Cotic Launches the New 4th Generation Rocket

Mar 30, 2020
by cotic-bikes  

PRESS RELEASE: Cotic Bikes

First of all, we hope that you are all safe and healthy. What strange days these are... What we hope to do is bring a little bit of normality and joy back with a good old product launch.

May we ask for your attention for the new, 4th generation Cotic Rocket:

The new Cotic Rocket Gen 4 in Sunny Yellow or Metal Grey



New for this generation:

- Front triangles now hand made and complete frames finished in the UK
- Cotic designed, exclusive HD Reynolds 853 tubeset is stiffer, stronger and more durable whilst being no heavier.
- 165mm rear travel, lowered leverage ratio, revised kinematics for a more plush, capable feel.
- Revised geometry with steeper seat angle and longer reach to better suit the longer travel.

Our iconic 27.5 enduro bike, the Rocket, now has its front triangle made in Scotland by the talented fabrication wizards at Five Land Bikes. The Rocket is our wildest and most exciting full suspension bike and will get you down the rowdiest trails with the biggest grin on your face.

Our daft ideas man/art guy/marketing manager/provider of stoke Rich Baybutt rides a Rocket for pretty much everything. It's the Goldilocks bike; not too hot, not too cold, just right. Over to him:

“I can pull it from the shed and head out on any adventure, safe in the knowledge that it’s 100% got my back. Epic pedals, uplifts, sketchy home-cut lines, manicured trails, dual races, off-piste terror, sloppy stumps or swoopy sunset singletrack. It’s literally like a partner in crime, nothing is a stress when I’m on my Rocket; if I can’t do it on this bike then I can’t do it. Its confidence turned up to 11, without any hint of bullshit. I’m not a passenger, I’m the pilot. It’s made me a better rider in every single aspect of cycling - skills, fitness, confidence, balance and mojo.”

And you'd better believe it. Rich has raced the Megavalanche on his Rocket, he's also ridden the Peak200 on it. That's 200km of Peak District off-road riding in 24 hours. He even slept in a ditch for a bit.

Evolving from the previous Rocket, the new bike increases rear travel to 165mm, and the subtly supple Reynolds 853 steel frame gives you ground moulding traction in the corners, to keep you trucking through the chunkiest rock gardens and most sketchy chutes you can find. Cotic designed HD tubeset gives you all the confidence you need.



Our signature Longshot geometry gets a slightly steepened seat angle, and we have now published actual seat angles at different saddle heights on the geometry chart. This puts you more central on the bike to help on those steeper climbs and maintains a similar dynamic geometry to the Gen3 bike despite the extra rear travel and 170mm fork. As with all our bikes, the Rocket is developed mainly on tough Peak District trails, so happily scrambles up a technical climb with bags of traction. The long reach and 64° head angle keep your hands behind the contact patch of the tyre at all times, giving tonnes of confidence in the corners and on steep terrain, while the 35mm stem keeps the handling direct and responsive. You really would be faster on a rocket. It says so on the sticker, so it must be true!



As well as growing in travel, the new Rocket features a revised shock rate which helps use the mid-stroke more effectively. Corner grip is improved, with more control and a more bump swallowing feeling. The bike still retains it's engaging character though, making you skip and pop down the trail with ease, matching the nimble handling of the 650b wheels for a lively yet confident ride. If you're after speed and style, this is the bike for you. Just watch our Will in the video above for confirmation. When he's not shredding corners or winning duals he is building bikes for us.

The new Rocket is also showing off our brand new headbadge and graphics. We've worked hard on these over the past few months, and we are really proud of how they've turned out. In keeping with the clean lines brought by the steel frame, they are a reflection of where Cotic is today; people and place.

The Rocket is available in 4 sizes, small to XL, and two great colours; Sunny Yellow and Metal Grey, both hand painted by Five Land.

Frames are £2,199 / approx EUR2,420 / approx $2,235 with the Cane Creek DB Air IL shock, or £2,399 / approx EUR2,640 / approx $2,440 with the Cane Creek DB Air CS Piggyback.

As with every Cotic, each bike is built to order. Bikes start at £3,199 / approx EUR3,520 / approx $3,250 for the Silver build. The popular Gold builds are £4,449 / approx EUR4,895 / approx $4,520, and for all the toys, our range-topping Platinum is £6,999 / approx EUR7,699 / approx $7,115. That does feature Cane Creek eeWings ti cranks though, amongst other lovely, lovely things.

