Richard Baybutt is Cotic’s marketing man, he’s also a wheelie machine and Megavalnche slayer, and this murdered out Longshot Cotic Rocket is his current ride of choice.
Richard didn’t know he was going to be doing this bike check with us when he arrived at Singletrack Towers, but as soon as we opened the hessian sack and removed the gag he was quite forthcoming with the details.
The Longshot Cotic Rocket is the current generation Cotic Enduro bike, one which the Cotic team will be running in 2019, and continues Cotic’s tradition of building bikes with the latest geometry from steel.
This all black bike is Richard’s personal Rocket Longshot painted in the same Cosmic Black we saw on the new Solaris Max. Look closely and you might spot the stealth black Cotic graphics.
Richard is riding a medium sized frame, which is progressively long, low, and slack. With a 170mm travel fork plugged into the short 110mm head tube, the 2019 Cotic Rocket sports a reach of 453.6mm, a 64º head angle and 74.5º seat tube angle.
The 170mm Cane Creek Helm fork is matched to a Cane Creek Inline rear shock with 500lbs coil in place. We tried to eke out Richard’s suspension setting but he kept shtum.
Getting up close with Rich’s bike we soon spotted a few very cool and rare items like this Rideworks stem. The is prototype no.3, has survived 1000’s of machine test cycles and even a trip to Alp D’huez without missing a beat. Another trick item is the Yorkshire rose stem cap made by Chris Perry, a silversmith based in York (wonder if he would do an STW cog?).
Attached to that prototype stem are a set of 800mm wide Joystick Analog carbon handlebars shod with long Sensus grips. The additional grip length gives Richard plenty have scope for moving around the bar, and he tells us when things got a little sketchy out in the Alps he found he gripped his bars further in, effectively cutting down bar width on the fly.
Shimano XT brake levers give plenty of 1 finger stopping power despite being plumbed into the standard 2 pot calliper and not the newer 4 pot model we reviewed earlier in the year.
An XT 11-speed shifter lives on the right-hand side of the bar while a Bike Yoke lever lives on the left. The dropper is the same Revive model as we reviewed last year, has 160mm of travel and is topped with a Charge Spoon saddle.
This being Richard’s own bike there are a few items that he is particularly chuffed with. A Sunrace 11-50t cassette is one of them and was fitted to the bike in preparation for the Mega. Richard wanted to be able to run the largest chainring upfront he could, a 34t Superstar ring in this case, while retaining enough of a range to tackle the up’s and downs of Alpine racing.
A OneUp integrated chain guide, supplied with all Rocket frames, keeps the chain in place while a Unite bash guard from Hookit Products is in place to fend off rock and log strikes.
3-year-old set of Burgtec Penthouse Root Beer pedals look like they’ve had a pretty hard life but are still going strong. Interestingly the middle pins have only recently been installed, and previously they had been run without to minimise the chances of a nasty shin to pin interface.
Hope Technology makes a few appearances on Richard’s bike. The headset and bottom bracket both hail from Barnoldswick, as does the seat post clamp and the hubs which are laced to WTB 35 asymmetric rims. Will Swindon laced these hoops up, and the fact that they’re 12 months on and still going strong is a sign of a good wheelsmith.
WTB also handles tyre duties. A 2.5in Convict up front and a 2.4in Riddler on the rear. The Riddler might look a little lacking in the grip dept, but Richard assures us that it offers enough and it rolls extremely well.
Cotic riders and fans will have noticed the Cotic x Restrap collab frame bag. Apparently, these digital camo bags will be available very soon from Cotic so keep your eyes peeled.
Rich uses his to carry a few trail essentials such as a single Pink Pedros tyre lever, inner tube, Fabric multi-tool, brass valve adapter for using petrol station pumps, red electrical tape, a BikeSure free thinking Buff, a chain link and a Stanley Blade because “cutting zip ties with teeth is well hard”.
Finally, the pièce de résistance is a set of Decathlon lights. One little LED blinker for the front and a red one on the rear, just like an F1 car.
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