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31/12/2019 - Set off a Rocket at New Year

Let's celebrate New Year -

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23/12/2019 - Office closed for Christmas

Office and workshop closed

Website Open

We're all off 'till the 2nd January, so won't be answering calls, replying to emails, or building bikes 'till then. Of course, if you want to ensure you get your bike as soon as possible (and in the case of models running low on stock or on clearance, ensure no one else gets your bike instead of you), go ahead and place your order on our website, and stock will be reserved for you, ready to be built and sent out in January.

Cheers,

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19/12/2019 - Birth of a Bike - Tube To Trail

Birth of a bike - tube to trail

At Cotic, the ultimate aim is to design and build our own dream bikes, so you can share in that dream as well.

Just over a year ago we embarked on our latest adventure with our friends at Five Land Bikes to make the RocketMAX (and subsequently the Flare) in the UK, and ever since we started in 2003 we have used super strong Reynolds 853 steel. The whole process is underpinned by people, passion, experience, skill and hard work and we have made a film to celebrate that: The Birth of a Bike - Tube To Trail

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18/12/2019 - Sam's Demo Highlights of 2019

Sam's Demo Highlights of 2019.

2019 has been another busy year in demo. With Darren joining in the summer, it's only gotten busier. For me it feels like it's been a really wet year, lots of journeys have involved the wipers on full speed, and I've seen more mud than dust. However there have been some brilliant moments, so in no real order, here are my demo highlights of 2019 and some random pictures from other, non-demo, highlights of the year.

Grinning up the Golfie, sneeking laps after Tweedlove with Baybutt & Cy

Barry Sidings.

After running the demos for almost 4 years now, there's an ever decreasing number of places in the UK I haven't ridden a bike, so it's always nice to check out a new venue. Barry Sidings in South Wales was one of the stand out new venues for me this year. There's a strong local scene here, which is no surprise given the size and number of hills in the area. The trails here all feel natural, but have clearly been built by riders who know all about techy flow. They mostly have steep entries and exits to deter dirt bikes, but once you're in, the gradient eases enough for maximum fun with minimum pedalling. The climb is a steady one with big views over the valleys, and the cafe is run by riders. It's just down the road from Bike Park Wales, so next time you're in that area, make sure you check it out, it's well worth stopping by. 'Coal Dump' and 'Mates Race' are two trails there you should definitely check out. I'll hopefully be back with the demo van next year.

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I had my first bikepacking experience this year, did the Sandstone Way in Northumberland with my Dad and Brother. Keen for more next year.

Pitfichie.

I'm often asked where my favourite place in the UK to ride is. The exact venue changes every time, but one thing is a constant, it's always somewhere in Scotland. Earlier this year I returned to Pitfichie in Aberdeenshire with the demo van, and this time the riders who turned up had a really good knowledge of the forest, and were happy to take on some of it's more challenging trails. One of which, built for an enduro race, is called 'Macchiato' on trailforks. If you've ridden 'Flat White' on the Golfie, the name makes total sense. It's like a more condensed version of that. Fast, twisty, flowy and fun. You can always see just far enough ahead to react, but no more than that, and it almost never goes in a straight line. Well worth a look if you're that far north. Open to suggestions for more demo venues in the north of Scotland for next year, drop me an email.

South Lakes Bike Fest.

This summer was a tough one for events in the bike world, with Tweedlove's Transcend being a total mudfest, and both Malverns and Ard Rock getting cancelled due to biblical rain, we haven't been to many big events this year. We did however make it to the South Lakes Bike Fest, which instantly became one of my favourite events. The whole 'just done for the sheer hell of it' vibe was a breath of fresh air, and you can't fail to enjoy riding in the Lake District. The charity ride on the Friday night from the Eagle & Child in Staveley was great fun, mid ride beers, jagerbombs and cake were a treat! Lots of happy demo customers, local beers, wood fired pizza, a live band and a true grassroots festival atmosphere. We are definitely heading back next year, and you should too. Group rides for all abilities and fitness levels, skills coaching for the kids and plenty more; plus it's moved to the August bank holiday weekend for 2020, winner.

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Eagle and Child Charity ride with Darren and my better half, Kelly.

Grizedale Cotic CC Ride.

Talking of the Lake District, a big highlight for me this year was our Grizedale Cotic CC ride. We managed to get a rare, rain free, day in November and headed out for a brilliant ride with a bunch of Cotic owners. Mixing sections of trail centre with classic Lakeland bridleways, we splashed, skidded and wheelied our way around the woods and moors. I've been riding round Grizedale since I was a nipper, and it never gets old. Despite my cranks dying and Grizedale Bikes very kindly driving me back to Hawkshead to grab a demo bike, I had a blast. Riding the new Bfe reminded me just how much fun a hardtail is. So much so, I might have ordered myself a new SolarisMAX frame, in purple. Obviously. Look out for more Cotic CC events and owners rides in 2020.

Steel is real 2019

We snook a quick lap in after the madness of the Steel is Real demo day.

No.1 Peebles Road Cafe Exclusive Demo.

Sometimes bike rides are scary in all the best ways. Back in March I did an exclusive demo with Craig from No. 1 Peebles Road Cafe in Innerleithen and his weekly night riding buddies. As you probably know by now, everyone here at Cotic is in love with the Tweed Valley, but I'd never ridden any of it in the dark before. Night riding heightens your senses on any trail, but slithering down freshly cut steeps in dense, dark pine forests, inches off the back wheel of a local who knows exactly where he's going definitely gets your heart racing! Just as we reached the top of the last section of Cresta Run, about to rail those corners, one of the group suggests we ride 'Date Night' instead. I'd heard of this trail, and heard it wasn't an easy way down. Full commitment, maximum exposure, minimum traction. I'm not sure if it would be better in the daylight or not, I'm taking more brave pills and big boy pants next time either way! Everyone loved the bikes though, and got to ride them on the trails they ride every week. If you like the sound of this, get in touch to arrange your own exclusive demo for you and your mates. It can be on gnarly chutes in the dark, in winter, but it doesn't have to be! Twisty woodland singletrack on a summers evening or a chilled Sunday round a flowy trail centre are less scary options if that's more your thing. I must plan another Tweed Valley trip...

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Riding local steeps in summer heat on the best bike I've ever had.

Big thanks if you came to any of our demos this year, if I've not made it to your local trails yet, let me know. I'll be doing lots of planning in January, and I need suggestions, so hit me up.

Have a great Christmas break; eat too much, drink beer and ride your bike.

Sam.


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16/12/2019 - Comfy Cockpit

You only touch the bike in 3 places so why not make these places the best you possibly can? We've been loving the super-grippy Burgtec composite pedals since they came out and so far had zero complaints. The extended axle length has meant that Cy's knee troubles have all but disappeared and riders on the demo tour have been lucky enough to use them as there's a good stock in the van for events. Burgtec bars too are a really great place to put your hands - lots of rise options and a backsweep that really puts you in control. The whole team ran these bars for the 2019 season and we've since stocked many pairs on bikes. Pedals are £39 and Carbon DH bars are £100.

Now we're super happy to announce that we're also stocking the groundbreaking Revgrips and Fabric Scoop saddles to really finish off your cockpit.

Starting with Revgrips, if you haven't heard of these, you might be wondering why on earth a pair of grips costs £99... Inside each of the metal collars are rubber bushings and a series of friction rings. The grip floats around the bar and can rotate slightly, taking out a whole heap of buzz from the trail. You can customise the feel from ultra soft to ultra firm and whilst they take a run to get used to, most people who use them say they can't imagine going back to a standard grip. Baybutt tested them during the summer and said the weirdest / best effect was feeling like the bike had more 'pop' as you initiated a jump. If you suffer from arm pump, want to hop a bit higher or are constantly searching for any gains possible, these are the grips for you. You won't be disappointed. Rev Grips £99

To round off the contact points is the legendary, award winning, Fabric Scoop Radius saddle. We went all out and ordered the Race version with Ti rails for that extra weight saving. Saddles are as subjective as shoes but pretty much everyone who has plonked their posterior on this plush perch has been more than pleased. Demo man Sam has had one of these on his RocketMAX for over a year now after trying out a literal armful of others. These are available for just £55.

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16/12/2019 - 2019 Autumn Factory Outlet Sale - New Items Added

Ex demo bikes and new old stock wheelsets

We have small ex-demo BFe and SolarisMAX bikes for sale, and we have now added our entire 2018 model year FlareMAX demo fleet and a very special brand new, ex-show display Flare with lovely blue Hope brakes and matching parts. There's also a variety of excellent new old stock Hope wheelsets. Below are just a few examples of what we have on offer.

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09/12/2019 - Cotic CC Annual Beat the Winter Blues Ride

Cotic CC Beat the Winter Blues Ride 2020

Cotic Bikes, Calver Demo Day

Good news, we are returning to the Hope Valley in the Peak District for our annual 'Beat the Winter Blues' Cotic CC and Women of Steel ride.

Here's the date for your diary, Saturday 18th January, meeting at The Travellers Rest, S33 9HG for wheels rolling at 10am.

The plan is for two groups, a mixed CC group for Cotic owners only, and a Women of Steel group. Both will set off pedalling at the same time, but the CC group will ride a longer route. With the difference in paces, we should all get back to the pub at about the same time for beers and eats by the fire.

We'll head up the hill above Hope, for 3 climbs and descents, playing the exact route by ear depending on the weather and conditions. It has snowed for every Winter Blues ride we've done, so expect the same! The WoS ride will probably be 2 climbs and descents at a slower pace.

The atmosphere is always great on these rides, and we usually get a big group with a real mix of bikes and riders. You're welcome on whatever Cotic mountain bike you have, if you only have a Roadrat or Escapade and want to try out a mountain bike, we'll have demo bikes available, just let us know which model and size you want to try out. If you don't own a Cotic and want to demo one on this ride, you can do, just get in touch.

You must book on in advance, tickets are £5 which includes parking, the guided ride and your first pint/soft drink in the pub. Any proceeds will go to Edale Mountain Rescue. Numbers are limited, and it's always popular, so email demo@cotic.co.uk with your address and phone number to get booked in.


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06/12/2019 - Women of Steel in Leeds

Women of Steel

The Women of Steel headed to Leeds Urban Bike Park for a day of 'sessioning', aiming to improve skills on drops, jumps and cornering rather than a doing a big ride. Sarah Weir organised the day, here's what they got up to.

Women of Steel

Last Saturday, the Cotic Women Of Steel braved sub-zero temperatures and headed North from Cotic HQ to Leeds Urban Bike Park. We were a mix of WoS regulars and first timers to the group.

Women of Steel

There’s a lot of variety at LUBP: from a steady blue run, pump track, BMX park, woodland red and green routes, black chutes and a couple of jump lines. We started on the blue to warm up then did a circuit of the park so everyone could get a feel for what was on offer. It’s been designed so that all the technical features are progressive and you can choose to push yourself as much or as little as you like. There was encouragement and advice as we approached the chutes with everyone choosing their own limits. It was great to see demons being banished and the smiling of success.

Women of Steel

There was more “Sesh-Oning” (is that really a word Kelly?) on drops and berms before we drifted back towards the café for hot drinks and lunch. I say “drifted” because a splinter group were persuaded on to the jump line….just to see. It was loads of fun. Until it wasn’t. Nothing too serious but enough to make me think “I might stop now. Now where’s my cup of tea?”

