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07/07/2021 - Where's My Bike?

Where's my bike?

It's been a pretty hectic June here at Cotic getting on top of orders as shipments have come in, and dealing with being a mechanic down coinciding with staff holidays. For those of you waiting patiently for your bike or frame, I wanted to update on where we are and the problems we face as parts become available.

Cotic Escapade, gravel bike, steel gravel bike

We have worked really hard this month to get on top of frame back orders as we had several hundred waiting to be prepped and shipped at one point. It's been all hands on deck, with Richard and I in the workshop getting frames ready for Dispatch Queen Hannah to pack and ship. We are almost up to date on frames now, so if you've received your frame in the last month, I hope you're enjoying it and it was worth the wait. We have certainly had some lovely emails letting us know that's the case for some new owners. Thank you!

For bikes the situation is somewhat different. I know some of you have been a little bit frustrated with delay after delay, or finding your build pushed back after other parts arrive. We try to keep you up to date with what we're being told, and I know it's frustrating and the temptation is to shoot the messenger (or Sam and Paul in this case), but we're only telling you what we are being told. Production and delivery dates are still moving almost daily. Please be kind, and know that all we are doing is trying our best to keep you informed.

We currently have a temp mechanic, but only for a short time, and we are looking to fill that gap for the rest of the summer. Darren's broken thumb should be healed fairly soon so he will be back on it too, but even at full staffing, bikes do take a while. We currently have capacity for 20-25 bikes per week depending on the complexity of the builds. For a lot of June we only had Chief Mechanic Will on bike duty whilst we ploughed through frame orders, which means we're down to 10-12 bikes per week, hence the delay on some deliveries.

The other thing that drives our decisions - and can sometimes change what you have been told about your delivery over night - is the still almost completely random stock deliveries. For instance, we had the 29er hardtail shipment arrive at the end of May, we let several hundred customers know, and set out to get them out as fast as we could. Then Shimano and SRAM both out of the blue dropped 10 sets of each of some Escapade parts which suddenly unlocked 20 bike builds. We dropped straight onto them not because they were "jumping the queue", but quite the opposite. We have been waiting for some parts of months and months, and the arrival of these bits unlocked orders for people who had been waiting since October 2020 for their bike. So, whilst I can understand if you have ordered your frame in February or March you feel you have been waiting a long time - and you have - the fairest way we can see of working through this huge backlog right now is simply to work in chronological order of the builds that have been released to production.

This will continue to be the case throughout the summer. On the mountain bike side, we have imminent shipments of long ago ordered suspension forks, but these arrive in bulk. These "chunks" of stock suddenly release weeks' worth of builds into production, so we do take a bit of time to catch up with ourselves with these deliveries arrive.

Cotic Jeht, endruo mountain bike, 29er mountain bike, reynolds 853, steel full suspension, steel is real

Please rest assured that whatever the delay to your bike or frame might be, the only reason for that is that someone who has been waiting even longer for their order has slotted in ahead of you. At the end of the day, it's 8 of us doing our best to get your order out as fast as we can.

Thanks,

Cy @ Cotic


01/07/2021 - Bolehills Women Of Steel 2021

Women Of Steel - Bolehills 2021 Jam

First big meet up of 2021

Women of Steel at Bolehills

Our first "big" meet-up of 2021! Finally! We decided to meet up at Bolehills, a large pumptrack in Sheffield. The Bolehills crew have worked so hard on the track during lockdown, it was great to go back and see what's been done. The track has something for everyone, with a pumptrack, roll-able jumps and moving up to the big jumps. That week we happened to have Lauren and Lily from the local school for work experience! Hannah now wasn't the only girl at Cotic HQ! We invited them along to our Women of Steel Bolehills event, here's how it went:

WoS at Bolehills

Lauren writes....

At first, both Lily and I were nervous to get started as it had been a while since we last rode our bikes. But once we got comfortable, it was a really enjoyable evening. It really helped that everyone there was super supportive and considerate to the fact that we were beginners.

