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The Escapade: Road, trails, gravel, commute, tour, adventure

2021 frames due in May with more tyre clearance and Di2 compatibility

The subtle steel Escapade fits into your life, for work and fun. It will take you to the office, to the shops, on holiday, to the hills, on adventures, or just to that quiet place where you get some headspace.

Super versatile, the Escapade is a road bike without limitations. A gravel bike for the lighter side of life. Disc brakes all round. Drop bars. Tyres big and floaty, or small and fast. All the fittings for two bottles, rear rack, full mudguards are included, because why limit yourself and your bike to just one thing?

Strip it all down and speed into the City. Load it all up and head off into the hills. Where will your Escapade take you?

Don't forget that we have custom fitted frame bags for the Escapade, to help you carry kit on your adventures in style. Hand made in the UK, just for us. You can add one to your order when buying a bike or frameset, or if you already ride an Escapade you can order one here.

custom fitted frame bag for the Cotic Escapade


Read's 4.5/5 review of the Escapade Gold 1x Plus bike:

"An agile, sweet-handling, comfortable bike on multiple terrains"

"The Cotic Escapade is a brilliant bike. I haven't had so much fun in ages off the beaten track....."

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Cotic Factory Collection

We have suspended the Factory Collection service for new bikes for the time being due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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What's new?

New for 2021 the Escapade has two new features

  1. Updated Inside Out cable routing introduced in 2020 has been adapted for Di2 compatibility. Contact us for parts list required for the installation.

  2. Gravel specific wide +2.5mm chainline for extra tyre clearance has been adopted to allow up to 650x50 or 700x44 tyres. The full list of chainsets and chainlines useable are listed below:

Front Mech is still 28.6mm bottom pull or Di2 or AXS eTap. Shimano GRX +2.5mm chainline front mechs are required for Shimano chainsets, or SRAM conventional or wide road chainline appropriate for your SRAM chainset. Conventional Shimano road chainline (105, Ultegra, Tiagra etc) DOES NOT FIT.

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Features and Benefits
Ultra Compact Geometry - Road

The Escapade uses our Ultra Compact Geometry idea, keeping seat tubes fairly short and frames compact for plenty of room to move on the bike, and a longer seatpost for ride comfort. Actual top tube lengths follow more traditional road geometry, with proportional fit and optimised head angles to maintrain ride feel whilst minimising toe overlap.

Cotic FE Heat Treated Cromoly

The Escapade uses our Fe custom butted Heat Treated Cromoly to design a perfect frame to our exact specifications. It features the Cotic Ovalform top tube for optimised ride and handling, and a smooth integral headset tapered head tube. Custom shaped heat treated cromoly rear end completes the picture for the lightest, toughest, most beautiful riding frame. Durable, clean, graceful.

Full Carbon Fork

The Escapade features our latest fork - the RB5. Full carbon, just 550 grams, it's light, strong, rides beautifully and has tonnes of clearance. 700x45 or 650x50 in the front should you so wish. All modern conveniences are included, with 12x100 thru axle, flat mount brakes and mudguard eyelets.

Thru Axle

The latest Cotic Escapade now features the industry standard 142x12 rear thru axle to match the 12x100 front fork.

Big Clearance Design

The Escapade as been a gravel bike since before there were gravel bikes. It's always had big clearances and discs, but we think that works just as well on road as off it. Frames have big clearances for big tyres. Sure you can speed it up on something like a 700x28c, but we supply the bikes with big volume 37c slicks. They roll really fast, but float over the potholes in the road and bumps in the trail. With the improved clearance on the 2021 frames, you can run up to 700x44 no problem.

Alongside this we have the option for WTB Road Plus, using their fantastic 650b KOM Light rims, and the WTB 650 x 47 tubeless tyres. There's the Horizon slick for smiles and miles, or the radical new Senduro ramped knob tyre, which blurs the lines between road and offroad, and the Byway semi-tread tyre fitting in between as the all rounder. New for 2021, there is more mud clearance and you can fit up to 650x50 tyres.

