made in the UK.

These are available now for £45. You can orders yours today on our Merch page, and we'll dispatch it next week.


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Find out about the process behind the making of these bags…


26/05/2017 - Hannah

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Episode 1


A few months ago as you probably know, Hannah joined us to help out with organising demos and packing boxes for dispatch, amongst other things. It was quite the change for us, the first member of the team to be a non-biker (GASP!). Working for a bike company was unlikely to result in her avoiding the sport completely, although this was a slightly quicker introduction than she might have expected.

So here's the first instalment of the story of Hannah and the random photo. Wait, that's sounds dodgy! It's about bikes, honest. Read on.....

If someone told me a couple of years ago that I'd be into mountain biking and entered into an enduro race I'd have laughed at them.

I've always tried to stay active in some way, my hobby was dancing for many years, before that it was horse riding. I still love and enjoy both very much. Many of my friends are interested in mountain biking, and living in Sheffield that's hardly surprising as you're never far from a trail, pump track or a secret set of dirt jumps. However, it's never been something that's crossed my mind as something I could have a go doing. Until recently.

Getting the job here at Cotic has definitely opened my eyes to a whole new world and mountain biking scene. I started just a few months ago as the Demo and Dispatch Assistant. Upon starting, they warned me of a big event later in the year called the Ard Rock Enduro, you may have heard of it... I hadn't. Looking at their website I spotted Maxxis, a main sponsor for the event, were running a competition for a set of new Double Down tyres. All you had to do was send a photo of your bike with Maxxis tyres on. Looking around the Cotic warehouse, there, right in front of me stood a rather nice bike with Maxxis tyres. *Click*. Off my entry went, "Why not? You never win these competitions anyway" I thought to myself. How wrong I was! A few weeks later an email from Maxxis landed in my inbox, explaining that I'd won tyres, plus entry to a fully booked Ard Rock Enduro. Great. Some serious training had better start... And I'd better get a bike!

Luckily, working for Cotic they could help me out. The small Flare prototype which Paul had ridden was dusted off, and the demo 'bit box' was raided [for an ex-demo 1x10 XT drivetrain, Deore brakes, some WTB rimmed wheels from Plus tyre testing, plus random assorted finishing kit - Cy] and was soon looking good. But what to wear? Flare Clothing are helping out the race team this year, and Cy told them my story, so Flare Hannah [lot's of Hannah's! - Cy] sent me some riding kit to get me going, a bit of a deal on a pair of shorts and a riding jersey. Most of the guys here ride flat pedals, and I didn't fancy trying clips so I got a pair of Women's Contact Five Ten's and bought myself some Burgtec pedals. Then WTB heard of my story and sent me a ladies Deva saddle and Padloc grips. I now had no excuse, but to get out there and do some training!

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My first ride I was a little slow to say the least, but I absolutely LOVED going downhill and felt such a buzz from it. I immediately understood why people loved mountain biking. The next day I must admit, I definitely felt it (especially my bum!) but it wasn't long before I was back in the saddle practising again. I started watching videos online of amazing women that mountain biked and realised it's a small, but very supportive community of women. This is definitely something I'd like to get involved with in the future. I didn't manage to get out and practice much before it was Cotic's Spring Party, and what a great party it was. Nice weather, good food and great company. I joined in on the Cotic Owners Ride Out, 45 people turned up to join us on the ride. It was a pretty big wake up call because I had my first crash. I hit my head quite hard (horse riding taught me to always buy a decent helmet, so I was thankful for my Troy Lee Designs helmet that day). I also managed to scrape and bruise my arms and legs. It wasn't a pretty sight! I also realised my legs couldn't cope on long or steep hills so I knew that was the next thing I desperately needed to work on. Almost a week later, after the cuts scabbed over and the bruises had started to heal, I hopped back on and went for a ride. By this time I'd made myself a mental list of all the things I'd learnt from the Ride Out. I'd learnt the importance of body positioning and that I needed to strengthen my legs for the hills. I've got a few local routes now that I try to do a couple of times a week. I see improvement every ride, which is so rewarding. I go further without getting out of breath, I can pedal for longer without my legs hurting and most importantly, afterwards my bum doesn't hurt anymore! My learning curve has been near vertical, but I'm starting to see the rewards and actually really quite enjoy it now."

Cy- What Hannah fails to mention is that she crashed following Kelvin down some 'jazz lines' on the Golf Course descent into Bakewell which was the trickiest of the ride. Fair commitment!

Cotic Spring Party

Hopefully you'll find it interesting following her progression. I guess Cotics are mostly bought by people who are well into the sport already, so it's interesting seeing it from the angle of someone who asks questions and is keen to learn. Maxxis are in the process of sending the tyres, but Hannah recruited mechanic Will to choose them. Another thing to remember about being a newbie - tyre choice is bewildering! Another plan in a few more weeks is to get Brand Ambassador Gareth from A Line Coaching to give Hannah some tips before she develops too many bad habits. I'm actually slightly jealous of this. The hardest bit of improving my riding through coaching over the last few years is stopping doing the wrongs things before making the right things second nature.

Hannah will be writing a few more of these in the run up to participating at Ard Rock, and it's one of our big events of the year as we'll have a stand and the whole demo fleet for you to ride. It's a massive festival of MTB; it's ace!

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24/05/2017 - BFe275 Summer Sale

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BFe Summer Sale


Alec razzin his BFe275 at Steel City DH

Ah sunshine! It's actually 'Proper Warm' here in Sheffield this week. T-Shirts and lollies at lunch time, the whole nine yards. Hope you're getting the same wherever you are. We are having a summer sale. Whilst stock lasts we are dropping the price on BFe275 frames and bikes by £100 on current model frames.

We only have QR version in stock right now, so that's frame prices starting from just £249, and bikes from £1399. Both colours are available in most sizes, Grey/Yellow or Fast Red. You can check availability by clicking the button at the bottom of this news story.

Not only that, the final 3 small green BFe275 from the previous batch (no stealth routing, but does have external dropper routing, identical geometry) are just £199. Only three though, so be quick!

Order yours today and have it by Friday!

As you might have heard, it was Steel City DH at the weekend, and what an awesome day it was (again!). The team were out in force, Sam and Will raced too, our newest rider and brand ambassador Wes and Gaz got on the podium, it was ACE!

Cy

Gloss Grey/Yellow BFe 275

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23/05/2017 - Bad News

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Bad News

Stolen Bikes


Some bad news unfortunately, our Steel City Downhill hangovers were made worse when Sam discovered our van, Black Betty, was broken into and a couple of bikes were stolen, from right outside his house. Please keep an eye out for these bikes and let us know if you have any information:

Large RocketMAX demo bike in Fast Red, platinum spec with carbon wheels:
  • Fox 34 Factory Forks
  • Raceface Next Carbon cranks
  • XTR rear mech
  • Cane Creek DBinline shock
  • Joystick Analog carbon bars
  • WTB ci24 rims on silver Hope Pro 4 hubs
  • Raceface Turbine dropper post
  • XT brakes.
  • Sam's medium Rocket, green: Roughly a gold build with a couple of identifying features:
  • WTB asym i29 wheels
  • Joystick Analog carbon bars
  • Hope 50mm stem
  • Well worn black Burgtec penthouse flat pedals.
  • Hope sticker on the inside of the chainstay that Baybutt doctored to say 'Dope'
  • Joystick Analog saddle
  • X Fusion Manic dropper post
  • Hopefully we can at least make them too hot to handle. Bike thieves are the scum of the earth, and it seems they're pretty active in the Sheffield area after the big race, keep your pride and joy safe folks. These are the best pictures we have of the exact bikes.

    Sam's Rocket
    Large RocketMAX
    Hope is Dope

    22/05/2017 - Steel City DH

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    Steel City DH

    Is Steel City DH better than Christmas?



    Steel City was as awesome as ever, but this year there was definitely a different vibe for the race and for us. Firstly, the organising team just seemed to have it down this year and it was such a chilled atmosphere on setting up that it definitely set the tone for the day. On a personal note, after getting a bit unnecessarily stressed about the race in the run up last year (despite loving the day itself) I gave racing a break after 4 consecutive events between the tapes. This gave me much less to do, and could help out the guys who were racing and just enjoy the day. There was a lot of swanning about done on my part!!

    Mostly the sun shone (for a change!), the atmosphere was brilliant as usual, the food was off-the-scale good from Out To Lunch (Do You Even Brisket Bro?). The icing on the cake was that I finally stopped being so uptight and British about it, and went and told Tracy Moseley she's my hero. She was bloody lovely about it (who doesn't like being told they're someone's hero?) and we had a quick chat. She made my daughter's day by asking her about her bike too.

    Cheers, Cy

    Cotic SCDH

    A report on the day from Sam, the demo man:

    I popped my Steel City DH cherry, and what an unforgettable day! I'm not a racer by any stretch of the imagination, so my aim was to have smooth runs and enjoy the day, which I did. The tunnel of noise as you ride down the track is something out of this world, big thanks to everyone who turned up and cheered as you guys made the event. Cranking past the Cotic stand before the bombhole hearing everyone cheering my name was incredible.

    I tried a bit harder on my second race run, but I think the greasy conditions in the top half slowed my down a bit. That said, I did send the bombhole drop bigger than I intended. I don't think I'll forget the sight of the ground falling away from me like that in a while! I finished 34th in a stacked senior category, not a brilliant result but that seems insignificant when compared to the grin on my face.

    The buzz at the bottom of the hill was amazing, one of the highlights for me was chatting to a couple who had very little idea of our sport, but had come along to see what the fuss was about. They were blown away by the whole event, and seemed keen to give it a go. If that's not a victory for everyone, I don't know what is. Can't wait for next year's race.

