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The BFe26 is the tearaway of the Cotic family: A rowdy, fast, fun machine



26 definitely ain't dead! The new BFe26 is the hardnut of the Cotic family. It features our first update to our classic 26" wheeled geometry: it's got the longer reach and slacker head angle developed on the BFe275, and it's ideal to pair with the short stems and wide bars we've come to love.

The BFe26 is for hard riding. You can run with a 100mm fork for 4X and dirtjump duties. 120mm or 140mm forks make it a sweet handling trail bike. Or you can plug in a 160mm fork and send it down the Megavalanche. Most BFe26 builds perform mighty fine as bold-as-brass razz-around play bikes.

The frame is based around a Reynolds 853 down tube, which allows us to keep massive strength where is matters most, whilst keeping weight down. The rest of the frame is our own FM Heat Treated double butted cromoly steel, which help keep strength and value high throughout the rest of the frame. There are no corners cut: All the usual Cotic features of Ovalform top tube, oversized plug welded seat tube, wishbone stays, cowled dropouts and taper steerer compatible head tube are all present and correct.

Build it with those great 26" parts you still have, or you can even plug in 27.5" forks so long as you keep the 26" wheels in there. We can help you out with a full build if you're still fully committed to the 26" cause. Drop us an email on info@cotic.co.uk to discuss options around our Silver or Gold build kits.

Fun with a capital F, Durable with a capital D : Burly Iron

Also available, the BFe26's brother... the new BFe with 27.5 wheels and new geometry.

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What's New?

New for 2016, the BFe26 features new geometry with a slacker head angle (now 67 degrees with rider on board with 140mm fork), longer reach, and optimised around longer forks so the BB is around 10mm lower for a given fork length compared to the old frame.

We've also improved the cable and hose routing and added a hole in the seat tube for an internally 'stealth' routed dropper seatpost

What this means in practice is that the new BFe26 is faster, better handling, fits better, and is more confidence inspiring and more fun.

At just 5.4lbs the frame is trail bike light, so riding all day is never a chore. Far from it. There's a good reason the BFe was awarded Most Versatile Frame in a recent test.

Where the Cotic Soul covers the XC to Trail riding spectrum, the BFe begins at Trail riding, heads off towards Enduro or dirt jumping and takes things as far as you want to go.

Trail ride, downhill, enduro, jumping : BFe26 will do it all.


Frame Specifications


Complete Bike Specifications

All our bikes are hand assembled to order here in Sheffield by Paul, Cy, Richard or Will. If there's anything on the spec you're not sure about, or don't need, give us a ring to discuss. We'd much rather leave something off you don't need and charge you a bit less than waste a perfectly good part you'll not use when we can put it on someone elses bike. Better for you, better for us, less waste, so better for everyone.

