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10/09/2018 - Fight Cancer - Win a Rocket

FIGHT CANCER - WIN A COTIC ROCKET worth over £4600

Charity bike
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Cancer. The Big C. Given that 1 in 2 of us in the UK will get it in some way, shape or form during our lives, it's pretty likely that you know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease.

In the last year three of Cy's close friends (all in their late 30s or early 40s, rather scarily) have contracted the disease, and whilst their outcomes are looking good, we have also lost dear friends recently and close family too. We are sure we are not that unusual in this.

One of those close friends mentioned is the wife of one of Cy's riding buddies. They've known eachother since university days, over 20 years now, and it was awful knowing what he and his family were going through. Now that his wife's battle is going well, he wanted to give something back for the huge amount of support they received from cancer charities, and also to help push research forward to help fewer people have to go through what he did. It's the same reason Cy has been supporting cancer research since my Mum died of it nearly 19 years ago.

We decided to run a raffle to win an awesome bike.

Charity bike

This is a custom built Cotic Rocket, and once we let our suppliers know what we were up to there stepped in amazing style. It has Cane Creek HELM fork and DB Air IL shock, fully decked out in Hope purple anodised hubs, Tech E4 brakes, headset and seatclamp, XTR M9000 1x11 drivetrain courtesy of Shimano UK, with tyres and saddle from our friends at WTB. This bike is closely related to our Platinum build and would cost over £4600 if you bought it from us.

However, you can get it for considerably less than that!

Every £5 donation buys one ticket to win this amazing Cotic Rocket, in your size. However, the more you give, the more chances you have of winning.

Donate £10 and get 2 chances of winning.

£50 gives you 10 chances of winning.

£100 gets you 20 chances etc.

O’Neal has kindly donated a runners up prize of Element FR Hybrid Jersey and Shorts, as worn by Greg Minnaar during his 2018 World Cup campaign.

All donations go to support the fantastic work done by the World Cancer Research Fund.

IMPORTANT – Please, please, please! When making your entry, do not donate anonymously, and ensure you tick the box that reads “I’m happy to share my contacts with…” This is a legal requirement that allows us to contact you if you win. We will not contact you for any other reason.

Just follow the link to get involved and donate:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/coticrocketraffle

There's a full gallery of photos of the bike here:

Cotic Rocket Cancer Raffle Bike Gallery

Feel free to use any of them and share this far and wide.

If you have any questions, drop us a line any time. That link to the raffle page again is:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/coticrocketraffle


Enter the Fight Cancer raffle today…


09/09/2018 - Life Bike Frame Bags

New Cotic
Life Bike frame bags

Ever since doing the Cotic x Restrap mountain bike bags, there have always been questions about whether they fit Escapades or Roadrats. The Restrap bags have always been for our short head tube mountain bikes, so they don't fit Life Bikes. However, there was clearly a demand for a Cotic bag for you Life Bike owners out there (and there are a few thousand of you out there, we launched the Roadrat is 2006!). So here is our Cotic frame bag, custom made to fit the larger front triangles of the Escapade and Roadrat. It's not made by Restrap though. It's made by Cy's Dad!

Cy writes....

Throughout my childhood, Dad owned Delta Clothing, a business which made motorcycle waterproof jackets, trousers and suits in Bedford, where I grew up. My first Saturday job was putting press studs in pockets with an arbour press and waterproof taping the seams of the trousers we were making. He did it for over 20 years and he knows his stuff. So when I mentioned we were looking at expanding the luggage range, he was keen to help. We measured up some templates and went through a few iterations to get to what we have now. These bags have water proof zips and are lined with flouro yellow material. This not only helps keep them almost completely dry inside, you can really easily see the contents due to the colour of the lining. They are much bigger than the mountain bike bags and will fit everything from an extra small Escapade to a large Roadrat. On smaller sized frames we had to compromise seat tube bottle access, but down tube bottles will fit in all cases. You can get plenty in there, as we have often done on our post office runs on the workshop Roadrat. You would easily get a jacket, a bivvy bag or all sorts of other things. Brand Ambassador Kelly used one of the prototypes on her Scotland trip earlier in the year.

If you have one of our Life Bikes, then this is a perfect addition. For everything from riding to the post office to riding across Scotland, it's got you covered. The Life Bike bags are £55 and in stock now.

