Brushed finish
with black panel



Polished finish
blasted graphics


THIS MODEL IS NO LONGER IN PRODUCTION

Please check out the most excellent SolarisMAX

The Limited Edition SodaMAX is our titanium Uber-Hardtail. The pinnacle of Cotic hardtail technology

The lightweight evolution of the SolarisMAX: Our fastest hardtail just got EVEN faster!

2019 Limited Edition has now all gone. No more SodaMAX are planned in future, sorry.

The Soda was our original titanium hardtail, back in 2005-2011. It was taken everywhere; from the local singletrack to the World XC Championships in 2009. In 2018 we brought Soda is back, with the MAX treatment, in a limited edition.

The SodaMAX uses our radical new Longshot geometry from the award winning SolarisMAX for sweet, short stem handling and unflappable composure at speed. It will take you anywhere from the race start line to your favourite singletrack, in a blaze of amazing acceleration and incredible handling. It is unflappable on dirty steep technical lines, but loves to do long days in the back country with nothing but a water bottle and frame bag for company. It's an incredibly versatile bike.

The Cotic designed 3Al/2.5V Titanium tubeset subtly and effectively enhances the ride feel, whilst also reducing the weight by over 20% compared to it's steel sibling. It's also beautifully finished in either brushed or full polished options. Grace, durability, clean lines, great attention to detail. Just as a Cotic should be.

All of this adds up to give the SodaMAX amazing adaptability; from sus forked, wide barred trail warrior, to Plus tyred, high traction monster truck, to a map crossing smoothie and everything in between. Where will your SodaMAX take you?

MAX

MAX by name, Maximum versatility by nature, the SodaMAX can run either 29 inch wheels with tyres up to 2.5" wide, or the latest 275 Plus sized wheels in 27.5 x 3.0" width.

Why Big Wheels?

29inch or 275 Plus wheels roll easy and give a lot of stability, confidence and speed in rougher terrain, at the expense of being a little heavier and less playful than regular 27.5" wheels. 275 Plus wheels (the 27.5 x 2.8 or 3.0" option) offer more comfort and traction than 29" wheels at the expense of more weight and slower acceleration.

The way the SodaMAX frame is packaged around the larger wheels (longer rear end, longer wheelbase, taller front end) can suit the proportions of a taller rider better, this will minimise any potential drawbacks, as a taller rider tends to have long enough arms and legs to move the bike around easily. However, if you're after more speed and stability from a bike, you may enjoy the SodaMAX more than an easier to manoeuvre, but less stable, smaller wheeled bike, like the 27.5" wheeled Soul.

Big wheels sound like they aren't for you, but still want a beautiful handling trail hardtail? You need the Soul.

Like what the SodaMAX has to offer, but want all that in a full suspension bike? You need the super capable all rounder, the FlareMAX.



Cotic Factory Collection

We now have a Factory Collection option on the bikes. Come down to our base in the heart of the Peak District, and we will set up your bike, the suspension, fit pedals, get you all comfortable. You can even take your new Cotic out on its maiden voyage around our demo loop, straight from our workshop door.

Just tick the Factory Collection option on your order and we will look forward to seeing you. We'll contact you once we have received your order, and arrange a day that suits you for your visit (Monday - Friday).



New Longshot geometry brings a new balance and capability to the SodaMAX. Long frame, matched with a responsive stem in the 30mm-45mm length range is matched with a slacker head angle to balance out the handling for a beautifully controlled and exciting ride.

The geometry is identical to our massively successful (and award nominated) SolarisMAX Reynolds 853 steel hardtail. The new SodaMAX is designed around 120mm forks, with up to 140mm fork capability for full trail slaying.

As the SodaMAX also tends to get used for big rides and bikepacking as well, we have added a second set of bottle bosses within the front triangle. The length of the new bikes has allowed us to add this on the down tube, so there are now two sets of bottle bosses - one right near the bottom bracket, and one in the more traditional middle of the tube location. Either you can run two bottles, or with a side loading cage on the lower position you would be able to carry a bottle and install a large frame bag.


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 hand made in Taiwan by our specially selected framebuilder, chosen because of their vast experience with our favourite materials, and their top quality finish. They are the best in Taiwan for what we need, and have been making our frames to our high standards since day one.

