Cooper Bikes, the two-wheel division of the Cooper Car Company, has announced a new range of bikes, due for release this autumn.

The brand was launched at last October’s Cycle Show in London and has since enjoyed success with its retro-styled range. The British company’s bikes have been exported to 26 countries since launch, and are available from stockists in the USA, China, Japan and Australia.

All of the new models take their name from motor racing tracks on which Cooper cars used to compete.

“With this new line we wanted to introduce a wider range of people to Cooper Bikes,” said Cooper chairman Mike Cooper.

“The
T250 Aintree in particular is our first unisex bike, which we hope will
help integrate us into the female market. Also the Aintree and
Zandvoort have five gears and three gears respectively so combine sporty
performance with comfortable urban riding.”

T250 Aintree

The Aintree is Cooper’s first foray into the ‘unisex’ market, and features five gears. Frame is made of Reynolds 531 steel and comes with black Brooks saddle.

Cooper Spa bike

T100 Spa (pictured above)

Distinctive-looking bike finished in a highly-polished shine. Comes with British racing green bar tape and Brooks saddle.

T100 Zandvoort

Equipped with three-speed Sturmey Archer hub and is designed for leisure and commuting.

Cooper will again have a stand at this year’s Cycle Show at Earl’s Court, London, from October 8-11.

External link



Cooper Bikes website

  • geoffreey

    All thanks to ‘realsteel’ as many a company nowadays seem happy to try & fob us off with ‘British’ products which aren’t British at all except in name only, so it’s good to know that basically it’s just another bike made in the far east for which a premium is being charged. I was purposefully looking on Google to try & ascertain just that – how much of Cooper bikes are made in the UK (just the saddle it would appear!). So congrats to ‘realsteel’ for letting us know.

  • realsteel

    Nick Rearden

    Sorry if I touched a nerve but if you volunteering your editing skills we thank you. Yes I have and do buy many bicycles and ride them every day. It is my passion and when I see a spade I call it one. Apologies if this offends you in some way.

  • Nick Rearden

    realsteel

    “Our industry insights” not once but twice. C’mon get over yourself! The least you could do is state your name and who you work for. And some punctuation and self editing wouldn’t hurt.

    Anyway, I don’t know if John Cooper would thank me for lumping him in with another Great British Export, Oscar Wilde who famously said, “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.”

    Cooper’s great claim to fame was in recognising the potential in a car that even its greatest fans wouldn’t claim as the best car ever made.

    The idea and execution was the stroke of genius, where it was manufactured was neither here nor there.

    If Cooper’s successors feel like having some fun with a bit of a funny old bike, who are are we to judge whether it’s ‘affordably priced?’ Are you a buyer? Didn’t think so.

  • realsteel

    Cooper Bikes are produced in Taiwan by Maxway (see the rear drop outs for manufacturer verification). The Sturmey Archer brand name is now owned by Asian manufacturer Sun Race. The Sturmey Archer components are now produced in Asia by Sun Race and its assignees, for example the front hubs are most likely manufactured by Formula of Asia. The Sturmey Archer labeled crank sets most likely are produced by Sun Race or one of its assignees and again of Asian origin. The Reynolds 520 tubing is an entry level, butted cro-moly tubing about the same quality as any other Asian produced butted cro-moly tubing. The Reynolds web site states: “The Reynolds ’520′ range uses the same alloy, made under license for us in Taiwan and subject to the same quality standards.” There are other Maxway produced bicycles with similar (if not better) specifications and leather saddles, including Brooks branded saddles, for around the $850 to $900 price range by such brand names as Raleigh and Torelli in the US which is below the $1175 target retail price for the Cooper T100 series offerings . Our industry insights lead us to speculate that the higher pricing may be due to an additional profit layer in the US distribution channel.

    The Cooper T100 series geometries are longer wheel based, longer top tube geometries configurations so they can not considered purely as track bikes but more as slacker geometry track styled commuter bicycles. The lack of rack and fender braze on fittings limits the use of such accessories to seat post clamped racks and brake bolt mounted mini fenders instead of the full on rack and fender applications preferred by most commuters. That being said it is not a full on track bike or commuter bike but something in between, therefore, it is difficult to define Cooper’s design goals for the T100 offerings. The short stack height of the ahead stem/headset system also diminishes this bikes ability to adjust the handle bar height for a more relaxed commuter setting which further inhibits this bikes comfort and adjustability factors since a complete stem change is necessary for higher handle bar positioning.

    We do not know how much of the Mini Cooper automobile production is done in England but we can say none of the Cooper bicycle T100 series production is done there except for possibly the saddles!

    The T200 Reims/T200 CHAMPIONSHIP 50/T250 Aintree Series are fabricated with Reynolds 531 butted tubing. This is a Manganese/Molybdenum steel alloy that only lends itself to lugged construction executions. 531 tubing was one of the most dominant, original race bicycle tubing choices for high end racing bikes from the 1960′s/1970′s era. It was the advent of Asian bicycle production at the time that made this tubing and fabrication obsolete. The time consuming, complicated and geometry limiting aspects of lugged frame fabrications that this tubing required fell out of favor in the world of mass produced bicycles. Due to the advent in the current bicycle market for retro styling and use of popularly past materials and fabrication techniques 531 lugged frames have found their way back to Asian fabrication facilities. The drawback is that these Asian mass production offerings do not have the same ride quality for which these materials were famous and the liveliness and responsiveness of the frames is often diminished by modern mass production fabrication methods. The Cooper US target retail pricing is again higher when compared to other market counter parts utilizing Reynolds 531 lugged frames and our industry insights lead us to speculate that the higher pricing may be due to an additional profit layer in the US distribution channel. The T200 Reims and T250 Aintree are targeted to be priced at $1750, the T200 Championship 50 is targeted to be priced at $1650. Those prices are for Asian produced bicycles with Asian components regardless of their British nomenclatures with the possible exception of the Brooks saddles and there are many more affordably priced offerings in the US market with similar specifications.

  • James Miller

    @Jon this their second range – so not their first bike!? They also have 5 and 3 speeds in their range not just single speeds. And I quite like the look of it (definitely not pants, and does anyone actually use that word anymore?)

  • bicycles4ever

    This is a great focused urban/commuter line well worth the attention of the USA market. Kudos to Cooper for seeing such a need in the Bicycle Industry and for executing on such a high level!!!

  • Matthew

    @Steffan Davies, I think you _meant_ “front brake”. Always a front brake if only one.

  • Jon

    I don’t get it – it doesn’t have much character – it’s like someone has jumped from designing cars to building a bike by assembling the first set of shiny components they came across and trying to jump on the single speed bandwagon.

    Despite adding a brooks saddle and british racing green for instant provenance it still looks pants to me. Probably intended to be hung on the walls of mini enthusiasts rather than ridden.

  • Paul Stewart

    Those pedals allow for attachment of toe clips – also I imagine a lot of riders would replace the pedals with clipless/step in pedals if riding fixed. I imagine it was photographed with one break to keep the look whilst showing what comes with the bike. I have noticed other manufacturers doing the same thing with their flip flop hub bikes like Felt.

  • Steffan Davies

    If the Spa is being run fixed, it needs foot retention. If freewheel, it needs a back brake. Neither visible in the picture. Not hugely confidence-inspiring.