New 4th generation Cotic Rocket launches today

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Today, Cotic brings us the new 4th generation Cotic Rocket. Made in the UK, with the strap line ‘You’d be faster on a Rocket’, read on for the full press release from Cotic’s owner, Cy.

May I ask for your attention for the new, 4th generation Cotic Rocket:

4th generation Cotic Rocket

New for this 4th generation Cotic Rocket:

  • Now hand made and finished in the UK
  • Cotic designed, exclusive HD Reynolds 853 tubeset is stiffer, stronger and more durable whilst being no heavier.
  • 165mm rear travel, lowered leverage ratio, revised kinematics for a more plush, capable feel.
  • Revised geometry with steeper seat angle and longer reach to better suit the longer travel.

Our iconic 27.5 enduro bike, the Rocket, now has its front triangle made in Scotland by the talented fabrication wizards at Five Land Bikes. The Rocket is our wildest and most exciting full suspension bike, and will get you down the rowdiest trails with the biggest grin on your face.

Our daft ideas man/art guy/marketing manager/provider of stoke Rich Baybutt rides a Rocket for pretty much everything. It’s the Goldilocks bike; not too hot, not too cold, just right. Over to him:

“I can pull it from the shed and head out on ANY adventure, safe in the knowledge that it’s 100% got my back. Epic pedals, uplifts, sketchy home-cut lines, manicured trails, dual races, off piste terror, sloppy stumps or swoopy sunset singletrack. It’s literally like a partner in crime, nothing is a stress when I’m on my Rocket; if I can’t do it on this bike then I can’t do it. It’s confidence turned up to 11, without any hint of bullshit. I’m not a passenger, I’m the pilot. It’s made me a better rider in every single aspect of cycling – skills, fitness, confidence, balance & mojo.”

And you’d better believe it. Rich has raced the Megavalanche on his Rocket, he’s also ridden the Peak200 on it. That’s 200km of Peak District off road riding in 24 hours. He slept in a ditch for a bit.

Evolving from the previous Rocket, the new bike increases rear travel to 165mm, and the subtly supple Reynolds 853 steel frame gives you ground moulding traction in the corners, to keep you trucking through the chunkiest rock gardens and most sketchy chutes you can find. Cotic designed HD tubeset gives you all the confidence you need.

Our signature Longshot geometry gets a slightly steepened seat angle, and we have now published actual seat angles at different saddle heights on the geometry chart. This puts you more central on the bike to help on those steeper climbs, and maintains a similar dynamic geometry to the Gen3 bike despite the extra rear travel and 170mm fork. As with all our bikes, The Rocket is developed mainly on tough Peak District trails, so happily scrambles up a technical climb with bags of traction. The long reach and 64° head angle keep your hands behind the contact patch of the tyre at all times, giving tonnes of confidence in the corners and on steep terrain, while the 35mm stem keeps the handling direct and responsive. You really would be faster on a rocket. It says so on the sticker, so it must be true!

As well as growing in travel, the new Rocket features a revised shock rate which helps use the mid-stroke more effectively. Corner grip is improved, with more control and a more bump swallowing feeling. The bike still retains it’s engaging character though, making you skip and pop down the trail with ease, matching the nimble handling of the 650b wheels for a lively yet confident ride. If you’re after speed and style, this is the bike for you. Just watch Will in the video above for confirmation. When he’s not shredding corners or winning duals he is building bikes for us.

The new Rocket is also showing off our brand new headbadge and graphics. We’ve worked hard on these over the past few months, and we are really proud of how they’ve turned out. In keeping with the clean lines brought by the steel frame, they are a reflection of where Cotic is today; people and place.

4th generation Cotic Rocket
Our new head badge

The Rocket is available in 4 sizes, small to XL, and two great colours; Sunny Yellow and Metal Grey, both hand painted by Five Land.

Frames are £2,199 / approx EUR2,420 / approx $2,235 with the Cane Creek DB Air IL shock, or £2,399 / approx EUR2,640 / approx $2,440 with the Cane Creek DB Air CS Piggyback.

As with every Cotic, each bike is built to order. Our Silver build features X Fusion suspension, Shimano SLX 12spd drivetrain, Deore brakes, Shimano MT620 wheels and Continental tyres at £3,199 / approx EUR3,520 / approx $3,250.

4th generation Cotic Rocket
Rocket Silver Build in Sunny Yellow (size Small)

The popular Gold build boasts Cane Creek HELM Forks and Air IL Shock, XT brakes, WTB tubeless tyres and a choice of either Sram Eagle GX or Shimano XT 12 speed drivetrains, WTB tubeless tyres in your choice of width and casing. You can also select Hope Fortus wheels or Hunt TrailWide or EnduroWide wheelsets; all no cost options. All this for £4,449 / approx EUR4,895 / approx $4,520.

4th generation Cotic Rocket
Rocket Gold Eagle Build in Metal Grey (size XL with Air CS shock upgrade shown)
4th generation Cotic Rocket
Rocket Gold XT Build in Sunny Yellow (size Large)

Our range topping Platinum build features SRAM X01 drivetrain, Burgtec carbon bars, Hope Tech E4 brakes, Cane Creek Air CS piggyback shock, Hunt AM carbon wheels and the beautiful Cane Creek eeWings titanium cranks at £6,999 / approx EUR7,699 / approx $7,115.

4th generation Cotic Rocket
Rocket Platinum Build in Metal Grey (size Medium)

All prices – frames and bikes – include free shipping to UK, Europe, USA and Canada. We ship anywhere in the world, direct from the Peak District in the UK.

As the bikes are built to order, you can have any variation of the above components. We often get some solid Silver builds heading out with a Cane Creek shock, HUNT wheels and WTB tubeless tyre upgrades for example. Or Gold builds with an Air CS piggyback shock and Hope brakes, all colour matched with the other Hope parts that are standard on that build.

If you don’t see a particular part you’d like, let us know and we can get hold of it. We build your bike for you.

Of course, our demo tour is currently grounded due to the Covid-19 situation, and we are closed to visitors at Calver. But once we are back on the road you are welcome to demo the new Rocket. And don’t forget our new Love It Or Your Money Back offer

In the meantime, we are all working remotely and are happy to chat about the bike, any sizing or spec questions you may have. Check out the rad video of Will shredding the bike, and the beautiful photos the Rich and Darren took before the lockdown, and look out for a live stream from Cy going around the new bikes and taking any questions.

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Hannah Dobson

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I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think 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. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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