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Co-op Cycles Electric Bikes Review

Co-op Cycles has released their first-ever electric bikes in September 2020 – The CTY e2.1 and CTY e2.2

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Whoever is not familiar with Co-op Cycles should know that they are one of the latest bike brands whose bikes have reached a high-demand in recent years! The brand has managed to design bikes with above-average components at a below-average price tag. So, what’s the catch here? REI, who is the manufacturer of Co-op bikes noticed a lack of bikes that are best suited for recreational cyclists, and they’ve made a decent variation of bikes on each cycling discipline.

🏆What we like about the brand: It’s super easy to pick a bike for anyone who doesn’t know too much about the bikes

So far they’ve managed to introduce a fine selection of road, touring, mountain, hybrid, and now the electric bikes! More than a month ago they released their first fat tire bike as well, which also provides one of the greatest value you could get!

What to think of Co-op Cycles electric bikes?

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Released in September 2020, Co-op Cycles has used the latest technologies and trends when making their new electric bikes, something not many new bike brands couldn’t do. Elements such as the mid-drive motor instead of a hub drive, hydraulic disc brakes, and a decent, lockable battery. Electric bike specific front fork and an e-bike chain, not to forget all the bells and whistles you could ask for. Co-op’s eBike range has got everything (and more) a recreational cyclist could ask for at an unbeatable price tag!

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Pedal-assisted electric bikes allow us to explore roads further from our comfort zone


 

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CTY e2.1
CTY e2.2
Which One To Choose?
Size Chart
Conclusions


 

Co-op Cycles CTY e2.1 Electric Bike

Best under $2,000 Hybrid Electric Bike on the market! 🏆

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MSRP $1,799 REI.com

Co-op Cycles’ CTY e2.1 is a robust electric commuter bike designed for heavy urban use. It comes with thick tires and a strong aluminum frame that includes an integrated rear rack for carrying heavy loads.

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mid drive electric bike motor 250w

A 250W mid-drive motor, kickstand, kickstand, and ABUS-locked battery

DESIGN & COMPONENTS
Everything about the CTY e2.1 feels like its been purposefully designed to take on the rigors of tough, urban cycling. The Suntour front suspension fork easily swallows up the shock and vibration from curb jumps, potholes, and any other road obstacles you may encounter. The 1.95″ wide puncture-resistant Schwalbe tires have a thick tread to tackle any kind of road or weather conditions, including any off-road diversions through parks or fields.

electric bike tire and front suspension

Puncture-resistant tires, lockable forks

At 50.5 lbs (23kg) it’s a heavy bike but since you have a powerful 250W Shimano E5000 motor helping you along with 40Nm of torque, those uphills will feel like a breeze. The CTY e2.1 is a Class 1 pedal-assist bike, so you’ll still need to give it a bit of leg power to get going. This is provided by a 9-speed Shimano drivetrain, including an Acera Rapidfire shifter and an Alivio rear derailleur.

Once you get rolling you’ll feel the motor kick in and help you along swiftly, reaching speeds of up to 20 miles per hour (32kph). The 418Wh removable battery will last for up to 50 miles (80km) on a single charge – more than enough to get your around town all day long. The battery also includes an ABUS lock for added security so you can feel safe leaving the bike parked around town.

For quick and responsive stopping power in both wet and dry weather conditions, Co-op has fitted Shimano Altus hydraulic disc brakes which are more than sufficient for average city commuting. Other notable additions include a kickstand, riser adjustable handlebars, and integrated front and rear lights that don’t need separate charging.

POINTS OF IMPROVEMENT

There isn’t anything major not to like about this bike, although the overall weight and battery charge time could show some improvements in the future.

CONCLUSIONS
Overall, the CTY e2.1 is a decent quality electric commuter bike that provides good value for money. It’s certainly not the lightest or cheapest electric bike available but if you need something strong and reliable for frequent, heavy use, it’s perfect.

