Co-op Cycles, the in-house bike brand of REI, boast a broad range of bikes for every two-wheeled need and the CTY range features six hybrid/dual-purpose bikes.
Composed of six bikes in all, Co-op Cycles CTY range can be split into two more defined sub-sections. The CTY 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 are primarily commuter bikes for city and urban riding. The CTY 1.1 is the entry-level option and the sub-range is topped by the 1.3.
|Groupset||Frame material||Fork material/type||Brake type|
|CTY 1.1||Shimano Acera||Aluminum||Aluminum||Mechanical Disc|
|CTY 1.2||Shimano Alivio||Aluminum||Aluminum||Hydraulic Disc|
|CTY 1.3||Shimano Alfine||Aluminum||Aluminum||Hydraulic Disc|
|CTY 2.1||Shimano Altus||Aluminum||Suspension||Hydraulic Disc|
|CTY 2.2||Shimano Alivio||Aluminum||Suspension||Hydraulic Disc|
|CTY 3.1||SRAM NX||Steel||Steel||Hydraulic Disc|
The other three bikes, the CTY 2.1, 2.2 and 3.1 are more focused towards the dual-purpose market. The two bikes in the ‘2’ sub-section feature suspension forks, while the steel CTY 3.1 is the only bike not crafted from aluminum.
The CTY 3.1 is also the only bike in the range not to feature Shimano components, using a SRAM NX groupset. All six bikes feature disc brakes, with the 1.1 using mechanical and the other five equipped with hydraulic discs.
The three more city-focused bikes – the 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 – are crafted from 6061-series aluminum with an alloy fork to match. Aluminum is popular in the commuter market as it offers good rigidity and durability while shaving a little weight off.
|CTY 1.1||6061 aluminum||6061 aluminum|
|CTY 1.2||6061 aluminum||6061 aluminum|
|CTY 1.3||6061 aluminum||6061 aluminum|
|CTY 2.1||6061 aluminum||SR Suntour Nex HLO, 63 millimeters|
|CTY 2.2||6061 aluminum||SR Suntour NRX, 63mm travel with lockout, 63 millimeters|
|CTY 3.1||Chromoly steel||4130 Chromoly straight-blade with 15mm thru axle|
REI have made the CTY 2.1 and 2.2 more versatile, meanwhile. Aluminum frames are paired with SR Suntour suspension forks. The NEX, used on the 2.1, is aimed at the trekking market and the NRX on the 2.2 is in SR Suntour’s cross category. From a city point of view, both will enhance comfort by cushioning the ride through the front end. Both could also, therefore, head off the beaten track if needed.
Finally, the CTY 3.1 is a steel bike with a 4130-series chromoly fork. It is built for rigidity and durability over long miles.
Five of the bikes feature Shimano components with a range of gearing options and cranksets swapped in. Shimano Alfine, as featured on the CTY 1.3, is built for urban and city riding. Paired with a Gates belt drive, it keeps maintenance and mess to a minimum with an eight-disc internal gear hub supplying enough gearing options for city riding.
|CTY 1.1||CTY 1.2||CTY 1.3|
|Shifters||Shimano Altus 8 trigger shifters||Shimano Altus||Shimano Alfine trigger shifter|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Tourney||Shimano Acera||N/A|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Acera||Shimano Alivio Shadow||Shimano Alfine 8-disc internal-gear hub|
|Crankset||Shimano TY-301 48/38/28||N/A||Shimano Alfine|
|Brakes||Tektro M300 mechanical disc||Shimano M315 hydraulic disc||Shimano M315 hydraulic disc|
|Cassette||Shimano HG31, 11-32, 8-speed||Shimano Alivio, 11-34, 9-speed||N/A|
|Chain||Shimano HG53||Shimano HG53||Gates belt|
The 2.1 and 2.2 continue their focus on versatility and off-road options by utilising two of Shimano’s mountain-bike groups – Acera and Alivio. Both are fairly low in the Shimano MTB hierarchy, which reflects the fact these bikes are not built to be top-end off-road machines. They are urban bikes with the capacity to handle the rougher stuff. Both the 2.1 and 2.2 feature triple cranksets for a wide range of gearing options.
|CTY 2.1||CTY 2.2||CTY 3.1|
|Shifters||Shimano Altus trigger shifters||Shimano Alivio||SRAM NX 11-speed twist shifter|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano FD-M191||Shimano Alivio||N/A|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Acera||Shimano Alivio||SRAM NX Horizon|
|Crankset||Shimano, 48/38/28||Shimano Acera, 44/32/22||SRAM NX 2-piece|
|Brakes||Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brake||Shimano M365 hydraulic disc||Shimano M315 hydraulic disc|
|Cassette||Shimano HG41, 11-34, 8-speed||Shimano HG-300, 11-36, 9-speed||SRAM PG 1130 11-42|
|Chain||KMC Z8||Shimano CN-HG53||Shimano CN-HG54|
Finally, the 3.1 and SRAM NX is a little different. Shifting is looked after by an 11-speed twist shifter. The 1×11 NX X-Horizon derailleur is a key part of SRAM’s 1x drivetrains and is another – like those featured on the 2.1 and 2.2 – built with MTB in mind.
|CTY 1.1||Huafeng||Kenda K-1024 with protective shield and reflective sidewall, 700 x 40|
|CTY 1.2||Weinmann||Kenda Kwick Trax, 700 x 35mm|
|CTY 1.3||Weinmann||Kenda Kwick Trax, 700 x 35mm|
|CTY 2.1||Co-op Cycles||Kenda Kick-Back, 700 x 40mm with reflective sidewall|
|CTY 2.2||GLM||Kenda Flintridge, 700 x 40|
|CTY 3.1||WTB STP i23 TCS 650B||WTB Horizon 650b x 47mm|
|CTY 1.1||Selle Royal Shadow +||Co-op Cycles aluminum||Wellgo aluminum platform|
|CTY 1.2||Selle Royal Shadow + with gel||Co-op Cycles aluminum||Wellgo alloy platform|
|CTY 1.3||Selle Royal Shadow with gel||Aluminum||Wellgo aluminum platform|
|CTY 2.1||Selle Royal Shadow Plus with gel||6061 aluminum||Platform|
|CTY 2.2||Selle Royal Shadow with gel||Aluminum||Wellgo aluminum platform with steel spindle|
|CTY 3.1||Selle Royal Shadow with gel||Aluminum||Platform|