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    A quick wheel change was needed during practice and the rain brought drama too, so it was tough for the team lads with conditions and extremely stacked field making it a high pressure day. Swinny was 5th and Chay 15th, and despite the fact we know they're not that happy with that we are all super proud of them. Swinny beat Peaty for the first time ever, which was a bit of a watershed moment for him having been under Steve's wing at the SPS during his DH days. Chay got pretty much the worst of the conditions, but 2nd fastest through the speed trap shows the speed was there, just was hard to put it together when the track was "like glass".

    Will, our model and man on the spanners, raced this year after not racing for a couple of years. You would think he'd never had a break from it. He was entered into the Pro category along with Chay and Swinny and showed no signs of nerves. He came 14th! 1.17.35. An incredible time! Being Swinny's brother, his board was 'Mini Swinny', but he's still pretty handy!

    Mini Swinny

    Hannah:

    What a day... My first Steel City DH, and one I'll always remember! The crowd, atmosphere and buzz is just something else. There's so much support for all the riders there, everyone cheers everyone else on and helps each other out when they need help.

    I really enjoyed meeting people at the stand, some faces I knew from past demos or the Cotic Spring Party, and many new faces of people interested in the bikes and coming along to future demos. It was great to chat to you all! See you at the next one.

    Steel City DH

    New Development Squad Rider Wes Fife smashed Youth's with the win. YES WES! Top that off with Brand Ambassador Gareth Jones from A Line Coaching bringing his Rocket into 2nd in Masters behind Ben "World Cup DH racer" Deakin and that was a bloody good day on the hill for Cotic riders!

    So when we asked Cy, is Steel City better than Christmas? His answer: Yes, yes it is.

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    SCDH Wes Fife by KJS Photography

    Steel City website…

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    Pink Bike's write-up…

    More photos on Roots & Rain…


    15/05/2017 - Sheffield Urban CX

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    Sheffield Urban CX

    Sheffield Urban CX

    Saturday May 6th saw Sheffield’s inaugural urban Cyclocross race round Kelham Island industrial museum. Baybutt was right in the mix - here’s his report…

    Back in the Autumn, Adam Simmonite, the organiser of the Sheffield Urban Cyclocross race got in touch with Cotic about sponsoring the event to be held in May. Loads of fine Sheffield folk, getting to ride through a fantastic museum from my childhood, with bar-to-bar action and a pub close by. Perfection. The closest thing I could get to the huge Belgian races or the Single Speed CX World Champs which always appealed. It sounded like a no-brainer! Myself & Will headed up to meet Adam, work out the course and take a load of photos for the promotional material.

    Sheffield Urban CX

    As we returned in early Feb for another round of course testing, hypothermic and wet, enthusiasm waned. Luckily though, race day last week dawned dry & warm. Will had since thrown in the towel so it was up to me to fly the Cotic flag. Metaphorically and literally! You’d think with two rounds of practice I’d know what I was doing but nope. Somehow I’d landed in Sport category rather than Amateur so I’d better grit my teeth and get on with it. Sign on was a breeze due to the great number of willing marshals and volunteers - bagged my first no '69' raceplate too!

    Sheffield Urban CX

    We had a couple of laps of practice but as ever, that goes too quick. Spirits were up as I was in a heat with local legends Nick Hamilton, Si Hartley and Tom Newman. The 'This Is Sheffield’ dual series has taught me the art of the ‘racing elbow’ and with the Le Mans start, the Megadeath (https://dirtmountainbike.com/racing-events/mates-races-sheffield-dh.html [1]) participants were at a distinct advantage. The course was tight with limited overtaking opportunities for the timid. When the flag dropped we had a sprint for the holeshot down the whole length of the cobbled road in front of the museum. The course dove round the back over some loose gravel, round some hairpins and over a set of doubles borrowed from the Howard St Dual, a few weeks previous. After that it headed towards the carpark for more wooden obstacles (with a cheeky un-taped corner to cut), up the loading ramp (which felt like the Koppenberg after 2 laps!), into the hall for more wooden features, followed by a run down the stairs and back outside via the Mesters Street. 2 minute laps. 25 minute heats. How bad could this be?

    Sheffield Urban CX

    I’d opted for our Medium (fast red) Escapade with WTB Horizon40 Road+ tyres. Odyssey plastic BMX pedals were a novel but inspired choice as we were off and on the bikes so much clips would have been a huge hassle. Plus the plastic slid when I ground them on the corners, rather than biting if they were metal. Lastly I eschewed my heavy mtb shoes for my trusty old Nikes - the start was critical and these babies were going to help with the sprint.

    So the flag dropped, the bull stopped and we were off! Second place on the sprint to Hamilton who went the wrong way twice down the first straight. Lost a couple of places on the first lap at the non-tech parts. Alec Brunson on his yellow 1x11 Escapade went round the outside of me into the hall as if I was a statue. Outside I had a full tussle with Si Hartley - I knew if I let him pass I’d never see him again. The cheeky cut line on the 180 berm helped re-gain another place. A couple of dropped chains from the leaders and miraculously I found myself finishing in 4th and qualifying for the final. To say I went pretty hard would be a doing a disservice to my heart, lungs and legs. Empty, spent, broken, crushed. All that - I was done. The first people I saw at the finish line were my parents: Passing out at my mums feet and vomiting on her shoes was a VERY real possibility so I took myself off to a quiet corner to wipe the blood from my nose and have a little sob.

    The hour before the final was spent walking around trying to dislodge the knot in my stomach. Racing doesn’t suit me at all… The mood on the start was even more serious, although this time we shared the gate with Rob Friel on his stag do party, wearing a very short skirt. It wasn’t serious at all in fact. With fewer elbows thrown I found myself with the fastest sprint and the holeshot (thank you nike). That lasted about 5 seconds as 5 other riders squeezed past me into the first corner. Racing is frightening! The first lap of the 10 minute final was my fastest of the day but after that I went backwards. Topped off by a jelly-legs crash over the hurdles, I crawled home dead last whilst be-skirted Rob sailed home in Gold medal position. Two Escapade frames were given out in the prize draw and everyone retired to the Pedlars Market just up the road for a well earned beer or three. What a day.

    The next event is to be held at the infamous Park Hill flats and promises to be more cx based with grass climbs and longer laps. Not sure that will help me much but I’ll be on the start line for sure. Who’s joining me? More details can be found at http://sheffieldurbancx.co.uk/ [2] and photography supplied by http://www.ninewhilefive.co.uk/kicx/ [3], Emma Peasland and Jason Holme.

    Sheffield Urban CX

    Sheffield Urban CX website…

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    Photography from the day…


    09/05/2017 - Demo Weekend In Ireland

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    Ireland Demo Weekend

    Tolleymore demo

    Last weekend Sam took the demo tour to Ireland, his first Ireland trip. He was so lucky with the weather. Blue skies and dry, amazing trails. He's written some words about his travels...

    I’m worn out as I sit on the ferry home writing this, but what a fantastic weekend. Heading over to Ireland with the demo tour was a big step, and I was a little nervous about it, but I needn’t have been. The trip got off to a good start sailing out of sunny Liverpool on Thursday, and the weather only got better all weekend. I was lucky to have wall to wall sunshine, which made the trip pretty special.

    On Friday I caught up with Russell, a friend of mine from when I lived in Newcastle who moved home to Ballymena a couple of years ago. We headed up to meet a few of his mates for a ride in the woods above Ballycastle on the North coast. The trails were dry and running fast with tonnes of grip, the first proper summer conditions I’ve ridden this year. Russell bagged a KOM on the RocketMAX, and I think he’s taken with the idea of a 29er! Nightrider was one of the steepest trails I’ve ridden in a while, getting a clean run felt amazing.

    Ireland Demo

    Saturday saw me head down to the National Outdoor Centre at Tollymore for an Open Demo Day. The sun kept shining and there was lots of love for the bikes, more Strava PBs and car park jibbing. Russell convinced me to go for a quick lap after I’d packed up, and I’m so glad I did. The trails there were some of the best I’ve ever ridden, everything about them was well made and perfectly laid out. Despite them being pretty technical, riding them blind was easy as the jumps were well shaped and the corners were all in exactly the right places to slingshot you into the next rock garden or drop. ‘Parnells’ is now my new favourite trails in the whole world! I did find full compression on the Rocket at one point though, but it soaked it up and fired me through some gnarly sections with ease. If you ever head to Northern Ireland for a riding trip, you must get someone to show you round Tollymore. So buzzing from a great day, I drove south on Saturday night to Dublin, ready for Sunday’s demo day with expert cycles at Ticknock.

    Ireland Demo

    Arriving to a busy car park early morning, I knew this would be a hectic day. What I didn’t know is how good the trails are there! With the local knowledge of the lads from the shop, the group demo rides took in a mixture of trail centre stuff, technical climbing on the moors, fast, rowdy and blown out enduro stages and fresh cut loam in the dense forest. Amazing riding. Again, lots of love for the bikes from both existing Cotic owners and those who’d never even seen one before. It was a busy day, with lots of people trying bikes, and 20° heat! I certainly felt like I’d earned my Guinness that evening.

    When In RomeSam Demo Man

    Big thanks to Russell, Jennifer at Tollymore Outdoor Centre, Alfie, Robin and the lads for making the trip easier and successful. Also a huge thanks to everyone who came to the demos and made me feel so welcome. I’ll definitely be back.

    Ticknock Demo

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    05/05/2017 - National Championships

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    National Championships

    Nationals

    Last weekend saw the first ever offical UK National Enduro Championships, organised by the PMBA and held at Grizedale in the Lake District. It was an EWS qualifier so the game was upped considerably in terms of the size of the loop and the number of stages. 55km and 3 solid days of practice and racing over 10 stages meant that it was going to a proper all round test of riding. Just as it should be for the Nationals.

