Cotic is adding mullet build options to its droplink full suspension bikes. As well as getting a smaller rear wheel, you’ll also get an angleset fitted to correct the geometry.
Here’s the official word from Cy Turner:
“Today we launch our ‘mullet’ mixed wheelsize option on all our droplink full suspension bikes. Pairing a 29er front wheel with a 27.5” rear to give more wheel clearance in steep terrain, and a more playful feel on the trail than a full 29er bike.
“Having more room to move over the bike and minimising that unpleasant meeting of back tyre and shorts is a good thing, especially for shorter riders.
“The new Cotic Mullet option is fitted in our otherwise stock 29er droplink bikes; the RocketMAX, Jeht and FlareMAX – with a Works Components 1 deg angleset installed to correct the geometry. As such, it is simply a build kit option on any of our full suspension models.
“When you fit a smaller rear wheel wheel to a 29er bike, the BB drops about 10mm, and the head angle slackens nearly 1 deg. By installing the angleset to steepen the head angle again, this also acts to lift the BB up too.”
As an example, you can compare the geometry changes on the Jeht 140/150 trail bike in these geometry tables.
They’ve had riders of various sizes, from 5ft 4in to 6ft 3in, try out the bikes with the mullet set up, to make sure the change works across the board.
I took the RocketMAX Mullet to a full spectum of riding spots including Torridon, the Golfie, Laggan Wolftrax, Farmer Johns, Revolution Bike Park and my local the Peak District to name a few. I wanted to do a thorough comparison to my 27.5 bike and not just have a spin and say “yeah, its fine!”
I matched the tyres, wheels, inserts, suspension setting and set up to be sure its not just 2 different bikes.
The end result was I loved it. It’s certainly still fast and just lets you be that bit more nimble when required.
The mullet definitely deserves to be considered, because if you can have half the fun I had, you’ll be doing ok.Chay Granby, Cotic Brand Ambassador
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