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Cooper Bikes USA – Open For Business

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I’ve written a few times about Cooper Bikes. Click here to read about when I first heard about them, here when they launched in the UK two years ago, here when they started shipping to the US a year ago, and here about their US pricing.

Well now they are officially in the United States. Go to CooperBikesUSA.com to check out their bikes. You can also like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Here’s the story behind these bikes: Cooper Bikes was founded by Michael Cooper, son of John Cooper the racing and automotive legend, who’s vision is behind all the MINI Cooper cars today. They mastered four wheels, and now they’re tackling two. The Cooper family has strived to create a very simple, elegant, and classic line of bicycles that are comprised of top quality English components such as Brook Saddles, Reynolds tubing, and Sturmey Archer hubs. Every bicycle that they design has ties back to Cooper racing excellence. While these bikes are crafted in such a way to deliver complete comfort and riding satisfaction, they are nothing short of chic and stylish. Cooper Bikes are designed for that leisure ride down to the park or your daily commute to work.

Being a MINI Cooper driver and enthusiast as well, I can attest that the John Cooper Works editions of those cars are highly regarded, premium upgrades. They truly have made a name for themselves in the automotive industry. What impresses me about their story is that, even with all these automotive accomplishments, they chose to build bicycles. Really nice bicycles. If you go the the Cooper Bikes blog, you can read through a bunch of great write ups and reviews about their bikes.

Now, after their launch in the UK two years ago, they’re trying to build a following in the United States. Going up against so many other great and established bike brands, they’ve got their work cut out for them. You should expect to see them pop up more and more over the next few months. If you happen to see one in your local bike shop, you should ask to take it for a test spin.

Personally, these bikes have become the Holy Grail of my bike wish list. Although slightly higher in price range, I appreciate the value in the quality and design that’s built into these bikes.

Plus, there is something about this brand that really appeals to me. Perhaps it’s their brand heritage. Perhaps it’s their reputation for high quality and craftsmanship. Perhaps it’s because I’m such a fan of MINI. Perhaps I just have a soft spot for the new guy – the underdog. Perhaps it’s because their bikes are so limited in availability and rare to find on the road.

Maybe it’s ALL of these reasons. If you want to buy one, order here.

Single Speed T100 Monza

Single Speed T100 Sebring

Three-Speed T100 Zandvoort

Single Speed T100 Spa

Single Speed T200 Championship 50

5-Speed T200 Reims

5-Speed T250 Aintree

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Written by dickdavid

September 24, 2011 at 6:40 am

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  1. WHICH SA hub? Going to their site, I was unable to find one of their bikes with a S3X hub which is the one best for North Texas. S3X is the close ratio hub. You can ride it as a fixie or with freewheel.

    Steve A

    September 24, 2011 at 9:45 am

    • I think the SA hub is for their geared bike, which is actually a SRF3 for their 3-speed. It looks like the single speed flip/flop hub is a Formula TH-51 large flange sealed bearing. I’ve updated the post to show the full line of bikes.

      Thanks for the heads up on the S3X.

      dickdavid

      September 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      • Yes, the Cooper 3-speeds are definitely using the SRF3, not the S3X. The latter is heavier and more expensive…but it is nice to have the option to switch from fixie to SS. If you’re only interested in a regular, freewheel 3-speed, though, it woudl be silly to build it with the S3X. I have the S3X on my Felt Brougham 3, and it’s pretty nice…

        lunasceiling

        September 26, 2011 at 10:03 am

  2. These are really nice, and it seems like they didn’t cheap out on any of the components. I really like the design of the chain guard on the step through model. Nice to also find the same quality tubing on the step through as the diamond frame models. I’m intrigued by the 5-speed hub.

    jennyrilling

    September 24, 2011 at 10:22 am


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