This season the team have been campaigning in the PMBA Enduro Series, with quite a bit of success. Swinny has won or podium'd at all the rounds he's raced so far, and Chay has had some great results too. With the series working on a 'Best 4 rounds of 6 plus the Final' setup, the fact the boys missed a couple of rounds means that despite they're still seriously in contention.
With the final round at Grizedale this weekend, Swinny is leading the overall and needs 3rd or better to take the title. Chay is in 6th overall but just 3 points outside the top 5, and with more than that separating the points awarded for 3-6 position, a good result will see him move up the rankings too. COME ON LADS!!
If you're up at Grizedale this weekend, give 'em a cheer.
Here's a copy of the latest mailing list email that Cy sent. A more thoughtful piece....
On Sunday night I went for a quick spin on my Roadrat. Not so unusual you might think, it was a lovely
evening. But recently it has been quite unusual for me. I've got a little bit stuck on needing to go on a "proper" ride to make it worth the faff of getting ready.
I was feeling a bit 'stuck in the house' after tea. Been in most of the afternoon having a lazy day with the family, which was all very nice, but with rain coming today I felt like it would be wasting the nice weather not to do something. I was pretty tired and didn't really fancy dragging myself all the way up onto the moors on my mountain bike. One of the great things about where I live is that I can ride from the door onto the Eastern Moors around Sheffield. However, I've been riding this and nothing else for a while and it's a 300m climb to the top of the hill too, so that wasn't the one.
Having ummed and ahhed and prevaricated, for the first time in ages I decided to just grab my Roadrat and go for a roll around the block. Civvies, no gloves, no pack, no faff, no helmet (GASP!). So off I went for a spin. Up the hill, round the corner, off the main bypass and down the old road I never take in the car. Just spinning, looking at the view. Then I spot an Unsuitable For Motors sign on a right hand junction. Interesting. What's that? So I take this and lift my bike through the motorbike barriers. It's an old Hollow Way, dropping down the hill. Bit bumpy, but fine. Then I get to the golf course, vaguely know there's another trail around here. Spot a new trail on the left, but leave that for later. Carry on, down the drive, past the old Abbey. Then I recognise the place. It's where the nice singletrack at the top of the woods pops out. It's a lovely piece of trail I sometimes pop down for a lunchtime breakout. It's only 5 minutes long, and I never knew how to do anything but turn around and go back the way I came before. Now I have a bit of a loop.
So, turn around, head back, there's that trail I saw earlier, but now I have my bearings I reckon it might link up with the singletrack. Nothing ventured and all that......Off down this path, lovely views of the Abbey, quite a nice narrow trail, new things to see not a mile from my house. I've lived here 9 years and still didn't know this! And I was right, it does link up onto the singletrack, so I pop into the top of the woods and ride the skinny trail, popping the slick tyres over the roots and generally having a nice time.
I head to the end, over the road, past the pub, and into the other woods, and home. I've been out 40 minutes, not really broken a sweat, had a lovely spin and now have a nice little loop I can bust out on if the mood takes me.
Obviously it being dry helped enormously, but I was on my old 8spd bit box Roadrat; flat bars, rigid fork and seatpost, 37mm slick tyres. And it was nice. The sport was not progressed in any way, but I had fun and with minimal faff, minimal effort.
People who say "any ride is better than no ride" always strike me as insufferable, so that's not where I'm coming from at all. 4 hour death marches across winter moors you can keep. But I have definitely found myself guilty of not riding at all for the sake of it not being a 'proper' ride on my mountain bike. It's also easy to get carried away with the notion that it's imperative to have a head angle in the mid-60s, a dropper post and all the other toys to have a good time on trails, and with me having my designer head on most of the time I ride my bike, I'm probably more guilty of that than most. The Roadrat has a 72 degree head angle and a 100mm stem. EEERRRMYGEERRD! And I didn't die. It's not what I'd chose to attack Devil's Elbow any time soon, but it was lovely to just do a bit of idle exploring and to pass a spare hour of a sunny evening.
No real point to this I guess. Enjoy being on your bike. Any bike. Where does that trail go? Just thought I'd share.
We're pretty avid followers of the Enduro World Series here at Cotic. We love Enduro as a format and the way the World Series goes to these amazing places just makes us want to ride. But this year an extra element has added to it for us - Sam Hill. He's one of our favourite riders, and that run at Schladming back in the day is still etched in our memories. Seems that Sam is fired up for Enduro now, and we're excited to see what he'll do this weekend in Valberg, and also next season when he competes in the whole series.
