Escapade called Beastie Boy

From: Jennie

Date: 25 November 2014 at 09:32

Subject: Escapade called Beastie Boy...


Hi Paul,

Hope you're keeping warm on this chilly morning.

Thought you'd like to see a pic of my built-up Escapade taken in the beautiful Bushy Park this morning and a few of the shots I got.



Walney to Whitby Escapade

From: Andrew

Date: 16 September 2014 17:25

Subject: Escapade on an Escapade

Hi Paul,

As promised, some photos of my Escapade on our recent Walney to Whitby ride.

I've scribbled a few words below in case you want something to accompany the pictures.



I wanted a new everything bike, particularly for touring, and the Escapade seemed to fit the bill nicely, especially as it came from a UK company based closed to where I live in the Peak District. Paul at Cotic provided great advice on sizing and were very helpful in getting the bike built up. I decided to go for the Hope wheels option but after doing a passable impersonation of a man wrestling a gorilla trying to fit tubed tyres to rims designed for tubeless tyres, I admitted defeat and Cotic came to the rescue by swapping the Hopes for their excellent own brand wheels - thanks to Cy and Richard at Cotic for doing this with no fuss or bother!

After some experimenting, I swapped the standard Sora 50/34 for a Middleburn 46/30 chainset which works well with the Sora front mech, and gives the low gears I wanted for loaded touring - thanks to Mark Anthony Cycles in Buxton for sorting out the minor chainline issues in time for my first trip.

The first escapade for the Escapade was on the Sustrans Walney to Whitby coast to coast route. My wife and I took the train from home to Barrow-in Furness then had overnight stops at Ulverston, Tebay, Barnard Castle, Great Ayton, and Whitby. We then rode the lovely coastal cycle path to Scarborough and returned home by train. A great car-free few days. Great scenery, great weather and great bike - the Escapade performed faultlessly and comfortably, and the low gears came in very handy as I was carrying luggage for two! I'm really pleased with the Escapade, it has a lovely steel feel and handles nicely - the only way to possibly improve it would be to build it in Reynolds 853 or 953 to reduce the weight a little!

FGCX Escapade

From: Sami

Date: 15 November 2014 23:08

Subject: Escapade build (photos)



Greetings from Oulu, Finland, the winter cycling capital of the world! While were waiting for the proper winter to come upon us, thought I’d send you a photo and a line or two of the FGCX Escapade I built some 4 months ago. Haven’t changed much since, apart from the tires and a slightly shorter stem. Matching rear wheel is still waiting to be trued, guess I’ve been too busy having fun with this ;) Great work on the frame guys!


Hi Paul

Maybe it is intersting for you, what people build with the frames of yours. So I send you a picture of the Escapade I just finished. First small test drive was already great. 

I did not go for the Alfine Di. I built in a Rohloff with OEM2 axle plate and monkeybone. Seems to work fine.

Therefore I named the bike Escapadoff.

Great frame, thanks a lot.

Have a nice week end, and don't forget to rock'n'roll.

Best regards and sunny greetings from Bavaria


Tom's BFe

From: Tom

Date: 23 June 2014 15:41

Subject: My BFE

To: ""

Hi folks,

My names Tom recently Paul invited me to your workshop/dispatch unit in the peaks to collect my new frame a shiny new green BFE in large after some sound advise from Paul. After a chat and a brew i promised i would send in some photos and build list of my new steed well this morning i completed the bike (quicker than expected) and as promised here she is.

Frame COTIC BFE large

Fork Rockshox revelations 140mm

BB Hope SS

Seat clamp Hope

Headset Hope with Hope spacers

Cranks Shimano Deore XT

Pedals Nukeproof neutron

Seatpost Nukeproof Warhead

Stem Nukeproof Warhead 60mm

Bars Renthal Fatbar 20mm Rise 740mm width

Grips Hope

Brakes Avid Elixir R's

Shifter 1x10 Saint 

Chainring  Hope Narrow wide 34t

Cassette Shimano XT with Hope 40T-REX

Chain Shimano XT

Wheels Stans Flow ex on Hope pro II hubs

Tyres Hans Dampf front Nobby Nic rear

Saddle Charge spoon

Mech Shimano XTR shadow

This bike is more than perfect it rides beautifully 19" was the right size for me (i did have my doubts when building it) it climbs like nothing I've rode before and is very agile LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

 Big thanks to cotic and to Paul in particular its guna be a good summer

Another german BFe addict

Hey Guys,

 I just wanted to give you feedback on that thing you build and express my

hartfelt thanks. 

I'm riding my BFe since nearly two years now. It's my one for all bike.

Although I'm riding 80% locale trails, which are pretty technical, the BFe

must carry me on Downhilltracks, gnarly Trails, Dirtparks, Canarian Islands,

Pumptracks and even sometimes to the ice cream parlor, which surly is 

the hardest job to do! It doesn't matter which conditions - Snowy, Sunny,

Rainy, Misty, Muddy, the BFe calls me:  "let's get out and play!!!!" I'm a 

heavy guy but "in steel  I trust" and my bike  gives  me confidence  t o do all 

I'm thinking off and even more. I left the 40 behind and I wonder who will be

first to strikes his colors, the BFe or me. (pretty sure it will not be the BFe)


 But the most important thing is: It's looking so f**king awesome ;-)


People say "A Picture says more than thousend words":

Attached you have a part of the long story. 




Hi Guys, 

 Following my fancy dress win at Steel City DH (2013!) I may have broken a world record for the longest time taken to build a frame up. As the prize was an unexpected new project it took me quite a while to get the component together and it seemed such a shame to finish it during the winter slop, when I tend to ride my single speed Jackflash anyway. As Steel City DH 2014 approached I was guilt tripped into pulling my finger out and spinning the allen keys for the aniversary. I've  attached a couple of shots of my new pride and joy for the site. Its quite a simpe build; full SLX everything, Recons and a bit of colour coding. It really does ride beautifuly. Very lively and confidence inspiring. 

Thanks ever so much for awarding me the frame for my efforts last year. All scratch builds are unique but mine has a wonderful story that's great to share. #ProudasPunch