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Video: Cotic Bikes Presents - Got Soul?
Nov 5, 2012 at 7:11
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(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:00)
im loving how pinkbike has begun to post more videos of hardtails. its a refreshing take on mtb
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:33)
More filmers are making good edits right now - might as well share them.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:41)
yeah im just saying its nice to see hardtail videos. dont get me wrong i love my dh rig but the simplicity of a hardtail is a thing of beauty.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 11:14)
there has been a big movement back towards hardtail mountain bikes in the UK
because its so darn wet most of the year, the ground is softer (less need for full suspension) and the sheer value-for-money, direct "feel" for the trail, lack of maintenance and ease of cleaning makes the hardtail a great choice for many riders, especially for trail riders
now that the manufacturers are offering the highest quality steel alloys and carbon fibre, the hardtail can be engineered to offer a degree of comfort that has often been lacking from aluminium alloy frames (often 'harsh' on the rocks and roots)
I have been riding full-suspension bikes since 1993 but 2012 is the first season I only have a hardtail in my stable, and I am actually enjoying my riding more than ever
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:15)
need to dial it back even more. go klunkin'.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:29)
@hampsteadbandit i hear you man. the hardtail is still catching back up here stateside. where i use to live (near northstar) everyone has a big travel bike, i recently bought a stanton slackline and i love it. i took it to northstar and ripped on it. most fun ive had on a bike in awhile. dh bikes are awesome but its always refreshing to throw a little hardtail action into the mix. besides riding a hardtail will only make you a better rider when you ride a fully
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:33)
love this edit all cotic bikes are good i am in the middle of a retro fit of a rear disk brake mount to my mtb very old on got v brake mounts
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:16)
They should have been on a mission from God. I am really liking that fact that there are a lot of these videos that just show good old fashion Mt biking. A trail, A rider, A bike and fun that is all it is, Its not freeride, its not DH, its not XC, its not All Mountain, its not Enduro, it is just good simple Mountain Biking. I hate all the fake BS Terms.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:21)
I couldn't agree more. People are to hung up on rigid definitions. The main thing is to go out and ride.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 17:49)
punny but true
(Nov 6, 2012 at 13:45)
I thought about blaming you two for OT, but its hard to frame someone in here...
(Nov 5, 2012 at 9:50)
Mormons! Was that a Romney campaign ad?
Either way those mormons can shred.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:22)
It's a take on Blues Brothers.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:47)
you don't say!
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:30)
romney has my vote.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 13:38)
I hope you joking?
(Nov 5, 2012 at 14:19)
So what does this have to do with Mormons or Romney?
(Nov 5, 2012 at 19:35)
mormons are the blues brothers reincarnate.
(Nov 6, 2012 at 0:09)
Thanks for the great comments guys. Was such fun coming up with the storyboard for this one.
It's been mentioned a couple of times above, but just to make it official, if you're interested in a Cotic and you're on the other side of the Atlantic drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will help you out. We ship directly from the UK and offer full warranty support ourselves.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 9:57)
Well this is so not meant for gingers...
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:18)
I ride a xs cotic bfe and I love it,so much fun on dh,4x,jumps etc and I can put my post up and go ride xc (it is quite a rare thing mind you) and it takes it all in its stride.want a true all rounder forget full sus go hardtail!!
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:07)
Got soul? Hell no! I got rocket.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:50)
I was interested to read the comments from the UK guys regarding HT in their neck of the woods and then started hitting myself in the head for being shown the bloody obvious. I went the HT route the last few years (first a charge Blender with 120 and then 130mm up front and more recently a Shan Production Privee with 150mm fork). I went to the HT because I found my riding had just become lazy and reliant on a 5" rear to absorb my shitty lines. The HT were awesome fun, and my riding has really improved, but I found myself really enjoying winter and hating summer. For some reason it never occurred to me that the rock hard tracks where I live from pretty much late Sep through to late May may be a part of this... DO-OH!! I am presently selling off the HTs and moving back to a Dually, but can thoroughly recommend this type of ride to those with a love of really feeling a trail (and perhaps a home trails that are not like concrete 8 months of the year).
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:57)
does this mean your selling your privee?
(Nov 5, 2012 at 13:50)
Reluctantly - yes. I have a kid and a mortgage (and a crappy low paying job!) so keeping this bike as well is just too hard to get past the keeper (wife). I swear - every time I go near it with a set of tools to strip it down the bloody thing starts looking at me like 'Old Yeller'... it is a little creepy!
(Nov 5, 2012 at 14:18)
haha well i messaged you about it let me know i would buy it in a heartbeat
(Nov 5, 2012 at 17:40)
I thought this was a Soulcraft video, oh well
Pretty nice simple looking Renolds 853 steel frame-set from Cotic. Would be nice if they came with versatile drive-train options since that is one of the biggest advantages of owning a HT frame.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 16:48)
I got soul!! Mine must be the only Cotic Soul (that I've seen) on the N.Shore! Seen a couple of Be-Fe's too. Would love to see more people riding the trails on HT's, you can ride all the same gnar, just a bit slower.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 11:24)
love hardtails on the UK trails. Most of the trails a full sus is nice but the hardtail makes everything feel more connected.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:08)
back to a HT for me soon... no matter how long i spend riding fullys i always go back!