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We strongly recommend frame protection (electrical tape, bar tape, All Mountain Style stickers) to avoid any paint loss under the straps. We are getting in some AMS honeycomb XL clear frame guard sets... you can pre-order a set of these with your frame bag.


Order your Life Bike Bag here…

Kelly used the prototype bag on her Scotland Bivvy Trip…


07/09/2018 - RESTRAP X COTIC continues

New restrap x Cotic
longshot frame bags

Our collaboration with Leeds based company Restrap is back with a new shape designed to fit all new Longshot bikes. On the new SolarisMAX you can run a bottle in the lower space and still have space for a frame bag near the headtube, even on the small size! Don’t get caught out in the wild without tools / food / spares / clothes etc.

Available in two colours... "goes with anything Black", or limited edition "Digital Camo"...

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ORDER YOUR BLACK BAG

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ORDER YOUR LIMITED EDITION CAMO BAG

We strongly recommend frame protection (electrical tape, bar tape, All Mountain Style stickers) to avoid any paint loss under the straps. We are getting in some AMS honeycomb XL clear frame guard sets... you can pre-order a set of these with your frame bag.


Click here to see all our merch and clothing…

Rich showed Singletrack what he carries in his bag…


03/09/2018 - Trash Free Trails x Oregon Timber Trail

Trash Free Trails Oregon Timber Trail

670 miles from California to the Columbia River Gorge

We get a load of "Sponsor me - I'm gonna be the next big thing" emails at Cotic HQ but when Dom Ferris got in touch with his proposal it was one we couldn't ignore. Dom is taking a sabbatical from his work at the charity Surfers Against Sewage, to ride the Oregon Timber Trail so he can raise awareness for his new venture Trash Free Trails. After organising teams who have removed over 250,000KG of rubbish from UK beaches and growing the number of beach cleaning volunteers from 1000 to 30,000, Dom's commitment to reducing litter in other areas spread to the MTB trails he loves. Plastic bottles, sweet wrappers, gel sachets, cable ties, inner tubes & tear offs are becoming all too common on every trail, in every country.

You might think that doing great work for a charity, living in idyllic Cornwall and helping rid the world of single use plastics would be all you need for job satisfaction, but as we see so often, working so hard can often come at the detriment of your own mental health. Personal reasons have led him to ride for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) alongside Trash Free Trails. The 670 mile pedal will hopefully help him find space & time to rest his busy mind.

We supplied Dom with a Solaris MAX frame - our 29er, go anywhere, mile muncher. Burgtec provided the cockpit & Wilderness Trail Bikes helped with the rubber. Restrap provided the bags & Finisterre & Patagonia helped with clothes. This build was put together with reliability & longevity in mind as when you're in the middle of the Oregon wilderness, worrying about your bike is the last thing you want to be doing. Steel is real people!

Sawtooth Struggle

So what can you do to help? Well following @Trashfreetrails on instagram is a solid start. There you can see his stories and read up on the journey as it unfolds. His justgiving page for CALM is set up and he's on facebook too but the main, best and most useful thing you can do is PICK UP YOUR LITTER! Easy huh? All changes start with you; awareness of where you are riding, how important it is and what you can do to better that environment, can only be a good thing.

Photos by: Gabriel Amadeus Tiller, Ian Lean & Dan Clifford


justgiving…

SolarisMAX…


28/08/2018 - Wes Fife takes the win

Wes Wins again

The Naughty Northumbrian

After a few crashy races recently, Development Team rider Wes Fife managed to stay on his bike for this one and won the race! Here's how it went down...

Wes: It was a cold morning and spirits were kinda low as the forecast was saying that torrential rain was forecast and the news that one of my favourite stages had been pulled from the loop in view of the forecast. My legs were still a bit stiff from the 45km loop on practice day and I knew I’d have to start using them soon for the 15km liaison up to stage 1. Anyway, after a big bowl of cereal we set off up the beautiful Coquet valley to the 1st stage of the day.

