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Best Hybrid Bikes

Best Hybrid Bikes

What is a hybrid bike?

Commuter = City = Urban = Hybrid

cycling on city street

A hybrid bike is essentially a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike, with a focus on comfort rather than speed. They typically feature a combination of the best features from both on- and off-road styles and are designed to be comfortable riding on both tarmac and some gravel roads.

In this sense, hybrid bikes are versatile but can’t perform on extremely rough terrain as well as mountain bikes, nor can they compete in a race with a road bike. Nowadays, they are the most common form of bicycle used for non-sport-related activities like:

  • Work commutes
  • Bike deliveries
  • Day trips
  • Recreational rides

Best hybrid bike brands:
Trek, Cannondale, Co-op bikes, Giant, Raleigh, Electra, Specialized, Diamondback, etc.


Related: 12 Best Women’s Hybrid Bikes

We’ll do our best to keep this list updated. If you didn’t find a suitable on the list – please go and check out their website as you’ll be redirected to similar & available models! 🙂

Norco Indie IGH A8 2020

A subtle design by Norco

MSRP: $1,099

Features: 8-speed internal gearing, Hydraulic disc brakes, 27.5″ x 2″ Schwalbe Big Ben tires

If you are looking for a comfortable, versatile, and super durable commuter for your work-home routes, this Norco bike will give you the least amount of hustle to arrive at work in one piece.

  • Chainguard – Leaves your trousers clean
  • Internal gearing – Long maintenance interval
  • Shimano BR-MT200 Hydraulic disc brakes – Because Norco chases quality over quantity

Being a hybrid bike, the Indie IGH A8 has great potential to be turned into a touring bike as it offers rack & fender mounts to a fine degree!

Definitely worth consideration as Norco bikes are not that easy to come by.

Priority 600

Almost fully maintenance & hustle-free!

PRIORITY 600

MSRP: $2,299

Features: Gates Belt drive, 12-speed Pinion Gearbox, 650B wheels, Dynamo lights, 6061 T6 Ultralight Aluminum frame

A hybrid should be the type of bike you simply use for any type of commute. You can wear a suit, or shorts as this bike has got you protected from the environment as it’s got the:

  • Fenders – Front and rear
  • Gearbox – No need to lubricate the chain, or worry about the chain ‘lubricating’ your pants
  • Belt-drive – Literally maintenance and oil-free
  • Dynamo lights

Priority 600 is a perfect example of what to expect in a decent hybrid bike. If you are looking for something that’s easy to ride, comfortable, durable, and pretty much maintenance-free – This is the one for you.

Cannondale Bad Boy

Cannondale Bad Boy 1

MSRP: From $950

Features: Lefty fork, tough-looking geometry, 650b wheels

Cannondale Bad Boy 1 – Review
Cannondale Bad Boy 3 – Review with (Incl. comparison vs Bad Boy 2)

Those bikes don’t need too much introduction – as the Bad Boy series is one of the toughest and unique hybrid bikes on the market!

Co-Op Cycles CTY 1.1

Best-seller!

co-op cty 1.1

MSRP: $549

Features: 3 x 8 gears, Disc brakes, 700c wheels

The Co-op Cycles CTY 1.1 is a 24-speed aluminum bike perfect for city riding, weekend trips, or work commuting. It features mechanical disc brakes for sharp and precise stopping, wide, puncture-resistant tires, and a comfortable Selle Royal Shadow+ saddle.

If you’re looking to do short weekend backpacking or camping trips, the CTY 1.1 has sufficient eyelets to mount both racks and fenders so you can carry luggage and stay mud-free.

At only 26.4 lbs, CTY 1.1 is light enough to zip around town but also strong enough to carry up to 304 lbs including the rider and luggage.

Its frame is made from 6061 butted aluminum to offer a tough exterior that doesn’t weigh a ton.

Groupset

The Co-op Cycles CTY 1.1 features a combination of Shimano Tourney, Altus, and Acera parts to make up its groupset. The 8-speed rear cassette is a Shimano HG31 (11-32) with an Acera derailleur.

