Brilliant Cooper

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Brilliant Cooper. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

10 reasons to buy

  • The Cooper’s belt-driven drivetrain is clean and oil-free.
  • Being belt-driven, the Cooper is quiet and smooth.
  • The Cooper’s Gates carbon belt and cranks are of respectable quality.
  • Praise is heaped upon Shimano’s Nexus 3-speed internally-geared hub.
  • The Cooper is priced low, without being a ‘cheap’ bike.
  • Testers described the Cooper as “extremely comfortable”.
  • Reviewers remarked on the light weight of the Cooper.
  • An expert reviewer rates the quality of the Cooper’s V-brakes highly.
  • Experts and owners say the Cooper is easy to assemble.
  • Touch-up paint comes packed-in with the Cooper.

4 reasons not to buy

  • On hilly terrain, the Cooper’s three gears may be less than required.
  • One tester noted persistent clicking from the Cooper’s internally-geared hub.
  • One Cooper owner, who may have large feet, experienced toe-overlap.
  • Some buyers received their Cooper with untrue wheels.

Bottom line

The Brilliant Cooper offers buyers an affordable option for a belt-drive bike. With a Gates-branded crankset and belt mated to a Shimano Nexus 3-speed internally-geared hub, the Cooper will require sparse attention to maintenance. Without the need for lubrication, the Cooper is ideally suited to commuting, unless you live in a particularly hilly area. In this case, three speeds may not be enough, depending on the size and vigor of your calves. To keep the price low, the Cooper’s frame is made of 1020 hi-tensile steel. Regardless of this, testers found it comfortable and lightweight.

Expert Reviews

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Kevin Allmond

The Cooper by Brilliant Bicycle Company

The transfer of power going through that Gates carbon belt drivetrain is impressive and noticeable immediately… super comfortable and fun to ride.

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KevCentral

Brilliant Cooper with Gates Carbon Belt Drive & Shimano Nexus 3-Speed

Maneuverable, quiet, smooth, stylish and now affordable… with the belt drive. I think Brilliant has a winner on its hands.

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Doctor Khalil

Brilliant Cooper Belt Drive Bicycle Review

It’s an extremely comfortable bike and very light and it moves very very fast… If you’re thinking about getting one, don’t think about it. It’s a great bike, great purchase.

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User Ratings

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