March 11, 2021 12:53 pm

Mallory Hoot
Woman on a mountain bike smiling.

REI carries a collection of house-brand bikes that suit many different riders over a wide range of bike disciplines.

All Co-Op Cycles are unisex with multiple builds built with an option for a step-through frame to accommodate riders with a shorter inseam, or that may have trouble stepping over the top tube.

The three categories of Co-Op cycles have been broken down into the following.

 The Co-op DRT (Dirt) class are hardtail mountain bikes intended for general mountain bike trail riding.  The offerings range from beginner to a hardtail with excellent components that even some of the most advanced riders could have fun on.

The Co-op CTY (City) class are commuter bikes primarily intended for paved roads and bike paths, but some could also handle light dirt paths or simple trail riding. 

The Co-op ADV (Adventure) class are "gravel" style road bikes that would be well suited for road and dirt trail riding, and a drop-bar touring bike for the serious adventure.  

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed For One Year From Purchase

Check Often For Latest Deals Which Sellout Fast

These bikes are equipped with some of the highest-level components of any of the Co-Op Cycles.

Co-Op Cycles are included in REI's “100% satisfaction guarantee”. “If you're not satisfied with your REI purchase, you can return it for a replacement or refund within one year of purchase.”

Co-op Cycles REI DRT 1.1 vs REI DRT 1.2

The DRT 1.1 and 1.2 are a good choice for general mountain bike trail riding. 

DRT 1.1 - (button to 1.1 'Check Best Price') 

DRT 1.2 - (button to 1.2 'Check Best Price) 

REI DRT 1.1 & 1.2 Bike Options

Both REI DRT bikes in this line are offered in XS-XL. 

The DRT 1.2 wheel size changes depending on frame size (27.5 for Small-Medium and 29 for Large and Extra Large). 

REI Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1 vs DRT 1.2 - Best For

Take on beginner level trails with ease. The 1.1 and 1.2 DRT Coop Cycles are great for short off-road adventures.

These bikes are well suited for someone that wants to get into mountain biking on a budget with a brand that they can trust. 

How Do I Choose Between REI DRT 1.1 vs REI DRT 1.2?

 

With the DRT 1.2, you will start to notice more of the current high-end trends.  More suitable mountain bike tires, extra front fork travel, internal cable routing, chainstay protectors, and a wider range 2x9 drivetrain set this bike apart from its more entry-level sibling.

Of course, for those upgrades and comforts, you will pay almost twice as much for the REI DRT 1.2 than you will for the Co-op cycles REI DRT 1.1.

DRT 1.1 - (button to 1.1 'Check Best Price') 

DRT 1.2 - (button to 1.2 'Check Best Price) 

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed For One Year From Purchase

Check Often For Latest Deals Which Sellout Fast

DRT 1.1 & 1.2 Specific Components

  • Sensible entry-level parts from well-known and trusted brands.
  • 100-120mm front fork travel.
  • 27.5 Tubeless-ready tires so you can spend more time riding and less time fixing flats. (DRT 1.2 only)
  • Entry-level hydraulic disc brakes will have new riders stopping with confidence.
  • Shimano 3x7 and 2x9 drivetrains offer plenty of gears to tackle long climbs.

Alternative Bike Recommendations

Many bike manufactures offer entry-level mountain bikes comparable to the DRT 1.X series.  Just like any Co-Op bike, it can be returned within the first year if you’re unhappy with anything.

You'll be hard-pressed to find any other bike manufacturer willing to do that.

The following are alternative bike options that you may find better to your liking. 

DRT 1.1

Cannondale – Trail 7 ($560.00)

Marin - Bolinas Ridge 2 ($529.00)

Trek – Marlin 5 ($569.99)

Specialized – Pitch 27.5 ($520)

DRT 1.2

Cannondale – Trail 6 ($825.00)

Marin – San Quentin 1 ($899.00)

Trek – Marlin 6 ($669.99)

Specialized – Rockhopper Sport 27.5 ($700.00)

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed For One Year From Purchase

Check Often For Latest Deals Which Sellout Fast

Woman on a mountain bike smiling.

Co-op Cycles DRT 2.2

DRT 2.2 - $1,799.00

Components

The components equipped on this bike are the right combination of affordability and reliability, giving you everything you need for the most fun on the trails.

140mm (120mm XS, S) travel RockShox Recon front fork is suitable for hard-charging any terrain.

SRAM's NX, wide-range, 1x12 drivetrain provides reliability and serviceability suiting even the most advanced mountain bikers.

X Fusion Manic 125mm dropper post for added fun on the descents.