Wes Fife

On paper stage one was pretty simple; flat out up top then back off but keep flow when you get into the woods. Realistically though, there was much more to it than that. Some of the corners had loose rocks, roots, and some pretty blown out off camber sections which caught me out a few times. Turns out I rode the stage much better than I thought and got my first stage win of the day by 4 seconds in my category! After the winch back up the “kidland killer” climb to the top of stage 2 stoke was pretty high. I’d really enjoyed stage 2 in practice day and had a few good lines to get me down. Stage 2 went ok, and even with a few mistakes I still held onto the overall lead in the U18’s. Then it was onto stage 3 which I knew was going to be my attack stage. Fast, tight, techy, loose - all very much like what I was I was used to riding back home in Guisborough. I knew if I put a solid run down I could do make some good time against the rest of the field. So, I attacked and it payed off. I won the stage by 3 seconds in my category and got the 5th fastest time of the day behind some big names!!!!

By now the weather has turned a bit and we were getting some of the rain that was forecast. Me being the intelligent person that I am... had forgotten to take my waterproof jacket. After the cold slog back over the Alwinton hill to stage 4 I just wanted to get riding. Stage 4 was probably the most physically demanding of the day with a big grassy sprint over the top of the hill, then dropping down and traversing across over the rocky off camber Northumbrian screes. To make matters worse there was a howling headwind blowing head on up the valley. Morning aside I got down the stage smooth and gave it my all, getting the 7th quickest time of the day which cool I guess! There was only one stage left and at this point I knew it would be close between me and the other Guisborough lads I was riding with. I knew I would have to put down a solid run. I was having waayyy to much fun to even think of a podium. So stage 5 approached and I dropped in. Round some flat corners and down the slalom. It was at this point that I caught my back wheel on a rock and put a tiny hole in it. Thankfully I only lost about half my pressure before it decided to seal again and the race was back on . I drifted my way down the bottom of the stage. Narrowly missing a dog that had somehow managed to make its way onto track! I knew I hadn’t had the best run down the last stage but I knew my other stages had been strong and consistent. I rolled back and handed my transponder in, waiting my result...

1st in U18 men!!! I couldn’t quite believe it! Then to find out that I was the 9th quickest time of the day!! It's my first top 10 overall at a big race. Wow! I will definitely be back for more next year and I highly recommend to anyone to race it! Big thanks to Tommy Wilkinson and the Descent World team for putting on such a good race and to Matt at Kingud for keeping my bike looking clean all weekend. Cheers!


You'd be faster on a Rocket …


24/08/2018 - New Soul Option

More Souls - New Colour

The smashingly successful new Soul has a new batch due in a couple of weeks. We have a new option for you - blue/magenta. The blue has been a hit on some of our other bikes this year, so we thought we would give you Soul riders the option too. Doesn't it look great?

The new blue/magenta Cotic Soul - Steel Mountain Bike
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Also restocking is the ridiculously popular Mercury/Orange. We've been out of a couple of sizes of these for a while so order yours now for delivery mid-September to avoid disappointment

Soul

The Soul has just recently been in MBUK for a test too. They loved and said:

"Super, taut yet floated, light yet tough steel frame."

"Radical stretched, speed-boosting singletrack geometry"

The liked it then!

The new batch is due in a couple of weeks, but you can order now to reserve yours. There are also still a handful frames in stock ready to go, in orange/blue frames (which are also being topped up) and mercury/magenta frames (which aren't being restocked, so grab one now if you love this option).


Order your Cotic Soul today…


06/08/2018 - Ard Rock 2018

Ard Rock

2018

Highlights of an awesome Ard Rock 2018

Sam @ Ard Rock 2018

Will and Rich, our mechanic and marketing man, raced the Intro race on the Sunday morning. The Intro takes in stages 4, 5, 6 and 7. Here's how it went down…

After an already hectic weekend including over 1500m climbing on the demo loop alone and our bodyweight in beer on the Saturday night, we braved the Intro round on the Sunday morning. Thinking the best way to shake the pounding in our heads was to pedal a bike in the sun with your pal. Just like everything else with the event, the registration, route finding and marshalling was a breeze which made up for the fact that the stages and transitions were as tough as old boots. All of the stages started with a sprint then got steeper and faster, so we decided that Will would go ahead and I (Rich) would follow and try to keep up! I could heckle on the pedally bits and then Will could tow me along when it got fast. This seemed like the best plan and long story short, it worked! Every stage was 100% blind - we hadn’t even ridden them last year so we were completely wet behind the ears, (though that was probably sweat). We only caught up a couple of people. Will drank from a stream and didn’t die of dysentery. I cleaned the steepest hill up I’ve ever ridden - had steps cut in and everything. We spent the day with Jack from Hunt wheels who was awesome company & one of the soundest guys you’re likely to meet. We had a much needed coffee and flapjack from Boost Coffee Co who were parked at the bottom of stage 5. There were zero crashes but many close calls. Contrary to suggestion, you most definitely CAN’T pull up off every lip on stage 6. Flat pedals win medals and it turns out, you’d be faster on a hardtail: Will won.

