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The Cotic Soul is our light and lively trail blazer. Slim, subtle, tough and beautiful: The Ultimate Expression of a Steel Hardtail


The Soul is the founding model of the Cotic range; initially conceived in 2003 as a Modern Steel Hardtail, we wanted the best frame we could make, something no one else was making back then. It was super progressive and quickly become an icon, winning multiple tests and awards over the following years. It spawned many imitators, but the Soul was the original, the template.

The 5th generation Soul captures that progressive spirit of the original. Tough, light, fun, interactive, comfortable. It's great at all of these things, but at heart the Soul is a singletrack scapel. Optimised around 120mm forks, but with the strength and toughness for up to 140's, the Reynolds 853 steel tubeset has our famously subtle and traction rich feel. The Soul is fast, responsive, sharp, keen and smooth.

We have bombed down Pyraneen mountains. We have battered across the rocks on British hills. We have whizzed between the trees. We have strapped bags to them and got some nights in the bivvy bags out in the hills. Zipping between the trees on that glorious sliver of trail, the Soul is THE bike you need to be on. You won't just smile, you will probably be laughing out loud. Who doesn't want a bit of that in their riding life?

The Cotic Soul: The Original and Best. The ultimate expression of the trail hardtail.



Demo

Are you in the UK and would like to demo a Soul? Contact us via our Demo Page to organise a demo ride with us.


Reviews


Read BikeRadar/MBUK's 4.5/5 review of the Cotic Soul:

"Superb taut-yet-floated, light-yet-tough steel frame, also has radical stretched, speed-boosting singletrack geometry."

"....and for a lot of...trails, it's all the bike I think many people need."

"Buy if, You want a tough and classy frame to take on the trail."

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Read off.road.cc 4.5/5 review of the Cotic Soul:

"A sweet handling and extremely versatile trail hardtail with a great ride feel and encouraging geometry"

"...hugely capable and stable when you want to push on, but it's not a dead-feeling slugger of a bike, with a lovely ride quality and great manners."

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What does Kes have to say...?


Cotic Factory Collection

We now have a Factory Collection option on the bikes. Come down to our base in the heart of the Peak District, and we will set up your bike, the suspension, fit pedals, get you all comfortable. You can even take your new Cotic out on its maiden voyage around our demo loop, straight from our workshop door.

Just tick the Factory Collection option on your order and we will look forward to seeing you. We'll contact you once we have received your order, and arrange a day that suits you for your visit (Monday - Friday).


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Features and Benefits

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.

27.5" Wheels

The Soul is designed around the latest 27.5 x 2.6" wide trail tyres, with clearance to spare even with this monster rubber installed. 27.5" wheels are lighter, livelier and easier to accelerates than 29" or 27.5Plus wheels, with a more interactive feel. This is at the expense of slightly less stability and easy rollover on rockier, bumpier terrain. They also more easily package into a small frame - shorter chainstays, lower stack/head tube height - so the proportions suit shorter riders. Now more than ever with the XS size option for riders down to 5ft.

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 Soul the bike for you?

Like the idea of a Cotic hardtail trail bike, but want the versatility and easy rolling of 29er or 275 Plus wheels? Have a look at the SolarisMAX.

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

Soul not quite tough enough for you? What something for the jumps and drops and longer forks? You need the BFe.


Complete Bikes

Complete bikes from: £2089

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 1x11 - Sweep RL2 120mm
headsetHope 1H for taper steerer (black)
bottom bracketRaceFace 30mm BB
forkX-Fusion Sweep RL2 Black - 120mm
wheelsShimano MT600 27.5
cassetteSLX 11spd 11-46 Cassette
disc brakePair of Shimano Deore brakes
disc brakePair of Shimano rotors 180/180 centerlock
groupsetXT M8000 1x11 Drivetrain
chainsetRace Face Turbine Cinch Chainset DM30 Tooth Ring 175mm
finishing kitCotic Lockon grips and Cotic saddle
tyresContinental Trail King 27.5 2.2 with innertubes
handlebarCotic Calver Bars - 780 x 25 rise, 5deg up, 9deg back (black)
stemCotic SHORTERSTEM - 35mm
seatpostX Fusion Manic Stealth 31.6 x 375 Seatpost 125mm drop
seat clampHope Bolt Up Seat Clamp (black)
price£2089
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Frame Details
  • Reynolds 853 DZB down tube, Ovalform top tube and exclusive to Cotic Reynolds 853 34.9mm seat tube design combine for a supple yet precise ride feel
  • Cotic designed 34/44 taper head tube for taper steerer forks
  • Dropper seatpost friendly 31.6mm seatpost size
  • Internal and External dropper post routing options
  • Shimano Sideswing Side Swing front mech compatibility. Better clearance, better shifting, cleaner routing via down tube.
  • 4130 cromo wishbone stay rear end. Bridge-less Super Clearance S-bend chainstays with Cotic Hexten gussets for improved fatigue life and massive mud clearance. 27.5" x 2.6" or 26 x 3.0"
  • Syntace X-12 x 148 Boost thru axle
  • Geometry with commitment! Optimised around 120mm forks, maximum 140mm forks.
  • New Longshot geometry brings pin sharp, super short stem handling options whilst revised angles improve stability at speed and maintain that legendary Cotic ride feel.
  • Sizes - XS, Small, Medium and Large. The frames are designed to be compact and chuckable, with plenty of length.
  • Weight - 4.5lbs for the medium