On the front, you’ll find a 3-speed (48/38/28) Shimano TY-301 crankset with Tourney derailleur. Both gears are supported by Altus 8 trigger shifters and brakes are Tektro M300 mechanical discs with Tektro shifters.

Wheels and Tires

The CTY 1.1 comes with puncture-resistant 700×40 Kenda K1024 tires that benefit from a protective shield to block thorns and a reflective sidewall for extra safety at night. Wheels are standard 700c Co-op rims with Joytech 32h hubs on both front and back.

Performance

With the large, comfortable tires the bike handles well both on-road and off. Over a wide variety of terrain, we were unable to puncture or damage either of the tires. The lack of suspension means you can’t quite go fully offroad like you would on a mountain bike but that is to be expected from a hybrid.

The advantage of having no suspension means the bike goes much faster on the tarmac, making it ideal for zipping around town, collecting groceries, or just visiting friends. Put a rack on the back and a handlebar bag on the front and this bike will be perfect for weekend camping trips in the surrounding countryside.

Cannondale Quick Disc 4

Hydraulic disc brakes!

Product image for Graphite

MSRP: $700

Features: 700c wheels, 9-speeds, rack&fender mounts, hydraulic disc brakes

The Cannondale Quick Disc 4 is part of Cannondale’s fitness city bikes, which includes bikes that lean more towards on-road riding.

The Cannondale Quick Disc series hybrid bikes are equipped with a rigid front fork for the best effort in terms of speed. No fork = no maintenance!

Frame

The SmartFrom C3 alloy frame is lightweight and features internal cable routing, a tapered head tube and rack, and fender mounts.

Components

The Cannondale Quick Disc 4 features a new! MicroShift ADVENT derailleur and shifters on a 9-speed drivetrain (11-42 tooth sprockets). The braking power is supported by Tektro hydro disc brakes with 160mm rotors and Tektro brake levers.

Wheels and tires

The speed of the Quick Disc 4 is backed with Cannondale’s double-wall 32h Disc rims and Schwalbe Spicer 700x x 35mm K-Guard tires

Performance

A great all-round bike for fitness/commuting purposes on the weekend and getting to work and back during the week.

This bike has great value and a decent set of components to satisfy the needs of a recreational cyclist. You can add racks or fenders to the bike and go for a longer stroll with ease. What’s also great is that it’s got no front derailleur and a front suspension, which minimizes the amount of maintenance in the future!

Ghost Square Cross 1.8

ghost square cross 1.8

MSRP: $699

Features: 27 gears, aggressive geometry, tough frame design

The GHOST Square Cross 1.8 is another tough hybrid bike that could almost be mistaken for a mountain bike. Aggressive geometry coupled with front suspension and thick tires makes for a bike that wouldn’t look out of place racing down a mountain.

However, don’t discount its on-road abilities just yet. The Square Cross handles tarmac surprisingly well, largely due to its stiff but lightweight aluminum alloy frame. A quick realignment of the adjustable handlebars put the rider in a comfortable upright position perfect for long-distance commuting or touring.

Groupset

The GHOST Square Cross 1.8 Bike features a Shimano Altus parts across the board, with a Shimano 48/36/26 triple crankset up front and a 9-speed (11-34) rear cassette offering 27 gears.

Tekro hydraulic disc brakes are on both wheels along with Kenda Flintridge Sport 42-622 tires for maximum grip and control off-road.

Frame

At 30 lbs, it’s not the lightest hybrid bike we’ve tested but it certainly feels like one of the strongest, taking on rocky downhills without trouble. The Suntour SF 16-NEX-DS suspension fork has 50mm travel and reacts quickly coming off a bump.

Performance

While the GHOST Square Cross 1.8 might struggle to compete with full-blown mountain bikes it certainly holds it’s own while blasting down singletrack and gravel paths. You’ll certainly have no trouble getting to work and back on this bike but it’s really aimed at those looking to spend more time off-road. If you are thinking of getting into gravel riding bikepacking, the Square Cross 1.8 is an excellent and affordable entry-level choice.

