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04/08/2021 - Ard Rock Enduro Festival 2021

ARD ROCK

We can hardly believe it, but we are going to an actual event this weekend! In the flesh! One of our absolute favourites which has been absent from the calendar since 2018, we are going to Ard Rock Enduro Festival!

ARD ROCK 7th AUGUST. MEET AT THE COTIC STAND FOR A CHILED SOCIAL RIDE. 6PM

Rained off (which is a bit of an understatement) in 2019 and obviously it couldn't happen last year, so it's been a long time since we rode and partied in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, and we are very excited to be heading back. It will look a little different this year, with a bit more space and a more chilled vibe on the menu, but it will be great to be involved with a bike event in the wild again.

Sam, Paul and Rich and heading up and we'll have a stand open from 9am Friday, Saturday and Sunday (unless we manage to sneak entries for ourselves to the intro race Sunday morning!). We are showing off some stunning display bikes and well loved staff bikes, and are very much looking forward to chatting to you all, catching up with familiar faces and making new friends. Please do swing by our stand and say hi, check out our bikes and hang out. As usual, the stand will be open into the night so come join us for a beverage.

Perhaps the most exciting part of all, we'll be going for the first Cotic CC group ride in 18 months! If you'll be at Ard Rock with your Cotic, please join us for a social spin at 6:30pm on Saturday from the Cotic stand. Most likely a lap of the demo loop, the pace will be full social.

Probably around an hour/90mins and we are aiming for chats, beers, wheelies and skids. We can't stress enough how much we are looking forward to this. If you're racing on the Saturday, bring extra jelly babies so you can join us! We are aiming to start pedalling at 6:30pm, so please to be at the stand a little before then.

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We won't have any demo bikes this year I'm afraid, any Covid concerns aside, we simply don't have enough parts to build any up. We will have some very pretty droplink bikes for you to ogle, including something very special, drop by our stand to check it out. If you've been hankering over pretty photos of our bikes for the last few months, this is a great opportunity to see them up close and personal.

We have a full squad of Cotic shredders getting stuck in between the tapes; Dave Camus, Chay Granby, Kelly-Jayne Collinge and Mel Fife will all be flying the Cotic flag at full speed. Be sure to give them a good cheer if you are watching trackside.

Best of luck if you're racing, hopefully we'll see you there.


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.

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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.

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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!"


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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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.

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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.


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11/05/2021 - Guy Kes TV FlareMAX Gen4 First Ride

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Guy KEs TV Ride Review

After inspiring us to look at the SID/Wolfpack based build kits on the FlareMAX, Guy Kesteven does what he does best and tells you all the reasons why the Gen4 bike is ace. Enjoy!

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11/05/2021 - New Cotic FlareMAX Gen4 Launched

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Introducing the Cotic FlareMAX Gen4

We're like buses - no new bikes for a few months then two in a week! Here's the full lowdown on our updated Short Travel Trail/Downcountry/Used-to-be-called-Mountain Biking bike, the FlareMAX Gen4.

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The Generation 4 FlareMAX retains the 125mm and most of the geometry of it's predecessor, as we really felt we had hit a sweetspot with that. It combines the confidence inspiring elements of Longshot geometry with a lively and easily cornered feel that's intrinsic to a bike that's going to be speeder biked between the trees along swoopy, singletrack trails.

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What's new is the adoption of the Jeht style seat tube and linkage arrangement, which boosts seatpost insertion by 20mm and ensures that the vast majority of riders will be able to fit at least a 150mm drop seatpost to the bike. At the business end of the suspension, we have adopted Metric 210x50 shock sizing to futureproof the bike, and the actual seat angle experience by the rider is a tough steeper than the Gen3 (around 0.5 deg depending on saddle height). Our 2021 swingarm completes the picture with easy clearance for up to 2.5" tyres.

There is now a Rockshox Select Plus shock option, alongside our long standing, super tuneable, high performance Cane Creek DB Air IL. This carries our Cotic developed Base Tune ready to ride.