    The boys arrived on Friday for practice, with some work to do as we had just received our X Fusion suspension for the new season, so the Metric forks and Vector shocks needed dialing in as well as practicing the stages.

    With half the practice in the bag, Saturday saw some practice and some racing, with Sunday finishing off the racing. The stages varied from extremely technical to fast and flowy. Swinny said it didn't really suit him as he found it 'awkward', and Chay was getting on with it pretty well.

    Overall we did pretty well, with Swinny getting 2nd in Masters and 6th overall after what he considered a bit of a difficult weekend, and Chay was disappointed with 7th in Vets after running really competitively with some old school big names like Tim Ponting and Andrew Titley. However, a front puncture (his first since the start of last season) and a crash dropped him off the podium. The speed is there though, and it was a stacked field so we're really happy for them!

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    25/04/2017 - Women's Cotic & WTB

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    Women's Pack Launched For All Cotic Bikes

    WTB Grips & Saddle

    Now we have our expanded range of bikes, it seemed that the obvious next step for our Go Custom programme of bike spec options would be to offer something for our female riders straight out of the box. We already put great emphasis on the importance of bike fit, with our no cost stem length and bar width/rise options so we can help you tailor your bike fit when you get your Cotic. With the relaunch of the Deva saddle from our friends at WTB, it seemed the perfect time to put together something great for female riders to choose when getting a bike.

    Our latest addition to the team, Hannah, and our Brand Ambassador Adele have been trying out WTB women's options for a while and have given them the thumbs up, so we are now stocking WTB Deva saddles and WTB Pad Loc Thinline 28mm diameter (smaller than our Cotic option) grips as a no cost Women's Pack option on all our bike builds. Here are some photos of Hannah's Flare (it's the pre-production prototype, hence the green paint!) with the Women's Pack fitted, and Adele Mitchell's aqua Flare.

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    CoticWTB Deva Saddle

    Adele Mitchell's Flare
    IMG_5930WTB Deva saddle

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    24/04/2017 - Cotic Spring Party 2017

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    Cotic Spring Party

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    On Saturday 22nd April 2017, we threw open our doors at Cotic HQ for our Spring Party. We had two demo rides in the morning, one at 9.30am, and the next at 11am. The demos being held at our HQ allowed the whole demo fleet to go out and this made for some pretty big groups of demo riders. It was great to have riders on our local demo loop and on our Cotic test track. The weather was kind, as you can see from the photos, the sun was shining all day.

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    In the afternoon we had the Cotic Owners Ride Out. We were so happy with how many of you managed to join us in the sunny Peak District. We had 45 people come out on the ride, old and new faces, and some of the riders came quite a distance to join us.

    Cotic Spring Party

    Forge Coffee Roasters supplied us with fantastic coffee all day, from their beautiful Austin 7 van. Vocation Brewery kept the alcoholic beverages flowing. Kadai Company let us borrow a brilliant fire pit to keep us warm well into the evening. Studio Soho supplied us with a beautiful spot prize wallet, Awesome Merch kept us supplied with even more stickers and map print postcards. Special thanks to Adam and Will's mum for the amazing food!

    A HUGE thanks to everyone that came along and made it a fantastic Cotic Ride out and event! See you all next time?

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    Cotic Spring Party

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    21/04/2017 - win the chance to race at Steel City 2017

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    WIN

    A CHANCE TO RACE THE COUNTRY'S BIGGEST LITTLE RACE

    Polaris Bikewear and Cotic have teamed up to offer you the chance to race at...

    Steel City 2017

    BUT WE ONLY HAVE ONE SPOT UP FOR GRABS


    Enter now on the Polaris website…


    19/04/2017 - Ben Gerrish reviews for Bikesoup

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    Ben Gerrish has been busy writing a review and article for Bikesoup Magazine about his Cotic Rocket.

    Cotic Rocket

    His Top 7 Advantages of Buying A Cotic:

    Advantage 1: I rolled up to their door, knocked on it and was instantly offered a cup of tea.

    Advantage 2: Cy, originating founder of the Cotic brand (Cy Cotic, get it?), was keen to show me the new 29er version, The RocketMAX, before I 100% settled on the 650b model. He knew my riding style and approach to bikes from emails prior to my visit and thought it was something else I should put in the mix.

    Advantage 3: Being based on the edge of the Peak District, they are lucky enough to have a perfect test track on the doorstep, and having their operations based out of one spot they have a test fleet of each of their bikes available to hand.

    Advantage 4: I’d chosen the wheelsize, but that only limited me to the frame. This is one of the most influential advantages of the smaller, more personal bike brand, in that nothing is set in stone. Although they provide stock spec bikes available to buy from the website, they have accounts with all the usual suspects, which allows you to create your dream build.

    Advantage 5: You can speak with any one of the dudes working there, if you have an on going build, chances are they’re all aware of it. The blue pedals to match your top caps and headset cups, the cheeky colour coded bolts on your brake callipers. All fixable before its delivered to your door. There is also a vast selection of components available within a stones throw of the Cotic base; Burgtec, Hope, Hookit Distro, all on call to help ensure that dream build is… well… dreamy.

    Advantage 6: A little leftfeld, dependant on your taste in bikes, but no.6 is close to my heart. Cotic are a small, independent brand, they’re not creating bikes that simply tick boxes, they don’t all “look like a trek”, not that I have anything against Trek, but the Cotic Rocket is a unique looking beast. From the seat tube forward you’re basically riding their cult status BFe hardtail frame as far as aesthetics go and from the suspension back-end you’re into the realms of a visual masterpiece. A steel constructed front triangle and seat stay, mixed up with an alloy chain stay gives just enough stiffness, in all the right places, making it ready to take on whatever you can throw at it.

    Advantage 7: they have a travelling demo fleet, and you get to spend the day razzing about with Sam. So there you have 7 advantages to keeping it British, buying local, talking to real people and getting yourself a real razzable bike.

    Have a read of the full article by following the link below!>

    Ben Gerrish on Cotic Rocket

    Read Bikesoup review here…

    Order your Rocket here…

    Demo a Cotic…


    18/04/2017 - Guy Kes TV reviews Cotic FlareMAX

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    Last week we were lucky enough to have Guy KesTV join us at our Cotic HQ. He loves the FlareMAX and says it's one of the best mountain bikes in the world! He tested the bike on our local demo loop, the loop which all our prototypes are tested on!

    Take a look at his great video about it:


    Order your FlareMAX here…

    Order your RocketMAX here…

    Demo a Cotic…


    13/04/2017 - PSSST... Spring Promotion!

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    cane creek db inline

    Quick note to let you know that we're offering free Cane Creek DB Inline shock upgrades on Rocket and RocketMAX for the rest of April. So, just £1499 instead of £1749 for the DB Inline equipped frame, or free upgrade on the Silver bikes. On the Gold and Platinum bikes where it's stock spec, these bikes are £250 cheaper, so just £3349 for a Gold build.

    It's a fantastic shock with tonnes of adjustability. It's Cy's preferred shock and he wrote all about our shock options and tuning last year, if you fancy a bit more of an in depth read, follow the link.

    UPDATE 2017-05-02 : offer has now finished


    Cane Creek DB Inline shock tuning…

    Order yours…


    11/04/2017 - What Mountain Bike Magazine, Trail Bike of The Year 2017

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    What Moutain Bike Magazine

    What Mountain Bike's Trail Bike of The Year 2017

    Look what landed on our desk!

    What Mountain Bike reviewed our FlareMAX and have given it a fantastic write-up.

    Grab yourself a copy and have a read!

    What Mountain Bike



    07/04/2017 - Rocketman 3 - Return of Straightline

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    Rocketman 3 - Return of Straightline

    Sheffield is at peace. It's quiet....maybe TOO quiet. Is our hero still needed?

    A new tyranny rises, and a big wheel weapon is needed to combat the new evil.

    Cotic RocketMAX - 29 or 275 Plus wheels, 140mm travel

    Cotic FlareMAX - 29 or 275 Plus wheels, 120mm travel

    Heroically Fast Bikes




    Watch the original Rocketman video…

    Watch part 2, The Ride Of Straightline…

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    04/04/2017 - Restrap X Cotic

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    Restrap X Cotic

    Custom Frame Bag

    Interesting little side project we have had going on which has come to fruition this week. If you follow our Instagram and Facebook posts you might have noticed Richard sporting a little frame bag in the front of the main triangle of his Rocket. This is a result of a bit of a roundabout journey, where I did some brainstorming about what and how people carry things on their bikes with Nick Hamilton from Sheffield Hallam University. He wanted some help shaping some ideas with a view to offering the project to a Masters student on his Sports Engineering course. There was much drinking of coffee, hand waving, wandering around, and post it notes...

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    The idea was to come up with what might be the minimum required luggage to be safe out in the hills, and how that changed with riders' experience, perception and preparation. We got some really interesting insights, not least of which was asking friends what they had in their pack and why. This led to all sorts of interesting conversations, but most valuable for most people was simply the act of emptying their pack and having a look. Most people had two if not three generations/frame purchases ago mech hangers, special tools they no longer needed, wrong size tubes. So if nothing else, grab your pack tonight and empty it out. I think you'll be surprised by how much weight you can save!