All prices - frames and bikes - include free shipping to UK, Europe, USA and Canada. We ship anywhere in the world, direct from the Peak District in the UK.


All the information is over on the website: http://www.cotic.co.uk/product/rocket


Of course, our demo tour is currently grounded due to the Covid-19 situation, and we are closed to visitors at Calver. But once we are back on the road you are welcome to demo the new Rocket. And don't forget our new Love It Or Your Money Back offer. Buy a bike, ride it for 30 days, and if you're not completely satisfied, return it for a refund.

In the meantime, we are all working remotely and are happy to chat about the bike, any sizing or spec questions you may have. Comment below and we'll get some answers posted.

Thanks,

Cotic


101 Comments

  • 31 0
 Steel is real...but then again so is carbon and aluminum.
  • 29 6
 Steel is more real.
  • 15 5
 The real steel weighs a bloody ton!
  • 2 0
 @zyoungson: then i have to have it!!!
  • 10 10
 @bohns1: Plenty of steel full sus frames come in very competitive with aluminium frames.
  • 27 3
 @bohns1: what weighs more, 100g of steel or 100g of carbon?
  • 14 0
 @bohns1: that's why it's called Heavy Metal.
  • 8 15
flag ibishreddin (Mar 30, 2020 at 6:26) (Below Threshold)
 @justanotherusername: 100g if steel because steel is heavier DUH YA TWAT
  • 4 0
 @justanotherusername: 100g of bricks
  • 9 0
 @Kimura: 100g of feathers is definitely heavier especially if they are dense feathers.
  • 3 17
flag enduroNZ (Mar 30, 2020 at 9:08) (Below Threshold)
 Ha ha 100g v 100g they weigh the same buddy @ibishreddin
  • 1 0
 @nyhc00: So for you everything is ``real`` but it doesn`t answer your question `cos there was no question.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: but I thought the fedels were lighter!
  • 1 0
 @softsteel: correct
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: lol! 100g of lead !
  • 5 1
 Sarcasm is obviously difficult to read on the internet...
  • 1 0
 @ibishreddin: that's why ¿ exists
  • 24 1
 Can’t beat the feel of steel. looks so sick too, it’s amazing how clean a good steel frame looks. is the 29er version getting updated too?
  • 2 0
 Looks cray-all-mf'in-day.
  • 2 0
 Pretty sure flaremax gen3 was just updated also. Amazing 110% composed rides
  • 2 0
 After riding all sorts of carbon and aluminum then a gen2 flaremax recently, gotta say im beyond stoked!
  • 13 0
 I'm just not sure about the new logo. Other than that - wicked bike.
  • 6 0
 I'm quite liking it. Def a wicked bike.
  • 4 0
 As someone local to Cotic I like it. Sums up the local area, which the bikes are built for.
  • 1 0
 @Denning76: Good spot. You got the gritstone edges then?
  • 1 0
 @cotic-bikes: Yeah. Live just outside of Chesterfield, so like most who live near the Peak they're practically engraved in me.
  • 8 1
 That head batch logo is so much better than the cartoon thing you had before!
  • 1 0
 Can someone explain what the new head badge is meant to be/ represent?
  • 10 0
 @eddlessride: It's the gritstone edges you can see from our HQ. It's steep hills and winding trails. It's the sun in the sky. It's us.
  • 2 0
 @cotic-bikes: Okay thanks, makes a bit more sense now. Love the look of the new Rocket by the way, keep up the good work.
  • 7 0
 @cotic-bikes: you were baked either when you conceptualised the logo or when you wrote this post.
Either way, props to you
  • 4 0
 I'd really like to ride one of these English steel bikes to find out if all the fuss is true about the handling.

How do they pedal with these basic (single pivot) rear suspension designs?

What do these frames really weigh?