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.

27.5 tubeless-ready, wide-tread, WTB tires for added traction and reliability on the trail

Uses

Trail riding, mountain biking

Options

Offered in Extra-Small through Extra-Large.

Best for

A hardtail trail bike for every rider. With a 140mm fork, 1x11 drivetrain, a dropper post, internal cable routing, and tubeless-ready wheels and tires this bike is suitable out of the box for the seasoned rider or the beginner looking to go all in.   

Why choose one over the other

The DRT 2.2 features the latest in modern mountain technology.  This build is more suitable for someone who plans on riding longer and harder regularly. 

Comparable bikes

Sensibly priced components and geometry on par with the industry's latest trends in modern mountain biking make this bike a serious competitor in its class.

All REI bikes can be returned within a year if there's anything about your purchase you don’t like. 

Cannondale – Trail 2 ($1,600.00)

Marin – San Quentin 2 ($1,359.00)

Trek – Rosco 8 ($1,789.99)

Specialized – Fuse 27.5 ($1,500)

Canyon – Exceed CF 7 ($1,999.00)

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed For One Year From Purchase

Check Often For Latest Deals Which Sellout Fast

 Co-op Cycles ADV 1.1

ADV 1.1 - $1,399.00

Components

Brand name parts made specifically for the job at hand.

Double-butted Chromoly steel frame provides strength and stability under heavy loads.

Chromoly steel fork with 15mm thru-axle will provide added comfort and increased stability especially while carrying weight over the front wheel.

Front and rear rack included

Touring specific puncture-resistant tires

High-quality Tektro HY/RD hydraulic disc brakes provide performance stopping power when weighted with cargo.

30 Speed Shimano Deore drivetrain with ultra-low climbing gear will make easy work of tough climbs under heavy load.

Uses

 Urban commuting/Touring

Options

Offered in Small through Double Extra-Large

Best for

This bike is perfect for the serious commuter or someone looking to do long-distance touring.  Higher-end components and features make this more suitable for the more advanced cyclist that already knows what they want. 

Why choose one over the other

This bike is the workhorse of Co-Op Cycles. If you're looking for the bike with the best components, that's ready for adventure right out of the box, this one is for you.

These bikes would be a good alternative to

Many bike manufactures offer bikes comparable to the ADV 1.1 series.  Just like any Co-Op bike, it can be returned within the first year if you’re unhappy with anything. It will be hard to find another bike manufacturer willing to do that.

Cannondale does not make a bike in this class

Marin - ($1,099.00)

Trek – 520 ($1,679.99)

Salsa – Marrakesh Sora – ($1,799.00)

Co-op Cycles ADV 2.X

Price

ADV 2.2 - $1,499.00

ADV 2.3 - $2,199.00

Components

Higher-end brand name parts made specifically for the job at hand.

Carbon Fork with 1-1/8 to 1-1/2 tapered steerer tube for increased stability and ease vibrations when riding rougher surfaces

Fast-rolling and hard cornering gravel-specific tires

Quality disc brakes provide performance stopping power when ripping down the trails.

Gravel specific Shimano GRX drivetrains make sure you spend more time riding and less time fixing your chain.

Borrowed from mountain biking the ADV 2.3 sports a dropper post to move the saddle out of the way when the downhill gets fast and technical.

Uses

Road/Gravel/Dirt/Cyclocross

Options

Offered in Extra-Small through Extra-Large.

Best for

ADV 2.2 and 2.3 are for the rider that wants to ride to the trailhead from their front door. Long days crushing climbs and smashing descents on and off-road. Both of these bikes were made to have fun out on the trails with the ability to ride pavement like a road bike.

Woman on a mountain bike smiling.

Why choose one over the other

The ADV 2.3 while being similar in geometry and use, has considerably higher-end gravel-specific components.

The 1x11 drivetrain offers the latest in wide range technology that has become the industry standard for mountain and adventure bikes.  Major advantages will be serviceability (fewer parts to break), and reliability while out on the trail.

These bikes would be a good alternative to

Many bike manufactures offer bikes comparable to the ADV 2.2 and 2.3.  Just like any Co-Op bike, it can be returned within the first year if you’re unhappy with anything. It will be hard to find another bike manufacturer willing to do that.

