Electric Vehicles For India News & Reviews REI unveils Generation e1.1 and e1.2 as affordable cargo electric bikes

REI unveils Generation e1.1 and e1.2 as affordable cargo electric bikes


REI has just launched two new models of e-bikes as part of its new “Generation e” line of electric bicycles. The new e-bikes were unveiled under REI’s Co-op Cycles bicycle line and are known as the Co-op Generation e1.1 and Generation e1.2 e-bikes.

Unlike REI’s last big e-bike unveil, the urban-centric Co-op CTY e2.1 and CTY e2.2, the new Generation e line is designed for utility riders.

That means smaller diameter 20″ wheels in a wider 2.4″ motorcycle-inspired tire, a low frame that is easy to mount, and a one-size-fits-most sizing doctrine.

The bikes also feature memory foam saddles, dual Y-style kickstands, and LED lighting in both the front and rear.

As REI’s general manager for cycle Nate Nielsen explained:

“This e-bike line was designed to help make it easier for people to hop on and go. The frames and features give them approachability and versatility, whether you’re a new or seasoned rider, dressed in workout gear or jeans.”

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The bikes are outfitted with Shimano 7-speed drivetrains and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. In a nod to affordability, the e-bikes are powered by 350W Bafang hub motors instead of mid-drive motors like REI’s last big e-bike reveal.

The two models both reach a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), but have other important differences.

The Generation e1.1 uses a 36V 11.6Ah battery rated for 30-40 miles of range (51-64 km), has a Suntour suspension fork, and includes and integrated rear rack.

The Generation e1.2 uses a 48V 14Ah battery rated for 40-50 miles of range (64-80 km), has a more cargo-optimized rigid fork and includes both a front and rear rack. Both models weigh 54 lb (24.5 kg).

Both models are classified as Class 1 electric bikes, meaning they do not have a throttle and instead use pedal assist to provide motor support when the rider pedals. The motor support cuts out at 20 mph (32 km/h), meaning that riders can pedal faster but will be on their own at higher speeds without the assist of the motor.

The Generation e1.1 is priced at $1,499 and available now, while the Generation e1.2 is priced at $1,899 and will become available in September.

Electrek’s Take

Radrunner, anybody?

Just kidding, sort of. I mean, the bike does share some Radrunner-esque design features, and looks like that bike had a baby with a VanMoof, but there’s some definite uniqueness here too.

I’m a big fan of this type of small diameter wheel utility e-bike, and so I’m glad to see REI getting in the game. Plus it is hard to complain about the lower entry price, though considering the more entry-level model has a weaker 36V battery, I could have been happier with a couple hundred bucks cheaper on that model. Compared to something like a Tern though, these prices are practically rock bottom. But of course these e-bikes don’t carry the same build quality or high end parts as an expensive Tern.

As it is though, these are some nice entries into the utility e-bike space. Suspension and hydraulic brakes are both great upgrades over some other similar models that lack those parts, even if the 36V battery feels a bit anemic for an e-bike intended for light cargo duty.

What do you think of REI’s Co-op Cycles Generation e1.1 and Generation e1.2 electric bikes? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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