    For the record, I have a small and large multi-tool, a blinky rear light, Mountain Morph mini floor pump, a couple of zips ties, couple of plasters, a few quid in change, a buff and a fleece skull cap, and a quick link for my chain. If I'm faffing with shocks I'll have a lightweight aluminium rule and a shock pump and a notepad, and I have a really light Royal windproof gillet which does go in the bag on me most rides. I'll add food and jackets/layers for longer rides. Here is a snapshot of what Richard has in his Restrap:

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    Richard came to one of the sessions, and inspired by the thinking behind it, got in touch with Restrap in Leeds about a little frame bag to carry his essentials. We got a bag but it wasn't quite right, so we set about making a bunch of templates from all the Cotic front ends in all sizes and sent them to Restrap to see if they could come up with something that would work on Cotic's. Restrap owners Nathan owns a BFe so he was up for a collaboration. A couple of prototypes were made, tweaking the shape and strapping until we ended up with this:

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    It's designed to fit in front of the shock mount on all droplink bikes and obviously without having shocks it will easily fit all the hardtails too. It's pretty roomy, so all your essentials will fit: multi-tool, small pump or cannister, tube, some small spares and a bit of a food, even a light gillet or jacket. It's perfect for those short rides where a pack is overkill, or longer days if you don't like wearing a pack. It's got waterproof zips and is showerproof so everything stays in good condition. Richard is a huge fan as he doesn't like wearing a pack, and the team will be running them in races for the same reason. My elephant like appetite for water even on short rides means I'm sticking with my small hydration pack, but for longer days I shall be taking one with me for those few extras I can't get on my back like extra food and another layer of clothing.

    They're made in the UK, and it's been such a cool thing to be a part of.

    They are available now, in black, for £45. You can orders yours today on our Merch page and you'll have it before the weekend:

    Hope you like them. What are you going to put in yours?

    Cy

    Founder and Director - Cotic Bikes


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    31/03/2017 - Ex demo frames for sale

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    Ex-Demo Medium RocketMAX frame for sale

    Fast Red RocketMAX

    For sale due, only due to cosmetic condition not quite scrubbing up to the rest of the demo fleet.

    Perfect structurally, but pretty scratched up from a couple of van loading mishaps, it can be yours for just £650. Drop us an email about shock options if you need a shock. The size is 200 x 57. We have some ex-demo and some new shocks available.

    Less than a year old and for sale with 4 years Cotic warranty.

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    31/03/2017 - Adele Mitchell Demo Day

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    Peaslake demo day & Cotic ride out

    Saturday 8th April & Sunday 9th April 2017

    Adele Mitchell

    Saturday 8th April - Peaslake Demo Day

    A chance to demo ride a Cotic on your local Peaslake trails. Three group rides, 9.30am, 12pm and 2.30pm. Get in touch to get yourself booked on! demo@cotic.co.uk

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    Sunday 9th April

    A social Cotic ride out at Peaslake! Brand Ambassador Adele Mitchell will be coming along! A chance to meet fellow riders and Cotic owners. Everyone welcome! Let us know you're coming: demo@cotic.co.uk

    Plan is to meet at 9.30am at Hurtwood car park no.2. then ride over to Leith Hill in a circular loop. Would be great to see you there.

    Cotic Flare

    Adele's Flare…

    About Adele Mitchell…


    29/03/2017 - Brand Ambassador Adele Mitchell

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    Adele Mitchell's Blog post

    Adele's thoughts on the Escapade, and the WTB Road Plus concept.

    "There have been so many rides on my road bike where I’ve fancied turning on to a favourite off-road trail but knew I’d be shaken to pieces and effectively brake-less, and mountain bike rides that took in a road or gravel track where I’ve almost spun my legs off trying to pick up some speed. So when Cotic loaned me this Escapade with WTB Road Plus tyres and hydraulic disk brakes – a ‘road bike without limitations’ – I was intrigued to find out if it could be that elusive happy medium."

    "The Cotic Escapade uses the WTB Road Plus concept: and everyone who sees the bike immediately asks about it. Road Plus uses 650b rims, paired with big volume, 650 x 47 tubeless tyres (smaller rims and bigger tyres thus giving a similar diameter to a more usual 700c road wheel), which you run at 35 psi. The combination delivers a cushioned, smooth ride and grip on rough surfaces and mud due to the wider contact patch, yet features a tread pattern that rolls fast on smooth roads. It isn’t a new system (I believe it was popular with French roadies in the ’60s!) – but it is quite niche, and enjoying something of a revival."

    "My first rides were spent trying different conditions off-road: mud, stony tracks, roots, climbs, descents. While the Escapade may not have the ‘armchair’ comfort of a full suspension mtb, the Road Plus wheels deliver a smooth, sure footed and fast ride on forest tracks, mud, and and over roots. It can handle singletrack too, making light work of berms and roll-down drops. My only ‘I’m slightly out of control here’ moments were while descending over some very loose stones (thank goodness for those disk brakes as we reached the bottom!!)."

    "On my fourth ride I entered the Surrey Hills Gravelcross CX sportive – it was chucking it down with rain (and I was driving up North in the afternoon) so I limited myself to the 30km category and was very happy (amazed, in fact) to come home as the fastest female in the category. Even in slippery, deep mud the wheels worked really well – although there was one mud-chute descent that we slid down instead of rolling, but I hung off the back and we stayed upright. The tubeless tyres came into their own – as you can see from this post-ride picture. As a mountain biker I know all about the joy of a tubeless set up, but back at the event HQ it was a source of endless fascination to some of the roadies – especially the ones who had punctured a couple of times during the event and had to swap inner tubes in the pouring rain."

    "What are the limits? There are definitely some mtb trails which I will detour around, largely due to lack of skill and a sense of self preservation – though I’m sure there is someone out there who rides their Escapade round Bike Park Wales in a blindfold. But for a quick blast round the lanes, bridleways and fire roads, a trip to town, a long ride down to the coast on a mix of terrains, or for just turning right on a road ride and having a lot of off-road fun … then yes – it ticks all the boxes."


    Read more of Adele's blog…

    About Adele Mitchell…

    Adele's Flare…


    28/03/2017 - Brand Ambassador Ben Gerrish

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    Cotic Rocket

    An update from our Brand Ambassador, Ben.

    This weekend was most definitely the first taste of the summer to come. The plan was to get out and take some photos of two groups of walkers out on a Wonderful Wild Women social, up and over some classic Lake District peaks. The obvious method of transport... bike!

    Ben Gerrish

    A leisurely start with both groups sauntering up the gravel track to the mines. Mid climb they split for the low and high level groups, I tagged along with the high level group to start. Bike on shoulders, all the usual bemused stairs and "aren't you meant to ride that, mate!" comments from passers by.. But the sun was glowing and the hard pack snow was getting less icy and easier to manage so we plodded on.

    After shooting the walkers on the way up and getting the obligatory summit shots I set off on my own adventure. The snow was deep, and as I've mentioned it was getting softer. If I wasn't on my wild women documenting mission I would never have chosen this particular route, but always keen for an adventure, I journeyed on.

    Cotic Rocket

    The quickest way to catch up with the second group was seemingly an unridden (for me) path, that cut extremely quickly through a LOT of contour lines. But I was up for a challenge. After not really testing the Rocket's climbing ability on the way up as it was on my back for the most part, it was nice to put it through its paces on the way down. The riding was full on, techy, steep and wild. It put the Rocket through its paces but I came out with some serious arm pump and a massive grin on my face after losing a few hundred metres in what felt like a few minutes. This brought me, with pin point precision, to the meeting point with the second group, a few more snaps then a fast speed tuck back down the gravel track to the pub. A pint of Consiton Bluebord in hand whilst I waited for the walkers to return.

    Ben Gerrish

    Ben Gerrish's dog

    Ben's Instagram…


    28/03/2017 - Tweedlove, Vallelujah

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    Tweedlove Vallelujah Race

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    Photo credit: JWDT Photography

    Our team were on top form at the weekend. They raced at Tweedlove Vallelujah in their second event of the season. It was a beautiful day for the race, stunning scenery and blue skies. Quite a contrast to last year's rainy mudbath.

    Swinny finished 2nd in Elite, and Chay finished 2nd in Vets! Podiums all round again. Great result guys!

    Swinny: Stunning weekend for Tweedlove Vallelujah. Buzzing off an amazing team effort, Two 2nds in class (both had big crashes) & a 3rd overall for myself, despite a wild buckaroo moment resulting in sizeable hole in my leg! Podiums 1st, A&E 2nd..Priorities

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    As well as the team, there were also great results for Wes Fife on his Cotic BFe, finishing 5th in 16-18. On a hardtail. Looking great on it too!! He's getting a Rocket this week so the other lads better look out. Nice one Wes!

    Wes Fife

    Photo credit: JWDT Photography

    Finally, Rachel Sokal took her Rocket to the WIN in Women's Vets.

    Today I had a good day #Tweedlove #Vallelujah #woosh #rubbersidedown @coticbikes @aline.coaching @llbikesnotts

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    Another great result for the Rocket, the quickly proving to be one of the fastest bikes in UK Enduro. Proven by the amount of podiums!

    Racing Enduro? Just want to beat your mates? Better get a Rocket or RocketMAX then.


    Singletrack's Race Report…

    Order your WINNING Rocket here…

    Order your SUPER FAST RocketMAX here…


    22/03/2017 - Sheffield Outdoor City

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    Sheffield Outdoor City Weekend

    A Line demo day

    We had a busy weekend lined up for us last weekend, with the Sheffield Outdoor City Weekend on. If you've never heard of it, it's a festival of outdoor events, celebrating sports, hobbies and all things outdoors in Sheffield. It's part of an initiative to put Sheffield on the map as the UK's first 'Outdoor City'.

    Saturday we did an exclusive demo with A Line Coaching. Gareth and JP from A Line are Brand Ambassadors for Cotic, and both run Rockets for both coaching and razzing! A fantastic group of people all keen to demo a Cotic bike turned out at Greno on Saturday morning to get some pointers from Gareth and try the bikes.

    A Line Cotic demo day

    Howard Street Dual

    Saturday was also the Howard Street Dual (AKA Steel City Dual Slalom), a never seen before event taking place in the city centre. This unique event saw riders go head-to-head in knock out stages. The course was pretty short, but this made it very close between the riders which made it all the more challenging! The race saw a lot of Sheffield grown talent as well as some riders that come from further afield. Of course, Steve Peat got in on the action, finishing in 3rd place.