Smaller rims with big volume tyres give a similar overall diameter to the more usual 700c road wheels, but comfort and grip are massively improved. The larger 47mm wide tyres running tubeless as low as 35 psi float over road imperfections and rough tracks with no weight penalty over the larger 700c wheels and smaller tyres.

Inside Out Cable Management

In response to customer feedback with 1x drivetrain options leaving redundent cable stops on the previous Escapade, the new bike offer multiple cable management solutions, including semi-internal routing for gear cables and optional internal routing for a dropper post.

We Build Your Bike For You

All Cotic bikes are assembled in the UK from and frame up. We have set specifications, but these are just the start. If it's not a choice on the order form, just ask. We have a bunch of wheel options from Hope, tyre options from WTB, and many more things to make your Escapade your own.

When you contact us you are talking to the people who design the frames and will be building your bike. We check it and build and pack it in our award winning bike boxes with the same care we would our own bike, because we know how important it is. We build your bike, for you.

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Is the Escapade the bike for you?

Like the idea of the Escapade for bikepacking, but want more offroad capability? Have a look at the SolarisMAX.

Tech Deep Dive

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Complete Bikes

Complete bikes from: £1829

Bikes are now available worldwide, with free shipping to UK, Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada.

We have several levels of stock build which are based around our favourite parts in builds you can trust. We never specify anything we haven't ridden, tested and enjoyed. However, just about everything in your build can be customised to help with fit (contact us if you need help) or to personalise your bike. Want a different fork? Shock? Brakes? Wheels? Tyres? Bars? Stem? Longer drop seatpost? Women's saddle? Colour matched Hope components? No problem. It's your bike.

All the bikes are assembled from a frame right here in the UK by us. We can do everything from bare frame to complete bike: Send us your favourite saddle and grips to fit. Send us your wheels if you have a nice pair you want to use. There's no point you getting kit you don't want. It's wasteful. That gives you almost limitless options to customise and tune your bike to your needs. If you can't see an option you'd like on the order form, get in touch. We all know it's good to head off piste sometimes!

Tap on a build title below to see the default specification and price for that build... then hit the 'CONFIGURE YOUR BIKE' button to see all the customisations you can make to the build. When you select your country at the bottom of the form, sales taxes (VAT), pricing and shipping will automatically update for you. Once you're happy, order your bike!

700c Bike - Gold 1x - SRAM Apex 1x11
bottom bracketApex1 GXP Bottom Bracket
headsetHope 7J for tapered steerer Life Bike (black)
wheelsCotic hubs on Deep Section Disc rims
tyresContinental Sport Contact 2 37c - full set with tubes
finishing kitCotic saddle and black bartape
groupsetSRAM Apex 1x11, Rival1 Chainset 40t, 11-42 Cassette, Hydraulic Disc Brakes
handlebarCotic Valley Bars - 46cm Alu Flared Drop
stemCotic 100mm x 6deg Stem
seatpostCC Alu 330mm seatpost
Frame & Fork Details
  • Custom butted Cotic Fe Cromoly frame with Ovalform top tube and smooth integral tapered head tube. Tough, durable, clean, graceful.
  • Mounts: Rear Full Rack, mudguards, 2 x bottles.
  • Great rear tyre clearance: Big road or cyclo-cross tyres up to 700x44, or how about 650b x 50 Road Plus for maximum float and comfort on the potholes, rough tracks and back lanes?
  • Cotic RB5 fork: Taperer steerer, full carbon construction saving 200 grams over the RB4. 12mm thru axle. Massive clearance for up to 700x47c or the 650b x 50 tyres.
  • Precision 142x12 thru axle rear dropouts for ease of wheel removal with 'guards or without.
  • 68mm threaded BB shell. Chainline is 45-46mm used on the new wide chainline gravel groupsets such as GRX for extra tyre clearance. Road chainline do not fit.
  • Confident geometry and handling with semi-compact frame layout.
  • Note: both axles included when purchasing frame and fork.

