What is Cotic?

Cotic is an independent British bicycle company based on the edge of the Peak District, UK.

We build dream bikes

It all started in 2003 with the Soul - our now legendary long travel trail hardtail - which Cy wanted to be a strong, light, fun, durable steel hardtail which could use long forks, big tyres and proper brakes. No one made one at the time, so he designed his dream bike and founded Cotic to share that with other riders.

That's why Cotic exists today. Now we build your dream bikes. Every decision we make - every design, letting you tailor your build options, every time we talk to or email someone - it's to make sure you get your dream bike.

We are a truly independent bike company, not some 'little guy' front to a big distributor or corporation.

What bikes do Cotic make?

Cotic make modern steel mountain and gravel bikes with progressive geometry and a confidence inspiring ride. We build our dream bikes, because they're probably your dream bike too.

We are a small and passionate company run by riders, we make the bikes we love to ride.

All our bikes are:

  • Fun
  • Durable
  • Clean Lines
  • Interactive
  • Confidence Inspiring

Where are Cotic bikes made and built?

All Cotic bikes are built by us in the UK, at our HQ. Cotic frames are manufactured in the UK and Taiwan.

Cotic frames are made in small batches by Five Land Bikes in Scotland, and at high end framebuilders in Taiwan.

Our frames are designed and developed entirely by us here in the UK. We do everything but the welding and painting. For most of our frames this means sourcing frames built to our designs by the great frame builders out in Taiwan.

From 2019, for select model lines and Launch Edition frames, we have teamed up with Five Land Bikes in Scotland to make production front triangles. They are then partnered with our proven Taiwan made rear ends. Bridging the gaps are machined parts to our design from various UK CNC suppliers. We assemble the frames right here at our Derbyshire HQ.

Learn more about our UK production

Complete bikes are assembled in the UK, each bike to built to order for each customer. It's what we call Your Bike Built For You and it means you can have all sorts of options, and everything from a bare frame to a complete bike and all possibilities in between, to make sure your Cotic is your dream bike.

Learn more about Your Bike Built For You

Why steel? Do Cotic only make steel bikes?

Cotic makes bikes from steel because steel is tough, durable and gives our bikes beautifully clean lines. We also use titanium, aluminium and carbon fibre where appropriate for our bikes.

Using steel gives Cotic hardtail and full suspension frames a gorgeous, tactile, and traction enhancing flex along the length of the bike, allowing them to breathe with the trail instead of fighting it.

We use steel for most of our bike frames, including our droplink full suspension range. We love the super strong, air-hardening Reynolds 853 material, as well as our own custom specified heat treated chromoly.

Whilst this may be unusual, it's simply an extension of the reason why Cy first chose to use it for the Soul all those years ago. Because of its incredible strength it allows us to use it in relatively thin sections when designing the frames, which gives the bikes outstanding ride feel and reduces the weight. We don't use steel to be different, we use it because we strongly believe it builds the best bikes.

We also use other materials where appropriate, for example aluminium for suspension linkages and carbon for the Escapade forks.

Learn more about why we use steel

Do Cotic sell in bike shops?

Cotic sell bikes and frames direct to customers worldwide. We ship from our UK HQ to you, and do not supply any distributors or bike shops. Get in touch! We can't wait to talk to your about building your perfect bike.

What about Cotic’s aftercare?

Cotic prides itself on honest and accurate customer service. We are always on the end of the phone or email to solve any issue, answer any question or advise with setup. All we want is for you to have the best riding experience possible.

You can source any spares required from the Cotic website, and we run exclusive owners only events and rides. Buying a Cotic is more than just getting a new bike.

Check out our loyal customers across the globe...

Who owns Cotic?

Cotic is owned by founder Cy Turner, who started the company in 2003.

What does Cotic mean?

The name Cotic comes from a nickname for our founder, Cy Turner, from his university days. Cy-Cotic - 'psychotic'. It is pronounced 'Cot-ick', not 'Coat-ick'.

Where are Cotic based?

Cotic is based in Chesterfield in Derbyshire, in the UK. We have one foot in the steel city of Sheffield and one foot in the gritstone cycling paradise that is the Peak District.

Our bikes are ridden all over the world.

Which Cotic should I buy?

Cotic make bikes for all sorts of riding, from commuting to enduro racing. Explore our range on the website and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via phone or email, we all ride all our models and we can't wait to help your spec up your dream build.

Contact us here

Beyond the bikes

Because we love where we live and work, we also support it. We work with local advocacy group Ride Sheffield to help improve access and conservation of the countryside and trails for mountain bikers. We also pledge a minimum of 0.5% of our turnover each year to trail advocacy groups such as the Tweed Valley Trail Association and Bolehills BMX Track.

Our values are rooted in respect for our employees and customers. We champion diversity and inclusivity and are committed to equal opportunity for all, embracing new and different perspectives.

We recycle as much as we can from our UK operation, and our packaging is sustainably sourced, fully recyclable cardboard. We are working to eliminate single use plastics, but we have a long way to go on that. We support and fund the work of Trash Free Trails. Using steel as much as possible is the lowest impact way we know of to make a bicycle frame.

Every day we try to be better.

Read more about our Sustainability approach

Who works at Cotic?

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Cy Cotic was founded, and is still owned, by Cy Turner. Cy is a degree qualified Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 20 years experience across the railway industry as well as in bicycle design. He's ridden bikes since a little after he could walk, and has ridden, raced and crashed more times and places than he cares to remember. In 2001, it was his desire for a modern steel trail hardtail which no one else made that led him to design the Soul. This went into production in 2003 and thus began the Cotic adventure! You can see more about what's happened since, in our first 15 years in business, here.