When we first got there, we were both really nervous about what to expect. We worried that we would need to be more experienced riders to attend. But Cy assured us that that wouldn’t be the case. And it wasn’t. Everyone there made us very included, and they all encourage us to push ourselves. This attitude made us (and no doubt other beginners) feel welcome at the event. Another thing that helped us to feel more comfortable was that so many other people (of different levels of experience) were there.

WoS at Bolehills

We decided to start out on the pump track, instead of going straight onto the proper track. We did this to get used to being on our bikes again, after a while. Lily also rode around the field opposite the track to familiarise herself with riding her bike. After a while of stumbling around the pump track, we attempted the back straight on the actual track. We chose this part of the track because it was easy enough for our ability, but still challenged us. Cy made sure that we were okay and guided us around the track when we first got started. The whole event had an amazing atmosphere. It was really laid back and relaxed. Meaning we didn’t feel pressured to be on the track the whole time or having to ride at a certain standard.

WoS at Bolehills

Lily writes...At the end of the night, Rich bought fish and chips for everyone there. Everyone was chatting to each other and sharing bikes (and food). It felt really special. We both felt really inspired by all the experienced women riders there. They are incredible! And they made us want to continue riding in hopes of becoming as experienced as them in the future. Thank you to everyone who came out for the event, it was a really great night!

WoS at Bolehills

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16/06/2021 - Big Ride = Big Smiles

Peak District Challenge

100 miles, big smiles

Emma Morris Adventures

Keen cyclist, member of the local uni mountain bike club, founder of Women In Cycling Festival and all-round lovely person Emma Morris set herself a challenge of riding 100 miles of mountain bike trails, she faced more obstacles than you can imagine - but overcame it all to complete the challenge, and she came away smiling.

Emma writes... Last year whilst undertaking the obligatory COVID zoom quizzes, my friends and I decided we wanted to ride 100 miles whilst conquering all the great Peak district descents. Our first attempt was on Summer Solstice 2020, but some bad route planning and poor time management meant we only managed 81miles.

Convinced we had it in us, we planned for another attempt in late 2020 but a few mishaps got in the way. First, I broke nine bones by face-planting a car, and then my friend Diesel - jealous of my broken bones - decided to shatter his leg in a motocross accident. But, after all that we remained keen. All year we were chatting about the ride, refining the route and getting hyped! In another obstacle, our bikes took a bit of a beating during some seriously intense winter riding. My new Cotic Jeht not yet ready, Cotic were generous enough to lend me a Flaremax for the big day. We just had to hope Diesel's bike would survive the ride.

Setting off at 2.40am - with our bikes and bags fully loaded - it felt like we were going on a proper adventure and we were stoked! We reached 50k by 7am and we were feeling great. The furthest point was Glossop so we were never that far away from home. It was both awesome and depressing looking around the hills and seeing exactly where we had been and where we had got to go. We'd done Stanage, Bamford, Hathersage, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Hassop, Longstone, Eyam, Shatton Moor, Bradwell before 10.30am.

Emma Morris Adventures

As we were riding up Pindale, we decided to save energy and cut out Cavedale and Winnats Pass. BEST DECISION EVER! Instead we headed up Rushups Edge to Jacob's Ladder - boy was that painful when you're tired and carrying 21 hours worth of food and water...

About 100km in (around Potato Alley) I hit the wall- it was the biggest test of mental strength I've had. We were pushing as fast as we could but still going slowly. Tiredness and hunger hit me hard and I had a silly crash. All was fine though and we kept saying 'just keep pedalling and just keep smiling'.

Emma Morris Adventures

As soon as Glossop was in sight it was like a second burst of energy. The hype was high and so was the energy. We were pedalling some comparatively easy miles and at this point we knew we were going to make it to 100 miles. This felt incredible!

However, half way down Cutgate, Diesel's free hub started seizing - oh no, here we go! Luckily, we bumped into some unprepared riders with a flat tire and whilst we provided them with the tools to fix it, they helped us to get Diesel's cassette spinning again. This was our longest rest point and the first proper conversation we'd had with anyone but each other.

Emma Morris Adventures

We hit 100 miles around Ladybower after coming back over Cutgate and now the final part: getting home.

