Cooper Kyalami 2012 review

Fast flat-bar bike

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £750.00 RRP
Cooper Kyalami 2012

Our review

A stylish and speedy city bike for the discerning rider, with a kickback gear to get used to
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From the tastefully positioned Cooper badge to the flat, racy bar and minimalist Brooks leather saddle, the Kyalami oozes style – but that’s to be expected from the legendary Formula 1 car builders and automotive designers, as they continue their foray into the cycling world.

  • Highs: Class, pedigree and purpose 
  • Lows: Kickback hub takes getting used to
  • Buy if: You want a fun urban runaround

Part of an expanding stable of beautifully designed steeds with a legendary racing heritage, at its core is a cleanly TIG-welded chromoly frame and fork. 

The main tubes are double-butted Reynolds 520, with elegant forged track dropouts featuring wheel positioning adjustment screws. These come in handy when making chain tension adjustments on the 2-speed ‘kickback’ Sturmey-Archer equipped wheel – a quick backpedal motion switches between the low and high gears, but requires a bit of practice to master.

Once up to speed, the Kyalami is happy carving corners, flying over potholes and drag racing double-deckers. The ride quality is smooth and luxurious, but firm. 

Having adapted our bodies to the sporty, forward-leaning but ergonomically correct cockpit, the Cooper proved the ideal partner for Tarmac trophy hunting. It’s a seriously sorted urban bullet perfectly suited for people with a strong sense of style and purpose.


This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications


Name Kyalami 2012 (12)
Brand Cooper Bikes

Brakes Tektro R525
Cranks Sturmey
Fork TIG-welded chromoly
Frame Material Reynolds 520 chromoly
Front Hub Formula sealed cartridge
Grips/Tape Brooks leather
Rear Hub Sturmey-Archer 2-speed kickback
Rims Alex 425
Saddle Brooks B15 Swallow
Weight (kg) 10.48