Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Cotic switches to Lynskey

Posted by Lee | November 24, 2009 | 3 comments so far

Cotic has today announced a new deal with Titanium supremos Lynskey over the production of its hardtail Soda model, after previous partners Merlin could not fulfil production duties ongoing.

The news could have come as a major blow to the popular UK bike brand, whose BFe, Simple, Soul, Hemlock and Roadrat models (along with the Soda) have attracted somewhat of a cult following in recent years. However, it looks like Mark Lynskey will rescue things after agreeing to produce the Soda, which was demonstrated recently at Cycle 2009. Lynskey, seen by many in the industry as the Guru when it comes to Ti, currently produces for Mole favourites On-One and Ragley, as well as for Cove – their Ti model, the Hummer, another common sight on the Surrey Hills.

In a release from Cy at Cotic, he confirmed that Lynskey can pretty much start production straight away with 32 frames arriving in around three months with rolling orders thereafter. The ‘Lynskey Soda’ will feature the same tube manipulation, shaping and finishing previously offered by Merlin with ‘Cotic touches’ such as the return of the cowled dropouts. Frames will continue to come with the full Cotic warranty, which is being supported by Lynskey.

So the price for a Cotic/Lynskey masterpiece? A cool £1,500, which will include a Hope quick release, chainstay protector, vinyl decal options and UK delivery. Some have been quick enough to point out that you can pick up an ‘On-One Lynskey’ for £799, although to paraphrase Cy on the SingleTrackWorld forum today, Cotic ‘has never been about being the cheapest, but about being the best’. Reading between the lines the Soda will be a totally different act from the 456. Well, last time I looked a QR, chainstay protector and frame stickers came in a tad under £700 so you’d hope so.

I love my Soul, the 853 steel version of the Soda, so it will be a long time before I’m forking out over three times as much for a Ti frame, but there are plenty of others out there with deep pockets and loyal followers of a brand that’s growing all the time. OK, so they may manufacture in the far east (they aren’t alone in that!), but they are a British company doing good things for our industry, so good luck to Cy and the team with this new partnership.

Filed under 2009, News in November 2009


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As Baz Luhrmann said in his Sunscreen song: look after your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone. Well, until they do finally give up the will to live and screech to a halt like a knackered bottom bracket, I'm just going to keep riding because that's what I love.

Whilst I'm more full time parent and part-time biker these days, I still make the best of the time family life affords me, even if the fitness yo-yos massively.

I ride a Cotic Soul, which is currently single-speeded, and also a 2010 Trek EX-8 for drier times.

We are a pretty lucky bunch to live in such close proximity to the Surrey Hills, which gives us an embarrassing amount of trail choice. Some of my all time local favourites have sadly now been 'decommissioned', but with the likes of BKB, Summer Lightening and China Pig, there's still plenty to smile about whichever way you turn.

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  1. Matt says:

    Nice write up Lee, I have to say I like the sound of a Cotic Soda if it’s anything like the masterpiece we saw at the Cycle Show. Some very fancy tubing going on but it seems odd that Merlin can throw away business in this day and age.

    I couldn’t help doing the sums – 32 bikes with a margin of – what? £700 to Cotic? makes around 22K, less VAT gives around 18K. Not bad if you can get it, wonder how long they’ll take to sell through.

    It’s interesting too to be reminded that Cotic now have a decent sized range of bikes. For me they really were some of the nicest turned out frames I’ve seen from a ‘volume’ seller. Love the BFe blue!

    Volume being relative you understand…

  2. tony says:

    Hi Lee

    Interesting article. A classic law of diminishing returns on the Cotic Soda though. Lee’s Soul seems to ride beautifully for £500, it’s made of 853 so should last for years (treated 853 is very corrosion resistant). The £800 On-One Lynsky seems to get even slightly more rave review than the Soul. Jez seems to confirm this. I’m sure the £1500 Lynsky Soda is a more fancy (not intrinsically better joined tubes, I’d guess it’s the same people doing the welding, just more highly maniplutated tubes etc..) tubeset than the On-one and slightly better dropouts. I can’t see that the value for money adds up other than it is a thing of greater beauty. Having said that if I had £1500 burning a hole in my pocket for a frame…..I’d get the Soul in Orange and build a whole bike.

  3. Dave says:

    I guess the whole price/value/profit debate is a tough one for an manufacturer. I think Cotic is right to position itself above some of the other brands and go for the same market as Orange. It does allow you to be more generous when it comes to problems! I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to a bargain though.

    When we saw the BeFe at the Cycleshow though we all commented and the quality of the paint and compared it to that on the Genesis frames. Given that the bottom end of the Genesis is little more than a stones throw away from a Cotic frame in terms of cost it’s still a higher quality with more thought and time spent on production. When it comes to Ti though the argument sort of falls down as you don’t get the paint angle.

    Anyway, as Brant would say “they’re all bikes, it’s all good”!

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