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Co-op Cycles ADV Series – 7 Best Value Touring Bikes in 2020

Bicycles have been used for touring for over 150 years, with one of the earliest recorded bike tours dating back to 1869 when two British riders cycled approx. 50miles from London to Brighton.

Nowadays, bicycle touring is more popular than ever, with hundreds of cyclists crossing countries and continents on a regular basis. Any bicycle can be used to tour but a specialist touring bike will make things much easier.

The Co-op Cycles ADV series stands for ‘Adventure’, and comprises several different bikes built for a variety of touring and adventure cycling. These include traditional touring bikes that can carry heavy luggage, lightweight gravel bikes for weekend trips, and tough, off-road bikes for bikepacking.

Co-op Cycles ADV

7 models for – All-road / Gravel / Touring / Bikepacking / Adventure

Head Tube angle 70º-72º   /   Seat tube angle   75°-73°   /   Chainstay 432mm

cyclist in a forest

Bike touring means different things to different people so there is no one-size-fits-all touring bike. Co-op bikes ADV range is a bit of a mish-mash of adventure style bikes, with everything from lightweight road cruisers to thick, solid, mountain explorers.

Basically, if you want to get out into the wild on a bicycle for one day or 100 days, Co-op Cycle’s ADV range has a bike to suit your needs!

It also keeps everything in a fairly tight price range between $1,000 to just over $2,000, making it ideal for both first-timers or more experienced adventurers on a budget.

ADV Series is only available on- REI


drawn road bike

Co-op Cycles Frame Size

Frame – Height Range
S – 5’3″-5’6″ / 160 – 168cm
M – 5’6″-5’9″ / 168 – 175cm
L – 5’9″-6′ / 175 – 183cm
XL – 6′-6’3″ / 183cm – 190cm
XXL – 6’3″-6’6″ / 190 – 198cm


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TOP PICKS

Most Reviews – ADV 1.1
Best Size Availability – ADV 1.1
Best Score – ADV 2.3
Best Long-Distance Off-road Touring – ADV 4.2
Performance Touring – ADV 2.2

Built for the long haul - ADV 4.2

Fully loaded Co-op Cycles ADV 4.2

REI Co-op ADV Comparison Chart

Co-op Cycles MSRP Wheels Frame Gears Group Brakes – Disc
ADV 1.1 1,399 700c Steel 3×10 Deore Hydraulic
ADV 2.1 1,099 700c Aluminum 2×8 Claris Mechanical 
ADV 2.2 1,499 700c Aluminum 2×10 GRX Mechanical
ADV 2.3 2,199 700c Aluminum  1×11 GRX Hydraulic
ADV 3.1 1,399 650b Steel 2×10 Deore Mechanical
ADV 3.2 1,799 650b Aluminum 2×10 Deore XT Hydraulic
ADV 4.2 2,099 27.5″ Aluminum 2×11 SLX Hydraulic

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650b wheels vs 700c

650b (27.5″) =  Strongest, best for off-road touring. Smaller wheels
700c = Fast-rolling, ideal for on-road commutes. Slightly larger

Steel vs Aluminum

Stiffness – Weight – Strength

Steel is known to be somewhat bulletproof while adding little extra weight. Aluminum frames are lighter. When it comes to touring bikes, chasing the grams is not much of a deal.

Steel frames = Strong. More rigid, therefore not as good as absorbing bumps
Aluminum frames = Lightweight. Better stiffness & flexibility. Not as durable as steel frames.

1x / 2x / 3x drivetrains

1x drivetrains – Often seen on high-end mountain bikes, the newest addition
2x drivetrains – Best gear ratio found on mid-range bikes
3x drivetrains – Although those settings are often seen on cheaper bikes, they offer a wide range of gears

More moving components = More to maintain. It has been proved that the 1×12 drivetrain is among the most effective ones out there!


Co-op Cycles ADV 1.1

Score: 4.25/5 out of 19+ ratings

rei co-op adv 1.1 touring bicycle

MSRP: $1,399 REI.com

The ADV 1.1 is your traditional, long-distance touring bike for those looking to spend months on the road with everything that they own. It comes equipped with Schwalbe Marathon tour tires, front and rear luggage racks, and low-maintenance hydraulic disc brakes. Simply strap on your bags and you’re ready to go!

The 30-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain will ensure you make it over the steepest mountain passes while strong and durable WTB rims handle even the heaviest of loads.

