REI’s first electric bicycles are a pair of affordably priced mid-drive e-bikes
REI’s first electrical bicycles are a pair of affordably priced mid-drive e-bikes
REI has now joined an extended listing of manufacturers getting in on that profitable e-bike motion as the corporate’s Co-op Cycles line provides two new electrical bicycle fashions: The Co-op Cycles CTY e2.1 and CTY e2.2.
Co-op Cycles is REI’s personal bicycle model that has historically targeted on entry-level and mid-range bicycles.
Now REI has simply introduced the primary ever e-bikes being added to the Co-op cycles lineup.
Each e-bikes provide mid-drive motors and costs that ought to make them fairly aggressive within the bigger mid-drive e-bike market, particularly towards different popular mid-drive e-bikes with larger brand recognition.
REI Co-op Cycles CTY e2.1 and e2.2
Each of REI’s new electrical bicycles really share rather a lot in frequent.
The Co-op Cycles CTY e2.1 and CTY e2.2 each characteristic the identical geometry with matching frames and 75mm journey Suntour suspension forks.
The body design is finest categorized as a mid-step for the reason that high tube is angled decrease to make for simpler mounts and dismounts. The bikes are available in Small, Medium, and Giant body sizes, with the Small measurement providing a extra pronounced step-through design for short-legged riders.
The bikes are designed for hybrid-style metropolis and light-weight path utilization, and have built-in racks built-in into the rear of the frames for elevated utility. Hydraulic disc brakes add lower-maintenance stopping energy and Shimano mid-drive motors and batteries provide well-respected e-bike credentials.
In reality, the Shimano motors and battery techniques are the primary distinction between the 2 fashions. The Co-op Cycles CTY e2.1 sports activities a Shimano E5000 motor and 418 Wh battery, whereas the CTY e2.2 is rocking a Shimano E6100 motor and bigger 504 Wh battery. Each of these motors assist the bikes high out at 20 mph (32 km/h), however the e2.1 solely outputs 40 Nm of torque whereas the e2.2 has a extra sprightly 60 Nm of torque.
The Co-op Cycles e2.1 is priced at US$1,799 whereas the e2.2’s increased torque and bigger battery instructions a better worth of US$2,199. The e2.2 additionally nets you included entrance and rear fenders, which could be price their weight in gold for commuters in wet areas.
Whereas US$1,799 isn’t probably the most reasonably priced mid-drive e-bike we’ve seen but, it’s fairly darn shut. And with the Co-op CTY e2.1 and e2.2, you additionally get a number of parts that you simply gained’t discover on budget-level e-bikes.
Additionally included on each fashions are a middle kickstand for elevated stability, 27.5×1.95 Schwalbe tires, adjustable stem, entrance and rear LED lighting, and a reminiscence foam saddle.
As divisional vp REI Co-op Manufacturers technique and design Isabelle Portilla defined:
Co-op Cycles bikes are designed with enter from REI members, and the road continues to resonate with the co-op group as the road evolves. In a yr the place bicycle gross sales have practically doubled for the co-op, we’re thrilled to carry these brand-new types to our clients simply in time for fall enjoyable and freedom on two wheels.
E-bikes are right here to remain, and they’re a lot enjoyable. We all know e-bikes are serving to folks get exterior rapidly, extra usually and nearer to house. They’re nice as a restoration choice post-injury or a enjoyable and accessible technique to begin driving for the primary time and they’re a planet-friendly transportation different.
As Class 1 e-bikes, which means the electrical help cuts out above 20 mph (32 km/h) and the e-bikes lack a hand throttle, these fashions must be authorized nearly wherever commonplace bicycles can journey. And with elevated path entry throughout the US for e-bikes, hybrid-style bikes like these may make nice dual-purpose commuter and leisure e-bikes.
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