In terms of ride feel and intent, the biggest change for Gen4 is the adoption of some build kit options for riders looking for more of a scalpel than a hammer. All the builds now of the options to specify a Rock Shox SID Ultimate 120mm fork (in iconic blue), HUNT XC Wide wheels and Wolfpack Trail/Cross 2.25" tyres. This combination of parts drops 1.65kg from the weight of a more trail orientated spec, coming in at just 12.7kg for the Gold XT build complete bike. Just how lively these parts make the bike has to be felt to be believed, yet it's not at the expense of capability. The Longshot geometry and great tyre compound give you astonishing composure in steep situations.

The SID, XC Wide wheels and Wolfpack tyres are an option on all the builds - they're cost upgrade on the SLX based Silver build, but no cost options on the Gold XT and Gold Eagle builds. In July there will also be a Gold Eagle AXS option using the latest wireless groupset from SRAM. These can be reserved now for delivery in July.

If you want your FlareMAX a little more all round capable, we have Rock Shox and Cane Creek 130mm fork options, and our more usual HUNT Trail Wide wheel/WTB 2.5 Slashguard tyre combo on the Gold Build, and Shimano/Continental on the Silver build.

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Available right now are the UK made Launch Edition frames which will only be made until July. They are available in Sydney Blue and Gritstone Blue/Green Fade. These frames start at £2,099 with the Rockshox Select Plus shock, or £2,199 with the DB Air IL. Complete bikes start at £3,799 with SLX/HELM equipped Silver build, up to £5,249 for the Gold Eagle AXS build. As always these are just starting points and we have options for different forks, wheels, tyres and suspension throughout the range. Availability on bikes is going to be July at the earliest due to parts deliveries and availability, but frame orders can ship this week if you're quick. They are in stock now in all sizes and colours.

In August the Series Production Taiwan made frames will arrive, which will be in Hubble Purple and Matte Slate Grey. All the same build options and frames options are available, but £300 lower priced. So, frames start at £1,799, and bikes start at £3,499. As more Rock Shox are delivered later in the summer, the Silver build bike option price drops to start at £3,149 with a Revelation 130mm fork.

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05/05/2021 - New Cotic Tonic Launched

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Introducing the Cotic Tonic

Today we launch the Cotic Tonic, our titanium gravel bike. Ever since we launched the Escapade back in 2014 we have had requests for a ti version. Well, wait no longer! Using the same proven geometry as the Escapade, but rendered in gorgeous polished 3Al/2.5V butted titanium, the Tonic really is our drop bar dream bike.

Cotic Tonic Titanium gravel bike

The Tonic is based on the Escapade, which has been a gravel bike since before there were gravel bikes. Our drop bar bikes have always had big clearances and discs, but we think that works just as well on road as off it. Sure you can speed it up on something like a 700x28c, but we supply the bikes with big volume 37c slicks. They roll really fast, but float over the potholes in the road and bumps in the trail. With the improved clearance provided by the latest Wide Chainline gravel cranks, you can run up to 700x44 or 650x50 Road Plus.

The frame weighs just 1,647 grams, which saves over 600 grams compared to the Escapade.

Cotic Tonic Titanium gravel bike

We have just 32 of these, and they're the only Tonics we are getting in 2021. The framesets are in stock right now for £2,199 including a Hope seatclamp and UK delivery.

At time of writing, the frames and forks are in stock. and if you want a frameset, we can ship this week.


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28/04/2021 - RocketMAX Bike Of The Year Review

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MBUK/Bikeradar Enduro Bike Of The Year Review

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MBUK and Bikeradar have just published the reviews associated with their important Bike Of The Year test. It's the 4th year running they have invited a Cotic bike to be a part of the review, in which they bring together what they consider to be the best and most important bikes of the year. Just to be asked is a privilege and we're very happy to be in the top 8 again. This year, they asked for the RocketMAX to make a return in the Enduro category. Although we didn't quite make the top 3 this year, we got a great 4/5 score (the top 3 all got 4.5/5) and they clearly loved it.

