Oops. I appear to have Coticed again…
Mate has one of these and it is very nice indeed, have you modified an LRS chain guide there to be able to fit the taco guard?
Oh and how do you find tyre clearance on the back on the lower chainstay, mates bike doesn’t like having big tyres on, they rub against the frame, highroller 2.3’s do fit but only just.Posted 8 years ago
Bfe this time. 😀
Took it to Esher for the first ride (on my own so no riding pics). Handles ridiculously quickly, pumps really well and is absolutely brutal on botched landings compared to my Turner – bend ze knees! Surprisingly rangy fit, given the frame is a size smaller than my Soda and the stem is shorter too. Next stop is Alp d’Huez and I can’t wait!
I do have a feeling that between us, me and the missus may have developed a slight obsession… (Hemlock & Rat are hers)Posted 8 years ago
bungalistic – I’m surprised you’re mate’s having trouble with clearance. The stays are the same as the Soul and I’ve massshooosive Bonty Big Earls on that at the moment no problem. Robbie runs 2.5″ Minion’s in his. Something not quite right. Get him to drop me a line.Posted 8 years agostealthcatMember
I think Cy can have a pretty good guess as to what I’d do to him if he started doing Cotic tandems… Not to mention the fact that even the incredible expanding bike cupboard couldn’t swallow a tandem!
It did amuse me that he hid my Cotics at the back in the first photo.Posted 8 years agoLanesra
Cy any news on the new CEN approved soul? Am thinking of snapping up a custard before they disappear but am holding off till news/colours of the new model come outPosted 8 years ago
That's a not-quite-yeti-blue-not-quite-bianchi-green Simple. (it started life as a Soul, then got Simple-ified when Cy was prototyping the Simple). As a result it's a one off. paint was done by Colourtech in Dartford who do most of Chas Roberts work. Lovely finish, but in common with all enamel (it seems), it chips pretty easily.Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Obviously yout setup on the BFe's pretty different to how you'd run a soul (duh) but I was wondering, does it feel so different to ride otherwise? Stiffer feel from the frame or anything like that? I sometimes think I should've got a BFe, not because I'm awesomely hardcore but just for the flexibility, but I wouldn't want to give away the ride quality of my Soul…Posted 8 years ago
Handling wise they're not too dissimilar – my Soda has shorter forks/longer stem/narrower bars than the BFe, so they're about the same speed and balance in steering. The Bfe is obviously a lot shorter, and that's really noticeable on stupid steep tight stuff – the Soda is still manageable, but needs more care. The BFe also manuals like a dream, but that then comes and bites you when you try and ride it *up* something proper steep (although it's surprisingly OK uphill).
Ride? Well the BFe is a LOT more direct. I wouldn't call it harsh, but it's definitely way more solid than the Soda. It probably is stiffer under power, but a) I'm a skinny bugger so don't generate a lot of power and b) the bike is a lot heavier and has bigger, heavier tyres and wheels. Its certainly not a bike I'd fancy doing a 6 or 8 hour XC ride on, sat down most of the way, but for playing about in the woods in a grind up, thrash down kinda way, it's magic.
As far as flexibility goes – having watched what Robbie Rickman has been getting up to on his Simple, I don't think us mere mortals ever need to worry about whether a Soul is strong enough. Although if we can persuade Cy to make a Ti Bfe, then I could combine 2 bikes into one….Posted 8 years ago
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