FlareMAX

  • 29" wheeled trail / down country bike
  • 125mm rear travel
  • up to 140mm fork

The FlareMAX Gen4 is our 29" wheel, fast and fun, downcountry/XC/short travel trail bike

FlareMAX is a punchy, fun, 125mm travel bike. A real jack-of-all-trades. It's the only bike you'll need for ripping through the woods and conquering the hills. Reynolds 853 steel keeps the frame nice and responsive, and Longshot geometry makes it fiercely capable.

Choose 120mm forks and light tyres for the full downcountry experience, 130mm forks for a lively all rounder, or up the ante to 140mm and big 2.5's for a slacker, more capable ride.

The combination of big wheels and short travel is an irresistible recipe for all round fun. Whether it's an all day epic or an evening blast: Scramble up, rip down, rinse and repeat. FlareMAX.

UK Made Launch Edition available right now

Series Taiwan Production from September 2021



Reviews


First ride review from Singletrack Magazine - go and have a read

"Punches way above its weight"

"I cannot emphasise just how good this bike is"

There's also a launch video on Singletrack with Cy chatting to Andi about what's updated:



First Ride Review on Guy Kes TV

Guy rides the FlareMAX Gen4 and contrasts to his FlareMAX Gen3 Long Termer:

"I'm just shocked at how consistently fast this bike is pretty much everywhere I take it"

"just a bike that loves to be ridden. Likes to warm and mould itself to the trail"

"...this is a poppy little flyer!"



Want to learn more about the awesome FlareMAX?

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    The 4th generation of the FlareMAX is all about subtle evolution of a great bike.

    The new FlareMAX Gen4 uses the new long link droplink kinematic first introduced on the Jeht. This keeps the progression curve more consistent through its travel, and uses volume spacers in the base setup to give a wider range of setup options for different weights. The biggest reason why we moved it over to the FlareMAX is that it improves one of the most requested elements of the previous generation frames: Seatpost insertion. The new long link droplink gives 20mm more space for seatposts compared to the Gen3 frame and enables the use of a 210x50 metric size shock.

    The introduction of a lighter weight build option gives riders of a more pedally persuasion a great new option. SID 120 forks are super light, but punch way above their weight. HUNT XC Wide wheelsets reduce weight and rim width, and the Wolfpack tyre option bring comfortably sub-800gram tyre options for the first time. On the Gold Eagle and Gold XT builds, these are all no cost options, and configured like this weight just 12.9kg without pedals. But for the same price, plus in some HELM 130 or 140 forks, some TrailWide wheels and WTB tyres and you've got a seriously capable trail slaying all rounder. There are any number of options in between based on the Silver or Platinum builds as well. Learn more in the BIKE tab below, or email us with your dream spec.

    We are leading the industry in geometry and handling, having introduced our first Longshot geometry bike in August 2017. Most of them still haven't caught up with our combination of a lively, interactive ride wrapped up with confidence inspiring feel and pin point precision. That being the case, we hit the nail on the head with the first Longshot FlareMAX (the Gen2) for most of the geometry, so the 65.6 deg head angle, -32mm BB drop and 447mm chainstay carry over unchanged. The recipe was great, we just added some seasoning to make it better.

    FlareMAX Gen4 also gets a UK Made Launch Edition which will only be available until July 2021. After that, no more of these exclusive launch colours will be produced on this bike.

Cotic Longshot Geometry, Longshot geometry, progressive geometry, mountain biking, enduro mountain biking, trail riding, mountain bike, full suspension mountain bike, 29er, 29 inch wheels, 27.5 inch wheels

Radical Longshot geometry keeps the bike stable through the rough stuff, planted in the corners and pinpoint accurate in the steep tech. Couple a super short 35mm stem to the optimised head angle and the bike really pushes you on, looking for every stump to boost off, rock to gap and berm to rail, keeping you connected to the trail while maintaining incredible poise and composure.

Reynolds 853

Reynolds 853 builds a light, lively and fantastically robust front end, and includes our custom ride tuned Ovalform top tube, and new for Gen3 our exclusive HD down tube, which helps to deliver that famous ride feel. The frames' steel construction is compliant and naturally ground moulding, extracting grip and feedback from the trail where you thought there was none.

Why Big Wheels?

