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In this article, I’ll help you navigate REI’s Co-op CTY hybrid bike family by comparing CTY 1.1, CTY 1.2, and CTY 2.1.
You’ll learn about the differences between each model, who they are best suited for, and more.
Plus, I’ll tell you which model gives you the best value for your money to help make your decision easier.
Co-op CTY 1.1 vs. 1.2 vs. 2.1
The following table summarizes the main differences between all Co-op CTY bikes.
|CTY 1.1||CTY 1.2||CTY 2.1|
|Tires||Kenda K-1024, |
700c x 40 mm
|Kenda Kwick Trax |
700 x 35mm
700c x 40mm
|Pedals||Wellgo alloy platform||Wellgo alloy platform||Platform|
|Saddle||Bontrager Boulevard||Selle Royal Shadow Plus with gel||Selle Royal Shadow Plus with gel|
|Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc|
|Weight||12.61 kg |
|12.16 kg |
|More info||n/a||CTY 1.2 Review||n/a|
|Buy||Buy CTY 1.1|
Buy CTY 1.1 step-through
|Buy CTY 1.2||Buy CTY 2.1
Buy CTY 2.1 step-through
Specifications source: rei.com, updated 01/05/2023
CTY Pros & Cons Summary
I summarized the pros & cons of the CTY series below.
- Relaxed geometry for a comfortable ride
- Suitable for a wide range of terrains
- Availability in multiple sizes
- Pedals included
- Compatible with racks, kickstands, etc.
- Disc brakes
- Wide gear range
- REI Membership perks and benefits
- Aluminum frames only
- External cable routing
- 3X drivetrains that are too complicated
- No tubeless-ready wheels or tires
CTY Main Features
Let me explain the most important features of the Co-op CTY and compare the individual models.
Frame and Geometry
All CTY bikes are available in (X)S-XL sizes and have an aluminum frame and fork.
Their geometry varies slightly, but it’s mostly relaxed, with a relatively short reach and tall stack, enabling you to sit in an upright riding position.
This position is more beginner-friendly and won’t strain your lower back or neck as much.
It’s worth noting that some CTY bikes are also available in a step-through version suitable for women.
Wheels and Tires
CTY bikes have the same wheel size as most hybrid bikes – 700c. The tire width ranges from 35 to 40mm.
The tires are standard hybrid/trekking tires found on other bikes. This means they’re relatively smooth and fast on paved roads but can handle light gravel or dirt roads as well. They’re not suitable for challenging terrain.
Remember that CTY bikes don’t have tubeless-ready wheels and come with clinchers.
The CTY family offers a wider range of gears due to 2X and 3X drivetrains.
However, I prefer 2X or 1X drivetrains since 3X drivetrains are too complicated for maintenance and shifting.
They also pose a lower risk of cross-chaining, where you have the lightest gear in the front and the heaviest gear in the back (or vice versa).
I recommend not basing your decision solely on the maximum number of gears. For most people, 16 gears are sufficient.
The CTY series use mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes depending on the bike’s price.
Disc brakes are more effective than rim brakes, especially in the rain, as they do not lose their braking power.
The differences between mechanical and hydraulic disc brakes are that hydraulic disc brakes don’t require as much force on the brake lever and provide better braking power dosing.
On the other hand, they are slightly more expensive.
It’s a shame Co-op Bicycles don’t follow the trends by integrating the cables and improving the bike’s overall appearance.
CTY frames have mounts for kickstands, fenders, and racks, making it easy to install these accessories. They also have ergonomic grips for a more comfortable ride.
The CTY 2.1 comes with a front suspension, but I suggest avoiding this model because it’s heavy, and the suspension is unnecessary for most people. Consider purchasing a mountain bike like the Co-op DRT if you require a front suspension.
Lastly, REI offers many perks, such as one year of free adjustments in REI stores and free flat tire repairs, and 20% off shop services if you are Co-op Member. This pays off, considering the lifetime membership price of 30 USD.
Co-op CTY FAQ
So, which Co-op CTY bike is the best?
I believe Co-op CTY 1.1 and 1.2 offer the best value for their quality and price – particularly if you can purchase them on sale. They feature a quality frame and components, making them reliable. You can easily mount additional accessories like fenders, kickstands, or bags for longer rides and experience new adventures whether you’re riding solo, with friends, or with family.