"Composure and comfort when really pounding through the ugliest of terrain have definitely been elevated, but it’s still a more engaging, feedback-rich ride compared to some of its counterparts with similar amounts of travel."

"Uphill, I found the Cotic really easy going. This is thanks to a combination of that relatively steep seat angle, roomy cockpit and stable suspension that remains calm and almost bob-free when seated."

And - with not a small amount of Schadenfraude for the 'steel is heavy' brigade - ".....the overall weight of the RocketMAX at just 15.12kg....was actually the lightest of all the bikes in the Enduro Bike of the Year test."

They were riding the Gen3 RocketMAX in medium, based around a Silver build with upgraded wheels, tyres and suspension. Unlike a lot of bikes and frames right now, we have some availability, or the frames are in production right here in the UK all through the year.

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Head over to the product page to learn more and order yours.

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15/04/2021 - Wes says hi

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Wes's winter whip

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Wes Fife was our rider on the Development Squad, then moved up to the pro team in 2019. After a year in the wild, finding himself between sponsors and without a bike, he knew the door is always open and we'd help if we could. Luckily we had an old SolarisMAX frame his kit would fit onto and he could charge the Tweed Valley on some quality steel again.

If you've never experienced the steeps above the Innerleithen Golf Course then put it right at the top of your list. One of our favourite places to ride ever and you'll be as comfortable up there on a light SolarixMAX as you would a full-fat RocketMAX.

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Luckily Wes is fast enough on any bike and has loved the winter slithering about on his SolarisMAX. No pivots to clean and shock to service. The perfect sledge for the inclement months, especially on the loamy side in Cademuir where these shots were taken.

Now the clocks have changed and his new ride is on the way he's retired that frame for the time being. Maybe we'll see him back on it next winter... Or maybe we'll see you on one of our hardtail frames next winter instead?

29 or 27.5. A range of travel capabilities from 120mm to 160mm. All the tabs for bottles or bags if touring / bikepacking is your thing. A supple and sprightly ride, plus most importantly, clearance for mud; We will have a bike in our range for you.

Be like Wes; don't stop riding in winter, get a hardtail.

Thanks to Finlay Anderson for the awesome photos.


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02/03/2021 - Wolfpack Tyres on Cotic

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Introducing Wolfpack tyres

new lightweight XC/Trail option

Guy Kes Cotic FlareMAX Downcountry Project Bike 2

Today we're introducing our new tyre option: Wolfpack. These tyres are designed by the man behind a lot of Schwalbe, Conti and Specialized tyes who has started up on his own. We first became aware of them when Guy Kesteven started running them on his lightweight Downcountry FlareMAX project bike last year. He's been ripping about on these for over a year and they're still there, and he's been super impressed with them.

Over the last year we've realised that as awesome as our WTB tyre combos are, they're definitely on the heavier, grippier, larger side of things. They're brilliant for the kind of riding we do around here, but we definitely felt there was space for something lighter and livelier for more XC/trail sensibilities. We got some Wolfpack tyres in to try and we've been really pleased with them. For a start, despite having some casing protection and good grippy compound, they weigh between 300 and 400 grams per tyre less than a 2.5" WTB Slashguard tyre, so you'll be saving up to 800 grams of weight - and rotating weight at that - by going Wolfpack. Perfect for those longer, pedally rides. Solaris and FlareMAX kind of rides.

There is a whole range of Wolfpack tyres, but we have chosen a great all round package in the Trail 2.25" front and Cross 2.25" rear. Despite their good weight and great performance, these aren't some toothless XC race tyres. These are proper mountain bike tyres with decent grip. Wolfpack do several racier options than these, but we felt these offer a real sweet spot in terms of not being too specific whilst still offering plenty of speed advantage.

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There's a full 4.5/5 review of the Wolfpack tyres over on Bikeperfect.

From today you can order your Cotic with the Trail/Cross combo, which is a fantastic option if you need something lighter and faster for your bike, whilst still maintaining a good grippy compound and decent durability.