ADV 1.1 Cons

However, the thick steel frame makes the bike heavier than similarly priced touring bikes. While some cyclists prefer steel, it might not appeal to everyone.

Full Specs / Sizes

S / M / L / XL / XXL

rei co-op Rear deraileur/ drivetrainBike Frame Material Steel
Frame Double-butted Chromoly steel
Fork Chromoly steel with 15mm thru-axle
Crankset Shimano, 48/36/26
Bottom Bracket Shimano Octalink
Shifters Microshift bar-end shifters
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
Rear Cogs Shimano HG500, 11-34, 10-speed
Number of Gears 30 gear(s)
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes TRP HY/RD hydraulic disc
Brake Levers TRP aluminum
Rims WTB STP i23
Front Hub Shimano Deore LX
Rear Hub Shimano Deore LX
Wheel Size 700c
Tires Schwalbe Marathon with puncture protection, 700 x 38mm
Tire Width 38 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Drop Bar
Handlebar Co-op Cycles aluminum
Stem Co-op Cycles aluminum
Seat Post Co-op Cycles aluminum
Saddle WTB Pure V Sport
Pedals sold separately
Headset FPD
Chain Shimano CN-HG54
Weight 30 pounds

Check ADV 1.1 Availability – REI

 


ADV 2.1

Score: 4.75/5 out of 12+ ratings

rei co-op adv 2.1 bike

MSRP: $1,099 REI.com

The ADV 2.1 is an excellent entry-level gravel bike for road cyclists looking to explore a bit more far afield. It has a strong 6061 aluminum frame with a tapered carbon fork to reduce both weight and vibration.

The Co-op Cycles has done a good job focusing on key gravel bike components, like the strong WTB rims and 35mm Kenda Flintridge tires. The 16-speed Shimano Claris drivetrain is sufficient and provides a decent range of gears but we’d like to have seen hydraulic rather than mechanical disc brakes on this bike.

ADV 2.1 Cons

With heavy use, some riders may find mechanical brakes wear quicker and are more difficult to maintain.

Full Specs / Sizes

S / M / L / XL / XXL

hydraulic disc brakes and rotor

Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Double-butted 6061 aluminum
Fork Carbon with 1-1/8 to 1-1/2 tapered steerer tube
Crankset Shimano FC-RS200, 50-34t
Bottom Bracket Shimano UN26
Shifters Shimano Claris
Front Derailleur Shimano Claris
Rear Derailleur Shimano Claris
Rear Cogs Shimano Claris, 8-speed
Number of Gears 16
Brake Type Mechanical Disc Brake
Brakes Promax DSK-718R cable-actuated dual-piston
Brake Levers Promax
Rims WTB ST i19 TCS 2.0 (tubeless ready)
Front Hub DM 32H, 12mm thru-axle
Rear Hub DM 32H, 12mm thru-axle
Wheel Size 700c
Tires Kenda Flintridge 700c x 35mm with reflective patch
Tire Width 35 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Drop Bar
Handlebar Co-op Cycles 12-degree flared
Stem Co-op Cycles 6061 aluminum
Seat Post Promax 6061 aluminum
Saddle WTB Silverado Comp
Pedals Not included
Headset Integrated 1-1/8 x 1-1/2 in. tapered
Chain KMC HG40
Weight 23.5 pounds

Check ADV 2.1 Availability – REI

 


ADV 2.2

Score: 4.5/5 out of 7+ ratings

white rei co-op adv 2.2 touring bike

MSRP: $1,499 REI.com

The ADV 2.2 is an impressive upgrade in Co-op Cycle’s gravel bike offerings. It features the same high-quality aluminum frame and carbon fork as the 2.1 but with upgraded WTB STi9 tubeless-ready wheels and extra-wide Nano Comp 40mm tires. These provide excellent grip and a smooth ride over gravel and singletrack.

Most notably, the smooth 20-speed Shimano GRX 400 drivetrain and Tiagra shifters make changing gears on the ADV 2.2 an absolute pleasure.

ADV 2.2 Cons

Unfortunately, the ADV 2.2 still uses mechanical disc brakes although admittedly with higher quality Tektro components, which are a slight improvement over the brakes on the 2.1.