    Cy, Will and Richard were flying the Cotic flag in the race. Here are Cy's thoughts on the day...

    WHAT. A. DAY!

    Having had a bit of cheeky practice on the grass on Friday when Mat, Nick, Carrie, Peaty and I had to muck about and gurn for the Look North cameras, I was pretty nervous on Saturday when I woke up to light rain. It was wet and greasy as hell! I wasn't the only one thinking this on the course walk.

    However, the wooden features built were amazing and had sand paint for grip, and rubber mats were thrown down on the slipperiest bits of concrete in the street. Nothing left for it but to ride!

    What a great course! It was challenging and fun and interesting and you never quiiiiite got it right, but it was so good riding it.

    Crowds were soon gathering, and sitting in that start hut at the tops of the steps, looking down the course, is something I won't forget in a hurry. Noisy crowds 3 deep in places, in the middle of the City, with a mountain bike track as far as you could see. So special.

    After seeding it was race time, with plenty of time to chat to curious passers by whilst waiting for the off outside the Millenium Gallery. I was drawn against Will - battle of the Cotic's! Unfortunately for me, Will is pretty much as handy as his older brother, Rocketman himself, so I was in for a tough draw. I decided to run a Rocket because I needed grip to spare and the flights of steps at the top meant I could pedal all the way down too. Will on his BFe couldn't keep up at the start, but that was the only place I bettered him. He was MEGA on the wet grass and I was well beaten both times. He went on to a controversial knock out in the quarters after an 'interesting' decision. Not that we're bitter!

    After getting knocked out of the race, I just enjoyed the show, and the Cotic stand became the unofficial social hub at the top of the hill. Was so nice having everyone hanging out and cheering the others on.

    I can't think of another City in the UK that would have pulled this off. Massive thanks to Nick Hamilton and Jon Dallow for putting in countless hours to make it happen. I'll say it again: What. A. Day.

    Sheffield, you are the bloody dream.

    Cy race prep

    Lady Cannings Open Demo

    Sunday we had an open demo day at Lady Cannings, if you're familiar with Lady Cannings you'll know that even on a relatively calm day it can be windy up there. We'd decided to go on a particularly windy and drizzly day. The demo day flag did well to stay upright all day!

    The weather didn't deter the keen demo riders, there was a definite buzz and bustle around Lady Cannings, passers by were stopping to tell us how happy they were the trail was open again, after it being closed for around 4 months. We bumped into Cotic owners, who were thrilled to see us and so many people on the trails riding a Cotic. Hopefully we'll see them at our Cotic Spring Party 22nd April. It went on to be one of our busiest demo days ever, with so much interest and people out enjoying the outdoors for the Sheffield Outdoor City Weekend.

    More action from saturdays #howardstreetdual #unsustainablyhighstoke #gritandsteel

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    Wow! What a weekend!! Now where's the coffee?


    Did you see us in the Guardian?…

    Cy raced a Rocket. Read more here…

    Will raced a BFe26. Read more here…


    20/03/2017 - Even more winning!

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    Throwback to last weekend on the final stage of the #scottishenduroseries just before I wiped out 10 metres from the finish line and into 2nd place in the hardtail category. The @coticbikes rolled the rocks on the 4x @nevisrange with ease. #hardtail @fridersinc @coticbikes @dare2b @adidaseyewear @hopetechwomen #dare2b #girlswhoride #hardtail #extremesingleparent #speeddemon #steelisreal #womenofsteel #femaleriders #fullmonty 📷Peter Smith

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    Fantastic result for Roslynn! Landing 2nd in the hardtail category and placed 3rd fastest female overall on her Cotic at the Scottish Enduro Series the other weekend.


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    20/03/2017 - Smashing into 2017 - Still WINNING!

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    ALL U R PODIUMZ BELONG TO US! Smashing first race of the new season for the team with @jpswinny taking the WIN and @chaymoose taking 4th. That's also Brand Ambassador @hddnmedia taking 5th in Masters at the opening round of @pmba Gisburn. Awesome job lads / @wildernesstrailbikes / @xfusionshox / @ridejoystock / @hookitproducts / @polarisbikewear / @seeflareco

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    First round of the PMBA Enduro Series (which has become the de facto UK series) and carrying on where we left off in 2016, here's Swinny with the WIN, Chay in 4th, and Brand Ambassador Ben Gerrish from HDDN Media on the Masters box too.

    The Rocket was the fastest bike in the PMBA in 2016 with the overall series win as well as several race wins. This just keeps it on going. Rocket and RocketMAX. Fastest bikes, proven with science*

    *(Possibly. Proven with lots of wins anyway)


    Order your super fast RocketMAX now…

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    17/03/2017 - Cane Creek DB Coil IL

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    Cane Creek DBCoil IL

    We have been asked a few times about the Cane Creek DB Coil IL since they were announced. It's an interesting idea - a slimline coil shock with all the sensitivity of a coil shock but without all of the weight of a big DH shock. We have had a sample shock for a few months and Cy and Sam have both been riding on it...

    DB Coil IL

    So, starting with weight, with it's light weight VALT spring it's around 300 grams heavier than the DB Inline, but 200 grams lighter than a DB Coil with regular spring.

    It's a very different feeling shock to the DB Inline (Cy's usual shock of choice). With our usual base settings it moves a lot more, with the sensitivity off the top really noticeable. Sam can't believe the sensitivity of this shock. Due to the lack of progression on the spring rate, it does use it's travel a little more easily than the air shock. This is easily sorted by adding an extra turn of High Speed Compression damping to slow it down at the end of the stroke. As we only usually suggest 1.0 turn from lightest setting for HSC, there's plenty of scope to keep things under control.

    The other differences are High Speed Rebound range, which is different to the Inline. Where we use 3.0 turns of HSR on the DB Inline, you need 2.0 turns to get the same feel from the Coil IL. The other nice difference in setup is that the Climb Switch is more aggressive. It's still not a full lockout, but given how incredibly supple the Coil IL is, it's a welcome change to calm the shock down on smoother surfaces.

    Sam's Rocket

    We have them available now on Rocket and RocketMAX, and we have 450, 500, 550 and 600lb springs in stock. At 85kg I hovered between a 550lb and 600lb spring on my RocketMAX, and Sam is 68kg and needs a 500lb shock on his Rocket (see photo below). When you order yours pop a note on the order for which spring you'd like, and place the order. Get in touch if you'd like to discuss more: 07970 853531. They're a £130 upcharge over a DB Inline shock and available now: Order your Rocket

    At the moment we're only offering them on the Rockets, but we'd really like to hear from Flare and FlareMAX owners, and potential owners, to know if you think it would be good to have the 50mm stroke option would be a good addition to the range./p>

    Read Pinkbike's review here.

    In other news we have an offer! Any Cotic bike ordered can get a Joystick 50mm stem upgrade worth £50 for free! Lovely looking CNC goodness, and saves a few grams over the Race Face 50mm. This offer ends 31st March 2017.

    Spank Joystick

    The other item is a new option; we have Spank Spoon bars in stock. They're 780mm wide and 25mm rise, with a great shape. We have them in Black or Orange (!!) We think these will look amazing on a gunmetal FlareMAX, or one of our orange or green frames. No cost option on any of the bike builds.


    Order your RocketMAX now…

    See RocketMAX spec…

    Order your Rocket here…


    17/03/2017 - RIDERS READY!! sneaky peak at the KICX course

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    Find out more about the event at www.sheffieldurbancx.co.uk now…


    16/03/2017 - Outdoor City Weekender preview in the Guardian

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    Cy and Rich had fun helping to show off their City to journalists to publicise the OUTDOOR CITY WEEKENDER… read on…https://t.co/mmQSDslbi2

    — Cotic News (@CoticLtd) March 16, 2017

    read the Guardian article…


    15/03/2017 - Cy's RocketMAX and Richard's Slow Mo

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    RocketMAX ride

    It's no big secret that Cy's bike of choice is the RocketMAX, he has a massive soft spot for it. He says it's because it's super fast, composed, grippy and comfortable.

    Although tested with Plus wheels recently again, he's still on 29 mainly. At the moment he prefers the lower weight and immediacy of the 29" wheels.

    Cy's RocketMAX is basically Platinum spec (company owner privileges!) with a fancy wheel upgrade, and he runs the X Fusion McQueen HLR forks and Hope Race E4 brakes as he prefers the feel of both over the Fox/Shimano options we also have.

    Cy's RocketMAX has been with him to the Alps, Bike Park Wales, Revolution, Peak local, Sherwood Pines with the kids, Sherwood Pines without the kids... just to name a few. Where will yours take you?

    Here's the man himself, showing off on a photoshoot on his RocketMAX last year:

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    Outdoor City

    A few weeks ago Cotic's Richard headed out to film a segment for the Outdoor City Weekender video trailer. He took the RocketMAX and went up to Whinstone Lee Tor on probably the filthiest day of the winter. In the end there was only a couple of seconds of him in the Outdoor City video, but for getting borderline hyperthermic we thought we'd put together something a little bit longer.

    We like the irony of the full slo-mo video footage of probably the fastest bike we make! It's also nice now the sun has finally come out and it's feeling a little warmer to look back at this, it might have been a bit depressing to watch a couple of weeks back!

    Don't forget we're involved with Sheffield Outdoor City Weekender, we're hosting a Demo Day at Lady Cannings, a perfect chance to come along and demo a Cotic in the Outdoor City.

    Take a look at the video we put together below, also make sure to watch the Sheffield Outdoor City trailer, but don't blink- you'll miss Richard!


