We make bikes we love to ride; it sounds simple and obvious, but it's true. It all started in 2002 with the Soul - our now legendary long travel trail hardtail - which Cy wanted to be a strong, light, fun, durable steel hardtail which could use long forks, big tyres and proper brakes. No one made one at the time, so he designed his dream bike and founded Cotic to share that with other riders. That's why Cotic exists today. We are a truly independent bike company, not some 'little guy' front to a big distributor or corporation. To read more about our journey, have a quick read of the story of our first decade.
The key thread running through all of our products is that they're all bikes we love to ride, and we're still designing our dream bikes to share with you. All Cotic products are anchored with these five attributes:
They are designed and developed in Sheffield with diligence, passion and pride. We back that up with honest, accurate customer service and a great warranty.
When we have customers come back to us after their first ride buzzing on how great they find their new bike, that's amazing. When we have customers contact us after nearly 10 years and ask for a decal set because they're repainting their original Soul, that's even better because we know that their Cotic has had them smiling for years and will continue to do so for a long time to come. That's why we do this.
Most of our range is made from steel. We like steel. It's durable, strong, feels great to ride and has a grace of appearance and line which we love. We have done titanium frames before, and currently use aluminium where appropriate. We've not done carbon yet. It's not that we don't like aluminium, ti or carbon at all, or that we'll use steel just for the sake or it when something else will do the job better, we just prefer steel for most of the bikes we like to ride. As we said before, we make bikes we want to ride, and we want them to last a long time, which means using materials we like to use.
Our frames are designed and developed entirely by us here in the UK. We basically do everything but the welding and painting. For our all our frames this means sourcing frames built to our designs by the great frame builders out in Taiwan.
Cotic was founded, and is still owned by, Cy Turner. Cy is a degree qualified Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 18 years experience across the railway industry as well as in bicycle design. He's ridden bikes since a little after he could walk, and has ridden, raced and crashed more times and places than he cares to remember. In 2001, it was his desire for a modern steel trail hardtail which no one else made that led him to design the Soul. This went into production in 2003 and thus began the Cotic adventure! You can read more about what's happened since, in our first decade in business, here.
Paul Dexter runs customer service, admin, accounts and orders, along with being a brilliant test and development rider. Paul has over 15 years experience in bicycle retail, and is also a qualified mountain bike guide and skills coach. He's most likely to be the guy on the end of the email or phone when you contact us. He'll look after you.
Web and graphic design is by Kelvin Owers of Spittingcat. Kelvin is an integral part of the product development team as well as being responsible for all of Cotic's look and feel.
Richard Baybutt is our guy on the spanners, photos, instagram and merchandise. He is down at the warehouse building bikes and prepping frames, packing boxes and organising shelves. When he's not doing that he's also a pro photographer and does all our photoshoots, which is why the website looks so beautiful.
Our newest recruit is Sam, Sam, the Demo Man. Sam Capper is the man in the Rocket Bus, out on the road bringing the Demo To You. He's get a background in sales and marketing at Tynebank Brewery, so as well as being an awesome rider, he knows a thing or two about beer as well. If you want to ride a Cotic, get in touch via any of the options on the Demo Page and Sam will bring you a lovely bike to ride.
Cotic is also now an international brand. If there isn't a distributor in your country we can send one directly to you from the UK. Just drop us a line.
Cotic is based in Sheffield, and our warehouse is in the heart of the Peak District National Park. We can see Froggatt Edge from our front door. It's a wonderful place to live and work, with fantastic trails, cafes, pubs and people right on our doorstep. The local gritstone is beautiful and great to ride, but notoriously harsh on bikes and running gear. This makes it a great place to develop the kind of bikes we are proud of.
Because we love where we live and work, we also support it. We work with local advocacy group Ride Sheffield to help improve access and conservation of the countryside and trails for mountain bikers. We also pledge a minimum of 0.5% of our turnover each year to local trail projects. So far we have co-funded a new pump track at Totley Hall Park, and are contributing to the Lady Cannings Trails Project Phase 1.