Co-op Cycles CTY 2.1 Step-Through Bike Review

Quick Jump Links: Full List of Specs | What’s good | What’s not so good | Our Verdict

Where to buy 馃挼

$799.00 at REI

Brakes: 9.5 | Handling: 8.9 | Drivetrain: 8.5

YesCycling Score – 8.9/10

Full List of Specs 馃敡

Best UseUrban Cycling
Bike SuspensionFront Suspension
ForkSR Suntour Nex DS
Fork Travel63 millimeters
CranksetShimano 46/30T
Bottom BracketShimano Square Taper
ShiftersShimano Altus 8-speed Rapidfire
Rear DerailleurShimano Altus
Rear CogsShimano Altus, 11-34T
Number of Gears16 gear(s)
Brake TypeHydraulic Disc Brake
BrakesTektro HD-M275 hydraulic disc brake
Brake LeversTektro
RimsCo-op Cycles
Front HubJoytech, 32h
Rear HubJoytech, 32h
Wheel Size700c
TiresKenda Kick-Back, 700c x 40 mm with reflective sidewall
Tire Width40 millimeters
Handlebar ShapeRiser Bar
Handlebar6061 aluminum
Seat Post6061 aluminum
SaddleSelle Royal Shadow Plus with gel
ChainKMC Z8
Weight32 lbs, 9oz
Bike WeightBike weight is based on median size, as sold, or the average of two median sizes

What’s good 馃憤

  • Low Crossbar: The low crossbar allows for easy mounts and dismounts, making the bike accessible for different fitness levels.
  • Upgraded Drivetrain: The upgraded 2x drivetrain (from the previous model’s 3x) allows for smoother and less frequent shifting, simplifying the user experience.
  • Suspension Fork: With 63mm of travel, the suspension fork smoothens out rough roads, providing a more comfortable ride.
  • Safety Features: Reflective sidewalls enhance visibility, improving safety when riding in low light conditions.
  • Ergonomics: The riser handlebar and ergonomic grips put your hands in a natural, comfortable position, reducing strain and fatigue during long rides.
  • Double Chainrings: These simplify front shifting and offer plenty of gears for flat or hilly terrains, making it a versatile bike.
  • High-Quality Brakes: The Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide reliable stopping power in variable weather, improving safety.
  • Attachment Points & Accommodations: The bike has top tube attachment points for easy-access bags and can accommodate a rear rack and fender (not included) for more storage options.
  • Weight Limit: The bike’s 300 lbs. total weight limit, including rider and all gear, makes it a robust option for carrying additional gear or heavier riders.
  • Quality and Durability: Users have praised the bike’s overall quality, durability, and smooth riding experience.

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What’s not so good 馃憥

  • Challenging for Short Riders: Some short riders have mentioned difficulty in mounting and dismounting the bike, as well as reaching the ground with their toes when the seat is adjusted for proper riding.
  • Seat Comfort: Numerous users have found the seat uncomfortable, especially for longer rides. There seems to be a consensus that a seat upgrade is necessary, leading to additional costs.
  • Cost: Some users mention that despite the bike’s many features and quality, it’s still a substantial investment, and the need for additional purchases (like a more comfortable seat) could be a deterrent for some potential buyers.

Our Verdict 馃帡

Should you buy it, avoid it or shortlist it?

We think that you should definitely shortlist it.

The CTY 2.1 Step-Through is a well-rounded bike that ticks many boxes in terms of comfort, safety, and versatility. Despite its drawbacks, particularly for shorter riders and the need for a possible seat upgrade, it has more than proved its worth in the market.

With its thoughtful features, overall quality, and reliable performance, this bike can be a great companion for both trail and road cycling. Given its features and the positive feedback from users, the CTY 2.1 is certainly worthy of shortlisting, especially if comfort, durability, and a smooth ride rank high on your list of priorities.

However, individual needs vary, and it might be wise to give it a test ride to ensure it suits your body type and comfort level before making a final decision.

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