    Order your RocketMAX now…

    See RocketMAX spec…

    Watch Outdoor City trailer…


    14/03/2017 - Brand Ambassadors 2017

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    Brand Ambassadors

    Our 2017 Brand Ambassadors Adele and Ben have been busy out on their bikes, and posting all about it on social media. Here's what they've been saying, and what they've been up to...

    Ben Gerrish

    The final pieces of the puzzle just went on thanks to @mojosuspension and now this amazing machine is ready to go! Here's to a rowdy year!!! • #HDDN #gritandsteel #unsustainablyhighstoke #coticrocket #hktmovement #ridejoystick #ridewtb #wildernesstrailbikes #flatpedalthunder #hopetech #MadisonClothing #LakesMTB #OneMoreBrew #Razzing #Fox #MojoSuspension #AdidasTerrex #Beer #Razzing #Rowdy #Office #Indoors #RideFox

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    Wheelie into the sunset selfie dreaming, after a ridiculously wet day in the slop! • #HDDN #Selfie #DreamingOfDustyCorners #gritandsteel #unsustainablyhighstoke #coticrocket #hktmovement #ridejoystick #ridewtb #wildernesstrailbikes #flatpedalthunder #xfusionshox #hopetech #MadisonClothing #LakesMTB #OneMoreBrew #Razzing

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    Big mountains, snow, sideways. 📸 @tomhodgkin • #LakeDistrict #MadisonClothing #Snow #TrailDog #DogsOfInstagram #Sideways #CoticRocket #CoticBikes #WTB #HopeTech #Burgtec #RideJoystick #35Bikes #Hookit #RideFox #LoweProBags #Razzing #HKTMovement #FoxHead

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    Adele Mitchell

    Adventure/gravel/CX/whatever ride with @elzrocks this morning. Who cares what it's called so long as you're riding a bike and having fun, right? #coticescapade #coticbikes #wildernesstrailbikes #unsustainablyhighstoke #ridewtb #flatpedalthunder #hopetech #ridecotic #cycling #outside #fitness #shero #justride

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    Little album (and trying out this new Instagram feature) of the #coticescapade that I am having a lot of fun on at the moment. Is it a road bike? Is it a rigid mtb? Who cares - it's just a lot of fun! #gritandsteel #gravelbike #unsustainablyhighstoke #wildernesstrailbikes #ridecotic #adventure #adventurebike #lifebike #discbrakes #dropbars #40psi #stoked #offroad #roadcycling #strongher #mountainbike #surreyhills #surreyhillsmtb #fitness #bicycle #cycling

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    Off to #swinleyforest today with #coticbikes #coticflare: pretty much galloped round and thus no pictures other than this one (other than when we got lost). But it was lots of fun. #cyclinglove #mtblove #unsustainablyhighstoke #gritandsteel #mtblife #bikebliss #mtbqueens #mtblife #mtbgirl #womenscycling #trailbike #mountainbiking #mountainbike #adventure #bike

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    Took my #coticescapade for a ride around #holmburyhill and #pitchhill in #Peaslake this morning. It's a joy to ride - super capable over rough ground - roots, mud etc and super quick on the climbs. Certainly turned a few mountain bikers' heads too!! :0) #superbike #unsustainablyhighstoke #coticbikes #ridecotic #gravelbike #mtb #mtblove #cycling #mountainbiking #surreyhills #surreyhillsmtb #hopetech #wildernesstrailbikes #outsideisfree #trailbike

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    10/03/2017 - Cotic Spring Party

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    Calver Demo Day

    Cotic Spring Party 22nd April 2017

    On Saturday 22nd April we're throwing our doors open for an action packed day of riding bikes, eating food and drinking beer. We'll have demo rides, a social Cotic Ride Out, yard shenanigans and general merriment, so get the date in your diary.

    For those of you curious about trying out a new bike, there will be 2 guided demo rides in the morning, leaving at 9:30 and 11:00 for a lap of our demo loop. Drop me an email to get booked on. As the whole day is based from our HQ in Calver the entire demo fleet will be available, I'm not limited to the number of bikes Black Betty will hold.

    Cotic Bikes, Calver Demo Day

    After a lunch break we'll head out for a social ride at 13:30. This is a chance to ride with the whole Cotic squad in the beautiful Peak District. Bring your Cotic, bring your mates, and bring some Jelly Babies! The ride will be longer than our usual demos, and the demo fleet will be available for it as well, so if you'd like a longer test ride on any of our bikes let me know. It will be a relaxed pace on a route suitable for all, and we won't leave anyone behind.

    Then it's back to base for some well earned beer, eats and beats into the evening. We'll also have other drinks for those who prefer their libations less hoppy.

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    Throughout the day we'll have various bike related challenges and activities, if you came to our last party when I started this time last year, you'll remember the granny ring Gymkhana on a 650b+ hardtail prototype. Expect similar daftness and get practising those skids and wheelies.

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    10/03/2017 - X-Fusion Manic seatpost now available

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    We now have a new dropper post option...

    Paul has been testing the X-Fusion Manic post for some time now, and he's given it the nod, so now we're adding it to our options. In particular, he prefers the lever action to the Reverb he was using before.

    The Manic is now standard on our Silver droplink bikes, allowing us to reduce the price of them by £100. Other bikes can have the seatpost swapped out for a Manic as well, with the price being adjusted up or down automatically, depending on the post being replaced. Remember, hitting the GO CUSTOM button when looking at bike options allows you to swap/spec more components than are shown on the main simpler bike order form.

    If the X-Fusion dropper post isn't the one you're after, after all everyone has different preferences here, you can spec a Raceface, RockShox or Fox dropper from our many options. It's your bike!


    08/03/2017 - Celebrating Women and The Great Outdoors

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    It's International Women's Day and our ambassador Adele Mitchell has done an interview for Winfields Outdoors alongside a host of other inspiring, adventurous, explorers and sportspeople.


    Check it out…


    06/03/2017 - Black and Orange SolarisMAX option

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    More photos from Richard and Will of the SolarisMAX...
    this time the Gloss Black with Orange decals option...


    Find out more about the new SolarisMAX on the product page…


    06/03/2017 - Champagne SolarisMAX option

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    Richard and Will have been busy out there to bring you SolarisMAX photos...
    first up, here's the champagne option...


    Find out more about the new SolarisMAX on the product page…


    01/03/2017 - droplink stock update

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    27/02/2017 - Grit and Steel - Peak District and Sheffield Cycling Piste Map

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    We have been working on a little project for a while, which we revealed on Friday in Sheffield at our photo exhibition. This is all the vision, creativity and hard work of our very own Brand/PR/Photographer/Stunt Man/Dog Lover Richard, so I'll hand you over to him to explain...

    Everyone knows how proud we are of our City and how much we enjoy & appreciate the proximity of arguably some of the best riding in the UK, so we thought we'd try to pay a little back. On a holiday in California last year, I met artist Nick Sawyers at the infamous Sheep Hills. Nick is a prodigious painter & illustrator who has one of the most entertaining social media feeds you'll have ever seen (@nicksawyers). When he's not shredding Sheep Hills or Wetlands on his BMX, he can be found getting his monster truck axle-deep in the sand dunes of Baja, or painting enormous murals all over the LA area. Whilst extolling the virtues of his hometown, I saw that Nick was the talent needed to create Sheffield's first ever piste-map for cycling.

    Anyone who has ever taken a trip away to the mountains will look fondly over the dog-eared, folded sheets of paper they keep in their pocket. Bringing all the different places to get rad on a bicycle together, in one resource, we've created something we hope will encourage more exploration both by locals and visitors. It's easy to get stuck in the groove of riding the same well-worn paths you're familiar with. Maps help us break out of the mold and discover what's been hiding right in front of us the whole time. Maybe it's time to visit a skatepark, brave the steep woods, give cycle speedway a shot or just try another set of trails just over the hill. There's magic out there and now you know where to look.

    APG Gallery of Sheffield has produced a limited edition of 50 copies; giclée printed on 315GSM archival paper, each print is hand numbered, embossed with the Cotic logo and ready to frame... you can order yours from us direct.

    These are true original works of art, and we are so proud of them and excited to share with you. The limited editions are £100 including UK postage.


    Order your numbered map print now…

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    27/02/2017 - Grit and Steel - Cycling Piste Map and Photo Exhibition

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    To coincide with the launch of the Grit&Steel piste map we have an exhibition up at the APG Gallery in Sheffield, showcasing some of our favourite photos from the Cotic archives. Our bikes have summited mountains and podiums, been ridden in the World Championships and to the shops; it's quite a varied history so far. If you're in our fair city then get along to 16-20 Sidney Street, S1 4RH and have a look before Monday 6th March.

    If you like the map, the gallery has produced a limited edition of 50 copies; giclée printed on 315GSM archival paper, each print is hand numbered, embossed with the Cotic logo and ready to frame... you can order yours from us direct.


    Order your numbered map print now…


    24/02/2017 - SolarisMAX build photos

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    Two of the first customer build SolarisMAXs went out yesterday!


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    21/02/2017 - Welcome to the SolarisMax

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    Unboxing the new SolarisMAX frames... Better/more photos to come!

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    The 2017 SolarisMAX is the latest evolution of the bike, which retains the sweet handling of the most recent version, with the only change in geometry being a slightly longer Large size to even out the steps between the medium and XL. The reach on that frame is up from 436mm to 443mm.

    The big change is at the rear: As with the droplink full suspension bikes, we're bringing MAX to the hardtails with the introduction of a Boost148 thru axle rear end and MAX S-bend chainstays which now have tyre clearance for 29 x 2.5" tyres or 27.5 x 3.0" Plus wheels. We continue to use the light, secure and compact Syntace X-12 axles, and the icing on the cake is the introduction of Stealth dropper post routing on the seat tube.

    So, a bit of a mullet redesign - all business at the front, party at the back!

