UK-based metal bicycle producer, Cotic, has launched the brand new RocketMAX, a metal enduro mountain bike now getting into its 4th technology. Sticking with the Drop-Hyperlink suspension platform, this 160mm journey 29er is now obtainable in 5 sizes, versus the 4 beforehand supplied, lowering attain increments between sizes in a bid to make it simpler for riders to discover a good match.
The RocketMAX will get a geometry refresh, optimised to be used with the newest 38mm stanchion forks with 170mm journey. Different key updates embody a revised kinematic to swimsuit each air and coil shocks, in addition to the introduction of a Drop-Hyperlink that’s keyed in to the rear axle to scale back twist and flex via the linkage.
Cotic RocketMAX Gen4
- Intention: Enduro Mountain Biking
- Wheel Measurement: 29″ or Mullet
- Rear Wheel Journey: 155mm or 160mm
- Fork Journey: 160mm or 170mm
- Body: Cotic-exclusive Reynolds 853 metal tubeset
- Beginning Value: £2,099 (Body and RockShox Tremendous Deluxe Choose Shock)
The RocketMAX is Cotic’s flagship enduro bike, constructed from a Cotic-exclusive Reynolds 853 tubeset. The entrance triangle is fabricated right here in Scotland by Matt and Callum at 5 Land Bikes. The swingarms are made in Taiwan, whereas Unite Elements and Bear Body Provides produce the assorted machined elements. The whole thing is assembled on the Cotic HQ within the Peak District, England.
Now getting into its 4th technology, the RocketMAX isn’t a significant departure from the Gen3 launched two years in the past. Newsworthy right here is the introduction of what Cotic name “C-Sizing”, and the addition of a fifth body measurement leading to smaller attain increments between body sizes. These increments are actually down to only 19mm, versus the 25mm gaps on the earlier technology. The vary of attain figures has expanded barely, too, beginning at 444mm on the C1, stretching to 520mm on the C5 (5mm longer than the Gen3 XL).
Seat tubes are actually shorter, with standover clearance on the C2, C3 and C4 frames improved over the Gen3 Medium and Massive frames. Although chainstay size is constant throughout the vary at 448mm, the seat tube angle is adjusted so as to guarantee an precise seat tube angle of round 76°. It’s good to see that Cotic selected to specify the saddle top that pertains to the quoted precise seat tube angles, offering angles for 2 totally different saddle heights too.
The Drop-Hyperlink kinematic is revised on the Gen4 body lowering leverage ratio but once more to make the linkage extra amenable to make use of with each air and coil shocks. Whereas the bike has been developed particularly for the necessities of a 170mm Fox 38 or RockShox ZEB, shorter stroke shock choices (60mm for 150mm journey) could be mixed with a 160mm fork to ship extra of a path bike trip really feel.
Like its predecessor, the RocketMAX Gen4 will also be transformed to a mullet setup with the usage of a Works Elements 1° angleset. This goes some option to correcting for the drop in BB top and the extra relaxed head angle that comes with it when the 29″ rear wheel is swapped for a 27.5″. The 29er could be transformed to a mullet post-purchase after all, however clients are additionally given the chance to order the RocketMAX Gen4 within the mullet configuration at checkout.
Pricing & Availability
Cotic supply oodles of spec choices for the Gen4 RocketMAX, an exhaustive account of which is outwith the remit of this information piece. Briefly, it’s obtainable in a number of body and shock choices, rolling chassis and in addition in a number of full bike choices, probably the most inexpensive of which is the RocketMAX Silver which retails at £3,999, roughly $4,220 USD and €3,870.
That bike runs simply 155mm rear wheel journey and a 160mm fork (versus the 160mm rear wheel journey you’ll see on the upper spec choices). That cash fetches you a Shiamno SLX 12 pace drivetrain, Shimano Deore Brakes, a Rockshox Lyrik Final fork, and a Rockshox Deluxe Choose Plus shock.