Geometry and Sizing Chart

The chart is a guide to frame size for the new Escapade: Ultra Compact Geometry - Roadmeans that the frames are low and long. You'll probably need a 350mm seatpost due to the compact sizing. Note, the sloping top tube design needs to be taken into account if you're comparing seat tube size with other bikes. Drop us a line at and we'll be happy to discuss size and set up based on what you're riding at the moment.

dimensions in mm

Frame Size XS Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 45cm 48cm 51cm 54cm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 52.5cm 53.7cm 56cm 58cm
Chainstay Length 425mm 425mm 425mm 425mm
Head Angle 71 71.5 72 72
Seat Angle 73.5 73.5 73 73
BB Drop 70mm 70mm 70mm 70mm
Head Tube Length 128mm 135mm 150mm 170mm
Reach 360.6mm 370.1mm 382.9mm 397.0mm
Stack 555.1m 563.8mm 580.1mm 598.1mm
Wheelbase 991m 999mm 1011mm 1035mm
Usual Height Range 155cm - 166cm 165cm - 175cm 173cm - 180cm 180cm - 191cm
Stem Length 90mm-120mm 90mm-120mm 90mm-120mm 90mm-120mm
Forks included with frame:
Fork Length 400mm 400mm 400mm 400mm
Fork Offset 45mm 45mm 45mm 45mm
Rear Axle Thread M12x1.75 M12x1.75 M12x1.75 M12x1.75

dimensions in inches

Frame Size XS Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 17.7" 18.9" 20.1" 21.3"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 20.7" 21.1" 22" 22.8"
Chainstay Length 16.7" 16.7" 16.7"
Head Angle 71 71.5 72 72
Seat Angle 73.5 73.5 73 73
BB Drop 2.3" 2.3" 2.3" 2.3"
Head Tube Length 5.0" 5.3" 5.9" 6.7"
Reach 14.2" 14.6" 15.1" 15.7"
Stack 21.85" 22.2" 22.8" 23.5"
Usual Height Range up to 5'6" 5'6" - 5'9" 5'8" - 5'11" 5'11" and over
Stem Length 3.5"-4.7" 3.5"-4.7" 3.5"-4.7" 3.5"-4.7"
Forks included with frame:
Fork Length 15.75" 15.75" 15.75"
Fork Rake(centre-top) 1.75" 1.75" 1.75"

Cotic frames are designed, developed, engineered and tested entirely by us at our base in the Peak District, near Sheffield in the UK. Our founder - Cy Turner - is the lead designer and engineer, and our frames are rigorously ride tested by everyone at Cotic, and our Race Team. They are fully certified and lab tested in excess of the requirements of ISO4210 safety standards.

This frame is hand made in Taiwan by our specially selected framebuilder, chosen because of their vast experience with our favourite materials, and their top quality finish. They are the best in Taiwan for what we need.

Each frame is dip coated inside and out with zinc phosphate before painting, to prevent corrosion and ensure the best paint finish. After we've agonised over the colours, designs and decals the frames are painted to the highest quality including a protective clear coat, before extensive QC by our agent in Taiwan. Once the frames reach us in the UK, we carry out further QC, and prep the frames for headset and bottom bracket installation.

As always, all complete bikes are built to order by us here in the Peak District, to the exact spec of your choice. We build your bike for you.

Component Sizes

Seatpost diameter: 27.2mm (minimum 330mm long)

Seatpost clamp: 29.8mm or 30.0mm (bolt up clamp is included)

Chainline/Chainring: +2.5mm chainline for extra tyre clearance.

Front Mech: 28.6mm bottom pull. Shimano GRX +2.5mm chainline, or SRAM conventional or wide road chainline appropriate for your chainset. Shimano road DOES NOT FIT.

Bottom Bracket width: 68mm

Bottom Bracket thread: Conventional English/BSA

Headset: 1⅛"/1.5" tapered. IS41/28.6 top tube, IS52/40 lower cup

Fork: 1⅛"/1.5" tapered steerer, maximum axle to crown length 400mm. Offset 45mm.

Front hub: 12mm x 100 bolt thru

Rear Hub: 142x12 Thru Axle, M12x1.75 Thread

Brakes: Flat Mount front and rear