ADV 2.2

Cannondale – CAADX 1($1,850.00)

Marin – Gestalt 2 ($1,359.00)

Trek – ($.00) NA

Canyon – ($.00) NA

ADV 2.3

 

Cannondale – Super X GRX [D1] ($3,150.00)

Marin – Gestalt X11 ($2,199.00)

Trek – Crockett 5 Disc ($2,399.99)

Canyon – Inflite CF SL 7.0 ($2,299.00)

 [D1]Only available in carbon hence the extra $1k

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed For One Year From Purchase

Check Often For Latest Deals Which Sellout Fast

 Co-op Cycles CTY 1.X

Price

CTY 1.1* - $549.00

CTY 1.2 - $899.00

*the available step-through frame is priced the same

Components

Sensible entry-level parts from well-known and trusted brands.

Puncture-resistant tires helping to avoid flats from unwanted encounters with road hazards.

Powerful disc brakes will be an advantage when stopping a bike with commuter cargo.

Shimano 3x7 and 2x9 drivetrains offer plenty of gears to tackle long climbs.

Rack and fender compatibility

Uses

Urban cycling/commuting/fitness

Options

CTY 1.1 Offered in Extra-Small through Extra-Large.

Step-through frames are available in sizes Extra Small through Medium to accommodate riders with a shorter inseam or who may have trouble stepping over a high top-tube.  These bikes are otherwise spec'd identically

CTY 1.2 Offered in Extra-Small through Extra-Large

Best for

Beginner and experienced riders alike will appreciate the simplicity and affordability of the CTY 1.X.  If you're looking for an affordable commuter that doesn't require a lot of expensive maintenance, this is a good bike for you.     

Why choose one over the other

The Mechanical disc brakes on the CTY 1.1 offer a more budget-friendly option to obtain the stopping power of hydraulic disc with (superior) reliability and serviceability.

A sportier version of the 1.1, the 1.2 offers beefier hydraulic brakes for added stopping power, an aluminum fork with a through-axle for added comfort and stability, and a wider range of gears.

These bikes would be a good alternative to

Many bike manufactures offer bikes comparable to the CTY 1.X series.  Just like any Co-Op bike, it can be returned within the first year if you’re unhappy with anything. It will be hard to find another bike manufacturer willing to do that.

CTY 1.1

Cannondale – Quick 5 ($550.00)

Marin – Fairfax 1 (Linda 1 for step-through) ($449.00)

Trek – ($469.99)

CTY 1.2

Cannondale – Quick 4 ($875.00)

Marin – Fairfax 2 (Linda 2 for step-through) ($599.00)

Trek – FX 3 Disc ($849.99)

Woman on a mountain bike smiling.

Co-op Cycles CTY 2.X

Price

CTY 2.1*- $749.00

CTY 2.2 - $1,099.00

*the available step-through frame is priced the same

Components

Sensible entry to mid-level parts from well-known and trusted brands.

Suntour 63mm front fork travel

Kenda gravel/road hybrid tires, great for all types of terrain.

Powerful hydraulic disc brakes will be an advantage when stopping a bike with commuter cargo.

Shimano 3x7 and 2x9 drivetrains offer plenty of gears to tackle long climbs.

Rack and fender compatibility

Uses

Urban cycling/commuting/fitness/trail

Options

 

CTY 2.1 Offered in Extra-Small through Extra-Large.

Step-through frames are available in sizes Extra Small through Medium to accommodate riders with a shorter inseam or who may have trouble stepping over a high top-tube.  These bikes are otherwise spec'd identically

CTY 2.2 Offered in Extra-Small through Extra-Large

Best for

The CTY 2.X and its step-through sibling are an urban commuter’s dream.  If your ride route goes through potholes filled or unpaved roads, you'll appreciate the 63mm suspension fork to smooth out the rough stuff and go easy on your hands and body. 

Why choose one over the other

Both of the CTY 2.x bikes are capable of handling the same terrain. If your ride tends to go off-road more frequently, the 2.2 may be a better option with its more gravel-specific tires, slightly more powerful brakes, and a greater gearing range.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed For One Year From Purchase

Check Often For Latest Deals Which Sellout Fast

These bikes would be a good alternative to

Many bike manufactures offer bikes comparable to the CTY 2.X series.  Just like any Co-Op bike, it can be returned within the first year if you’re unhappy with anything. It will be hard to find another bike manufacturer willing to do that.

CTY 2.1

Cannondale – Quick CX 3 ($825.00) [D1] 

Marin – San Anselmo DS1 ($529.00)

Trek – Dual Sport 1 ($569.99)

CTY 2.2

Cannondale – Quick CX 2 ($1,100.00)

Marin – San Rafael DS2 ($629.00)

Trek – Dual Sport 3 ($869.99)

 [D1]Cannondale doesn’t have a 2021 Quick 3 on their site yet, looks like 2020 models are going for $700

 

>
%d bloggers like this: