The new Cascade frame from Cotic Bikes is Boost spaced with room for 29×2.4″ or 27.5 x 2.8″ tires in a rigid or 100mm fork, and it can take a relatively long travel dropper. So what makes this an “adventure/gravel/bikepacking” frame instead of a mountain bike? Maybe the curly bars?
The cascade sits between the brand’s SolarisMAX hardtail that can run a 120-140mm fork, and their two racier gravel-road options. Like other Cotic bikes, it’s covered in gear mounts from tip to tail, and the external cable routing is as simple as it is clean. If you can’t fit it on this frame, you probably don’t need to bring it along.
The Cascade geometry is based around using a dropper post and roughly a 60mm stem with curly bars. That shortens the reach from what we’re used to seeing on a typical hardtail to 388, 410, 432, 454mm across the size run. The head tube angle is 68° on a small frame and a steeper 69° on the three larger sizes. The slacker angle on that little bike likely keeps the front tire from contacting the rider’s toes. The seat tube angle is a somewhat slacker 74° across the board, opening up some room between the saddle and hands. Chain stays remain a stubby 438mm across the sizes, just in case you want to get playful on the Cascade when the bags are off.
You can pick up the steel frame and fork for £849, and there is a range of build options to choose from with more on the way. Click over to Cotic Bikes for further details.