Cotic's Tonic Is the Titanium Road and Gravel Wonder To Soothe Your Cycling Soul

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I recently ran across a bicycle manufacturer from the United Kingdom named Cotic. While bicycles from the U.K. are nothing new, this crew is spitting out wonders like this titanium road and gravel bike, the Tonic.
Folks, the machine before you has been dubbed Tonic by its creators. As to why it carries this name, I'm not sure, but I think it has a lot to do with the way it may soothe your cycling soul. However, before we dive deeper into this bike, let's see who the heck Cotic is and why you should consider this crew for your next cycling purchase.

Cotic is a crew that's only been around since 2002, so relatively young compared to other established cycling teams like Trek, Giant, or even Bianchi. But the fact that they've been able to stay alive in a market dominated by these legendary predecessors has to stand for something. To give you an idea of how this crew has risen to the challenge, Tonic can be used as the perfect example.

Now, before continuing this text, I urge you to take a good long look at the image gallery. You may find that the pictures will start making your heart flutter just a tad; I know mine did; it might be love. But looks aren't all this puppy is about; it's built with purpose.

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The main point of attraction for Tonic is the fact that it's completed using beloved titanium as the base material for the frame. That's right, folks, titanium. If you're not aware of why people would ever make a bike out of titanium, several reasons exist. Some benefits of using titanium are that it's stiffer, lighter, and generally much more impact resistant than other metals, not to mention more resistant to corrosion. With proper care, some of these machines can outlive their owners.

Some carbon fiber has made it onto Tonic and takes the shape of a Cotic RB5 fork. This feature fits 700x47c or 650bx50 tires. Whether you buy just a frame or a complete bike, the standard seat post will also be carbon fiber.

I'm sure you picked up on the fact that you're given an array of builds to choose from, and what this means is that Cotic optimizes Tonic with components they feel work best; this also affects the asking price.

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The least expensive option on the list is a 2x11 Shimano drivetrain with 11-30T cassette and hydraulic disc brakes, all part of the GRX600 STI lineup. The carbon fiber seat post and a few other Cotic components fit the build, priced at 3,449 GBP (4,564 USD at current exchange rates).

As for the most expensive setup, it's here that Cotic calls upon the powers of Campagnolo Ekar and features a 1x13 speed drivetrain with carbon fiber crank, 9-42T cassette, and hydraulic disc brakes. Most other components are proprietary once again. This setup is valued at 5,499 GBP (7,277 USD). At the end of the day, you can pick up a rolling chassis with wheels, headset, and seat clamp for 2,499 GBP (3,307 USD) and really create the perfect Tonic for you.

However, keep in mind that this bike is created to dominate on both road and gravel settings. With that said, Cotic also includes countless mounts all over the frame. With these components, you can begin to add racks, fenders, water bottle cages, and much more.

At the end of the day, just about any bike can be a bikepacking wonder, and Tonic looks to have just all the right stuff. Something to consider if you're looking for a bike that could possibly outlive you.
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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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