Will Swinden Ard Rock 2018

The rest of the weekend was just as enjoyable - so many friends, many demo laps on our phenomenal bikes, so much lovely beer from Abbeydale Brewery, sun, smiles, the Foo Fighters tribute was rowdy, the food was unbelievable, the mood was high and as John Fife said, we had the needle bending on the stoke-o-meter! Ard Rock is without a doubt the bike festival that sets the bar (very high). Thanks to everyone who made it possible and so much fun. See you next year for sure.

Cotic Owners Ride

The owner's ride out was a great success. A great bunch of people out riding with the Cotic crew, including our team rider Chay and ambassador Dave and Downtime Podcast Chris. Lovely to get out riding with so many Cotics out on the hill, beautiful light and good vibes.

Paul Dexter Ard Rock 2018

After squeezing in an entry to the Intro race last year and breaking his racing retirement, Cotic's Paul was eager to race again this year. This year he entered the Sprint race which takes in the stages that the Intro doesn't, so now he's done them all! He absolutely loved it and got a great result. No doubt he'll be racing again next year.

Melody Fife Ard Rock 2018

The fastest girl around Mel Fife did it again. What a race! She's on the top spot yet again, proving that you really are faster on a Rocket. Huge congrats to her, we're so pleased for her.

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Thanks again to the organisers, marshalls, demo riders, Cotic owners, ambassadors and people that came over to say hi at the stand. What a great weekend, we enjoyed every second. See you at Ard Rock 2019.

Wes Fife Ard Rock 2018



Take a look at the Rocket that gets you on the top spot…

Need your own Ard Rock winning hardtail?…


01/08/2018 - Badgers And Backroads

Badgers and Backroads

Escapde owner Chris takes his bike to Scotland and rides the Badger Divide with his friend Tom

The Badger Divide is a 200 mile route from Inverness to Glasgow, following well established paths, trails and gravel roads, with a minimal amount of tarmac. Apparently, (over-)enthusiatic riders may wish to attempt the ride in two days or less. Tom and I approached it with a much gentler attitude, took our time, and stayed at a few hostels on the way to Lochearnhead, at which point we gave Glasgow the swerve, and headed east to Tom’s house at the foot of the Ochils…

Badgers and Backroads

Day 1 - Masters of Endurance and Exertion (at least that’s what the sign said)

Up from Inverness, through sunshine yellow gorse bushes we wound our way, legs feeling suddenly apprehensive! We undulated along the ridge, a gently snaking ribbon of single track taking us through the trees and open moorland. A little path promised a café and cake. Lots of cake. And probably more coffee than was wise.

Rolling through the woods again, an absolute hoot of a descent brought us to Drumnadrochit. Here we paid the price for that downhill, as we encountered one of the most profanely named sections of the route. At this point, the heavens opened, so condensing our suffering into the same timeframe. At the top, the sun reappeared, and we celebrated with a wee dram. Another stretch of trail followed, but after this, we decided time was against us and we’d forego the remaining off-road section in favour of a quick spin along the main road. Our ride didn’t feel any the worse for the detour, with Loch Ness illuminated by golden evening light.

We reached our hostel as the light faded, along with all food service in Fort Augustus, so we consoled ourselves with a couple of beers before some rather the worse for wear pork pies and a late night mapping session.

Badgers and Backroads

Day 2 – How to feel small and insignificant

A couple of breakfast rolls from the local butcher were washed down with large teas, and we set off. And up. And up, and up, and up. The gentle start to today was to be the Corrieyairack Pass, General Wade's military road. Almost the site of a major battle, the Scottish forces camped at the top, forcing the approaching Government commander to retreat, his senior officers telling him to “Leave it, they’re not worth it! Let’s go and get a kebab…”

Up we went, over gravel and rocks, through fords, up, up, up… It got steeper. Rougher. Colder and windier. I found myself alternating between grovelling at the pedals, resting, and shouting motivation at myself. We reached a cloud-shrouded summit, and relished the prospect of a well-earned downhill. But Bloomin’ Nora! This descent needed to be worked for too! Rocks the size of jacket potatoes, vertiginous drainage bars, wheel-swallowing ruts, and even having to pedal downhill against the wind (a meteorological affront)! Eventually the rocks subsided, and we tackled the remaining drainage bars to reach Melgarve Bothy. Bothies can be lifesavers, and while it would be melodramatic to say this was one of those times, a moment of shelter and the opportunity to dry out in front of a fire was a godsend. Hot coffees were slurped, couscous was wolfed down. A toast raised to the conquerors of the pass!

