What goes into designing a new bike? Cy of Cotic Bikes chats to us about the 2-year design process behind the new Rocket

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In association with Cotic

Unveiled over the weekend at the 2018 London Bike Show, the 3rd generation Rocket full suspension enduro bike is the latest model to be born from the mind of Cy Turner – owner and lead design engineer behind Peak District-based Cotic Bikes.

Cotic has clearly been on a bit of a roll in the last six months, having brought out a new generation BFe in August last year, a new Soul to celebrate the brands 15th Birthday in November, and more recently, the all-new FlareMAX 29/27.5+ full suspension trail bike.

So what? Bike brands release new models all the time right? Just another dose of BNG (Bold New Graphics) eh?

Not quite. All four of these new models (including the Rocket 27.5) have brought forward some pretty key updates, the most important of which is a new geometry ethos that Cotic is tagging as ‘Longshot Geometry’. Yes, you’ve probably been bombarded with the whole “Longer! Slacker! Lower!” thing ad nauseum lately, and it seems to be a given catchphrase that comes with every press release that hits our mailbox these days. According to Cy Turner however, there is merit in that ethos, but he believes that there’s a whole lot more to it than just a few numbers on paper.

To find out more about Cotic’s Longshot geometry and the two-year design process behind the new Rocket 27.5, we got chatting with Cy at the London Bike Show. It’s a long video, but if you’re up for some learnings, it’s well worth putting a brew on and having a listen!

Like what you see? You can check out more details on the new 3rd generation Rocket in our London Bike Show exclusive news story, or alternatively, head to the Cotic Bikes website for further information on Big Blue.

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The overall shape of the Rocket 27.5 stays the same, but it’s basically all-new from the ground-up.

“Going into its 3rd generation, the Rocket is a race winning Enduro weapon. The Cotic Racing team have been closely involved in the development, and won the PMBA Enduro Series Championship titles in 2016 and 2017 aboard their Rockets. Away from the race track it’s wild and fast and just so much fun, designed to get you down the rowdiest trails with an infectious grin on your face. Progressive new Longshot geometry keeps the bike stable through the rough stuff, and planted in the corners. The super short stem combine with the optimised head angle and frame length make you feel like your hands are directly connected to the front tyre. The Rocket has a swaggering, “let’s do this” attitude that you can’t help but love” – From Cotic Bikes.

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This showstopper was getting A LOT of attention at the London Bike Show.

The New Cotic Rocket Features

  • Long travel All Mountain/Enduro bruiser
  • Reynolds 853 steel mainframe
  • 6066-T6 heat treated aluminium chainstays
  • 27.5in wheels w/clearance for up to 2.6in wide tyres
  • New Longshot geometry designed for use with 30-50mm stems
  • 157mm rear travel
  • DropLink rear suspension design
  • Designed for 160-170mm travel forks
  • Head angle: 64-64.5°
  • Seat angle: 74.5-75°
  • Chainstay length: 437mm
  • 1x specific frame design w/integrated One Up chain guide
  • English threaded bottom bracket
  • Syntace X-12 148mm rear thru-axle
  • Frame sizes & reach: Small (435mm), Medium (458mm), Large (481mm) and X-Large (510mm)
  • Frame RRP: £1499 (frame w/hardware & X-Fusion O2 RCX air shock)
  • Complete bikes RRP: Starting at £2699


This article was produced in association with Cotic

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