We were determined to finish on our local routes, so we headed back up via Bamford Edge, past Stanage and along Burbage. By this point, our bums hurt, our feet hurt and we'd been pedalling for 15 hours (20 hours elapsed). We were very tired so we decided to avoid a nasty crash on the tracks and head home on the road.

21 hours after setting off we had done it. Although our bodies were in pain, we felt incredible! We'd ridden 114.5miles (184km) and it felt great to know that we had really pushed ourselves mentally and physically - sooo cool!"


Women of Steel Facebook group…


10/06/2021 - UPDATED We're Hiring! FULL Time Mechanic and Dispatch Assist

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Vacancy – Full Time Mechanic and Dispatch Clerk – 3 month contract

Updated 10/06/21 to a Full Time Position

One of our current mechanics has crashed their bike, so this position is now offered full time. Deadline remains Friday 11th June 5pm BST

Cotic is a growing bike company based in the Peak District, specialising in high performance bikes which we design and develop, market, distribute and sell directly ourselves. As with most of the bike industry, here at Cotic we're super busy at this time. As parts shipments become available to fulfil customer orders through the summer months, we need a skilled bike mechanic to help us out with frame preparation, complete bicycle assembly and packing frames and bikes ready for shipment.

bike mechanic, cotic, work for cotic, uk made

Here at Cotic, every single frame we sell is faced, chased and prepped by us, and every single bicycle we sell is assembled from the frame up, right here in the UK. As such, a successful applicant will be a skilled bicycle mechanic, experienced in all aspects of assembly, including hydraulic disc brake line trimming, tubeless tyre setup, headset and BB installation and setup of multiple types and brands of gear systems. Although professional qualifications such as Cytech are of interest, they are not a requirement of the role.

On the dispatch side of things, you will be required to learn how to partially dis-assemble the complete bikes and pack them into our award winning custom bike boxes under the direction of our full time Dispatch Queen Hannah. Training will be provided.

Cotic is a small, close knit team of 8 people. As well as contributing to keeping stoke high by getting bikes to customers as quickly as possible, we welcome any and all ideas across any part of the business. You can be an influence as much or as little as you like.

bike mechanic, cotic staff photo, work for cotic, uk made

At Cotic, our values are rooted in respect for our employees and customers. We champion diversity and inclusivity. We are committed to equal opportunity for all and we embrace new and different perspectives. You can learn more about us on the About page. Click Here

Updated 10/06/21: The job will be based at Cotic's Calver, Derbyshire HQ, for 37 hours / 5 days per week for a minimum of 3 months.

Rate offered is £9.50/hour.

You will be required to work your hours as 5 complete working days between Monday and Friday. You will not be expected to work at weekends or unsupervised.

At the end of the contract period we will review our ongoing resource requirements and decide whether to continue with an extended contract at that point. This is flexible in both directions and no commitment is required or offered by either Cotic or the Employee to extend beyond the 3 month initial contract.

Submit CVs and covering letters to cy@cotic.co.uk by 5pm BST Friday 11th June 2021.


07/06/2021 - UPDATED We're Hiring! FULL Time Mechanic and Dispatch Assist

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Vacancy – Full Time Mechanic and Dispatch Clerk – 3 month contract

Updated 10/06/21 to a Full Time Position

One of our current mechanics has crashed their bike, so this position is now offered full time. Deadline remains Friday 11th June 5pm BST

Cotic is a growing bike company based in the Peak District, specialising in high performance bikes which we design and develop, market, distribute and sell directly ourselves. As with most of the bike industry, here at Cotic we're super busy at this time. As parts shipments become available to fulfil customer orders through the summer months, we need a skilled bike mechanic to help us out with frame preparation, complete bicycle assembly and packing frames and bikes ready for shipment.

bike mechanic, cotic, work for cotic, uk made

Here at Cotic, every single frame we sell is faced, chased and prepped by us, and every single bicycle we sell is assembled from the frame up, right here in the UK. As such, a successful applicant will be a skilled bicycle mechanic, experienced in all aspects of assembly, including hydraulic disc brake line trimming, tubeless tyre setup, headset and BB installation and setup of multiple types and brands of gear systems. Although professional qualifications such as Cytech are of interest, they are not a requirement of the role.