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01/03/2021 - Jeht Review on Singletracks

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SINGLETRACKS JEHT REVIEW

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Singletracks website have just published their review of the Jeht. It's a fantastic write up and video.

"At the exact same weight as the 140mm carbon bike I recently tested, the Jeht has no issue getting up to cruising altitude. The initial suspension movement is notably supple..."

"...when you pull as hard as you can across this bike its natural springy nature comes to the fore. If you haven’t yet experienced aggressive riding on a steel bike, I would highly recommend giving it a try. This one feels fantastic."

"I didn’t expect that a steel 29er with long chainstays would be this much fun to throw around, but the Jeht is. The higher shock pressure provides a formidable spring to push against, and the return energy allows for some stupid-fun descending."

"Every bike asks to be ridden a little differently, and this one leans hard in the fun and adventure camps."

They were riding the Launch Edition Jeht, but the identical geometry Taiwan made Series Production frames are due to arrive with us any day now. An unlike a lot of bikes right now, we have some availability, as well as gorgeous new colours.

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Head over to the product page to learn more and order yours.

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Have a watch of the video below, or read the review in full over on the Singletracks website.

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20/01/2021 - Big day out

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Chamonix MTB's big day out

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Last summer our ambassador Wayne (Chamonix MTB) LINK took his Rocket on a pretty big day out. Living in the birthplace of modern mountaineering, when Wayne says it was a big day out, you'd best believe it. Have a look...

After a 7am start in Chamonix, it’s time to load up the trailer and head out to Crans Montana, Switzerland to ride the Plaine Morte. Plaine Morte is an epic trail that follows an ancient bisse/aquaduct all the way to the valley floor, ending in the town of Sion in the Swiss Valais.

Getting to the summit involves some logistics but multiple cable cars and a few hours later we are stood at almost 3000m, next to the Glacier Plaine Morte roughly translated as the dead flat glacier. Unfortunately the atmospheric cloud we ascended through managed to block the incredible view we’d been promised!

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Fortunately, we weren’t just here for the views and after a quick flowy, rocky single track ride to warm up we were straight in to the only uphill/hike a bike section of day – with 44km of descending ahead of us, a short climb was to be expected.

Shortly after arriving at Wildstrubell Refuge we were straight in to the descent and a rowdy start to the ride – a rocky, loose, off camber moonscape of a single tack laid out ahead of us.This trail definitely isn’t for the faint hearted, with steep committing chutes to descend, but the amazing surroundings help to take your mind off the tech.

By the time we reached Lac Plan des Roses the cloud was clearing so we took the chance to stop for a speedy lunch. With more than 2,000m of descending still ahead of us we kept it quick and cracked on. Leaving the loose rocky tech behind us we entered the high alpine pasture, which is less steep and a lot more flowy and fun. The beautiful Barrage de Tesuzier lies ahead and then s the fun really begins.

The bisse takes us over sketchy bridges and through small caves where a good head for heights is vital - did I mention the ride involves some via ferrata? ;-) Hike-a-biking through a network of caves definitely adds to the adventure and is actually a more recent addition to the trail - health and safety thought it might be a good idea to bring these walk/aqua ways in to the mountainside rather than tacked on to the cliffs.

After navigating the caves it’s back out into the trees, with blue skies above us and some amazingly fast singletrack under our wheels. This was a big day but it was well worth it - 45km, 2900m of descending and around 500m of climbing throughout the day, together with the views and the trail, made for one hell of an amazing ride!


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12/01/2021 - Confirmed Post-Brexit Situation

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Well, it took a few days of digging to get there, but we finally have our new working practices in place for our EU customers. We contacted all our customers individually that had orders already placed with deposits last week, as we wanted to make sure they understood their situation fully.

