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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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September 24, 2011 at 6:40 am

U.S. Pricing For Cooper Bikes

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I’ve been following the release of Cooper Bikes, and now that they are available in the United States, I decided to do some digging to find out availability and pricing. So far, 4 models are available in the States, T100 MonzaT100 SebringT200 Championship 50 and T200 Reims. The only place that you can get one is Prestige of Mahwah, in New Jersey.

I’ve been trading emails with the folks at Prestige, and they are in the process of setting up a dealer network in the U.S. Hopefully, there will be one near us soon.

I’ve also been given prices. Given the fact that these are imported, ’boutique’ bikes, I wasn’t expecting anything cheep. With their reputation for high quality and attention to detail, Cooper is known to charge a premium for their products. These bikes are no exception:

T100 Monza $1175.00
Available: 52cm, 57cm, 61cm

T100 Sebring $1175.00
Available: 57cm, 61cm

T200 Championship 50 $1600.00
Available: 57cm

T200 Reims 5spd $1700.00
Available: 57cm, 61cm

Not actually, seeing or riding the bikes, I’m going to hold my judgement on these prices. Sure, there are several comparable bikes out there for a lot less. The Cooper Bikes, however, have been getting a lot of great press and are starting to develop a good following. I would personally pay this premium if the bike holds true to it’s brand reputation. Hopefully, I’ll be able to test ride one to find out.

Written by dickdavid

November 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm

You Can Get A Cooper Bike In The US

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Image From Cooper Bikes. Please Visit Their Site.

Being both a bicycle and MINI Cooper enthusiast, the Cooper Bike has become one of the many on my wish list. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been available in the US since it’s release a year ago. According to the Cooper Bikes site, there has been a US representative in New Jersey. Through email, I discovered that they were still expecting inventory. Bike pricing wasn’t available, but the quoted shipping price was very expensive. I decided to wait until one was available closer to me before pursuing it any more.

Now it looks like Cooper Bikes is making more of an effort to push it through the States. This blog post has made me optimistic about them eventually making it to north Texas. Perhaps I’ll see a Cooper Bike on my next MINI rally. Perhaps the excitement will be enough to encourage more distribution in the U.S.

Fingers crossed.

Written by dickdavid

October 29, 2010 at 5:48 am

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Cooper Bikes Site Is Up

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Image from CooperBikes.com - please visit their site.

Image from CooperBikes.com - please visit their site.

Image from CooperBikes.com - please visit their site.

Image from CooperBikes.com - please visit their site.

I haven’t had a chance to dig in too deep, but I thought I should, at least, mention that  cooperbikes.com is finally up. Now, I just need a moment to check them out.

First thoughts: I see that the pricing is in british pounds, so, I wonder if they’re available in the states yet. Also, although I’m not the best a converting the price to US dollars, they do seem a bit pricey. Again, I haven’t been able to dig too deep so I can’t really comment on their perceived value. Stay tuned for details.

Update:
– They are currently appointing dealers worldwide.
– Prices look like they’re starting at $940 US dollars (converted).
– They are taking pre-orders for January 2010 delivery.

Image From CooperBikes.com - Please visit their site.

Image From CooperBikes.com - Please visit their site.

Image From CooperBikes.com - Please visit their site.

Image From CooperBikes.com - Please visit their site.

Image From CooperBikes.com - Please visit their site.

Image From CooperBikes.com - Please visit their site.

Written by dickdavid

October 12, 2009 at 11:12 am

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Cooper Bikes: Single Speed Street Bike

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I first saw this announcement on Motoring Underground.

For those of you who love MINI Coopers and like to spin on a bicycle, then Cooper Bikes is for you. Their site isn’t up yet, and the anticipation is killing me.

There’s more information at the Bike Rumor site.

Apparently, they may be overpriced for what you get, but the idea of merging two of my favorite worlds is pretty interesting.

UPDATE: Their site is up. Read here.

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July 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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