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The Escapade: Premium road, gravel, adventure, tour and commute.

This is the best Escapade we've ever made. Supple, tough and light Reynolds 853 tubing carefully crafted into the perfect 'life-bike', handmade right here in the UK with a choice of a la carte colours. For rough roads, gravel smiles and everything from the daily commute to your big adventures.

Comfortable, stylish, fast and durable; the Escapade UK 853 is a small batch limited edition bike, built right in Great Britain. It adopts our well proven, award winning, geometry. Disc brakes all round. Drop bars. Tyres big and floaty, or small and fast. All the fittings for multiple bottles, rear rack, anything cages on the fork and full mudguards. Just because a bike is functional doesn't mean it can't be special.

This is a connoisseurs gravel bike with the best ride quality, the 853 UK edition saves weight and gives this Escapade an extra spring in it's step. All the heritage of Reynolds tubing with modern performance and versatility. Where will your Escapade UK 853 take you?

Need some extra carrying capacity? We have custom fitted frame bags for the Escapade, to help you carry kit on your adventures in style. Hand made in the UK, just for us. You can add one to your order when buying a bike or frameset, or if you already ride an Escapade you can order one here.

custom fitted frame bag for the Cotic Escapade

Kelly-Jayne Collinge

Ode to the Escapade.

I absolutely LOVE my Escapade. It is my bike to go out for the quick evening blast and also the big day out, the bike to explore on, to enjoy the nursery run, the food shop and the commute. My Escapade and I have travelled in Europe and Canada on some wicked gravel events, carried me through some big days, over big horrible hills and down some marvellous descents. It's carried me through pregnancy and faultlessly into mum life. Towing the trailer, with the macride and without. It's sturdy, confidence inspiring, good looking and flippin' fun. Whether I'm shooting down some singletrack or grinding through the gravel-it feels so capable. On the road and off its my go to bike for adventure (and everywhere in-between).

I f***ing love it.

Kelly-Jayne Collinge


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Sizing and Geometry

Size Guide
Frame sizeRider Height in centimetresRider Height in feet and inches
XL / 60186cm - 195cm6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Large / 58178cm - 188cm5ft 10in - 6ft 2in
Medium / 56169cm - 180cm5ft 7in - 5ft 11in
Small / 54165cm - 170cm5ft 5in - 5ft 8in

The chart is a guide to frame size for the new Escapade: Ultra Compact Geometrymeans that the frames are low and long. You'll probably need a 350mm seatpost due to the compact sizing. Note, the sloping top tube design needs to be taken into account if you're comparing seat tube size with other bikes. Drop us a line at and we'll be happy to discuss size and set up based on what you're riding at the moment.

dimensions in mm

Frame Size SM/54 MD/56 LG/58 XL/60
Seat Tube (centre-top) 480 510 540 570
Top Tube Length (Effective) 537 560 580 600
Chainstay Length 425 425 425 425
Head Angle 71.5 72 72 72
Seat Angle 73.5 73 73 73
BB Drop 70 70 70 70
Head Tube Length 121 136 156 176
Reach 370 383 397 411
Stack 564 580 598 618
Wheelbase 999 1011 1035 1056
Usual Height Range 165-175cm 173-180cm 180-191cm 183-196cm
Stem Length 90-120 90-120 90-120 90-120
Forks included with frame:
Fork Length 400 400 400 400
Fork Offset 45 45 45 45
Rear Axle Thread M12x1.75 M12x1.75 M12x1.75 M12x1.75