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Geometry and Sizing Chart

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. You might not be able to fit a longer dropper post due to the collar hitting the seat tube top. 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.




140mm travel forks

Frame Size Extra Small Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 365mm 390mm 425mm 460mm
Top Tube Length (effective) 590mm 613mm 638mm 667mm
Head Angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Seat Angle 72° 72° 72° 72°
Chainstay Length 428mm 428mm 428mm 428mm
BB Drop 38mm 38mm 38mm 38mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 406mm 429mm 452mm 474mm
Stack 579.5mm 579.5mm 588.0mm 599.0mm
Usual Height Range 157-164cm 165-173cm 174-182cm 183-191cm
Stem Length 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm
Max Tyre Size 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 216mm 251mm 251mm 286mm
All measurements are based on 140mm travel fork 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 Extra Small Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 14.4" 15.3" 16.7" 18.1"
Top Tube Length (effective) 23.22" 24.15" 25.1" 26.3"
Head Angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Seat Angle 72° 72° 72° 72°
Chainstay Length 16.8" 16.8" 16.8" 16.8"
BB Drop 1.5" 1.5" 1.5" 1.5"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 16.1" 17.0" 17.9" 18.7"
Stack 22.85" 22.85" 23.2" 23.6"
Usual Height Range 5'2"-5'5" 5'5"-5'8" 5'9"-6'0" 6'0"-6'3"
Stem Length 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm
Max Tyre Size 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 216mm 251mm 251mm 286mm
All measurements are based on 140mm travel fork 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.

120mm travel forks

Frame Size Extra Small Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 365mm 390mm 425mm 460mm
Top Tube Length (effective) 588mm 611mm 636mm 665mm
Head Angle 67° 67° 67° 67°
Seat Angle 73° 73° 73° 73°
Chainstay Length 428mm 428mm 428mm 428mm
BB Drop 43mm 43mm 43mm 43mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 412mm 435mm 458mm 480mm
Stack 574.5mm 574.5mm 583.7mm 593.0mm
Usual Height Range 157-164cm 165-173cm 174-182cm 183-191cm
Stem Length 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm
Max Tyre Size 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 216mm 251mm 251mm 286mm
All measurements are based on 120mm travel fork with 20% 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 Extra Small Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 14.4" 15.3" 16.7" 18.1"
Top Tube Length (effective) 23.14" 24.05" 25.03" 26.2"
Head Angle 67° 67° 67° 67°
Seat Angle 73° 73° 73° 73°
Chainstay Length 16.8" 16.8" 16.8" 16.8"
BB Drop 1.7" 1.7" 1.7" 1.7"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 16.22" 17.12" 18.03" 18.9"
Stack 22.6" 22.6" 23.0" 23.4"
Usual Height Range 5'2"-5'5" 5'5"-5'8" 5'9"-6'0" 6'0"-6'3"
Stem Length 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm
Max Tyre Size 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0" 27.5 x 2.6" / 26 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 216mm 251mm 251mm 286mm
All measurements are based on 120mm travel fork 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.

Origin

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, and have been making our frames to our high standards since day one.

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: 31.6mm (at least 375mm long)

Dropper Compatibility: External and Internal "Stealth" routing options. External routing in dedicated hose clips under the top tube. Internal routing via the down tube.

Chainline:

Front Mech: Shimano Side Swing, Top Clamp 34.9mm, Front Entry, Boost chainline. [click here for info]. Routing for front mech in p-clips along the down tube, same as the internal dropper post routing.

Bottom Bracket width: 73mm

Bottom Bracket thread: Conventional English/BSA

Fork: Optimised around 120mm. Maximum 140mm travel, 531mm axle-crown (without sag)

Headset: 44mm external cup lower, 34mm traditional standard upper [click here for info]

Rear Hub: Boost 148 x 12 thru axle Hope hub users (Pro2, Pro2 EVO or Pro4) with 142 axles can convert to Boost148 via a Boostinator Kit which can be purchased with a frame.


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