After careful finishing, the frames receive extensive QC by our agent in Taiwan. Once the frames reach us in the UK, we carry out further QC, and prep the frames for headset and bottom bracket installation.

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.


  • Large diameter, butted, 3Al/2.5V Titanium with signature Ovalform top tube
  • 44mm standard head tube designed with external bottom cup for taper steerer compatiblity and zero stack top cup for minimal stack height
  • 31.6mm seatpost size is dropper seatpost compatible, external remote or internal "Stealth" routing. The frame has hose clips for the external remote under the top tube, or p-clip bosses for a down tube run for the 'stealth' internal option.
  • Bridge-less MAX S-bend chainstays with Cotic Hexten gussets for improved fatigue life
  • Two sets of bottle bosses on the down tube for added water capacity. Either run two bottle in line on a big ride, or use the lower set with a side-loading cage to get some extra water on board if you have a frame bag for a bigger trip
  • Boost148 Thru Axle Rear End - Added wheel stiffness and clearance for 29x2.5 or 27.5x3.0
  • Minimum 120mm travel forks or 500mm rigid. Maximum 140mm travel fork
  • Geometry with commitment! Cotic Longshot Geometry brings balance, composure, fun and speed
  • Sizes - Small, medium, large and XL. The frames are designed to be compact and chuckable. Check out the Sizing Chart below for the full detail
  • Weight - 4.1lbs for the medium
  • Colours - Brushed with orange pinstripe, or polished with blasted graphics. Limited Edition of 20 frames only in 2018.

The chart is a guide to frame size. The SodaMAX features Longshot geometry.

This new approach has brought larger reach steps between sizes to allow everyone to get their stem nice and short. We recommend aiming to size your bike with a 35mm stem if possible. Wide bars and short stems make for very responsive steering, so we have slackened the head angle to balance this out, and steepened the seat angle to keep you in the in middle of the bike. The result is a beautifully balanced ride, with stable, confidence inspiring feel at speed, with think-and-you're-there steering and amazing front end grip for slicing through the singletrack. If you prefer your handling slightly more conventional, simply size down, add a 50mm stem and a longer dropper post to get your pedalling height and away you go.

If you would like us to help you out with sizing, or are on the cusp of two sizes then drop us a line at size@cotic.co.uk or give us a call on 07970 853531 and we'll be happy to discuss set up based on what you're riding at the moment.



120mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 390mm 425mm 460mm 495mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 612.8mm 635.8mm 660.6mm 690.5mm
Head Angle 66.0° 66.0° 66.0° 66.0°
Seat Angle 74.0° 74.0° 74.0° 74.0°
Chainstay Length 444mm 444mm 444mm 444mm
BB Drop -60mm -60mm -60mm -60mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 440.6mm 463.3mm 486.0mm 513.0mm
Stack 600.3mm 600.3mm 609.4mm 618.6mm
Wheelbase 1171.5mm 1194.5mm 1220.2mm 1252.3mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 172cm 169cm - 180cm 178cm - 188cm 186cm - 195cm
Stem Length 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 120mm travel fork, 531mm static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 25mm clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

4 ¾" travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 15.35” 16.7” 18.1” 19.5”
Top Tube Length (Effective) 24.1” 25.0” 26.0” 27.2”
Head Angle 66.0° 66.0° 66.0° 66.0°
Seat Angle 74.0° 74.0° 74.0° 74.0°
Chainstay Length 17.5” 17.5” 17.5” 17.5”
BB Drop -2.35” -2.35” -2.35” -2.35”
Head Tube Length 3.9” 3.9” 4.3” 4.7”
Reach 17.34” 18.24” 19.13” 20.2”
Stack 23.6” 23.6” 24.0” 24.35”
Wheelbase 46.1” 47.0” 48.0” 49.3”
Usual Height Range 5ft 5in - 5ft 8in 5ft 7in - 5ft 11in 5ft 10in - 6ft 2in 6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Stem Length 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 4.7” travel fork, 20.5” static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 25mm clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

130mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 390mm 425mm 460mm 495mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 613.8mm 636.8mm 661.6mm 691.5mm
Head Angle 65.7° 65.7° 65.7° 65.7°
Seat Angle 73.7° 73.7° 73.7° 73.7°
Chainstay Length 444mm 444mm 444mm 444mm
BB Drop -57.5mm -57.5mm -57.5mm -57.5mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 436.6mm 459.3mm 482.0mm 509.0mm
Stack 602.7mm 602.7mm 611.9mm 620.1mm
Wheelbase 1173.5mm 1196.5mm 1222.2mm 1254.3mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 172cm 169cm - 180cm 178cm - 188cm 186cm - 195cm
Stem Length 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 130mm travel fork, 541mm static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 25mm clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

5 " travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 15.35” 16.7” 18.1” 19.5”
Top Tube Length (Effective) 24.05” 24.95” 25.95” 27.15”
Head Angle 65.7° 65.7° 65.7° 65.7°
Seat Angle 73.7° 73.7° 73.7° 73.7°
Chainstay Length 17.5” 17.5” 17.5” 17.5”
BB Drop -2.25” -2.25” -2.25” -2.25”
Head Tube Length 3.9” 3.9” 4.3” 4.7”
Reach 17.2” 18.1” 19.0” 20.05”
Stack 23.7” 23.7” 24.1” 24.45”
Wheelbase 46.25” 47.15” 48.15” 49.45”
Usual Height Range 5ft 5in - 5ft 8in 5ft 7in - 5ft 11in 5ft 10in - 6ft 2in 6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Stem Length 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 5.1” travel fork, 20.9” static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 25mm clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

140mm travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 390mm 425mm 460mm 495mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 614.8mm 637.8mm 662.6mm 692.5mm
Head Angle 65.4° 65.4° 65.4° 65.4°
Seat Angle 73.4° 73.4° 73.4° 73.4°
Chainstay Length 444mm 444mm 444mm 444mm
BB Drop -55.5mm -55.5mm -55.5mm -55.5mm
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 110mm 120mm
Reach 434.4mm 457.1mm 479.8mm 506.8mm
Stack 605.7mm 605.7mm 614.9mm 623.1mm
Wheelbase 1176.0mm 1199.0mm 1224.7mm 1257.8mm
Usual Height Range 165cm - 172cm 169cm - 180cm 178cm - 188cm 186cm - 195cm
Stem Length 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 140mm travel fork, 551mm static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 25mm clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

5 ½" travel forks

Frame Size Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 15.35” 16.7” 18.1” 19.5”
Top Tube Length (Effective) 24.0” 24.9” 25.9” 27.1”
Head Angle 65.4° 65.4° 65.4° 65.4°
Seat Angle 73.4° 73.4° 73.4° 73.4°
Chainstay Length 17.5” 17.5” 17.5” 17.5”
BB Drop -2.15” -2.15” -2.15” -2.15”
Head Tube Length 3.9” 3.9” 4.3” 4.7”
Reach 17.05” 17.95” 18.85” 29.9”
Stack 23.8” 23.8” 24.2” 24.55”
Wheelbase 46.4” 47.3” 48.3” 49.6”
Usual Height Range 5ft 5in - 5ft 8in 5ft 7in - 5ft 11in 5ft 10in - 6ft 2in 6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Stem Length 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm 30-50mm
Wheel Size 29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
29" or 650B+
(275 PLUS)
Max Tyre Size 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0" 29 x 2.6" / 27.5 x 3.0"
Maximum Seatpost Insertion (including actuator mechanism) 251mm 286mm 321mm 356mm
All measurements are based on 5.5” travel fork, 21.3” static length, with 25% sag i.e. Rider On Board. Seatpost Maximum insertion is guidance based on leaving 25mm clear below the actuator for any hose or cable to route through our frames. Your post may need less, or more, or if you use an externally routed dropper you won't need this margin at all.

Seatpost diameter: 31.6mm (wise to get a decent length one)

Dropper Post: External or Stealth Internal - Dedicated remote routing under top tube for External or P-Clip on the down tube for internal

Front Mech: 34.9mm band on, high clamp, Shimano Side Swing double only [click here for info]

Bottom Bracket width: 73mm

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]

Rear Hub: Boost148 12mm thru axle

Chainline: 50mm (regular cranks) for up to 32t chainring, 53mm Boost chainline for up to 36t chainring

Fork: Minimum 120mm travel. Maximum 140mm travel (551mm axle to crown length without sag)

Tyres: 29 x 2.6" or 27.5 x 3.0"




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