tag:cotic.cc,2013:/posts cotic.cc 2018-10-02T19:14:25Z Cotic tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/1098704 2016-10-14T13:05:03Z 2016-10-14T13:05:03Z Chaingang Roadrat Alfine 11

Subject: cotic roadrat

Date: 12/10/2016 09:29

From: Derek

Hi Paul

fyi - Dave (chaingang cycles) has made a fantastic job on one of your rr

frames - Alfine 11. The ride is really good and am very pleased. I know

it was windy yesterday, but was surprised how quiet it was. It is not

quite finished - still need to put my decent pedals on it and the bar

ends have been left open in case I need to trim them down a bit. It

looks so good I thought I would share some pictures........ 

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/1069560 2016-07-04T10:38:20Z 2016-12-21T07:47:12Z Ian's Escapade Build

From: IAN

Subject: My Escapade Build

Date: 2 July 2016 18:47:17 BST

To: richard@cotic.co.uk

Hi Richard,

It's me, the fussiest customer you ever met, remember ; )

Well, the frame was so accurately finished I didn't need to face the head tube or BB! Very pleased. 

Here are some pics, sorry, I'm not much of a photographer. 

I built my Escapade with Hope 4 hubs with Sapim race hand polished (by me) spokes and Hope Tech XC rims. Challenge Gravel Grinder tyres. 

The groupset is Ultegra with hydro disc brakes. I always use a King headset and the finishing kit is Zipp Service Course SL. I fancy a Brooks Cambium saddle.., the one fitted is from my road bike. 

I absolutely love the way it rides. Super comfortable on and off road. 

For a comfy steel frame it's not at all whippy when climbing / sprinting either. Everything was so easy to fit too.. Headset and BB went in a treat and the accuracy of the frame being 'in line' exemplary. One of the best I've ever built for wheel being perfectly centred and in line. I've had really expensive frames in the past that are terrible in that department. 

Please feel free to 'quite' me. 

Thanks again for your supreme patience with me when I visited your workshop. 

Say hello to the boss for me : )

All the best,



tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/1060269 2016-06-06T08:14:18Z 2018-10-02T19:14:25Z Soul 275 Pembrokeshire South Wales

Subject: Soul 275 Pembrokeshire South Wales Date: 03/06/2016 11:52 From: john To: "info@cotic.co.uk" <info@cotic.co.uk>

Hi to everyone at Cotic

After spending over a year with my Soul 275 i just wanted to let you all know what a great fun bike this is. I have loved riding everything from my local trails to Brechfa and many other locations across South Wales. The bike has performed brilliantly wherever i have taken it. I also want to say a big thank you for the customer service that i received from the first email to the delivery of my bike. In 2015 when I turned up for a Demo day very unfit and almost 2.5 hours late due to traffic problems you still let me go out and Demo the bike on a 1 to 1 basis. I doubt i would have received that level of customer service anywhere else. It is no wonder Cotic Bikes have such you have such a strong and loyal following.



tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/1052541 2016-05-18T09:04:41Z 2016-05-18T09:10:31Z Soul275 In Central Australia

Subject: Soul275 In Central Australia

Date: 03/05/2016 02:24 From: Andrew

To: "'info@cotic.co.uk'" <info@cotic.co.uk>

Just thought you might like these.
Unfortunately not a great photo
Took this recently on a trip to Alice Spring in Central Australia, it normally resides in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
The other was on the completion of the build
XT 11 speed and brakes
Rental Fatbar lite and Apex stem
KS Dropper (in one photo, not in the other as it has been quite unreliable!)
40mm (35mm internal) wide carbon rims of DT350 hubs
RS Pike set at 120mm now 130mm
The wide rims are great addition.

Great fun bike.


tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/1051659 2016-05-16T11:46:36Z 2016-05-16T12:44:30Z Darren Ellis sent us some Rocket shots ]]> Cotic tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/1046868 2016-05-04T16:54:47Z 2018-04-08T05:47:11Z Super Domestique Solaris
Subject: Cotic.cc pic
Date: 2016-05-04 14:23
From: Super Domestique
To: Cy Turner

Hi Cy

Hope you get time to enjoy the sunshine!

Here is a pic of my Solaris with it's prize mudguard fitted (from the
spec naming).

Had the forks extended to 120mm in the end. Thanks for your advice and
feedback a few weeks ago.

