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30/03/2020 - Launching Cotic Rocket Gen4

THE NEW UK MADE ROCKET

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THE NEW UK MADE ROCKET

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30/03/2020 - we are here for you

We are open!

We are isolating by working from home and only have one person at HQ building bikes at any one time, but we are still open, still building, still talking bikes, still shipping.

We can't meet you in person though, so no demos, no factory collection etc.

Get in touch any time. We're here to help.

Keep safe and healthy

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26/03/2020 - Fantastic Cotic Flare Review

Cotic Flare Singletrack Review

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Singletrack have just posted up the review they did of the fabulous Cotic Flare.

"It’s fiendishly difficult to find any negatives about the Flare."

"The interplay between the hugely effective Longshot geometry, droplink suspension and the steel front triangle provide an energetic, almost hyperactive character."

Click here to read the full Singletrack review

We have Flare in stock now in all sizes and colours, with the new-for-2020 135mm travel update using the fabulous Cane Creek DB Air IL shock. That bike on test was also the 2019 Silver build. Right now you get the awesome SLX 12spd.

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And if you can't get enough Flare, this also give us another chance to post Guy Kesteven's life affirming "Jason Statham of bikes" quoting live ride review. Enjoy!


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25/03/2020 - Will's BFe Dual Slalom Destroyer

Will's custom BFe build

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Next up in our recurring feature on staff bikes, here is Will's Cotic BFe.

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Will Swinden is our head mechanic, king of the spanners and probably the fastest bike rider at Cotic towers. He's also never scared. Ever.

This is Will's BFe, the bike on which he dominates the ThisIsSheffield winter dual slalom mate's races, which run every other Wednesday night between the clock changes, at various secret locations around Sheffield. True grassroots 'jumpers for goalposts' stuff, which mostly feature extremely slippery flat corners on wet grass or loamy forest floor. Watching Will drift his BFe at mach 10 in the dark is something that will never, ever get old. He does crash sometimes though, as you can see from his mudguard.

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I asked Will how his bike rides, and his response was conclusive: “Sick. Seems to work at duals.” He also informs me that this bike is an undefeated heavyweight champion, having never lost an overall winter dual series since it was built.

Will got this size large BFe frame as soon as they came out, late summer 2017. The first Cotic model to hit the market with our now signature Longshot geometry. Pretty much all the components came from the Rocket he was riding before this bike, including some nice blue parts like the Burgtec stem and pedals, and the classic Pro 4 hubs from Hope. Will built these wheels himself, WTB Asym i29 rims are tough, and they need to be they way he rides it! They also give the 2.6 inch WTB tyres a great profile, and allow him to run silly low pressures for dual races. Vigilante up front, Trailboss out back.

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One of his favourite components on this bike is the 4 pot Deore brakes. They've never been touched since new, and have some serious stopping power. Risk of an OTB is high!

The 160mm X Fusion Metric forks are monsters. Freeride forks on a hardtail is very Will, and keeps the bike where he puts it. It's built for strength and gravity assisted performance this bike.

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As you can see, Will doesn't waste time washing his bike. “Lube the chain, wipe off the excess, don't wash it, no problems.” Simple and effective. I asked what he keeps in his Restrap frame bag, but you don't want to know.

Sam.

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Will Swiden Dual Champion

Even on his old BFe, Will was king of dual slalom.

If you like the sound of Will's dual destroying BFe, get yourself on the new BFe hype! Will's build is broadly a Gold XT build, but you would get the latest 12spd iteration of that drivetrain, and the new and improved BFe with Boost spacing, tweaked and improved geometry and new colours. The closest spec to Will's would be a blue Hope stem with Burgtec carbon bars, some Hope Fortus35 wheels with blue hubs to top them off, and XT 4pot brakes with some Sweep HLR or HELM forks at 160mm. Objectively it's a better bike than Will's, but I wouldn't put money on you beating him at a race with one!

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24/03/2020 - Cotic Covid19 Update 2 - UK Lockdown

Covid19 Statement - Update 24th March 2020

Update 2

Following the movement restrictions imposed last night by the UK Goverment I wanted to update you on our situation.

Isolation:

We have been on full distance working protocol this week and will continue to do so. Due to the way we are structured, and keeping in accordance with the restrictions, we are all working from home except Mechanic Will, who will work in isolation at our Calver workshop. We will maintain this until further notice from the government.

This being the case, Will is not only building bikes and prepping frame orders, he is also having to do some of Hannah's job in terms of dispatch. Packing the orders and small parts for posting. What this means in practice is that we are still very much operational, and open for (online) business, but it might take a couple more days that usual to get your order to you.

At the moment the couriers are still running, so we are still able to get deliveries of parts and ship out, but they are extremely busy so we are having to fit around them a bit. However, we will now to dispatching everyday rather than doing a big dispatch on a Thursday, so hopefully this will keep things moving.