I had a great day hanging out with some awesome women. It’s not just about the riding. It’s an opportunity to catch up, swap tips, covert/try out each other’s kit and have a giggle. Hope to see you all on the next meet up


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03/12/2019 - The 2020 FlareMAX - The Ultimate All Rounder






New 2020 FlareMAX

2020 Cotic FlareMAX, steel full suspension, what 29er trail bike?, 29er trail bike, 125mm travel, Reynolds 853

The Evolution Continues....

2020 Cotic FlareMAX, steel full suspension, what 29er trail bike?, 29er trail bike, 125mm travel, Reynolds 853

The Cotic FlareMAX is a proper sweet-spot chassis; the ultimate all rounder. It's the only bike you'll need for ripping through the woods and conquering mountains. 29er wheels, refined Cotic Longshot geometry, warm feeling and traction rich Reynolds 853 steel frame, 125mm of droplink suspension have all the bases covered. Fast, fun and a whole pile of confident.

For 2020 the FlareMAX has revised sizing and seat angle taken from the savagely fast RocketMAX and suspension kinematics from it's award winning little bro, the Flare. This keeps you centred over the bike for easier climbing and more confident descending, whilst the suspension is easier to setup whilst still providing that signature fun Cotic feel with loads of traction.

New colours are Dark Grey, Supernova Orange and Red Dwarf.

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28/11/2019 - Hubble Purple Close Up

TAKE A CLOSE LOOK

NEW Hubble Purple SolarisMAX

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18/11/2019 - Cotic CC Ride - Grizedale Forest

Cotic CC Ride Grizedale

Cotic Owner's Ride

Last Sunday myself and Paul held a Cotic CC ride in the beautiful Lake District. After several days of very wet weather in Sheffield and the Peaks, stoke was beginning to run low. It's not often you go to Cumbria in November to escape the bad weather, but clearly they hadn't experienced the same constant downpours that we'd be getting recently. Of course, it's never truly dry in the Lakes, so we layered up with waterproofs to keep the chilly stream crossings and puddles at bay.

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Despite a dismal looking start to the day, we congregated in Hawkshead and set out up the fairly sharp climb into Grizedale Forest, snaking out of the village and quickly hitting the rocky, leaf strewn bridleway. It's a mean start to a ride this one, heart rates hit the roof pretty quickly, but height is gained equally fast. Layers came off, and we picked up the waymarkers for the North Face trail and began descending in a cafe direction. Drama soon ensued however, it was my turn for a mechanical issue. The pedal insert in my crank had come unstuck, and my pedal was wobbling around in the crank like a stick in a bucket. I nursed it to the bike shop, Grizedale Mountain Bikes, in search of a solution. Huge thanks to them for slinging my bike in the pick-up and shuttling me back to Hawkshead so I could grab a demo bike, genuinely saved the day! With everyone refreshed in the cafe, and me set up on the rad new Bfe, we began the next climb.

I really enjoy the trail centre climb here, its never too steep, but is packed full of technical challenges to keep you distracted from the pedalling. Some fire road and more singletrack climbing took us out onto Parkamoor, with big views over Coniston Water, The Old Man and Dow Crag. Not the clearest day, but stunning none the less. The ride started to get wet from this point, after the fast and loose descent, we began heading in the direction of the woods again, through hub deep puddles that seemed to be permanent features in these parts. No rain today, but shoes were full of water by this point!

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The next descent is a stone cold classic. Known as the '3 Witches', or 'Dad, Grandad and The Dentist', it's a bridleway that crosses 2 fire roads, so is broken into 3 sections. The first is mostly singletrack, with a couple of rises, a few bits of line choice and some fast sections. All rocky, and with plenty of water splashes and loose moments. We just about got down in one piece, one crash which resulted in a damaged brake lever, but no injuries and the bike carried on. The second section is one of my favourite trails in the world. It's the shortest of the 3, but the fastest and most rowdy. A drop off into a fast left hand corner, followed by a flat out straight with lumps of bedrock and loose stones which you skate over at full chat. You can't help but grin at the bottom of a trail like this one. “That was why I got up at 5:30 this morning!” exclaimed Paul.

Reaching the bottom of the valley after the third section of trail, we had a winch ahead of us. Despite its amusing name, the 'Breasty Haw' climb quickly stopped us giggling. Steep tarmac leads to steep woodland track, with a crux move in the middle, a wet bedrock step. It might not have been pretty, but I just made it up without a dab for the first time, that new Bfe is quite something.

At the top of this climb it was decision time, we had the option of another descent, if we didn't mind another stiff climb back up. Despite all being wet through, the sun breaking through the clouds egged us on for a bit extra. It became clear immediately we'd made the right call, a sublime descent littered with blind lips, slabs and some hectic, alpine style hairpin bends. I was absolutely buzzing at the bottom of this trail, there's nothing like thrashing a hardtail down a fast descent, wheels rarely pointing the right direction and just about getting away with lines more suited to my RocketMAX. I wasn't the only one, grins were plastered over everyone's faces at the bottom of this trail, top fun.

We did have the extra climb to do before the final descent though, and it required some deep digging. Most of us walked the tricky first section and just the local lads cleaned it with maximum effort, kudos for that. The final trail was a well known one, called 'The Fox'. More axle deep puddles before a classic Lakes descent with more line choice than you knew what to do with. At this point I got a bit carried away, and put a hole in the rear tyre of the Bfe, which gave me a chance to use my Dynaplug for the first time. Until now, simply keeping it in my rucksack had somehow prevented punctures, but it fixed the hole in a heartbeat and I could finish the run and roll back to Hawkshead without mucking about with a tube. I can definitely recommend getting one.

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Big thanks to everyone who made it, we had a brilliant day out. The pace was sociable with plenty of chances to rest in between climbs and descents, and everyone enjoyed the day. Grizedale is one of my favourite areas to ride, and it was nice to do a decent size ride instead of the usual shorter demo laps. The next Cotic CC event is our evening at the Dirt Factory in Manchester, the UK's first indoor bike park, on Tuesday 3rd December. Get in touch quick to book a space, and keep an eye out for our annual 'Beat the Winter Blues' ride in the Peak District in January, we'll announce the date for this soon.

Sam.


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18/11/2019 - Women of Steel Ride Out

Women of Steel

Women of Steel - Lady Cannings

9 of us headed out in what can only be described as a rain cloud (see photos!) on Sunday. We planned to do a Blackamoor ride, sadly the weather didn't play nicely and the weeks leading up to this ride washed away the trails and left a river in place of where they once were! We ended up sticking to Lady Cannings and Houndkirk Road, on the edge of Sheffield/Derbyshire, not the ride we had planned, but we made the most of it and still had fun.

Women of Steel - Lady Cannings

We had 3 new faces on the ride which was so nice. We chatted away and planned our future Ride Outs so we could meet up to ride again. I couldn't believe so many turned out in awful conditions, only to be smiling and enjoying being out on a ride with other awesome women. There was a lot of frozen hands and shivering by the time we got back to the car!

The next Women of Steel ride is at Leeds Urban Bike Park, join our Facebook group for details or if you're not on Facebook and would like to join us drop me an email: , hannah@cotic.co.uk

Women of Steel - Lady Cannings

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01/11/2019 - New Ambassador Shauna Coxsey

Shauna Coxsey

We're so excited to introduce our new ambassador, Redbull Athlete Shauna Coxsey, Britain's most successful climber and all round great person! "Coxsey is one of only four women ever to have climbed a boulder route graded 8B+, the third-most difficult rating of all. She has also won every British Bouldering Championship she’s ever entered." - Redbull

Shauna Coxsey

She chose Cotic as we're local to her and fell in love with our Escapade as it'll be a perfect addition to her training. She's wanting to cycle as part of her fitness training and ride a mixture of on and off road, making the Escapade the perfect choice for her.

Shauna Coxsey

She's been lucky enough to be helped with the build by Shimano who sent over some rather nice GRX kit and WTB sent her tyres and a women's specific saddle, which built her the perfect gravel weapon.

Shauna Coxsey

We also fitted her a Life Bike bag which she can use to store snacks, tools or perhaps some climbing chalk if she spots a good route on her adventures. We look forward to seeing where she gets to on her Escapade.

Shauna Coxsey

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01/11/2019 - SodaMAX all sold

SodaMAX all sold

Well, we said that the SodaMAX was a limited edition, and it was... the final couple have now been sold... and that's it... there are no more. If you're one of the lucky plucky few out there riding one... please stop and say hi if you meet any of us out on the trials, or at an event and show off your beauty of a bike to us. We want to see it.

So, for the rest of you, as one chance slips away, another presents itself. We have introduced a new Mercury SolarisMAX option, that has the graphics from the brushed SodaMAX on a nice shiny paint finish that reminds us of the polished SodaMAX.

NEW Mercury SolarisMAX

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24/10/2019 - New SolarisMAX Colours

New Colours on SolarisMAX

Spacey new options for your favourite 29er hardtail

Cotic solarisMAX in Hubble Purple

Hubble Purple

Cotic SolarisMAX in gorgeous Mercury

Mercury


We have another batch of SolarisMAX frames arriving tomorrow - they really are selling like hot cakes! This time we have changed up the colours though.

We have added Mercury to the range; the beautiful liquid silver colour you will have seen on a couple of our other bikes. The new colour to us is Hubble Purple, continuing with our spacey theme on these.

Cotic solarisMAX in new colours

Cosmic Black is restocked in all it's subtle, sparkly loveliness. We still have a handful of stock of Red Dwarf and British Racing Green from the previous drop a few weeks ago, and a couple of Dark Metal in small, but these aren't being re-stocked so if you like those pick one up before they're gone. The British Racing Green was a one batch only job, so it's even a limited edition of sorts! And with the news that we won't be doing another run of SodaMAX, maybe a nice Mercury coloured SolarisMAX will fill that shiny, brilliant bike shaped hole in your life if you missed one of the ti frames?

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23/10/2019 - Autumn Sale - FlareMAX Price Drop

Autumn Sale - Save £300 on a FlareMAX

We are having a Autumn Sale, and this time you lucky people get the opportunity to get £300 off the brilliant FlareMAX

Cotic FlareMAX 132 Pack in Mercury

The awesomely capable FlareMAX 132 Pack in gorgeous Mercury

Cotic FlareMAX 120 in Blue

The quintessential all rounder FlareMAX with 120mm travel in banging Blue

FlareMAX is a proper sweet-spot chassis - responsive, lively and fun, but fiercely capable due it's pioneering Longshot geometry.

The combination of big wheels and mid travel makes it the quintessential all rounder; whether it's an all day epic or an evening blast. 120mm or 132mm travel options, 130 or 140 forks, the FlareMAX is more versatile than you would believe.

It probably is all the bike most people need for UK riding, with enough capability to handle the occasional big trip. Two of Cy's friends who went to Finale with him recently chose their FlareMAX's over longer travel bike options, because the FlareMAX has better geometry and that gives it seriously capability that belies it's travel. The 132 Pack just gives you the option to up the control in rowdy terrain without going full madman with the RocketMAX. But don't let that fool you: The regular 120 bike is perfectly happy when things get steep and tech - Sam rode his for a full year on the Demo Tour everywhere from the Golfie to Gisburn - so if the majority of your riding tilts more towards singletrack blasts, go for the original recipe.