(Nov 5, 2012 at 16:32)
how can they ride wearing ties? i don't like ties even at weddings or funerals
(Nov 6, 2012 at 10:03)
That's cause u don't like Blues Brothers, I'll like ties for the rest of my life .
(Nov 6, 2012 at 14:15)
I like the blues brothers actually. I just think proper breathing an tie wearing are opposites
(Nov 13, 2012 at 1:33)
Unproper breathing, good point xD
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:48)
Fuk yeah for HTs! Stoked about my recently new Ti456. Such a nice bike
(Nov 5, 2012 at 21:17)
Me too, the 456 is a wicked bike!
The Soul too looks superb!
(Nov 5, 2012 at 11:01)
Anyone know how to get a Cotic in the US?
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:37)
Your best bet is to just email Cotic (firstname.lastname@example.org) - I've been chatting to them about getting a Rocket frame and they're really helpful. Even if you have to get one shipped out, shipping to and from the US is relatively cheap.
I've got a BFe at the moment and it's awesome. Complete nutcase of a bike :-D
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:40)
email email@example.com its about 700 with shipping included. id wait for the new bfe. (44mm headtube 31.6 seatube) they are out of stock until december though.
(Nov 6, 2012 at 3:09)
It is nice to see that hardtails become more and more popular.
Somebody knows the song?
(Nov 7, 2012 at 1:13)
I have 3 bikes, and I probably have the best fun on my hardtail. Steel is real
(Nov 5, 2012 at 19:33)
since when did mormons start wearing shorts and get so fast on hardtails?
(Nov 5, 2012 at 21:10)
Wicked Video! Long travel HT's are super fun and you can go just as fast as a full! RideOn!
(Nov 6, 2012 at 17:50)
Love steel hardtail, pure, simple and it's mountain biking as his simple expression!
(Nov 5, 2012 at 22:34)
second video of the day good bit of fun here i like it . on to the next video .
(Nov 5, 2012 at 23:46)
Sweet...the revival of the steel...I was waiting for that!! Sick Video
(Nov 6, 2012 at 2:18)
I miss my hardtail. A bastard stole it.
(Nov 6, 2012 at 2:23)
Maybe they'll just lube the chain and give you it back ?
(Nov 6, 2012 at 2:23)
(Nov 6, 2012 at 2:20)
I miss my hardtail. A bastard stole it.
(Nov 6, 2012 at 13:38)
Great to video....anyone know the name of the song?
(Jul 20, 2013 at 14:22)
Someone tell me the name of this song please?
(Nov 5, 2012 at 14:27)
Oh wow, that corner at 1:30 looks like so much fun.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:42)
Good thing its got a tapered HT!! Absolute classic this thing!
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:28)
looks like an original Bontrager Race lite
(Nov 5, 2012 at 16:42)
Ya. My buddy had an orange and pearl bontrager frame. The first thing I thought of when I saw this.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 17:25)
Good eye! I've got a '94 Race myself and love to take her out now and then. This is from Cy's development history of the Soul:
" Autumn 2003: Customer feedback on first frames is overwhelmingly positive, with some people suggesting minor changes. Taking these into account, V2 frame drawings are completed with s-bend chainstays to improve heel clearance for 'in swingers', down tube raised slightly to improve fork adjuster clearance with low stack headsets, and hose guides added to seatstay rear mech routing to improve the mud sealing of the gear cable leading to the now ubiquitous Cotic semi-outer gear cable run. Now working directly with a new factory, the dropout and disc mount are all integrated into one CNC'd piece at the suggestion of their production engineer. An XL size is also added for the second batch of frames with size specific tubing including stiffer down tube and wishbone compared to the other frame sizes. In addition to these changes due to field feedback, discussions with another frame designer and further research on frame design using the FEA models shows that the worst fatigue feature on the frame is the chainstay bridge. Deleting the bridge removes this problem and massively improves mud clearance, but it it also moves the stress 'hot spot' to the outer edge of the chainstay/BB welds. Addition of gussets at these locations solves this, and another now classic Cotic feature is born with the bridgeless chainstay design. Enormously proud of myself for this sweet little solution, it's only several months later that I discover Keith Bontrager had been doing the same thing on his steel frames since about 1990. A doffed hat to Mr B!"
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:06)
Got to love local lads shredding local bikes on local trails!
(Nov 5, 2012 at 18:50)
Mormons coming to a trail near you.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 12:50)
disappointing- there were no signature bardrags
(Feb 23, 2013 at 17:12)
just seen this.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 18:04)
That video was fresh.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 16:02)
4.4lbs for a nice steel ht frame. Sign me up
(Nov 5, 2012 at 10:01)
nice job fellas. love the colors and the name.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 11:19)
Epic Blues Brothers theme and sick video overall, but I'm still not going back to hardtails for trail/AM riding.
(Nov 5, 2012 at 15:28)
I'm with you. Didn't realize how passionate people were about hardtails. I need the cushion. My chode needs the cushion!
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