Co-op Cycles DRT 2.1

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Co-op Cycles DRT 2.1. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • The DRT 2.1 is a hardtail. It has 120mm to 140mm of travel in the front fork, softening impacts over trail obstacles.
  • The suspension fork is adjustable and has a lockout. This allows riders to fine-tune it to meet their preferences or the terrain they traverse.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes are reliable and stop the bike quickly in all weather.
  • Internally routed cables give the bike a neat and tidy appearance.
  • The bike has rack mounts allowing riders to carry gear for bikepacking adventures.
  • The X-Fusion Manic dropper post is easy to operate. There is 125-140mm of travel in the dropper post.
  • Users found that minimal assembly was required when the bike arrived.
  • Testers were pleased there was an in-store pick up option available. The bike can be pre-assembled with this arrangement.
  • Wide 2.8” WTB Ranger Comp tires are fast-rolling and provide excellent grip.
  • The 72° seat tube angle is steep and places riders in an efficient climbing position.
  • The SRAM SX 12-speed drivetrain shifts smoothly.
  • There are mounts in the frame for two water bottle cages. These mounts can also serve as attachment points for tools, a pump or bike bags.
  • The bike is affordable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The DRT 2.1 feels heavy through slow technical terrain.
  • One tester found the bars were too flat. They swapped their handlebars for ones with a greater rise.
  • The bike does not come with a tubeless tire set up.

Bottom line

The DRT 2.1 is a hardtail mountain bike without a high price. It has a reliable SRAM drivetrain and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. The bike has plus-size, fast-rolling WTB Ranger tires that work great for shredding local XC trails. There are mounts for a rack and water bottle cages. The bike is not set up with tubeless tires. It’s heavy through technical terrain.

Expert Reviews

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Vlog 2.4: The New REI Co-Op Cycles DRT 2.1 – A Touring Bicycle Review

This bike is specifically called the DRT 2.1 and some of the distinguishing awesomeness about it is that it’s a plus bike.

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Rachel Whelton

REI DRT 2.1 Mountain Bike Review in New Hampshire

One of the most important features on this bike to me, at this time, which I didn’t even know about or understand at the beginning, was the dropper seat post.

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REI’s CO-OP DRT 2.1- One Year Review

The Bike was a good value but now it is an amazing value. The geometry is good for bike-packing and touring and if you want a bike that is capable and isn’t too aggressive then this hardtail just might be the perfect bike for you.

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First Ride: REI Co-Op DRT 2.1 Mountain Bike

After ripping around my favorite trails in Sedona I found it likes to be pushed, the fork allowing it to tackle terrain seemingly above its pay grade.

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User Ratings

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