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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

SpecificationDetails
Best UseUrban Cycling
FrameAluminum
Step-ThroughYes
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
StemAlloy
Seat Post6061 aluminum
SaddleSelle Royal Shadow Plus with gel
PedalsPlatform
HeadsetSemi-integrated
ChainKMC Z8
Weight32 lbs, 9oz
Bike WeightBike weight is based on median size, as sold, or the average of two median sizes
GenderUnisex

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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