Read our full review!

Trek FX 1

Trek FX 1 hybrid bikeMSRP: $440

Features: Aluminum frame, steel fork, Shimano components

Trek FX 1 is designed to traverse all and any terrain, from pavement and road to gravel and dirt track. Front steel fork combined with an aluminum mountain bike frame design makes this bike a decent trail runner or urban navigator.

Trek has managed to keep the cost of the FX 1 down by settling for a slightly lower quality groupset but all-round this bike still comes out better than most in its range. Decent components like Bontrager rims and tires and Tektro brakes work together to provide an impressive ride.

Frame

Trek’s Alpha Gold Aluminum alloy frame gives this bike a lightweight, mountain bike feel. Combined with the traditional rigid steel fork gives you have a potent urban and dirt commuter.

Groupset

A combination of Shimano Tourney and Altus components work well together to provide a decent 21-speed drivetrain. Altus EF500 shifters control the Tourney front derailleur and Altus rear, with a 14-34T, 7-speed cassette. The crankset is a Tourney triple ring, 48/38/28 tooth, with a chainguard.

Wheels and tires

For tight control off-road, the Trek FX 1 utilizes wide Bontrager H2 700x35c tires on Bontrager Connection double wall 32h wheels.

Performance

The Trek FX 1 is one of the tougher hybrid bikes we’ve ridden, coming across almost like a CX bike. It’s certainly more focused on urban terrain than off-road, meaning this might appeal more to commuters than weekend adventurers. If you live in an urban area surrounded by nature, the Trek FX 1 will be the perfect vehicle for all your biking needs.

Giant Escape 3 Disc

giant 3 escape disc

MSRP: $470

Features: Disc brakes, low cost

The Giant Escape 3 Disc is the disc-brake version of the Giant Escape 3. As with the standard Escape 3 above, the Escape 3 disc is an entry-level hybrid bike for short urban journeys, ideally, work commutes, or short weekend rides. The lightweight ALUXX aluminum frame is designed in the sportive style of a racing bike but features straight handlebars for better control on dirt or gravel.

The addition of disc brakes makes the Escape 3 slightly more adaptable to offroad or wet conditions and provides much sharper braking. As with the standard model, the Escape 3 disc has considerable wheel clearance for wider and more comfortable offroad-suitable tires.

Frame

The Escape 3 Disc features a lightweight ALUXX-grade aluminum frame with an upright seating position for more comfortable riding. This is combined with a strong, high-tensile steel fork and a D-Fuse seat post for better absorption on rough terrain. Several convenient mount points are included on the frame so you can attach a rack to carry luggage and fenders for deflecting water and mud from the road.

Groupset

The Escape 3 Disc model comes with a Shimano Altus rear derailleur and an FD-TY710 front derailleur. These are coupled with Shimano Altus shifters, a double ring 30/46 crankset, and an 11×34 cassette on the back. The disc brakes are Tektro MD-U310 with standard alloy levers.

Wheels and tires

Giant have fitted the Escape 3 with their own brand GX Disc rims and Giant S-X3 puncture-protect 700x38mm tires.

Performance

While the Escape 3 Disc is still an entry-level bike, it offers excellent value for money for a disc brake bike with decent components. If you’re looking for a light but tough bike to get around town or hit some trails on the weekend, the Escape 3 disc will serve you well. It may not provide as comfortable a ride on the offroad as a bike with suspension but it makes for an excellent work commuter or recreational weekend ride.

Co-Op Cylces CTY 2.1

co-op cty 2.1 step-through hybrid

MSRP: $749

Features: Front suspension, step-through design

Like the Co-Op CTY 1.1, this is another hybrid offering from outdoor sports supplier REI. REI developed their own range of in-house bicycles in 2017 and have released over 30 models since.

The CTY 2.1 features similar relaxed geometry found in the 1.1 with the addition of a step-through frame and front suspension fork for added comfort on rough roads. Adjustable handlebars give the bike additional versatility along with hydraulic brakes and ergonomic handlebars.