Build Specification - Gold
  • Shimano Deore XT M8000 1x11 Drivetrain, 11-42 Cassette
  • Race Face Turbine Cinch 175mm Cranks, Direct Mount 30t Chainring
  • Deore XT M8000 Brakes, 180/160 rotors
  • X Fusion Slant RL2 140mm, 15mm axle, taper steerer
  • Hope Hoops Tech Enduro wheels
  • Finishing kit, including:
    • Your choice of handlebar:
      • Your choice of handlebar:
        • Race Face Respond bars - 740 x 38 rise, 785 x 12 rise or 720 flat options
        • Joystick Analogue Carbon - 800 x 20 rise, 223gms (+100)
      • Your choice of Stem from the following options:
        • Cotic 35mm Stem
        • Cotic 45mm Stem
        • Race Face Ride 60mm
        • Race Face Ride 70mm
        • Hope AM Stem 50mm (+50)
        • Joystick Builder 50mm (+50)
        • Joystick Builder 35mm (+50)
      • Race Face Ride 375mm seatpost
    • Cotic Cromo Rail Saddle
    • Hope Headset
    • Continental Trail King 26 x 2.2" Pure Grip
    • Pedals not included
    • Price: from £2150 (UK only).
    • 0% Finance Now Available. Use the order page to calculate your payments.
Build Specification - Silver
  • 1x11 Drivetrain - Shimano SLX M7000, 11-42 Cassette
  • Race Face Affect Cinch 175mm Cranks, Direct Mount 30t Chainring
  • Deore M615 Brakes, 180/160 rotors
  • X Fusion Slant RL2 140mm, 15mm axle, taper steerer
  • Hope Hoops Tech Enduro wheels
  • Finishing kit, including:
    • Your choice of handlebar:
      • Race Face Respond bars - 740 x 38 rise, 785 x 12 rise or 720 flat options
      • Joystick Analogue Carbon - 800 x 20 rise, 223gms (+100)
    • Your choice of Stem from the following options:
      • Cotic 35mm Stem
      • Cotic 45mm Stem
      • Race Face Ride 60mm
      • Race Face Ride 70mm
      • Hope AM Stem 50mm (+50)
      • Joystick Builder 50mm (+50)
      • Joystick Builder 35mm (+50)
    • Race Face Ride 375mm seatpost
  • Cotic Cromo Rail Saddle
  • Cane Creek 10 Headset
  • Continental Trail King 26 x 2.2" Pure Grip
  • Pedals not included
  • Price: from £1849 (UK only).
  • 0% Finance Now Available. Use the order page to calculate your payments.

Specifications subject to change without notice. Because of this, bikes show in videos and photos are likely to feature a different spec to that currently offered.



Geometry and Sizing Chart


160mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 400mm 440mm 480mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 580mm 595mm 614mm
Head Angle 66.3 66.3 66.3
Seat Angle 71.3 71.3 71.3
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm
BB Drop 12.5mm 12.5mm 12.5mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 412mm 424.1mm 440.3mm
Stack 549.6mm 558.9mm 568.2mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 173cm 174cm - 182cm 183cm - 191cm
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 160mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)


6 ¼" travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 16" 17.5" 19"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 23.5" 24.2" 24.8"
Head Angle 66.4 66.4 66.4
Seat Angle 70.4 70.4 70.4
Chainstay Length 16.8" 16.8" 16.8"
BB Drop 0.85" 0.85" 0.85"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 15.8" 16.4" 17.1"
Stack 22.75" 23.1" 23.5"
Usual Height Range 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'3"
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 160mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)


150mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 400mm 440mm 480mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 580mm 595mm 614mm
Head Angle 66.6 66.6 66.6
Seat Angle 71.6 71.6 71.6
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm
BB Drop 15mm 15mm 15mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 412mm 424.1mm 440.3mm
Stack 549.6mm 558.9mm 568.2mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 173cm 174cm - 182cm 183cm - 191cm
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 150mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)


6" travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 16" 17.5" 19"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 23.5" 24.2" 24.8"
Head Angle 66.8 66.8 66.8
Seat Angle 70.8 70.8 70.8
Chainstay Length 16.8" 16.8" 16.8"
BB Drop 0.98" 0.98" 0.98"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 15.8" 16.4" 17.1"
Stack 22.75" 23.1" 23.5"
Usual Height Range 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'3"
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 150mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)


140mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 400mm 440mm 480mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 580mm 595mm 614mm
Head Angle 67 67 67
Seat Angle 72 72 72
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm
BB Drop 17.6mm 17.6mm 17.6mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 412mm 424.1mm 440.3mm
Stack 549.6mm 558.9mm 568.2mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 173cm 174cm - 182cm 183cm - 191cm
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 140mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)


4 ¾" travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 16" 17.5" 19"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 23.5" 24.2" 24.8"
Head Angle 67 67 67
Seat Angle 71 71 71
Chainstay Length 16.8" 16.8" 16.8"
BB Drop 1.0" 1.0" 1.0"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 15.8" 16.4" 17.1"
Stack 22.75" 23.1" 23.5"
Usual Height Range 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'3"
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 140mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)


120mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 400mm 440mm 480mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 580mm 595mm 614mm
Head Angle 68 68 68
Seat Angle 73 73 73
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm
BB Drop 25mm 25mm 25mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 412mm 424.1mm 440.3mm
Stack 549.6mm 558.9mm 568.2mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 173cm 174cm - 182cm 183cm - 191cm
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 120mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)


4 ¾" travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 16" 17.5" 19"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 23.5" 24.2" 24.8"
Head Angle 68 68 68
Seat Angle 72 72 72
Chainstay Length 16.8" 16.8" 16.8"
BB Drop 1.3" 1.3" 1.3"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 16.2" 16.75" 17.3"
Stack 22.5" 22.8" 23.2"
Usual Height Range 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'3"
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 120mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)


100mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 400mm 440mm 480mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 580mm 595mm 614mm
Head Angle 68.6 68.6 68.6
Seat Angle 73.6 73.6 73.6
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm
BB Drop 29.5mm 29.5mm 29.5mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 412mm 424.1mm 440.3mm
Stack 549.6mm 558.9mm 568.2mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 173cm 174cm - 182cm 183cm - 191cm
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 100mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)


4 " travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 16" 17.5" 19"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 23.5" 24.2" 24.8"
Head Angle 68.6 68.6 68.6
Seat Angle 72.6 72.6 72.6
Chainstay Length 16.8" 16.8" 16.8"
BB Drop 1.4" 1.4" 1.4"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 16.4" 17.0" 17.5"
Stack 22.3" 22.7" 23.0"
Usual Height Range 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'3"
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 100mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)


120mm 650b forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 400mm 440mm 480mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 580mm 595mm 614mm
Head Angle 67.5 67.5 67.5
Seat Angle 72.5 72.5 72.5
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm
BB Drop 21.3mm 21.3mm 21.3mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 412mm 424.1mm 440.3mm
Stack 549.6mm 558.9mm 568.2mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 173cm 174cm - 182cm 183cm - 191cm
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 650b/27.5 120mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board) with 26" wheel


4 " 650b forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 16" 17.5" 19"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 23.5" 24.2" 24.8"
Head Angle 68 68 68
Seat Angle 72 72 72
Chainstay Length 16.8" 16.8" 16.8"
BB Drop 1.3" 1.3" 1.3"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 16.2" 16.75" 17.3"
Stack 22.5" 22.8" 23.2"
Usual Height Range 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'3"
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 650b/27.5 120mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board) with 26" wheel


140mm 650b forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 400mm 440mm 480mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 580mm 595mm 614mm
Head Angle 66.6 66.6 66.6
Seat Angle 71.6 71.6 71.6
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm
BB Drop 15mm 15mm 15mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 412mm 424.1mm 440.3mm
Stack 549.6mm 558.9mm 568.2mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 173cm 174cm - 182cm 183cm - 191cm
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 650b/27.5 140mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board) with 26" wheel


5" 650b forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 16" 17.5" 19"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 23.5" 24.2" 24.8"
Head Angle 67 67 67
Seat Angle 71 71 71
Chainstay Length 16.8" 16.8" 16.8"
BB Drop 1.0" 1.0" 1.0"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 15.8" 16.4" 17.1"
Stack 22.75" 23.1" 23.5"
Usual Height Range 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'3"
Stem Length 30-70mm 35-80mm 35-80mm
All measurements are based on 650b/27.5 140mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board) with 26" wheel

The chart is a guide to frame size. Ultra Compact Geometry means that the frames are small and long, and our latest version of the BFe26 is a touch longer than previous versions. You can take this two ways. You can either have a regular position coupled with a small and chuckable frame, or you could go for the next size up and go long and racey without feeling like you're riding a gate. You lot are just too different to say for sure, so drop us a line at size@cotic.co.uk and we'll be happy to discuss set up based on what you're riding at the moment. We've included several example 26" forks in the table, and also 2 650b forks, to illustrate the effects on the geometry of using just about any suitable fork. Note that the frame is for 26" wheels only, and the geometry quoted with 650b forks still assumes that both wheels are 26" ones.


