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10/07/2020 - A Very RocketMAX Week

A Very RocketMAX Week

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Kind of by accident, it's been a very RocketMAX week this week.

Due to launching the RocketMAX Gen3 at the end of April, we couldn't get any riding shots or video done at the time. Now things are relaxing a little bit, we got out a Wharncliffe on a sunny evening a few days ago and got some sweet summer vibes going, courtesy of ace staff light wranglers Richard Baybutt and Darren Ellis.

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On Tuesday I headed up to West Yorkshire to ride with Chris from Downtime Podcast aboard his new RocketMAX, and me on my recently refurbished version. It was proper British Summer, slipping and sliding on the steeps at Otley, then onto some great flowing, open trails on Ilkley Moor. Classic sideways-rain-not-cold-in-a-T-shirt kinda day.

Speaking of Fox, you might have spotted our latest Cotic convert this week. That's right, Jordi Cortes from Fox approached us to get a RocketMAX as his personal ride. There's a couple of great shots of the bike in this weeks' Dialed, and we'll be brining you the full lowdown on Jordi's bike very soon. He's has also been advising me on getting the Float X2 running sweet for the bike, so you can be sure I'll be getting you the lowdown whenever he comes up with a step forward.

We have good stock of RocketMAX frames right now, and the Five Land guys continune to build them for us, so you're never far away from your rad new bike. Lead times on bikes are pushing out a little because of parts availability and just how busy we are, but frames can be turned around pretty fast.

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08/07/2020 - Off Road CC Cotic Rocket Gen4 Full Review

Off.road.cc Cotic Rocket Gen4 Full Review

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One of the many difficult things about lockdown has been that we have launched several bikes during this period, and haven't been able to get any out for independent review. Obviously we think all our new bikes are rad, but it's always nice to get the same positive feedback from our friends in the journalism world. By the skin of our teeth we got the first medium Rocket Gen4 out to Jon at off.road.cc just before lockdown hit, and he's been riding it for the last 3 months. He's now published his full review.

"The fourth generation of Cotic Rocket builds on a solid foundation to deliver a really well-sorted ride with handling that'll flatter the timid and encourage the confident."

"There's plenty of stability in the chassis, while the suspension redesign offers up plenty of plush traction with little misbehaviour in the form of pedal kickback. It's calm, collected and planted, allowing you to get on with the business of selecting the best (or least worst) line you can."

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29/06/2020 - Cy's RocketMAX

Boss Card - PLAYED! Cy's RocketMAX

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Ever idly wonder what bike you'd build as your dream bike? Well, that's pretty much what Cotic's owner and bike designer Cy Turner gets to do. Here's the bike that Cy built.

The frame itself is the final pre-production proving prototype of the Gen2 RocketMAX, built by Five Land Bikes in June 2018. It's been Cy's bike ever since, up until now wearing the Metal Grey paint finish of that generation of bike. Now with the Gen 3 RocketMAX why not just have one of those? Over to Cy....

Despite the changes for the Gen3 bike, I actually did all the suspension development on this very bike, by moving the shock mount up the down tube and only using two bolts (do NOT try this on your own bike!). Using offset bushings and different shock mounts, I could test the 230mm shock and different leverage curves without building a whole new prototype. I knew that I didn't want to change the dynamic geometry, because it's already my favourite bike and I just couldn't come up with any reason to change it in a big way. The slightly steeper seat angle on the new one is simply due to the slightly more linear leverage curve needing a bit of help from the rider position to keep the weight centred on steep climbs. You'll note my saddle is right forward on the rails because I have the older frame.

A couple of months ago we got talking about switching out my frame and running a new one, putting mine in the museum storage where all our significant frames get put. But I didn't like that idea. Partly because in the first couple of months of the production run of any of our UK bikes production volume is always a little bit behind demand, and partly because I felt really strongly that it's still a great frame, with a lot more life left in it. We are focused on sustainability, and a big part of that is building durable products that last. Why ditch a perfectly good frame for a new one?

It's also an emotional attachment too. The month this bike was built was the culmination of a very stressed and hectic few weeks trying to get the geometry right. I got it near where I wanted on the previous prototype using an angleset, and this was the frame delivered to prove out both the final geometry, and the paint finish. It was done so fast it never even got the e-coat corrosion protection! But I remember that first ride like it was yesterday. I was over the moon with how it felt and how it was everything I wanted it to be. I was so excited. It's the OG Rad Bike. It's been my main bike for all my adventures these last 2 years, and I love it, and everything it represents about my journey as a bike designer and a company owner.

