Are cotic canning the soda?
We’ve not given up on a halo model, just ti is not making sense right now. Might talk to Jan though, as Van Nic do some nice stuff and he’s a lovely fella.
Now Reynolds have released 931, we’ve got some 953/931 samples on their way to see how they go. My 953 proto from 07 was the prettiest Cotic I’ve ever seen, but quite low stiffness due to the thin wall tubing and insanely expensive. 931 back end addresses the expensive thing, but need to see how a 953 from end stacks up against modern wide bars and bolt thru forks. Nowt concrete in terms of production, but something we’re looking at.Posted 6 years agoJonEdwardsMember
Damn, but that’s a shame…
I’ve had my mk1 Soda for quite a long time now – what 5 or 6 years? Still my favourite bike. I’ve done some very silly things on it, and it’s always just gone “yeah, and…?” and its SOOO damn fast on singletrack.
I still find the flex thing interesting. Admittedly I’m pretty skinny, but I’m reasonably strong for my weight and have never had any issues hauling the bike around or making it go where I want to. It’s actually faster(smoother) downhill in proper rocky stuff than my BFe (despite 30mm less fork travel) as the back end does seem to take a lot of the sting out of the trail, and it’s so easy to hop over the big stuff. Jumps better too, weirdly, which might be down to the extra flex acting like a spring when I preload into the face of a jump.
Either way, cracking bit of kit that suits me brilliantly, and I’d now hate to be in a situation where I needed to replace it…Posted 6 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
As mentioned above, 931/953 stainless steel frames are being looked at.
Have to say, your old prototype 953 frame was the nicest hardtail I’ve ever ridden.
I know that’s not saying much cos I’ve not ridden hundreds of bikes like a bike journo would but it just felt really nice: light and skippy and fun. 🙂Posted 6 years agoHornet600Member
Shame to hear about the end of the line for the Soda. As I said in another post, I love just looking at my bike, love riding it and now knowing that there will be even fewer in existence just makes it all the better.
Can’t beat not seeing another bike like yours and everybody asking questions about it.
From another angle, what happens with crash replacement / warranty?
My two girls –
Posted 6 years agoChainlineSubscriber
Well, I’ve had two sodas, still have one, well my wife does, she still loves it. I’ve also had a Merlin Jones and tbh the finish welding on the tai soda is just as good, and as good as any of the Lynsky frames I’ve seen. Never had any problems with any of them touch wood, but neither my wife nor I are heavy.
I sold my first frame after being seduced by tales if flexyness being bad and I bought a Ti 456 cos it was ‘the best hardball ever’ didn’t like it at all, just dead, turns out I liked my old soda a lot more than I realised when I had it. What a single track bike with 120’s on it, just put a smile on my face, which is why I ride.
Also had Souls, 2 of, like them too. As for comparing Ti and Steel feel, factually the Ti is more flexible, but in reality tyres- size, volume, sidewalk stiffness, and forks travel, damping, seatpost, material, saddle, rail material and bars/stem material, wheels, type of spokes, hub all have such a large part to play unless it’s a side by side test with like for like components in the same conditions, I think broad statements like the steel rides’better than the Ti are pointless…
Just enjoy your bike.
As for the Soda’s passing. Keep your eyes peeled, they crop up s/h every now and then, it still is a great bike, well if you have one 🙂Posted 6 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
My favourite bike of all time was my Soda, I was very distressed when she went. I have a Soul now which is lovely, but not quite the same somehow. Not much “technical” riding round my way, so the Soda was perfect for delicate fast shifts.
Shame they’re being dis-continued, but understandable from a business perspective. I just don’t get this clown wheel stuff.
I am actually glad that Cy didn’t say “Just 4 large Soda frames left” as I’d have a serious hole in my wallet by now.Posted 6 years agoahwilesSubscriber
…I just don’t get this clown wheel stuff…
26ers my size look awfull, like a pig on stilts
c’mon, that solaris is very pretty. i could show you a picture of my 26″ wheeled bike, with the saddle at a comfy height, but there isn’t enough eye-bleach in the world…
(my attraction to them is purely aesthetic, i hate to sound shallow, but i am, so that’s how i sound)Posted 6 years agometalheartSubscriber
At the risk of committing heresy this ain’t the end of the world.
The soda is purty but the Soul is damned good and despite having one of each I don’t think the soda is 3x better.
If it hadn’t been for the always lusted after a Ti frame it’s now-or-never oh **** I’m just gonna buy it then I’d have as well just getting the soul xtred. That said I’ll be pissed off if it breaks and can’t get it replaced (lifetime warranty and that).
As for 44mm head tube, if Cy was heading that way on the soda then it must be a given it’ll be heading that way on the soul before too long.
And stop posting that bloody solaris… I want one.Posted 6 years agoWoodySubscriber
Interesting that quite a few Soda’s have had cracking problems. I was under the impression that ti should be stronger. Is/was the weight saving over 853 worth it?
Personally, Im not too worried at it’s passing becausePosted 6 years ago
a) I couldn’t afford or justify one and
b) I find it difficult to believe that anything could be better than my Mark 1 Soul as it is by far the best hardtail I’ve ever owned and that includes a Dekerf!
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