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Co-op Cycles CTY Series Overview

Online bicycle retailer REI has developed its own line of products under the brand name Co-op Cycles.

Co-op bikes cover all genres of cycling from road bikes to mountain bikes and everything in between. The range includes bikes for all skill levels from amateur to pro and age groups from kids bikes to adults.bike city commuting

With its many years of experience in the cycling world, REI has managed to assemble a list of high-quality yet affordable bikes that have garnered excellent reviews from customers. Co-op bikes utilize components from top manufacturers such as Shimano, SRAM, SR Suntour, Tektro, Maxxis, and Alexrims.

CTY is the name given to the Co-op Cycles hybrid range of bikes for town and city use. They typically feature straight handlebars, medium-size wheels, and frames to support pannier racks and fenders. 


Co-op CTY bikes comparison chart

Best Use: Urban Cycling

MODELMSPR $GearsWheelsBrakesFrameFork TravelDrivetrain
CTY 1.15493 x 8700cMechanicalAluxChain
CTY 1.28993 x 9700cHydraulicAluxChain
CTY 1.313491 x 8700cHydraulicAluxBelt
CTY 2.17493 x 8700cHydraulicAlu63mmChain
CTY 2.210993 x 8700cHydraulicAlu63mmChain
CTY 3.110991 x 11650bHydraulicSteelxChain
CTY KDS3493 x 724″RimAluxChain

The CTY range of bikes is best suited to city commuters, short distance tours, and weekend recreational rides

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Best Picks:

REI’s Best Seller: CTY 1.1
Best
Women’s Hybrid Bikes: CTY 1.1 and 2.1
The Most Advanced (With Belt Ride): CTY 1.3
Most Durable Men’s Hybrid: CTY 3.1

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How To Choose

Type: Unisex or step-through frame

The Step-Through design is best suited for female cyclists, while the rest of the bikes have the unisex frame type. CTY 2.1 and CTY 2.2 also have a front fork with the right amount of travel for a comfortable and easy city commuting experience.

Co-op CTY Size Recommendation Chart

HEIGHT RANGEXSSMLXL
Imperial5’0″-5’3″5’3″-5’6″5’6″-5’9″5’9″-6’0″6’0″-6’3″
Metric152-160160-168168-175175-183183-191

Note: If you fall in-between two sizes, get a larger frame when your arm-span is wider than your height, or you simply have longer legs and shorter back. If you have short legs and a tall back, grab a size smaller since it provides a better reach!

Co-Op Cycles CTY 1.1

Best-seller of the Co-op CTY bikes range

rei co-op cty 1.1 women bike

MSRP: $549 REI

6061 Aluminum frame

This bike has a double-butted 6061 aluminum frame that is lightweight and stiff to provide a smooth ride. It includes full fender and rack mokounts and a lowered crossbar for easy mounting. 

24 gearsrei co-op cty 1.1 features

The Co-op CTY 1.1 Step-Through bike has a 3×8 Shimano drivechain with a mix of Tourney, Acera, and Altus components. Together they provide an enjoyable riding experience. 

Mechanical disc brakes

Braking on the CTY 1.1 is provided by Tektro M300 mechanical disc brakes. They offer good braking power in both wet and dry weather.

Kendra tires

The CTY 1.1 hybrid is fitted with 700×40 Kendra K-1024 tires with a protective shield. The larger tires swallow up bumps to provide a smooth ride over cobblestones and rough terrain. 

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This is a good beginner bike for short trips around town but lacks quality components for longer rides.

Unisex S / M / L / XL
Step-Through XS / S / M

Best Use Urban Cycling
Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame 6061 aluminum
Step-Through Yes
Colors (Nightsea – Unisex / Spa Blue – Step-through)
Bike Suspension No Suspension
Fork 6061 aluminum
Crankset Shimano TY-301 48/38/28
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Shifters Shimano Altus 8 trigger shifters
Front Derailleur Shimano Tourney
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Rear Cogs Shimano HG31, 11-32, 8-speed
Number of Gears 24 gear(s)
Brake Type Mechanical Disc Brake
Brakes Tektro M300 mechanical disc
Brake Levers Tektro
Rims Huafeng
Front Hub Joytech, 32h
Rear Hub Joytech, 32h
Wheel Size 700c
Tires Kenda K-1024 with protective shield and reflective sidewall, 700 x 40
Tire Width 40 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Riser Bar
Handlebar Co-op Cycles aluminum
Stem Co-op Cycles aluminum
Seat Post Co-op Cycles aluminum
Saddle Selle Royal Shadow +
Pedals Wellgo aluminum platform
Headset FP threadless
Chain Shimano HG53
Weight 27.8 pounds
Gender Unisex

Co-op CTY 1.2

rei co-op cty 1.2 review

MSRP: $899 REI

Shimano Alivio 3×9 drivechain

This city bike is a significant upgrade from the CTY 1.1 with improved Shimano Alivio 27-speed drivechain. The wide range of gears makes hills a breeze and gives the rider speed over flat sections.

