Cane Creek Employee Bike Check Episode 1

Cane Creek Employee Bike Check Episode 1

September 07 2016 | Andrew S.

Cane Creek Employee Bike Check Episode 1

   My Cotic Rocket27.5 is an awesome bike! It turns like its on rails, it stays composed through the gnarliest of trails, and most importantly it maintains a very predictable ride.  Even through straight out of the box, this steel frame, slacked out bike; rides excellent,  I have added my own personal touches that cater to how and what I like to ride.  Dialing in your setup is a critical step in familiarizing yourself with your bicycle and will translate into a more comfortable and intuitive feel out on the trail.


Thomson bars and stem are proven to provide confident steering inputs, while the Cane Creek 110 series headset keeps the front end tight and smooth.



The Shimano XTR 11-speed shifter mated with an XT derailleur leaves you with a great shifting action as the Wolf Tooth Drop-Stop chainring and KMC chain insures reliable power transfer.  


The Cane Creek Double Barrel Coil [IL] and VALT lightweight spring handles all of the chundery, root and rock Pisgah forest can throw at it.  The lightweight coil shock excelles in “off the top” suppleness The addition of Cane Creek’s new OPT remote* allows the rider to control your low speed circuit (both low speed rebound and low speed compression simultaneously) without taking your hand off the bar.  The advantages of this setup makes itself known on sections of trail commonly found on enduro courses; that transition from gnarly “blown out” descents to smoother or uphill bits of trail that require a stiffer pedaling platform.  

DB Coil [IL] Settings:

HSC: 2

HSR: 3

LSC: 10

LSR: 10

VALT Spring: 450lbs x 2.25mm

Preload: 1.5 turns

SAG: 17mm

(Set from fully open / Rider weight: 167 lbs)

*OPT Remote available mid November 2016


The UK based company Cotic Cycles has been designing and manufacturing mountain bikes since the early 2000’s.  Staying true to their principles of; grace, durability, clean lines, interactive, and fun the Rocket 27.5 is no different.  Out on the trail, the Reynolds 853 “Ovalform” steel tubing and 7000 series aluminum swingarm services to equip the pilot with a unique, performance orientated ride.  This well rounded bike feels just as at home while negotiating fast, step, twisty trails as it does climbing technical singletrack thanks to its OFI geometry.


Build Specs:

Frame: 2016 Cotic Rocket 27.5 / 150mm travel (size med)

Shock: Double Barrel Coil [IL] (200x57mm) w/ VALT lightweight spring (450x2.25in)

Fork: RS Pike RCT3 (160mm travel)

Headset: Cane Creek 110 Series (Gold ZS44/28.6(top) | EC44/40(bottom)

Handlebars: Thomson Alu. DH (cut to 790mm)

Stem: Thomson Elite X4 (50mm length / 0 deg. angle)

Brakes: Shimano Saint (180mm front / 160mm rear)

Shifter: Shimano XTR (11-speed mechanical)

Derailleur: Shimano XT (11-speed)

Chain: KMC X11SL (DLC Black)

Cassette: Shimano XT (11-42)

Front Chainring: Wolf Tooth Components Drop-Stop 34T

Crankset: Shimano XTR (170mm)

Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT (BSA Threaded)

Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet E (2mm traction pad / 15 deg. release angle)

Wheelset: Industry Nine 27.5 Enduro

Tires: Maxxis Aggressor (DoubleDown compound)

Images: Timothy James Photography 

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