20/05/2016 - New BFe26 - the full story


NEW 26" HARDTAIL WITH UPDATED GEOMETRY

26 definitely ain't dead!

That's right, in 2016 we've actually gone and done it, re-designed our legendary 26" wheel hardnut hardtail. Not just another batch for the original frame, a whole new design. 26 definitely ain't dead!

It features our first update to our classic 26" wheeled geometry: it's got the longer reach and slacker head angle developed on the BFe275, optimised around longer forks so the BB is around 10mm lower for a given fork length than before. It's ideal to pair with the short stems and wide bars we've come to love.

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The BFe26 is for hard riding. For earning turns and railing berms. You can run with a 100mm fork for 4X and dirt jump duties, just like Fast Freddie Oxley in the video. 120mm or 140mm forks make it a sweet handling trail bike. Or you can plug in a 160mm fork and send it down the Megavalanche, just like Robbie did on the original in 2008. Most BFe26 builds perform mighty fine as bold-as-brass razz-around play bikes.

We shot this at Sheffield's Bolehills BMX track to show off the playful side of the bike. As I said, it'll still be an ace trail bike, just as it always was, but it's also a great "bunch of bits from the garage, thrash around the pump track" kind of bike too. It's super versatile. And as Fast Freddie says, "If you want to hit this berm as fast as you can, this is the bike to do it on"

New colours are Fast Red as shown, or Gloss Orange with our new cut-through wrap graphics.

There's revised cable routing to go with the updated geometry, Stealth dropper option, and tidied up stops for use with Shimano Sideswing front mechs if you're still running multiple chainrings. You can see the pics from Richard Baybutt's amazing photoshoot on the product page gallery here...

We still love 26" bikes, and it's staying in the range because you can build it with those great 26" parts you still have; Sam grabbed the frame from the photoshoot to do exactly this. You can even plug in 27.5" forks if your 26" forks are worn out, so long as you keep the 26" wheels in there.

We can help you out with a full build if you're still fully committed to the 26" cause. Drop us an email on info@cotic.co.uk to discuss options around our Silver or Gold build kits.

As it ever was: Fun with a capital F. Durable with a capital D. Burly Iron.

They're due into stock first week of June, priced at 349 for the frame only. You can order yours now, by clicking here...


Find out more about the new BFe26 on the product page…

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Watch the original #26aintdead video…

After that, see the outtakes…