Aluminum framerei co-op cty 1.2 features

The strong 6061 aluminum frame includes fender and rack mounts to carry additional weight and handle heavy riding. It even includes neat internal routing for the rear brake cable for a neat finish.

Shimano disc brakes

Shimano’s M315 hydraulic disc brakes ensure safe braking in any weather conditions. Hydraulic disc bikes make a nice touch over mechanical brakes on a bike of this price and definitely increase its value for money.

Wheels

The 700c Weinmann rims are fitted with Kenda Kwick Trax 700 x 35 tires which give nice grip and decent puncture protection. It’s a smaller choice of tire size for a hybrid bike but works well and can be easily upgraded to 700 x 40.

Low light safety

For night riding, the CTY 2.1 features reflective decals and tire sidewalls for easy visibility in low-light conditions.

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While the frame is nice and strong, the paint chips very easily which results in a worn look fairly quickly. Riders will need to be careful what they lean the bike against.

XS / S / M / L / XL

Best Use Urban Cycling
Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame 6061 aluminum
Step-Through No
Color Pirate Black
Bike Suspension No Suspension
Fork Aluminum with 15mm thru-axle
Bottom Bracket Shimano Octalink
Shifters Shimano Altus
Front Derailleur Shimano Acero
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio Shadow
Rear Cogs Shimano Alivio, 11-34, 9-speed
Number of Gears 27 gear(s)
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes Shimano M315 hydraulic disc
Brake Levers Shimano
Rims Weinmann
Front Hub Joytech, 32h
Rear Hub Joytech, 32h
Wheel Size 700c
Tires Kenda Kwick Trax, 700 x 35mm
Tire Width 35 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Flat Bar
Handlebar Co-op Cycles aluminum
Stem Co-op Cycles aluminum
Seat Post Co-op Cycles aluminum
Saddle Selle Royal Shadow + with gel
Pedals Wellgo alloy platform
Headset FPD cartridge
Chain Shimano HG53
Weight 26.8
Gender Unisex

Co-op CTY 1.3

Internally geared, belt-drive
rei co-op cty 1.3

MSRP: $1,349 REI

8-speed Belt Drive Shimano hub

The Co-op CTY 1.3 is a significant step up in quality and features a modern belt-powered 8-speed Shimano Alfine drivechain with an internal hub. This significantly reduces the cleaning and maintenance required while ensuring your components last longer.

Hydraulic disc brakesrei co-op cty 1.3 drivetrain

Shimano’s M315 hydraulic disc brakes give you great stopping power on this REI hybrid bike. The high-quality brakes make a huge difference from mechanical or caliper brakes, especially when riding in wet weather.

Kenda tires

Kenda provides a safe and comfortable ride on the CTY 1.3, with their large 700×35 Kwik Trax tire. The tires a perfect for urban riding, with medium tread, reflective sidewalls, and extra puncture protection.

Lightweight aluminum frame

The 6061 aluminum frame on the CTY 1.3 is both durable and lightweight, ensuring an enjoyable ride and longterm usage. The frame includes mounts for fenders and pannier racks should you wish to carry luggage or go touring. 

Selle Royal saddle

This extra soft gel saddle from popular manufacturer Salle Royal will ensure a comfortable ride over long distances.

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It would be nice to see a carbon fork on a bike in this price range.

S / M / L / XL

Best Use Urban Cycling
Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame 6061 aluminum
Color Quiet Shade
Step-Through No
Bike Suspension No Suspension
Fork Aluminum
Crankset Shimano Alfine
Bottom Bracket Shimano Alfine
Shifters Shimano Alfine trigger shifter
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alfine 8-disc internal-gear hub
Number of Gears 8 gear(s)
Internally Geared Yes
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes Shimano M315 hydraulic disc
Brake Levers Shimano
Rims Weinmann
Front Hub Joytech, 32hk
Rear Hub Shimano 8-speed internal gear
Wheel Size 700c
Tires Kenda Kwick Trax, 700 x 35
Tire Width 35 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Flat Bar
Handlebar Aluminum
Stem Aluminum
Seat Post Aluminum
Saddle Selle Royal Shadow with gel
Pedals Wellgo aluminum platform
Headset FPD cartridge
Belt Gates belt
Belt Drive Yes
Weight 27.8 pounds
Gender Unisex

Co-op CTY 2.1

360-degrees reflectivity, smooth suspension, and precise stopping!
Step-through and standard unisex frame available!

