PRESS RELEASE: Cotic Bikes
Today marks the launch of the 3rd generation Cotic RocketMAX
, our radical, UK Made 29er enduro bike.
The new RocketMAX Gen3 is a solid evolution of our standard shredding Gen2 RocketMAX, the first RocketMAX to feature Longshot geometry. It's the longest travel 29er we have ever made, now with 160mm at the rear to balance out the 160mm of front suspension. We have tweaked the progression rate, reduced the leverage ratio, and broadened the window of performance. The frame design is dedicated to big can, metric-sized air shocks for a smoother feel and more capable performance. For tunability, they can't be beat.
The extra travel and new kinematics bring an even more composed, plush feel to the suspension, making it feel more planted when you're flying down those rock-strewn sections. The confidence-inspiring support and shape-maintaining working edge is still right there, so it still has your back in the steep and deep.
The RocketMAX Gen3 accounts for its extra travel to retain the incredible dynamic geometry of the Gen2 bike. This means the handling is still that fantastic combination of precision, stability and responsiveness. It was so far ahead of the game that we haven't found a way to improve it! The seat angle is 1 degree steeper for more poise on steep climbs and to work hand-in-hand with the new frame rate.
The tubeset is subtly evolved with our new HD down tube which is tougher and stiffer than the original version, but no heavier. Developed by Cotic with Reynolds for our exclusive use. All 853 frames are not created equal.
New colours are deep gloss Navy Blue with silver graphics, and in a nod to the original Longshot prototype, Army Green Matte, all hand finished right here in the UK. If you're interested in the origins of the Longshot project, has a read of this: Project Longshot - Status Experimental
The RocketMAX is the bike of choice for me, Sam the Demo Man and Chief Mechanic Will, so it's got a lot of fans here! Here's Sam's take on Violet
, his work vehicle for the past year and a bit:
One thing that we have got asked a fair bit over the last year is what fork offset our bikes are 'optimised' around. For me, it's not the big deal a lot of people are making it out to be. I have run 42mm, 44m, 46mm and 51mm offset forks on my RocketMAX and although I can tell the difference between 51mm and 44mm, I certainly can't tell the difference between 42 and 44mm offsets! Even between the extremes it's subtle and doesn't make the bike 'bad' or 'good', it's just a bit different. The bikes from now on will be spec'd with short offset forks from Rock Shox, Cane Creek and X Fusion, but if someone has a 51mm offset fork to fit to their frame, that's fine too. I wrote a blog post helping our customers understand the choices here: https://www.cotic.co.uk/news/2019/forkoffset
Here's the all important geometry:
The frames and bikes will only be available with the Cane Creek DB Air CS big can, piggyback air shock, which will come with the Cotic base tune already installed.
Frames pricing is £2,399 / approx EUR 2,750 / approx US$2,499 with shock, and delivery is included within the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. We ship anywhere in the world at an additional cost.
Bikes pricing is:
£3,649 / approx EUR 4,160 / approx US$3,770 for the SLX based Silver build
£4,699 / approx EUR 5,360 / approx US$4,850 for the Gold Eagle GX bike
£4,749 / approx EUR 5,420 / approx US$4,920 for the Gold XT bike
£6,549 / approx EUR 7,470 / approx US$6,780 for the dream build eeWings/X01 equipped Platinum bike
The main changes for the Gen3 bike specs are the addition of the Rock Shox Lyric Ultimate as a fork option, and we now have a selection of Shimano XT and SRAM Guide RSC G2 4 Pot brakes for those wanting a bump in stopping power, but have particular lever feel preferences. You can play with our configurator here: https://www.cotic.co.uk/order/framebuilder/rocketMAX/
We have some availability of frames and bikes right now and are in rolling production with our friends at Five Land Bikes up in Scotland, so you're never more than a few weeks away from your bike being delivered if we don't have stock right now. Both Cotic and Five Land are operating with all current safe distancing guidance. We are small, flexible businesses able to adapt to the circumstances surrounding the Covid19 lockdown pretty well, thankfully.
The full product page and information for the new bike is here: http://www.cotic.co.uk/product/rocketMAX
I'll be chatting about the new bike and all things Cotic on Downtime Live on Youtube at 8pm BST, Wednesday 6th May 2020: https://www.youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast
I hope you're all well and staying safe in these strange days. I'll be around in the comments over the next few days, so any questions, please ask away.