Cotic Soul or Orange Crush
Newbie questions coming up, ducks for cover.
Im looking upgrade my old trek hardtail to one of these. Id like to build the cotic upto a similar spec to the orange. It will be mainly used for hacking round the local woods (nothing too extreme), a few weekends riding at brechfa (never been but its the closest place with long trails to me) and hopeing to maybe do some endurance events as well.
Ive spent many hours pouring over reviews in mags and online but still cant make my mind up. Getting to a dealer to try one is a bit tricky as I live in the backend of nowhere when it comes to dealers.
Opinions on both these bikes would be great, thanks.Posted 3 years agodantiSubscriber
Put a post up here asking if there’s any local Soul/Crush owners to you.
Or just get a Soul as if you get a Crush you’ll always be wondering if you should have got a Soul
And there’s an Orange one in Medium that looks good over on the classifieds, no connection to sellerPosted 3 years ago
I was leaning towards the soul but was a bit concerned it would be directed too much towards xc and when my skills improved I would find it too lightly built or lacking in other areas. Im sure both these bikes are far more capable than ill ever be and im thinking I need something more extreme than im actually capable of using.Posted 3 years agoThe PilotMember
What size soul are you looking for? I’ve got a small (16in) soul that will be up for sale when I get back to the UK (south Wales) next month. Can give you more details of the full build if interested. It’s a 2007 model so wouldn’t be looking for a whole lot of money for it.Posted 3 years ago
Ps I’ve. Ever ridden a crush but the soul is a far better bike for most people’s needs IMHOrusty90Member
the Soul is a trail bike, not some XC race machine.
For sure. I’ve got a weight-weenied Scott Scale and a Soul. One of them’s like wrestling with a crack-addicted weasel, the other’s like going for a stroll in the park with an old friend. No prizes for guessing which is which.
Brechfa’s out my back door so if you fancy trying out the Soul just let me know.
Edit: just saw the “looking at a large I think, being 6’1″ and 34″ inside leg” bit. Not sure a ride on my small (5’9″, 30 il) would be much help.Posted 3 years ago
Just buy a Soul anyway. One of the best hardtails ever made IMO.deetsSubscriber
I’ve found my Soul to be a very complete bike – anything from canal towpaths to Lakeland hike-a-bike adventures.
Not ridden the crush but the Soul is in a different league to the Orange G3 hard tail I had. I used to love my Orange Five till the Soul made it redundant!Posted 3 years agowhitestoneMember
There’s a lot of Cotic love on this site 🙂 I’m a fan if not a fanboi, I’ve a Solaris and think it’s brilliant – I demoed an Orange Clockwork and the Solaris knocks it in to a cocked hat.
The Soul/Solaris may not be for everyone but those who’ve had one and sold it on do seem to miss them.Posted 3 years ago1981mikedMember
I am on my 3rd Soul, had to sell one due to financial reasons. Bought another and sold it to my brother and got the updated frame, sold that for a F/S then regretted getting rid of the Cotic so when my brother decided he wanted to sell it I bought it back then lost interest in bikes. Missed the bike so when I spotted the frame for sale again I snapped it up, built it up with 120mm Reba’s, 1×10 Shimano Zee, carbon seatpost and bars, Mavic 717 rims on superstar hubs and a Thomson stem. Weighs in at 24lbs and more than enough bike for me.
Climbs well, descends way beyond what you would think for the bike, predictable to fling about, corners like a startled gazelle and easy to ride on the limit. I have ridden mine at all the big trail centres, Nevis Red and loads of natural stuff without issue.
All in all a brilliant bike and one I’ll definately not be getting rid of again. Can’t really see past them or what I would need a “bigger” bike for.Posted 3 years ago
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