Cotic Launch Updated SolarisMAX Hardtail

Jun 19, 2020
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New Cotic SolarisMAX


The one a lot of you have been waiting for, here's the new Cotic SolarisMAX. That's Midnight Blue and Supernova Orange right there. The new batch is broadly similar to the multiple award-winning bike, with same head angles, reach, chainstays, and wheelbase. For the new batch, we have steepened the seat angle a little to suit the rangy nature of the Longshot geometry, and we have brought the head tube lengths for the medium, large and XL into line with the MAX droplink bikes, each size growing 10mm, which should be a bit more comfortable. product solarisMAX
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"Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Zittery"

There are some new bottle boss locations, with the downtube now lined with bosses at 64mm bottle cage centres. These give you the flexibility to run two bottles (as per the previous bike), or a bottle and an Anything Cage style luggage system. Or a tool keg, or anything else you can bolt to bottle bosses. As ever, they also double up for the neat and tidy p-clipped dropper routing.


Head over to the product page to learn more

The geometry remains optimised around 120mm forks (rather than the 140mm on the recent BFeMAX), and it's much more our all-rounder, smiles for miles kinda bike. It's still hella fast and super composed at speed and in the steep tech, but it's more about swinging through singletrack than rock smashing. Frames are £675, and we can add a headset or bottom bracket to them if you need.

Order your new SolarisMAX here

I would re-iterate that due to how crazy busy we are right now, compounded by COVID-19 related supply chain delays, parts supply has become a bit patchy. I'm afraid we won't have SLX based Silver builds available again until mid-August, but we have XT and the new Eagle GX in the building, and Eagle X01 too. Remember, with our flexible bike specifications, if you can't quite stretch your budget to a Gold XT or Eagle build, click on one of those as a starting point anyway, and then swap some parts. You can spec Silver build parts such as an X Fusion fork which will reduce the price from the Gold spec, as will going for Shimano wheels or Deore brakes. All with the added bonus over the Silver build of sweet XT or Eagle shifting and lower weight.

If you're a little bit above Gold budget, but not quite at the full Platinum, have a play with some tasty upgrades such as Hope brakes or Burgtec carbon bars. There's the Platinum build for full bling, with the glorious eeWings and X01 drivetrain and Hunt Carbon wheels, if that's a bit of a stretch, you can select SRAM Guide RSC G2 brakes or Hunt TrailWide wheels to bring the headline price down a touch. There's lots to play with. Head over to the configurator and spec out your perfect bike.

As always, do get in touch if you want to go through anything. However, with the current level of demand, even with three of us covering the emails, it's still taking a day or so to respond. It's slower than usual, but please bear with us. We will get back to you!

Orders are open now, and the shipment arrives early July. If the BFeMAX was anything to go by, don't hang around!

And if the new colours don't float your boat, we still have some Cosmic Black and Red Dwarf SolarisMAX from the last batch available for just £599.

Order your previous-gen SolarisMAX here

For more information click here.

Take care. Cy

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  • 27 1
 Wherever you are in the world, if you just stop for a moment and listen carefully, you’ll be able to hear @mike levy squealing with joy.......
  • 7 0
 Lots of places to mount donuts on that frame
  • 17 0
 Hardtails never die!
  • 12 0
 Steel is real!
  • 1 0
 @Geochemistry: *Rides away on a Chromag Wideangle.
  • 3 0
 Looks like the big change was steeping up the seat tube angle, and from that it took a little out of the ETT... previous gen was LONG, so for most people this isn't a negative (other than my lanky self). HTA number is based off sagged value so the static number is actually slacker.
For as long as these bikes are they are super sturdy. From my experience you'll either want a disposable cheap rear wheel, something with a lifetime warranty, or to rode more gracefully than me because these eat up rear wheels :')
  • 6 0
 I've got one of these on order. Can't wait to build it up and see what it's like.
  • 2 0
 Likewise, can’t wait
  • 5 0
 That IG one with the Hope purple parts is indeed sooooo "correct" - fantastic build!
  • 2 0
 I’m currently waiting on delivery of a Canfield N9, and it’s slightly depressing Cotic have released not one but two amazing looking Hardtails while I’ve had to patiently twiddle my thumbs. How does everyone think the N9 and Solaris will compare ride wise?
  • 2 0
 You want the good news or the bad news?
  • 1 0
 @thegoodflow: definitely bad news...
  • 3 0
 I'm on a '16 N9 & I F*CKING love to ride it!
  • 4 0
 Love my Solaris, such a versatile hardtail, raced xc races and next day send some jumps and it does not flinch, very good finish too both welds and paint ????????????????
  • 5 0
 What's happened to the old cool cotic badge?
  • 4 0
 That was the first thing I thought as well. Miss the old Cotic Imp.
  • 5 0
 Funny because I thought the opposite. Thank God they got rid of it, made a decent bike look like a Walmart bike
  • 1 0
 Gotta hand it to Cy at Cotic, he can describe how and which build spec options you can choose and how you can choose. Almost anyone else would just turn it into a mind bending puzzle of confusion.

Reckon this deserves a bit more than a 120mm fork or am I been a fork travelist?!
  • 1 0
 Correction on my part: 120mm is the minimum.
  • 4 1
 Solaris MAX ...... "Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Zittery".... really. Do I clean this one with Clearasil MAX?
  • 2 0
 Chainstays on the small are _longer_ than the reach, and 80mm shorter than reach on the large. That has got to ride differently...
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 I quite like this bike's geometry, but aesthetically, I can't get over the way those seatstays are joined with seat tube in large and extra large sizes.
  • 3 1
 wishbones? They're beautiful
  • 3 0
 needs more braze ons
  • 3 0
 Oooooh sparkly
  • 2 0
 I love the colors too! and I like the headbadge as well.
  • 2 0
 Does Cotic have US distribution?
  • 5 0
 Cotic will ship to the us
  • 1 0
 Wait, wait. Brits say Hella?
  • 1 0
 Long rear end, bkepacker special
  • 1 0
 that looks cool. i would like one of those but whats the weight?
  • 1 1
 Geo based on 120mm travel fork? That is just silly. Am I missing something on what this bike is for?
  • 1 0

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