I'm 6'6" and have been looking at gravel bikes. I've been curious about the Co-Op bikes as quite frankly there's no sub-$1,500 bike truly big enough for me to fit on. Just debating between the 2.1 and 2.2 and if the differences are worth the money. I don't ride an insane amount, but i ride regularly and want something more versatile than my 30+ yr old road bike.
I know i should've done this before the anniversary sale, but oh well.
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The main difference between the two bikes (and whether it is worth your investment) is really going to depend on the kind of rider you are and aspire to be. In terms of the bike itself, the 2.2 has upgraded components, specifically the crankset, shifters, rear cog, and derailleurs. The ADV 2.2 uses the new Shimano GRX line in the crankset and derailleurs. It also comes with a wider tire (40mm vs 30mm).
All of that is to say that the performance difference you will find between these two bikes is going to be in the gearing (a broader range in the 2.2, important depending on how many hills you are facing on your rides) and how the bike handles gravel and off road trail riding (better performance from the 2.2). If you are looking for a recreational ride for roads and gravel with a bike that will perform well for you then the Co-op Cycles ADV 2.1 is a really good choice. If you are looking to explore further away from paved roads and develop your riding to the next level then the Co-op Cycles ADV 2.2 would be the way to go.
Hopefully this helps, let us know if you have any other questions!
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