We are fully stocked on Mercury and Blue colours in all sizes, plus a handful of Dark Metal in small only. For the regular 120mm travel bike we have X Fusion and Cane Creek DB Air IL shock options, and all build options available. On the 132 Pack we have both Cane Creek DB Air IL and Piggyback Air CS shock options in stock if you want a little more travel.

All prices are reduced by £300, so that means...

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16/10/2019 - Winnats Pass poster

NEW A1 POSTER

Pinkbike photo of the year

We have had a few A1 posters printed of Richard's ace Photo Of The Year shot... the model is our very own Will onboard a RocketMAX. Rich or Will probably built your bike by the way. Anyway, grab a poster... we don't have many...

Winnats Pass

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14/10/2019 - We use steel for performance

We use Steel for Performance

Cy writes about the reasons behind the choice of frame material for most Cotics

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Some thoughts have been rolling around my head recently regarding why I design bikes the way I do. It got me fired up and excited and I wanted to share that with you.

This all crystallised by having to write a few words to put with our bikes that were on the Reynolds stand at Cycle Show a few weeks ago. Why did we use that material? I kind of surprised myself with what I came up with:

"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 for differents' sake, or to be hip, we use it because we strongly believe it builds the best bikes."

Light Bulb

This last sentance in bold was a bit of a revelation to me. Although I've been designing bikes and using steel for them for over 16 years, I think that British trait of slightly under playing things had always got in the way of me stating what I feel about this, and that sentance sums it up perfectly. I don't use it to be different for different's sake, or god-forbid, 'niche', I used it on the Soul originally because I hated the ride feel of aluminium framed hardtails. Steel gave me the feel I wanted, left me less beat up, gave me more grip. The fact it looks beautiful and clean is a wonderful side benefit.

I Use Steel For Performance

Particularly with an off road bicycle, but even on road too, steel is a performance differentiator. If you are chattering across cambers, or hauling through rocks, why on earth would you want a material that transmitted every single ding and hit through to your wrists and feet? Why would you want your chassis to be so stuff that it ping'd your tyres away from the ground instead of riding the bumps? Even our droplink full suspension bikes generate grip you wouldn't believe when compared to a stiffer bike. And heavy? Well there's a few grammes here and there, and I work hard to keep the weight off the frames where I can through careful design. When Brand Ambassador Wayne Coates from ChamonixMTB got his FlareMAX (based on a Silver x HUNT build) a couple of weeks ago, there was some teeth sucking at the local bike shop....

"Some good banter at the local bike shop [in Chamonix]. Bit of chin rubbing, steel huh? Wow, so English! Must be heavy...Out come the scales, turns out it only weighs 500 grams more than the new S-Work Enduro at EUR10,999"

Not bad for a "heavy" frame eh?

Doing It "Wrong" for over 60 Years

I was at Goodwood Revival in September. It's a historic motor race weekend in the UK where there are scores of old cars being raced and showed off. This thought of mine about why I use steel had been fermenting for a few days, but a few things I saw at Goodwood really got me fired up about this. Iconic brands "doing it wrong" according to the so-called received wisdom.

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There were Porsche 911s everywhere, including being raced. For over 60 years Porsche have been building sports cars with the engine in the 'wrong' place. At the rear, slung out behind the rear axle. Why on earth would you do that? The weight is all wrong, it will understeer etc, etc.

Well, there's some very good reasons why; it frees up interior space; there are seats where the engine would be in a mid-engined car. The flipside of the weight being 'wrong', is that on corner exit, it's very, very 'right'. Work the front end on entry, get turned and 911s have phenominal traction to fire them out of corners. And despite decades of people telling them they have it wrong, they should build a mid-engined car, they have stuck to their guns, amplified the advantages, minimised the downsides and built what most consider to be the seminal sports car. The one by which all others are still measured.

There were also motorcycles, specifically for this example, Ducati's and KTM's. Again, companies with decades of production history, still 'doing it wrong' building steel trellis frame motorcycles when the 'right' way is aluminium. But here the parallel's with what I try to do here at Cotic are even more apparent. They believe that steel is a performance advantage, and the stiffness isn't the be-all-and-end-all of motorcycle handling. Trellis frames are stiff in the side view, but fairly soft laterally (side to side when viewed from above). When asked about Ducati's World Superbike's handling in turns, Honda rider Colin Edwards said,

“Yeah, they wallow [flex]. But they dig in and go around the corner.”

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Sounds familiar if you are a Cotic rider, doesn't it? When a bike is leaned over (either a mountain bike or a racing motorcycle) the suspension does less because the hits are coming out of plane of the suspension movement. It is here that it is ALL about the frame breathing with the surface to gain grip and performance.

During the same era, Honda were struggling for front end grip on the RC51, and bought a Ducati to benchmark. They found it half as laterally stiff! But what that gave the riders was feel, warning when the front end was going to slip, and less 'chatter'.

KTM take it even further: Founded in 1934 they have been building steel frame motorcycles for decades. They re-entered MotoGP - the pinnacle of motor sport - 2 years ago with the 'wrong' frame material, steel. Despite scepticism from a field that uses aluminium throughout, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer said,

"We will never win if we ditch steel. We will never leave aside the tubular chassis because it is one of the main advantages of our bikes"

What I believe he meant was, if they do it the same as everyone else, how are they going to beat them? They have won multiple times in Supercross and Dakar, so I wouldn't bet against them in MotoGP.

Parallels

There are a lot of parallels and similarities to what I want to acheive here, but the difference in the bike industry seems to be that steel is always put in that box marked 'niche', 'small', 'hipster'. It's not that at all, and it's so much more besides. Sure, Porsche, Ducati and KTM aren't mass-market, but they aren't small time either. They are big, competitive, highly successful brands with class leading products. KTM sold 218,000 bikes in 2018, and Porsche is the most profitable car brand in the world.

There is a sea of aluminium and carbon bikes out there, but I don't want our bikes to ride like that, or look like that. Our bikes are better than that. They ride better, the last ages, they can even be repaired, they can be easily recycled. Believe me, it is way easier and cheaper to build and aluminium bicycle frame than one made from high end steel. Our unit costs probably have more in common with mainstream carbon fibre frames than the aluminium frames we are often compared with. Again, we do this because we believe it makes a better bike. We believe the effort is worth the reward, the juice is worth the squeeze.

So if you agree with us, or would like to find out more, get a demo and see how much better a combination of steel tubes and radical Longshot geometry can do for you. Join us for a better ride.


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01/10/2019 - Steel is real 2019

Steel is Real 2019

the best yet - here's why...

Steel is real 2019

Last weekend was one of our busiest demos of the year, the Steel is Real Demo Day at the Forest of Dean. After the previous year's challenging weather we were very glad the rain held off, and so were the 50 stoked demo customers we had through the day! Lot of happy riders, with comments like “that's the best bike I've ridden in 30 years!”. A lovely surprise was winning the award for Best Brand, as voted for by the members of the Steel is Real Facebook group. Big thanks to all who voted for us, it really means a lot. We managed a quick spin in the dying light at the end of the day too, which was the icing on the cake. The event had a great atmosphere, with some cool brands doing some great looking bikes, and room for everyone. It's an odd one for us, being pretty much the biggest companies and demo fleets at a show.

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As with last year, we made a weekend of it and held a Cotic CC ride on the Sunday with local legend Paul from FoDMTB. After raining all night, the sun came out for a nice fresh morning, and 12 smiling Cotic owners congregated at Pedalabikeaway. Paul the guide assured us we would be leaving the trail centre immediately for 3 hours of classic FoD singletrack. With the rain overnight, conditions were slippery to say the least, with plenty of polished roots to catch us out. We rode over to 'Dowies' trails which are some of my favourite in the UK. Fast, flowy woodland singletrack littered with well shaped berms and fun stump kickers. Not steep trails, but very little pedalling required for a lot of speed.

The highlight for me was the last trail of the ride, a steep and loose run built for a mini enduro race, which featured a vertical roll in off a fire road, and some tight, off-camber sections. Everyone nailed it though, and we rolled back to the cafe mud spattered and grinning, for a delicious local Wild Boar burger. Big thanks again to Paul who ran a nice relaxed ride on trails selected for the groups ability, including some great challenges. If you are looking to experience what riding in the Forest of Dean is all about, and want to get beyond the trail centre, give FoDMTB a shout.

Plans are afoot for another Cotic CC ride, in the Lake District over the weekend of the Kendal Mountain Festival. Keep an eye on the mailing list and social media channels for the latest.

In other exciting news, this week the main shipment of brand new BFes arrived at Cotic HQ. We are now fully stocked on all colours and sizes, including the new XL size. Place your order this weekend and you could have your new frame or bike in time for next weekend's ride! It's the most fun hardtail we make, and just begs to be thrown down the trails with wreckless abandon. Turns out it's also more than capable of some serious mile munching too. My brother did the Sandstone Way on his earlier this year, 120 mostly off road miles over 3 days through Northumberland. And if that isn't proof enough, this guy is currently tackling the Tour Divide on his Bfe:


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01/10/2019 - New OneUp dropper post options

OneUp Dropper V2.1

New option for more drop

We have been fans of OneUp Components parts right from back when they gave us the option to go 1x10 on our Rocket26s.

Their first generation dropper posts offered a lot of drop for not a lot of insertion, with length tuneable in 10mm increments with shims. It looked like a great option on paper and we got one for Sam. At the time his chosen Demo Tour work steed of a FlareMAX in medium combined with his 5ft 7in height to make seat drop a little tight, due to upsizing his bike. In practice, the fact the seatpost used the outer housing movement to actuate it meant they were difficult to set up on our droplink bikes due to the cable routing around the pivot in the middle of the seat tube, and it was also a little finnicky to keep running, so at the time we decided against offering it to customers. One the flip side, it's been extremely reliable, and you could never accuse Sam's bike of being low mileage and fair weather!

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Earlier this year OneUp released V2 of the seatpost, with more drop options and some refinements. More excitingly for us was the V2.1 option. Supposedly developed for another brands bikes to avoid a seat tube pivot, it's the perfect solution for our bikes. Not only does the V2.1 actuator offset the cable entry from the centre of the post - which now makes for perfect cable alignment within the seat tube of a droplink bike - the V2.1 actuator also uses inner cable pull rather than housing movement, so no more snagging on internal hardware in the frames. Bonza!

Cy has been running a 180mm drop post in his RocketMAX all summer, and it's been great. He had been using a 150mm drop X Fusion Manic which was also great, but the extra drop has been useful on a couple of occasions. Being taller and running an XL size he could run a 210mm drop too.

As a result of this, we soft launched the OneUp V2.1 posts as an option for customers earlier in the summer. They are available now and we have 150mm and 180mm drop options in stock. Other options are available to order, but we'll need to double check your saddle height first. The easiest way to check is to look up the Maximum Seatpost Insertion value on the Geometry and Sizing chart of the Cotic frame you're considering, and then compare it to Dimension F on the diagram on the OneUp Components Website.

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If you're unsure, just put a note on your order when placing it and we'll confirm everything before we build you bike. That's the beauty of buying a bike from us - it's Your Bike Built For You.

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01/10/2019 - Announcing our new Escapade Platinum GRX Build

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Escapade Platinum GRX

Here is our latest addition to the Escapade bike range - the Platinum GRX build.

The Escapade is our swiss army knife of a drop bar bike - road, trails, gravel, commute, adventure, or just out to that quiet place. You know the one.

