From: decooman
Date: 2 May 2010 18:41
Subject: photo kate houffalize

Hello Kate,

Nice race today, see file with Photo.


Kind regards
Bart De Cooman


what a bike !

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From: Alex Martin
Date: 28 April 2010 13:39
Subject: what a bike !
To: info@cotic.co.uk

Hy guys,

  have just finished building up this lovely soul,

  have been waiting ages to get all the bits together,

  hope you approve ! built it on the racy side,

  took it to Wyre forest for some singletrack testing last sunday, ive ridden a few bikes but this is the most fun ive had in years,
so quick so nimble, Its infectiouse, it encourages me to ride too fast, faster than I realy should ! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT !

  so ! thank you to all at cotic for making such great bikes, its a blast to ride them !

  cant wait to ride it at enduro 6 this weekend.

  thanks again for all the sizing advice you were so very right.


  Alex Martin
 (one very proud Soul owner)

Newsletter : Summer Tyres and Dusty Trails

Dear Kelvin,

Af'noon.  Hope you had a good weekend.  Didn't make it to Dalby for the World Cup in the end, which was a shame, but I caught the web coverage.  Unfortunately for the home team, Kate still wasn't over her cold and ended up having to stop after 3 laps.  She's in bits today, poor love, but we've all told her to rest up and have another go in Belgium this coming weekend.  Hopefully she'll be better by then.  She's going to have a blog up in a couple of days.  If you don't follow Kate (or indeed Robbie's) blogs, they're a great read for some down-to-earth views on what it's like to race bikes these days.

Kate Potter's Pro Rider Blog
Robbie Rickman's Pro Rider Blog

Anyhow, I was jumping between bikes last week because of playing component chess on the demo fleet (which includes my own bikes), and I was suddenly reminded now the trails are dry and hard quite how much of a difference fast tyres can make in these conditions.  One of my bikes was still running the trusty Swampthing front, Hi Roller rear from through the winter, but jumping onto another bike with a CrossMark out back and a 2.35" Minnion on the front to keep it pinned was something of a revelation in terms of easy speed and even better grip. 

It's pretty easy to just leave some nice all rounders on the bike, and being busy people it's even easier to leave your winter tyres on a bit longer than is probably necessary when you just want to get out and ride.  Seriously though, if you have some faster tyres in the shed now is the time to spend 15 mins swapping them.  If you have no idea what I'm bleeding on about, get yourself down to your local shop and buy something fast now!  You don't know what you're missing.  I'm a particular fan of a pretty fast rear tyres, with something a bit grippier up front.  It's amazing what you can get away with.  You don't even have to give up the volume - my CrossMark is 2.25", and the new Bontrager XR2 are ace and come in a massive 2.35".  If you're not convinced, borrow some off a mate, but do try it.  The trails are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO buff and fast at the moment, you should really make the most of it.

Following on from last week, we now have our new Geared RoadRats from stock at £799 with Shimano V-Brakes, or £909 with Magura Julie discs.  I even took some pictures ;-)

Roadrat Geared - with pictures!

Email me or call now to reserve yours, or order with your dealer. 

We've also still got a couple of pairs of Magura Menja 100 forks left at just £350, delivered to your door. 

Email me back if you want a pair.....

Finally, those of your waiting on BFe and Soul frames, the ship arrives with us next week, a week later than we hoped, but definitely arriving.  We'll be shipping frames to people throughout the week and into the week after.  We'll have your frame to you by 14th May at the latest.  Sorry again about this, but as I said, these are all completely firm dates now.  The ship is arriving next week, we will be dispatching as soon as possible after that. 

Following that clear out of the back orders, we'll have Soul and BFe frames available from stock for the rest of the year, and we're also re-stocking on Sodas in August, so we're hopefully on top of the supply problems we've had for the last few months and will be able to help the moment you feel the need for Cotic frame from now on.

07970 853531

Newsletter : Dales Demo

Hope you had a good Easter. I had a few days off and did some nice riding up in Calderdale. Some proper slithery trails, but the weather was nice to us when we were actually out riding.  Interestingly, I really enjoyed riding slidey trails on summer-ish tyres. Been running a Swampthing all winter and it's clearly made me lazy, knowing I can pin the brake on any time.  Less grippy tyres and slippy conditions had me consciously staying off the brakes and flowing the trail more.  'Twas good for me.  People can get awfully stressed about tyre choice.  I was reminded this weekend that sometimes it's better just to get on and ride. 

Anyway, the main reason I'm dropping you a line is that the first of our demos is coming up.  We're going to be at our dealer Dales Bike Centre on Sunday the 18th April for some lovely Big Hills (tm) demo action.  Very civilised organisation by Stu and the guys up there, with three proper rides during the day to get a proper idea about what Cotic bikes are all about. 

We're taking a medium and large Soul, a small BFe, and a small and large Hemlock.  Dales have medium and large Souls too, so we'll have plenty of bikes for people.  I'll also be bringing a Roadrat for people to look at if I can fit it in, and I'll definitely be joining at least one of the demo rides, as I've been somewhat remiss in never having ridden in this brilliant part of the country before. 

You'll need to register with Dales Bike Centre, so here are the contact details:

Dales Bike Centre

Tel: 01748 884908

Email: enquiries@dalesmountainbiking.co.uk



Hopefully I'll see you there.


