Co-op Cycles Bikes Guide (CTY vs. ADV vs. DRT): Which One to Choose?

REI Co-op Cycles bikes guide: CTY vs. ADV vs. DRT bikes compared.

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The Co-op Cycles lineup consists of CTY, DRT, and ADV. These bikes are suitable mainly for beginners and intermediate riders because they are affordable while providing excellent value for their price.

Below, I will explain their differences and advise you on which one to buy to make your decision easier. The short answer is as follows:

  • CTY are hybrid bikes with relaxed geometry and flat handlebars. They are versatile and suitable for commuting or maintaining fitness.
  • ADV are gravel bikes with drop handlebars ideal for bikepackers and those who want a fast bike for paved roads but with the possibility to go off-road.
  • DRT are mountain bikes ideal for those who want to experience fun off-road without limiting themselves too much, thanks to the suspension.

Continue reading for more details, the differences between individual models, and much more.

CTY vs. DRT vs. ADV

Here’s a closer look at these 3 bike families, their ideal use, and price range.

FamilyTypeIdeal forPrice RangeBrowse
CTYHybrid bikesCommuting, maintaining fitness$649 to $999Browse CTY
ADVGravel bikesOn and off-road riding, bikepacking, commuting$1,299 to $2,499Browse ADV
DRTMountain bikesOff-road riding$599 to $3,299Browse DRT
Co-op Bicycles bike families with information about their type, ideal use, and price range.

Co-op CTY

The CTY (short for CiTY) bikes are designed for urban commuting and recreational riding on pavement and even light gravel or dirt roads.

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

They are perfect for those who need a reliable and comfortable bike for getting around town without the weight and slowness of other bikes.

The CTY bikes feature aluminum frames, suspension forks, and flat handlebars, making them agile and easy to maneuver in tight spaces.

The bikes also come with a wide gear range, so you can choose the right one for the terrain you’re riding on.

CTY bikes are great for riders who want a smooth, comfortable ride, but they may not be ideal for those who want to tackle rougher terrain or go on long-distance rides.

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

Co-op ADV

The ADV (short for ADVenture) bikes are designed for those who want to go on longer rides and mix paved and unpaved roads.

Co-op ADV 2.1 gravel bike geometry.
Co-op ADV | Source:

They feature wider tires with more aggressive tread patterns than the CTY bikes, making them better suited for off-road terrain.

They also come with disc brakes for better stopping power and different gearing, usually with 2X drivetrains.

ADV bikes are great for riders who want to ride almost as fast as road bikes and explore beyond paved roads.

ADV 1.1ADV 2.1ADV 2.2ADV 2.3ADV 3.1
WheelsWTB STP i23WTB ST i19 TCS 2.0
WTB ST i19 TCS 2.0
WTB ST Lighti23 TCS 2.0
Wheel size700c700c700c700c650b
TiresSchwalbe Marathon,
700c x 38 mm
Kenda Flintridge
700c x 35mm
WTB Nano Comp
700c x 40mm
WTB Nano
700c x 40mm
WTB Ranger
650b x 50mm
DrivetrainShimano Deore
Shimano Claris
Shimano GRX/Tiagra
Shimano GRX
Shimano Deore
Pedalsnot includednot includednot includednot includednot included
SaddleWTB Pure V SportWTB Silverado CompWTB Silverado CompWTB Silverado CompWTB Speed
hydraulic disc
Promax DSK-718R
mechanical disc
Tektro MD-C550
mechanical disc
Shimano GRX ST-RX810
hydraulic disc
TRP Hylex
hydraulic disc
Weight13.61 kg
30 lbs
10.66 kg
23.5 lbs
10.61 kg
23.4 lbs
More infon/aADV 2.1 reviewADV 2.3 reviewADV 2.3 reviewn/a
BuyBuy ADV 1.1Buy ADV 2.1Buy ADV 2.2Buy ADV 2.3Buy ADV 3.1
This table compares the features of Co-op ADV 1.1 vs. 2.1 vs. 2.2 vs. 2.3 vs. 3.1.
Specifications source:, updated 01/05/2023

Co-op DRT

The DRT (short for DiRT) bikes are designed for riders who want to tackle more extreme off-road terrain, such as rocky trails and forest roads.

