Cotic is a small company that have been turning out their own high quality frames for a while. It all started with the SOUL, when the man behind Cotic, Cy Turner, didn’t think there was anything on the market that suited his riding, so he set about designing his own. Fast forward a couple of years and Cotic have the titanium version of the SOUL, the SODA, and more recently the Cotic Roadrat.
The Cotic Roadrat is an interesting frame. Cy Turner doesn’t much like road bikes, but he still wanted something fast for the streets. It’s versatile too, able to take on some cyclocross, commuting, gentle tow path bashing, touring (with rack and mudguard mounts) and everything else in between.
The frame, based around an Ultra Compact Geometry is designed primarily with flat bars in mind, with a long and low stance. With versatility in mind, Cotics own Dogsbody dropouts giving the choice of geared, singlespeed, fixed. It’ll take either 26” or 700c wheels, with disc brake and canti mounts. The skinny seat stays give handful’s of mud clearance, even with some 1.9” tyres in there. There’s a gusset underneath the downtube at the head tube junction to handle the beating this frame will undoubtedly take.
The frame is intended for a flat bar setup, but will work equally well with a drop bar configuration. Cotic have even designed their own rigid fork, with front mounted disc mounts and rack/mud guard mounts.
Price is £255, for the frame, mech hanger and fork. Watch out for a test as we’ve got one winging its way over to us soon.
Check out www.cotic.co.uk for more info.