Here’s our latest new bike, the enduro winning, rock smashing, flat out fast Rocket. Now in its 3rd generation the Rocket is our flagship speed merchant.
Longshot geometry, Boost spacing for massive 27.5 x 2.6″ tyre clearance, our new 1x specific swingarm and integrated chain guide, it’s all here. Now sporting 157mm of travel and certified for up to 170mm forks, this bike is the result of over 2 years of research by Cotic, and was raced and developed in prototype form all through the last season by Swinny and Chay of Cotic Racing. So despite only just reaching production, this bike has already won the PMBA Enduro Series Title and scored multiple Tweed Valley Triple Crown podiums!
Away from the race track it’s wild and fast and just so much fun, designed to get you down the rowdiest trails with an infectious grin on your face. Progressive new Longshot geometry keeps the bike stable through the rough stuff and planted in the corners. The super short stem combine with the optimised head angle and frame length to make you feel like your hands are directly connected to the front tyre. The Rocket has a swaggering, “let’s do this” attitude that you can’t help but love.
As with all Cotic bikes, the frames’ steel construction is compliant and naturally ground moulding. The Rocket uses Reynolds 853 super strong steel and includes our custom ride tuned Ovalform top tube which helps to deliver sublime trail damping and that signature Cotic feel; lively and fun, yet stable and controlled.
Whether you’re tackling big mountain adventures, laps of the bike park or the toughest enduro stages, the Rocket will look after you and keep you screaming for more. The best part is, it will happily skip up the toughest of climbs; honed on the tough hills of our native Peak District, the Rocket will get you back up to the top for run after run.
Since the new BFe and Soul Gen 5 frames and the new FlareMAX appeared, there’s been a lot of chat about this new Longshot geometry of ours. It’s not just longer, slacker, lower for the sake of it. I’ve been working on this for over 2 years, since the original Longshot prototype was delivered in December 2015. It’s been through many iterations, and with Paul and Sam and Richard and the Race Team, we worked through plenty of testing on all sizes in the range to make sure the new fit system worked for everyone. The key thing is that it’s a system – you can’t do one thing without the others.
The main focus was on giving riders enough space on the bike to be able to use a 35mm stem. Getting the stem this short (shorter than the fork offset) gives an incredible feel for the front wheel and responsive handling. But it also needs a much longer frame to give you enough space to fit properly on the bike, and it needs a slacker head angle to balance the super responsiveness of the short stem. We tried it on everything from exactly the same as the current Rocket, just longer with the short stem, all the way to full Geometron with a head angle in the 63’s and the back end off the MAX 29er bikes. That was a bit much, but we found a middle ground and began to understand how it all worked together. Paul tried the longer frame and 35mm stem with the original Soul geometry and it was terrible. The new bike is 2 degrees slacker on the head angle and works brilliantly. The short stem needs a slacker head angle to balance against.
The length of the bikes doesn’t affect the climbing as some people seem to think it will. It’s one of those old myths that a bike needs to be steep and short to climb. Back in the day the ‘received wisdom’ was that you needed a tiny short chainstay to get a bike to climb. As with everything in bike geometry, that isn’t it in isolation. You needed a short chainstay because the front of the bikes were so short back then, so you needed to balance the rider as well as possible within the (tiny short) wheelbase of the bike. Now the opposite is true: With a longer front centre, you need a longer rear to keep the rider in the middle of the bike. It needs a reasonable seat angle and to be balanced by the length of the rear end, but actually the new bikes climb better than the previous generation. The room in the cockpit puts your weight much more in the middle of the bike. On the descents it is just amazing, with really crisp handling and vivid feedback from the front wheel allied to a feeling of just being properly behind the front wheel. Because you’re right in the middle of the bike, they don’t actually feel long, because you are positioned on the turning axis, instead of being behind it. It’s so confidence inspiring in the steep stuff.
We are so excited about this bike. Hope you are too.