Northern metaler’s Cotic just announced their brand new Roadrat.
The Cotic Roadrat is a steel framed do-it-all that’s built for anything short of proper road riding or proper mountain biking.
Cotic call it a ‘life bike’ meaning thats it’s something that you can commute on, train on, go bike packing, buzz down the pub and back on, go on some big adventures and put some serious miles through. It’s built for riders that want to spend a bit of time on the road and a bit of time on gravel, dirt tracks, fire roads and travel where a skinny-tire road bike can’t go.
It’s one of two similar bikes in the Cotic range – this is the flat bar bike, the Escapade is the drop barred version.
The big update to the Roadrat is that it now comes with a carbon fork. It’s 200g lighter than the old version and Cotic say will now feel a bit smoother to ride.
The carbon fork comes thanks to a change of design that gives the Roadrat a tapered steerer and allow an integrated headset. Those changes meant that a carbon fork is suddenly possible – and Cotic have designed a new fork specifically for the job, called the RB4.
The RB4 fork comes complete with 12mm bolt through axle, mud guard mounts and a flat mount front brake mounting.
Stand over height is also now a bit roomier, following feedback from Cotic’s customers. The seat tube length and top tube heigh has been shortened on the small and medium frames and the small now has a 46cm seat tube (down from 48cm) and the medium is 50cm (down from 51cm)”.
According to Cotic “The framesets will be in the UK in 2 weeks and first orders will arrive by 20th October at the latest”.
The Roadrat is available as a frameset for £499 or as a complete bike, available in 5 options and all with Shimano Deore disc brakes.
The complete bike options are:
- Roadrat1 – Singlespeed with 16 or 18t sprocket options, Alfine chainset (£899)
- Roadrat9 – 1×9 Sora drivetrain, Alfine 42t Chainset, 11-34 cassette (£999)
- Touring – 2×9 Sora drivetrain, 34/50 Compact Chainset, 11-32 cassette
- Roadrat11 – 1×11 SLX drivetrain, Alfine 42t chainset, 11-42 or 11-46 cassette options
- Roadrat Alfine11 – Alfine 11 speed hub gear drivetrain
You can buy the Roadrat over on Cotic’s website here.