SO, it was sent on holiday to Five Land Bikes to get a modified shock mount position (so i can safely run the Gen3 long shocks, not the shonky 2 bolts option i used during development!), stripped, e-coat, and this GORGEOUS paint test orange with the latest Gen3 artwork. I think it looks AMAZING.

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The graphics are the silver decals from the Navy Blue Gen3 RocketMAX with the cut through down tube graphics from the Army Green, complete with the new head badge. You'll also notice some random holes in the swingarm. This is the less glamourous side of running a development bike - you get to drill holes in it to test things. These are leftover from an abortive attempt to find good rear mech cable routing via the swingarm. Didn't work, but the holes remain! Also above are a couple of pics Cy took during assembly. Again, partly for sustainability, and partly to prove a point, all those pivot parts removed from the bike were cleaned up and put back in. The only things that were replaced were the bearings, which were due a refresh. All of these parts are two years old with a lot of use, and once cleaned up, it all went back together tight as a drum.

For the build kit, as you might expect for a heavily used bike it features some of the best parts available, and it's broadly based on our Platinum build. As a result it's running a full SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain, which has been in place for over 2 years, and has just received it's first replacement cassette and jockey wheels. Cy's a big fan of the 10-50 range, as he's a sit-and-spin kind of rider, so the 30/50 bottom gear means he's always got an option to keep on top of a gear. The drivetrain is topped off by the absolutely amazing Cane Creek eeWings titanium cranks with a Unite Components chainring, DMR Vault pedals and Hope BB.

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Over to Cy again...

I'm a big fan of the SRAM drivetrain, and the range suits me really well. I've just got the 10-50 cassette, and I have no plans for a new rear mech and 10-52 of the latest verison just now. I'm happy with this as it is. Maybe in another couple of years when this cassette wears out I'll do the change.

eeWings? I can't defend them on any kind of value for money grounds that would make any sense, but they're amazing - tough, light, fit and forget - I love them. To paraphrase an old movie, "they are so choice. If you have the means I highly recommend picking some up."

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The suspension is courtesy of the new Cane Creek HELM Mk2 fork at 160mm, and the DB Air CS shock originally used during the Gen3 development, both of which feature on the Platinum build. Brakes are SRAM Guide RSC G2 4 pots (an option on all our bikes), a One Up 180mm dropper post holds up a very well used Cotic saddle.

Wheels are HUNT Trail Wide, tyres are WTB Verdict 2.5 Light High Grip Slashguard front, with a Trail Boss 2.4 Light Fast Rolling rear.

Cockpit is a regular 35mm Cotic stem, WTB Padloc Commander grips on Spank Vibrocore 30mm rise bars cut to 775mm across the ends of the grips. In the centre of the bars is the permanently installed Exposure Lights bracket for a 6 Pack light.

We'll let Cy have the final word....

I'm new to the HELM Mk2, but they feel great so far. We helped Cane Creek during the development of these by trying some of the lighter oils they were proposing, so my previous HELM Mk1 had been running the 2.5wt oil that's stock fitment in these for a while. With all the other changes, these are definitely a step on from that, but I guess it's not quite a big a difference for me because of the damper tweaks I'd already done. The rear shock is just amazing. Plush, controlled, capable. I run the DB Air IL most of my time on this frame, with an OPT remote, and I do miss the remote a bit. However, the new kinematics, big can shock and extra travel over the Gen2 definitely give it a more capable feel when it gets hectic.

I'm quite fussy about brake feel, and I just don't get on with the strong initial bite of Shimano brakes. It's a preference thing. Up until a year ago I was on Hope E4s which were great, but I got these SRAM Guide G2s in to test prior to potentially offering them as a build option, and they never came off again. I really like the feel and power.

Cockpit shape is fairly standard Cotic; the Vibrocore bars are a similar shape to our Calver Bars which I ran before. However, after my Finale trip last year I was suffering a bit with arm pump and sore forearms, so I got some of these to see if they would help. They do a little - they're defintely a soft bar. I find carbon bars too stiff for my liking. I've been running the Padloc grips since they came out. I know it's a faff to cut the angle on your bars for them, but they work so well for how I ride. I've used single collar grips for years because of my tendency to roll my hands over the ends of the bars. The Padloc just put a big, soft comfy bit of rubber right where I do that, which is ace. Bar width is what I settled on a couple of years back after doing a lot of testing during Longshot development. You can read the blog I wrote about it here.