Full Specs / Sizes

S / M / L / XL / XXL

rear derailleur

Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Double-butted 6061 aluminum
Fork Carbon with 1-1/8 to 1-1/2 tapered steerer tube
Crankset Shimano GRX 600, 46-30t
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Shifters Shimano Tiagra ST-4700
Front Derailleur Shimano GRX 400
Rear Derailleur Shimano GRX 400, Shadow Plus design
Rear Cogs Shimano CS-HG50, 11-36t
Number of Gears 20
Brake Type Mechanical Disc Brake
Brakes Tektro MD-C550 cable-actuated
Brake Levers Tektro
Rims WTB, ST i19 TCS 2.0 (Tubeless Ready)
Front Hub DM for 12mm thru-axle
Rear Hub DM for 12mm thru-axle
Wheel Size 700c
Tires WTB Nano Comp 700c x 40mm
Tire Width 40 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Drop Bar
Handlebar Co-op Cycles 12-degree flared
Stem Co-op Cycles 6061 aluminum
Seat Post Promax 6061 aluminum
Saddle WTB Silverado Comp
Pedals Not included
Headset Integrated 1-1/8 x 1-1/2 in. tapered
Chain Shimano HG-X 10 speed
Weight 23.4 pounds

Check ADV 2.2 Availability – REI

 


ADV 2.3

Score: 5/5 out of 2+ ratings

yellow rei co-op adv 2.3 bike

MSRP $2,199 REI.com

The ADV 2.3 is a gravel bike for serious riders looking to move their hobby into the more competitive territory. The 11-speed Shimano GRX drivetrain with single front cog and protective Shadow Plus rear derailleur indicates a design intended for fast riding over hard, rough terrain.

With a remote-controlled dropper seat post and flared handlebars for better stability, the ADV 2.3 can even take on some steep MTB-style descents with ease. Plus, it has hydraulic disc brakes and extra-thick tires to ensure it stays tightly on track.

ADV 2.3 Cons

The only downside is the rather high price, at over $2,000.

Full Specs / Sizes

S / M / L / XL / XXL

1x drivetrain

Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Double-butted 6061 aluminum
Fork Carbon with 1-1/8 to 1-1/2 tapered steerer tube
Crankset Shimano GRX 600, 40t
Bottom Bracket Shimano GRX
Shifters Shimano GRX ST-810 with integrated dropper lever
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur Shimano GRX RD-RX810, Shadow Plus Design
Rear Cogs Shimano SLX, 11-42t, 11-speed
Number of Gears 11
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes Shimano GRX 800 hydraulic disc with Shimano RT64 Center Lock rotors
Brake Levers Shimano GRX BR-810
Rims WTB ST i23, TCS, including WTB TCS rim tape
Front Hub Shimano Tiagra for 12mm thru-axle
Rear Hub Shimano Tiagra for 12mm thru-axle
Wheel Size 700c
Tires WTB Nano TCS 700c x 40mm with tan sidewalls
Tire Width 40 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Drop Bar
Handlebar Co-op Cycles 12-degree flared
Stem Co-op Cycles 6061 aluminum
Seat Post X-Fusion Manic Gravel Dropper Post
Saddle WTB Silverado Comp
Pedals Not included
Headset Integrated 1-1/8 x 1-1/2 in. tapered
Chain Shimano
Weight 23.2 pounds

Check ADV 2.3 Availability – REI

 


ADV 3.1

Score: 4.5/5 out of 16+ratings

rei co-op adv 3.1 touring bike

MSRP $1,399 REI.com

The ADV 3 series combines cycling touring and gravel bikes into a selection of dedicated trail riding and bikepacking machines. The ADV 3.1 is Co-op Cycles’s entry-level bikepacking bike, with a Shimano Deore 2×10 drivetrain, extra-fat 50mm tires, and 12-degree flared handlebars for improved stability.

The ADV 3.1 frame is forged from high-quality, double-butted Chromoly, a type of steel material popular with bikepacking enthusiasts the world over.

ADV 3.1 Cons

While the TRP mechanical disc brakes do provide great stopping power, they are a bit heavy and add to the bikes already significant 27.4 lbs (12.7 kg) weight.

