SolarisMAX

  • 29" wheeled progressive trail hardtail
  • 853 steel mainframe
  • 120mm-140mm fork
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The SolarisMAX is our ultimate all rounder hardtail. 29er wheels, smiles for miles.

SolarisMAX is confidence inspiring, agile and fun. It's planted at high speeds on the rocks, and a singletrack scalpel in the corners. Your downcountry hardtail tool of choice.

The SolarisMAX uses our radical Longshot geometry for sweet, short stem handling, technical trail confidence and roomy cockpit for long distance comfort.

Run the minimum 120mm travel fork on the front, and the SolarisMAX true to its roots: More than happy whizzing around 12hr long distance races, scrambling up technical climbs, or off on bike-packing adventures in the wilderness. Up it to 130 or 140 if you occasionally feel the need for speed, or super steep and tech. The Reynolds 853 frame has our famously subtle and traction rich ride feel, with plenty of space for bags and bottles for long days in the saddle. SolarisMAX remains as versatile as ever.

All of this adds up to give the SolarisMAX amazing adaptability. It can switch between a high precision trail centre warrior, to a 2.6" tyre high traction monster truck. It's a light a lively downcountry blade, via bikepacking, map crossing smoothie and everything in between. Where will your SolarisMAX take you?


Note: all the current batch sold out on pre-order. Any new orders placed will reserve stock from the next batch, currently expected December 2020. A refundable 20% deposit will reserve you bike/frame.



Reviews


Singletrack 2018 Editor's Choice Award: see Issue #122


Read Singletrack's amazing review of the SolarisMAX:

"So let's cut to the chase. The new SolarisMAX is fast. Silly fast."

"I had a blast riding it...."


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New for the 2020 edition, the SolarisMAX now has a 0.5deg steeper seat angle per size to further refine the fit and sizing of the pioneering Longshot geometry.

More bosses have been added to the downtube, all at 64mm (bottle boss) centres. This allows more versatile luggage and water options, as you can now carry two bottles on the down tube (as before), or a bottle with Anything Cage 3 boss mount style luggage, or just one bottle high up the tube within easy reach. Limited only by your kit and imagination, and can be easily combined with Cotic's custom shaped Framebags for covering those big days out, or just riding without a pack.

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 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. Pair it to our custom sized and shaped heat treated cromoly rear end for the lightest, toughest, most beautiful riding frame.

MAX

MAX by name, Maximum versatility by nature, the SolarisMAX can run either 29 inch wheels with tyres up to 2.6" wide, or 275 Plus sized wheels in 27.5 x 3.0" width.

29" wheel compatibility offers you a huge range of tyre options for carving corners and easy rolling speed, for every condition, and any purpose. You want fast? You've got fast. Any kind of fast you want.

275 Plus wheels with high volume tyres add comfort and traction advantages, with monster truck style rock smothering when you get into really rough terrain.

Why Big 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.

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. Want the Silver spec bike with tubeless tyres? Easy! Want a big can air shock on your droplink bike instead of the inline? It's there too. 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.

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Is the SolarisMAX the bike for you?

Like the idea of 29" wheels, but prefer a tougher frame optimised around 140mm forks and above? You need the BFeMAX.

If you like the idea the SolarisMAX, but want a full suspension bike with similar personality, you need the FlareMAX.

Like the idea of a Cotic hardtail, but prefer 27.5" wheels? You need the BFe.

Complete bikes from: £2500

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!