With the advent of Shimano's new gravel focused GRX groupsets we have used this to introduce a range topping Platinum build with all the tasty bits:

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These are available now for £2,499. We have blue, purple and mercury colours in stock, and remember, we build these bikes to order: That means if you want Horizons instead of Senduros? No problem. All purple Hope bits on your 700c build? Done! Your Bike Built For You.

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26/09/2019 - Last Ever SodaMAX - No more after this

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SodaMAX - Going, Going, Gone!

We are down to our last handful of SodaMAX 2019 Limited Edition frames, and we have decided that this is it, we will not be doing any more SodaMAX. So, if you want some titanium hardtail uber radness in your life, this is your last chance. We are done. Finito. Basta.

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SodaMAX is based on our spectacularly popular and award winning SolarisMAX, with the new titanium frame taking all the fantastic attributes of it's steel sibling and adding a big chunk of weight loss, a subtle and lively ride feel and beautiful bare metal finishes.

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There are just 5 left as of today

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23/09/2019 - Fork Offset - Does It Matter?

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Fork Offset - Does It Matter?

HELM29 forks with 51mm offset aboard a Cotic RocketMAX

Cy explains his views on forks offsets after much testing....

Given some of the chatter that other brands have been pushing recently I've had quite a few emails asking about what fork offset works best and what my thoughts are.

My take on fork offsets is that it's a personal preference, and the marketing budgets of other brands are making it a bigger thing that it actually is.

I have tried the RocketMAX with all the available 29er offsets: 42mm (short, on Lyrics), 44mm (short offset HELM), 46mm (X Fusion McQueen) and 51mm (regular Cane Creek HELM29 and X Fusion Trace 36) and they all handle great. Slightly differently, but good.

With my preferred bar width of 770mm across the grips I do prefer the slightly shorter offset, although I'll be honest I couldn't tell the difference between 42mm, 44mm and 46mm. I have to use 785mm bars to get a similarly calm feel on the 51mm offset as it's more lively around the straight ahead position. The slightly more linear rate of response of the shorter offset works a little better with the narrower bar width.

The Differences

Here are the main differences in handling of the different fork offsets based on running them on a MAX/29er Longshot Geometry Cotic:

Regular / 51mm

51mm offset reduces the trail which makes the handling quicker and lighter around the straight ahead. This makes the bike feel nice and easy and responsive flicking between shallow turns, like down a flow trail. On modern, long geometry bikes with slack head angles, what happens after this as you initiate a tighter turn is the main difference in handling between regular and short offset forks. The longer offset is light around the straight ahead, but as you initiate a turn and lean some angle into the bike, there's a feeling of 'dropping' into the lean. Some people have been known to call this 'wheel flop', but I don't like think of it like that. Long bikes need angle on them to turn, so what you get is quite a noticeable 'drop' into the lean, which is then really secure and stable once you're there, but takes a bit more effort to pick back up out of the turn. This is what I mean by rate-of-change of response. With 51mm offset the steering response is light and easy with the bike upright, then it changes quickly to solid and stable, but the transition happens quite quickly so you have to commit to getting the bike into the turn to make the most of it.

Short / 42 or 44mm

Short offset increases the trail, which makes the handling slower and more stable, which gives a slightly heavier feel around the straight ahead. The key difference between short and regular offset is the more pronounced 'drop' into the lean angle when you initiate a tighter turn isn't there like it is with 51mm offset. The rate of response of the steering is more linear, there's less difference in the steering feel between around the straight ahead and having dropped into a turn. Although the shorter offset is not quite as secure feeling once you've dropped it into the lean angle, it's also easier to pull the bike back upright again. The short offset also shortens the wheelbase and front centre slightly, which makes it a little bit easier to weight the front wheel.

Remember, this is real Princess-and-the-pea stuff. It's my job to be sensitive to these things. I'd be very surprised if anyone getting any of the Cotic 29ers was anything other than really stoked on the handling so long as they had a fork they liked, set up nicely, it will be all good.


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16/09/2019 - Easy Ways Onto A New Cotic

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Easy Way Onto A New Cotic

SodaMAX Ti Loveliness

0% Finance

Unlike a lot of the other brands who sell direct, if you are in the UK we offer 0% Finance. For the last couple of years you have been able to get up to 24 months interest free to get you onto a new Cotic.

We have a finance calculator (click here to have a play) if you want to have a play with options, but for instance, a RocketMAX Gold build bike would be £837 deposit, £138 per month for 24 months.

Our Singletrack Award Nominated Flare frame with Cane Creek shock would be as little as £415 down, £66 per month for the same 24 months. You can get your monthlies down even further if you have a larger deposit too. It's all flexible.

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We have been offering Cyclescheme and Green Commute Initiative options for the UK's salary sacrifice option for a few years as well. The bike news this year is that they have lifted the £1000 cap and allowed 'top ups' where you can pay a bit of your own money for some extras if you have it. That means that rather than being restricted to buying a frame via the scheme, you can now buy complete bikes. We have already had a SolarisMAX Gold build go on Green Commute Initiative.

If they aren't already, you need to get your employer on board with either of these schemes, and then apply for a voucher. Once you have that code your can order your Cotic and send us the details. Simple as that!

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New Offer - Up to 3 Years 0% on Selected Models

Until the end of October, we are offering 3 Years Interest Free Finance on the SodaMAX, FlareMAX and Rocket model lines.

This is for frames and bikes, so you could get yourself on our 2019 Limited Edition SodaMAX ti hardtail frame for £377 deposit and just £39.50 per month. That is a lot of shiny Ti goodness for very small monthly outgoings.

Or if you want some droplink suspension action, a FlareMAX 120 or 132

, or a Rocket frame, are just £363 deposit and £38.50 per month with the Cane Creek DB Air IL shock.

The Rocket even comes in classic Cotic Orange, and everybody know Too Much Orange Is Only Just Enough.

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Remember we have been consistent on all our components sizes with our bikes: Same headset, same BB, same seatpost size. So, if you have one of our earlier droplink bikes, or a hardtail, you could frame swap onto one of our brilliant Longshot geometry bikes very easily and get that new bike feeling.

The only change was moving to Boost from 142 on the 27.5" bikes, and we have Hope Boost conversions in stock. We have got you covered. If you send it your current headset we will even fit it for you. Just pop a note on the order.

To order on Finance, simply tick the box and the bottom of the form, choose your time period and click PLACE PROVISIONAL ORDER. We will then make sure everything is sorted with your order and setup your application. We like to keep an Actual Person involved in the process, which is why it might take a few hours or the next day before your finance application email comes through.

Hopefully that's got you thinking about your next frame or bike. Give us a shout if you have any questions about the finance or the bikes. We're always pleased to hear from you. Drop us a line any time.


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11/09/2019 - The new Cotic BFe

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Cotic BFe 2020

BFe 2020

It feels crazy to think that just 2 years ago the BFe established the blueprint for our Longshot geometry revolution, but it's true. Fast forward to today and Longshot has been rolled out across the range, establishing Cotic as some of the best handling bikes around. Learning from the constant development of our droplink full suspension bikes and our award winning SolarisMAX, we've made a few key tweaks to the Bfe; our genre defying, 27.5", do-it-all hardtail.

The new BFe applies our latest geometry developments, bringing in revised angles and better bike fit. The steeper seat angle puts you in a more effective, central place on the bike; making climbing even easier. We've slackened the head angle by a degree to match this, giving you more confidence than ever on those critical steep trails and fast corners. Optimised around a 140mm fork but can be ridden raced & rallied with anything between 120mm and 160mm. Paired with a 35m stem and low standover from the dropped top tube; this bike handles sharply, and loves to get airborne. Due to popular demand, we've also added an XL size for the first time in the BFe's life.

BFe 2020

Wheel standards are finally calming down and most people are calling for Boost rear spacing to future-proof their purchase. Combined with our Super Clearance stays for the latest generation of 2.6" tyres and you are set for years of fun. From razzing round the BMX track, racing enduros and tearing up trail centres, there's nothing the BFe can't do. Crabapple hits? Done. Podium top steps? Also done.

Frames are £549, and Silver build bikes start from £1799. They are available worldwide with free shipping on frames and bikes throughout western and central Europe, and subsidised shipping to the rest of the world.

BFe 2020

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03/09/2019 - South Lakes Bike Festival

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Bikes, beer and rain

It wouldn't be the Lakes without all 3

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Demo team Sam and Darren spent last weekend at the South Lakes Bike Festival, and despite some pretty Cumbrian weather, had a great time. This laid back and super fun event felt like a breath of fresh air, no racing, no pressure, just sociable riding and a lovely friendly atmosphere; not to mention a party! We took the demo van to the SLBF where plenty of riders took the opportunity to shred some classic Lake District riding on a new Cotic. Some all day rides, some quick hour long laps and grins all round. Longshot geometry really does let you get away with murder on the technical trails surrounding the Kentmere Valley and beyond.

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On the Friday night, local pub the Eagle and Child in Staveley had put on a charity ride to coincide with the festival, so after setting the stand up we rolled down the road to join in with that. I'm not sure how many were in the group, but it was a lot! A challenging climb followed by a screaming descent into Kentmere and we were greeted with a half way point booze stop! We settled for a beer and a bit of cake, leaving the Jagerbombs on this occasion! We needed lights for the last descent, known as Three Rivers, which made flying through the bracken on the fast narrow singletrack feel amazing, like being in a video game. Back to the pub at the end for a delicious Curry and a pint. Plenty of demo riders on the Saturday taking bikes on the various group rides, then a fun evening of local beer and live music, followed by more demos on the Sunday. It's a really nice weekend, and one you should definitely consider for next year. There's plenty to do for all the family and all skill levels. We need more events like this, organised just for the sheer fun of it by good people, we'll definitely be back.


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27/08/2019 - SolarisMAX Back In Stock

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SolarisMAX is BACK

now with British Racing Green

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Our award winning SolarisMAX is back in stock this week. We are hugely pre-sold on these, but most size and colour options are still available from the shipment, so if you are keen on one of these hardtail shredders, order yours now!

Cosmic Black and Red Dwarf colours are back, with Dark Metal replaced by classy British Racing Green. Full gallery of all the colours over on the product page.

The last couple of small Dark Metal frames are available for just £549, saving £100.


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20/08/2019 - Cotic CC Ride Surrey Hills

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Cotic CC

Sam in Surrey

Last Sunday we ran a Cotic CC social ride in the Surrey Hills. I was in the area doing a demo day on the Saturday, and we hadn't done an owners ride down south for quite a long time, so it seemed a perfect opportunity.

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Despite the fairly late notice, we had 13 Cotic riders including team racer Will Easey for a great ride. All set up and ready to roll, and the heavens opened! A warm up lap of Barry Knows Best had a certain 'Pacific North West' feel to it, with the rain falling through tall pine trees on the lush green bracken. After a steep and soggy climb and another trail or two, the sun eventually came out and jackets were stashed.

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Plenty of the riders who came had never experienced Surrey's plethora of excellent trails before, big thanks go to Dan from Hunt Wheels, who came along on his Flare and took us to trails I would never have found. It was a muddy one, but the trails still rode fast with plenty of grip. There was a great mix of bikes in the group from Souls to RocketMAXs, including a lovely SodaMAX dripping in Hope bling. We've got plenty in the pipeline for Cotic CC events, keep an eye on the mailing list to be the first to hear the latest news.

Cotic CC

Meanwhile James Swinden AKA Swinny AKA Rocketman and co-team rider Wes Fife were out racing in Innerleithen. Despite injuries, crashes, tight transfers and the relentless Scottish climbs both boys got stuck in and came in the Top 10, they quite rightly came away smiling. Well done lads! Here are their race photos...