rei co-op 2.1

MSRP: $749 REI

SR Suntour Nex HLO This upgrade from the CTY 1.1 Step-Through is a bit pricier and includes an SR Suntour front suspension fork. While the addition is nice, it might leave you asking: do I need front suspension on my hybrid bike? Possibly, but only if you’re planning to tackle rougher terrain then the city streets. Otherwise, it just adds unnecessary weight. Shimano drivechain As with the CTY 1.1, the drivechain on the 2.1 is made up of Shimano components, including Altus shifters, an 8-speed cassette, and an Acera derailleur. There is also a triple crankset with an FD-M191 front derailleur, making up 24 gears in total.rei co-op cty 2.1 features Kenda Kick-Back tires The extra-large 700×40 Kenda Kick-Back tires will let you sail smoothly over pavement cracks and bumpy roads. They also include puncture-proof lining and reflective sidewalls for extra protection. Shimano M315 disc brakes For excellent stopping power the CTY 1.2 features Shimano’s M315 hydraulic disc brakes. They are a significant improvement on the 1.1’s mechanical brakes and certainly make the higher price tag more justified.

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The front suspension fork adds weight and reduces riding ability on tarmac so you should really only get this bike if you intend to cycle off-road quite often.

XS / S / M – Step Through
S / M / L – Unisex

Best Use Urban Cycling
Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Aluminum
Step-Through Available
Color (Cacao – Step-through / Eclipse Blue – Unisex)
Bike Suspension Front Suspension
Fork SR Suntour Nex HLO
Fork Travel 63 millimeters
Crankset Shimano, 48/38/28
Bottom Bracket Cartridge
Shifters Shimano Altus trigger shifters
Front Derailleur Shimano FD-M191
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Rear Cogs Shimano HG41, 11-34, 8-speed
Number of Gears 24
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brake
Brake Levers Shimano
Rims Co-op Cycles
Front Hub Joytech, 32h
Rear Hub Joytech, 32h
Wheel Size 700c
Tires Kenda Kick-Back, 700 x 40mm with reflective sidewall
Tire Width 40 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Riser Bar
Handlebar 6061 aluminum
Stem Alloy
Seat Post 6061 aluminum
Saddle Selle Royal Shadow Plus with gel
Pedals Platform
Headset Semi-integrated
Chain KMC Z8
Weight 31 lbs. 2.4 oz.
Gender Unisex

Co-op CTY 2.2

rei co-op cty 2.2 bike

MSRP: $1,099 REI

27-Speed Shimano Alivio groupset

The Co-op CTY 2.2 is a serious hybrid bike with some mountain bike features that make it ideal for long-distance touring over varied terrain. Not least of all, it has a massive 27 gears so you’ll have no trouble handling steep hills or long flats alike. Shimano’s Alivio gearing system is a strong and reliable mid-range drivechain that is popular amongst mountain bikers.

SR Suntour Front Suspensionrei co-op bikes cty 2.2 fork

To complement its off-road features, the CTY 2.2 includes front suspension so you can better tackle rough trails. The SR Suntour NRX fork gives a decent 63mm of travel and includes a lockout.

Kenda Flintridge tires

These thick 700×40 Kenda Flintridge tires will swallow up any vibrations and provide extra grip and puncture protection in wet weather.

Shimano Hydraulic disc brakesrei co-op bikes CTY 2.2 hydraulic disc brakes

The full Shimano groupset is finished off with M365 hydraulic disc brakes that are easy to clean and provide excellent stopping power. They incorporate one-way bleeding and have internal routing for a cleaner appearance on the bike. 

Aluminum 6061 frame

The aluminum 6061 frame features rack and fender mounts for riders planning to do some touring in all weather conditions. The lightweight but strong frame can hold up to 300 lbs (136kg) in total weight.

Read more from REI

The CTY 2.2 is a bit expensive if you just plan to commute around town or go to work and back. However, it’s good value-for-money if you intend to do longer rides in the countryside with luggage

XS / S / M / L / XL

Best Use Urban Cycling
Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame 6061 aluminum
Step-Through No
Color Dark Army Cot
Bike Suspension Front Suspension
Fork SR Suntour NRX, 63mm travel with lockout
Fork Travel 63 millimeters
Crankset Shimano Acera, 44/32/22
Bottom Bracket Shimano Octalink
Shifters Shimano Alivio
Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Rear Cogs Shimano HG-300, 11-36, 9-speed
Number of Gears 27 gear(s)
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes Shimano M365 hydraulic disc
Brake Levers Shimano
Rims GLM
Front Hub Joytech
Rear Hub Joytech
Wheel Size 700c
Tires Kenda Flintridge, 700 x 40
Tire Width 40 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Riser Bar
Handlebar Aluminum
Stem Aluminum
Seat Post Aluminum
Saddle Selle Royal Shadow with gel
Pedals Wellgo aluminum platform with steel spindle
Headset FPD cartridge
Chain Shimano CN-HG53
Weight 30.8 pounds
Gender Unisex