Highlights:

  • Integrated rear rack
  • Adjustable eBike-specific front suspension
  • Chainguard
  • E-bike specific chain
  • Sleek design
  • Integrated front and rear lights
  • Abus-locked battery!
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Integrated front light, adjustable handlebar, electronics display

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

Best Use Urban Cycling
E-Bike Classification Class 1: pedal assist
Motor Shimano E5000 250W with Shimano E8014 36V/418Wh battery (max torque output 40Nm)
Motor Type Mid-Drive
Motor Torque (Nm) 40 Newton meters
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Battery Capacity (Wh) 418 watt-hours
Battery Removable Yes
Charge Time (hrs) 6.5 hours
Max Speed (mph) 20 miles per hour
Pedal Assist Range 50 miles
Frame 6061 Aluminum
Step-Through
S: Yes
M: No
L: No
Bike Suspension Front Suspension
Fork Suntour MOBIE-A32
Fork Travel 75 millimeters
Crankset Shimano FC-E5010
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Shifters Shimano Acera, Rapidfire Plus, 9-speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio RD-M3100, 9-speed
Rear Cogs Shimano HG200; 11-34, 9-speed
Number of Gears 9 gear(s)
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes Shimano Altus
Brake Levers Shimano
Rims Co-op Cycles double-wall, 36h
Front Hub Shimano Alivio
Rear Hub Shimano Alivio
Wheel Size 27.5 inches
Tires Schwalbe Big Ben 27.5 x 1.95 in.
Tire Width 1.95 inches
Handlebar Shape Riser Bar
Handlebar Co-op Cycles 6061 aluminum
Stem Promax HQ adjustable
Seat Post Co-op aluminum
Saddle Co-op Comfort Plus with memory foam
Pedals FPD alloy
Headset FSA sealed
Chain Shimano for an e-bike
Weight 50.5 pounds
Gender Unisex

Availability – REI


 

Co-op Cycles CTY e2.2 Electric Bike

All-inclusive eBike specific design and features at an unbeatable value! 🏆

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MSRP $2,199 REI.com

Co-op Cycles’ CTY e2.2 is one of Co-op’s leading electric commuter bikes with a powerful engine and strong frame for carrying heavy loads. The 6061 aluminum frame includes a built-in rear rack and thick, puncture-resistant tires for a smooth and comfortable ride.

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Upgraded from CTY e2.1:

  • Added fenders
  • Better battery
  • More power: 60Nm instead of 40Nm torque
  • Faster charge time: 4-hour instead of 6.5h
ebike handlebar

Ergonomic handlebars, hydraulic disc brakes, controller

DESIGN AND COMPONENTS
The 51.9lbs (23.5kg) pedal-assist bike is admittedly quite chunky but fortunately, it comes with an excellent 250W Shimano E6100 motor that puts out 60Nm of torque. This will provide enough assistance to easily carry you and any luggage you may have up any steep ascents. If you live in a hilly city and often commute to work, you’ll certainly enjoy the comfort and ease of cycling on the CTY e2.2.

Riders will immediately notice how solid the bike feels and the confidence it instills even when traveling at high speed. The Class 1 motor can reach up to 20 miles an hour (32kph) and one full charge of the removable battery will last you up to 50 miles (80km) – more than enough to keep you going all day long.

electric bike battery

Lockable battery

For added comfort on bumpy streets, Co-op has included a Suntour front suspension fork with 75mm of travel, more than enough to absorb the shock and vibration from any unexpected road obstacles. Schwalbe’s 1.95″ Big Ben tires also help to smooth out the tarmac and have an adequately thick tread for wet or icy conditions. If you are keen for slightly more daring excursions into the off-road territory, these tires will easily hold up on dirt or gravel.

To keep the motor chugging along, the CTY e2.2 has a 9-speed Shimano drivetrain which is made up of Acera Rapidfire shifters and an Alivio rear derailleur. The Co-op also went with Shimano for the hydraulic disc brakes which stop quick and decisively, even when heavily loaded on downhill sections. If you have any security concerns, not to fear – the 504W Shimano battery includes an ABUS lock so it won’t get swiped off the bike if you need to leave it parked unattended.