Renewed, reinvigorated, and distinctly drier and warmer, we set off on a smoother road, startling a herd of red deer. Further on, we repeated the trick on some fallow deer, before continuing on our way to Loch Laggan. After this, the path turned upwards again, and we slogged into a brutal headwind past Lochan na Hearba. From here on in, the wind would not abate. Through woods and into Strath Ossian. The hills here among the biggest of the trip, their summits towering half a kilometre above us. This section was humbling stuff, a reminder that this is big country and you really can’t take it for granted. Corrour shooting lodge (almost certainly a Bond villain’s lair) appeared, and the end was in reach. Mist covered Loch Ossian, but slowly shapes became distinct; trees, a hut, the hostel! We must have looked like death when we arrived. We checked in, gave up on any ideas of dressing for dinner, and scooted up to Corrour Station for our dinner. The last mile was covered at a much more sprightly and happy pace in the knowledge that warmth and beer awaited. The first one barely touched the sides, and we wolfed down immense portions of local venison before heading back to the youth hostel. Hot showers, dry clothes, and a nightcap ensured a good night’s sleep, despite the snores of one of our fellow sleepers.

Badgers and Backroads

Day 3 – Twice with chips

A gentle start to the morning; Tom fixed porridge, I brewed coffee and we enjoyed the stillness of the loch. Bikes were repacked, and we headed upwards again, into the low cloud. Eventually, the track levelled out a bit, and as it headed downwards, the sun threatened to break through. A brief spin along the road to Bridge of Gaur, then off-road again, across the moors and into Rannoch Forest where we paused for lunch (more couscous), and rehydration (more whisky).

We continued south along the old Kirk Road, which turned into yet another grinning-from-ear-to-ear descent, only interrupted when we stopped to chat to another biker heading north, and asked where he was headed. “Cape Wrath!” came the reply. Blimey. This brought us to Glen Lyon, which proclaims itself the longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland. I’ve not visited enough glens to confirm the superlatives, but it’s surely up there. Having seen the hills to our south, I harboured a certain degree of apprehension as to our route to dinner, but as we gradually made our way to the head of the glen, we gained enough altitude to make the final ascent rather better than I’d anticipated.

Down the other side, and along the road into Killin. Here, we tucked into fresh fish and chips, served from a somewhat dilapidated caravan; top chips nonetheless. From here, over the picture postcard Falls of Dochart and up the last ascent of the day, a strenuous yet satisfying wooded single track, before fire road and then dismantled railway dropped us down into Lochearnhead.

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Day 4 – Badgers and back roads

This was the morning we bid farewell to the Badger Divide, opting instead to head east towards Chez Tom. But first, breakfast! The bunkhouse hobs were covered with frying pans, filled with bacon, sausages, and Lorne slice. Heaven. Except this sumptuous spread belonged to the other guests, and we were on porridge again. Balls.

Back on the road, and a gently undulating road along the south side of Loch Earn. Beautiful woodland gave way to myriad campers, making the most of Scotland’s open approach to land access, followed by a “leisure park”, chock-full of static caravans. After so long in the wild, this stuck in my throat rather, but each to their own I guess… Second breakfast was sourced at St Fillan’s café, bacon rolls making up for our earlier torture at the bunkhouse. We meandered down the River Earn, then back onto tarmac for the last stretch of flat before the final push over the Ochils. We found ourselves headed up a delightful little wooded glen and out onto the open moors. Here, the path disappeared and we pushed over the ridgeline, direction finding reduced to educated guessing. Eventually a path materialised, then a gate, and then a rather entertaining slither down the hill and nearly through a gorse bush. The final turn took us onto a familiar trail, where we hit all the kickers, hopped rocks and a dead sheep, and rolled into Tom’s driveway, exhilarated, happy and spent.

Badgers and Backroads

Well done to Chris & Tom for completing the epic ride!


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