Review of Co-op Cycles Generation e Electric Bikes

Co-op Cycles Generation e Review

REI’s all-new Co-op Cycles Generation e series is the latest in urban-centric, lifestyle e-bike technology that will power you over city streets, cycle paths, grocery trips, and morning commutes. Both Generation e1.1 and Generation e1.2 are built for everyone, with one-size-fits-most sizing, a step-thru frame, small 20” wheels, and an upright riding position.

“Urban-centric” and “lifestyle e-bike” may be a bit confusing, but in this Co-op Cycles Generation e review, we’re going to explain why the series offers some of the most comfortable and versatile e-bikes the world has to offer.

The Co-op Cycles Generation e REI sells bikes in two models, the Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1 & Co-opCycles Generation e1.2.

For well under $2,000, you will get an upright e-bike with a rear cargo carrier, 2.4” tires, and a battery that will last 30-50 miles.

Let’s take a closer look at the new Co-op Cycles Generation e series and their inclusive range.


The Brand New Generation e Series

REI recently launched the all-new Co-op Cycles Generation e series as a way “to help make it easier for people to hop on and go.” Whether you are commuting in a suit or making a grocery run in a ragged pair of jeans, the Co-op Cycles Generation e series is designed to not only fit all riders but to make their ride smooth and comfortable. 

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The Co-op Cycles Generation e series have wide 2.4” tires, and a step-thru frame for easy mounting. The front suspension of this model can handle anything, from pothole-ridden city streets to light off-road trails.

Co-op Cycles Generation e Series is built for everyone – in fact, there is only one size available, and it is designed to fit almost anyone from teenagers to six-foot-tall adults.

This frame design is what makes the Co-op Cycles Generation e Series more comfortable than fast. But that doesn’t mean you cannot use the powerful motor equipped with a 400+Wh battery that can last for over 30 miles. REI offers two models: the Co-op Cycles Generatione1.1 and the Co-op Cycles Generatione1.2.


Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1

Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1

The first is the Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1You can purchase a copy of, for as low as $1,499, and in four different colors.

It is an a Class 1 ebikeThis means that there is no throttle. However, there is pedal assist for speeds up to 20mph. There are five levels of assistance available. The source of power is the Bafang 350W Direct drive hub motor with 80Nm torque.

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The battery takes seven hours to charge. The Bafang 417Wh battery has a range between 30-40 miles.

This electric cargo bike has suspension thanks to an SR Suntour SF20 MOBI A32 Cargo fork. 70mm of travel. This add-on is a great value for an e-bike. This makes it easier for novice riders to ride and allows them to be more patient. 

The Co-op Cycles Generation E1.1 total weight is 54 lb. This is a very light e-bike, considering all the features such as suspension and an integrated rear rack.

The Drivetrain is the Shimano Altus series with 7-speed A 42t crankset is also available. There are Tektro Hydraulic disc Brakes With 180mm rotors, they offer a lot of stopping power, particularly in the rain and on city streets.

Available for $400 less than the e1.2, the Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1 has 20” wheels paired with 2.4” Schwalbe Super-Moto-X tires with Double Defense GreenGuard puncture protection. This means that it is nearly impossible to get a flat on this bike.

And that’s not all the Features: The bike features a dual Y-style kickstand and memory foam saddle. There’s also an integrated rear cargo rack. Integrated front and rear LED lights have been added as well, they are powered by the bike’s own battery.


Co-op Cycles Generation e1.2

Co-op Cycles Generation e1.2

What does a $400 upgrade buy you for the Co-op Cycles Generation E series? The Co-op Cycles Generation e1.2 The integrated front cargo rack is included as well as the integrated rear rack. 

The 6061 aluminum frame of Generation e1.2 by Co-op Cycles is identical to Generation e1.1 except for the front rack. Identical Bafang 350W 48V motor Through the direct-drive hub, the Co-op Cycles Generation e1.2 is powered. The e1.2 has 80Nm of torque and five levels of pedal-assist just like the e1.1.

However, the e1.2’s battery is significantly better. It comes as a removable 672Wh lithium ion battery This provides a Range of 40-50 Miles. This could make a big difference in your commutes and shopping trips, depending on your goals. 

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The Co-op Cycles Generation E1.2 is similar component-wise. You can find the exact same Shimano Altus groupset With 7-speed shifting and 180mm Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. Generation e1.2 also boasts 20” wheels with 2.4” Schwalbe Super-Moto-X tires with Double Defense GreenGuard puncture protection. 

Despite the addition Integrated front cargo rackThe Co-op Cycles Generatione1.2 weighs 53 lbs. 11.2 oz. This is less than the Co-op Generation’s e1.1.


Design of Co-op Cycles Generation e Electric Bike

Generation e1.2's front cargo rack

Co-op Generation e series’ bikes are made for commuting. It can be used for short or long commutes as well as shopping trips. These frames can be used by everyone. You can share your Co-op Generation E-bikes with family and friends, both experienced and novice. 

These integrated cargo racks can be used for shopping, transporting gear, and commuting.

These racks are specifically designed to fit a wide variety of bike bags, panniers, or even child’s seats. They are made of steel and aluminum, making them very strong.

The bike itself can carry up to 300 lbs. This includes the rider as well as the gear. Most riders have between 100 and 150 lbs of gear. And don’t worry about it being too hard to pedal – the motor and five pedal-assist levels have you covered.


Final Verdict

suggestedCo-op Cycles Generation e series cargo bikes are urban-focused and offer a lot of versatility.

With five pedal-assist levels and a range of 30-50 miles, you won’t get bogged down on a hill while riding the Co-op Generation e series, even if you’re carrying 100 lbs of gear. You can keep your gear in the cargo racks made of aluminum or steel.

Front suspension and 2.4” tires will help cushion the ride, while the step-thru, one size frame will be fit for almost anyone. 

If you’re looking for a do-it-all city bike that can handle grocery runs, steep climbs, and everything in between, the Co-op generation e series is built for you.

It’s worth noting, that the bikes are only available for REI members at the moment. For $30, you can buy a lifetime membership.


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