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13/08/2019 - Is Mixed Wheel Size The Future?

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Is Mixed Wheel Size The Future?

Cy Writes.....

You might have heard much talk on the race scene and beyond this year about mixed wheel sizes; so-called mullet bikes. Business up front, party out back? 29" front wheels, 27.5" rear wheels. As usual, there has been a lot of hot air, a lot informed and not-so-informed chatter, hand waving and general pontificating.

As it's my job to get involved with new trends and see if they might result in better bikes, I ran a 27.5 x 2.6" tyre on the back of my RocketMAX earlier in the year for a few weeks. I didn't really notice much difference. It wasn't some big break through, but it wasn't awful either. Actually, I tell a lie: When I just put a 27.5" rear wheel in the bike, it was fairly awful, but nothing to do with smaller rear wheels being a bad idea in general, just for my bike. The 27.5" rear wheel dropped the BB about 10mm from an already low position and slackened the already very slack (63.5 deg as standard) RocketMAX head angle into the 62's. As I have mentioned before, we got to where we are with Longshot geometry because I went even slacker than we currently offer on our bikes, and found it was making the handling worse again. I talk about this in the first Downtime Podcast I did all about the Longshot Geometry development. The short story is, we went too far, too slack, too low, then came back to an optimum for production. The smaller rear wheel pushed the geometry back into 'too far' again. After a bit of geometry tweaking to get the angles and BB height back where I wanted them, the bike worked great, but as I said, it wasn't some massive difference or revelation.

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After this testing I got talking to Chris at Downtime Podcast about what I had found, and he put forward a point about it possibly suiting shorter riders better than me. I like 29" wheels, and at 6ft 3in there are pretty much no drawbacks to running them. Chris at 5ft 8in on his FlareMAX 132 found he sometimes caught his rear wheel on his shorts in steep terrain and it was certainly something he considered when moving around on the bike, and maybe a 27.5" rear wheel would suit better? As I had a rear wheel all ready to go thanks to our friends at HUNT giving me an Enduro Wide 27.5 to use, along with a big WTB 27.5 x 2.6 Trail Boss, I sent it over. As the FlareMAX isn't quite as the extremes of angles as the RocketMAX (it has a 65 deg head angle), Chris found he could quite happily drop the 27.5" rear wheel into his bike with no adverse effects or need for hardware changes to make it work right. In the end I think it was just a slightly tweak to shock and fork pressures and that was it.

We then got together with a stop watch and a couple of different bikes to get some data, and then we had a chat about it. Grab a coffee and see what we thought. Are they the future? Listen and find out.....


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07/08/2019 - Announcing our FlareMAX 132 Pack frameset and complete bikes

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new FlareMAX 132 Pack

more travel

You've all heard how versatile the Longshot FlareMAX is and how it carries speed over rocky terrain like a bike with much more travel.

Well, we thought what would it be like if it had more travel?

The answer is... even better!

By increasing the stroke on the rear shock to 50mm we've brought the rear wheel travel up to 132mm, and given it an extra dose of speed without sacrificing any agility on singletrack or climbs. As the shock length is unchanged form the standard FlareMAX the static geometry is unaltered so there are no downsides.

FlareMAX 132

Our 132 Pack is available as a frame and shock, and in multiple levels of complete bike build... from Silver up to Platinum.

We have two Cane Creek shocks available to take your FlareMAX up to 132mm rear travel, the DB AirIL, which is a no cost option on the complete bike builds, or the DB Air CS Piggyback which is a £200 upgrade available when customising the builds.

With this extra travel and speed you'll be wanting a front end set up on your bike to inspire confidence, so we've fitted our 132 Pack builds with the super stiff, super tuneable X Fusion Trace 36 HLR fork with 140mm of travel. The Cane Creek Helm Air is also available with 140mm of travel for just £150 extra when customising your build.

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"132" decal is removable, and we'll supply spares in multiple colours

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complete bike builds use the stout, controllable Trace36 HLR at 140mm travel, or upgrade to Helm

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the DB Air CS Piggyback shock is available as an upgrade over the DB AirIL

The 132 Pack is available now with frame and shock starting from £1749, and complete bikes starting with the Silver 132 build at £3249.


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02/08/2019 - Cotic Women of Steel Ride Out

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Cotic's Women of Steel is a group encouraging more women to get out riding bikes and meeting other like-minded women. We're hoping to get more women out on the trails and share the joy of cycling.

For this Ride Out we went out to Sherwood Pines, a place that some women in the group rode weekly, and some of us had never been. It seemed like the perfect place to meet up and be showed around.

Cotic Women of Steel ride out Sherwood Pines

We've had some terrible weather recently (especially those in North Yorkshire! Poor Ard Rock), so a few women opted to miss out on this ride, completely understandably... I wondered whether or not to pack my snorkel. It was great to see familiar faces and a new one join us as we got ourselves ready to hit the red trail.

Women of Steel at Sherwood Pines

Dodging the puddles we wove our way through the trails - quickly accepting that we were going to have soggy feet and get very muddy! We visited the DH track and encouraged each other to start at the top of the start ramp, quite a daunting thing when you haven't been on one before. We all did it and got a real buzz! We had a great time and I look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Cotic Women of Steel ride out Sherwood Pines

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02/08/2019 - Cotic CC Bolehills

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BMX track razzing

Cotic CC at Bolehills

For July's Cotic CC event we headed to the legendary (and we don't use that word lightly) Bolehills BMX track. First built in 1983, it has nurtured and refined the skills of thousands of cyclists over the last 35 years. Going through many phases of regeneration, the latest crew, headed up by our own Dave Camus, have created a masterpiece of flow. Gareth A Line uses the track to teach fundamentals, and riders travel from all over the country to surf the white waves.

Cotic CC at Bolehills

The rain put off a fair few but with the Cotic Women Of Steel session running at the same time, we had a couple of die-hards turn up. The WoS aren't made of sugar!

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Progressing quickly from the pump track to the main track, there were smiles all round as the first-timers begun to unlock the magic secrets of "the pump".

Cotic CC at Bolehills
Cotic CC at Bolehills
Cotic CC at Bolehills

Even Baybutt, part time mechanic Antti, new demo guide Darren and Hannah (THE Woman of Steel) got involved.

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Want to see the majestic Bolehills for yourself? Of course you do! Track info is here
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31/07/2019 - Ardrock 2019 cancelled

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After the awful news about the floods up in Swaledale, Ard Rock is understandably cancelled this weekend because of the dangerous conditions and the clean up that will be required. Our thoughts go out to all the people of this wonderful area, and we will be back whenever they are ready for us.


22/07/2019 - Hope EVO Cranks Now Available on Cotic Bikes

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Hope EVO Cranks Now Available

Hope have recently updated their cranks, and we rather like the look of them. The usual Hope made-in-the-UK goodness, in all the colours. We have added them at a £100 upcharge option on the Gold XT spec bikes, in your choice of colour. Given that the Gold XT bike comes with Hope headset and seatclamp, and the no cost option of Hope wheels, you can really get your colour coordination on with some of these cranks.

(Sorry, due to warranty reasons we can't offer them with SRAM)


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17/07/2019 - Recall on RocketMAX Longshot Large and XL Sized Frames

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RocketMAX Recall and Repair

Official Statement - 17th July 2019

It has come to light recently that there is a fatigue life problem with the large and XL size RocketMAX introduced in November 2018. As a result, Cotic is issuing a recall on all large and XL RocketMAX frames produced since the start of the production run. The safety of our owners is of utmost important to us, and therefore we had to issue the recall.

We have now had 3 fatigue failures of high mileage frames where the rider as done nothing but ride their bike a lot. No massive jumps, nothing ridiculous, these frames have just been ridden a lot, and have failed at the seat tube/BB weld. This is where the lab test frames fail at very high cycles on the fatigue test, having well exceeded the legal and our company requirements. Whilst three might not seem many in the context of a production run, these are the kind of failures that should only happen years and years into the life of a bike, if at all. For this many to have manifested in a matter of months means something is not right, and therefore we had to act.

The frame design (in XL size) went through the entire suit of ISO4210 tests (you might know them better at CEN tests, the name when it was a European, rather than International Standard), through other tests I devised which go well above and beyond ISO testing, and then went back on the rig with the horizontal ISO load case and did nearly the entire test again before failing – therefore demonstrating nearly double the fatigue life of the legal requirements. This same tubeset has been in production for 18 months on the Rocket with just a single failure in several hundred frames sold. The same down tube has been in use throughout the droplink range since it's re-introduction in 2015. The frames went into production based on these facts backed up with years of ride testing prototypes using a similar tubeset.

My conclusion is that these frames, in large and XL sizes, are longer than anything else we have yet produced using this tubeset. Despite exceeding all requirements both I and the law have for them, the down tube bending due to shock loading in regular riding conditions experienced by these fast, radical bikes, is slightly overstressing the BB/seat tube weld and reducing the fatigue life. We have had no similar issue on small and medium frames, and these have tubes sizes and lengths within the spectrum of other bikes in the range with good service records, with fatigue stresses below that of the larger frames, so they are not subject to recall.

If you have a small or medium RocketMAX from the current model year, or any 1st generation frame (green or fast red from 2016-18) these are completely fine, and sales of current model year frames continue on these sizes unaffected by the Recall and Repair.

To fix the situation, we are adding two small gusset plates either side of this joint, which stress analysis shows reduces the stress in the weld by 20%. Because of the way fatigue life works, just a small reduction in stress massively increases the fatigue life. To give you a feel for this, a 20% reduction in stress in the XL RocketMAX down tube brings the stress down to roughly the same as experienced by the medium sized original Rocket 275, which experienced no failures of this nature at all to my knowledge.

This isn't a recall and replace. This is a wasteful practice – which the bike industry is very guilty of perpetrating. It is highly likely the large and XL frames haven't cracked, but we don't want to wait for this to happen and end up with a scrap frame, and potentially riders hurt. We want to fix this. Because we are working with Five Land on this, we are doing a Recall and Repair. No scrapping of otherwise perfectly good frames. No needless use of the worlds resources. One of the joys of using steel, and manufacturing in the UK.

If you are interested in a large or XL RocketMAX, we will be back in full production at the end of September

If you have any questions regarding this issue, email me personally on cy@cotic.co.uk

Cy Turner

Founder and Director

Cotic Bikes


05/07/2019 - Cotic Demo Days

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Cotic Calver Demo Day

Last weekend's demo from Cotic's HQ in the Peak District was a hot one! Saturday 6th July we'll be at the brilliant Hamsterley Forest for an open demo day. There will be three group demo rides from the Grove Car Park, each lasting between an hour and 90 minutes. Rides leave the car park at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30. To book on any of these please call 07398 189114 and let us know which bikes and sizes you're interested in. The route will be on red grade trails at a sociable pace.

Cotic Calver Demo Day

New demo guy Darren will be bringing the demo van to Thetford Forest on Saturday 13th July. He'll be running 3 group demo rides from the Thetford Warren Lodge car park, at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30. If you'd like to book onto this demo get in touch in the usual way; demo@cotic.co.uk or 07398 189114. This will be Darren's first solo demo on the road, so be nice!

