What does the X factor and Beef have in common?
But we do currently have 2 fine Cotic bikes with us. One being their Cyclocross beast the ‘X’ and the other being the infamous ‘BFe’, a tough,versatile, do it all hardtail.
Read on for more info and photos….
The BFe is a Soul on steroids. Imagine mating Richard Hammond with Ross Kemp and you’d get a similar thing… or maybe just a really shit tv show.
Either way the BFe is the burliest in Cotics line up, giving you:
– The option of running forks from 100-160mm. Giving the DJ,4X guys the option of a lightweight race/jump bike, whilst also allowing the all-mountain/trail guys to slap something burlier up front.
– Reynolds 631 main tubes, with Reynolds 853 down tube – Strong, stiff and light is all you need to know. Cotic is all about the finer details.
– Huge tyre/mud clearance. If you ride your bike properly, being able to throw a big tyre on there is key, whilst still allowing space for the crud to pass by.
– Uninterrupted seat tube, so it can go ALL the way down.
– Weight – 5.4 lbs for the Small 16″
So far It’s smashed runs out at the local downhill, been pumped more times than Jordan and with a few x.c blasts thrown in for good measure. The build we have here, definitely leans towards the more 4x/dj style build. However it’s still light and more than capable of going uphill, with the right engine behind it. We had 100mm Magura XC forks, which were only qr, so lacked in stiffness, mated with Bontrager hub/rim combo which is light and strong, no dings to date… Slx/Xt groupset to finish off the drivetrain. Magura brakes were mental sharp, Chromag bars, Mrp chainguide and the old favourite, Maxxis high Roller 2.35’s.
I’ve had a few hardtails over the years, Cove Stiffee, Kona Cowan, Black Market MOB, so I was keen to try out a versatile steel frame. First thoughts after ride no1 had to be the rear end…. Holy cow this thing is stiff, at first I thought I had a alloy model….At 16.5 it’s slammed but not too short to become twitchy when things start to get fast. If you race 4x or the like, you wouldn’t be lacking in snap!
The size we had on test here is a XS, now don’t be alarmed, it’s not bmx tiny, but about perfect for anyone between 5’6 to 5’10 looking to have a pure dj/pump track/4x race steed. If I was going to buy one for more trail/am needs, I’d definetly go with a Medium and a 140mm fork. 160mm would maybe be a bit too overkill, for any hardtail that is.
We’ve still got plenty of sunshine it seems, so for now that’s it, but check back for some more thoughts on this awesome little bike in a few weeks. Plus some video!
Now we’ve only just got hold of this little beaut for an upcoming collaboration. So keep your eyes peeled for some not so stereotypical Cyclocross action coming your way soon.
For more info on the X head over to Cotic.co.uk