Bristol Racing

From: Brian

Date: 24 June 2013 12:53

Subject: Readers rides ..


I've been enjoying the photos posted online and thought I'd bung a couple of photos your way  

These were taken at races in Bristol. At the latest of these, I was crawling round on a late lap, only to be passed by a ridiculously chirpy Kate from AQR aboard her Soda.

It was nice to have a brief exchange on the climb out of the woods; her parting words as she stormed away from me on the top path were "nice bike".

She's right of course, they are nice and Cotic have supplied the frames I've been riding at our local races in Bristol over the last 5 years. Results have been great - I managed to claw a 4th place as a veteran in the latest 6 hour - and have had some great (mixed pairs) results over recent years with Hanneke and Kath helping nab 2nd and 3rd place finishes.

Of course the joy of a bike like the Soul (or my Simple) is that I can hitch the dog trailer to the same bike that I raced and use it to trundle home afterwards - much to the amusement of fellow racers. 

In the week after, we can meet up again and hack around the rockiest and steepest of local trails  - something I'd be less inclined to do on a precious, race-only 'wonder bike'.

I'm not really a race-head - I just enjoy racing as part of the wider world of cycling and am seriously impressed at the breadth of riding that the Cotic stable of bikes have proven capable of.

Keep up the good work,

Brian "BHB"

Rocket and BFe - just great!

From: Veronika

Date: 19 June 2013 13:23

Subject: Rocket and BFe - just great!


Hi Cotic Folks,

I just wanted to say thank you for creating such wonderful frames as the Rocket and the BFe and send you some photos of what these bikes have already seen together with their happy rider.

It all started off for me with the search for a new fullsuspension frame. After a lot of poring over geometry charts and specifications I ended up with the Cotic Rocket, because it seemed to fulfill all my wishes and needs:

- not too low bottom bracket

- progressive frame rate

- short and straight seattube to allow me to use a conventional seatpost and lower it all the way

- relatively long top tube for using an ultrashort 35mm stem and nevertheless maintaining a comfortable riding position

- short chainstays

- slack but not too slack headangle

- steep seatangle

- durable & not too heavy

I ordered the frame "blindly" and was surprised that it performed even better than I ever thought it would. Never had such a coltish fullsuspension frame. This bike seems to crave for playing with the trail all the time, it takes away the toughest bumps, yet gives enough response from the surface, and with the flick of a finger it is in the air. And last but not least, it just looks good ;-)

My Rocket has been a faithful companion during 19 days of technical trail-riding on Gran Canaria over the Christmas holidays, has given me a lot of pleasure on our local trails here in Germany (Pfaelzerwald, Taunus and Odenwald), and has lately accompanied me to some highly technical trails in the French Vosges. Just loving it big time!

After I had been so much surprised by the Rocket, it got just obvious to me, that I also needed to try your heavy-duty hardtail, the BFe. I got it in April, rode it once on our hometrails with a big grin on my face, and one week later it was packed up in a bike bag flying with me to Spain for two weeks of tackling trails in the Sierra Nevada.

Now I have one severe problem: which one of my Cotic bikes do I love better? ;-) 

Honestly, I can't tell. They are both wonderful, each in it's own way.

I've been watching my riding skills improve quite a bit in the last few month, and  probably those bikes are not the last reason for that.

Hope you like my pics. Those are not "manmade" trailparks, but gnarly "natural" hiking trails, which is what I like best.

Thank you, guys!

Cheers from Germany,


XX1 Soul in South Africa

From: Robin 

Date: 13 June 2013 09:13

Subject: Cotic Soul

To: ""

SRAM XX1 build, RockShox Reba RLT 120mm fork, American Classic Race Wheel set and Thomson cockpit.

I’m absolutely loving this bike and I am using it for marathon XC rides, Enduro races or short XC training loops in our area. Awesome bike!

Thanks to Matt (Cotic South Africa) for hooking me up with this frame!!!

BFe - great stuff!

From: Tom

Date: 11 June 2013 22:33

Subject: BFe - great stuff!


Hi Cy and Paul

Just wanted to send a couple pics of my *finally* completed BFe. I'm really pleased with it - got a bit excited on the maiden voyage and crashed twice...the bikes fine, but the rider got a little bashed...I was astounded how well it held up to a bruising - Beefy indeed!  

Thanks Paul for fantastic service - always quick  and helpful responses to my emails even when my questions had blindingly obvious answers....


Simple goes Left

From: Graham

Date: 10 June 2013 13:09

Subject: Simple goes Left

To: Cotic


Really excellent frame

Here it is built up with Hope, Stans and Hutchinsons tubeless. It's 34 and 17 Ts

Many thanks


Scottish BFe

From: Richard

Date: 4 June 2013 12:37

Subject: My BFe

To: Paul Dexter <>

Hello there lovely Cotic Folk,

After buying a new BFe from you guys back in January I've been having a lot of fun. Your advice and help pre purchase meant I had the perfect bike & I haven't looked back! I've had more fun than I can put into words, so I've included a few photos. As you'll see after the "proud father" super shiny and unridden photos, I quickly got out on the BFe and started enjoying it. Sure footed and very manoeuvrable I found my skills and technique quickly progress. 

This probably culminated last week when my girlfriend and I took a week off to enjoy all that TweedLove (a biking festival just down the road) had to offer: Sat & Sun the BFe and I entered our first ever Enduro. Monday we went on a massive XC ride in apocalyptic weather conditions. Tuesday we rested. Wednesday, up north to Fort William Red Track. Thursday a technical highland XC route and friday I entered my first dual slalom. I only did this so I could get a go on the course and didn't expect to even qualify. However, as luck would have it I ended getting down to the final 5, technically going out after some guy called Josh Lewis... Though I have to admit this was more about luck than skill!!

Thanks again for a great bike,


XS duck egg Soul

From: Tina

Date: 27 May 2013 21:39

Subject: Duck egg Soul

Hi Paul,

I understand my lovely husband James was talking to you about my surprise new XS duck egg Soul. Just wanted to say I love my new Soul! Many thanks for all your help! We took her round the west Chilterns this weekend and she was great!



Solaris absolutely rips

From: Mark

Date: 29 May 2013 19:13

Hello Paul,

Just a quick note:

My new Solaris absolutely rips.  I love this bike, and everyone that has taken a test ride loves it.  The Bright Green gets lots of comments at the trailhead.  The frame itself is a quality piece, with nice attention to detail.  I am riding with a rigid carbon fork for now, but a suspension fork will be along soon.

Thank you guys,


Keep em peeled

From: Mark Logie <>

Date: 28 May 2013 12:00

Subject: Stolen Cotic Rocket

To: Paul Dexter <>

Hello Paul,

My beloved Cotic Rocket was stolen from my locked roof rack while I was taking my fiancée to get treated at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary hospital after a bike crash yesterday.

Would you possibly be able to post this to the Cotic website, so that fellow Cotic owners/fans can be on the lookout for it?  Specs as follows and picture attached:

Black Cotic Rocket, fox float shock, a couple of scratches on the top tube which I covered with black electrician's tape

White Fox Float 36 160mm forks

KS dropper seatpost with Superstar saddle

Raceface cranks

White stans flow rims with racing ralph tyres and green floating rotors

Shimano saint brakes

Green superstar stem

Truvativ holtzfeller pedals

I'm offering up a £500 reward for its safe return.  My phone number is 07894347848.  Thank you,