    For more information about the new SolarisMAX frame and the build options, go to the SolarisMax product page


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    20/02/2017 - Brand Ambassadors 2017

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    Adele Mitchell

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    Adele has become known via her blogs on Singletrack regarding women's cycling and the state of advertising in cycling in general. She comes from the point of view of having worked in mainstream beauty and fashion media for 20 years and brings this experience and combines with a love of mountain biking kindled over 10 years ago. She rides mainly around her home in the Surrey Hills and is a brilliant writer and speaker. As her first blog for us starts:

    "I'll admit that I'm not the typical choice for a mountain bike ambassador. Unlike most ambassadors that are specific to mountain bike brands, I'm not a man. I've only ever won one mountain bike race (and that was distinctly local!). I'm not particularly brave nor exceptionally skilled at riding. I've never ridden across America, or Siberia, or even Surrey (which is where I live) for that matter. In fact the closest I have ever got to being an ambassador for anything before was handing round Ferro Rocher chocolates at an office party. Ha, ha."

    "Instead I am a journalist and a middle aged mum who happens to love riding my mountain bike. I also love talking about it - as well as issues that surround women's cycling - on Twitter, Instagram and in the cycling press (and on this blog, of course). I've spoken about women's cycling at the Cycle Show and Look Mum No Hands. I've been interviewed about women's cycling by the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Happily, other riders seem to want to share in my experiences. Someone who knows about such things told me that I have become an 'influencer'."

    You can read what else she had to say on being a Cotic Brand Ambassador on her blog.

    Ben Gerrish

    Did I mention the @coticbikes 🚀was built for razz-duro? 📽 @petearcher • #RazzDuro #HDDN #Noodle #Super #gritandsteel #unsustainablyhighstoke #coticrocket #hktmovement #ridejoystick #ridewtb #wildernesstrailbikes #flatpedalthunder #xfusionshox #hopetech #MadisonClothing #LakesMTB #OneMoreBrew #Razzing

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    Ben is a Lake District based one man media company, producing amazing outdoor sport photography and video. Ben will be riding his Rocket this year, producing photos and videos for us and generally being an all round lovely bloke. Exactly what a Brand Ambassador should be!

    Here's Ben's Q and A:


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    13/02/2017 - Where's Sam Wednesday Update

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    Sam has just about recovered from a very busy but really enjoyable weekend in the Forest of Dean last weekend. There was plenty of mud, which was then all over our yard as the bikes were cleaned off ready for their next trip...

    The next demo is an exclusive demo on Saturday, but there's an open demo on Sunday 19th February at Comrie Croft. Sam will be sticking by the van for this one, as the short lower loop is great for some back to back bike testing. A great chance to try a few bikes if you're not sure on sizing or which frame you'd like. Get in touch if there's a particular bike (or bikes) that you'd like to try, and we can reserve them for you at a time that suits you. Sam will be set up in the car park from 9:30 until 16:00. Remember a flask, as the cafe will be closed!

    In other news, there's only one space left on the Rivington Open Demo which is with a small Rocket available on the morning ride, so drop us an email to get booked on: demo@cotic.co.uk

    Here's a couple of action shots from last Sunday's open demo ride in the Forest of Dean:

    Give Sam a call if you'd like more information about our demo days: 07398189114

    Or drop us an email: demo@cotic.co.uk


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    06/02/2017 - Welcome Hannah!

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    Quick update from us is that our 7th (how did that happen?!!) member of the team started work today. Hannah is our new Demo and Dispatch Assistant, which means for Mondays to Wednesdays she will be emailing you to catch up after demo rides if you have been out with Sam the Demo Man over the weekend, and also helping to organise the demos when Sam is having his "weekend" on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Towards the end of the week she will be packing boxes and making sure your order gets to you spot on and on time.

    For our part we have been trying to get the #ladbantz out of our systems and the mugs are now hung up because there's too many to leave on the drainer now, and we had to buy a new kettle. No expense spared here at Cotic!!

    On Hannah's part, she's not from a massively bikey background - being organised and with an eye for detail was the main proviso for this job - but she's learning fast.

    So, just to let you know not to be alarmed if you get an email from Hannah @ Cotic, she's just catching up about your demo or your order.

    We have also updated our About Us page which tells you a bit about Cotic and where it came from, and if you want to read individual profiles on each of us, scroll down the page and click on the photos. Here's Cy's:

    Cy's Staff Profile

    Welcome Hannah!


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    01/02/2017 - RADmires Crowd Funded Trail - Final Push!

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    At Cotic, we believe advocacy is a really important thing to support. We give 0.5% of our turnover every year to a local trail project - so far we have renovated a local pump track, and contributed 10% of the budget of the first crowd funded trail in the world, Blue Steel trail at Lady Cannings Plantation near Sheffield. Cy volunteers for Ride Sheffield, and Richard is a driving force behind the work at Bolehills BMX track. This year Ride Sheffield are working on their third crowd funded trail. With over £36,000 already raised or committed (this year's Cotic money is in there), they need just £9k more by September to make it happen.

    They're offering up some amazing experiences to raise money - £200 to Ride with Peaty, or £150 for an exclusive Hope Factory tour. There's also a JE James sponsored bike raffle where anyone contributing £25 or more gets put in the draw to win a bike.

    You can contribute directly to Ride Sheffield paying into their bank account.

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    Or you can donate via Paypal to ridesheffield@gmail.com, either as a single sum, or you can subscribe to make monthly Paypal payments too. Click on the link for all the details now:

    http://www.ridesheffield.org.uk/2015/12/radmires-the-easy-way-to-pay/

    Cy gave an interview to Wideopen Magazine about all this, which is re-produced below:

    How many people make up the RADmires project and what do they do?

    RADmires is a fund raising project run by Ride Sheffield, which is a volunteer trail advocacy group in Sheffield. It's not a separate project to the other activities. As such there's a core group who keep things going – 14 of us in total. We all pitch in where we can. We also couldn't do it without the help and support of Jon Dallow from Sheffield City Council who gives us the permission to build on City land and helps with the planning consents, and Jordan and Steve from Biketrack who are a Sheffield based trail building firm. They do a lot of work on these projects beyond just building them, like planning and surveying, and they go above and beyond to make sure they get done and they're awesome when they're finished.

    How did RADmires project come about?

    After the success of the first ever crowd funded mountain bike trail (the Blue Steel trail at Lady Cannings Plantation on Houndkirk Moor), we were looking to keep the momentum going and as Lady Cannings had got huge backing from Go Outdoor to complete Phase 2 and 3 (in build this year) we wanted to take on a more ambitious project. Jon Dallow gave us a couple of options for woodlands near the City which would be appropriate from his point of view at Woodlands and Countryside Officer at the City Council, and the plantation at Redmires near Stannage on the edge of the City ticked a lot of boxes.

    Why Redmires?

    There's easy access – it's both on the route of an existing loop out to Stannage and also easy to add on to the end of an out-and-back ride from the City. Due to the steep, loose, 'sanitised' nature of the byway through the area, there is the potential for user conflict as it's pretty not to ride quickly down the byway, so having a lovely bit of singletrack instead to pull a few of the bikers off that trail works from a trail management point of view.

    What’s special about Redmires compared to other trails in Sheffield/The Peak?

    Now Lady Cannings is committed at Blue grade level, and Parkwood Springs (the Sport England and EU Grant funded City Centre trail) is largely Blue grade, and because Redmires is close to some pretty rugged Peak terrain at Stannage, it gave us the option to build a Red graded trail with the possibility of some Black opt ins so it's another step up along the learning curve for new bikers. They can get into it at Lady Cannings, improve at RADmires, then try their hand at Grenoside with the three tracks there, including Steel City DH.

    Why a Crowfund?

    It's Council land and you need land to build trails, but as everyone knows, Councils are getting seriously strapped for cash after 6 years of cuts to budgets. If they're looking at closing libraries, they aren't going to be spending money on MTB trails!! We crowdfund because it's great way to raise the money, it makes people feel involved and invested in the trails so they're likely to use them, care for them and help keep them in good condition. Also, by crowdfunding you can galvanise local businesses to donate as well. You're not just going around with the begging bowl, you're going to them with a serious amount of money raised by lots of people, and you're asking them to give a helping hand. You seem to get a much more positive response when you have that. Plus, as you can see from our budget, we're not looking to raise millions. £45k is an ambitious target for sure, but lots of £10 or £20 from lots of people adds up to thousands pretty soon, so crowdfunding fits well with the kind of budgets we're looking to raise.

    How does this fit into the bigger Sheffield/The Peak riding scene?

    As I mentioned above, you ride past Redmires plantation if you're riding out of Sheffield on the classic Stannage loop, so it will fit in with the local and wider trail network really well. It's also the furthest point of a lot of out-and-back rides you can do from the north side of the City in particular. Quite a few of my night rides end up out there, so adding a half hour on to ride Redmires would be a great addition.

    How did you learn what you needed to know to get the idea off the ground and then moving towards making it a reality?

    By just doing it! We talked a lot about how to fund Lady Cannings, and we were going round and round in circles not sure what to do, not liking or seeing a way forward with ways other trails had been funded nationally. We knew we had buy in from the Council, and we knew the Biketrack lads could build an awesome trails, so we 'just' needed the money. In the end one Friday afternoon I just said 'sod it' and wrote a press release and sent it to all my Cotic media contacts. We created a big story and the money started rolling in. Then we had to figure out what to do with it!! We learnt a lot with Lady C, as it went from needing a few grand to build a trail with volunteers, to needing to raise over £20k for a professionally built trail and maintenance budget. They get so heavily used that maintenance is a big thing. You can't just build it, you have to maintain it. Lady Cannings had over 14,000 runs on it in the first three months based on Strava data alone!

    What's your favourite moment of getting to this stage in the project and why?

