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All the news from the Cotic team riders...

Our team riders are Chay Granby and James Swinden

Chay has been on board since the team was founded in 2013, since then he's gone from strength the strength, in his first year competing with us, he placed 2nd in Masters overall in UK Enduro, which resulted in an invitation to compete in Elite, which he has done ever since. Chay's podiumed in several PMBAs over the past few years, as well as a lot of success at the Tweed Valley Triple Crown.

James, AKA Swinny, has been racing for Cotic since 2016. His background is in Downhill racing. He raced at all levels including World Cup. Since racing with us he's made the switch to Enduro, resulting in plenty of wins and podiums. He's currently the overall PMBA Series Champion.

You may know them as Rocketman and Straightline. Watch the 2016 Race Prep video here.


19/09/2017 - Wes Fife Ard Moors

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Ard Moors Enduro

Wes Fife at Ard Moors

Ard Moors is an enduro race on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. 5 stages and 35km 2500m of combined climbing and descending. This year Ard Moors really lived up to its name. It was well 'ard.

Practice had many riders worried about the muddy conditions, then the downpour of rain that evening meant that many riders decided against it. Many people that did attempt to ride it didn't finish. Our development squad rider Wes did us proud and slipped and splashed his way round to the finish! Nice one Wes!

#ardmoors2017 summed up in one photo 😂 despite the 💩 conditions, still had an absolute blast of a race! Rode all of stage 5 with no back brake and a slight hint of a front one! Not surprised to hear that only 400 of the 800 people who entered actually raced 😂 was a bit muddy to say the least 💩💩💩👍😆 Well done everyone #Ardmoors #gripplease #slidyslidy #funonbikes @coticbikes @polarisbikewear @hktproducts @sensusgrips

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Splashing my way down 'dead sheep gully ' on stage 2 yesterday #ardmoors #wetterthananotterspocket #flatout @coticbikes

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12/09/2017 - James Swinden PMBA win

Race Result

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Yesssss! Top step again for James Swinden at the PMBA Pro class at Gnar Bike Park at the weekend. Stoked to bits. With so many sections at this round riders had to be so consistent - and fast. Consistently fast then! Well done lad.


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11/09/2017 - Wes Fife Morzine trip

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Development squad rider Wes Fife went for summer shreds in the sunny Savoie. Here's a little video of what he got up to...


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30/08/2017 - Will Easey Tidworth Result

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Will Easey Race Results

Will - "Pretty stoked to have come away with the win today as well as take away 1st in the overall series. Has been some awesome races put on by Tidworth Freeride and can't wait to be back up there again in November..."

Photo - Scarlett Oliver


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21/08/2017 - Team's weekend results

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King & Queen of The Hill - Innerleithen

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So so stoked with these two this year. Chay was the overall winner in Vets & Swinny came 2nd overall in Seniors. Proper team - they train, travel, laugh and drink together. Well done dudes. Special mention to our Development Squad rider Wes Fife for coming 5th after a couple of pretty eventful stages. Nice one!


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18/08/2017 - Will Easey Result

Will Easey

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Well done to Will Easey! Awesome result and great photos by James Cud and Muddy Shots

Racing round up - @will.easey smashing it again. Top work lad. #Repost @will.easey (@get_repost) ・・・ 7th in English champs, starting to feel the pace

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16/08/2017 - Ard Rock 2017

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Ard Rock 2017

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The lads absolutely smashed it as usual. Swinny was comfortably leading Masters and probably on for a podium in the overall when a mechanical on the final stage dropped him down the rankings. Frustrating, but we know the speed is there. Chay kept his unbroken run of Ard Rock podiums going with a solid 3rd in Vets. Rich bagged 14th in Masters on the Sprint and Sam 10th in Seniors. Pretty rapid chaps! Paul was inspired out of retirement - having not pinned on a number board for at least 10 years - and having never done an enduro before. He took a last minute entry to the Intro as well and went out on his Soul. He promptly when 17th overall and 7th fastest on the final stage! Well in. We don't just make fast full suspension bikes!

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03/08/2017 - The Future Is Now

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The Future Is Now -

Launching The Cotic Development Squad

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This week sees the official launch of the Cotic Development Squad. Cotic was 14 years old last month. By producing bikes for all that time, you'd be forgiven for thinking that we might have a foot well-entrenched in the past. Of course we have history, but the truth is our first product was the result of creating something for the future that wasn't available in the present. We're still constantly looking ahead to see how we can do things differently and (more importantly) better. The future is what we make it and at Cotic we work hard on that every day.

We have always tried to give back to the sport that has made us, wherever we can. 5 years ago I instigated a program of giving 0.5% of our turnover annually to local trail projects. That got the local pump track resurrected, funded 10% of the initial build of the first Lady Cannings crowd funded trail, and is now committed to helping the RADmires project which is the next trail to be build in Sheffield.

When we founded our Enduro Race Team in 2013, we supported some up and coming riders from the local scene. We volunteer with advocacy groups and dig days. The latest extension of this is our new Development Squad. We're super happy - and proud - to introduce our hopes for the future in Wes Fife and Will Easey. Only a couple of years older than the company itself, these two lads are starting out on their journey of racing, riding and living bikes; just as we have been lucky enough to do for most of our lives.

These lads are already blisteringly fast, so the Development Squad has been created to help them with the myriad things young racers need to know to survive the circuit. Our pro racers Chay (multiple podium Elite level Enduro racer, The Wheelie Master and aka Straightline) and Swinny (aka Rocketman and Reigning PMBA Enduro Champion) are on hand to share the kind of race advice only their experience can bring. Cotic are here for help with bikes, kit, everything else. Wes even came and did some work experience with us. We're helping any way we can. They might turn pro, they might decide the race-life isn't for them, they might retire at 20 to travel the world and live out of a van. Who knows? All we can say is that if these two are the future then it's going to be fun. Last week we took them all to Revolution Bike Park for a team building session, photo and video shoot and dog running competition! Be sure to check out the video and then go and get some dirt under your wheels.

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The Team and Development Squad all run the Rocket, and we have a new Team Page where all their photos, videos and blogs are pulled together in one place. There's a fair few podiums in there! If you'd like to follow the lads (Will produces his own ride videos amongst other things) check out @wesfife155 and @will.easey over on Instagram.


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27/07/2017 - Development at Revs

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Team Day Out

The idea behind our new development squad is to encourage incredibly talented young riders. We want to support them in keeping their (awesome) bike running, helping them out with kit if we can, and spending time with our team riders can be valuable in learning and gaining experience. Give back to grass roots and help where we can. It obviously doesn't hurt that these guys look great on a bike! However, the key thing is that - just like with our 0.5% of sales trail fund donations - we are making sure we are giving back to the sport and supporting it so it's better for everyone.

So to properly launch our Development Squad we decided to organise a day at Revolution Bike Park in Wales, this would give everyone a chance to meet and allow Will Easey and Wes Fife (Development Squad riders) a chance to ride with our team riders (Chay and Swinny). Here's how the day went, with words from Will Easey...

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'Wow' is all I can say, what an incredible day at one of the most impeccable riding spots ever! I woke up the morning after and had the urge to just want to be back on my bike again. Definitely a well spent day and an unforgettable one! It was a pleasure to meet everyone for the first time, everyone had open arms and were wicked the entire day. I could have ridden 2 weeks straight with the same dudes and I don't think I would have got bored at all.

The main concept was to learn from team riders Chay and Swinny, and take away what there outlook is on riding. I can proudly say I have taken a lot away just from one days riding with them, they are incredibly chilled and have real character. On top of this, they are mightily fast which was a real eye opener to try and keep up! The one thing that really changed my mindset on everything within riding and was awesome to hear, is there view on riding. "Just have fun and ride your bike" - "Don't get all stressed out, or what's the point?". Because at the end of the day, you're riding your bike because you want to ride, not because you want to win all the time and get all worked up about it, you should be able to constantly be stoked to ride with or without your mates!

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I am over the moon to be part of the Development Squad. I am extremely privileged to be a part of such an awesome group of people. Everyone has such a wicked mindset about everything and are constantly smiling. Partnered up with me is a dude that I first met through Instagram. Cotic first made us two start talking when they realised we both loved the company and ride our Cotic Rockets on a day-to-day basis. From then on, me and Wes were in contact. A few months passed and that is when the whole Development Squad idea launched. I was hooked instantly and so was Wes, we were both stoked and just wanted to be able to ride together. The only problem was, we live halfway across the country from each other!!

I woke up at 4:30am, left at 5, and arrived at Revolution Bike Park for around 9am to be greeted straight away by this curly haired dude! From then on we just wanted to get on our bikes and ride this insane place. After a couple of runs it was near enough impossible to take the smiles off our faces. Finally riding together was so good, our speed and style seemed to match and it was almost like the Brendog and Bryceland scene from the Deathgrip film. Although we live a long way away from each other, I definitely think you'll see us riding together a lot more now especially with the development team underway. We both have a massive passion for riding bikes and are stoked to be part of the family.

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Revs. Oh my days. Wow. What a place it is! Revs has definitely rocketed (pardon the pun!) up through my list of favourite riding places! To start of the morning to get into it we all did a train on the Free Ride line. It was fast and flowy including the expected and dreaded braking bumps. Within 30 seconds I was already smiling under my helmet and couldn't wait to see what the next section would hold. One of the main talks was about the famous new "50to01" line. Going up in the uplift you can see it through the window to your left, all of us were pretty much jaw dropping looking at each other. Even the dog couldn't believe it!

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After 10 minutes of looking at it and trying to understand how it works, Wes dropped in and hit the first jump perfectly, this got me and the boys amped to give it a go. I took it jump by jump getting the speed checks right and the flow. I managed to get to the third, then we decided to go hit some other trails and return back later. We returned later, more pumped then ever to tackle the enormous jumps. Wes and Swinny were hauling through them leading each other in making it through them more and more each run, it was wicked to watch the progression. Me? I took it a slight bit more chilled. I still managed to get near enough halfway through without getting to the major 25/30ft ones! Time was running out as we had caught the last uplift up, but I was stoked to get as far as I did and looking forward to going back and hitting them again!

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Until next time Revolution! It was a pleasure getting to meet everyone and for once the weather was on our side, that great big ball of fire was out the entire day and yet, we were obviously still moaning that it was too hot! Thank you to Baybutt for keeping us all on track and planning this incredible ride. Also a thank you to Will for coming along and not only being a mobile mechanic for the day, but sending it massive! Can't wait to ride with everyone again.

Stay safe, ride safe & have fun! - Will

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05/06/2017 - Ben Gerrish race weekend

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PMBA Enduro

Lee Quarry

PMBA Lee Quarry

Our brand ambassador Ben Gerrish and our team riders Swinny and Chay went to the PMBA at Lee Quarry this weekend. While Ben Gerrish was there he had a great time with our team, learning their eye for a good line and what an athlete's lunch consists of.

Ben - "The Rocket held strong, did me proud and caught a peoples eye as usual. Front and back Vigilantes was a prime choice, to balance the fast rolling dust and rocks in Lee Quarry, with the unfathomably slippy tracks at Havok. All in all... top razzing."

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Swinny took the top spot on the podium again and Chay finished in 5th. Well done lads!

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