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THE SOUL 26 IS NO LONGER IN PRODUCTION

THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE IS FOR HISTORICAL REFERENCE

The iconic and original Soul26 is now sold out and discontinued, but the legend lives on in the Soul 275.

A trail riding machine in the truest sense, the Soul has amazing adaptability and all round performance. It was initially conceived as a Modern Steel Hardtail and that where we have always aimed to keep it. It's grown and adapted, and now features dropper seatpost compatibility and tapered headtube. Want larger wheels? You need the latest Soul275 or our Solaris 29er.

Tough, light, zippy, fun, interactive, durable, comfortable. It's happy ripping up the singletrack at your local woods or trail centre, crossing maps on your bivvy adventures, smashing rocks in the Peak or Lake Districts, or tearing down mountains on your summer holidays. It's the ultimate expression of the 26" wheel hardtail.

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What's New?

The 3rd generation Soul brings in all the tubeset and design know how weve developed over the last 3 years to move the game on yet again.

Exclusive Cotic designed tapered head tube uses a 44mm bottom end, yet maintains the traditional 34mm top end. It's compatible with both taper steerers and 1 1/8" forks, so it'll work with whatever you're using now or planning to buy in the future. Its elegant, high performance, and much lighter than a full 44mm head tube when combined with the Soul tubeset.

The lightweight oversized 34.9mm seat tube we developed for the Solaris and this is carried onto the Soul26. It brings a dropper compatible 31.6mm seatpost size, its 10% lighter than the 28.6mm bulge butted tube we used up to now whilst being 15% stiffer. This is also a Cotic exclusive feature due to the proprietary manufacturing process we have developed to make use of this tube possible.

There is weight saved from the Ovalform top tube whilst maintaining strength, and dropper seatpost remote hose clips are included on the underside. The down tube is carried over to retain the inspiring ride feel and outstanding durability the Soul is rightly renowned for.

Original Cotic Ultra Compact Geometry and 100-140mm fork capability carries over unchanged. Several iterations of geometry were tested and we simply found that the current layout is balanced perfectly on the crux of all the competing requirements. After all, it's what made the Soul the legend it is in the first place.


Frame Specifications

Geometry and Sizing Chart

The chart is a guide to frame size. Ultra Compact Geometry means that the frames are small and long. 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 without feeling like you're riding a gate. You lot are just too different to say for sure, so drop us a line at size@cotic.co.uk and we'll be happy to discuss set up based on what you're riding at the moment.

140mm travel forks

Frame Size XS Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 370mm 400mm 440mm 480mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 560mm 577mm 593mm 610mm
Head Angle 68 68 68 68
Seat Angle 71 71 71 71
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm 420mm
BB Drop 11.5mm 11.5mm 11.5mm 11.5mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 374.7mm 392.0mm 406.1mm 419.4mm
Stack 555.3mm 555.7mm 565.4mm 574.9mm
Usual Height Range 153cm - 164cm 165cm - 173cm 174cm - 182cm 183cm - 191cm
Stem Length 40-70mm 40-70mm 50-80mm 50-80mm
All measurements are based on 140mm travel fork with 20% sag (i.e. rider on board)

5 ½" travel forks

Frame Size XS Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 14.5" 16" 17.5" 19"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 22.0" 22.7" 23.4" 24.0"
Head Angle 68 68 68 68
Seat Angle 71 71 71 71
Chainstay Length 16.5" 16.5" 16.5" 16.5"
BB Drop 0.5" 0.5" 0.5" 0.5"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 14.75" 15.4" 16.0" 16.5"
Stack 21.8" 21.8" 22.25" 22.6"
Usual Height Range 5' 0" - 5' 5" 5' 5" - 5' 8" 5' 8" - 6' 0" 6' 0" - 6' 3"
Stem Length 40-70mm 40-70mm 50-80mm 50-80mm
All measurements are based on 140mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)