Also, given that Cy, Sam, Rich, Wil, Chay and Swinny all ride flats, we LOVE that Sam Hill is bringing the #flatpedalthunder to the world series.
If you want some beautiful escapism this morning there's also some awesome photos from the media recce at Valberg over on Pinkbike, which takes in the notorious Grey Earth area, made famous by the TransProvence week long Alpine Rally.
We've added some ride photos to the Flare product page gallery. STUNTS!!!
This Thursday 15th September we have our second Pop Up Showroom event as Sam takes things on the road. It's at - rather appropriately for us - Roll For The Soul and Sam will be there with the demo bikes all scrubbed up and lovely for you to have a look at and chat to him about them.
The evening begins at 6pm and lasts until 9pm. We will have some beer for you to drink and the cafe will be open for food and other drinks. There will be Rockets, RocketMAX, Flare, FlareMAX, Soul and Solaris there to have a look at and Sam on hand to tell you about them.
Roll For The Soul is at Unit 2, St Lawrence House, Quay Street, Bristol, BS1 2JL.
Google Maps link here: https://goo.gl/maps/iP5atafPPP32
See you tomorrow?
Was going to sit on this till tomorrow but the stoke is just too high. So proud of these two. #unsustainablyhighstoke #gritandsteel . . #Repost @chaymoose with @repostapp ・・・ @jpswinny takes it . I rolled home 5th elite at @pmba_enduro @coticbikes #rocket / @ridejoystick / @xfusionshox / @cane_creekusa / @35bikes / @hookitproducts / @polarisbikewear / @ninjazgloves / @wildernesstrailbikes #enduro #hktmovement #ridejoystick #joystick
PMBA Series Round 6 rolled around last week with an intense, 18 stage (yes 18!) bonanza. Swinny and Chay were tearing it up again with a win and a 5th, so double podium. So happy with that! Swinny is currently leading the series with Chay 6th just 3 points off 5th. It's all to play for in the final round at Grizedale on 2nd October. Check out the video of the event
As well as the team, we also heard from Will who podium'd in his first ever Enduro aboard his Rocket. YEAH WILL!!
Managed to pull off 2nd place today at my first ever Enduro! Massive thanks to the guys over at @swinleybikehub for organising such a wicked event. The @coticbikes rocket was flying through each stage. Onto next weekend for the final round of the downhill free riders championship!🤘🏻 #cotic #coticbikes
A little earlier in the year we were really happy to get an email from Andrew Slowey, the Marketing/Sponsorship Manager at Cane Creek. He wanted a Rocket for his personal bike. We were more than happy to oblige, and now the new DB Coil IL has been launched Andrew has now published a blog talking about his Rocket and his personal setup.
Andrew writes of his Rocket...
My Cotic Rocket is an awesome bike! It turns like its on rails, it stays composed through the gnarliest of trails, and most importantly it maintains a very predictable ride. Even through straight out of the box, this steel frame, slacked out bike; rides excellent, I have added my own personal touches that cater to how and what I like to ride. Dialing in your setup is a critical step in familiarizing yourself with you bicycle and will translate into a more comfortable and intuitive feel out on the trail.
We met with Cane Creek at Eurobike and talked about the new DB Coil IL. We have a sample on order to test over the winter. They're not available to us until March 2017 so we have some time to figure it out on our bikes. It's an interesting shock. We would be really interested to know if any of you would like to run a Coil shock on your bike. Drop us an email.
Pleasingly for us Andrew is running very close to the Cotic base tune for the DB Inline on his Coil IL. Only major difference is a little more High Speed Compression, but as the Coil IL is less progressive than the air shock, that is to be expected. Andrew has also shared some insights with me about how he sets up his bikes in different conditions:
When things get steeper and faster, my go to adjustment is the HS Rebound. I will turn it a 1/2 turn to a full turn in (clockwise) from my base setting to slow down the shocks shaft's return speed, mitigating the "kicking" or "bucking" feeling when hitting jumps at speed or exiting quick "cutty style" turns.
Read all about it on the Cane Creek Website:
Rich grabbed his camera, and Cy grabbed a FlareMAX, and they hit the trails on Cy's doorstep. All so you can see the bike in action in the FlareMAX product page gallery.