We are now taking bookings for our Irish demo trip, with open demos at Davagh and Castlewellen on 20th and 21st July, and we're also taking bookings for the Ard Rock Enduro Festival, the best event of the year! If you're coming to Ard Rock and want to test out a Cotic, let us know which one and which size so we can make sure it's in the van.

Take a look at our demo calendar for the upcoming announced demo dates, more announced soon.


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10/06/2019 - Women of Steel Black Rocks Ride

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Women of Steel

Ride Out

Cotic Women of Steel

Yesterday was the second Women of Steel Ride Out, but Hannah's first! After missing out on the first one due to illness I (Hannah) was very keen to get out and enjoy this one. Ambassador Kelly Jayne has been so excited to show us around her local trails, where she regularly goes to build and maintain the trails. It was somewhere new to ride for many of us, and Kelly Jayne made the perfect guide as she knew the woods so well.

Starting the ride with quite a sudden warm up uphill to Black Rocks, if you've been before you know what I'll mean! We were relieved to make it to the top and enjoyed the sunshine and views across the valley. The first couple of climbs and descents were fantastic, rocky boulders and techy in places. We chatted up the climbs and cheered eachother on down the descents.

Cotic Women of Steel Ride Out

We then made our way back down the hill on some challenging trails, so different to what I normally ride - in a good way! The sun continued to shine, and we only came across this one puddle...

Cotic Women of Steel

We headed back in the search of cake and went to Lea Gardens. If you haven't visited the Rhododendron gardens before I can highly recommend, the food, drink and cake were lovely and it's run by local mountain bikers who had some great tips and knowledge of the trails.

Cotic Women of Steel Ride Out

We then headed out to Bow Woods for more fantastic trails. I had a little 'lay down' and got a nettle sting to the eyelid(?!). I really loved these new-to-me trails and riding with these friendly, supportive women. It's all about getting out, meeting up and enjoying the outdoors. If you'd like to join in on our women's rides then join our Facebook group and look out for the next event.

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30/05/2019 - Will Easey's race report

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Factory Team rider Will Easey places 2nd on the podium.

After a late night drive, leaving Surrey at 9pm to get to the Minehead BEMBA Enduro Series Rnd 3, I finally arrived at the venue at 12:30am. I pulled up and didn't want to make much noise so I parked the van literally on the entrance. I thought everything was fine until it came to about 2am and realised how uncomfortable it is to sleep on an un-level surface, the van was at a severe angle meaning I was rolling out of my bed...

The race went great, venue was amazing and I will definitely be going back!! DUST!!! Managed to only get in 7 runs in, but stoked with a 2nd place and FTOTD on stage 7!

Keep up with how Easey gets on with this race series on his Instagram, link below.

Will Easey

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24/05/2019 - Guy Kes TV Rides The Flare

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Guy Kes TV Rides The Flare

As you probably know we launched our fourth Longshot droplink bike a few weeks ago - the Flare 650b trail bike. It's our fun, involving trail dancer.

In order to get across exactly what the bike is about, and why you'd choose this option in these days of super capable 29er trail bikes and mega fast enduro bikes (we have you covered with FlareMAX, Rocket and RocketMAX in those genres though!), Guy Kes TV is back in his inimitable fashion, raving about this "Jason Statham" of a bike. You'll have to watch the video to find out what we're talking about!

Green Cotic Flare

The Flare is in stock now in all sizes in green, and lead time is around 6 weeks on black, so order now for mid-July. We also have all the sizes available in demo, so get in touch on demo@cotic.co.uk to book a ride. Our next bike demo is Transcend Festival at Innerleithen. Head over to their website to get on the Mega Bike Demo.


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21/05/2019 - Women of Steel Interview

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Women of Steel

WideopenMag Interview

Pete Scullion got in touch with a few interview questions about Women of Steel. Hannah having never had to respond to a journalist asking questions before it was quite exciting! We'll soon be announcing the next Ride Outs, keep your eyes peeled. Have a read of the Wideopen mag interview

Bike Rafting photos by Nick Kowalski

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08/05/2019 - Steel City DH 2019

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Steel City DH

2019

SCDH 2019

Steel City DH, better than Christmas? The biggest little race sees hundreds of racers take to the popular hillside at Grenoside, Sheffield. Cotic has the same spot every year by the infamous bombhole, and we soak up the buzzing atmosphere, as well as the great coffee and beer on offer.

The Cotic Factory Race Team were all racing this year, it was great to have everyone in the same place, everyone was feeling good and keen to get out there and race. Wes Fife (racing 17-18 boys) had a brilliant practice and race runs, couple of mistakes on the corners didn't bother him, he really enjoyed the race - and that's what matters! He finished in 5th, and only a second off the podium.

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More close racing for Will Easey racing in Seniors. The crowd was loving his stylish riding, getting plenty of cheers! He finished 4th with a fraction of a second off the podium. Steel City always sees incredibly tight racing!

Swinny AKA Rocketman was flying on his new RocketMAX, finishing 12th in the Pros. In other Rocketman news, Swinny has kicked off his European Continental Series campaign with a really strong 16th overall in Spain the other weekend. The Continental Series are a new set of races from the Enduro World Series where each Continent runs a series of EWS level one day races as a stepping stone from National to International racing. Having won the PMBA Series twice in a row in 16-17, Swinny was looking for the next challenge, but the level at EWS is so high and the races so arduous these days that those took their toll last year. The ECS gives us a chance to put together a whole series, without the massive 4 day race format often used in EWS. This is a great start and we're looking forward to seeing how this works out for the rest of the season. Bets of luck to him, and keep watch on his progress!

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Big ups to ambassador and friend A-Line Coaching Gaz, who finished 3rd in Masters. He's loving his new Rocket, and has been working hard to get it set up perfectly for this race, it clearly paid off. Well done Gaz!

HUGE congrats to Team rider Chay Granby who won Vets. You earned that! Amazing result, what a great start to the season. Well done Chay, we're so proud. Thanks everyone that came by the stand and cheered our team on this year, much appreciated. So, that was another 'Better than Christmas', see you next year Steel City.

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03/05/2019 - Cotic CC Coaching day

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Cotic CC

A Line Coaching day

Cotic CC Coaching day

Who wouldn't want to be just that little bit faster, more controlled or just plain rad on a bike? Even a little bit. Well we roped in Gaz from A Line coaching to run a class exclusively for Cotic owners at Greno woods.

As ever, the mailing list was the first and (since it sold out so fast) the only place to hear about the event. Gaz suggested a day at Greno for a mix of fundamentals & flow. A full day in the woods with time split between laps of the track and skills in the flat section at the entrance to the woods.

It's almost impossible not to get something out of days like this. Gaz's infectious enthusiasm brings joy to the seemingly simplest of tasks; look where you're going and bend your elbows more! Who'd have thought it huh? Everyone found themselves going faster, smoother and with more confidence than at the start of the day so what more is there to say?

As far as upgrades to your bike go, how's about an upgrade for yourself? If you want to book on to his next course then follow THIS link and see what you are capable of. Keep your eyes on the newsletter for the next Cotic CC event - you can sign up HERE if you're not already on it.


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02/05/2019 - SPRING PARTY 2019

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SPRING PARTY 2019

Mostly wet, fully awesome. Yeah, OK, the last few spring parties were hot and sunny so we were owed a grim one! Rain all day, punctuated by short bouts of perfect Peaks sunshine. That didn't put anyone off though...

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Forge Roasters came through and delivered enough coffee to keep an elephant caffinated for a season. We had a huge stack of Wild Trail snacks, sweets, fruit & stickers, not to mention crates of Abbeydale Beers for later. Three laps of the demo loop went off without a hitch whilst Kingud, Hunt Wheels & Polaris Bikewear set up their stalls. People arriving for the Cotic Women of Steel ride or the Cotic CC owners rides could pick up some bargains and have a good natter in between the showers. The Women Of Steel ride was really well attended and you can read all about it here and how you can get involved with the next one.

The Cotic CC group rides were fully booked and full of smiles. People who'd just turned up for a look were handed a bike and were gently encouraged to come with us for a pedal. The fire road descent back to Calver Village reminded us of the Megavalanche with the wide open tracks and hideous undertakes! Stoke was high as we climbed up past Riley Graves and dropped into the rowdy side of the loop for the final descents back to HQ.

Toll Bar Fish & Chips supplied the scran for after the ride. As we rolled back into the warehouse we were greeted with a full-on party atmosphere; beer, food and that incomparable buzz from a great day out in the fresh air with friends.

Spring Party 2019

Even when the weather isn't playing ball, we still know how to throw a great party. We can't wait to see you at the next one.


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02/05/2019 - MBUK : 60 Seconds with Cy Turner

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60 Seconds with Cy Turner MBUK
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29/04/2019 - Women of Steel Ride Out

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Women of Steel

Ride Out

Hannah's update: On Saturday it was Cotic's annual Spring Party. As part of this we hosted the very first Women of Steel Ride Out. It's been so exciting being part of this group of awesome women and I couldn't wait to meet and ride with everyone!

Women of Steel

Saturday saw Storm Hannah (well named) come in and the weather turn from what has been glorious to somewhat soggy. Sadly I was so full of cold there was no way I could ride or go out sharing germs around! Kelly-Jayne, our fantastic ambassador, stepped up to lead the ride.

Women of Steel

Although it was soo soggy we had 16 riders on our first Women of Steel Ride Out - what a brilliant turn out! Thanks to everyone for coming along and making the first Ride Out a huge success. Everyone had a great time.

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We are the Women of Steel. Smiling faces and out riding our bikes. See you at the next one.

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26/04/2019 - SPRING PARTY 2019

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SPRING PARTY 2019

Tomorrow is our annual Spring Party! We're throwing our doors open all day for you guys to come down, hang out, ride bikes, drink beer and eat chips.

There are demo rides all morning, which are all fully booked I'm afraid, but you are welcome to pop down to Cotic HQ from 11am to hang out. We'll have a few of our friends along exhibiting and selling their wonderful products; Polaris Bikewear, Kingud Products and Hunt wheels. Coffee is provided by the good people of Forge Roasters who will have Keep Cups to sell as well. Bring your own re-usable cup if you have one, its always best to minimise waste. We'll have Wild Trail energy bars for everyone, and there will be beers from the excellent local favourites Abbeydale Brewery.

The very first Women of Steel ride departs at 11:30, with limited spaces left. We're super excited about this, look out for lots more in the coming weeks.

There will be 2 Cotic Owners Rides in the afternoon, staggered, leaving at 14:00 and 15:00. Very limited spaces left on both, with a little more room on the 3pm ride. If you're booked on, make sure you're here nice and early, we're aiming for wheels rolling at the above times.

Food wise, we've hooked up with the award winning Toll Bar Chippy just down the road, we'll be taking orders in the afternoon, aiming to get everyone's chippy tea delivered to us when the last owners ride is back. Worth bringing some lunch if you're here all day, but there is a well stocked shop and cafe in Calver, about 5 mins walk or 2 mins ride.

We'll all be around, so please drop by and check out all things Cotic, we'll see you from 11am. We'll be hanging around for a while after the last ride to share the stoke over chips and beers. Looks like it might be wise to bring waterproofs too!


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24/04/2019 - SodaMAX 2019

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SodaMAX 2019

2019 Limited Edition is here

Surprise! We managed to pull the delivery date of the 2019 Limited run of SodaMAX frames forward a few weeks. They arrive today!

