COOPER MONACO

£ 1,595

Urban Cyclist - - On Test -

The Monaco runs fat­ter tyres and slacker an­gles to han­dle bad roads. It isn’t a bike for slalom­ing 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.

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