dimensions in inches

Frame Size SM MD LG XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 18.9" 20.1" 21.3" 22.5"
Top Tube Length (Effective) 21.1" 22" 22.8" 23.6"
Chainstay Length 16.7" 16.7" 16.7" 16.7"
Head Angle 71.5 72 72 72
Seat Angle 73.5 73 73 73
BB Drop 2.3" 2.3" 2.3" 2.3"
Head Tube Length 4.75" 5.45" 6.35" 6.95"
Reach 14.6" 15.1" 15.7" 16.2"
Stack 22.2" 22.8" 23.5" 24.3"
Wheelbase 39.3" 39.8" 40.8" 41.6"
Usual Height Range 5'6"-5'9" 5'8"-5'11" 5'11"-6'3" 6' and over
Stem Length 3.5"-4.7" 3.5"-4.7" 3.5"-4.7" 3.5"-4.7"
Forks included with frame:
Fork Length 15.75" 15.75" 15.75" 15.75"
Fork Offset 1.75" 1.75" 1.75" 1.75"
Rear Axle Thread M12x1.75 M12x1.75 M12x1.75 M12x1.75
Frame & Fork Details
  • British Made Reynolds 853 front triangle: Light weight, sweet on ride feel, long on durability.
  • Lightweight 44mm head tube using ZS44/EC44 headset
  • Flat Mount brakes: FM140/160 front and rear. Maximum 160mm rotors.
  • Mounts: Rear Full Rack, mudguards, 2 x bottles on frame, Anything Cage bosses on fork legs.
  • Great rear tyre clearance: Big road or cyclo-cross tyres up to 700x44, or 650b x 50 for maximum float and comfort on the potholes, rough tracks and back lanes?
  • Cotic RB5 fork: Taperer steerer, full carbon construction. 12mm thru axle. Massive clearance for up to 700x47c or the 650b x 50 tyres.
  • Precision 142x12 thru axle rear dropouts for ease of wheel removal with 'guards or without.
  • 68mm threaded BB shell. Chainline is 45-46mm used on the new wide chainline gravel groupsets such as GRX for extra tyre clearance. Road chainline do not fit.
  • Confident geometry and handling with semi-compact frame layout.
  • Note: both axles included when purchasing frame and fork.

Complete Bikes

Complete bikes from: £2699

Bikes are now available worldwide, with free shipping to UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

We have several levels of stock build which are based around our favourite parts in builds you can trust. We never specify anything we haven't ridden, tested and enjoyed. However, just about everything in your build can be customised to help with fit (contact us if you need help) or to personalise your bike. Want a different fork? Shock? Brakes? Wheels? Tyres? Bars? Stem? Longer drop seatpost? Women's saddle? Men's saddle? Colour matched Hope components? No problem. It's your bike.


All the bikes are assembled from a frame right here in the UK by us. We can do everything from bare frame to complete bike: Send us your favourite saddle and grips to fit. Send us your wheels if you have a nice pair you want to use. There's no point you getting kit you don't want. It's wasteful. That gives you almost limitless options to customise and tune your bike to your needs. If you can't see an option you'd like on the order form, get in touch. We all know it's good to head off piste sometimes!

Tap on a build title below to see the default specification and price for that build... then hit the 'CONFIGURE YOUR BIKE' button to see all the customisations you can make to the build. When you select your country at the bottom of the form, sales taxes (VAT), pricing and shipping will automatically update for you. Once you're happy, order your bike!

700c - Special Deal / Bronze 1x11 - SRAM Apex
headsetCane Creek Headset 40 Series ZS44/EC44
bottom bracketSRAM Road DUB Bottom Bracket
wheelsCotic hubs on Deep Section Disc rims
tyresContinental Sport Contact 2 37c - full set with tubes
finishing kitWTB Rocket 142 saddle and black bartape
groupsetSRAM Apex 1x11, Rival1 Chainset 40t, 11-42 Cassette, Hydraulic Disc Brakes
handlebarCotic Valley Bars - 46cm Alu Flared Drop
stemCotic 100mm x 6deg Stem
seatpostCC Alu 330mm seatpost 27.2mm
Features and Benefits
Ultra Compact Geometry

The Escapade uses our Ultra Compact Geometry idea, keeping seat tubes fairly short and frames compact for plenty of room to move on the bike, and a longer seatpost for ride comfort. Actual top tube lengths follow more traditional road geometry, with proportional fit and optimised head angles to maintrain ride feel whilst minimising toe overlap.

Made In Britain

For this Limited Edition we have built this small batch of frames by hand in the UK. All built and painted within a 1 hour drive of Cotic HQ, these frames are made as beautifully as they ride.

Reynolds 853

Reynolds 853 is simply one of the best materials you can make a bike frame out of. Super strong, air-hardening when welded, and the lowest environmental impact of any common frame material, it's beautiful, subtle and brilliant. Here, our custom ride tuned Ovalform top tube, light weight down tube and butted seat tube which helps to deliver that famous Cotic ride feel. These UK made frames use a 44mm head tube as well which shaves a little more weight over the integrated head tube on the other version.