Full Specs / Sizes

S / M / L / XL

650b wheel from the rear

Bike Frame Material Steel
Frame Double-butted Chromoly steel
Fork Chromoly
Crankset Shimano Deore, 38/24
Bottom Bracket Shimano Deore
Shifters Microshift BS-M10 bar-end
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore Shadow Plus
Rear Cogs Shimano HG50, 11-36, 10-speed
Number of Gears 20 gear(s)
Brake Type Mechanical Disc Brake
Brakes TRP Spyre mechanical disc
Brake Levers TRP
Rims WTB 650B
Front Hub Shimano Deore
Rear Hub Shimano Deore
Wheel Size 650b
Tires Donnelly X’Plor MSO, 650b x 50 with reflective sidewall
Tire Width 50 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Drop Bar
Handlebar Co-op Cycles aluminum
Stem Co-op Cycles aluminum
Seat Post Co-op Cycles aluminum
Saddle WTB Pure V Race
Pedals Sold separately
Headset FPD
Chain Shimano HG-54
Weight 27.4 pounds

Check ADV 3.1 Availability – REI

 


ADV 3.2

Score: 4.5/5 out of 11+ ratings

rei co-op adv 3.2 touring bike

 MSRP $1,799 REI.com

Co-op Cycles has incorporated an aluminum frame for this version of their bikepacking-style ADV 3 series range and it’s a welcome addition. The 6061 double-butted frame and fork help keep the bike strong while reducing weight and are covered in brazed-on mount points for various racks, bags, and attachments.

The 3.2 sports large 50mm Donnelly tires on 650B WTB wheels with impressive TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brakes: an excellent combination for heavy-loaded off-road cycling.

ADV 3.2 Cons

The 2×10 Shimano Deore drivetrain is decent (especially the Shadow Plus rear derailleur) but I don’t like the inconveniently placed Microshift bar-end shifters that making changing gears a hassle.

Full Specs / Sizes

S / M / L / XL / XXL

tire clearance and front fork rack options

Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame 6061 aluminum
Fork Aluminum
Bike Suspension No Suspension
Crankset Shimano Deore XT, 40/28
Bottom Bracket Shimano Deore
Shifters Microshift BS-M10 bar-end
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow Plus
Rear Cogs Shimano HG50, 11-36, 10-speed
Number of Gears 20 gear(s)
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes TRP Hylex hydraulic disc
Brake Levers TRP RRL-A
Rims WTB 650b
Front Hub Shimano XLS
Rear Hub Shimano XLS
Wheel Size 650b
Tires Donnelly X’Plor MSO, 650b x 50 with reflective sidewall
Tire Width 50 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Drop Bar
Handlebar Co-op Cycles aluminum
Stem Co-op Cycles aluminum
Seat Post Co-op Cycles aluminum
Saddle WTB Pure V Race
Pedals Sold separately
Headset FPD
Chain Shimano HG-54
Weight 25.5 pounds

Check ADV 3.2 Availability – REI

 


ADV 4.2

Score: 4.25/5 out of 3+ratings

rei co-op drt 4.2 touring bike

MSRP: $2,099 REI.com

With the 4th series in Co-op Cycles ADV range, we see a more decisive move toward long-distance expedition touring. The 4.2 looks like it’s designed to roll through rough and varied terrain – sand, snow, or mud – slowly and with weight.

The aluminum bike features a Jones Loop H-Bar and Cane Creek suspension seat post that will ensure days, weeks, or months of comfortable riding. It offers a wide gear range and easy thumb-shifting with the Shimano SLX 22-speed drivetrain plus M6000 hydraulic disc brakes.

Finished off with top-quality WTB Scraper rims and 2.8″ wheels means the only downside is the $2,000 price tag.

Full Specs / Sizes

S / M / L / XL / XXL

Jones Loop H-Bar handlebar

Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame 6061 aluminum
Fork 6061 aluminum
Bike Suspension Seat Suspension
Crankset Shimano SLX 36/24
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Shifters Microshift thumb shifters
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX GS Shadow Plus
Rear Cogs Shimano SLX, 11-42, 11-speed
Number of Gears 22 gear(s)
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes Shimano M6000
Brake Levers Shimano M6000
Rims WTB Scraper i45
Front Hub Shimano Deore
Rear Hub Shimano Deore
Wheel Size 27.5 inches
Tires WTB Ranger 27.5 x 2.8
Tire Width 2.8 inches
Handlebar Shape Trekking Bar
Handlebar Jones Loop H-Bar
Stem Co-op Cycles aluminum
Seat Post Cane Creek Thudbuster suspension
Saddle WTB Pure V Race
Pedals Sold separately
Headset FPD
Chain Shimano CN-HG601
Weight 35 lbs

Check ADV 4.2 Availability – REI

 


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