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EU Exports - New Rules

Before I get into this in detail, please remember that this is Cotic specific. We have a particular implementation because of our UK made frames and also because we sell predominantly mountain bikes. This means our bikes generally have very high value suspension bolted to them (the same, if not more than the frame cost sometimes) which is what stops us qualifying for tariff free trade on bicycles in all cases regardless of the origin of the base frame. Some other companies will have different tariff applications, because of their supply and bike spec situation. So, without further ado, this is what you can now expect from Cotic:

UK Made Frames

UK made frame only orders (so that is currently RocketMAX and Rocket) attract Zero duty when shipped to the EU. This is regardless of the damper specified, and can also stretch to include headset and BB and certain other items usually associated with "frame only" orders, mainly because in the vast majority of cases it involves UK made Hope parts.

Taiwan Made Frames

All Taiwan made frame only orders will attract 4.7% import duty, and the associated handling fees for customs. As an example, we have calculated that a customer in the EU with a BFeMAX frame ordered will pay EUR40-50 more now.

Complete Bikes

All Cotic bicycles attract 14% import duty. This means that with handling fees our bikes have become EUR350-600 more expensive depending on specification.

The flip side of this in our home market is that this also works the other way, and our European based competitors bikes have increased in price by 20% or more, which means we are now more price competitive in our home market. Silver linings and all that...

All purchases made by EU customers are now charged without 20% UK VAT. This means the price you pay Cotic will be much lower initially, but you will have VAT and the import duty and fees applied in transit, which will be payable by the customer to the courier when the frame or bike arrives.

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Shipping

If you live in the EU and already have an order on with us for a frame or bike, then shipping is still included in the price and we will honour that regardless of what happens in the next few weeks.

We aim to continue with that with new orders, but we are keeping an eye on pricing. At the moment the prices remain similar to pre-Brexit, but some services such as DPD Road is currently suspended whilst they figure out their new border operating procedures, and the other services available are currently giving out 11-14 day transit times. Again, I suspect this is due to needing new and more involved operating procedures at borders. It will improve over time as the new rules settle in, but we reserve the right to increase shipping fees if we see major increases on our usual services.

So that's it. Thanks for your patience, and as always, we're on the end of an email or the phone if you're unsure about anything. We're happy to talk things through.

Cheers,

Cy

Founder and Director


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08/01/2021 - Cotic Global CC

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The chances are, if you're reading this, then you probably own or have owned a Cotic. Whether it was a brand-spanker or pre-loved, you are already in the Global Cotic Cycling Club (CC). Pretty simple initiation process huh? We've been running events, rides & parties for a few years now but obviously 2020 put a kibosh on most of that for now. In the meantime we want to expand the reach and hopefully spark some other owner-run events in regions far from our HQ. Here's where you come in...

We want your stories. Personal, happy, sad, informative, inspirational, reflective or random. On-topic, off-topic, long or short. Motivational or morose. A love letter or a diss track.

Where were you when you first got “that” feeling? Where’s the one place on the planet you call home? What have you been through to get exactly where you are today? What’s been your biggest loss or your biggest gain?

We want to hear about the ride that changed your life (for better or worse). We want to hear how you got into riding - or even the just outdoors. How you would encourage people into outside spaces - and how to reach those people? Who’s influenced you? Does your job affect how you approach your sport or is your sport your job? What was your first bike? Or maybe it isn’t about riding at all…? What one thing would you like to share with this planet if you had the chance?

Pictures are a huge part of this project so add some colour to your reply with a handful of memories. Attach a current portrait (if you’re comfortable with that) and any other photos that give some extra depth to the words. Take your time digging.

Your location is super important - this shouldn’t be your house of course, but your local spot or city. The place you’re at now. For example if you're from Ireland but now live in Germany, tag the spot in Germany. Somewhere we can drop a pin on our map.

Lastly, if you’d like to carry on the work, build a scene or invite others to your world, leave your social media tag or email and we’ll include it so people can make those connections.

Thank you for being a part of this. We can’t wait to hear your tales. Please email us at global@cotic.co.uk and we promise to read all your submissions.


