Caveat: this is my first mountain bike. I purchased the Co-op Cycle DRT 1.3 because it provided me higher quality components than other "name brands" within my current budget. The thing that drew me to this bike was the high quality, mid-range component spec that I think will provide some of the highest performance per dollar available today. This is one of the only bikes I've seen ~$1000 price range that consistently had Shimano Deore parts instead of parts from their lower grade group sets. I chose the 1.3 over the 1.2 because for ~$200 more, you get air suspension instead of coil (go ride a few and you'll likely think it's worth the money!). Know that you are paying for high quality components on this bike and not wasting any money on paying for a brand.
It's alot of run to ride and learn on, this is my first real Mountain bike. For the price this thing is great, it just works and it works well. The reason I don't give this 5 stars is I went for a tubeless conversion (more grip, a little easier to maintain, thicker tires etc... Small stuff) and although on the website and in the manual it says the tire is tubeless ready the rear rim would not seal properly and I had air leaking from my spokes, not a good sign. If you don't want to go tubeless immediately this bike is perfect, but if you want to spend triple the price, you might be able to find something better.
I live in Virginia with the Air Force. I try and bike to save the knees. I'm not a competition biker, but I do like to push myself. I had to replace the pedals because they didn't last long. I ride the Harwood Mills trails in Newport News, VA quite a bit. The front shock is a heaven send, but still with all the roots my tire is bouncing all over the place. I wish I'd have saved up and got the full suspension option. The tire valves are new to me. Ended up having to get an adapter for them because the pumps wouldn't work. I'm glad I went for the 1.3 versus the 1.1. My son got that one and while he can keep up, it's a smoother ride with the upgraded shock.
One of very few bikes in it's price range with better components on it. Rides great on and off trail. Would highly recommend.
After a few rides, I have to say I love this bike! Shopped around, and the value for the component level is great, and the ride has exceeded my expectations. Very happy with this bike, and it looks great, too!
Just getting into the sport, and was frustrated by the MTB forums trying to decide on a bike. Every recommendation insists you need to upgrade this or that for it to be capable of hopping a tree root and you end up going from sub $1K to looking at $5K bikes. I spoke with the guys at REI, and they were super knowledgeable and recommended the 1.3 for what I was planning on doing, and even stating it was still a little overkill giving me room to grow in the sport.
I've had this bike for a little over two months now and remain quite happy with it. The fork is good and takes the edge off of hits without feeling bouncy or flexing too much and the drivetrain has been perfectly reliable. Hydraulic brakes are strong and predictable. It's been perfect for my riding on the local trails which are hilly and open with plenty of chatter and switchbacks. Can't say how it handles anything too technical or extreme, but it handles anything I've tried as a polite trail rider and it strikes a good balance between agility and stability on downhills.
have about 4 solid rides under my belt but overall its a great ride. Light weight and quality components
I just bought this bike today and immediately drove to some trails for a 10 mile test. I must say I was super impressed. I've recreationally rode mountain bikes my whole life and just recently decided I wanted to get more heavily into the sport. I started out at the Dick's Sporting Goods bike sale and went through two of their "top of the line" GT bikes in two days with of moderate riding. Finally on the third day I got smart and decided to get some expert help at REI they recommended the DRT 1.3 to me. I couldn't be more happy with the features that come along with this awesome bike. The shocks absorbed everything I asked them too and I was able to get up to about 30 mph on some pretty technical trails. I love that you can lock the front out on the up hills because you might not think it, but it makes a heck of a difference. The brakes were awesome and left nothing to be desired and the tires provided plenty of traction for climbing, speeding downhill and stopping. I felt completely in control the entire time I was on the bike. If you've got $1000 bucks to spend on a mountain bike it should be spent on the DRT 1.3. I can't wait to keep getting better with this bike and see where it can take me in the future!
Handles everything I throw at it, smooth shifting, good shocks, excellent climber. Overall very solid bike. REI packs a lot of value into this package.
Originally purchased the drt 1.1 but quickly found my skill level required more. Started looking for ways to improve the 1.1 but decided to return it and upgrade to the 1.3. Best decision. Not to mention that REI had a sale on it at the time (always a bonus). Honestly though I would have purchased at full price. This bikes frame is solid and light, double butted. the matte pirate black finish is a bit darker than a gun metal grey, and looks awesome. Components on this thing work splendidly together. Tires are decent. Ut are really tubeless ready tires, rim's are tubeless ready though. I'm gonna put some maxxis tires on this puppy. Raidon front fork with lockout worked great but gave me some issues, there was a factory defect. Took bike in to REI and they thoroughly looked over the bike and agreed the fork was defective (fork had this rattle in the stanchions that was prominent when front end bounced). REI mechanics went to bat for me, contacted suntour and replaced the front fork; no hassle at all. Overall great experience with REI and love the bike. Highly recommend.
This bike had all the parts I wanted out of this build. When compared to the bikes in the same price range this bike was in my top two. This bike had a better design.
The bike itself is a great value. And the buying process was really efficient and friendly.
Husband is in total mountain bike bliss!!! Thanks!!
The decal on the top of my frame is crooked and I was wondering if it is a sticker or if it is permanent .
I love it, solid and affordable. Only upgrade I needed to do was pedals.
Love the bike really nice components for the price.