Component Sizes

Seatpost diameter: 31.6mm (wise to get a decent length one) (stealth routing available)

Front Mech: 34.9mm (Side swing only) [click here for info]

Bottom Bracket width: 73mm

Headset: 44mm cup [click here for info]

Fork: Maximum 160mm travel (545mm axle to crown length without sag).
(note: if using a 650b/27.5 fork, the maximum travel is 150mm)


Components we can sell you to help with your build

Complete Headsets 44mm Headtube
Cane Creek Headset 40 Series ZS44/EC44£45
Hope 2H for tapered steerer (black)£85
Hope 2H for tapered steerer (orange)£90
Hope 2H for tapered steerer (blue)£90
Hope 2H for tapered steerer (red)£90
Hope 2H for tapered steerer (purple)£90
External cup Bottom Brackets 24mm
RaceFace BB for Affect Cranks£20
BB52 Deore Bottom Bracket£15
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (black)£75
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (orange)£80
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (red)£80
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (purple)£80
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (blue)£80
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (silver)£80

(headset and bottom bracket prices include fitting)


Development History

Early 2005: Feedback from some of the AQR Luchon brigade and some of the harder riding UK Soul owners leads to some interesting discussions about a possible 'big brother' to the Soul, but stronger and stiffer for doing REALLY stupid things on and running much bigger forks. With reasonable weight, reliable sus forks at 140mm travel and above coming onto the market and riding styles and terrain choice progressing fast, it seemed like a good time to consider a tougher member of the family.

September 2005: Two prototype drawings complete, one small, one large. Geometry is identical to the Soul, as something to start with. Tubing is considerably changed: Oversized and thicker walled down tube and top tube, gussets added following the design lead of the Soda development, beefier head tube, larger section seatstays and wishbone, ISCG tabs just for good measure. I wanted to radically increase the torsional stiffness and therefore handling accuracy of the frame, but Reynolds didn't make the tube I wanted. In the end, the massive 35mm seat tube was made by cutting down an 853 down tube and using a custom designed plug weld insert in the bottom and adding a shim to the top for 30.9mm seatposts. Frame still used 853 for the front end, so although all the tubing was larger and thicker than the Soul, it was still sensibly light given it's enormous strength.

November 2005: Prototype frames landed! I got the large sized frame to use instead of my Soul, just to see how it would stack up as a general trail bike given how much stiffer it was. The small was built up as a dirt jump/slalomy type thing and given to assorted nutters to try and break.

Spring 2006: Things are going well. My large has done stirling work as a general trail bike once a suitably nice seatpost was found. First two rides on an old gas pipe bit box 'post in the right size had me rubbing my back and wondering what the hell I'd done! However, a quick call to Rory at USE had a nice SUMO installed and the ride was toned down from 'ouch' to merely 'sporty'. Some 150mm Pace Fighter forks exercised the front end and a lot of fun was had generally stuffing it down the throat of any rocky trail that dared to get in my way. Even at the longer travel the standard Cotic hardtail geometry seemed great, with just a nudge forward on the saddle rails required to keep things good for climbs with the forks wound out. At the lunatic end of the scale, the small had been dirt jumped, dropped and generally 'pinned' all over the place and the frame and wheels were pretty much the only bits left working! For a bit more of a work out, it was shipped out to Luchon to be Chef Russ' 'bike for when the lifts are shut'. Russ is an astonishingly good rider, and by the end of the summer the little BFe had sprouted 150mm 'Zoch's, DeeMax's and 4Pot brakes.

