Here in merry old England, we have a bank holiday on Monday. Traditionally this means riding bikes with mates, or drinking with mates, or eating with family, but definitely not answering emails or anything normally considered "work". So, Cotic will be next open on Tuesday. Feel free to give us a shout then. Cheers.
We got asked a pretty good question over the weekend on our Facebook page. So good that we thought we would share it more widely, as we expect Johannes isn't the only person wondering this....
Johannes Karlsmyr to Cotic
21 August at 11:46 ·
Hey Cotic! You have probably at least one in your staff that have been riding both the Flare MAX and the Rocket MAX and can give a short comparison. Is the Rocket "much" heavier and less flickable then the Flare? Is the Flare "much" more nervous due to the one degree steeper head-angle and shorter wheelbase etc?
Today i ride a trail-bike with 100mm travel in the rear and 140mm up front and 67 degree head angle, and i really don't have a big urge for more travel in the rear, but could consider it if it's not in my way ;-)
I hope someone can fill in with their experience of both MAX bikes!
Both bikes looks fantastic by the way, great job!
Thanks for a good question, you're not the only person to ask. Both bikes (fairly understandably) have a similar feel, and the RocketMAX isn't MUCH heavier or less flickable than the FlareMAX.
With the big (29" or Plus) wheels the FlareMAX feels way more capable than you would expect for 'just' a 120mm bike (and our demo bike has 120mm forks too). Compared to the RocketMAX it's a little easier to flick from your wrists around corners, whereas the RocketMAX is a little more stable and needs a more lean the bike technique. That said, the RocketMAX is still a good all round ride, but it is very, very capable once it gets rough and fast.
I think I would sum it up like this: I (Cy) ride a RocketMAX because I live in the Peak District with fast, rocky terrain on my doorstep all the time. I also visit the Alps each year and prefer to take the same bike I ride most of the time. If I lived somewhere flatter, with more singletrack, and simply visited rocky areas occasionally I think a FlareMAX would be the one, and probably the only mountain bike I would need.
It's been crazy busy at Cotic the past few weeks, and now our feet have finally touched the ground, here's the next couple of stops on the demo tour.
'Ard Rock was a great weekend. The days were long but we loved chatting to so many people about the new bikes, with plenty of people taking bikes for a demo and returning with the 'Rocket Grin' plastered across their faces! It was also really good to see plenty of Rockets, BFes and Souls setting out to tackle the grueling 45km lap with it's 5 timed stages. Swinny was on hand to fly the Cotic Racing flag, but after 'getting a bit excited' a couple of punctures in the incredibly sharp rocks put an end to his challenge, but he kept it pinned to the end to pick up 16th place.
One particular mention needs to go to Tom Hill, the late Jenn Hill's husband. After Jenn's untimely death last year after a long battle with cancer, Ard Rock set up the Jenn Hill Memorial Trophy for hardtail riders in Jenn's honour, as she did the 2014 event on her beloved Solaris. We lent Tom a Solaris to ride for the event and it meant a lot to him and us to have him on that bike.
Tom Hill (left) on his Solaris, and good friend of Cotic's Alec Brunson on his BFe275
taking on the Jenn Hill Memorial Trophy
Well done to all riders who took part, it looked hard in the heat of Saturday, and even harder in Sundays wind. We'll certainly be back next year, and hopefully we'll get a ride in too.
Onto future events, the next demo is this Thursday evening, 11th August, at Lady Cannings, Sheffield.
Sam will be parked up by the entrance to the woods from 3pm until 8pm with a variety of droplink full suspension and hardtail bikes. Drop him an email on email@example.com if you'd like to book a bike for a certain time, or give him a call on 07398189114. Otherwise pop along and take a bike for a spin. Don't forget photo ID, credit card/car keys to leave as security and your pedals.
This weekend is Sam's 'weekend' weekend, and he'll be heading out for his first mountain bike ride since breaking his wrist; wish him luck! He's easing back into it riding a FlareMAX with 275Plus wheels round the blue route at Glentress on Saturday; say hello if you see him!
After that, we head to Shropshire for two demo days on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August. We'll be at Hopton Woods on the Saturday from 9:30, so let Sam know if you'd like to book a bike to ride. On the Sunday we will be at Plush Hill Cycles in Church Stretton for a day of demo rides on the Long Mynd, the plan is for two or three guided rides during the day. If there's a specific bike you'd like to try out, drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and he will make sure it goes in the van. More the details next week, but ask Allen and Kate at Plush Hill about it if you pop in.
As ever, let us know if you'd like to demo a bike and we can get an Exclusive Ride in the diary. Sam's in Scotland at the end of the month, all the details are on the demo page http://www.cotic.co.uk/demo.
Steve Smith tackled the 247km Trans Karoo ride on his Original Escapade at the suggestion of his friend Matthew de Jongh, our South Africa distributor, and all round cycling nut. He wrote up his ride report for Ride magazine. Have a read, and see if it inspires you to take on a bigger escapade than your usual...
Come and join us tommorrow evening, Wednesday 3rd August for a beer and check out our brand new droplink bikes. We'll be there from 6pm until 10pm.
This, the first of our Pop Up Showrooms, is happening in one of Sheffield's coolest new venues - The Holt Cafe - and is your chance to cast your eyes over our new range of full suspension bikes.
The Holt have great local coffee and cakes on sale, and we're getting some Thornbridge bottles in, so come down enjoy beer on us, grab a coffee to sharpen up, and some cake to keep you going and we'll be on hand to have a chat about the shiny new bikes and all things Cotic.
We would love you to come along and help us celebrate the launch of our new extended droplink range. This is especially true if you've seen the new bikes on t'internet, but aren't quite ready to pull the trigger on a demo ride, the Pop Up Showroom will be a great way to have a good look at them in the metal (the colours look great in photos, but you HAVE to see them in Real Life (tm) to appreciate them) and see if you want to take that next step and get on a ride.
As we said, we'll be there all evening - 6-10pm - at The Holt on Arundle Street in Sheffield.
There'll be merch on sale, beers, coffee, cakes and bikes. What's not to like?!
Bring your mates and we'll see you there.
Thanks to Tim Royale for the clip of our demo stand at Northern Grip last weekend.
A final reminder that this weekend our droplink demo bikes are staying local, so you can ride one from our HQ in the Peak District... Get on it!
We also have lots more public demos in the pipeline, and you can also organise a private demo for you and your riding mates with Sam.
A reminder that this weekend you can ride the new droplink bikes from our HQ in the Peak District... Get on it!
Rich and Will have been busy filling our unit with boxes and boxes of new droplink frames, and building up the first bikes for customers. All four models, in all colours, and all sizes, are available to order from stock now. Bikes are built up on demand... place an order and the boys get busy.
Also new in, are our bottles.
Classy white COTIC wrap print on smoke transparent bottles, we love them.
Postage is a bit different for these (as they're pretty affordable but big) in that, if you buy just bottles, we need to add £3 extra P&P to your order. If however, you order anything else, say a mudguard, pocket t-shirt or ride jersey, then that extra postage charge isn't applied. This means free postage to mainland UK, and lower postage costs elsewhere. So, we advise using your bottle purchase as an excuse to grab something else at the same time.
Oh... one more thing... don't forget we having a demo weekend "at home" in the Peak District.