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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
14 reasons to buy
- Many owners say they love using the Generation for commuting and local trips instead of a car.
- The Generation e1.1 has a total payload capacity of 300lb.
- One tester finds real-life battery range aligns with the manufacturer's estimate (30 to 40 miles).
- Reviewers appreciate the relatively low weight of 54lb.
- The step-through frame makes it easy for all riders to mount and dismount the Generation.
- A tester enjoys how the Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires roll and calls their puncture protection "terrific."
- Buyers note that the highly adjustable, one-size-fits-all design (5' to 6'3") is perfect for sharing between family members.
- REI provides a one-year warranty, access to on-call bike experts, and one year of free adjustments.
- Reviewers appreciate the Shimano Altus drivetrain's smooth, efficient shifting.
- One expert says the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and 180mm rotors provide reliable, effective braking.
- Experts and owners praise the motor quality and acceleration.
- Two experts comment on the bike's agile handling and comfortable ride quality.
- A reviewer says the Generation is comfortable for people over 200lb.
- The sturdy, integrated cargo rack can support a child seat or large panniers.
3 reasons not to buy
- Multiple experts and owners complain that the gearing is too low, so it's hard to pedal over 15mph.
- Experts and owners are disappointed that the bike doesn't have fenders.
- The Generation e1.1 doesn't have a throttle.
Bottom lineCo-op Cycles' Generation e1.1 is an electric utility bike with a one-size-fits-all design and solid cargo capacity. Owners highlight that this bike makes a great alternative to the car for commuting and local trips. The Generation e1.1 draws praise from experts and users for its handling, comfort, and general quality of its components, but the unusually low gearing and lack of fenders disappointed most reviewers. Regardless, the Generation e1.1’s comfort, build quality, and functionality make it a worthwhile consideration at this price point.
Expert Reviews89/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
REI Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1 E-Bike Review 2023
At this price point, the Generation e1.1 is a terrific e-bike for anyone looking for a commuter that can handle extra duties. We recommend it, with a caveat: take it into the bike shop and swap out that front chain ring.
REI Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1 Electric Bike – Review 2022
If you are looking for a commuter or recreational city bike that can handle running errands, steep climbs and everything else that comes with living in an urban area, the Bikes Reviewed team definitely recommends the REI Co-op Generation e1.1.
Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1 Review
Overall, REI appears to have stuck the landing with the Co-op Generation e1.1. It is difficult to find a premium-quality ebike for this price that you can pick up at a shop fully built and with service available at 170 stores nationwide.
Part 2: Sizing, Function Test, and Ride Impressions | REI Co-op e1.1 Class 1 E-Bike
The bike is a good size for my youngest son…and fits me perfectly fine. It’s pretty plush in the bumps, power assist… is more than adequate… but in the tallest gear… I’m more or less spinning out, so for more experienced riders, I would consider changing out the front gear ring, but this is perfect for my son. I’m very pleased with this purchase.
Part 3: Chainring Upgrade DIY from 42T to 52T | REI Co-op e1.1 Class 1 E-Bike
One of the major complaints that I’ve seen online as well as for my son riding this bike is that the gearing on this is much too low, so basically you spin out.
Co-op’s New Generation e1.1 Utility E-Bike
The Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1 is an excellent bike with a significant but not irreparable flaw. A different chainring would make this the perfect utility e-bike.