Fifteen years after its inception, Cotic is back with a new fifth-generation Soul. The steel hardtail gets longer geometry and revised angles to provide better handling, a better fit and, Cotic say "smiles for miles".
Purveyors of fine steel machines, Cotic are on a steam train of new releases with the release of the BFe earlier in the year which, we hear, are selling like hot cakes. Now it's the turn of the Soul, the 120mm or 140mm hardtail, and it appears that quite a lot has changed.
This latest version of the Soul sees the front end get longer, to a point where most riders would want to use a 35mm stem, this means an effective top tube number of 636mm (Reach - 458mm) on a medium bike for example. Cotic say they did some investigation into the perfect head angle and found 67 degress to be the magic number, two degrees slacker than the previous bike. Cotic have also used their Super Clearance chainstays from their SolarisMAX so this generation fo Soul riders will be able to fit 27.5 x 2.6" tyres.
Bucking the trend for steeper seat angles, Cotic have steepened the seat angle on the Soul by just one degree to 73 degrees. They say that they aren't a fan of super steep seat angles and reckon that 73 degrees with an inline post will let the rider get in the right place without putting too much weight on their hands. We're fans of a steep seat angle here at off-road.cc so will have to reserve judgement on whether this small adjustment is enough, certainly, the seat angle will steepen again once the forks are sagged but whether this provides the climbing prowess we might expect, we will have to wait and see. The slacker seat angle accounts in part for those longer effective top tube figures you see in the geometry chart too.
Cotic are calling these changes their 'Longshot Geometry', saying "This new approach has brought larger reach steps between sizes to allow everyone to get their stem nice and short. We recommend aiming to size your bike with a 35mm stem if possible. Wide bars and short stems make for very responsive steering, so we have slackened the head angle to balance this out, and steepened the seat angle to keep you in the in middle of the bike. The result is a beautifully balanced ride, with stable, confidence inspiring feel at speed, with think-and-you're-there steering and amazing front end grip for slicing through the singletrack. If you prefer your handling slightly more conventional, simply size down, add a 50mm stem and a longer dropper post to get your pedalling height and away you go".
Elsewhere the bike has Boost compatibility, external cable routing, dropper post aside, and finally, 2018 sees the Soul getting an ISCG05 mounting to cater for those 1x drivetrain fans - good stuff!
The new Soul frame is available for pre-order now, with four size options on offer (XS - L) and three colours: gloss orange/blue, mercury/magenta and mercury/orange, the latter two of the three look rad! Frame only cost £599 and prices start at £1979 for a full build.
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