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04/01/2021 - 2021 Shipping, Post Brexit

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Happy New Year! If you got a few days off over the last week, I hope it was enjoyable. Now the UK has left the EU and a trade deal has been reached, I wanted to let everyone know what our understanding is at the current moment.

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The UK Situation

For UK customers it's effectively business as usual, and we will be building and shipping whatever we have in stock as soon as possible for you. For those enormously patient hardtail frame customers, what I can confirm is that the frames are due into port in the UK on 23rd January. They are in a container, on a boat, right now. What I don't know is how long it will take to clear them through customs, and I suspect it will take longer than the usual 4-5 working days. As always, your patience is appreciated, and if you feel you can't wait any longer then cancellation with full refund is always an option. These are unprecedented times, and peoples' situations change quickly. We will never hold you to an order you made months ago if it doesn't suit anymore.

EU Exports

Despite the trade deal having been signed between the UK and the EU, there is still some lack of clarity on the charging of import duty for certain Cotic product lines. However, some things we know:

At the moment we are clear that UK made frames (so that is currently RocketMAX and Rocket) attract Zero duty when shipped to the EU.

All purchases made by EU customers are now charged without 20% UK VAT, and they will attract VAT in the country of delivery which will be payable by the customer to the courier when it arrives. This will apply even if you ordered before 31st December 2020 and paid a deposit. Don't worry, deposits don't attract VAT, so you won't end up over paying any taxes if you have a deposit with us. If you paid in full, this also leaves you unaffected because completed transactions made prior to 31st December 2020 are to remain under the previous rules.

This situation will persist for 6 months whilst the new EU/UK VAT collection system is put in place.

The unclear situation is with Taiwan produced frames, and possibly complete bikes using Taiwan made frames. The Zero duty situation is for goods that are "UK Origin" or have a significant proportion of UK 'value add'. For the UK made frames they easily meet these requirements because they are more than 70% UK made or processed by value.

What we are currently trying to ascertain is whether our EU customers who have bought Taiwan produced frames or bikes assembled using the majority of Taiwan sourced parts might need to pay some import duty. This is because the rules regarding items being of "UK origin" are a bit unclear, and the 'value add' by Cotic possibly doesn't add up to a significant enough percentage of the value of the end product supplied to qualify for zero rating. I am currently going through the full trade agreement to try and figure it out, and we are in touch with our industry body to get to the bottom of this.

The upshot of all this is that for this week at least and maybe longer, and until we know exactly what the duty situation is, we are not shipping anything to customers in the EU. We want to give ourselves time to understand and apply the new rules correctly, and then be able to explain them to customers. There will be increases in shipping prices as well due to the couriers having to clear products through customs now, so once we have all the costs understood, we will be in touch to agree any cost increases with you.

If you have an order placed already, but don't wish to pay the extra fees, then we will cancel and refund. No problem at all. At the very least, we will do everything we can to look after you whether you want to complete the order or not.

What I really want to stress is that as soon as we have a firm operating procedure and pricing for our friends in the EU, we will start shipping again, but in the meantime you are more than welcome to place provisional orders with us so you can make sure you have a place in the queue for our upcoming deliveries.

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Rest Of The World Exports

If you've got this far, well done! For our customers outside the UK and EU, it is business as usual and we are looking forward to hearing from you.

Production/Supply Outlook

Longer term, we are still facing demand like we have never known, as is the whole rest of the industry. As a result I have placed forward orders for our frames and parts for bicycles up to the end of 2021, and in some cases into 2022. Lead times on some parts like grips and saddles is now pushing out to over a year, so whilst we have good stock now and for the medium term, through the middle of the year I would expect us to have to make some substitutions to keep bikes going out you. It is here that the strength of our decision to assemble bikes in the UK really makes a difference. We can discuss these options with you if some parts stock is dwindling, or we can leave some items off the bike and give you a discount as a result. We have done this throughout 2020 and will continue to do this where we need to in 2021 to make sure we get you your new Cotic as soon as we can manage.

I'll be in touch again soon once we know more.

Cheers, Cy


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