SodaMAX

If you missed it last year, the SodaMAX is based on our spectacularly popular SolarisMAX, with the new titanium frame takeing all the fantastic attributes of it's steel sibling and adding a big chunk of weight loss, a subtle and lively ride feel and beautiful bare metal finishes.

SodaMAX

The 2018 Limited Edition sold through in just 15 days, so these won't wait around long!

Loads more amazing photos
over on the product page

The 2019 Limited Edition SodaMAX is just 30 frames - 15 brushed, 15 polished, in the full range of sizes. 11 are already allocated to customers. 19 left!

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18/04/2019 - Cotic CC at Revs

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Cotic CC

at Revolution Bike Park

Our second Cotic CC event couldn’t have been much more different from the first. A far cry from the warm wooden skatepark lay Revolution Bike Park. The only seeming similarities were the two wheels underneath our handlebars but even then that’s stretching a point.

The event sold out really fast - a private uplift session at one of the UK’s best downhill locations - who’d have thought it?! We had A LIne’s coach Gaz Jones on hand for guiding and basic pointers but the rest of the time the riders were on their own. Our email inbox was full of messages the week before both enjoying the fact that a mid-week ride felt like a great skive, and that Revs is a serious place and they might be a bit out of their depth. If you’ve never been then you would be forgiven for thinking that - it’s no walk in the park but it’s so well built you find yourself trusting the trail builders and rolling into seemingly impossible shoots and off monster jumps with almost gleeful abandon.

The day started with getting people set on various demo bikes and a very nervous first uplift in the fabled land rovers. We rolled down the Freeride line to start off as it’s the smoothest and flattest but like all tracks at Revs, there’s extra spice round every corner. After the warm up we nudged our way onto the tighter, steeper trails until all of a sudden, almost the whole crew was slithering their way down the most gnarly, technical tracks the UK has to offer.

Cotic CC at Revs

Lunch from the burger van sounds sketchy but the team at Revs source their burgers from a local farm and the skin-on chips & hot chocolate filled a mighty hole we’d created. After a rest we headed back up and thought now was the time - if there ever was one - to tackle Ffarside. The ‘purple’ graded trail on the far side of the hill. Steep, loose, fast and wild are just some of the adjectives that spring to mind. Most would say ‘terrifying’ but the kind where you know it’s all your fault for putting yourself in this position and only you can get yourself out of it. Short story - we all survived - and went back up for more.

We can’t recommend Revs highly enough. An efficient uplift, world class trails and the best burger van for lunch. You don’t need much more - except no crowds, which is where we come in! Huge thanks to the whole team there and especially Gaz from A Line coaching for all the advice and support when we all needed it the most. Get a trip booked - you won’t regret it.


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17/04/2019 - Kate Potter - Women of Steel

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Women of Steel

Kate Potter's story

You may have heard us mention the brilliant AQR Holidays before, or that time a Cotic was ridden at the World Champs (still getting our head round that!).

The woman behind these is Kate Potter. A talented Aussie who caught the eye of the National Team coach and took her Cotic Soda to the Thredbo World Champs 2009. She's still riding Cotics, only now in the glorious Pyrenees, guiding and coaching. We asked her if she'd like to be involved with our new group 'Women of Steel'. This group aims to encourage women into our amazing sport, and who better to inspire and encourage you than Kate?

Kate Potter

Portugal is where I discovered mountain biking, and met my future husband Ian, 17 years ago. I had booked myself on a mountain bike holiday without understanding what mountain biking was at the time. I was captivated by the glossy brochure of people riding bikes in the Portuguese sunshine and enticed by the idea of discovering a new country on two wheels.

However, what I didn't realise it that I'd be riding with two ex elite down hill racers! When the guide asked me what experience I had on a mountain bike I wanted to hide. I had to admit I didn't even know what a mountain bike even looked like, let alone how to ride one at the time! My fears were soon forgotten though, as by the end of the first day on a mountain bike I was hooked! I loved the freedom I experienced flowing down the single track, followed by the accomplishment of climbing a hill as there was always a fantastic view and a descent to follow on the other side.

I was also drawn to the social side of the sport; my first mountain bike holiday brought 10 strangers together. For one week I felt part of a very close knit group who never made me feel like my inexperience was a problem for them as I fumbled my way along technical single track. I really had no idea about suspension or what gear choice meant at the time. My mantra was ride straight towards every obstacle, pedal fast, hold on and see what happened. Thankfully it was only one crash before Ian taught me a few basic skills to stay upright...1 year later we married and I entered my first race!

Kate Potter

In 2009 the Mountain Bike World Championships were being held in Australia at Mount Stromlo located in Canberra. It was a really special day for me, not only because I was representing my country, but just as importantly I was representing Cotic. Although I was born in Australia, it was the UK where I developed my skills as a mountain bike rider. My husband Ian had taught me the basic skills of how to ride a bike, but when he was guiding in Greece and I was working in the UK, both Cy and Paul encouraged me to ride with their group on a Wednesday nights and weekends.

I remember at one of my first night rides seeing Cy turn up on a bike he designed, this was before Cy had even considered starting Cotic. I remember very clearly Ian telling me he was going to pester Cy for one of those bikes as he really loved how it felt when he rode it. And a few years later Cy designed my perfect race bike - The Cotic Soda! This particular Cotic Soda in this photo helped me achieve a British National Series title in both cross country and marathon racing, as well as my best results at world cup racing. I will never part from this bike and we have plans to hang it on the wall when our Luchon Bike Centre is finished. I would never have experienced such an amazing day on the bike if it weren't for Cy and Paul from Cotic. Racing a Cotic bike at the world championships in Australia was the highlight of my race career.

KATE WORLDS

Fast forward 17 years and I can look back on a fantastic career that included mountain bike guiding and racing all over the world. During this time I made new friends and hopefully played a part in helping other women get involved in mountain biking too. I have also seen huge changes in the industry in regards to the technology and the growing demand for enduro style bikes, riding and racing. When I started mountain biking it was either cross country or down hill...these days I just prefer to call myself a mountain biker as I like all aspects of the sport. What hasn't changed is the way in which mountain biking continues to create a community for people.

Kate Potter

I know Cotic also value the community aspect of mountain biking as can be seen in their support for the Sheffield mountain bike trails, their own race team and now the 'Women of Steel' community group. I must admit when I stopped racing I felt quite lost for a while as I really missed being part of the Cotic community. However I was burnt out and needed a change from the demands and pressure I put on myself to race to the best of my ability. When I stopped racing there was always a part of me that wanted to reconnect with the Cotic community in some way and to return to when I had the most fun on the bike. So I'm really thrilled to be invited to be part of a new community 'Women of Steel' and can't wait to connect with other female mountain bikers out there.


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12/04/2019 - Escapade

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Escapade

Enjoy the commute

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What do you do on the coldest day of the year so far? Well, you obviously bivvy overnight in an abandoned shed and pedal to work in the snow!
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Get where you need to be, with a smile, on the Cotic Escapade. The ultimate road / gravel / highway & byway "life" bike. 700c or 27.5+ wheels with all-carbon forks.


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12/04/2019 - Women of Steel

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Super happy to introduce Cotic Women of Steel. A new space for riders to meet up, plan adventures, learn skills and get more involved with this amazing sport. Follow @coticwomenofsteel on Instagram and search Cotic Women of Steel on Facebook to join the group and start the ball rolling. Unlike the #coticCC, this is for ALL female riders, not just those on one of our bikes so feel free to get in touch no matter what you ride. The first ride-out is at our Spring Party on April 27th at 11.30am. #coticwomenofsteel


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10/04/2019 - Best Of British with MBR Magazine

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Best of britsh with mbr magazine

Somewhat like the terroir of a wine, dirt, weather and the location of that dirt inform and flavour the outlook and products of a bike brand. Whilst also building bikes that work for the market, for us as riders and taking account of our ethical concerns as a business, Cotic bikes are also unmistakeably influenced by our local trails and our friends who ride with us.

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MBR have come up with a series called Best Of British, which aims to explore this idea with a bunch of British brands, the first of which was us. Sim came over to talk to Cy about what makes him and the brand tick, and what specific local trails and conditions have informed the bikes.

Cy on Devil's Elbow near Sheffield, photo Sim Mainey Cy on Blue Steel at Lady Cannings near Sheffield, photo Sim Mainey

It's published in this months' edition of the magazine, so if you're a subscriber or usually pick up a copy make sure you give the feature a read. The photos are pure magic, because Cy remembers the conditions being considerably more disgusting than it looks!

If you're not a usual MBR reader, then head over to their website and have a read.


Read the Best Of British Cotic Feature on MBR…


27/03/2019 - Cotic Flare

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Cotic Flare

For those of you that follow us here at Cotic you'll have noticed that there's been a hole in our droplink range of bikes for a little while. After a long wait that hole has finally been plugged with the arrival of the latest Flare; the final bike in the range to get the Longshot treatment.

And it's not for want of trying. We've actually been working on the new Flare for around 18 months, with Paul leading the development. However we realised last summer that, although the geometry was sorted, we needed a particular linkage rate for this bike that we simply weren't going to achieve without a fairly major re-design and re-approval of the larger sizes. Rather than release a bike simply because it was currently off sale, we worked the extra few months designing and developing and lab testing the new design. And here we are now.

Like the RocketMAX, the Flare front triangle is made and the frame is fully finished in the UK by Five Land Bikes up in Scotland. And here it is!

Flare

Splicing the DNA of the Rocket with the swift and subtle feel of our legendary Soul, it's a lively trail bike, and a brilliant all rounder.

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Longshot geometry ensures it's confident and calm in pretty hectic situations, but where the Flare excels is tight, close quarters technical trail work. Wiggly singletrack, rooty tech, trialsy manoeuvres. The Flare is a technical trail tearaway. Lighter and easier to move around than our MAX 29er bikes, with more compact dimensions than the enduro focused Rocket, and droplink suspension brings more capability than our hardtails. The Flare ducks and weaves, pops and wheelies, scrabbles and clambers in and out of the tightest spaces

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As a droplink bike, it shares all of the clever features we include across the range, including the integrated One Up top guide and double duty seatstay pivot / brake bolt.

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Follow the link below to read more about our new Flare

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The new Flare…


19/03/2019 - We Are Hiring - Part Time Sale, Demo and Mechanic

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We are hiring!

Part Time Sales/Demo/Mechanic Role

Peak District Based with UK Travelling Required

Cotic is a growing bike company based in the Peak District, specialising in high performance bikes which we design and develop, market, distribute and sell directly ourselves. We now need a new member to join our team to help expand our demo service provision and make best use of the demo fleet and premises.

We have a core team of 7 people, so you have the opportunity to have a big impact on the company and the future direction we will take.

Our current demo service has our demo rep out on the road 3 weekends in 4, and this is supported by a demo administrator and our workshop to keep the fleet running. However, our fleet is now of a size that we can't get it all on the van every weekend, and demand for the demo service is incredibly high. With the 'off' weekends and annual leave the van and fleet are under-used for around 17 weekends per year, and with being increasing busy in production the workshop capacity to maintain the fleet is getting limited.

The role on offer is aiming to solve all of these capacity problems. It is 3 days per week, working 3 weekends in 4. For 2 of the 3 weekends per month you work you will be based at our premises at Calver in the Peak District, running local demos around our mapped demo loops, letting people Factory Collect their bikes, allow potential customers to come and have a look at the bikes and a chat about them, helping customers choose and specify their new Cotic. It's very much a sales role.