They are lovely, that's for certain.
  • 11 0
 If you don't mind my taking a point here, there's nothing basic about this kind of suspension. We spend a lot of time making sure the anti squat and progression rate and kinematics are exactly what we want. I've spent plenty of time benchmarking horst link and other suspension designs, and in terms of anti-squat, chain growth and pedalling performance, nothing is miles ahead of anything else these days. We have used a horst link in the dim and distant past, and it didn't work as well as these bikes. Like anything where marketing gets overlapped with engineering, there's no reason why having pivots in certain places makes a bike innately superior to another, it's what the pivots are doing that counts. Sorry, I'll get off my hobby horse now.

If I haven't put you off, the big thing droplink allows me to do is control the progression rate of the shock really finely, which is (in my opinion) way more important to how a bike feels, assuming the other basics are sound. Our bikes don't have a lot of anti-squat, but the flipside of that is really nice traction rich feel through the pedals, so you can get a sense of how much grip you've got. They climb well because the weight of the rider is controlled well by the frame rate (progressive frame rates stop the rider sagging off the back as you climb up something steep, as well as making the bike feel lively and rad when you're shredding down the other side).

Hope that helps. The Cane Creek guys are hopefully running some bikes on their demo tour this year, so maybe you'll get a chance to throw a leg over one.

Cheers,

Cy @ Cotic
  • 2 0
 @cotic-bikes: well said and thank you! amazing ride quality up and down, very very happy, cant say that about every frame thus far
  • 5 0
 That's a shit hot bike. I'll take that Rocket as well as a Spitfire, and that dh bike work of art from Canfield. The check will be in the mail.
  • 6 0
 Beautiful. Simple, unreserved and uncomplicated.
  • 17 0
 Sounds like the ideal wife.
  • 2 0
 @hhaaiirryy: the ideal HAIRY wife ;-)
  • 2 0
 Big fan of the new headtube badge and the yellow colour. As a measure of how good my Gen 3 Rocket is, I'm more excited to ride that again than I am to go for a beer once this lockdown is over.
  • 5 1
 Wonder why this data-rich press release didn’t list frame weight?
  • 16 0
 Because if you're buying a 165mm steel, 27.5 am bike you don't care that it weighs a bit more than most?
  • 21 2
 Because it really doesn't matter than much once a tough complete bike is built up, but it's 3.6kg since you asked.
  • 5 0
 @cotic-bikes: I think you missed my gently made point. Plenty of British Steel fans (like me) understand the tradeoffs. Several high quality steel brands get this and are transparent about weight (like Pace).
  • 9 0
 Still lighter than a carbon Patrol.
  • 2 0
 @frorider2: Good point well made.
  • 2 0
 @cotic-bikes: is that with or without shock? Either way awesome looking bike and like the new badge. Have a rockrtmax too if my list at the moment.
  • 1 0
 @piotrek21: Not my 2017 model. Only the new ones are porkers!
  • 2 0
 @p0zi: With a DB Air IL shock. Glad you like the bike, and the head badge.
  • 3 0
 Geometry is in the database for comparison purposes...
geometrygeeks.bike/bike/cotic-rocket-gen-4-2020
  • 3 0
 I would make love to the metal grey one.
  • 3 0
 dibs on the yellow one ...
  • 6 3
 Rich Baybutt, Dick Pound.
  • 2 0
 I dream of owning a steel hardtail. Not sure about a fully but these look sweet!
  • 5 3
 Why doesn't the video play properly.... Oh its Vimeo
  • 1 4
 I didn’t even realize Vimeo was still a thing...maybe because it shouldn’t be???
  • 3 1
 True, but steel is more realer.
  • 3 1
 Mean machine. But that cable routing though.
  • 2 0
 Whats the weight on this bad boy?
  • 1 0
 Frame is 3.6kg. Bikes with proper kit on them are around 15kg.
  • 1 0
 @cotic-bikes: that's not bad how about a proper xl . . . Asking for a freind. He's stupid so you can lie to.me if you want
  • 1 0
 @bitterrooter: Proper XL? The XL has 515mm reach. It's pretty XL!
  • 1 0
 @cotic-bikes: Awesome!! Sounds legit. Not very good at math what's that in pounds.
  • 1 0
 @cotic-bikes: f*ck it numbers mean nothing when's the demo tour coming to montana I want to ride one
  • 1 0
 @bitterrooter: Not anytime soon unfortunately, but thanks for the enthusiasm. Our geometry are also in inches if you want to take a look cotic.co.uk/product/rocket#sizing
  • 2 0
 It`s good to see a simple real bike sometimes. I love it
  • 2 0
 Rock it max! Roxk it max! Rock it max!
  • 2 0
 that seat tube angle will not be steep enough for kazimer
  • 3 0
 Blue steel
  • 2 0
 Dreaming about this, the perfect bike just got better!
  • 2 0
 Over enerjetic peddaly fast guy...
  • 2 0
 Very clean looking.
  • 5 3
 Dick Baybutt
  • 2 0
 I would rock that.
  • 3 0
 It would rock you too!
  • 2 0
 They ride so well...
  • 1 0
 Good thing they dont use solid steel bars anymore.
  • 2 0
 I’d ride that.
  • 3 2
 Mullet me
  • 2 0
 Starling Twist!
  • 4 0
 You need a RocketMAX to do that, but it's doable.
  • 1 1
 @cotic-bikes: Could you clarify? Unlike a regular mullet (short hair in the front, long in back), the Pinkbike mullet implies a big front wheel and a smaller rear wheel. Emo if you will. As long as the smaller wheel goes in the rear, @howsyourdad could still run a 29" specific fork with a 29" wheel in the front, couldn't he? Maybe it is because Pinkbike got us confused with their mullet-emo mix-up.