Silver - SLX 1x12 - HELM - Superstar
headsetBlack Headset made by Superstar ZS44/EC44
bottom bracketBB52 Deore Bottom Bracket
forkCane Creek HELM29 - 130mm
wheelsWTB i29 on Superstar V6 UK Made Hubs
cassetteSunrace 11-50 12spd Cassette
disc brakePair of Shimano Deore M6100 brakes
disc brakePair of Shimano rotors 180/180 6bolt
chainsetSLX M7100 Chainset with 32t chainring
groupsetSLX M7100 1x12 Drivetrain
finishing kitBlack Lockon grips and saddle
tyresContinental Trail King 29 2.2 with innertubes for hardtails
handlebarCotic Calver Bars - 780 x 25 rise, 5deg up, 9deg back (black)
stemCotic SHORTERSTEM - 35mm
seat clampHope Bolt Up Seat Clamp (black)
price£2500
CONFIGURE YOUR BIKE
  • Large diameter, thinwall, air hardening Reynolds 853 steel front triangle with signature Ovalform top tube
  • 44mm standard head tube designed with external bottom cup for taper steerer compatiblity and zero stack top cup for minimal stack height
  • Exclusive Cotic Designed Reynolds 853 34.9mm seat tube gives great precision to the ride
  • 31.6mm seatpost size is dropper seatpost compatible, external remote or internal "Stealth" routing. The frame has hose clips for the external remote under the top tube, or p-clip bosses for a down tube run for the 'stealth' internal option.
  • Signature Cotic 4130 cromo wishbone stay rear end. Bridge-less MAX S-bend chainstays with Cotic Hexten gussets for improved fatigue life
  • Two sets of bottle bosses on the down tube for added water capacity. Either run two bottle in line on a big ride, or use the lower set with a side-loading cage to get some extra water on board if you have a frame bag for a bigger trip
  • Boost148 Thru Axle Rear End - Added wheel stiffness and clearance for 29x2.6 or 27.5x3.0
  • Minimum 120mm travel forks or 500mm rigid. Maximum 140mm travel fork
  • Geometry with commitment! Cotic Longshot Geometry brings balance, composure, fun and speed
  • Sizes - Small, medium, large and XL. The frames are designed to be compact and chuckable. Check out the Sizing Chart below for the full detail
  • Weight - 5.8lbs for the large, with axle
  • Colours - Midnight Blue or Supernova Orange


ORDER YOUR FRAME

The chart is a guide to frame size. The SolarisMAX features Longshot geometry.

This new approach has brought larger reach steps between sizes to allow everyone to get their stem nice and short. We recommend aiming to size your bike with a 35mm stem if possible. Wide bars and short stems make for very responsive steering, so we have slackened the head angle to balance this out, and steepened the seat angle to keep you in the in middle of the bike. The result is a beautifully balanced ride, with stable, confidence inspiring feel at speed, with think-and-you're-there steering and amazing front end grip for slicing through the singletrack. If you prefer your handling slightly more conventional, simply size down, add a 50mm stem and a longer dropper post to get your pedaling height and away you go.

If you would like us to help you out with sizing, or are on the cusp of two sizes then drop us a line at size@cotic.co.uk or give us a call on 07970 853531 and we'll be happy to discuss set up based on what you're riding at the moment.



120mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 390mm 425mm 460mm 495mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 600mm 625mm 651mm 681mm
Head Angle 66.0° 66.0° 66.0° 66.0°
Seat Angle 75.0° 75.0° 75.0° 75.0°
Chainstay Length 444mm 444mm 444mm 444mm
BB Drop -60mm -60mm -60mm -60mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm
Reach 439mm 461mm 486mm 513mm
Stack 600.3mm 609.5mm 618.6mm 627.8mm
Wheelbase 1170mm 1196mm 1224mm 1256mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 172cm 169cm - 180cm 180cm - 188cm 186cm - 195cm
Stem Length 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 120mm travel fork, 531mm static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. 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) 23.6” 24.6” 25.6” 26.8”
Head Angle 66.0° 66.0° 66.0° 66.0°
Seat Angle 75.0° 75.0° 75.0° 75.0°
Chainstay Length 17.5” 17.5” 17.5” 17.5”
BB Drop -2.35” -2.35” -2.35” -2.35”
Head Tube Length 3.9” 4.3” 4.7” 5.1”
Reach 17.3” 18.1” 19.1” 20.2”
Stack 23.6” 24.0” 24.4” 24.7”
Wheelbase 46.1” 47.1” 48.2” 49.4”
Usual Height Range 5ft 5in - 5ft 8in 5ft 7in - 5ft 11in 5ft 11in - 6ft 2in 6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Stem Length 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 4.7” travel fork, 20.5” static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. 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.

130mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 390mm 425mm 460mm 495mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 602mm 627mm 653mm 683mm
Head Angle 65.7° 65.7° 65.7° 65.7°
Seat Angle 74.7° 74.7° 74.7° 74.7°
Chainstay Length 444mm 444mm 444mm 444mm
BB Drop -57.5mm -57.5mm -57.5mm -57.5mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm
Reach 434mm 456mm 481mm 508mm
Stack 604.2mm 613.4mm 622.5mm 631.7mm
Wheelbase 1175mm 1201mm 1229mm 1261mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 172cm 169cm - 180cm 180cm - 188cm 186cm - 195cm
Stem Length 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 130mm travel fork, 541mm static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. 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) 23.7” 24.7” 25.7” 26.9”
Head Angle 65.5° 65.5° 65.5° 65.5°
Seat Angle 74.5° 74.5° 74.5° 74.5°
Chainstay Length 17.5” 17.5” 17.5” 17.5”
BB Drop -2.25” -2.25” -2.25” -2.25”
Head Tube Length 3.9” 4.3” 4.7” 5.1”
Reach 17.1” 18.0” 18.9” 20.0”
Stack 23.8” 24.1” 24.5” 24.9”
Wheelbase 46.3” 47.3” 48.4” 49.6”
Usual Height Range 5ft 5in - 5ft 8in 5ft 7in - 5ft 11in 5ft 11in - 6ft 2in 6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Stem Length 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 5.1” travel fork, 20.9” static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. 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.

140mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 390mm 425mm 460mm 495mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 604mm 629mm 655mm 685mm
Head Angle 65° 65° 65° 65°
Seat Angle 74° 74° 74° 74°
Chainstay Length 444mm 444mm 444mm 444mm
BB Drop -55.5mm -55.5mm -55.5mm -55.5mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 110mm 120mm 130mm
Reach 429mm 451mm 476mm 503mm
Stack 608.1mm 617.3mm 626.4mm 635.6mm
Wheelbase 1180mm 1206mm 1234mm 1266mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 172cm 169cm - 180cm 180cm - 188cm 186cm - 195cm
Stem Length 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 140mm travel fork, 551mm static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. 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) 23.8” 24.8” 25.8” 27.0”
Head Angle 65° 65° 65° 65°
Seat Angle 74° 74° 74° 74°
Chainstay Length 17.5” 17.5” 17.5” 17.5”
BB Drop -2.15” -2.15” -2.15” -2.15”
Head Tube Length 3.9” 4.3” 4.7” 5.1”
Reach 16.9” 17.8” 18.7” 19.8”
Stack 23.9” 24.3” 24.7” 25.0”
Wheelbase 46.5” 47.5” 48.6” 49.8”
Usual Height Range 5ft 5in - 5ft 8in 5ft 7in - 5ft 11in 5ft 11in - 6ft 2in 6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Stem Length 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm 30-45mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 5.5” travel fork, 21.3” static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. 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.

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.

Seatpost diameter: 31.6mm (380mm minimum, seatpost insertion required: 100mm minimum)

Fork: Optimised around 120mm travel. Maximum 140mm travel (553mm axle to crown length without sag)

Chainline: 50mm pre-Boost chainline/52mm Shimano for up to 32t chainring, 53mm Boost/55mm Shimano chainline for up to 36t chainring

Dropper Post: External or Stealth Internal - Dedicated remote routing under top tube for External or P-Clip on the down tube for internal

Bottom Bracket width: 73mm

Bottom Bracket thread: Conventional English/BSA

Headset: 44mm cup. SHIS designation ZS44/28.6 upper, EC44/40 lower (for example a Hope 2H) [click here for info]

Rear Hub: Boost148 12mm thru axle

Front Mech: 34.9mm band on, high clamp, Shimano Side Swing only [click here for info]

Rear Axle: Syntace X-12

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

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

Tyres: 29 x 2.6" or 27.5 x 3.0"