    The best bit about this stage is that it's within our grasp now. With 75% of the money raised and with our track record the Council are now relaxed enough about us and the project that they're willing to commit to starting the planning processes. We have already spent a small amount of the budget with Biketrack to get them to properly survey and plan the trail. So it's tangible now – really close to happening. We just need this final £9k raising by the end of the summer to push us over the line.

    What's your least favourite moment of getting to this stage in the project and why?

    It's taken a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time to get here, and at one point we didn't think it was going to happen because the money rolling in had slowed down, and it takes a huge amount of effort to keep on asking people for money on the part of everyone in Ride Sheffield. The Vulcan Engineering stepped and offered to match anything we raised, so effectively they will give us half the money (£22.5k!!) if we raise the rest.

    Any disasters?

    Not really. It's gone very well by and large.

    Where next for RADmires project? How do you plan to go about getting extra helpers etc. etc.?

    Raising the final £9k and building it! Please, please, please, if you ride in the Peak, or even if you don't and you like the idea of awesome trails being built, just give us a few quid, or lots of quids! Whatever you can afford. If you put in over £25 (and for every multiple of £25 after that) you're put in a draw to win a bike donated by JE James. Someone has already won one, and there's another one up. There's the Peaty Ride, the Hope Factory Tour; amazing experiences you can have and also help the trails.

    If anyone does live in Sheffield or the surrounding area and wants to get involved, we do trail days every month at various places around the City. We're at Fox Hagg this weekend in fact. Just get onto the Ride Sheffield Facebook group to see dates, or check out the website www.ridesheffield.org.uk

    Anybody to thank at this point in the journey? Long suffering spouses/parents/friends?

    Henry, Steve, Si, Sue, John, Dave, Chris, Phil, Adam, Jon D, Jon E, Jordan, and all the Ride Sheffield people. Vulcan Engineering, Go Outdoors, Hope, Peaty and anyone who has volunteered or donated to any of our projects. It wouldn't happen without you.

    Reproduced with the kind permission of Wideopen Magazine


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    31/01/2017 - Be Nice, Say Hi!

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    We love this simple, but effective new message. Simple really! It's amazing what a positive effect it has on mountain bikers' profile with other users of the countryside, and just people in general. It's nice to be nice.


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    27/01/2017 - Exposed in Sheffield

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    @pedallingpints is famous! Go pick up the latest copy of @expmagsheff if you're in our fair city, and find out how they got on with our demo bikes round #parkwoodsprings.

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    23/01/2017 - @wesfife155 in Wharny

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    How was your Sunday? We bumped into wonder kid @wesfife155 in Wharny. #hardtailhooning alongside his mates on the big rigs. Guess what... #26aintdead

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    19/01/2017 - Droplink Bike Reviews on Bike Radar

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    Lots of Lovely Reviews

    We have been lucky enough to get a bunch of our new droplink bikes reviewed by MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines over the last few months and they really like them. They have now published abridged versions of the reviews over on Bike Radar so here are the links to those, if you're thinking about one of our bikes, or just want to feel good about the bike you have just bought!!

    RocketMAX Gold Plus - bikeradar.com/coticrocketmax

    Rocket Gold - bikeradar.com/coticrocket

    FlareMAX Gold 29 and Plus - bikeradar.com/coticflaremax


    For all Cotic reviews on bikeradar.com click here…


    17/01/2017 - The First Cotic Ride Out - Ladybower, Peak District

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    Cotic Ride Out - Peak Edition

    Coming into 2017 we have been talking about other events we can do beyond the current Exclusive Ride Days and Open Demos that Sam is running so well. With things quiet on the demo side this month, we decided to keep it local and do the first Cotic Ride Out - a ride put on by us for owners, but with the option of riding a demo bike too should you so wish. Not a usual short loop demo though, a Proper Ride (tm).

    With this in mind, we thought we would keep it local and sent out an open invite to meet us for a ride on Saturday 14th January at Ladybower in the Peak District. Close enough to be on our doorstep, but far enough out that most of us find we don't ride her that often, and as an added bonus it is the very definition of Proper Mountain Biking.

    We were blown away by the response! Sam had to stop booking out demo bikes as Black Betty (the Cotic demo van) would be full of demo bikes, and lots of positive emails came in saying people were going to turn up. Then the winter decided to arrive properly, and we all watched nervously over the preceding week as the weather news forecast THUNDERSNOWMAGGEN!!! It did snow, and it was cold, and it was with some level of trepidation that Cy, Sam, Paul and Richard trucked over to the A57 Viaduct to see if anyone would actually turn up. We needn't have worried! As Cy and Paul arrived, Sam was busy setting up people on demos bikes, and plenty more cars were turning up with Cotic's on the roof, or stuffed in the boot.

    It was cold, and there was snow on the tops, but the wind was low and apart from a worrying shower of rain just after 10am as we were kitting up to roll out, the rest of the day was blue skies, and awesome riding conditions.

    In the end there were about 25 of us on the ride, and what a great time we had. We looped around to Aston and headed up Hope Brink to Win Hill, and one of our favourite views in the Peak. It didn't disappoint, with snow capped hills as far as the eye could see. We mounted up and mucked about in the snow on the way down to the Roman Road, and then climbed again back to Hope Cross.

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    Cy at this point was searching out any patch of snow he could, being Plus tyre equipped and therefore the nearest thing we had to an appropriate bike for the conditions!

    Once at Hope Cross, most people had a bite to eat and then the group split, with half heading off along the rest of the Roman Road, down 'Potato Alley', and the other half heading straight down The Beast and up Haggside. We met again at the top of the hill and head off down Lockerbrook Farm and the Screaming Mile. Quick shout out to Shane and James from Peak MTB: They have done a load of work digging and clearing drains down here and despite snow melt and mid-winter conditions, we can't remember the last time this trail was running so well. Top work!

    At Fairholmes the worst crash of the day occurred.....on flat tarmac! Flat, cold, shaded, boiler plate iced tarmac. A clatter and one of group was down. He was fine, but we very quickly moved back into the sunshine.

    With the exception of a couple of people who needed to get back, the whole group headed up the steep cobbles and we winched our way up onto Winstone Lee Tor for more views to store in the 'this is why' bank.

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    The final trail of the day was down to Cutthroat Bridge and around and down to the Ladybower Inn. An awesome downhill, made so much better by seeing the grins on everyone's faces as they came hooning down.

    And then we were done. Understandably, given how cold it was getting with the sun setting, most people thanked us and headed off. The Cotic crew and a handful of the riders retired to the pub for a swift pint, which finished off a bloody marvellous day out.

    First of all, thanks so much to everyone who came out and made it such a blast. And for those of you Cotic owners further afield, we will definitely be doing some more Cotic Ride Outs throughout the year in other parts of the country. Look out for details when we book them.


    Check out the full gallery by Richard Baybutt on Flickr…


    13/01/2017 - 42 or 46

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    For a while now we've been offering the new wide range XT 11-46 11spd cassette as an option on all our 1x11spd builds. We think it is an excellent choice for big hill and mountain riding, especially when using 29er or 275plus wheels. So, from this week, we're helping customers buying our "standard" gold and platinum MAX or Solaris bikes by fitting the 11-46 cassette as standard. Of course, if you still think the answer is 42, even with big wheels, and if you're a super fit rider hitting flatter trails then we're with you on that, you can go custom and choose any cassette you want...


    Check out our standard and custom builds…


    03/01/2017 - Calver Christmas Demo recap

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    As far as demo rides go, booking one in mid December is a brave move. Thankfully we must have paid our dues somewhere along the line as last Saturday was just perfect! Fog in the valley was warmed and cleared by the sun within an hour of us setting up. We had a Kaddai (fire pit) on loan from the very good guys at The Kadai Company which helped both keep us warm and get rid of the pallets from the big delivery of Escapades the previous day. Braving the potentially horrific weather, we had a large bunch of keen riders turn up who were greeted with mince pies, hot coffee and a fine fleet of bikes. Almost every bike was booked on each ride and every single bike was ridden at least once throughout the day. Poor Sam had a right job with the bucket and hose yesterday.

    The loop got above the valley fog within 5 minutes of the start and we had spectacular cloud inversions to take our minds of the steep climb. Leaves had covered a lot of the rocks on the downhill sections making line choice even more tricky than usual. Mud splattered faces and fly-catching grins at the bottom meant that most people had stayed upright for the duration though. Along the route were hidden Cotics ‘Golden Tickets’ which the finders converted into a t shirt and pint glass back at HQ. Two were found by people on our demo loop; the final one by some walkers who popped by later! They stayed for a chat and even rode a new escapade round the yard! There’s little better than converting walkers to cyclists.

    The final ride of the day wrapped up and we realised there was enough daylight & mojo for another… It didn’t take much arm twisting so after a (literally) smashing a whole mince pie into our mouths, we set off up the hill, spraying crumbs everywhere. At the top of the first downhill section is a series of bomb-holes which are used sometimes for motorcycle trials. We’ve done a couple of photoshoots up there and need to spend some time there with a shovel, scoping out some 50:01 style lines to cut in. @wesfife155 hit a nifty little drop and he then discovered a gap over a whole tree root section. No chicken runs, just straight to it. What a lad. Some sketchy moments, loose corners and big-time laughs accompanied us all the way down the final descent and we all returned to the warehouse with a case of #unsustainablyhighstoke.

    Massive thanks to everyone who turned up - you made the ride what it was. We’ll definitely be running more demos from the warehouse in 2017 so keep an eye out here for more information. Fingers crossed it’ll be that sunny next time. Enjoy the photos.


    Check our demo calendar, or request a private demo…


    03/01/2017 - The latest and greatest Soul

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    Get out and ride...

    Reinvigorated Soul...


    The new and updated Soul…


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