One other thing I'm wondering, how much does 26" vs 27.5" matter? I'd probably be looking more into the Cotic Flare if I'd get one, but always thought I needed the bigger wheels for those. But the other day I compared my front wheel (26x2.4 tire on a 29mm inner width rim) to that of another guy on a Giant Anthem (27.5x2.25 or so I think) and it was pretty much the same. Maybe one cm difference or so. As you also offer your Flare with these more narrow tires, wouldn't the frame also be compatible with 26x2.4, in the sense that it performs as intended. I'm not necessarily trying to stay 264life at all costs and all, but being able to swap tires back and forth between hardtail and fully is nice.

Congrats on the new bike!
  • 4 0
 @vinay: Think of the mullet as business in the front (29) & party in the back (27.5).
As for adding a 29 wheel & fork, with no upset to geometry on a 27.5 design, typically the fork travel will need to be reduced by ~40mm.
  • 3 0
 @vinay: there's a bit of chat about mulleting on the downtime podcast Cy did a while back. Basically, adding a 29er front wheel and fork leads to excessive front height, it becomes even more extra slackerer, etc. I think they ended up under forking by 20mm or something to keep geometry the same. I suppose if you started off with a steep 650b, it'd be fine. Not this one!
  • 1 1
 @coregrind: you mean 20mm

27.5” ~ 700mm
29”~ 740mm

That’s the diameter so you want to subtract the radius from fork travel
  • 4 0
 @rudymedea:

yeah wheel radius difference for a 29 wheel compared to a 27.5 is basically 20mm. but dont overlook the added fork axle to crown.

If you take a 27.5 bike and put a 29 front end on it, you would need a 40mm (ish) shorter travel fork to keep your geo about the same. That is 20mm less travel for the A-C and another 20mm for the wheel radius. but yeah its fun to tinker with stuff!
  • 1 0
 @rudymedea: @vinay @mountainsofsussex

I don't understand all this talk of how a mullet bike upsets the geometry. Just design the bike to be correct from the start. Don't bodge it, do it properly!
  • 8 0
 It's been mentioned on a couple of other replies, but the double up of the larger wheel plus longer fork length of 29er forks means to maintain the geometry you need to go -40mm on the fork travel if you put 29" on the front of a 650b bike. I did some testing on a Gen3 Rocket for that @downtimepodcast and ended up with a 120mm 29er fork instead of 160mm 27.5 fork to maintain the geometry. Contrast that with my RocketMAX, which with a 27.5 x 2.6" tyre on the rear, the geometry go 0.5 deg slacker and the BB 7mm lower with no other changes, which is rideable. I put an offset bushing in each end of my shock to lengthen it and the geometry was almost identical. Chris @downtimepodcast ran his FlareMAX with mullet rear with no tweaks to the frame at all and really enjoyed it.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: You're getting a bit mixed up with how our naming system works. The Flare is our 27.5" wheel trail bike

www.cotic.co.uk/product/flare

I think you are confusing it with the FlareMAX, which is our 29er trail bike.