Cotic FlareMAX frames use 29 inch wheels. MAXimum speed, MAXimum rollover.

29inch wheels roll easy and give a lot of stability, confidence and speed in rougher terrain, at the expense of being a little heavier and less playful than regular 27.5" wheels.

The way the MAX frames are packaged around the larger wheels (longer rear end, longer wheelbase, taller front end) can suit the proportions of a taller rider better, this will minimise any potential drawbacks, as a taller rider tends to have long enough arms and legs to move the bike around easily. Whatever height you are, if you're after more speed and stability from a bike, then the big wheels are the way to go.

droplink
Cotic Droplink suspension is supportive and progressive, keeping the 125mm travel FlareMAX feeling lively and interactive, with grip to spare on the descents, support and traction on the climbs.

We Build Your Bike For You

All Cotic bikes are assembled in the UK from and frame up, right here in our workshop in the Peak District.

We have set specifications, but these are just the start. Want the Silver spec bike with tubeless tyres? Easy! No cost Womens Specific WTB Deva saddle? Tick! Full colour matched Hope parts, and add the matching brakes too? It's a click away, and everything else in between. If it's not a choice on the order form, just ask.

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.

Click here for the full bike specs...

Order your dream bike today...

Is the FlareMAX the bike for you?

If you like the idea of an all round suspension trail bike from Cotic, but want a little more travel and capability, you need our 140mm travel Jeht.

Like your wheels big, but your ride much faster and tougher? Slacker and more enduro? You need the RocketMAX.

Maybe you're more a hardtail rider, but like the versatility of the FlareMAX with 29er and 275 Plus wheels? Have a look at the SolarisMAX.

Complete bikes from: £4499

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!


Gold 11 Speed - XT 1x11 - HELM
headsetHope 2H for tapered steerer (black)
bottom bracketMT800 XT Bottom Bracket
forkCane Creek HELM29 - 130mm
shockCane Creek DB Air IL Climb Switch 210x50
wheelsWTB i29 on Superstar V3 UK Made Hubs
disc brakePair of Shimano Deore M6100 brakes
disc brakePair of Shimano rotors 180/180 6bolt
groupsetXT M8000 1x11 Drivetrain
cassetteXT 11spd 11-46 Cassette
chainsetXT M8000 Chainset with 30t chainring
finishing kitBlack Lockon grips and saddle
tyresWolfpack Trail/Cross 29x2.4 tyres
handlebarCotic Calver Bars - 780 x 25 rise, 5deg up, 9deg back (black)
stemCotic SHORTERSTEM - 35mm
seatpostBikeYoke Devine Seatpost 125mm drop
seat clampHope Bolt Up Seat Clamp (black)
price£4499
CONFIGURE YOUR BIKE
  • Radical Cotic Longshot geometry is specifically designed for 35mm stems, giving incredible steering responsiveness combined with hugely confidence inspiring capability at speed.
  • Reynolds 853 Ovalform and DZB tubed front end brings precision, beautiful ride feel, durability and strength
  • 44mm standard head tube designed with external bottom cup for taper steerer compatiblity and zero stack top cup for minimal stack height
  • Custom Cotic designed 35mm heat treated cromoly seat tube for super stiff support for the main suspension pivots
  • 31.6mm seatpost size is dropper seatpost compatible. Internal 'Stealth' dropper post remote routing
  • ISCG05 mounts on regular threaded bottom bracket bring drivetrain security and reliability
  • Rear mech cable routed internally through the steel seatstay for clean lines and low noise
  • Dedicated 1x drivetrain design - maximum width swingarm pivot, low drop, forged construction swingarm heads with integrated 3D printed top chain guide
  • 6066-T6 aluminium swingarm with Syntace X-12 BOOST148 x 12 rear axle for maximum wheel stiffness on larger wheels.
  • 15mm pivots for BB and droplink thru axle style linkage clamp keep the frame solid front to rear
  • 1 bottle mount
  • Clearance for big tyres - up to 29 x 2.5"
  • Optimised around 130mm forks for great balance of speed and precision. Options are open though - Sharpen it up with 120mm or bring on the big hits with 140mm
  • 125mm of Cotic droplink suspension brings traction, fun and interaction via a strong progression rate on the linkage driven single pivot layout
  • Sizes - Small (390mm), Medium (425mm), Large (460mm) or XL (495mm)
  • Weight - Gold Spec SID/Wolfpack Bike 12.9kg w/o pedals


