Racing car firm Cooper launches bike range

By BikeRadar | Thursday, October 1, 2009 2.30pm

Famous British racing car company Cooper is to launch a range of bikes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first Formula One world championship.

The Cooper Car Company won 16 F1 Grands Prix back in the 1950s and '60s, and were also behind the famous Mini Cooper car. But the company – as Cooper Bikes – has now turned its attentions to bikes.

Four single-speed road bikes will be launched at the Earls Court Cycle Show on 8 October.

The flagship T100 models are both named after racing circuits where the Cooper Car Company won races – Monza and Sebring. The Monza comes in dark blue with flat bars, while the Sebring is finished in silver and has bullhorn bars.

The t100 sebring will cost from £595:

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The T100 Sebring will cost from £595

In addition, the Cooper range also includes the T200 Championship 50 and the T200 Reims 5 Speed.  The T200 Championship 50 is a special edition single speed, finished in classic racing green. The T200 Reims, finished in cream, combines style with the practicality of five gears.

Mike Cooper, son of Cooper Car Company co-founder John Cooper, said: “The Cooper Car Company has always had a passion for bicycles and we’ve been thinking about diversifying the business for a while. We wanted to turn our engineering know-how to making bicycles that offer the best possible components for the best possible price.”

All bikes will feature a flip-flop hub, which accepts both fixed cogs and freewheel. The bikes will also feature Brooks Saddles, Sturmey Archer Cranks, Reynolds Tubing and Tektro Brakes.

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