120mm travel forks

Frame Size XS Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 370mm 400mm 440mm 480mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 560mm 577mm 593mm 610mm
Head Angle 69.25 69.25 69.25 69.25
Seat Angle 72.25 72.25 72.25 72.25
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm 420mm
BB Drop 19.5mm 19.5mm 19.5mm 19.5mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 387.4mm 404.5mm 418.6mm 431.9mm
Stack 546.6mm 546.7mm 556.2mm 565.5mm
Usual Height Range 153cm - 164cm 165cm - 173cm 174cm - 182cm 183cm - 191cm
Stem Length 40-70mm 40-70mm 50-80mm 50-80mm
All measurements are based on 120mm travel fork with 20% sag (i.e. rider on board)

4 ¾" travel forks

Frame Size XS Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 14.5" 16" 17.5" 19"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 22.0" 22.7" 23.4" 24.0"
Head Angle 69.25 69.25 69.25 69.25
Seat Angle 72.25 72.25 72.25 72.25
Chainstay Length 16.5" 16.5" 16.5" 16.5"
BB Drop 0.75" 0.75" 0.75" 0.75"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 15.25" 15.9" 16.5" 17.0"
Stack 21.5" 21.5" 21.9" 22.25"
Usual Height Range 5' 0" - 5' 5" 5' 5" - 5' 8" 5' 8" - 6' 0" 6' 0" - 6' 3"
Stem Length 40-70mm 40-70mm 50-80mm 50-80mm
All measurements are based on 120mm travel fork with 25% sag (i.e. rider on board)

100mm travel forks

Frame Size XS Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 370mm 400mm 440mm 480mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 560mm 577mm 593mm 610mm
Head Angle 70 70 70 70
Seat Angle 73 73 73 73
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm 420mm
BB Drop 25mm 25mm 25mm 25mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 394.5mm 411.5mm 425.6mm 438.7mm
Stack 541.5mm 541.5mm 550.7mm 560.3mm
Usual Height Range 153cm - 164cm 165cm - 173cm 174cm - 182cm 183cm - 191cm
Stem Length 40-70mm 40-70mm 50-80mm 50-80mm
All measurements are based on 100mm travel fork with 20% sag (i.e. rider on board)

4 " travel forks

Frame Size XS Small Medium Large
Seat Tube (centre-top) 14.5" 16" 17.5" 19"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 22.0" 22.7" 23.4" 24.0"
Head Angle 70 70 70 70
Seat Angle 73 73 73 73
Chainstay Length 16.5" 16.5" 16.5" 16.5"
BB Drop 1" 1" 1" 1"
Head Tube Length 3.9" 3.9" 4.3" 4.7"
Reach 15.5" 16.2" 16.75" 17.3"
Stack 21.3" 21.3" 21.7" 22.1"
Usual Height Range 5' 0" - 5' 5" 5' 5" - 5' 8" 5' 8" - 6' 0" 6' 0" - 6' 3"
Stem Length 40-70mm 40-70mm 50-80mm 50-80mm
All measurements are based on 100mm travel fork with 20% sag (i.e. rider on board)

Component Sizes

Seatpost diameter: 31.6mm (wise to get a decent length one)

Front Mech: 34.9mm (Top Pull)

Bottom Bracket width: 73mm

Bottom Bracket thread: Conventional English/BSA

Headset: 44mm cup lower, 34mm traditional standard upper [click here for info]

Rear Hub: Normal 135 x 10 QR


Components we can sell you to help with your build

Complete Headsets Tapered Headtube
Cane Creek Headset 40 Series EC34/EC44£45
Hope 1H for taper steerer (black)£85
Hope 1H for taper steerer (orange)£90
Hope 1H for taper steerer (blue)£90
Hope 1H for taper steerer (purple)£90
Headset Bottom Half Only
Hope H lower for taper steerer£35
Hope H lower for taper steerer + adaptor for 1 1/8£45
External cup Bottom Brackets 24mm
RaceFace BB for Affect Cranks£20
BB52 Deore Bottom Bracket£15
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (black)£75
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (orange)£80
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (red)£80
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (purple)£80
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (blue)£80
Hope MTB Stainless Steel (silver)£80

(headset and bottom bracket prices include fitting)


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