Groupset

The CTY 2.1 combines a Shimano Acera derailleur on the rear with an HG41 8-speed (11-34) cassette and a Shimano triple crankset with FD-M191 derailleur on the front. Altus trigger shifters control the gears while Shimano M315 levers handle the hydraulic disc brakes.

Wheels and tires

The CTY 2.1 comes with 700c x 40mm Kenda Kick-Back tires with reflective sidewalls for safer night riding. These are fitted on Co-Op cycle rims with Joytech 32h hubs.

Performance

The main advantage of REI’s Co-Op range of bikes is their ready-to-ride nature which is appealing for entry-level riders. These highly versatile bikes can hit the road right out of the box and will feel great from the start.

The 2.1 is a bit of an upgrade on the 1.1, with the main benefit being the 63mm lock-out suspension fork for comfortable on and off-road riding. The upgraded groupset also gives this bike a more mature feel which gravel riders will appreciate.

At 31 lbs, the CTY 2.1 isn’t the lightest bike in its class but it makes up for this with quality components at an attractive price.

sixthreezero EVRYjourney Women's Cruiser

sixtheezero

MSRP: Check On Amazon

Features: Comfortable step-through design, range of colors

This female-focused hybrid bike comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes to fit all requirements.

Despite the lightweight aluminum frame, the bike still comes in at 33.9 lbs due to other solid features like a larger saddle and thicker 26″ wheels and tires. However, these features are included for the purpose of providing an extremely comfortable ride, making this one of the most comfortable hybrids available.

Frame 

The frame geometry is customized with the female figure in mind, with an easy step-through design and comfortable upright sitting position.

The foot-forward seat means riders of any height will be able to rest feet on the ground when stopped and easily mount the bike. The saddle benefits from a double spring design combined with large 1.95″ double wall tires for maximum shock absorption.

Groupset

The Sixthreezero EVRYjourney Women’s Step-Through comes with a simplified gearing system with only a single front ring and a 3-speed, 7-speed or 21-speed Shimano rear cassette. Brakes are standard alloy caliper brakes with simple handlebar levers.

Performance

Since the Sixthreezero EVRYjourney comes standard with fenders and a rear rack it makes it an ideal commuter bike straight out the box. However, while the bike might handle dirt paths it is not especially well designed for off-road riding. This is suited best to comfortable riding about town on solid surfaces.

The variety of colors, versatile seating options, and general adaptability will make this a highly attractive bike to a wide range of female riders.

Vilano Diverse 3.0

vilano diverse 3.0 hybrid

MSRP: Check On Amazon

Features: 24-speed, disc brakes

The Vilano Diverse 3.0 has probably the most road bike style frame of all the hybrid bikes listed here but don’t let that fool you. With wide tire clearance, disc brakes, and straight handlebars, this bike can take on the tarmac and gravel paths in equal measure.

Riders hoping to compete in friendly weekend sportives or hit single track paths with friends will both find themselves happy on the Vilano Diverse 3.0. This is a sporty bike designed to be ridden fast and aggressively on any terrain. Of course, it will get you to work and back too in a slightly faster and more exciting way.

Frame

The hydroformed 6160 aluminum alloy frame is shaped for performance, putting the rider in a more aerodynamic position for minimum wind resistance. Unfortunately, frame sizes are slightly limited to only a medium and large, fitting riders from 5’5″ to 6’4″.

Groupset

The Vilano Diverse 3.0 has a 24-speed Shimano Tourney TX gearset with Tourney derailleurs on both the front and back. These are controlled with Shimano EF 51 3/8 shifters that are integrated into the brake levels. This might take some getting used to for riders who haven’t used them before.

Tires and Wheels

The Vilano Diverse 3.0 comes standard with Kendra 700c x 35 tires on Weinmann 700c wheels with combined disc brakes. The decent tire clearance means these tires can be upgraded to even larger tires for better grip and more comfort off-road.