Summer 2006: Feedback overwhelmingly good, strength good, time to move to production. The only thing people had picked up on with the frames was a mere visual hiccup; all the tubes in the front triangle were 35mm, which made the down tube look oddly weedy as your brain expects it to be bigger than all the other tubes. Odd, but true. So, despite the 35mm tube being perfectly adequate, and with the first generation of 160mm forks hoving into view on the horizon, calcs and FEA were redone for REALLY big forks and a 37.3mm down tube (the largest Reynolds make). ISCG mounts were redesigned in line with the new ISCG05 standard.

Model name was settled upon after the usual strops, bunfights and name calling, but Kelvin came up with an absolute peach of a logo to really capture the play on words.

October 2006: LAUNCH! Cycle Show at ExCeL had our new model (BFe and Simple) in their brand new production forms. Ace.

Feb 2007: Second batch ordered with revised chainstays with minimal crimping and 73mm BB shell, just like the Soul developments of the same time. Sizing changed. The stock Cotic small/medium/large breakdown hadn't really worked, with the larges being hard to sell and very tall guys buying a medium and going very marginal on the seatpost. I decided to drop the large and increase the seat tube length on the medium by 20mm so tall guys would get enough seatpost insertion but the same size rest of the bike in terms of top tube length and head tube length. Thus the 'Big' size was born.

Summer 2007: Approached by a young lad called Robbie Rickman with a CV and a pitch to ride a BFe in 4X competition. We liked the cut of his jib, our team sponsors helped out with some of the bits and Robbie got his first bike in August 07. Robbie being 6ft 3in and still wanting a small frame got the sizing debate going again!

Feb 2009: Drawings updated for BFe. After 2 successful years, riding on tough frames like this was progressing and the Big size was becoming a hard sell. I'd also learnt a great deal about gusset design and detailing during my research into CEN compliant frame design. All this fed into a mildly revised BFe with more shapely and thicker gusseting, standard Soul dropout, and the stock 17.5" seat tube medium size re-introduced. We also decided to shake the rather low key grey colour option up a bit by adding a Cotic orange colour as an option.

June 2009: Production versions of the Feb 09 frame design arrived.

Oct 2009: A fully redesigned version of the BFe (known internally as BFe2) is launched at The Cycle Show moving the frame into a whole new area. The frame was designed to meet two needs - firstly we needed the frame to be CEN compliant, and secondly, to move the frame into a price point below the Soul. We calculated that by replacing the top and seat tubes with 631 material in thicker wall, but keeping the 853 down tube we could keep the strength of the frame up whilst keeping most of the weight off. The down tube makes about the biggest single difference in weight on a frame. We also deleted the massive oval seatstays from the original 853 version and used slimmer 19mm stays to improve the ride and offset some of the weight gain from the 631 tubing. The dropouts were simplified to a plate design, and our new Ovalform top tube design developed on the new Soul was also included bringing a boost in torsional stiffness. The Soul and BFe still shared the same Cotic hardtail geometry so the BFe began it's life not just as the toughnut of the Cotic family, but also an entry level option for trail riders to get their hands on our bikes' handling for a little less cash. Also marked the introduction of our bright blue and gritstone colour options. The development is a massive success, with BFe sales easily matching Soul sales within a couple of months.

June 2012:After three years in production, BFe2 is superseded by the latest iteration (which we call BFe3). Having done a lot of work with various different geometries over the previous 2 years, we still decide that the original geometry offers the best blend of fun, ability and speed so it stays on for the third iteration of the frame. The big changes are another revision to the tubeset, bringing in stronger custom butted Heat Treated cromo to replace the 631 top and seat tubes to reduce the weight, the additional of the Superlight dropout and replaceable hanger from the Soul, dropper seatpost hose/cable routing (the exclusive Cotic designed 34.9mm seat tube as always allowed larger diameter dropper posts to be fitted on all iterations of the frames) and finally the move to a 44mm head tube to futureproof the frame and allow fitting of taper steerer forks. Proves to be the most successful BFe yet.

January 2014 - Still proving it can stick it to the competition the BFe continues into 2014 unchanged except for the addition of the new Black Grape colour option.


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