by Kane Allen
July 11, 2016
Over a decade on since the unveiling of the legendary Soul, Cotic now bring us (in their words) ‘the most exciting day in our history’ and its expanded and much developed range of new bikes, using their droplink suspension system.
After years of product development, Cotic has added three new bikes to its Droplink range, giving us a Cotic model ready for every type of riding, and every type of rider. Without any more waffling, let’s move on to the bikes in question.
First up is the RocketMAX, the sibling to Cotic’s popular 27.5in wheeled Rocket. Our man Barney got to play out on the RocketMax when ‘Cotic Chief’ Cy recently paid us a visit up at the office, and in his words it ‘felt exactly as you’d expect a Rocket to ride, except this one was an XL’.
Up until now, the Rocket had only been available up to a size ‘Large’, so now with an XL frame offering, equipped with 29er wheels means the RocketMax makes even lighter work of the rougher stuff, rolling over everything that is put in front of it, with ease.
The 140mm RocketMAX model features a versatile wheel set-up with both 29 and 27.5in plus compatibility using a Boost148 rear axle.
“Here we have the addition of the 140mm travel RocketMAX. Like its established, 27.5” wheeled brother the Rocket, it is your enduro / all mountain weapon of choice. Earlier versions of this baby were raced by our team to great success. Since then we’ve made it stiffer, faster, and more responsive. We’ve MAX’d its versatility with both 29 and 275Plus wheel compatibility using a Boost148 rear axle. Bombproof, reliable & progressive, it’s everything you need to haul through that rock garden, rip through those turns, and ride those crazy steeps,” From Cotic.
Next up is a lighter, shorter-travel offering from Cotic. The ‘Flare’ …
With 27.5.in wheels and 130mm of travel, the Flare has been designed for the all-round trail riding abilities.
“We’ve been asked for this for longer than we can remember… You asked, and we delivered. 27.5″ wheels, 130mm travel. A bike with the heart of the Soul, adding lively droplink suspension that keeps you in touch with the trail, and helps you squeeze the maximum fun out of it. Soul owners know what we’re on about, and we’re sure lots of you will be as excited as we are about this model finally be released. We’ve sweated the details long and hard on this one,” from Cotic.
The big-wheeled Flare model with 29in (2.5in wide tyres) and 27.5in (2.8in tyres) capability.
“MAX by name, Maximum versatility by nature, MAX is the new branch of the Cotic range which can run either 29 inch wheels with tyres up to 2.5″ wide, or the latest Plus sized wheels in 27.5 x 2.8″ width. Boost148 rear axles are paired with new tubing and swingarms refined to offer the stiffness we know big wheeled bikes require.
“The FlareMAX is a riot to ride and a bit of a shapeshifter: Fast and fun in a way its 120mm travel doesn’t even begin to hint at, yet comfortable and long legged for those pedalling-and-look-at-the- view days. Confidence inspiring, and with you all the way,” from Cotic.
The droplink range has now expanded with the launch of the RocketMAX, Flare and FlareMAX, but what exactly is droplink?
droplink is – to put it simply – a linkage driven single pivot that creates a stiffer and cleaner set-up with a greater tyre clearance. It features large pivot points and a heat-treated steel seat tube; that’s where the stiffness comes in.
All droplink bikes are available to order now with full-model prices starting from £2799. Frames are available at £1499.
All the info, specs and sizes can be found here at Cotic.