04/04/2017 - Restrap X Cotic

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Restrap X Cotic

Custom Frame Bag

Interesting little side project we have had going on which has come to fruition this week. If you follow our Instagram and Facebook posts you might have noticed Richard sporting a little frame bag in the front of the main triangle of his Rocket. This is a result of a bit of a roundabout journey, where I did some brainstorming about what and how people carry things on their bikes with Nick Hamilton from Sheffield Hallam University. He wanted some help shaping some ideas with a view to offering the project to a Masters student on his Sports Engineering course. There was much drinking of coffee, hand waving, wandering around, and post it notes...

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The idea was to come up with what might be the minimum required luggage to be safe out in the hills, and how that changed with riders' experience, perception and preparation. We got some really interesting insights, not least of which was asking friends what they had in their pack and why. This led to all sorts of interesting conversations, but most valuable for most people was simply the act of emptying their pack and having a look. Most people had two if not three generations/frame purchases ago mech hangers, special tools they no longer needed, wrong size tubes. So if nothing else, grab your pack tonight and empty it out. I think you'll be surprised by how much weight you can save!

For the record, I have a small and large multi-tool, a blinky rear light, Mountain Morph mini floor pump, a couple of zips ties, couple of plasters, a few quid in change, a buff and a fleece skull cap, and a quick link for my chain. If I'm faffing with shocks I'll have a lightweight aluminium rule and a shock pump and a notepad, and I have a really light Royal windproof gillet which does go in the bag on me most rides. I'll add food and jackets/layers for longer rides. Here is a snapshot of what Richard has in his Restrap:

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Richard came to one of the sessions, and inspired by the thinking behind it, got in touch with Restrap in Leeds about a little frame bag to carry his essentials. We got a bag but it wasn't quite right, so we set about making a bunch of templates from all the Cotic front ends in all sizes and sent them to Restrap to see if they could come up with something that would work on Cotic's. Restrap owners Nathan owns a BFe so he was up for a collaboration. A couple of prototypes were made, tweaking the shape and strapping until we ended up with this:

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It's designed to fit in front of the shock mount on all droplink bikes and obviously without having shocks it will easily fit all the hardtails too. It's pretty roomy, so all your essentials will fit: multi-tool, small pump or cannister, tube, some small spares and a bit of a food, even a light gillet or jacket. It's perfect for those short rides where a pack is overkill, or longer days if you don't like wearing a pack. It's got waterproof zips and is showerproof so everything stays in good condition. Richard is a huge fan as he doesn't like wearing a pack, and the team will be running them in races for the same reason. My elephant like appetite for water even on short rides means I'm sticking with my small hydration pack, but for longer days I shall be taking one with me for those few extras I can't get on my back like extra food and another layer of clothing.

They're made in the UK, and it's been such a cool thing to be a part of.

They are available now, in black, for 45. You can orders yours today on our Merch page and you'll have it before the weekend:

Hope you like them. What are you going to put in yours?

Cy

Founder and Director - Cotic Bikes


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