ORDER YOUR FRAME

The chart is a guide to frame size. Longshot Geometry means that the frames are low and long, with plenty of standover room. We recommend going for the size suggested for your height on the chart, and getting all the benefits of running a super short and responsive 30-35mm stem. It's a game changer. Make sure you consider your leg length as well. If you upsize you might not be able to fit a longer dropper post due to the collar hitting the seat tube top or the dropper post bottoming out on the seat tube droplink pivot. If you are unsure about that or anything else, drop us a line at size@cotic.co.uk and we'll be happy to discuss set up based on what you're riding at the moment and what seatpost you are planning to use.


120mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 390mm 425mm 460mm 495mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 593mm 619mm 644mm 672mm
Head Angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Actual Seat Angle (at 720mm BB-saddle height) 76° 76° 76° 76°
Actual Seat Angle (at 815mm BB-saddle height) 75.7° 75.7° 75.7° 75.7°
Chainstay Length 447.5mm 447.5mm 447.5mm 447.5mm
BB Drop -34mm -34mm -34mm -34mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm
Reach 444.0mm 467.5mm 490.0mm 515.0mm
Stack 607.1mm 613.0mm 625.4mm 634.4mm
Wheelbase 1197.1mm 1224.9mm 1251.2mm 1280.3mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 172cm 169cm - 180cm 178cm - 188cm 186cm - 195cm
Stem Length 30-40mm 30-40mm 30-40mm 30-40mm
Frame Wheel Travel 124mm 124mm 124mm 124mm
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29"
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 178mm 213mm 248mm 283mm
All measurements are static based on 120mm travel fork. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 25mm clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

4 ¾" travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 15.35” 16.7” 18.1” 19.5”
Top Tube Length (Effective) 23.3” 24.3” 25.3” 26.4”
Head Angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Actual Seat Angle (at 720mm BB-saddle height) 76° 76° 756° 76°
Actual Seat Angle (at 815mm BB-saddle height) 75.7° 75.7° 75.7° 75.7°
Chainstay Length 17.6” 17.6” 17.6” 17.6”
BB Drop -1.35” -1.35” -1.35” -1.35”
Head Tube Length 3.9” 4.3” 4.7” 5.1”
Reach 17.5" 18.4" 19.3" 20.3"
Stack 24.0” 24.3” 24.7” 25.1”
Wheelbase 47.1” 48.2” 49.25” 50.4”
Usual Height Range 5ft 5in - 5ft 8in 5ft 7in - 5ft 11in 5ft 10in - 6ft 2in 6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Stem Length 30-40mm 30-40mm 30-40mm 30-40mm
Frame Wheel Travel
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29"
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 178mm 213mm 248mm 283mm
All measurements are static based on 4.7” travel fork. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 1" clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

130mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 390mm 425mm 460mm 495mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 596mm 623mm 648mm 676mm
Head Angle 65.6° 65.6° 65.6° 65.6°
Actual Seat Angle (at 720mm BB-saddle height) 75.4° 75.4° 75.4° 75.4°
Actual Seat Angle (at 815mm BB-saddle height) 75.1° 75.1° 75.1° 75.1°
Chainstay Length 447.5mm 447.5mm 447.5mm 447.5mm
BB Drop -32mm -32mm -32mm -32mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm
Reach 444.0mm 467.5mm 490.0mm 515.0mm
Stack 609.2mm 618.3mm 627.4mm 636.6mm
Wheelbase 1200.9mm 1228.5mm 1255.2mm 1284.3mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 172cm 169cm - 180cm 178cm - 188cm 186cm - 195cm
Stem Length 30-40mm 30-40mm 30-40mm 30-40mm
Frame Wheel Travel 124mm 124mm 124mm 124mm
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29"
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 178mm 213mm 248mm 283mm
All measurements are static based on 130mm travel fork. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 25mm clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

5" travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 15.35” 16.7” 18.1” 19.5”
Top Tube Length (Effective) 23.5” 24.5” 25.5” 26.6”
Head Angle 65.6° 65.6° 65.6° 65.6°
Actual Seat Angle (at 720mm BB-saddle height) 75.4° 75.4° 75.4° 75.4°
Actual Seat Angle (at 815mm BB-saddle height) 75.1° 75.1° 75.1° 75.1°
Chainstay Length 17.6” 17.6” 17.6” 17.6”
BB Drop -1.2” -1.2” -1.2” -1.2”
Head Tube Length 3.9” 4.3” 4.7” 5.1”
Reach 17.5" 18.4" 19.3" 20.3"
Stack 24.0” 24.3” 24.7” 25.1”
Wheelbase 47.3” 48.3” 49.4” 50.5”
Usual Height Range 5ft 5in - 5ft 8in 5ft 7in - 5ft 11in 5ft 10in - 6ft 2in 6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Stem Length 30-40mm 30-40mm 30-40mm 30-40mm
Frame Wheel Travel
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29"
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 178mm 213mm 248mm 283mm
All measurements are static based on 5.1” travel fork. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 1" clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

140mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 390mm 425mm 460mm 495mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 599mm 626mm 651mm 680mm
Head Angle 65.1° 65.1° 65.1° 65.1°
Actual Seat Angle (at 720mm BB-saddle height) 74.9° 74.9° 74.9° 74.9°
Actual Seat Angle (at 815mm BB-saddle height) 74.6° 74.6° 74.6° 74.6°
Chainstay Length 447.5mm 447.5mm 447.5mm 447.5mm
BB Drop -27mm -27mm -27mm -27mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm
Reach 436.0mm 458.0mm 481.5mm 508.0mm
Stack 612.2mm 621.3mm 630.4mm 639.6mm
Wheelbase 1205.7mm 1232.5mm 1260.5mm 1289.8mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 172cm 169cm - 180cm 178cm - 188cm 186cm - 195cm
Stem Length 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm
Frame Wheel Travel 125mm 125mm 125mm 125mm
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29"
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 178mm 213mm 248mm 283mm
All measurements are static based on 140mm travel fork. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 25mm clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

5 ½" travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 15.35” 16.7” 18.1” 19.5”
Top Tube Length (Effective) 23.6" 24.6" 25.6" 26.6"
Head Angle 65.1° 65.1° 65.1° 65.1°
Actual Seat Angle (at 720mm BB-saddle height) 74.9° 74.9° 74.9° 74.9°
Actual Seat Angle (at 815mm BB-saddle height) 74.6° 74.6° 74.6° 74.6°
Chainstay Length 17.6” 17.6” 17.6” 17.6”
BB Drop -1.05” -1.05” -1.05” -1.05”
Head Tube Length 3.9” 4.3” 4.7” 5.1”
Reach 17.2" 18.0" 18.95" 19.8"
Stack 24.1” 24.4” 24.8” 25.2”
Wheelbase 47.5" 48.5" 49.6" 50.7"
Usual Height Range 5ft 5in - 5ft 8in 5ft 7in - 5ft 11in 5ft 10in - 6ft 2in 6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Stem Length 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm
Frame Wheel Travel
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29"
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5" 29 x 2.5"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 178mm 213mm 248mm 283mm
All measurements are static based on 5.5” travel fork. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 1" clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

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.


How To Set Up Your Cotic FlareMAX Gen4

THE BASICS

The suspension on your Cotic droplink bike is designed to work at it’s best when the suspension ‘sags’ with the rider on board the bike. 'Sag' is the amount the shock compresses with a rider on board. The suspension works at its best when set with between 25% and 30% of the available travel as sag, with our preferred starting point being 30%.

Your FlareMAX Gen4 has a 50mm stroke shock, so that means:

  • 13-15mm sag on the shock
  • 24-30mm sag on a 120mm fork
  • 26-32mm sag on a 130mm fork
  • 28-35mm sag on a 140mm fork

As a starting point we suggest going for the middle of those options, so 14mm sag rear, and front sag of 27mm (120 fork), 29mm (130 fork) or 32mm (140 fork).

IN DETAIL

How To Set Your Shock Sag

Using a shock pump, put 170psi in the rear shock. Leave your forks as they are (if you've already set them up) or put the recommended pressure for your weight in them according to the fork manufacturer's manual.

Check the shock and turn off any lockout or Climb Switch. This allows the shock to compress unhindered and ensures a more accurate sag measurement.