Co-op DRT 1.2 mountain bike has a trail geometry.
Co-op DRT 1.2 | Source:

The DRT bikes feature front suspension, wide tires, and disc brakes for maximum control and performance on the trail.

They also have easier gears, making climbing hills and tackling steep gradients easier.

DRT bikes are great for those who want to ride off-road, but they may not be ideal for those who only plan to ride on paved roads.

DRT 1.0DRT 1.1DRT 1.2DRT 1.3DRT 2.1DRT 3.1DRT 3.3DRT 4.1
ForkSR Suntour
100mm travel
SR Suntour
100mm travel
SR Suntour XCM32 Boost 15 mm
120mm travel
RockShox Judy Silver TK Solo Air
120mm travel
Suntour SR AIR-Boost
120-140mm travel
RockShox Recon Silver RL Solo Air
140mm travel
RockShox Revelation Motion Control RC
120-130mm travel
Rigid aluminum
Rear suspensionn/an/an/an/an/aRockShox Deluxe Select RRockShox Deluxe Select+n/a
WheelsCo-op Cycles 26, 32 HCo-op Cycles 27.5, 32 HCo-op double-wall aluminum,
Co-op double-wall aluminum,
WTB ST i35 TCS 2.0
Co-op double-wall aluminum
WTB ST Light i30 TCS 2.0
26″ aluminum
Wheel size26″27.5″27.5″ or 29″27.5″ or 29″27.5″+27.5″ or 29″27.5″ or 29″26″
TiresKenda Kadre
26 x 2.1 in
Kenda Kadre
27.5 x 2.1 in
Maxxis Rekon Dual Compound 60 TPI
27.5 (29) x 2.4 in
Maxxis Rekon Dual Compound 60 TPI
27.5 (29) x 2.4 in
WTB Ranger Comp
27.5 x 2.8 in
Maxxis Recon 60 TPI tubeless-ready 27.5 (29) x 2.4 inMaxxis High Roller
27.5 x 2.4 in
Maxxis Dissector
29 x 2.4 in
26 x 4.8 in
DrivetrainShimano Tourney
Shimano Tourney
Shimano Deore
Shimano SLX
PedalsCo-op CyclesCo-op Cyclesnot includednot includedWellgo aluminum platformnot includednot includednot included
SaddleWTB Volt SportWTB Volt SportCo-op Steel RailCo-op Steel RailWTB Volt SportCo-op Steel RailGiantWTB Pure Sport
hydraulic disc
hydraulic disc
Shimano MT200
hydraulic disc
Shimano MT200
hydraulic disc
Tektro Auriga
hydraulic disc
Shimano MT200
hydraulic disc
Shimano SLX
hydraulic disc
Shimano Acera MT-400
hydraulic disc
Weight14 kg
31 lbs
14.11 kg
31.1 lbs
n/an/a15.33 kg
33.79 lbs
n/a14.29 kg
31.5 lbs
17.69 kg
39 lbs
More infon/aDRT 1.1 reviewDRT 1.2 reviewn/aDRT 2.1 reviewn/an/an/a
BuyBuy DRT 1.0Buy DRT 1.1Buy DRT 1.2Buy DRT 1.3Buy DRT 2.1Buy DRT 3.1Buy DRT 3.3Buy DRT 4.1
This table compares the features of Co-op DRT 1.0 vs. 1.1 vs. 1.2 vs. 2.1 vs. 3.3 vs. 4.1.
Specifications source:, updated 02/08/2023

Co-op Road Bikes FAQ


Whether you’re a commuter looking for a comfortable and agile city bike, an adventurer wanting to explore off-road trails, or a thrill-seeker looking to tackle extreme terrain, Co-op Cycles has a bike for you.

Co-op Cycles bikes are affordable, making them an ideal choice for beginners and intermediate riders.

Choose the bike type (CTY, ADV, or DRT), depending on your riding style and the terrain you want to ride in the most often.

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