Co-op CTY 3.1

rei co-op cty 3.1 bike

MSRP: $1,099 REI

Steel Frame

The Co-op Cycles CTY 3.1 is a bit of a change from the rest of the CTY range. Most notably, it features a Chromoly steel frame that hardcore traditionalists will appreciate. Steel frames have long been lauded for their smoother ride when compared to the more modern and stiff aluminum frames. 

SRAM NX 11-speed drivechainrei co-op cty 3.1 steel frame

Another key change is the move to SRAM for gearing. The CTY 3.1 features an 11-speed SRAM NX system with a single front ring and 11-42t rear cassette.

WTB STP i23 650b tires

For the CTY 3.1, REI has chosen to go with 650b size tires, a medium tire size that falls between 700c road tires and 26″ MTB tires. These 27.5″ tires are 47mm wide, giving the stability and traction of 700c wheels but with better comfort and acceleration.

Hydraulic Brakes

The 3.1 comes with Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes, a strong and reliable choice that won’t let you down in any weather conditions.

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With only 11-speeds, some weaker riders might find this bike a struggle when tackling hills, especially if carrying luggage.

XS / S / M / L / XL

Best Use Urban Cycling
Bike Frame Material Steel
Frame Chromoly steel
Step-Through No
Color Spirulina Green
Bike Suspension No Suspension
Fork 4130 Chromoly straight-blade with 15mm thru axle
Crankset SRAM NX 2-piece
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
Shifters SRAM NX 11-speed twist shifter
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX Horizon
Rear Cogs SRAM PG 1130 11-42
Number of Gears 11 gear(s)
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes Shimano M315 hydraulic disc
Brake Levers Shimano
Rims WTB STP i23 TCS 650B
Front Hub Joytech, 32h
Rear Hub Joytech, 32h
Wheel Size 650b
Tires WTB Horizon 650b x 47mm
Tire Width 47 millimeters
Handlebar Shape Flat Bar
Handlebar Aluminum
Stem Aluminum
Seat Post Aluminum
Saddle Selle Royal Shadow with gel
Pedals Platform
Headset FPD cartridge
Weight 28.5 pounds
Gender Unisex

Co-op CTY REV Kids'

rei co-op cty kds bike review

MSRP: $349

Available on REI

21-speed Shimano drivechain

This specialized Co-op kids bike gives lots of gearing options so young riders can easily tackle hills without getting too tired. The Shimano Tourney 21-speed drivechain has three front rings and a 7-speed rear cassette.

24″ wheelsrei co-op kids cty rev bike

The 24″ wheels and tires are the perfect size for young children. The CTY KIDS has 24″ x 1.5″ Kenda Cosmos tires for safe and comfortable riding. The thick tires offer good grip, comfort, and puncture protection.

Weight

At only 26lbs (11.7kg) the CTY Kids is lightweight enough for young children to handle without trouble. It has a strong aluminum frame that can take the extra abuse that could be expected from a young rider.

Rim brakes

Braking is provided by Logan linear-pull V-brakes. They don’t have the instant stopping power of disc brakes but are lighter and easier to maintain and repair. Young riders will have no trouble stopping efficiently with them.

Read more from REI

The CTY Kids bike does have some lower-quality parts but they are appropriate for the price.

24″ inch wheels only

Best Use Recreational Cycling
Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame 6061 aluminum
Step-Through Yes
Color Evergreen – Unisex frame / Berry Blue – Step-through
Bike Suspension No Suspension
Fork 6061 aluminum
Crankset Alloy, 42/34/24
Bottom Bracket Cartridge
Shifters Shimano Tourney
Front Derailleur Shimano Tourney
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tourney
Rear Cogs Shimano Tourney, 14-34, 7-speed
Number of Gears 21
Brake Type Rim Brake
Brakes Logan linear pull
Rims Aluminum
Front Hub Joytech, with nutted axle
Rear Hub Joytech, with nutted axle
Wheel Size 24 inches
Tires Kenda Cosmos, 24″ x 1.5″
Tire Width 1.5 inches
Handlebar Shape Riser Bar
Handlebar Steel riser
Stem Alloy
Seat Post Alloy
Saddle Co-op Cycles
Pedals Wellgo composite platform
Headset Semi cartridge
Chain KMC Z51
Weight 26 lbs. 1.6 oz.
Gender Kids’

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