Other great features include adjustable handlebars for a comfortable upright seating position, a kickstand to support the bike when stationary, and mudguards for wet weather protection. You also get integrated front and rear lights that run directly off the battery for safe cycling at night.

CONCLUSIONS

The CTY e2.1 is an impressive electric commuter bike for the price and doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to quality. It’s surprisingly quick and nimble for how heavy it is and feels like the kind of bike that can tackle tough city streets.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mid-drive motor
  • Electric bike specific components – drivetrain and suspension
  • Fenders & integrated rear rack
  • 4 hour charge time
  • 60Nm of torque
Fork lockout feature

Lockable electric-bike specific forks

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

Best Use Urban Cycling
E-Bike Classification Class 1: pedal assist
Motor Shimano E6100 250W with Shimano E8010 36V/504Wh battery (max torque output 60Nm)
Motor Type Mid-Drive
Motor Torque (Nm) 60 Newton meters
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Battery Capacity (Wh) 504-watt hours
Battery Removable Yes
Charge Time (hrs) 4 hours
Max Speed (mph) 20 miles per hour
Pedal Assist Range 50 miles
Bike Frame Material Aluminum
Frame 6061 Aluminum
Bike Suspension Front Suspension
Fork Suntour MOBIE-A32
Fork Travel 75 millimeters
Crankset Shimano FC-E6100
Bottom Bracket Shimano FSA
Shifters Shimano Acera, Rapidfire plus, 9-speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio RD-M3100, 9-speed
Rear Cogs Shimano HG200; 11-34, 9-speed
Number of Gears 9 gear(s)
Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes Shimano Altus
Brake Levers Shimano
Rims Co-op Cycles double-wall, 36h
Front Hub Shimano Alivio
Rear Hub Shimano Alivio
Wheel Size 27.5 inches
Tires Schwalbe Big Ben 27.5 x 1.95 in.
Tire Width 1.95 inches
Handlebar Shape Riser Bar
Handlebar Co-op Cycles 6061 aluminum
Stem Promax HQ adjustable
Seat Post Co-op aluminum
Saddle Co-op Comfort Plus with memory foam
Pedals FPD alloy
Chain Shimano for an e-bike
Weight 51.9 pounds
Gender Unisex

Available at – REI


 

So, Which One To Choose?

$400 difference

Both of the bikes share an unbeatable value by a brand that produces indeed on of the price-packed bikes you can get, but which one is for you? The choice comes down to your frequency of use:

CTY 2.1 – MSRP $1,799

For You – If you mainly commute on nicer weather, flatter grounds, and the speed of a full battery charge isn’t a major concern – the CTY e2.1 is a great choice. After all, it’s above most hybrid electric bikes at that price range!

CTY 2.2 – MSRP $2,199

For You – If you want the best-priced electric bike deal on the market right now! It’s got decent charge time and plenty of torque to use it as your everyday commuter!

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See Co-op Cycles electric bikes on REI


 

Co-op Cycles eBike Size Chart

S (Step-Through) 5’0″ – 5’6″ 
M (Unisex)  5’3″ – 5’9″
L (Unisex) 5’6 – 6’3″


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Conclusion of Co-op’s electric bikes range

Co-op’s CTY electric bike range is quite limited but addresses the needs of most city commuters. We particularly like the integrated pannier racks as they feel strong and stiff even when heavily packed, which helps to keep the bike stable.

It’s also reassuring to see electric bikes put together with components that are all of medium-to-high quality. Many manufacturers try to cut costs on electric bikes by including low-quality tires, gears, or batteries but Co-op has not done that here!

Co-op’s CTY electric bikes aren’t highly versatile but rather built to purpose, which makes them ideal for zipping around town, collecting groceries, making deliveries, or commuting to work.


 

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