Related to this, we have put in place a delivery quarantine protocol to protect Will, so if we receive parts stock deliveries for a bike build or frame order, it will be disinfected and left overnight before being opened. We really can't be too careful at this point, and I'm sure waiting an extra day for your bike as a result is a small price to pay. Thanks for understanding.

Spring Party:

I think it's fairly obvious by now that we are cancelling the Spring Party. It's highly unlikely that movement restrictions will be lifted by the end of April. We re-schedule the Water Vole Classic for the Autumn once we have a better idea of what we can and can't do later in the year.

Respect:

Thankfully the Government restrictions on movement allow for one period of exercise outside per day, and cycling is still included. Yes! You have to ride on your own, or only with people you live with. Please, please, PLEASE respect this restriction. Our Brand Ambassdor Wayne from Chamonix MTB tells me that they started out with this level of movement in France 2 weeks ago, and people were still doing 100km rides in groups, so cycling was banned. Spain went straight for the ban. This WILL be taken away from us if we abuse the small freedom we have been granted. But for now, the sun is shining, and we are allowed to ride, so let's do that. Singletrackworld have done a great summary of the current position in the UK. Worth a read.

Singletrack Covid19 Feature

If you're reading outside the UK, then I hope the restrictions in your country aren't affecting you too badly, and you are safe and well.

In summary, we are still very much up and running, so if your job is secure, support your friendly purveyor of steel loveliness. Maybe get a frame as a build up project, or a new bike to enjoy the empty trails? We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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Keep safe and well. Strange days indeed.....

Thanks,

Cy Turner

Founder and Director

Cotic Bikes


20/03/2020 - Love It Or Your Money Back

LOVE IT OR YOUR MONEY BACK

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From today we are offering a Love It Or Your Money Back guarantee on all our bikes and frames. If you don't love your Cotic within 30 days of purchase, send it back and we will give you a full refund.

Confident

We know from the popularity of our Demo Tour that people are really interested in our bikes, and our approach to design, handling and customer service.

We also know that lots of our demo rides result in people buying a Cotic because they love it once they have tried it.

Well think of this as the ultimate demo ride: You get to ride the exact spec of bike you want, on your trails, for a month. We are so confident that you will love it before the end of that first month that we are willing to give you your money back if you don't. If for whatever reason you don't want to keep the bike, just send the bike or frame back in useable, saleable condition and you get a full refund.

Terms and conditions apply. See the 'Returns' section.

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19/03/2020 - New COTIC caps

CAPS LOCK

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We have some lovely new caps ready for coming sunny days. The caps are 5 panel with webbing strap for adjustment. Available in sand or black, both with a woven "Cotic" logo, stitched on for extra hold. £20 plus postage (or free postage if you add one to your bike or frame order). Get yours ordered!

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18/03/2020 - Cotic Covid19 Update 1 - Demo Tour Cancelled

Covid19 Statement - Update 18th March 2020

Update 1

Things are moving fast with this, and it only took a few hours for Monday's statement to be rendered partially out of date.

Demo Tour:

In addition to all the steps we announced on Monday (if you missed it, you can see the full statement in the post below this one) we have taken the decision to cancel the Demo Tour until further notice, based on the Government advice on Monday evening regarding Social Distancing and limiting Non-Essential travel.

Whilst we all find riding our bikes very important, I think for the moment the business of trying out new ones by driving around the country does count as non-essential, so we're on hold. So, as of Cannock this weekend, and unfortunately including our long planned and very much anticipated Ireland tour, Demo Tour is cancelled until further notice.

What I would like to say is thank you to everyone who overwhelmingly responded to the Monday statement when we thought we were carrying on. Sam should have been in touch by now to let you know. If you have been in touch about demos, we will keep your email on a separate mail list and we will be in touch just as soon as we are back on it.

In the meantime, we have some plans to help you make a decision about buying your new Cotic without the demo tour. Keep an eye out for an announcement on Friday. If you'd like to hear about that first, sign up to the mailing over at cotic.co.uk/contact.

Spring Party:

The only thing we are leaving on the calendar for now is Spring Party - the Water Vole Classic. It's scheduled for 18th April. I'll be honest, we're aren't super optimistic that it will go ahead, but it can be cancelled at fairly short notice so for now let's leave that in as something to look forward to.

Sales and Shipping:

As I mentioned on Monday, we are very much open for (online) business, and even if we all end up self-isolating we can still operate due to the way we're set up.

Couriers within the UK are still shipping without restriction, and most are now putting place alternative measures to signing for items like taking photos. What we do recommend is making sure you wash your hands as soon as you receive for your delivery.

Call 07970 853531 to chat, or email info@cotic.co.uk

I'm sure I'll be in touch again about this as the situation unfolds, but for right now - and always - look after yourself and eachother. Ride a bike. Smile. Keep things in perspective.

Thanks,

Cy Turner

Founder and Director

Cotic Bikes


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