26 Ain't Dead
Nice one. Almost makes me want to buy a Cotic, or at least one of the “26 ain’t dead” tops.
I must admit that I lost a bit of respect for Orange when they jumped on the 650b wagon, which is silly really. If they hadn’t done so I wouldn’t have got such a good deal on my 26″ Five frame. But when everybody goes in one direction I can’t help but admire anybody who chooses not to follow.Posted 4 years agoeddSubscriber
26 Ain’t Dead
I’ve not seen the video but if it’s like other Steel City productions I imagine that it’s very good. It does however seems like a strange stance for Cotic to take.
I ride two bikes: a 2008, 26” hardtail and a 2010, 26” full suss. I have been in not great rush to upgrade from 26” wheels.
Recently, however, my full suspension bike cracked out of warranty. I’ve decided to replace it with a 2014, 650b full suspension. My decision was based on a multitude of reasons but the key thing here was I didn’t choose a 26”.
I imagine that I’m like many other riders in this respect. No rush for change, 26″ is still fun, but when forced to buy a new bike (mine had cracked) I didn’t buy a 26″.
I don’t doubt that Cotic still has customers that buy 26” bikes/ frames but it seems curious that they are, apparently, ignoring potential customers who want a 650b.Posted 4 years agoroverpigSubscriber
BBS, have a look at next years range of bikes. Really not much choice in 26″ frames compared to 27.5/29ers
Which is why it makes sense for a niche manufacturer to keep supporting them. The number of people who would prefer to stick with 26″ bikes may not be huge, but it’s enough to keep Cotic in business.Posted 4 years agoGEDAMember
Size of wheel means nothing compared to having the skillz. Hence biking companies can make a video with any old rubbish bike and give it to a good rider and they will make it look amazing. If we all believed the hype we would all be riding road bikes like Martyn Ashton off road doing rad stunts.
Or Mongooses like Chris Askrigg.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
Great vid. Cotics are brilliant bikes irrespective of wheel size. My riding buddy has a Soul and a Norco Shinobi and loves both bikes – different tools for different jobs, but both can do anything. I’m sure that rider would have shredded any 29er/650B bike just as much.Posted 4 years agomiketuallySubscriber
it makes sense for a niche manufacturer to keep supporting them. The number of people who would prefer to stick with 26″ bikes may not be huge, but it’s enough to keep Cotic in business.
This. It’s the same reason why they’ve done so well with the Rocket; because they’re not trying to directly compete with the big boys.Posted 4 years agoKryton57Subscriber
roverpig – Member
Almostmakes me want to buy a Cotic
There is nothing in that video that sells a wheel size to me. That guy would do exactly the same on a 26, 26.5, 27, 27,5, 28,28.5,29 or watever standard they come up with next.
Excellent – so I can do all that on my 26″ 100m HT? Great news!!Posted 4 years agoGEDAMember
None of them are right. I have a 29er which is great and a dialled Alpine 26er but it makes no difference. The big difference this year is that I have been out in the woods, built my own trails, jumps, drops and a pump track and I have got so much better. Once you know you can move/push/pull the bike around instead of just standing on it I started getting better. I also ride a 2006 Patriot and am going to be 40 next year and still (Due to lack of competition in my part of the world 🙂 ) get KOMs on stuff. I am a firm believer in Shimano Deore and firm hater of marketing that makes me confused between biking and golf.Posted 4 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
That was ace! The whole wheel size thing doesn’t really interest me, during my season I was riding a 29 and 26 almost every day. i was doing runs on the 26 and 29 back to back quite often as I pulled whatever bike came to hand out the van. I found them both brilliant, different but great. Next year I will choose the bike I want and that will determine the wheel size.
I’m seriously considering scratching my hardtail itch with a BeFe though!Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Excellent vid but it’s all soft dirt and smooth trail centre stuff, if there was any rocks he’d have had to switch to 27.5 in order to roll over them smoothly.
(did anyone else see in the last Canyon vid with the Dudes, they managed to include a bit with them talking about rolling smoothly over rocks, and demonstrated it with a bit of someone hopping completely over some rocks without touching… that’s how smooth those wheels are.)Posted 4 years ago
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