COOPER MONACO £ 1,595

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Theto han­dle Monaco bad runs roads. fat­terIt isn’t tyresa bike and for slacker slalom­ing an­gles through traf­fic but its sta­bil­ity is rock solid. The brakes are good but the driv­e­train lets it down. The An­del chain­set runs on a heavy, square ta­per BB and Shi­mano’s Alfine 11 hub shifts up sweetly but back down ter­ri­bly. It’s also re­spon­si­ble for much of the 13.2kg heft which hin­ders on hills. The 8-speed Alfine is so much bet­ter. Frame Reynolds 520 steel / Fork Steel / Wheels Alex XD-Lite rims on Shi­mano hubs / Trans­mis­sion Shi­mano Alfine 11 hub, VRS Versa levers / Brakes Avid BB7-Road www.cooper­bikes.com

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