Co-op CTY 1.1, 1.2, and 2.1 Bikes Compared: Which One to Choose?

REI logo with multiple Co-op Bicycles CTY hybrid bikes.

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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 1.1CTY 1.2CTY 2.1
ForkAluminumAluminumSuspension fork
63mm travel
Available sizesS-XLXS-XLXS-XL
WheelsHuafengWeinmannCo-op Cycles
Wheel size700c700c700c
TiresKenda K-1024,
700c x 40 mm
Kenda Kwick Trax
700 x 35mm
Kenda Kick-Back
700c x 40mm
DrivetrainShimano Altus/Acera/Alivio
Shimano Altus/Acera/Alivio
Shimano Altus
PedalsWellgo alloy platformWellgo alloy platformPlatform
SaddleBontrager BoulevardSelle Royal Shadow Plus with gelSelle Royal Shadow Plus with gel
BrakesTektro M300
mechanical disc
Shimano M315
hydraulic disc
Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc
Weight12.61 kg
27.8 lbs
12.16 kg
26.8 lbs
~14 kg
~31 lbs
More infon/aCTY 1.2 Reviewn/a
BuyBuy CTY 1.1
Buy CTY 1.1 step-through
Buy CTY 1.2Buy CTY 2.1
Buy CTY 2.1 step-through
This table compares the features of Co-op CTY 1.1 vs. 1.2 vs. 2.1.
Specifications source:, updated 01/05/2023

CTY Pros & Cons Summary

I summarized the pros & cons of the CTY series below.

CTY Pros

  • Relaxed geometry for a comfortable ride
  • Suitable for a wide range of terrains
  • Affordability
  • Availability in multiple sizes
  • Pedals included
  • Compatible with racks, kickstands, etc.
  • Disc brakes
  • Wide gear range
  • REI Membership perks and benefits

CTY Cons

  • Aluminum frames only
  • External cable routing
  • 3X drivetrains that are too complicated
  • No tubeless-ready wheels or tires

Also available as a step-through

Also available as a step-through

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.

Co-op CTY 1.1 geometry.
Co-op CTY 1.1 geometry | Source:

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.

Co-op CTY front tire detail.
Co-op CTY front tire detail | Source:

Remember that CTY bikes don’t have tubeless-ready wheels and come with clinchers.

Also available as a step-through

Also available as a step-through


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.

Co-op CTY 3X drivetrain detail.
Co-op CTY 3X drivetrain | Source:

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.

Co-op CTY ergonomic grips.
CTY ergonomic grips | Source:

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.

Co-op CTY 2.1 front suspension.
Co-op CTY 2.1 front suspension | Source:

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.


My Verdict

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.

Also available as a step-through

Also available as a step-through

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