07970 853531


Got Soul

Date: 11 March 2010 19:39
Subject: Pic


Ben Chapman from Moore's Cycles here,

Thought you might like this pic taken yesterday of me on my beloved Soul:

Newsletter : Cotic RoadRat Factory Alfine


As a mailing list subscriber, you're first to know about our brand new product, the Cotic RoadRat Factory Alfine.  Here's the full lowdown on this great new option for our super versatile road bike.

RoadRat and Alfine Made Easy

Today we launch the Factory Alfine option on the flat bar RoadRat, for just £849.

RoadRat Factory Alfine

Using the latest Shimano wheels with dedicated flangeless straight spoking, the bike looks great, and keeps it's sweet singlespeed lines even though you've got an 8spd hub gear to make things easy on the hills!

Sleek Alfine Flangeless Hub  Alfine RF+ Shifter

We're also offering our Magura Julie Disc Brake upgrade on the bike for a total of £989.  All the prices are under the magic Bike2Work limit, so what are you waiting for?  Order yours now from Cotic or one of our 15 dealers to make sure you're first in line.  We'll be shipping the first orders in early April when our delivery of wheels arrives from Shimano. 

For more details, drop us an email or give us a call. 
I'm pretty excited about this. I built the first bike yesterday for the photos and it looks even better in the metal. I hope you like it.


07970 853531


Newsletter : Some Thoughts on Soul Setup

I've been answering a lot of questions about set up for the Soul and BFe on the forums recently, and it occurred to me that as well as prospective new customers benefiting from this, it'd be pretty useful info for anyone with a Cotic bike.
There's been a lot of 'what fork?' and 'won't Xmm forks be too long/short?' and a lot of opinion offered on these subjects on the forums, and in the magazines and websites, over the last few months. There's an element of personal preference going on, but also, riders tend to be very wary of moving their saddle and handlebar positions because of the comfort factor of a familiar set up, yet this can have the most profound effect on what your bike rides like. I include myself here too. It's only with playing around with a lot of different set ups (fork lengths, stems, bar heights, etc) over the last year or so that I've really, deeply begun to understand how this all works. Hopefully I can pass some of that learning on to you.

What Fork?

Let's get this one out of the way - it doesn't matter. This genuinely is preference. If you want to run 140mm forks on your Soul and ride tight singletrack, you go right ahead. Have you got forks with 'only' 100mm travel and think you can't ride the big rocks? That's rubbish. I've ridden both of these set ups and more in all sorts of situations, and it's fine. Sure there are limitations, but I've had some ace rides carving up between the trees on big forks, and I've been thankful of the familiarity of my 100mm forks out in the Peaks, or even in Luchon. What I can tell you is how to make the best of them.

Fear Not the Saddle Rail

The biggest problem people seem to encounter when running longer forks is wheel lift on climbs. The weight balance of the Soul means that with 100-120mm forks you can take pretty big liberties with your saddle position and your weight will still be nicely centred between the wheels. With longer forks this is still entirely possible, but you can't expect not to move some bits around to make it work. Perfect example is my own Soul set up. I like 100mm forks on a Soul, but when I moved to the Peaks I wanted a slightly higher front end for the steeper, rockier trails, so I put a 17deg rise stem on the bike. I had a 20mm layback seatpost for some stretch, but the short forks meant it still climbed well. When I needed to test the new Soul prototypes early last year , I stuck some Thors on, and I had all those wandery wheel problems. I'll have to credit Ian from AQR Holidays for pushing me in the right direction here, as he just put the stem as low as it'd go as soon as he saw my bike on a photoshoot last March. Literally 5mm drop in bar height made a noticeable difference. So I measured up my bike, and then put my old 7deg rise stem back on to bring the bars back down to around where they are with 100mm forks. Rolled my bars forward to where they are comfortable (the slacker front end had effectively rolled them back a touch), and the biggest difference - popped my saddle forward 10mm. I'd not touched my saddle position for probably 5 years. It's just not something you adjust once you think it's comfortable. It's worth playing with though. Cyclists have an aversion to it because of talk of proper fit, and that goes with it. That's true for a road bike where you're sat down for hours on end, but offroad it's really dynamic, you're always moving around and up and down out of the saddle, it makes much less difference to your comfort. However, it has a huge influence on the dynamics of the bike because it's managing the biggest mass (aka you) to best effect for handling.

These were all relatively subtle changes, but they transformed the bike. Sure, it felt a little odd for the first couple of miles, but you soon get used to it, and because all these things are small changes they don't take you out of a comfortable fit window on your frame. The converse is true, going the other way, and my 'long travel' set up feels worryingly 'over the front' if I just chuck 100mm forks on the bike again.

Play around with your setup; see what you can learn....

I still occasionally fall foul of this stuff. Just two weeks ago I tried out an experimental set up on the Hemlock with the stem right down on the headset, and this time the bars were too low (due to the integrated headset) and that just felt odd too. 10mm spacer in there and it was sweet. It's only really tall guys like me who can fall foul of bars being too low though, so for most of you I'd highly recommend you experiment for a couple of rides with dropping your stem right down to the headset if it isn't already. If the bike feels a little vague on climbs, slide that saddle forward 5mm or 10mm. Give it a couple of rides again. If it's no good, change it back, but you'll notice the big difference so you'll have learnt something. Let's face it, it's my job to know about this and I'm still learning, still making the odd mistake, so I really think you could get more out of your bike by playing around with this a little. I'm always happy to help if you want advice. Just drop me a line.
Thanks for riding a Cotic. Hopefully if any of this has helped you'll be having more fun pretty soon!