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

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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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Enjoy the Commute

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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


Women of Steel Facebook group…


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

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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.

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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

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.

Flare

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

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

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!


Follow the team over on the Team Blog…


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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Skatepark Event

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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.

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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.

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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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