Cotic BFe Freeride Hardtail

5/5 (4 Reviews)

Product Description

Cotic BFe Specifications

  • Reynolds 853 tubing - 38% stronger than cromoly. Maximum strength at minimum weight.
  • Large diameter tubing, including custom internal sleeve reinforced seat tube, combine with oversized oval profile stays to blend precision with strength.
  • Bridge-less S-bend chainstays with Cotic Hexten gussets for improved fatigue life and massive mud clearance
  • ISCG05 mount.
  • Huge custom machined cowled dropouts with integral disc mount. Perfect alignment, every time.
  • Geometry adjusted with commitment! Minimum 100mm travel forks, 160mm single crown forks no problem.
  • Low slung design keeps the frame out of the way for those tight situations, and long top tube lets you ride up to the trails without breaking your back.
  • No seat tube bottle bosses, so the saddle can be dropped ALL the way down.
  • Steep seat angle and short 16.5" stays pin the front in for ultimate grip, handling and cornering ability.
  • Sizes - 16", 18". The frames are designed to be compact and chuckable.
  • Weight - 5.3lbs for the 18"

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    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dr S a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: May 22, 2012

    Strengths:    Handling and poise by the bucket load. Great price. Nicely finished. Plenty of mud clearance even with a high volume tyre. It's every bike you will ever need!

    Weaknesses:    None whatsoever. A perfect score.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've always been a fan of the original Cotic Soul so decided to try out its slightly mad, hardcase brother. It's a nice looking frame. The proportions are just right, the welds are neat and the paint is flawless. Although cheaper than the Soul, it has clearly been built to the same standard. A good start.
    Out on the trail it's true character is revealed. The geometry is the same as the Soul and by and large it has a similar feel on regular terrain. It feels slightly harsher at the rear end, and on a longer ride you do start to feel it compared to the comfortable Soul. But when things get rough and steep the BFe sprouts horns and really comes into its own. It's just rock solid. Whereas the Soul starts to feel a little unsure of itself, the BFe just gets on with it. It carves its way through anything, no messing around here. It just bullies its way through anything and challenges you to push harder and harder.
    I've tried different forks from 120 to 160 and discovered it happiest at 140mm. They like a short stem, so make sure you pick your size on top tube length as well as standover.

    To sum up it's a great frame. If you like the Soul you will love the BFe.

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    Favorite Trail:   Cut Gate, Peak District, UK

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Direct from Cotic

    Similar Products Used:   Cotic Soul, Dialled Bikes Alpine, lots of steel hardtails over the last 20 years.

    Bike Setup:   2x9 SLX drivetrain. Formula the One brakes with big rotors, Joes Enduro times on Hope hubs, Magua Thor 140AM fork, maxxis tyres, Dropper post, Chromag 780 fubars, CK headset.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by oldschool43 a Weekend Warrior from Kenosha, WI USA

    Date Reviewed: March 9, 2012

    Strengths:    Stiff bottom bracket area. Smoother ride than my aluminum HT. Geometry. Fairly light for it's intended purpose.

    Weaknesses:    If it matters, to me it doesn't, it's about a half pound heavier than my aluminum frame.

    Bottom Line:   
    I rode this bike pretty much in the winter thaw. To warm weather folks that's ALOT of mud. I rode the SC one day and had to stop several times to "clear mud". Yes, I came to a grinding halt. Rode the BFe the next day, same trail and mud (2 to 4 inches) and didn't stop once! Same wheel-tire combo (switched wheels). So it has the tire clearance. When it dried out a bit and I was able to let it fly, the ride is fantastic. I always liked the SC, but it was just a hair off on handling, the front wants to wash out. I liked the M2, but it was twitchy at speed. This bike falls between the two. The faster I go, the better it feels. It's not incredibly raked out. It climbs just fine and doesn't lift the front wheel like my other bikes. The total weight is 27.8lbs, and as you can see, I could drop an easy 2 pounds in the setup. The bottom bracket area is stiff, I can feel the power going to the drive train. The ride is just as everyone has said about steel frames, it's not harsh, but plenty stiff. There is something odd, the sounds are louder and more pronounced, ie. shifting, freewheel, road noise. The vibrations aren't transmitted through the frame. Might be the reynolds tubing, I don't know, but it only adds to the whole expirence. I'm a heavyweight, 250lbs, and this bike is more than happy to accommodate that. If you are a lighter rider, the Soul might be a better fit. I am so glad I picked this frame, not that there is a huge market for steel hardtails. Everyone that's asked about it, I proudly say,"Take it for a spin" and they come back smiling. I was a bit worried about the long travel fork, making it a chopper, which I've done once before. I was worried over nothing. It likes it. I've mtb'd for over 20 years and this frame is the most fun. More fun than any FS bike I've ridden or owned...But Cotic do have a FS coming soon....

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    Favorite Trail:   South Kettle

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   EU Cycle Imports

    Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Chameleon, Specialized Stumpjumper M2, Trek 8500, Iron Horse MT400

    Bike Setup:   2011 Cotic BFe, Marzocchi RLO 44 140mm, Hope Tech X2 brakes and floating rotors, Race Face Diabolus 1 70mm stem w/DMR 5 butt steel bars and LS Peaty grips, XTR shifters, Hope headset, XT derailieurs w/short cage rear, Race Face Evolve Sterling crank-triple, Tioga MX pro pedals, Hope EVO hubs with Syncros 28 rims, Control Tech Seatpost w/Selle Italia Flite Gel saddle

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Rockhucker a Weekend Warrior from Sacramento, CA

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2011

    Strengths:    Decently light for a steel frame(5.2lbs size:small), stiff while pedaling and still being more compliant than aluminum, great geometry, nice build quality.

    Weaknesses:    No replaceable derailleur hanger, gritstone color option is really just gloss black powder coat with invisible stickers

    Bottom Line:   
    I came directly off of a Transition Trans Am frame which worked well for climbing and general aggro XC but didn't feel right to me on the freeride type stuff so I bought this frame. The Cotic BFE is fantastic! it climbs well, feels very nimble through the technical stuff, and inspires confidence when hitting drops and jumps. I will say that if you plan on running a 160mm fork the front end slacks out to about 65degrees and likes to wander, so an adjustable travel fork is a good idea if you climb as much as you go down. I use this bike for everything from XC to DH and I'm more than happy with it's performance.
    Thanks Cotic for the dialed geometry

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything steep and rocky w/a lot of climbing

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   US Distributor

    Similar Products Used:   Transition Trans Am

    Bike Setup:   Small frame, Fox 36 Talas, 823's on Hope Pro 2's, hope V2 brakes, Atlas FR cranks, Sram x9 2x9 w/DRS chainguide, 50mm stem

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by heckler2 a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: March 5, 2009

    Strengths:    Geometry.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    The perfect hard tail if your into everything other than cross country racing. Cy really understands bike geometry and I feel he has nailed it on the bfe. This is a true allmountain hard tail.

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    Favorite Trail:   Rotorua

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Bike Setup:   Pike 454 dual air fork with u-turn. Burly but not heavy wheel set. 60mm stem. 710mm bars. 1 x 9 set up with lg1 chain guide.

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