New build story – My Cotic Soul is the best handling bike I have ever ridden

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  • mralexbenn
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    I’d love a Soul, got a roadrat and the frame build quality is great. Any one want to swap for my 456? 😉

    I sold a 456 for the Soul no regrets ok it cost a shed load more than the 456 but its worth it

    The Souls is alot safer for me because the 456 made me ride beyond my limits and then bite me back

    The soul just rides realy nicely and soooo smooth the 456 was a head banger in comparison and hurt cos the back end is so stiff

    Is the 456 a bad bike hell no just the soul is nicer.

    I’m really not sure why more people don’t go for matching orange bars…

    slimjim78
    Member

    I know what you mean saladdodger, over rough bumpy ground it feels like it smooths the trail out. It wants to go much faster than my skills can cater for

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    They’re just recycled Grifters. They are. That’s why you don’t see Grifters any more.

    slimjim78
    Member

    orange bar looks nice, i thought about orange seatpost. I just personally prefer to keep smooth paint and anodising to a minimum

    slimjim78
    Member

    They’re just recycled Grifters. They are. That’s why you don’t see Grifters any more.

    you mean ‘Griffins’

    Klunk
    Member

    It wants to go much faster than my skills can cater for

    ah yes, the little cycotic voice in your ear “go on just a little faster, faster, faster” its like riding a mad furby.

    theboatman
    Member

    Not sure if it’s the best handling bike I have ever had, but it’s the only mtb I have, so it must be doing something right;

    Klunk
    Member

    joining the love in

    Premier Icon shredder
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    Heres mine which is my 2nd.
    Purchased from the classifieds and now with Gritstone decals

    Daniel
    Member

    I’ll join in too…

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    I miss mine sometimes … One of the best handling bikes I’ve ever ridden.

    Premier Icon Johnny Panic
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    Tyres have changed to Nobbys, saddle’s been replaced (didn’t get on with the Gobi) and fork’s been dropped to 120mm since then.

    Lovely bike. Currently being stripped to feed an Anthem 😕

    Premier Icon Stu_N
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    Here’s mine.


    Dalbeattie – Soul at Heart Cleft Stane by Stu_N, on Flickr

    Bought August 2007, 4,000 miles later I is still loving it. (actualy 3,969 miles!)

    daveh
    Member

    Here’s mine, I love it:

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    There’s a lot of carbon fibre wrap around your Soul frame.

    Those steps look like a health and safety issue too.

    Your Cotic Soul looks like its been left by the fire for too long and now its turned into a dogs dinner.

    daveh
    Member

    😀 Couldn’t resist. Gave quite a lot of thought to the Soul before buying the C456, i just couldn’t square the £200 difference in price. Lovely frame in the flesh though.

    And you’re not wrong about the steps, but the washing line pole doubles as a handrail.

    Premier Icon soulwood
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    My 2nd, still a pre CEN model and still just as amazing to ride as the first generation that I had previously.

    vorlich
    Member

    Love mine.

    There’s nothing you can tell me about my garden that I don’t already know. 😉

    Giving some thought to brown saddle, but can’t decide on new grip colour.

    slimjim78
    Member

    some very nice examples above!

    pop larkin
    Member

    had one and sold it as it failed to turn me into the riding god that everyone in stw land reckoned it would- it was ok but not sure it was any better than my wanga, duster, 456 that I have owned

    Now got a titanium 29er and that has also failed to turn me into a riding god as well- may have to get an orange 5 ( oh bum I ve had one of them too and preferred my trek ex8)

    perhaps its just me 😥

    yossarian
    Member

    My reference bike used to be an 853 kona explosif

    Then I bought a soul.

    😉

    Remember a mate borrowing my custard soul for a spin. He came back ashen faced saying ‘it just wants to go apeshit in every bloody corner’.

    Premier Icon davidj
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    My 2nd as first was stolen (I can’t tell the difference pre and post CEN by the way). As others have said it’s a great reference point. Mine’s done an uplift holiday in Italy at Rivera Bike as well as XC racing.

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