The light bracket stays on there, because just like most of you, I actually do most of my riding out of office hours, so for 8 months of the year in the UK that means evening rides with some level of darkness involved. I like the simplicity of the Exposure lights all-in-one nature. Saddle is just me shaped. I know some people don't get on with them, which is why we have the Fabric saddle option, but this just works for me. I could (and do) sit on it for hours.

I've been running the TrailWides since I got some production samples in summer 2018 and I really like them. They're light for what they are, give the big tyres a nice profile and roll super fast. Freehub bearings needed a refresh for the rebuild of the bike, but they're great.

The Verdict / Trail Boss has become my go-to, year round setup. I found when WTB moved to the Slashguard option on the Light tyres (reinforces the sidewalls, but not the tread area) I could run the lighter tyre on the rear too. I used to run Tough rear tyres before. The stiffness and feel of the new WTB casings is great, and I run 19psi front, and 22psi rear. I experimented with Cushcore and Rimpact, but I'm not a habitual wheel wrecker and I prefer the lower weight without the inserts. After years on the Vigilante, I am a big fan of the Verdict on the front. Grip for days!

So that's it. My RocketMAX. The smile says it all. I got it all back together last week and it's still managed to surprise me with how much fun it is. I am a very fortunate lad.

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26/06/2020 - Camus' Rocket

Camus' Custom Cotic Rocket Build

Camus gets his Rocket lit

Camus, the emeritus professor at the hardtail university, has graduated to full suspension! This is a big deal - we found it hard enough to keep up with him before, now we've no chance!

His choice of bounce has gone to a new UK made Rocket in the same Sunny Yellow as his old frame. All the parts from his BFe carried over and all there is left to do is tweak the suspension, pump up the tyres and ride the hell out of it.

Camus gets his Rocket lit

Staying relatively close to a Gold Build, He's gone for a bump in travel on his Helm mk1's, up to 170mm. The rear is looked after by an Air CS shock. Wheels are provided by Hunt. Endurowide on the front but the rear is their DH rim - much needed when you ride as fast & hard as Dave on a hardtail. There's cushcore in there too. All the padding.

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Hope components adorn the headset, brakes and crankset, whilst sram GX is the drivetrain of choice. These are held up by a pair of Burgtec Carbon bars tied to a Burgtec 35mm stem. Dave's feet are kept firmly in place with a well-loved pair of DMR V12's and the saddle is a Fabric Scoop - just like the ones we have in stock right now.

Camus gets his Rocket lit

If you want to get your hands on a copy of this exact bike then drop us an email and we can get it ordered for you. Unfortunately we can't promise you'll ever be as fast as him though...

Camus gets his Rocket lit

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22/06/2020 - we are here for you

We are 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.

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

We're open Monday-Friday.

Keep safe and healthy

Note:

Thanks for your patience

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19/06/2020 - More new threads

New threads - New Patch

We have new caps and cosy jerseys featuring a patch based on our new headbadge.

Black cap with Cotic headbadge patch
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Caps are 20, Jumpers are 40. UK postage for merch orders is 3 (free postage if it's going out with a bike or frame). Click HERE to shop.


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18/06/2020 - New SolarisMAX landing soon

NEW SOLARISMAX

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Coming next month... a new look SolarisMAX with some small tweeks...

The new SolarisMAX has a 0.5deg steeper seat angle per size to further refine the fit and sizing of the pioneering Longshot geometry.

More bosses have been added to the downtube, all at 64mm (bottle boss) centres. This allows more versatile luggage and water options, as you can now carry two bottles on the down tube (as before), or a bottle with Anything Cage 3 boss mount style luggage, or just one bottle high up the tube within easy reach. Limited only by your kit and imagination, and can be easily combined with Cotic's custom shaped Framebags for covering those big days out, or just riding without a pack.


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18/06/2020 - Last Few Previous Generation SolarisMAX reduced to clear

Grab an award winning bargain

With a new version of the SolarisMAX on the way, we have reduced the price of the last few previous gen frames left but 50 pounds. This is the multi award winning version that everyone fell in love with... grab yours at a low price now!

Just small and large left at time of writing.

SolarisMAX in Cosmic Black - sale

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