The 2020 Cotic FlareMAX 29er | Everything You Need to Know.

The 2020 Cotic FlareMAX is Cotic’s first 29″-wheeled trail bike and evolves from the original FlareMAX in true Cotic style.

Taking lessons learned from the RocketMAX and the Flare, the 2020 Cotic FlareMAX joins the very competitive 125mm 29er trail bike battle.

Key features:

  • 125mm DropLink rear suspension
  • 130-140mm travel forks
  • Longshot geometry
  • Reynolds 853 downtube
  • Boost rear end
  • 1 x specific
  • 44mm head tube
  • Supernova Orange, Red Dwarf and Dark Grey colours
  • Cotic.co.uk

Cotic are pretty confident that the FlareMAX is the ultimate all-rounder bike. Could it really make a one-bike quiver? With the combination of 29″ wheels, 125mm rear travel and up to a 140mm fork, combined with Cotic’s Longshot geometry, they certainly think so.

Unsurprisingly, the FlareMAX is made of steel. With the usual combination of a Reynolds 853 ovalform downtube with CroMo steel making up the rest of the front triangle.

What also stays the same is the geometry from the first Longshot FlareMAX, with a 65.6 degree head angle, -32mm BB drop and a 447mm chainstay on all sizes. Reach on the large is a roomy 467.5mm.

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Sticking with the familiar, there are the standard build options and the custom route should you wish to go full bling. Frame-only options are also available.

FlareMAX Silver 11spd

Key features:

  • X-Fusion McQueen RL2 Boost 130mm fork
  • X-Fusion O2 RCX shock
  • Shimano SLX 11-speed drive
  • Shimano Deore brakes
  • WTB ST i29 29″ rims
  • £2,749.99 RRP

FlareMAX Silver 12spd

Key features:

  • X-Fusion McQueen RL2 Boost 130mm fork
  • X-Fusion O2 RCX shock
  • Shimano SLX 12-speed drive
  • Shimano Deore brakes
  • Shimano MT600 Wheels
  • £2,799.99 RRP

FlareMAX Gold 11spd

Key features:

  • Cane Creek HELM29 130mm fork
  • Cane Creek DB Air IL shock
  • Shimano XT 11-speed drive
  • Shimano XT brakes
  • Hope Fortus26 29 Wheelset
  • £3,899.99 RRP

FlareMAX Gold 12spd

Key features:

  • Cane Creek HELM29 130mm fork
  • Cane Creek DB Air IL shock
  • Shimano XT 12-speed drive
  • Shimano XT brakes
  • Hope Fortus26 29 Wheelset
  • £3,999.99 RRP

FlareMAX Golden Eagle

Key features:

  • Cane Creek HELM29 130mm fork
  • Cane Creek DB Air IL shock
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drive
  • Shimano XT brakes
  • Hope Fortus26 29 Wheelset
  • £3,999.99 RRP

FlareMAX Platinum

Key features:

  • Cane Creek HELM29 130mm fork
  • Cane Creek DB Air IL shock
  • SRAM XO1 Eagle 12-speed drive
  • Hope Tech3 X2 brakes
  • Hunt All Mountain Carbon wheels
  • £6,349.99 RRP

For everything Cotic FlareMAX related head over to Cotic’s website here.

Check out Ben’s review of the Cotic BFe Silver here.


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