Hope the pic might be ok for cotic.cc


tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/1009373 2016-03-08T10:42:13Z 2016-03-08T10:42:13Z Innerleithen Soul

From: Alex

Date: 7 March 2016 at 18:25

Subject: Cotic Soul

Hi everyone

Not sure if this is the correct format in which to do this but I really feel the need to let you know how happy I am with my bike, I bought a cotic soul 27.5 in July and have been loving it ever since I've ridden it loads of different places and met loads of new people with my soul and really feel it's a head turner so thought I'd drop you a pic of her at the top of Innerleithen in Scotland I'm sure you will agree! yeah it's got a few scuffs now but that's what bikes are for. Thanks again to everyone at Cotic really love what you guys do!



tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/1008806 2016-03-07T10:40:11Z 2016-03-07T10:40:11Z Winter Escapade

On 6 March 2016 at 18:14, Andrew wrote:

Hi Paul, 

Just thought I'd let you know that I'm loving the Escapade you sold me. It's the most comfortable road bike I've ridden and really quick too. Definitely a do it all bike even in the snow. It's certainly inspiring me to get out and train for my coast to coast trip in May. Here's a picture of the Escapade near high flats on the trans pennine trail. 

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/1003596 2016-02-29T10:45:37Z 2016-02-29T10:45:37Z Solaris in Mid-Wales

Spotted these great photos by Phil @mtbcymru on twitter.

More of this kind of thing please...! Photos that remind us of "being out there", and get us planning trips.


tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/1003590 2016-02-29T10:27:28Z 2016-03-03T12:52:56Z Neil's BRG Soul build
From: Neil

Date: 27 February 2016 at 12:54

Subject: Soul Build

Hi Paul,

Just a quick note to say thanks for the help and advice when I was deliberating over the new bike.

I finished building it last night and took it out for its maiden voyage this morning, taking in a good mix of climbs, flowing singletrack and techy descents. I'm really pleased with it - glad I went for the small. It's slightly roomier than my Nomad C, feels like a nice position to spend a good few miles in. It's the perfect size for me, I reckon. It rips along on the flat and certainly isn't shy going down hill. Dead chuffed with it.

Here's a couple of pics and a spec, feel free to use them as you see fit :)

Cotic Soul 27.5" Small

Rockshox Pike fork with modified air piston shaft to give 140mm travel

Easton Arc 27.5" rims with 30mm internal width

DT Comp spokes, DT alloy nipples

Hope Pro 2 hubs

Maxxis Shorty tyres, 2.3" width, 3C Exxo TR run tubless

Shimano XT 1x11 transmission, 11-42T cassette, 30T ring, 175mm cranks, GS cage mech

Hope X2 brakes, 183mm discs front and rear

Rockshox Reverb 125mm dropper post

Specialized Henge saddle

Easton Havoc bars, uncut

Thompson 50mm stem

Hope Grips

Thanks Again! 


tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/973872 2016-01-19T11:30:52Z 2016-01-19T11:30:52Z Snow Escapade

From: Gavin

Date: 17 January 2016 at 22:03

Subject: Snow Escapade


I thought you might appreciate the attached shot of my Escapade doing what it does best at the weekend.

This is near the top of Longridge Fell in the Ribble Valley near Preston, taking advantage of a morning of snow. I had three mountain bikers and a walker all say the same thing: "you're brave to be riding this on a 'cross bike" but it seems to handle rides like this easily. Stable but quick on sketchy, icy roads and relaxed enough to deal with the fire roads and bits of singletrack. Just a great bike to go and play in the snow!

Hope you have a great and successful 2016.


tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/946461 2015-12-09T10:43:24Z 2015-12-09T10:43:24Z In awe

From: darren

Date: 6 December 2015 at 12:09

Subject: A big thank you !

Dear Cotic,

I would like to say thank you for creating what may be the single most amazing bike I've ridden in a long long time. It has truly opened my eyes to what a plus hardtail can be capable of.

Today I crossed the 100km mileage point on it and I have to say it never once failed to bring on the wows on my local muddy fallen logs and off- camber root infested trails.

Thought I'd drop in a note and a photo to express my appreciation of this masterpiece that is the Cotic Solaris.

Cheers guys and merry Christmas !

In awe,

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/941528 2015-12-01T10:19:15Z 2015-12-01T10:57:33Z New Solaris Frame Rocks!
Date: 30 November 2015 at 02:58

Subject: New Solaris Frame Rocks!

Hi Paul and the rest of the team.

The new Solaris frame has been a real pleasure to ride.  It's perfect.  Thank you again (pic from the trails of Aliso Viejo, California).

