Posted by: Tremeer023
Good looking Cotic Vik. Double bottle cage; are you planning any longer bikepacking type rides with this? I'm in the middle of transforming my Moxie to a winter set up with 150mm fork (have to wait until late Oct for it), but it will end up with similar geometry to this I think. Would be interested to know how much distance you can comfortably cover with it.
At this point my only plan is to run the Cotic as my main bike this winter on Van Isle. Although I am not driving to the trails often so a typical ride is 40K-70K long. I have a custom steel HT [purple Daambuilt ^^^] setup for bikepacking that is only a bit less aggressive than the Cotic. So most likely I won't bikepack with the Cotic. Mostly because I'd want to use the dropper and that means either no gear behind the saddle or I'd have to come up with DIY rack hack. Since my other HT was designed for use with a rack it would just make sense to ride that instead.
Info on my purple Daambuilt is here: https://vikapprovedblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/daambuilt-mega-krampus-bike-review-part-1/ [there are two more blog posts linked at the bottom of this one if you want more info]
I've done up to 170kms with lots of climbing in one day so far on the Daambuilt with camping gear aboard and not had any issues.
The Cotic can take a 3rd bottle under the DT and there is room for 2 of the 3 bottles to be really big. So I can definitely see this bike going on some epic alpine rides. So far the Ergon saddle is the only thing I am not sure about. Beyond that I don't see any reason why I wouldn't happily pedal this bike all day long.
In terms of using your Moxie for bikepacking or epic single day rides it should work fine. Obviously you have to address your personal fit/comfort issues. There is no way to know what those will be aside from just riding the bike longer distances and taking notes on what parts of your body start to complain then address those issues. That might mean a different saddle/bar/grips than you'd run for trail shredding missions.