For the one weekend each month you will be out on the road in our demo van delivering demos on our demo reps' weekend off. You will liaise with our other demo rep and our demo administrator regarding the organisation of these trips, and you will be expected to accompany demo rides, set up customers with bikes, and run formal and informal demos in locations around the UK.

On your 'off' week you will work your three days on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at our base in the Peak District. There is some flexibility in these days with prior agreement from a Director and the Demo Team.

The weekends you will be on the road or at Calver will vary, and will be based around the demands of the main demo tour, and other annual leave and company requirements. A level of flexibility on hours, days worked and which weekends you are on the road will be required. We will strive to keep things planned out in good time and to keep to some level of 'beat rate', but it's simply not always possible so this needs to be considered when applying.

On the Friday before each weekend at the premises, and during your weekdays working during your 'off weekend' week, you will be expected to prepare and maintain the demo fleet in top condition, catalogue and order replacement parts, clean the bikes and generally keep everything in great condition.

For the sales and the on-the-road demo service you will be confident and easily approachable, happy to talk to groups or one-to-one, technically adept, with a good knowledge of cycling and mountain biking in particular. You will be on the road our your own, or at our premises on your own, so you will be self-starting, calm, enthusiastic, flexible and highly committed. You will be able to work with little direction, and be confident and creative enough to make decisions in the field.

These two elements of the role require you to be able to setup demo riders and customers on their bikes, as well as keeping the fleet running. Although brand specific training will be provided, a high level of mountain bike mechanic skills is essential.

No bike industry experience is required, but mechanical aptitude definitely is. Given this is broadly a traditional bike shop sales/mechanic type role, industry experience will be an advantage. A First Aid certificate would be useful, but training will be provided in its absence. The successful applicant will be first and foremost organised, happy to work alone, a fast learner, and a problem solver. You will be good with people, and happy to talk to customers. Be patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You will be computer literate – competent with email, spreadsheets, data entry, social media, e-commerce systems. Some basic HTML would be useful but not essential as we will train you. You need a clean UK driving licence in order to get insurance our on demo van.

This position is 75% office/warehouse based, 22.5 hours per week, working mostly weekends with one weekend in four on the road as explained above. It is a permanent, salaried position. Salary offered is £12,500 per year, and includes a bonus scheme connected with overall company performance. Benefits include a Workplace Pension, a company bike, branded riding clothing for demo duties, access to all Cotic's trade accounts for bike parts at cost, and 15 days per year annual leave (pro rata) plus bank holidays. There will be an initial 6 month trial period with an option to finish at that point from both sides.

Please submit a CV and covering letter via email to cy@cotic.co.uk or post it to us at:

Cotic Bikes

Unit 6 Calver Works

Calver

Hope Valley

S32 3XH

UK

Closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 5th April.


12/03/2019 - Cotic Team Weekend

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Cotic Corportate Golf Retreat

A couple of weekends ago we got our new full race team and all the staff together and headed up to the Tweed Valley for a Team and Staff Camp. We headed to the infamous trails past Innerleithen Gold Course, and packed the 29-irons to play a few holes!

Golfie Team weekend

The full race team. James Swinden, Chay Granby, Will Easey and Wes Fife.

Golfie Team weekend

"I reckon that'll go that." Chay Granby, upon seeing this near vertical quarry drop.

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Ford UK came through for us with a lend of an extra Transit Custom and a plus Kuga ST Line to help ship all the bikes, people and sponsor swag up to Scotland.

Golfie Team weekend

Lucky lads! Thanks to Cane Creek, Hunt Bike Wheels, WTB, Polaris Bikewear, Burgtec, Wild Trail Snacks, Forge Coffee Roasters and Abbeydale Brewery (yes we have a coffee and beer sponsors!)

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Snow on Sunday up at Innerleithen. Once we were above the snow line conditions were just lovely. Tweed Valley, we salute you!


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27/02/2019 - PinkBike POTY

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Photo of the Year

18/03/2019 UPDATE: We WON!!!

Back in late September Baybutt and mechanic Will headed up to Winnats Pass to grab some epic shots of the soon-to-be launched RocketMAX.

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So when PinkBike were looking for entries for the Photo of the Year competition we thought it was worth entering this one! It's made it to the final 32 16 8 4 2 photos, and now needs your vote!

If you have a pinkbike profile and can spare a minute do go and vote. I think we're going to need all the help we can get - there's some ridiculously strong competition! We're honoured to be on the list though. Wish us luck.

Click on the link below to vote...


Vote for the RocketMAX photo in the final round here…


13/02/2019 - Win a Soul

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Win a Soul!

Cotic Soul 2018

UPDATE: competition now closed

Some news to brighten your week here: Our friends over at off.road.cc have had a Soul in for long term review for a few months, and loved it. They published the (fantastic) review over the weekend, so to celebrate we have joined up with them to give way a Cotic Soul frame.

As Jon says in his review.....

"We're big fans of this 650b wheel trail machine. It can happily turn it's hard to everything from bikepacking to all-day singletrack shredding and general messing about in the woods. With 120-140mm of travel up front and a Reynolds 853 steel frame, it balances retro looks with bang up to date handling courtesy of Cotic's Longshot geometry."

Couldn't have put it better myself!! You can win your choice of colour and size and we are fully stocked across the board at the moment. We have XS for those mini-shredders (4ft 10in to 5ft 3in), and our usual S, M and L sizes which covers all the bases up to around 6ft 3in.

Read the Full Review here

If you are lucky enough to win, but would like a bike then we can build you anything you like from our bikebuilder, and we'll simply knock the £649 frame price of your winning frame off the total.

I think sometimes the existence of the BFe somewhat over-shadows the Soul - people maybe err on the side of 'beef' when making their choice - but it really is a tough bike and short of dropping it off buildings it's all the 27.5" hardtail you will ever need. The head angle is the same as the BFe for the same fork travel, but it's light, lively, and tough as old boots. That was always the intention, right back to 2003 when we first introduced it. And let me tell you, the addition of the new WTB 2.6" tyres we have available opens this frame up to all sorts of silliness on the dirt and rocks. If you think the SolarisMAX with Plus tyres might be interesting but have some concerns about them feeling a little dull, get a Soul and some 'mini-Plus' 2.6 tyres in your life and you'll be well set. Every time I walk past the large demo bike at the office, I want to grab it and razz it around the yard. It's that kind of bike.

Hopefully that's got you excited about our trail riding classic. Maybe head over and try and win one?

Click Here To Enter the Competition to Win a Soul

And if the off.road.cc review wasn't persuasive enough, here's the inimitable Guy Kesteven going Soul 2 Soul with the original prototype.


Read the full off.road.cc review here…

Read all about the Soul on the product page…

Order your Soul here…


11/02/2019 - BFe Cushion

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A nice BFe story

BFe Cushion

Here's a nice story to brighten your Monday. We had a Factory Collection on Friday, it was the ex-demo Medium BFe that'll be going to a new home in New Zealand when the family emigrate at the end of this month. The son loved his old BFe so much, for his school project he made this lovely BFe cushion. A* from us!

We wish the family all the best on their new adventure, and hope he loves his new BFe 275.


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Read about the BFe 26…


28/01/2019 - Cotic CC Skatepark Event

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Cotic CC

Skatepark Event

Cotic CC

Our first Cotic CC event went off with a bang the other week. We hired out the awesome Onboard Skatepark in Sheffield and invited a load of Cotic owners down. There are many people who've never had the chance / time / confidence to ride a skatepark but we reckon it's a fantastic foundation for big skills out on the trails.

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There were a smattering of Cotic's being ridden, including our new demo 26" BFe, and the rest of the group were on dedicated DJ bikes or BMX's loaned by the park or dragged out from the back of the shed. There was even a Stanton - although the owner assures us he rides his Cotic more!

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Gaz from A Line coaching and our ambassador Dave Camus were on hand for tips & encouragement and bar a couple of tumbles, everyone had an excellent evening. We'll be running more Cotic CC events this year so sign up to the mailing list to be the first in the know and have a read about the programme in the link below.

Cotic CC

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22/01/2019 - Cotic Owner's Beat The Blues Ride

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Beat the Blues

Cotic Owner's ride

Beat the blues ride

3 out of 3. It's becoming known as "The Cotic Snow Ride"! Friday saw the staff beat a hasty retreat from our Peak District office due to worsening road conditions. Luckily the gritters were out and everyone could meet up safely at The Travellers Rest on Saturday morning.

Beat the blues ride

Our ride took us up the back of Win Hill, up to Hope Cross, and the most techy traverse along to the top of The Beast. As soon as you rode up into the snowline the terrain changed from a sloppy mess into a winter wonderland. It wasn't even that cold! Perfect.

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The Beast is always a real hoot. Rough, unrelenting, slippery and today it was full of 30 super keen cyclists, all trying to keep it upright. Camus, Wes & Philpott headed down a different track to get some photos and we all met up for the winch up past Rowlee Farm, across the Snake road.

Cotic Beat the Blues Owners Ride

Paul held the gate open for the descent down Hagg Farm. What he didn't let anyone know was that he'd stockpiled a cache of snowballs. No-one was exempt from a pasting as they clattered past. Wes & myself obviously missed the Megavalance too much so we set off at the back and tried to catch as many riders as we could. We even hummed the "Alarma" song at the top to get us in the mood!

Beat the Blues Ride

After a final struggle up the "Sh*t B*stard" climb on Win hill we rolled back to The Travellers Rest for a pint and a feed, covered in muck but not a single frown on anyones face. We reckon that's a success for a ride called "beat the blues". Richard


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21/01/2019 - Philpott's SolarisMAX build

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Philpott's SolarisMAX

You might have seen some travel snaps from far-flung corners of the globe, or some epic EWS images of Chay & Swinny from last year on our feeds? Well we have Duncan Philpott to thank for those. Long time friend of the company and super-tog extraordinaire popped by last Friday to swap out his old Solaris onto a new SolarisMAX.



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We're guestimating at least 5000 off-road miles on this frame. It's been to Africa, Asia, Europe & more, but it's finally time for a switch up. How many differences can you spot between the two? (There are 4 major ones, not including graphics.)

Beat the blues ride

He even managed to get it built in time to join us on our annual Beat The Blues ride less than 24 hours later. Very little beats the stoke of new bike day!


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Follow Philpott's adventures here…


08/01/2019 - BFe26 Play Bike Build

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To illustrate the ease of building a bit-box bike, we cobbled this BFe26 dirt-jump spec bike together with a mix of old parts. We're willing to bet there's a corner of your garage with a box of bits just waiting for a frame to hang them on? This is as simple as it comes - a mech used as a chain tensioner, one brake, flat pedals, no dropper. Perfect for the trails, pumptrack or skatepark. These are the places you play and by playing, end up a better rider. It's a win win! Our first Cotic CC owners event of 2019 happens to be at Onboard Skatepark in Sheffield and this bike will be there to use. Most of us started on a hardtail, get back to your roots and give it another bash.


Read more about the BFe26 here…

Check out the cotic.cc Facebook event…


02/01/2019 - Will Easey Best of 2018

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2018 in a nutshell

Happy New year. We know you're barely into 2019 but here's a quick look back over Will Easey's best of video

And if you want an extra shot of sugar, here's Wes Fife's haribo & E-number inspired film!


Wes fife best of 2018 from Cotic on Vimeo.


2019 is shaping up to be a banger. You're already in the right place.


Read more about the Rocket here…


read all the news from 2018...

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