Cotic Soul….. Now I understand !
Just took my new Cotic Soul out for it’s maiden outing round Macclesfield.
I planned on doing a 36k route but I was enjoying it so much I extended it to a Big Macc’ route of 52k.
Slung it down Charity Lane and Shooters Clough at speed, no problem. It climbs like a climbing thing, and was no problem at all on some big techy cheeky drops I know. Even took it down a pixie down hill in the forest and it coped fine. I actually got round quicker than I did when I did the same route on my FS !
Need to think about the seat though, my arse is killing me.
Those who are thinking of getting a Soul… do it, I can’t recommend it enough !Posted 5 years agoyunkiMember
I still can’t quite believe mine.. I keep thinking it must just be new bike honeymoon period, but then every time I take it out it surprises me again with how excellent it is..
I’m a proper sceptic when I see things getting as much hype as the Soul has.. but it’s totally warranted..
I effin’ loves it..
Can’t wait for tomorrow afternoon to get out on it again, look for some new ascents to slay, skip down some old descents with a fresh spring in my step, and then turn around and ride back up ’em again..Posted 5 years agoScamperMember
Was surprised how well a 140mm fork climbed and cornered on a Soul, but concluded it has as much do with forkset up and fork type. Currently running 20mm 140 Revs with more sag than usual, slow rebound and more negatvie air until i bother to space it down to 130. Less sag and a less plush set up didn’t quite work as well for me in anything but fast gentle corners.Posted 5 years agofizzicistMember
I run Magura Thors, set up nice and soft. It climbs fantastically with the forks wound down and then pop the travel out and ride off the side of your house! I’ve had a set of Reba’s on it as well and it’s a lovely bike with 100mm forks, but an adjustable 100-140mm fork just brings another dimension.Posted 5 years ago
I’m getting more and more attached to mine, after 18 months together. Tomorrow it’s going out for a pootle with the wife, last night I went on a “how much singletrack can I ride in a hour from my house, and how many Strava segments can I make a mark on whilst doing so” mission, and last Tuesday we rode some bermy droppy jumpy DH tracks before joining a fast group singletrack ride.
I have Float 140RL forks which are closer to 130mm Revs in length. Run them fairly firm and the rebound middling (much slower than I used to). 711mm bars, 50mm stem, flat pedals, dropper post, sticky Rubber Queen on the front, fast X-King on the back (both big volume tubeless 25/28psi), and on corners I’m very much weighting outside pedal and inside hand and making sure it’s the rear that drifts first. I guess it’s built up more like a lightweight BFe than a typical Soul build but at ~26lbs it doesn’t feel a drag uphill and it is surprisingly smooth when you’re munching the miles in the saddle.Posted 5 years agomboySubscriber
And then ride an equivilent Ti HT, and there really is no going back.
Geometry and design are 95% of it, the material is only the last 5% IMO. And it’s all too easy to make a poor Ti frame, whereas it’s much harder to cock up a steel frame I’d say.
And I own a very well made and designed Ti frame, but it really is probably only 5% better than the steel frame it replaced (Like for like swap too). It’s over 1lb lighter though, which is useful, and it really is rather nice! But a good steel HT frame really is still where it’s at for number of bangs for your buck.Posted 5 years ago
Here you go. Pictures from today…. and yes I’m running a 3×9 but it’s what I had on the old HT it wasn’t that old and it’s in good nick. Planning to run it into the ground and then change it to a 2×10.
I’ve gone just above mid rebound on the forks, especially with the fast rocky descents today but gone with with less sag. Seemed good enough.
Posted 5 years agomatther01Member
I have finally decided to get a Soul instead of a Bfe, but can anyone recommend a decent/fairly inexpensive pair of forks with adjustable travel up to 140mm with a tapered steerer?
Have been looking everywhere for some Sektor RL QR15 tapered and can’t bloody find any!Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
It’s the bike I miss… TBH I sold it for the right reasons, and replaced it with bikes that ticked the boxes better for me, but truth is not one of them was as good. Differently targeted, but not as good at what they do. Ragley Ti is the only other hardtail I’ve tried which can hold its own compared to the Soul
So now I have a Soda.Posted 5 years ago
Went for a ride earlier and could not stop smiling.
Rev’s dropped to 130 on mine, 2.4 conti MKII front and rear, 711 bars, built in a similar vein to chiefgrooveguru’s by the sounds of it. Guessing a similar weight too. Absolutely can’t get enough of it, don’t feel that it stops me riding anything short of a full on gnar downhill course. Just so zippy and responsive yet comfortable and forgiving. Now I’m gushing…Posted 5 years agoVortexracingSubscriber
why have you had 3? Have they broken?
First one was a custard one (MK1), fancied a change after 2 years and the piece of mind that the newer frames (MK2)had a warranty for 140mm forks, which is what I was using at the time.
Then when the new one came out with the ability to us a dropper post (MK3), I went for one of those.
and non have ever broken.Posted 5 years agomattjgSubscriber
OP great to read of you having fun on your bike. That’s what they’re for.
120mm Rebas on mine, had thought of spacing down to 100mm but cba, does all I need for uppy-downy mincing around the Surrey Hills. (But Cy says 100mm rocks and he made it).
Not so enamoured with Mk 3 looks myself, like the skinny tubes of my Mk 2, in proper orange.
(Still fancy a Ti HT tho. Just do).Posted 5 years ago
No thanks – I’m enjoying having my Soul dialled in to my liking far too much, I keep finding that glorious state of fast flow (buzzing the tyre of the bike in front or having a restful wait for everyone to catch up at the end of each stretch of singletrack) on recent rides! 😀 But I’m sure someone will…Posted 5 years ago
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