Paul Paul Dexter runs customer service, admin, accounts and orders, along with being a brilliant test and development rider. Paul has over 20 years experience in bicycle retail, and is also a qualified mountain bike guide and skills coach. He's most likely to be the guy on the end of the email or phone when you contact us. He'll look after you.

Kelvin Web and graphic design is by Kelvin Owers of Spittingcat. Kelvin is an integral part of the product development team as well as being responsible for all of Cotic's look and feel. If you notice anything missing, or misbehaving, on the website, feel free to let him know be email, or contact any of us here at Cotic, and we'll pass it on.

Richard Richard Baybutt is our guy on the spanners, photos, Instagram and merchandise. He is down at the warehouse building bikes and prepping frames, packing boxes and organising shelves. When he's not doing that he's also a pro photographer and does all our photoshoots, which is why the website looks so beautiful.

Sam Sam, Sam, the Demo Man. Sam Capper is the man in the Rocket Bus. He's got a background at a brewery, so as well as being an awesome rider, he knows a thing or two about beer as well. If you want to ride a Cotic, get in touch via any of the options on the Demo Page and Sam will sort getting you a demo ride.

Will Will is the brother of Rocketman and no less fast. After many years working as a mechanic in the bike trade, he's joined us in the warehouse for building up the fleet of new models we have available. If you want to know a secret trail, a short cut or new ride, Will is your man as he spends more time in the Peaks than the lot of us combined.

Hannah Hannah is a key member of the team. She works in demo helping get the demo days and fleet organised. She also works in dispatch, ensuring the bikes are well packaged and couriers are booked to get your bike sent out to you.

Darren Darren is another swiss army knife of a staff member. Whether it's demos, photoshoots, helping out on the spanners in our workshop, or designing a cable routing guide you can actually follow... he's always busy.

Mat Mat is here to keep your orders coming to you while Hannah is busy. We can't say he fills her shoes... who could?! But he's doing a damn good job, and throwing us extra curveballs with great videos and interesting new ideas.

Who rides for Cotic?

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Chay Chay AKA Straight-line is our longest serving ambassador. Joining the ranks way back in 2013 to race Enduro on the new Rocket. Since then he’s been instrumental in the development of all the top-end enduro frames and offering constant real-world feedback, whilst being the most approachable, fastest & hardest grafting individual we could hope for. He’s stuck with us through thick & thin and is a cornerstone of steel-bike-love in the Peak District.
@chaymoose

Kel Kel joined us in 2017 just before a life-changing trip to Switzerland where she got to put the Rocket through its paces in the big mountains. She’s been a huge help in getting the Women of Steel rides rolling and is perfect example of how far positivity & kindness can take you.
@kellyjaynecollinge

Camus Dave Camus, the Lord of Bolehills BMX Track and the King of stoke! DC joined us for the launch of the first long shot BFe, using our piste map to navigate all the shred-spots in the city of Sheffield. He’s sent Crabapple hits, survived Whistler Bikepark and battered countless laps of Scottish hills all aboard his hardtail BFe. He finally moved onto a Rocket for 2020 and will be stepping up again to a RocketMAX in 2022. Ask him about the DJ project too sometime...
@davecamus

Gaz Gareth Jones is Sheffield’s favourite cycling coach. Taking over the A Line reins and teaching the secrets of perfect cornering is a vocation for Gaz. He switches between a Rocket and RocketMAX for different situations but will be faster than you on either. When he’s not coaching he’s helping Sheffield secure its first Velosolutions pump track and encouraging the population to 'Move More'.
@aline.coaching

Sam Downtime Podcast Chris has possibly the most tricked-out RocketMAX you’re ever likely to find. Interviewing the great & the good of the entire bike industry will help acquire you those cream-of the-crop components so we’re extra especially pleased he chose to hang them on one of our frames. If you want to hear silky smooth, professionally delivered and continually interesting interviews then check out his world famous podcast and get inspired.
@downtimepodcast

Wayne Wayne has been repping Cotic out in the mountains of Chamonix for a few years now; regularly submitting envy-inducing blogs and photo reports for his many adventures. He's currently putting a RocketMAX through its paces out there, and we can't think of a more suitable bike for such demanding terrain. If you need a guide for the most epic of trips, then you need to give him a shout.
@chamonixmtb

Jo Jo is a Trash Free Trails powerhouse and creator of the Trash Mob Academy. In addition to cleaning up the local (and non local) trails around her, she’s a teacher at a Pupil Referral Unit in Wakefield. Using the medium of bikes she manages to connect the students to nature and create lifelong a lifelong appreciation of the outdoors which will no doubt see them in great stead.
@jojobear2016

Abby Abby is a gravel adventure queen who took up long distance cycling relatively recently to help recover from an illness. Since then (and since upgrading from her dad’s old Zaskar) she’s completed the Dales Divide, the Steel City Downhill (on a RocketMAX mind!) and an epic ride from Cape Town to Kenya on her Cascade. She’s a beacon of joy in a World that worries too much about not having the right kit or the right plan. Abby gets it all done with a smile.
@abby_popplestone

Esme An aspiring BMX racer, Esme is the youngest ambassador at Cotic. She borrowed her dads BFe after outgrowing her old mtb and we've since sorted her out with a brand new one of her own. Her first trip to Sheffield ticked off Bolehills, Hillsborough and the infamous SCDH with the Women of Steel gang in tow. The future is bright.
@cranky_es




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