Cotic Solaris project **some may find this offensive!**
DS drop out looks neat, NDS looks rather clunky but I guess that’s a rohloff thing.Posted 4 years ago
Nice anyway, always fancied a custom frame but reckon I’d make the wrong decisions at design stage and end up paying a fortune for something not 100% – I’m rubbish at deciding things.
Did you not think about a non-Rohloff dropout and using a Monkeybone on the brake mount? I think it looks tidier, but would it work with the inboard brake?
Yeh, I ran the old rig with a self made Monkey Bone. It certainly made things a little easier and looked good but still a faff when the rear wheel needed removing.
Only a mother….
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I’m not sure how this will be received by all on here as it may be a bit controversial but here goes anyway…
The short story…I’m saving the pennies for a UK custom made frame in either 853 or 931/953 , which will be based loosely on the Solaris geometry but with a few personal tweaks and touches. I’ve ran my Rohloff for almost 10 years now without a hitch so I’d love to experiment a little more with a Bushnell EBB and some custom ‘internal’ routing but that for a future experiment.
Given that I’ve just started working for myself, every penny is a prisoner so I decided to start ‘playing’ with a standard Solaris frame which I’d been running the Rohloff on with a chain device.
My number one priority was to properly marry a Rohloff hub to the frame. Not with a stock horizontal dropout (Solaris Simple) which IME is a bit of a faff but with something specifically designed for the job. Over the years I’ve fitted Rohloff’s to every bike in my stable but always felt that I was fitting a round peg into a square hole.
After much fretting, I opted for a Swinging Stainless dropout from Paragon with Rohloff specific inserts and IMO it works and looks perfect. I also had all the standard cable guides removed and had some custom guide installed in the down tube. I lastly sand blasted the whole rig and sprayed it with a clear lacquer which I’m really loving the look of.
Surprisingly, the finished product is 1/3 lb lighter at 28.66 lbs inc Time Attack pedals
So…it is a Marmite thing for you?Posted 4 years agono_eyed_deerMember
My number one priority was to properly marry a Rohloff hub to the frame
…am I missing something here, or was this not done? I kindof expected to see some amazing Rohloff-hub-based gearbox contraption brazed into the adapted bottom shell of a bike frame.
That would have been amazing.
Instead all I can see is a fairly ordinary bike with a bit of dead badger to sit on… 😕
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Did you get it professionally laquered or was it a rattle can job?
Rattle can, I’ll wait and see how it holds up, if it’s crap I can get it clear powder coated for £40 inc a quick sandblast clean.
Brooks + dropper is certainly something I’ve never seen before!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is a Ti brooks if that make any difference 😀Posted 4 years ago
No mud clearance ?
Plenty, the same as the standard Solaris, if not a wee tad better as the chain line is a tiny bit longer to take the slack out of the chain.
Personally I’m not keen on
the saddle northe silly mudguard on the forks
Agreed! It doesn’t look the best but it keeps the mud of my face. I’ve yet to see an aesthetically pleasing mud guardPosted 4 years agooxym0r0nSubscriber
I think it looks a lot better than it did with bits of rust everywhere – one of Cy’s reflective wrap stickers would look good I think. Visually the brooks and mudguards look weird but whatever works for you!
I considered custom before going for my first 29er but was completely unsure about geo so ended up buying a Solaris but would have def bought one with sliders if one was available. All the best with saving for your dream machine!Posted 4 years agomintimperialSubscriber
Oooh, I like that. Anyone who does a cut-and-shut to stick Paragon dropouts on a Cotic to fit a Rohloff has to be alright in my book, good work. Plus: bonus nutter points for the Brooks/dropper combo. Splendid.
Paint job’s a bit boring though, you could have gone for something a bit less, well, grey?Posted 4 years ago
Re the ‘boring’ colour, my thinking was simple in that if I get a nice pretty colour (like cotic orange which I love) then there will be lots of tears and snotters when it inevitably gets scratched and scuffed.
I think I’m a relatively careful person when it come to protecting the paint finish but given I have a propensity to topple most times I’m out it’s not long before I’ve inadvertantly marked the finish.
Maybe I should just GAPOB 😉Posted 4 years ago
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