Full Carbon Fork

The Escapade features our latest fork - the RB5. Full carbon, just 550 grams, it's light, strong, rides beautifully and has tonnes of clearance. 700x45 or 650x50 in the front should you so wish. All modern conveniences are included, with 12x100 thru axle, flat mount brakes and mudguard eyelets.

Thru Axle

The latest Cotic Escapade now features the industry standard 142x12 rear thru axle to match the 12x100 front fork.

Big Clearance Design

The Escapade as been a gravel bike since before there were gravel bikes. It's always had big clearances and discs, but we think that works just as well on road as off it. Frames have big clearances for big tyres. 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 on the 2021 frames, you can run up to 700x44 no problem.

Alongside this we have the option for WTB Road Plus, using their fantastic 650b KOM Light rims, and the WTB 650 x 47 tubeless tyres. There's the Horizon slick for smiles and miles, or the radical new Senduro ramped knob tyre, which blurs the lines between road and offroad, and the Byway semi-tread tyre fitting in between as the all rounder. New for 2021, there is more mud clearance and you can fit up to 650x50 tyres.

Smaller rims with big volume tyres give a similar overall diameter to the more usual 700c road wheels, but comfort and grip are massively improved. The larger 47mm wide tyres running tubeless as low as 35 psi float over road imperfections and rough tracks with no weight penalty over the larger 700c wheels and smaller tyres.

Full External Cable Routing

Following the lead of our legendary mountain bike frames, the Escapade UK 853 has full external cable/hose routing for ease of maintenance and maximum shifting performance. The only internal section is for the dropper post, should you so wish. No perforated tubes compromising strength and weight. No cables routed through headset bearings giving poor shifting, no cockpit adjustment and complicated servicing. No nonsense, just performance.

We Build Your Dream Bike

All Cotic bikes are assembled in the UK from and frame up. This way, we can build exactly what you want. Your dream bike!

We have set specifications, but these are just the start. If it's not a choice on the order form, just ask. We have a bunch of wheel options from Hope, tyre options from WTB and Panaracer, and many more things to make your Escapade UK 853 your own.

When you contact us you are talking to the people who design the frames and will be building your bike. We check it and build and pack it in our award winning bike boxes with the same care we would our own bike, because we know how important it is. We build your bike, for you.

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Is the Escapade the bike for you?

Like the idea of the Escapade for bikepacking, but want more offroad capability? Have a look at the Cascade.

Love the Escapade, but can't quite budget the UK 853 edition? Have a look at the Taiwan made, cromoly tubed regular Escapade.

Tech Deep Dive

Want to get right into the details about why our bikes are built the way they are? Geek away my friend!

A La Carte Colours

Cotic frames are designed, developed, engineered and tested entirely by us at our base in the Peak District, near Sheffield in the UK. Our founder - Cy Turner - is the lead designer and engineer, and our frames are rigorously ride tested by everyone at Cotic, and our Race Team. They are fully certified and lab tested in excess of the requirements of ISO4210 safety standards.

This frame is made in house, by one of the most experienced frame welders in the business.

As always, all complete bikes are built to order by us here in the Peak District, to the exact spec of your choice. We build your bike for you.

Component Sizes

Seatpost diameter: 27.2mm (minimum 330mm long)

Seatpost clamp: 29.8mm or 30.0mm (bolt up clamp is included)

Chainline/Chainring: +2.5mm chainline for extra tyre clearance.

Front Mech: 28.6mm bottom pull. Shimano GRX +2.5mm chainline, or SRAM conventional or wide road chainline appropriate for your chainset. Shimano road DOES NOT FIT.

Bottom Bracket width: 68mm

Bottom Bracket thread: Conventional English/BSA

Headset: 44mm cup. SHIS designation ZS44/28.6 upper, EC44/40 lower (for example a Hope 2H) [click here for info]

Fork: 1⅛"/1.5" tapered steerer, maximum axle to crown length 400mm. Offset 45mm.

Front hub: 12mm x 100 bolt thru

Rear Hub: 142x12 Thru Axle, M12x1.75 Thread

Brakes: Flat Mount front and rear

Warranty & Manual

Use this link to view or download a general user manual.