The new Cotic RocketMAX will take you down the hardest trails
Cotic has released its updated RocketMAX, and the new Longshot geometry follows the trend for longer, lower and slacker bikes. Combined with rolling characteristics of large, 29-inch wheels, Cotic has created an enduro hard-hitter for the most demanding terrain.
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Ride down anything on the RocketMAXCotic
Progress to Longshot geometry
The biggest update is the move to Cotic’s Longshot geometry. This follows the long, low and slack trend of much of the industry, targeting increased riding stability with a shorter stem to maintain active handling.
There’s a fairly radical change going on here. With 160mm forks, the head angle is now a slack 63.5 degrees, which combines with a seat angle of 75.3 degrees to help keep you centred on the bike.
The Longshot geometry is well suited to ultrashort stemsCotic
In a size large, the bike has a substantial 490mm reach and a 1,290.3mm wheelbase.
The significant changes to the Rocket geometry also serve to stratify Cotic’s range a little more, with the RocketMAX now squarely placed as an enduro bike and the FlareMAX remaining the more trail-friendly option.
Cotic says that this is tuned with some chain growth to provide pedal feedback, allowing you to judge the terrain you are on. A progressive leverage rate is apparently designed to keep the suspension feeling taught and active.
The single pivot Droplink suspension designCotic
Cotic makes valid arguments for the inherent simplicity of the single pivot design. The solid swingarm, coupled with large 15mm pivots and the 12mm thru-axle, creates a sturdy unit that can be made both light and stiff.
All the mod-cons
1x specific design is often an expectation now on modern mountain bikes, and it does appear to help with tyre clearances and stiffness of the frame to be optimised — particularly for the suspension pivots.
Ample tyre clearancesCotic
The frame is designed with Boost spacing and has clearances for 29×2.5in or up to 27.5x3in plus tyres.
There’s also a mount for an integrated chain guide from One Up Components.
The frame has an integrated chain guide mountCotic
The frame will be available in two different paint jobs: a subtle grey Metal-on-Metal and a louder Teal and Tangerine finish