Cooper Bikes is the bicycle division of the Cooper Car Company, the company behind the original Mini Cooper and F1 champions in 1959 and 1960. Cooper is a brand forged in the furnace of disruption. A brand inspired by an individual that refused to accept the accepted wisdom and chose to do things his own way. A brand that became a byword for revolution and innovation. A brand that genuinely changed performance engineering forever. A brand that changed the status quo by putting excellence within reach of the masses. A brand whose achievements made it legend.
John Cooper was the most radical automotive engineer in racing history. Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, he was the first man to build a rear-engined racing car, and the first to win a Formula1 race with one. The man who saw the Mini for what it is was, a brilliant handling car that could win races – leading to him to create the Mini Cooper.
It is this legacy of innovation and technology that defines what Cooper is today. Cooper technology and performance is focused not on motorcars but on bicycles and e-bikes. The concept is similar, use the best, forward thinking technology and make it available to improve the experience for the user.
Cooper’s vision is to use latest technologies, including electrification to create the ultimate mode of urban transportation. Capability to generate speed as well as load carrying capacity, easy hill climbing, range and all terrain comfort.
In 2009, Mike and Charlie Cooper, John’s son and grandson, exasperated by the state of the once great British Cycle industry, revisited this Cooper ‘sideline’. Together they designed a range of modern bikes that utilised the engineering, design and innovation that made the brand famous.
From the start they married modern bike technology to the traditional design principles practiced and much loved by the engineers at Cooper. Cooper Bikes launched in October 2009 with two ‘T100’ models bikes that combined the elegant beauty of simple design in partnership with the latest bike technology. The range gained critical acclaim and Cooper Bikes have carried the Cooper legacy of innovation and design beauty ever since.