Put your riding kit on. Or at least a fully loaded backpack if you usually ride with one. Make particular note of the amount of water in your pack or your bottles. It's probably the heaviest thing you strap to your bike after yourself, and it makes a difference to the suspension setup.

Set the saddle to your correct full pedalling height.

Mount the bike and go for a quick ride in a suitably quiet area. Whilst riding, bounce on the saddle a couple of times to get the rear shock compressing as much as you can.

Pull in somewhere safe, stop, get off the bike and slide the o-ring on the shock down against the seal. Now get back on the bike and with saddle at full height sit down and let your legs dangle off the pedals and make sure the o-ring on the shock is still up against the seal. Now, gently get off the bike without moving the shock (dropping the saddle and using a kerb or something as step helps).

Once off the bike, measure the distance between the o-ring and the shock body. Adjust the air pressure in the shock accordingly to get the desired amount of sag.

How To Set Your Fork Sag

Once you’ve set the rear sag, check the front fork sag. If your bike is brand new, put 60psi in the fork to start with and dial all the compression damping adjuster to minimum. For forks, we recommend running with 20-25% sag.

In a quiet area with minimal traffic, drop the saddle and ride around slowly, giving the forks a bounce once or twice to free them up. Whilst rolling along, sit down and – being careful of the spinning wheel - slide the o-ring on the fork leg down to the seal. Now stand up slowly into a balance position on the bike as if you're about to do a downhill section of trail. Now, without moving the fork any more, move yourself rearward and sit down, and slowly roll to a halt. If you have to use the brake, use it very gently and carefully so that you don't dive the fork under braking and mess up your sag measurement. Gently get off the bike and measure the distance from the o-ring to the fork seal. That is your sag. For a 130mm fork, you should be aiming for around 26-32mm sag (20-25%).

If the fork sag requires alteration, alter it, then check the rear sag again. Keep doing this procedure until both front and rear sag is set as desired by the rider, within the manufacturer recommendations for the frame and fork.

Weight Distribution

It’s worth noting that as the weight distribution of all bikes is different, being dependent on saddle position, stem length and bar width amongst many other things. It’s quite possible that with the correct sag at the rear of the bike, your forks may end up with too much or too little sag because there’s more or less weight on them compared to your previous bike. This is why we don't recommend any particular pressures, because even quite subtle differences in your saddle/cockpit set up compared to anything we measure will result in different pressures being required for a given level of sag. We always recommend setting up using sag measurement as your guide, not a generic shock pressure.

How To Set Damping - Shock

Once the front and rear sags are set, adjust the rebound and compression damping to your preference. If you have specified the Cane Creek shock, then our base setup is on the shock when it's delivered. These settings are listed below all relative to fully open position on the adjusters:

DB Air IL

  • 2 x large volume spacers
  • 1.0 Turns HSC (High Speed Compression)
  • 6 Clicks LSC
  • 1.0 Turns HSR
  • 4 clicks LSR

Follow the excellent instructions in the Cane Creek Field Tuning Guide (click here to download) for fine tuning of your Cane Creek shock.

Cotic base settings tend to run on the lively and fast rebound side of things. This might feel quite different to what you were previously used to, but do stick with it for a couple of rides before making changes. Light rebound damping let's the rear wheel 'patter' and maintain traction better. The links to the base tune for your Cane Creek shock can be found above in the Component Sizes tab.

For other shock brands:

Rebound

It is recommended to start with the rebound 3 clicks from fully open. As mentioned above, we believe that the fastest rebound you can run with safely is the best for traction and lively feel. If you feel like you’re being bounced out of the saddle on big compressions, or springing back too hard off drops, or the bike feels like it’s bouncing back at you at high speed on rocky sections, then add more rebound damping until this sensation is eliminated.

Compression / Pedal Platform

It is recommended to start with the compression damping/pedal platform switched off (or set to minimum). The Cotic Droplink suspension is designed not to require the assistance of a compression damping circuit to give good pedalling performance. Using the minimum setting allows the suspension to move under bump forces more easily and track the ground better.

How To Set Damping – Fork

As with the rear shocks, we recommend running the fork damping as light as possible for best traction.

Rebound

Set this in the middle of the range and see how it feels matched up to the rear shock. As with the rear, try riding it faster than you ordinarily would. It's amazing what a difference it makes, and it's key to getting the most out of the fast acting rear shock, because it keeps the bike in balance.

