Cotic unveiled the latest revisions to its now impressively broad range at the Cycle show – we’ve already shown you the forthcoming X ‘cross bike, here are the rest:
Arriving in the nick of time on the second day of the show, this is the new titanium Cotic Soda, designed by Cotic’s Cy Turner and built by Merlin Metalworks in the US. Merlin doesn’t build frames for many other people – itself, Jones, now Cotic and, er, that’s it. Previous Sodas have been Taiwan-built, but with the cost of a frame of the quality Cotic wanted getting within striking distance of what Merlin would charge, the shift looks like something of a no-brainer. The tubeset is exclusive to Cotic, with a flattened oval top tube, meaty 35mm seat tube and manipulated down tube featuring horizontal ovalising at the BB and a flared section at the head tube. Geometry is the usual highly effective Cotic fare and the frame includes the distinctive wishbone rear end bags of tyre clearance. Pricing is unconfirmed but will be at the premium end – something around £1,650 looks likely.
The ever-popular 853-tubed Soul is the bike that started it all for Cotic, and for 2010 it’s getting a substantial update. The introduction of tough CEN tests for bike frames necessitated some changes and also gave Cotic an excuse to make a bunch of others. There’s an oval top tube here too, with freshly-designed gussets up front and new machined cowled dropouts (including a replaceable hanger) out back. The upshot of all this is a frame that considerably exceeds the CEN standards even with a 140mm fork in the front, at a frame weight reckoned to be just 40g more than the old model – claimed weight for a Medium frame is 4.4lb. The 2010 Soul will be £470.
The BFe was conceived as a meatier version of the Soul for running big forks and doing daft stuff on. For 2010 it’s been subtly repositioned, with an all-new frame that gives away nothing in strength but boosts affordability. At £370, the new BFe will appeal not only to those who want an almost ludicrously robust hardtail but also to riders who want a Cotic but find the Soul a bit spendy.
Tubing is a mix of Reynolds 853 down tube and 631 top, seat and head tubes. 631 is the same composition as 853 but without some heat treating, so it still has 853’s useful air-hardening properties and fatigue resistance. Top tube is again ovalised, and more cunning gussetry ensures that the BFe sails past those CEN standards for a 160mm fork. Details that will appeal to the technical trail fanatic include the chain device/Hammerschmidt-ready ISCG05 mounts and lack of seat tube bottle bosses that would impede seat dropping.
Yes, we’ve already shown you the X cyclocross bike, but here it is again in case you missed it, with some additional details. The prototypes are destined for Cotic racer Kate Potter’s winter race quiver and as such are canti brake only. There’s a fair chance that production frames, due in time for the 2010/11 ‘cross season, will feature a disc mount. The double bottle bosses on the down tube, allowing for long-haul hydration capacity without interfering with shouldering, are as production, though.
Other Cotic models are less significantly changed. The Hemlock FS frame now sports enormous (but not overweight) chainstays, while the popular Roadrat road/commute/whatever frame carries on as before.
Full details and availability news at www.cotic.co.uk.