The Cooper CX was designed for the rider looking for a multi-use frame that can handle cyclocross racing and pull double duty as a solid commuter. Introduced as a disc specific model in 2011, this is the perfect do it all winter bike. The 3AL/2.5V titanium tubeset has a large diameter bi-axially ovalized downtube and top tube cable routing to keep mud out of the drivetrain. The rear end retains rack and fender mounts and S-bend seat and chainstays that give clearance for 700x38c tires. With six sizes to choose from, there is a Cooper CX for nearly everyone.
For the long gravel grinders, the daily commute or the weekend cross series, the Cooper CX will soon be the weapon of choice that you keep going to more times than not. Built with adventure in mind, let the Cooper CX take you some place off the beaten path and back again.
Strengths: Comfortable ride, excellent build quality and beautiful
I bought a Cooper CMT, which is essentially a commuter build of the CX, with an Ultegra groupset and disk brakes. I ride it around NY City but will also take it into the mountains on dirt roads and more forgiving trails. I wanted a comfortable ride, good on bumpy roads for commuting but also nice for weekend rides in the mountains. I also wanted something light since I'm carrying it in and out of a storage room and on the subway with my kids and their bikes. I absolutely love it so far--noticeably more comfortable than my prior aluminum frame on uneven pavement and really responsive. For riding in the city I like that the look is more low-key, but still beautiful.
Before buying I had a few questions and Michael Ledford and others at Lynskey were very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. I ordered the bike from Lynskey and it shipped next day, and arrived a few days after that. The bike was very nicely packed and riding beautifully the following day without any meaningful adjustments.
Favorite Ride: VT or Manhattan/Queens/Triboro Bridge
Purchased At: Lynskey
Similar Products Used: Diamondback
Bike Setup: Ultegra groupset
Mechanical disk brakes
Date Reviewed: May 24, 2015
Strengths: All-around tank. Small roots, wrist-size roots, ruts, snow, muds, gravel, sand, blacktop, it goes anywhere you point the handlebar.
As long as you keep the rubbers down on the ground, it's indestructable.
I have mine for 3 years now. 2 Almanzos, 2 Barry-Roubaix, 2 Gravel Grovels, 1 Horribly Hilly Hundred, 1 Gravel Metric, occasional Palos trails, even a couple Ragbrai's, and tens of loong and short, easy and brutal rides and the bike still looks handsome.
Easy to clean. dish soap and water, dry with cloth, and a light coat of WD40, fresh again.
Date Reviewed: April 22, 2015
Strengths: Quality of build
Ordered the bike online from Lynskey so not really expecting a super fast delivery time from reading all the previous reviews but the bike was shipped in four weeks and I recieved it in five weeks. Not bad considering I am in Australia. Only been riding the bike for about a month so cannot really comment on the durability yet (but then who can). Well built. Everything just works. SRAM groupset integrated well. Nice smooth ride (28cc tires). Only problem is I want another as my commuting bike.
Similar Products Used: Giant defy
Eastway RD 1.0
Bike Setup: Pro cross fork
Grail comp wheel set
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: December 7, 2014
Strengths: I recieved my 2014 Cooper CX in early November. I love this bike. It has a smooth ride, the componentry is of good quality and appears to be pretty bomb proof so far. In short I really like the bike and have been riding the crap out of it since it showed up at my door. I also have nothing but good things to say about the the folks at Lynskey, They've made sure the sizing was correct and pointed me in the right direction as far putting me on the Cooper CX. When the Bike was delivered it was well put together and the packaging was excellent, putting the bike the rest of the way together was also a snap. I like the bike and the experience with the folks at Lynskey enough to buy a 2015 Comutesky for my wife and I think that says a lot about the product and the folks that sell it.
Weaknesses: It looks like I have the same gripe that everyone else does and that is on the estimation of delivery and shipping date. I like everyone else wants to know approximately when the bike is going to show up.
The bike is awesome, the folks at Lynskey are knowledgeable and personable. Yes they are awesome too. Yeah, I had to wait for my bike, but it was worth the wait. Only glitch is that I wasn't told I had to wait for the bike.
Strengths: The comfort and response to power is excellent
Weaknesses: no weakness with this frame at all
My first Ti bike, after having maybe 15 steel and Al bikes. Bought it mainly to be a winter bike, gravel trails bike and singletracker. I have had it 2 years now.
Tried the bike on our trails here, but of course they are too technical for a Cx bike, so she remains as my main road bike now. It would be a good singletracker in other parts of the continent, however.
I built her to be tough, not light. Steel fork, 37mm heavy Touring Plus tires, big fenders, Moots rack, Turbomatic ti saddle. Lights. Adds up to a hefty 32 lbs now, lol! But that does not impact the bike's speed on level ground, and comfort is great everywhere. Just good thing I also have an S-works Tarmac for nice dry summer days. Did not like the 20sp Doubletap Rival group on it so I installed my 12 year old 105 triple group (Rival went on my Tarmac). Disappointed with the BB7, esp the rear, so I put on a TRP HyRd on the rear, which is a great brake but also heavy.
This bike also inspired me to buy a Pro26 frame from Lynskey (at steal price of 1k). Also comfy and fast. Comes in lighter than my Cooper, LOL.
I can see this bike in a lot of roles. Build it light and use for Cx racing. Put thin roadie wheels are it becomes a club road ride bike, if not perhaps a road racer (maybe not a criterium). Build heavy like mine and ride rough roads. Load with racks and bags and flags and tour the world.