www.cotic.co.uk/product/flareMAX

If you went for the Flare, and you have nice big volume 26" wheels and tyres, then it will work fine. The BB will be a touch lower, but so long as you have 27.5" wheel forks in the frame, it won't ruin the geometry.
  • 3 0
 @phutphutend: At the moment we don't see a large enough market for mixed wheelsize frames to do something dedicated, especially when we found that the MAX bikes are easily convertable should you so wish.
  • 6 0
 These mullet hipsters don't know or simply don't care about the logistical Armageddon of 2 different spare tubes in your backpack. Insanity
  • 1 0
 @fingerbangextreme: get the hell out of here with your doomsday trail prepping. Form over function
  • 1 0
 @cotic-bikes: Thanks for your response and sorry for the confusion. I understand that the MAX models are for 29" or 27.5plus sized tires. I meant to say that I always thought I needed bigger wheels for the regular Flare than I have now (so the 27.5 size instead of the 26 I have now). Good to know that 26x2.4 or 26x2.35 would probably do just fine. I do have to add that I'm on this fence (of getting a new full susser) for years since I would probably enjoy some qualities of having rear suspension but at the end of the day it wouldn't make me ride more (as I just go out riding when I can and want and I need only one bike at a time). I do have a full susser but I ride it next to never because I can't get on with how it behaves in rough terrain. The Flare geometry looks close to that of my hardtail so it would make a better match. Ideally I'd transfer as many components from the full susser as I can. So I'm wondering, can you still install a headset for a straight 1 1/8 fork? I've got this 140mm Magura Thor fork that's still good and I like it. I've also got a 160mm Magura Wotan fork (I know you used to spec these in the early days) but I'll have to lower that one to be able to run it in a Flare. I know tapered is the new thing but I always have a hard time replacing stuff I'm otherwise happy with.

@fingerbangextreme : I suppose tubes are one size fits all, aren't they? I've never heard of anyone having trouble running a 26" tube over a 29" rim so it surely can be done (or otherwise it can surely be attempted). We need more guinea pigs.

@Coregrind: I get what you're saying but I'm not 100% sure. If you get a 27.5" wheel in a 29" frame it would lower the rear loads too. But yeah I get that a bigger front wheel with both require a longer fork along with a bigger wheel so the change in geometry is even more radical. It just doesn't drop the bb as much. That said, if someone is doing something like this they're after a change in geometry in the first place. So they way to go would be to identify what you're after before you resort to a way to get there. If you're happy with the standard geometry, leave it as it is and just ride it Wink .
  • 1 0
 @vinay: We used to run those Magura forks when they were our fork supplier. Nice forks. Yes, you can run 1 1/8" steering. You just need the Hope HS136 crown race adapter so you can use them in a larger headset. It's an option on our order menus.
  • 1 0
 @cotic-bikes: Alright, cool to know it just takes a different crown race so that would allow me to stick with one headset even when I'd like to swap for a fork with tapered steerer. Alternative (dedicated) lower cups for 1 1/8" straight steerers also fit the 44mm headtube but they're all zero stack as far as I can see. I suppose the adjusters could possibly hit the downtube when running a zero stack lower cup, or would it still work. I realize zero stack could possibly affect the geometry though, so your suggestion seems better.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Zero stack will screw up the geometry. Stick with the EC44 and an adaptor.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: The reason to go mullet isn't always to change the geometry. I just recently spent some time on a geo design for a mixed wheel (29f/27.5r) bike to match the BB height, wheelbase/rear center/front center and trail numbers of a full 27.5 wheel bike. I didn't want the geo to deviate more than 1 or 2mm but I wanted the 29" wheel up front.
  • 2 0
 @cotic-bikes: do you have any ambassadors or dealers in the usa? I love your bikes and what you are doing, would be nice to be able to throw a leg over one or demo one once this covid thing is over
  • 3 0
 @pdxjeremy: We don't have anyone in the US. We don't have dealers because we are a direct to consumer brand - direct to the world from the Peak District! However, on the demo side of things we are working with one of our partners to set something up. We were hoping to announce it soon, but the lockdown has it on lockdown!
  • 1 0
 I like the shiny one.
  • 1 0
 That chrome is dope

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