New Cotic FlareMAX | First Ride Review

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The new Cotic FlareMAX is launched today, once again at a Cotic CC event rather than a far flung media launch with canapes and jacuzzi. Luckily for us, Cy at Cotic was happy to join us for coffee and mud baths to give us a quick sneak preview and a first ride out on the latest iteration of this mid travel 29er.

Designed in the UK, for UK conditions.

When the FlareMAX was launched in early 2018, it was the first of Cotic’s Droplink bikes to get the Longshot geometry treatment. Cy recalls 2018 as being quite the year, with Cotic launching a new bike every nine weeks that year, as the entire range received the Longshot treatment. The 120mm travel FlareMAX proved popular – indeed since its introduction it’s been one of Cotic’s biggest selling items – which was something of a surprise in a world where riders often go for more travel than perhaps their local trails truly justify. With another three Droplink Longshot bikes launched after this one, and lead in times of around 18 months to deliver bikes once designed, the final Longshot bikes were landing even as this latest iteration of the Cotic FlareMAX had been tweaked and new orders placed.

Cotic FlareMAX Specification

  • 125mm rear travel
  • 120-140mm fork
  • 29inch wheels
  • Steel front triangle/alloy rear triangle
  • 4 sizes: S/M/L/XL
  • 3 colours: Supernova Orange, Red Dwarf, Dark Grey
  • Weight: 33.5lbs (our medium test bike)
  • Frame only £1499.00 with X Fusion O2 RCX shock & Hope seatclamp
  • Complete bikes from £2,749

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Review Info

Price:£1,499 frame only
Tested:by Hannah for

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (7)

    That looks soooo cool. I think I want one / need one.

    That is a great looking bike

    Between the steepened seat angle and the disco orange, I’m a bit vexed to have the previous model! 🙂

    Oooh yes. In red, large and leave off the grips.

    So glad you liked it Hannah. Thanks for nice comments everyone.

    Test Ride Booked……… Whoop

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