The Cotic Soda – Flagship Titanium Hardtail – Returns! Longshot, but Limited

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New Cotic Soda

Shiny and moody in one. This one has the fancy Cane Creek titanium cranks too…

They’re like buses, eh? New bikes… You turn your back for a minute and a load have turned up without you noticing – and now you have to work out which one is going to be the one to take you to your destination. Well, it looks like this new Cotic is going to be vying for a good few riders’ attentions.

Contemporary geometry, titanium, hardtail. What’s not to like, eh? Room for big 29er treads or meaty 27.5Plussers. And limited to 20 bikes for the UK, with ten in brushed and ten in shiny to choose from.

Headtube for an assortment of fork and headset options.
The brushed finish versions feature a racing stripe up the seat tube.

The word has just gone out on the Cotic newsletter, but we have a few more photos to show you if you’re not on that hallowed list of special people.

If you’re not a Cotic superfan, you might need reminding that the Soda is Cotic’s flagship hardtail, made of titanium and designed (as the Solaris is) for 29in or 27.5in+ wheels and anything up to a 130mm fork. This frame has now been brought up to date with Cotic’s Longshot geometry and all of the other Boost/thru-axle/dropper post standards that you might need. Which is good as you’re unlikely to wear out a titanium frame, so it had better be as contemporary as possible.

Parched reservoir not included

Here’s the word from Cy himself:

“From 2005 to 2011 we had the Soda as the pinnacle of our hardtail range. A super versatile, lightweight evolution of the original Soul, it was one of the first ti frames to be able to take up to 130mm forks and big tyres, but it’s weight and beautifully balanced handling found it a home on the race track. Our first sponsored rider Kate Potter dominated the UK long distance scene in 2005-6-7, hitting the podium in multiple endurance events and 24hr hour solo races. Then – in one of those ‘pinch me’ twists of fate I still can’t quite believe happened – Kate was spotted by Cycling Australia and ended up representing her country at the Canberra World Championships in 2009, all aboard her trusty titanium Cotic Soda. I never expected THAT to happen when I started designing bikes!

“Fast forward to 2018 and we bring you the latest frame to wear that Soda name – the brand new SodaMAX. Based on our spectacularly popular new SolarisMAX the new titanium frame takes all the fantastic attributes of it’s steel sibling and adds a big chunk of weight loss, a subtle and lively ride feel and beautiful bare metal finishes.

This is the bead-blasted graphics version. Ten of these and ten with graphics

“I have been riding the prototype since last winter, and it’s actually the frame I used to prove out the Longshot edition of the SolarisMAX. It’s a spectacularly fast and fun bike to ride.

Shiny. And conveniently rust-free

The new SodaMAX is limited to just 20 frames in 2018 – 10 brushed with pinstripe detail, 10 polished with blasted graphics. Both will come in the full range of sizes.

The product page is here:
The frame price is £1799, bikes start from £3199 for the Silver build, right up to £5648 for the all singing and dancing Platinum build with matching titanium Cane Creek eeWings cranks. They are available right now.

Chipps Chippendale

Singletrackworld's Editor At Large

With 22 years as Editor of Singletrack World Magazine, Chipps is the longest-running mountain bike magazine editor in the world. He started in the bike trade in 1990 and became a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the last 30 years as a bike writer and photographer, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish, strengthen and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

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