I have been riding a Cooper Cx for 3 years now. Only on gravel and light trail riding. Offroading I am MTBer (also lynskey, the pro26). The Cooper is extremely tough and solid but I would not call it responsive nor fast. Good reason it is popular for tourists and gravel/winter riding. Mine seems heavy too. I think if I were to get back into racing I would get a carbon cross bike, or a lighter/tighter ti bike. and much lighter wheels than came with this bike
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