Once you have done a couple of rides, if you feel the in higher speed bumpy trails the fork is kicking back too much for your liking, or too much that you lose confidence, then increase the rebound damping. If you find the middle setting OK, trying making it faster until you get to the point of it feeling sketchy, then go back one click.

Compression

Almost regardless of size, weight or style of riding, everyone at Cotic runs the high speed compression damping on their fork fully open, or very close to it. We recommend you start with fully open and go from there. If you find you are using the full travel a little too easily for your liking, we suggest adding 1 volume reducer to your fork air spring rather than ramping up the damping.

For low speed compression damping, this is a balance between traction and helping keep the fork held up, so for this we recommend starting with it set in the middle of the range. If you are finding that the bike feels confidence inspiring, but it's a little uncomfortable or 'chattery' through your hands, try reducing the low speed compression 3 clicks. If you feel that the sag and air spring feel is what you want but you are getting a lot of diving under heavy braking, or in steep terrain, try adding 3 clicks. Keep refining like that until you are happy with the setup.

A Bit of Advice

One thing to avoid is setting the rebound based on the 'bounce in the street' test. This usually results in setting the rebound too slow for good grip in trail riding conditions, because doing the 'bounce test' with rebound set fast enough for good performance usually feels too fast in this unhelpful scenario. Only start adjusting once you have a feel on the trail.

Try It Out – The Only Way You'll Know Is By Going For A Ride

We recommend starting at 15mm shock sag and going for a couple of rides to see how this feels. This is a good middle ground for tackling the trails with an active, plush feel combined with a low bottom bracket height for confident handling.

If you feel that you’re catching your pedals too often, or the steering isn’t as fast as you’d like, or you're not getting the climbing position you want, then add more air to the shock and reduce the sag 1 or 2mm, or maybe drop the sag on your fork a few extra millimetres to move your weight forward.

It's well worth taking a couple of hours and doing laps of a trail you know well, and making changes one at a time. A good way to learn it to turn one damping dial fully closed, do a run, then go again with it fully open. You will learn what these big changes to damping do to the bike, which will help you make more subtle changes afterwards.

Take Some Notes Before Tweaking

With all the adjustments available on modern suspension it’s quite possible to get lost chasing a set up and ending up with a bike that doesn’t handle too well. So, if you’ve twiddled and tweaked and the handling just seems to be getting worse, go back to your base setup.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your suspension settings and general bike setup (stem length, bar height, etc), but always have a base set up written down that you can go back to. This should include a fork travel (if the fork is adjustable) with air pressures for front suspension units. Note down how many clicks of rebound you're running. Same goes for compression damping if its adjustable on your fork.

As your experience grows, you’ll begin to know what certain adjustments do and how to undo them, but it’s a learning curve so keep your head and don’t be afraid to start from scratch.

We really think you could get more out of your bike by playing around with things a little. We're always happy to help if you want advice. Just drop us a line at info@cotic.co.uk

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Seatpost diameter: 31.6mm (get 375mm long minimum)

Front Mech: Not applicable - 1x drivetrains only.

Fork: Recommended 130mm travel. Minimum 120mm, maximum 140mm, 553mm axle-crown (without sag)

Bottom Bracket width: 73mm

Bottom Bracket thread: Conventional English/BSA

Chainline: 52mm Shimano / 53mm Boost chainline for up to 32t round/30t oval chainring, 55mm Shimano chainline for up to 36t round/34t oval chainring

Chainguide Mounting: ISCG05 bottom 2 tabs. Integrated Cotic Top Guide (included with frame or bike)

Headset: 44mm for Taper Steerer forks: Hope 2H, Cane Creek ZS44 Top/EC44 Bottom, Chris King Inset I7

Rear Hub: Boost148 x 12 bolt through

Rear Axle: Syntace X-12

Rear Mech Hanger: Syntace X-12 Type 1 (Conventional or Shimano Direct Mount)

Shock: 210 x 50 AIR SHOCK ONLY

Shock Fittings: Down Tube End - 15.8 x M8 (UK Made Launch Edition), 20.0 x M8 (Series Production), Seatstay End 24.0 x M8

Dropper Post Routing: Stealth via the down tube

Rear Brake Mounting: I.S. Compatible with up to 203mm diameter rotors