Cotic Announces New Flare Steel Trail Bike

Mar 29, 2019
by cotic-bikes  
2019 Cotic Flare Longshot

PRESS RELEASE: Cotic

The Flare combines the DNA of our Rocket enduro bike with the light, agile, subtle feel of our legendary Soul to bring a fun, fast, endlessly addictive ride into your life.

2019 Cotic Flare Longshot

The Flare runs 27.5" wheels with up to 2.6" tyres, 140mm forks, and 125mm rear travel. At heart the Flare is a technical trail tearaway. Lighter and easier to move around than our MAX 29er bikes, with more compact dimensions than our enduro focused Rocket, and droplink suspension brings more capability than our hardtails.

2019 Cotic Flare Longshot
2019 Cotic Flare Longshot

The Flare excels in tight, close quarters technical trail work. It ducks and weaves, pops and wheelies, scrabbles and clambers in and out of the tightest spaces. It sports our radical Longshot geometry, flows like water down singletrack, climbs beautifully, yet exudes confidence and pin sharp accuracy exactly when you need it in bigger or steeper terrain.

2019 Cotic Flare Longshot

2019 Cotic Flare Longshot

As with all Cotic bikes, the frames' steel construction is compliant and naturally ground moulding. The Flare uses Reynolds 853 super strong steel for it's made-in-the-UK front triangle. This includes our custom ride tuned Ovalform top tube which helps to deliver sublime trail damping and that signature Cotic feel; lively and fun, yet stable and controlled.

2019 Cotic Flare Longshot

As a droplink bike, it shares all of the clever features we include across the range including the integrated One Up top guide and double duty seatstay pivot / brake bolt.

2019 Cotic Flare Longshot
2019 Cotic Flare Longshot

All the product information is over on the product page.

Frame pricing starts at £1749 / approx $1899 / approx EUR1929 with a Hope seatclamp, delivery and the X-Fusion O2 RCX shock. DB Air IL is available for £1999 / $2165 / EUR2199. Bikes start at £2999 / $3249 / EUR 3299 for the Silver build, going up to £6099 / $6600 / EUR6710 for the full dreamer Platinum X01 Eagle eeWing build. We have limited stock available now, with more in build due for early May. The Flare, as with all our products, is now available with free shipping to Europe, USA and Canada as well as the UK. Complete bikes are available worldwide, assembled by us - your bike built for you - right here in the Peak District of the UK.

If you know you want a Flare, you can order here and if it's just a frame you will get it by the next weekend:

The Flare is going straight into demo, so people can get on a bike to try from this weekend in the UK. You can catch up with the dates for demos over on www.cotic.co.uk/demo.

Hope you like it. Let us know what you think in the comments. We'll be around to answer any questions.

Cheers,

Cy Turner
Founder and Director
Cotic Bikes
www.cotic.co.uk


MENTIONS: @cotic-bikes



48 Comments

  • 9 1
 SO SICK. I feel it Cy. I feel the love. -Hunter
  • 4 0
 Cheers dude!
  • 4 1
 This looks great! Hope PB puts out a review of it ASAP; more interested in this than most other bikes I’ve seen recently.

How bought it, @mikelevy
  • 6 0
 A PB article up for around 10 hours and so far no negative comments. So either this is the best bike ever made (possible), or hell has frozen over.
  • 8 1
 It's called the Cotic Effect. Nicefies the bottom half of the Internet. True story!
  • 4 0
 Having ridden one recently they are nice to ride but the big thing for me is price when I'm getting a full carbon enduro beast for less with a higher spec.Like orange I admire the engineering but the price is to high for the end result
  • 1 0
 @zenith1976: Until you own one Smile I always say my carbon trail bikes come and go, but my Cotic Solaris has been in the arsenal for years now, and will stay there for many more. Just something about it that makes me grin ear to ear every time I ride it. Very very nearly pulled the trigger on a Flare a few weeks back, but like you said it came down to pricing - a bit expensive to get to South Africa, and just by chance the SA Transition distributor had a big sale on their frames here so I went that route. A Cotic dual suspension is definitely in the cards for me at some point though!
  • 4 0
 @zenith1976: What you're saying makes sense, when looking at the materials, but there's a more important question: What does the carbon do for you? Ultimately, all that matters is how much we enjoy the ride, whether that comes from great geometry, kinematics, efficiency, durability, feeling like you've supported a great company, etc.

