Cotic Soul owners – are you happy?
It's a big leap up for me, but I won't get another chance to buy for a few years (house, car, child etc) so I thought I'd go for it- want a do anything bike at the best quality I can afford. Now just trying to bear the wait till next payday, when I can get enough scratch together to buy the thing. Here's the pics:Posted 8 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
Used to have a Soda – loved it to bits and never got over it going – and recently bought a Soul frame off the Classifieds and finished building it a week or so ago. Only had a couple of rides (last night was excellent) but first impressions are very good. Really lively and fast (technical terms!). Running with Revs but everything else is a hotch-potch collection of what I could find in the shed and doesn't match – nothing very light either. Medium-term project to upgrade things (of course). Heavy front wheel first.
Enjoy – I'm sure you will.Posted 8 years agotangMember
love mine, invested in mine as i didnt want to buy another bike for a while, 2/12 years on and some upgrades later its perfect. full xt, hope hoops, fizik gobi, thomson finishing kit, monkeylites, nobby nics and revs. spec started with what i had around and although changing bits and bobs, never wanted to change the frame!Posted 8 years agoredtedMember
love both mine, one for best,one for shit weather/winter, still don't know what makes them so good coz they're nothing fancy by todays standards. Sold a perfctly good Flux with about £3k worth of XO and exotica because I reached for my Soul every time and barely touchd my flux for 18 months.
If these Merlin built Sodas ever get built I'll be having one though.Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I love my Soul… Wish it was just a hair slacker, but then maybe that'd spoil it in other ways. It's way better than I'm ever likely to be.
The way I sum up how it feels to me… I had a Scandal with a 130mm trail build, which I liked. Then, I went to Glentress for a demo day. Took out a Zesty, nice. Took out a KHS, nice. Took out the Soul, and in the time it took to get from the top to the bottom of pennel's vennel, I was more comfortable and faster than I ever was on the Scandal. We just get on.
I do wish it was warrantied/rated for 140mm though. That'd make it perfect. I'm tempted to go longer anyway, might do some day.Posted 8 years agoseanocMember
I started off with a 16" soul but found it a tadge small and sold it for a 17.5" Simple which fits me a whole lot better.
If you've got the right size you will not be disappointed. comfortable, accurate, precise, nimble..just a few words I'd use to describe it.
I've got 120mm forks on mine [Pace XCAM 41] which are possibly a little tall ; noticeable on steep techy stuff.
Enjoy it.Posted 8 years agorepatriotMember
Its one of the most flexible bikes i have ridden in terms of geometry and build. 100mm forks and a light build its a cross country racer or bigger forks 130mm and drop the seat a little and its amazing fast downhill and still climbs all but the steepest stuff.Posted 8 years ago
I believe the guys who find cotic's steep either ride with the seat to high up or just ride like bricks and don't move there weight around the bike enough.
I run rev's and big wheels and its the best HT i have ridden.dusty trailsSubscriber
REDTED – Merlin built Soda as in THE Merlin That used to & probably still do, build some of the finest Titanium Bikes ever- What's this I hear – Veeeerrrrrry Innnterestiiing me thinks!!!! Needing a new Hardtail soon – Was thinking of something 853ish or TI – this could be a good option!!?? PS Don't tell Mrs Dusty T. 😉Posted 8 years ago
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