Why?

We make bikes we love to ride; it sounds simple and obvious, but it's true. It all started in 2002 with the Soul - our now legendary long travel trail hardtail - which Cy wanted to be a strong, light, fun, durable steel hardtail which could use long forks, big tyres and proper brakes. No one made one at the time, so he designed his dream bike and founded Cotic to share that with other riders. That's why Cotic exists today. We are a truly independent bike company, not some 'little guy' front to a big distributor or corporation. To read more about our journey, have a quick read of the story of our first decade, or watch our 15 Year Anniversary film below.

The key thread running through all of our products is that they're all bikes we love to ride, and we're still designing our dream bikes to share with you. All Cotic products are anchored with these five attributes:

  • Fun
  • Durable
  • Clean Lines
  • Interactive
  • Confidence Inspiring

They are designed and developed in Sheffield with diligence, passion and pride. We back that up with honest, accurate customer service and a great warranty.

When we have customers come back to us after their first ride buzzing on how great they find their new bike, that's amazing. When we have customers contact us after nearly 10 years and ask for a decal set because they're repainting their original Soul, that's even better because we know that their Cotic has had them smiling for years and will continue to do so for a long time to come. That's why we do this.

How?

We use steel for most of our bike frames, including our droplink full suspension. We love the super strong, air-hardening Reynolds 853 material, as well as our own custom specified heat treated cromoly.

Whilst this may be unusual, it's simply an extension of the reason why Cy first chose to use it for the Soul over 16 years ago. Steel is tough, durable and gives our bikes their beautifully clean lines. Because of its incredible strength it allows us to use it in relatively thin sections when designing the frames, which gives the bikes outstanding ride feel. Using steel gives our hardtail and full suspension frames a gorgeous, tactile, and traction enhancing flex along the length of the bike, allowing them to breathe with the trail instead of fighting it. In short, we don't use steel to be different or hip, we use it because we strongly believe it builds the best bikes.

Our frames are designed and developed entirely by us here in the UK. We do everything but the welding and painting. For most of our frames this means sourcing frames built to our designs by the great frame builders out in Taiwan.

From 2019, for our RocketMAX and Flare model lines, we have teamed up with Five Land Bikes in Scotland to make production front triangles for these bikes. They are then partnered with our proven Taiwan made rear ends. Bridging the gaps are machined parts to our design from Superstar Components made in Lincolnshire. We are assembling the frames right here at our base in the Peak District.

Who?

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Cy Cotic was founded, and is still owned, by Cy Turner. Cy is a degree qualified Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 20 years experience across the railway industry as well as in bicycle design. He's ridden bikes since a little after he could walk, and has ridden, raced and crashed more times and places than he cares to remember. In 2001, it was his desire for a modern steel trail hardtail which no one else made that led him to design the Soul. This went into production in 2003 and thus began the Cotic adventure! You can see more about what's happened since, in our first 15 years in business, here.

Paul Paul Dexter runs customer service, admin, accounts and orders, along with being a brilliant test and development rider. Paul has over 15 years experience in bicycle retail, and is also a qualified mountain bike guide and skills coach. He's most likely to be the guy on the end of the email or phone when you contact us. He'll look after you.

Kelvin Web and graphic design is by Kelvin Owers of Spittingcat. Kelvin is an integral part of the product development team as well as being responsible for all of Cotic's look and feel. If you notice anything missing, or misbehaving, on the website, feel free to let him know be email, or contact any of us here at Cotic, and we'll pass it on.

Richard Richard Baybutt is our guy on the spanners, photos, instagram and merchandise. He is down at the warehouse building bikes and prepping frames, packing boxes and organising shelves. When he's not doing that he's also a pro photographer and does all our photoshoots, which is why the website looks so beautiful.

Sam Sam, Sam, the Demo Man. Sam Capper is the man in the Rocket Bus, out on the road bringing the Demo To You. He's got a background in sales and marketing at Tynebank Brewery, so as well as being an awesome rider, he knows a thing or two about beer as well. If you want to ride a Cotic, get in touch via any of the options on the Demo Page and Sam will bring you a lovely bike to ride.

Will Will is the brother of Rocketman and no less fast. After many years working as a mechanic in the bike trade, he's joined us in the warehouse for building up the fleet of new models we have available. If you want to know a secret trail, a short cut or new ride, Will is your man as he spends more time in the Peaks than the lot of us combined.

Hannah Hannah is a key member of the team. She works in demo helping get the demo days and fleet organised. She also works in dispatch, ensuring the bikes are well packaged and couriers are booked to get your bike sent out to you. We still haven't even got a recent photo of her yet...


Darren Darren is the latest addition to the team. He's going to be sharing the load at demos with Sam, and making sure there is always someone with the mechanic skills at Calver. He's also more than a bit handy with a camera, so he's taken his own mug shot for us....

Where?

Cotic is based in Sheffield, and our warehouse is in the heart of the Peak District National Park. We can see Froggatt Edge from our front door. It's a wonderful place to live and work, with fantastic trails, cafes, pubs and people right on our doorstep. The local gritstone is beautiful and great to ride, but notoriously harsh on bikes and running gear. This makes it a great place to develop the kind of bikes we are proud of.

Because we love where we live and work, we also support it. We work with local advocacy group Ride Sheffield to help improve access and conservation of the countryside and trails for mountain bikers. We also pledge a minimum of 0.5% of our turnover each year to local trail projects. So far we have co-funded a new pump track at Totley Hall Park, and are contributing to the Lady Cannings Trails Project Phase 1.



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