What if a bike was made with an expensive material, but had poor geometry and, as a result, rode poorly? What a particular carbon bike was known to crack more often than most and getting replacement parts took months, if it happens at all? Would these carbon bikes be "worth" more?

Of course there exist carbon bikes with great geometry and durability; I'm just pointing out there's more to the value equation than the material used.

Cotic bikes are lovely and the company is, too. If the only advantage of a carbon frame is a pound less weight, that's not enough to offset all the positives of Cotic products and Cotic people.
  • 3 0
 @R-M-R: simply the bike rode better than the cotic tried both went with the Rallon.
  • 1 0
 @zenith1976: The Rallon is a particularly nice bike and I won't argue against it. Glad you're enjoying it!
  • 7 0
 Something about simple lines and skinny tubes just makes me all hot and bothered.
  • 4 0
 Will finally be finishing my Soul build in the next couple of weeks after having only ridden FS trail bikes since 1998, so it's a bit of a gamble. If I don't like it as much as I expect I now know the frame that will replace it. The new Flare looks perfect in the very small world of good geo, short travel 27.5 bikes.
  • 6 0
 I had a soul and loved it. A good steel hardtail is a thing of beauty. Cushcore and big tires help smooth out dough trails too.
  • 6 0
 Cy Cotic. I just got this.
  • 3 0
 Me too, it came to me on a ride this week. I'd been wondering what was up with that name for years. Years!
  • 3 0
 It takes a while sometimes, especially as a lot of people seem to pronounce it Co-Tick instead of Cot-Ick.
  • 1 0
 @burtreynolds853: I just want to upvote that username. Chapeau.
  • 5 0
 No common socal expensive plastic here! These Cotics are beautiful!
  • 3 0
 Thanks! We do try.
  • 1 0
 I like the look of this but I'm way out of date on geometry. What is the advantage of long, low and slack? Is this going to descend like a dream but climb like a nightmare? I like going up to earn the down, but if the climb becomes a headache, the down will also suffer...
Where do I find a balanced report on the pros and cons? I'm strangely drawn to this as it seems to tick boxes for me, but price counts so I'd hate to spend that and discover it doesn't work for me (if I can work out how to pay for it - but that is the case with any new bike irrespective of price).
Ta.
  • 2 0
 They do demo rides all over the country - email them!
  • 6 1
 Yes I'd love to own this
  • 2 0
 Thanks. Great to hear such positive feedback on this bike.
  • 4 0
 Rad bike! Though it won’t be my next, the Rocket Max will be!
  • 2 0
 Lovely. Looking forward to hearing from you.
  • 5 1
 Sweet, rad bike and company.
  • 2 0
 Thanks!
  • 4 0
 Love it , especially the green colourway, makes it look quite excotic
  • 3 0
 Thanks. It's nice to get the green back in range after giving it a little rest
  • 2 0
 This bike looks like so much fun. It just screams "come out and play". I love straight tubes (aesthetically) and a low top tube brings a bike to life.
  • 2 0
 Such a beauty. Was riding enduro last week, it was so easy with my rocket max... Really impressive products !
  • 2 0
 Thanks!
  • 2 0
 For some reason this bike make me want to wear more than the minimum amount of flare.
  • 2 0
 What a beaut!!! Counting the minutes for my RocketMax to come to its new forever home!!
  • 3 0
 Gorgeous bike. Clean lines, no nonsense...I want one.
  • 2 0
 Selling the Knolly late Summer and replacing it with this thing. Banger, perfect for BC.
  • 2 1
 Anyone have experience with the NEWER cc dB inline? Have they indeed fixed their previous reliability issues?
  • 3 0
 No experience but pretty widely reported that they are fine
  • 2 0
 We have been spec'ing the DB Air IL and Coil IL since they came out and they are good as gold. Must have sold 100s by now.
  • 3 1
 Make skinny steel tubes great again
  • 2 0
 You knows it!
  • 3 0
 Wow that is beautiful.
  • 2 0
 Thanks. We are pretty chuffed with it.
  • 2 0
 Free shipping to europe...until Brexit Frown
  • 3 1
 I would love a cotic.
  • 2 0
 Hopefully you will get there one day. Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Wow...like it but the prices are kinda steep, hmm?
  • 2 0
 One day.

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