Happy Holidays.


tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/926697 2015-11-03T14:05:13Z 2015-11-03T14:05:13Z David's Autumn Escapade
From: David

Date: 2 November 2015 at 12:51

Subject: Autumn Cotic

Hi Paul, thought you and guys at Cotic might like to see a splash of colour from sunny Northern Ireland. Keep up the good work. David Gamble

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/910446 2015-09-28T10:20:46Z 2015-09-28T10:20:46Z Jamie's Escapade Di2 build

From: J

Date: 27 September 2015 at 18:55

Subject: Escapade Di2 build

To: info@cotic.co.uk

Hi Cy

Heres a few pics of the di2 build on the escapade i spoke to you about

i think i could inprove it a lit bit more but dont thik its turned out to bad!

Had first ride on it today and loved it, 

cheers jamie

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/856481 2015-05-15T11:24:29Z 2015-05-15T11:24:30Z Simon has Soul

From: Simon

Date: 15 May 2015 at 10:14

Subject: Soul pics

To: Paul Dexter <paul@cotic.co.uk>

Love this bike, better than expected and wheels size perfect !



tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/856426 2015-05-15T07:43:17Z 2015-05-15T07:43:17Z Adam has Soul

From: Adam 

Date: 10 May 2015 at 20:58

Subject: 275

To: Paul Dexter <paul@cotic.co.uk>

Dear Paul,

Took my soul up to Afan this weekend to break her in.  Epic riding!  Absolutely loved it. Just as springy and fun as all the hype say the frame is...  Thought you'd want to see the pic.  

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/852689 2015-05-07T09:51:08Z 2015-05-07T09:51:08Z Stanage Escapade

From: Gavin

Subject: escapade build

To: info@cotic.co.uk

Hey Guys!

I finally got my escapade built up, and got out on a shake down ride (quite literally on top of Stanage!). Thought you might like to see the result. I think the yellow with the black groupset & finishing kit looks awesome!



tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/785602 2014-12-19T10:58:40Z 2014-12-19T10:58:41Z Chris' new Soul 275

From: Chris

Date: 18 December 2014 at 11:04

Subject: New build soul 27.5

To: info@cotic.co.uk

Hi guy's just built up my new Soul 27.5, amazing bike couldn't be happier!! Keep up the good work and may consider swapping the ibis for the rocket when thing's get sorted..


tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/783993 2014-12-16T10:46:42Z 2014-12-16T10:46:42Z Soul at Lake Mtn in Victoria
From: Steven

Date: 13 December 2014 at 08:10

Subject: Soul

To: "info@cotic.co.uk


Thought I should send you a photo of my new Soul 26" as I'm so happy with it.

Im an English man living in Australia, so when I retired my 1997 Giant ATX 890 and was looking for a new hard tail I new it had to be English and 26". After emailing Tom I ended up with an orange Soul which I'm loving. Attached is a crapy phone photo of my Soul taken up at Lake Mtn in Victoria. Thanks for keep 26" and steel alive.

Regards Steve

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/775313 2014-11-26T09:56:19Z 2014-11-26T09:56:19Z Escapade called Beastie Boy

From: Jennie

Date: 25 November 2014 at 09:32

Subject: Escapade called Beastie Boy...

To: paul@cotic.co.uk

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.



tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/772621 2014-11-20T13:06:47Z 2014-11-20T13:06:47Z 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!

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/772617 2014-11-20T12:51:22Z 2015-02-08T09:07:46Z FGCX Escapade
From: Sami

Date: 15 November 2014 23:08

Subject: Escapade build (photos)

To: info@cotic.co.uk


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!

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/725855 2014-08-11T11:13:06Z 2014-08-11T11:13:07Z new Matte Bright Green BFe - photos by Richard Baybutt ]]> Cotic tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/707094 2014-06-24T15:52:26Z 2014-06-24T15:52:27Z Escapadoff

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


tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/707093 2014-06-24T15:50:36Z 2014-06-24T15:50:37Z Outer Hebrides
Dear Paul

As promised the My Soul in South Harris and North Uist



tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/707067 2014-06-24T15:05:51Z 2014-06-24T15:09:39Z Tom's BFe

From: Tom

Date: 23 June 2014 15:41

Subject: My BFE

To: "info@cotic.co.uk"

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

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/698117 2014-05-30T16:09:39Z 2014-05-30T16:09:40Z 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. 



tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/698115 2014-05-30T16:06:46Z 2014-05-30T16:06:46Z R2-BFe

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 cotic.cc 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

tag:cotic.cc,2013:Post/671984 2014-04-03T11:55:57Z 2014-04-03T11:58:56Z Dark Olive Alfine Roadrat