I currently have a Cotic Soul and a Cotic X.
The Soul was recently re-painted and I'm running it as a plush singlespeed at the mo (but with XT/R gears hanging around in a cupboard), while the X is my do-it-all bike kitted out with a mix of ageing 9-speed Tiagra STIs, BB5s and newer 105 bits.
Basically, I'm committed to the Soul and at...um...a crossroads with the X... I need to spend some dosh to renew the X in its current form.
The Soul is lovely, but used once a week... I have two pre-school kids. The X, on the other hand, is used almost daily.
I'm seriously thinking about combining the bikes and ending up with a Soul that has off-road (26in) and on-road (700c) wheels, a choice of rigid and squishy forks and the best of the combined parts. Given that I've previously done John O'Groats to Land's End on a 26in hardtail, I'm not bothered about losing drop bars.
The main reasons to do it are:
- The best of my parts, in use, all of the time;
- Suits my needs and can be switched quickly as needs be;
- Takes up less space (my wife and kids have bikes too);
- Costs me nothing.
The main thing that puts me off is that I leave my X at a busy railway station at least once a week; albeit beind the ticket barrier with several hundred other bikes and a mahoosive lock. I could get a Brompton on a bike-to-work scheme I suppose.
Has anyone else done this or runs a similar bike? Thanks.