The Cotic FlareMAX is our 120mm travel, 29" or Plus wheel, fast and fun trail bike.
Combining the built-for-speed DNA of our Rocket enduro bike with the light, subtle feel of our much-loved Solaris, the FlareMAX delivers its own unique blend of speed and verve.
MAX by name, Maximum versatility by nature, the FlareMAX can run either 29 inch wheels with tyres up to 2.5" wide, or the latest Plus sized wheels in 27.5 x 2.8" width.
275 Plus wheels roll faster and offer more grip and security than regular 27.5" or 29" wheels, at the expense of slightly increased weight.
29" wheel compatibility offers you a huge range of tyre options, for every condition, and any purpose. You want fast? You've got fast. Any kind of fast you want.
The FlareMAX uses our proprietary droplink suspension system which brings together the grace, durability, clean lines, fun and interactive feel Cotic is known for while also being stiff, responsive and hugely capable - giving you the confidence to ride further and faster, no matter what the trail might throw at you.
Reynolds 853 delivers a fantastically robust and durable, long lasting front end, with the Ovalform top tube and head tube coming over from the Solaris. A light, thin wall down tube sheds weight from the frame compared to our harder hitting RocketMAX. As with all the droplink bikes, the Cotic custom designed heat treated seat tube gives incredible stiffness at suspension pivots to give you the confidence you need when cut and pasting your lines between the trees and rocks.
Steel is also used for the seatstays, which are completely bespoke to the FlareMAX. Its strength allows us to minimise the size of this part of the frame, maximising ankle, heel and calf clearance. Custom ultra slim titanium droplink pivot fittings complete the picture.
The swingarm is 7000 series aluminium. This allows us to create the complex shaped CNC machined parts required to thread through the area between the tyre and chainrings, and get as much structure as possible in the brace area for great stiffness at the back of the bike.
The details and latest trends are all covered: Boost148 bolt thru back end for maximum big wheel stiffness, taper steerer compatible head tube, sealed, capped and shielded pivots, ISCG05 mounts, right down the precisely located hose routing, plus internal and external routing for maximum dropper seatpost compatibility.
In short, it's a brilliant all round trail bike, more capable than you can possibly imagine. Fast, flowy and fun.
The FlareMAX is available as a multitude of fully customisable bikes in the UK, or as a frame with a choice of shocks worldwide.
Complete bike options
Complete bikes start with our no nonsense Silver build, moves up to our high performance Gold level, and finally to the dream bike Platinum spec for all the toys. There are multiple upgrade options for each bike, including WTB Carbon wheels, so you can make your FlareMAX your own. For more information, click on the tabs below. Prices start at £2699
FlareMAX is also available frame only with X-Fusion O2 or Cane Creek DB Inline shock options. Prices start at £1499
If you want your suspension trail bike from Cotic with the lighter, livelier ride of the smaller 27.5" wheels, you need our Flare.
Like your wheels big, but your ride a little faster and tougher? A little slacker and more enduro? You need the RocketMAX.
Maybe you're more a hardtail rider, but like the versatility of the FlareMAX with 29er and 275 Plus wheels? Have a look at the Solaris.
All our bikes are hand assembled to order here in the Peak District by Paul, Cy, Richard or Will. If there's anything on the spec you're not sure about, or don't need, give us a ring to discuss. We'd much rather leave something off you don't need and charge you a bit less than waste a perfectly good part you'll not use when we can put it on someone elses bike. Better for you, better for us, less waste, so better for everyone.
When ordering, you can choose key components to help you get the fit you want on your bike (contact us if you need help), but you can also go custom if you want to personalise your build still further. Many of our builds can be customised extensively, with headset, brake, wheel and fork travel options available.
The chart is a guide to frame size. OFI Geometry means that the frames are low and long, with plenty of standover room. You can take this two ways: You can either have a regular position coupled with a small and chuckable frame, or you could go for the next size up and go long and racey with a short stem without feeling like you're riding a gate. Make sure you consider your leg length as well. If you upsize you might not be able to fit a dropper post with 150mm drop due to the collar hitting the seat tube top. You lot are just too different to say for sure, so drop us a line at email@example.com and we'll be happy to discuss set up based on what you're riding at the moment.