Performance

The Vilano Diverse 3.0 performs excellently for a bike in its price range and could easily compete against pricier models. It may not win you any medals but will certainly pit you well against your mates on weekend rides around town or in the countryside.

Raleigh Route 3

Raleigh Route 3

MSRP: $830

Features: Quality components all round

The Raleigh Route 3 is a true hybrid style bike with all the necessary features for both on and off-road riding. It also comes in slightly more expensive than most bikes listed here but proves it’s worth the extra dollars.

With front suspension, disc brakes, and a high-quality Shimano groupset, the Raleigh Route 3 will impress even the most seasoned of bikers. Combined with a lightweight aluminum frame and quality components and you have a winning formula.

Frame

The Raleigh Route 3 features a custom formed aluminum alloy tubed frame with a Suntour NVX-DS fork with 75mm travel and a preload adjuster. Eyelets for a rack, fenders, and bottle cages means this bike could easily be converted to a decent touring bike.

Groupset

The gearing is supplied by a combination of a Shimano Acera M3000 front derailleur on a 3-speed (26/36/48t) crank and Shimano Alivio M4000 rear derailleur on an HG200 9-speed cassette. This provides 27 gears controlled by Shimano Acera SL-M3000 3×9 trigger shifters.

Wheels and tires

Raleigh Route 3 benefits from nice and wide Vee Tire Easy Street 700x42c tires on Alloy DDM-1 Double Wall disc rims. These are fitted with Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes for sharp and precise stopping.

Performance

The Raleigh Route 3 is a beast of a bike that will leave riders struggling to find anything bad to say about it. The thick tires, front suspension, and strong frame make for fun riding on even the roughest of off-road surfaces. On the tarmac it features just as well, tackling city and urban streets in any weather conditions. It’s certainly no racing bike but it sure us a tough player designed for tough conditions.

Different Types Of Hybrids

There are different types of hybrids we are covering now:

  • Mountain bike influenced – These bikes usually have front suspension, thick treaded tires, and a mountain bike style frame design for better off-road handling. While they typically have slightly better on-road performance than most dedicated mountain bikes, they are at their best when dealing with rough surfaces like dirt and gravel.

Examples include the Trek FX 1 and Ghost Square Cross.

  • Road bike influenced – These are bikes with racing-style frames but straight handlebars for a more comfortable, upright position. They are usually lighter than most hybrids but also least suited to rough terrain or long-distance touring. These are great bikes for zipping around town are getting to work and back.

Examples include the Giant Escape 3 and Vilano Diverse 3.0

  • Cruiser & lifestyle influenced – Cruiser style bikes like the sixthreezero EVRYjourney are aimed at short trips around town or into the countryside. They are usually very comfortable and feature racks or baskets for carrying small goods. While cruiser bikes can handle a bit of rough terrain they are ideally aimed at smoother road surfaces.

Examples include the sixthreezero EVRYjourney

  • Utility hybrids – Utility hybrid bikes often make good touring bikes if you intend to stick mostly to tarmac surfaces. They are generally designed to be tough and carry heavier loads than most but are slower and a bit heavier than other hybrids. They don’t usually have suspension but with thicker tires, they can hold their own on dirt or gravel.

Examples include the Raleigh Route 3 or Marin Muirwoods

  • CX influenced – CX-style bikes are intended to provide a perfect balance between offroad and on-road surfaces, making for decent dirt track and tarmac riding. The mix means CX-style bikes are ideally suited to any specific surface but are great if you want a long-distance touring bike that is ready for any conditions.

Examples include the Cannondale Quick CX

Which One To Choose?

Always take into account what you’ll be using the bicycle for. There is no point in getting a mountain-bike style hybrid bike with suspension travel if you are only going to be commuting to work on flat paved roads.
– For a work commute, you want a lightweight, easy-riding bike so you don’t break too much of a sweat. 

If you intend to do some weekend tours with camping – look into a utility bike that can handle more weight.

If you want to hit the gravel tracks on the weekend then you’ll want a CX or mountain bike style hybrid.