On the dispatch side of things, you will be required to learn how to partially dis-assemble the complete bikes and pack them into our award winning custom bike boxes under the direction of our full time Dispatch Queen Hannah. Training will be provided.

Cotic is a small, close knit team of 8 people. As well as contributing to keeping stoke high by getting bikes to customers as quickly as possible, we welcome any and all ideas across any part of the business. You can be an influence as much or as little as you like.

bike mechanic, cotic staff photo, work for cotic, uk made

At Cotic, our values are rooted in respect for our employees and customers. We champion diversity and inclusivity. We are committed to equal opportunity for all and we embrace new and different perspectives. You can learn more about us on the About page. Click Here

Updated 10/06/21: The job will be based at Cotic's Calver, Derbyshire HQ, for 37 hours / 5 days per week for a minimum of 3 months.

Rate offered is £9.50/hour.

You will be required to work your hours as 5 complete working days between Monday and Friday. You will not be expected to work at weekends or unsupervised.

At the end of the contract period we will review our ongoing resource requirements and decide whether to continue with an extended contract at that point. This is flexible in both directions and no commitment is required or offered by either Cotic or the Employee to extend beyond the 3 month initial contract.

Submit CVs and covering letters to cy@cotic.co.uk by 5pm BST Friday 11th June 2021.


07/06/2021 - We Are Open

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We are open!

Despite ongoing precautions and restrictions because of Coronavirus, we remain open. We are isolating by most of us working from home, and only have one person per a room at HQ building bikes, but we are still open, still building, still talking bikes, still shipping.

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

Please note that this applies for all local customers as well: no drop-offs and no collections, sorry, all orders must be delivered.

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

We're open Monday — Friday (9am — 5pm UK time) this week.

Keep safe and healthy

Note, dispatches are currently a bit slower than normal:

Thanks for your patience

Contact Cotic


19/05/2021 - Cotic Soul Named Most Influential Bike Of The Millenium

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Cotic Soul - One of Bikeradar/MBUK Most Influential Bikes Of The Millenium

Cy Writes.....

More podcast action! This time the learned folks at Bikeradar/MBUK have done a podcast choosing their Most Influential Bikes Of The Millenuim, and rather wonderfully Tom chose the Cotic Soul.

Cotic Soul, Most Influential Bike Of The Millenium, steel hardtail, reynolds 853, steel is real, iconic steel hardtail, steel mountain bike

Although not in production anymore, the Soul was our founding model. The dream bike I wanted, but couldn't find anywhere so I designed it myself. I also accidentally started a bike brand as a result! If you don't know it, but want the full story, have a watch of our 15 Year Anniversairy video below.

As well as talking about the Soul specifically, they were all rather wonderful about Cotic as a brand. To be honest I'm a bit overwhelmed! The whole podcast and all the choices are interesting and relevant, but if you just want the Cotic bit then skip to around 28 minutes in.

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14/05/2021 - Do Magazines and Brands Actually Get On?

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What's the real relationship between brands and media?

Cy Writes.....

A couple of weeks ago I had one of my better work days by heading out for a ride with Rob Weaver from MBUK / Bikeradar. I was collecting the RocketMAX they had tested on Enduro Bike Of The Year.

Chris from Downtime was along as well, so we sat down and chatted about the real relationship between brands and testers. You can read the full Bike Of The Year round up over on Bikeradar.

You can still find a lot of cyncism out there about bike tests, but I have yet to meet a tester who wasn't in some way committed to providing the best advice they can. Rob is the absolute epitomy of this, and for us as a brand, that integrity is important. If more people believe tests are rigorous and accurate, the better it is for us as a direct selling brand when we get a good write up.

Cy Turner from Cotic with Rob Weaver from MBUK

Anyway, I won't spoil any more. Grab a brew and have a listen to the player below, or search for Downtime Podcast on Spotify or iTunes and make sure you get subscribed.


Listen to the podcast here…


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