From weekday commuting to weekend exploring, the best hybrid bike has got your cycling covered. On or off road, urban or rural, and everything in-between, the best hybrid bike out there waiting for you to hop on and go for a ride.
What is a hybrid bike?
A hybrid bike is a cross between a standard road bike and a mountain bike, taking the best bits of both types of bike to create a machine that is comfortable over all terrains and surfaces.
Naturally, each of the best hybrid bikes will have it’s own unique design. The road and off road capability is blended differently for each model, with some having a stronger speedy road/ urban bias, while other will have a greater preference for mucky lanes and uneven off-road terrain.
Features to expect in a hybrid bike:
- Hybrid bikes have tires that are wider than those on a road bike, but narrower than mountain bike tires – 28-32c is common but could go up to 42c;
- Hybrid bikes nearly always have flat handlebars and a relaxed position that allows the rider to sit with fairly straight back;
- Expect disc brakes on a hybrid bike; these provide quicker stopping and are reliable in wet weather;
- If you plan on using your hybrid bike for commuting, look for eyelets for pannier racks and mudguards
Best hybrid bikes reviewed
Here’s a look at our favourite models. Because we know most shoppers are searching for the best hybrid bike for their money, we’ve included mostly value-orientated models – with one or two more premium options.
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Marin Presidio hybrid sports bike
Read more: Marin Presidio 2 review
- Spec – RRP £765/ $799, Material: Aluminium frame and fork, weight: TBC, Drive train: Shimano Nexus 7D 7-Speed Hub gear, Shimano U300 Hydraulic disc brakes, Tyres: Vee Tire Baldy 32mm, pannier and mudguard mounts.
- Pros – Beginner-friendly design, extereamly versatile, low maintenance.
- Cons – Clunky twist shift, bars could be wider
Billed as a city transit bike, it’s certainty more comfortable for long rides. Ideal for someone new. or returning to riding, the Marin Presidio robust and practical, yet nimble and swift build will see you returning to this bike even if you decide to add even more bikes to your stable.
If you just want a “bike” and you want it to do what most people expect a bike to do without you having to preen and polish it, this is the bike for you.
See more: Marin Presidio 2 at Tredz from £669.00
Triban RC500 flat bar disc
Read more: Triban 500 Flat Bar review
- Spec – RRP: £599.99, Material: Aluminum frame and carbon fork, Weight: 10.5kg Brakes: Promax disc brakes(mechanical), Suspension: none, Gearing: Shimano Sora 50/34 with 12-32 cassette, Tyres: 25c, Pannier mount: yes, Mudguard mount: yes
- Review score: 10/10
- Pros – Excellent spec for the money; wide range of gears; practical with pannier/mudguard mounts
- Cons – Brakes could be better
A speedy tarmac bike which will suit those commuting mostly on the road. The carbon fork is phenomenal value and adds an enormous amount of comfort to the ride.
It’s a great price for a great bike, the mechanical disc brakes are ok, but worth a hydraulic upgrade if you see a good deal. The a compact 50/34 chainset boasting a rear cassette replete with a wide spread of gears will see you up and over most hills, without sacrificing flat speed.
It’s a popular bike and, as a Decathlon exclusive brand, can sometimes be tricky to get hold of.
See more: Triban 5oo at Decathlon UK for £599.99
See more: Triban 500 at Decathlon USA for $999.00
B’Twin Triban Riverside 920
Read more: B’Twin Riverside 920
- Spec – RRP: £699, Material: aluminum frame and fork, Weight: 12.9kg Brakes: hydraulic disc, Suspension: yes, Gearing: SRAM single chainring 36T with 11-42 rear, Tyres: 38c, Pannier mount: yes, Mudguard mount: yes
- Review score: 9/10
- Pros: Versatile option rides well on and off road
- Cons – Steering a little twitchy at slow speed
Designed to be a trekking bike, the Riverside is comfortable on the road, and the suspension fork coupled with wide tires means that it handles gravel and wooded paths well.
A single chainring keeps things simple, and there’s loads of range on the rear cassette. The Mavic Allroad Aksium wheels are outstanding, coming with comfortable and pretty boom-proof 38mm B’Twin TrekkingSpeed Protect+ tyres.
Giant Escape Disc Sports Hybrid bike
Read more: Giant Escape 1 disc hybrid bike review
- Spec – RRP: £649, Material: aluminum frame, carbon fork, Weight: not available, Brakes: hydraulic disc, Suspension: none, Gearing: Shimano Atlus/Alivio 30/46 with 11-36 cassette, Tyres: 36c, Pannier mount: yes, Mudguard mount: yes
- Review score: 9/10
- Pros – internal cable routing keeps things neat; triple crankset gives lots of gears; effective brakes
- Cons – a bit heavy
A butted aluminium frame (Giant calls it ALUXX) with tons of stand-over clearance – an ideal bonus if you’re commuting in jeans. The tires are wide and this model can go off-road, but this is a bike designed with tarmac in mind.
Giant has gone for integrated cables, a smart move as it reduces damage over time and thus maintenance. The brakes offer super speedy stopping and there’s a huge choice of gears.
Features such as a riser stem allow for a pretty upright and comfortable position for most.
There are a handful of Giant Escape Disc Sport Hybrids to choose from with the Escape 1 the range topper, although it can be a little harder to track down than the lower priced Escape 2 and 3.
Cannondale Bad Boy 3
Read more: Cannondale Bad Boy hybrid bike review
- Spec – RRP: £849.99, Material: aluminum frame and fork, Weight: 11.6kg Brakes: mechanical disc, Suspension: Lefty OPI, Gearing: Shimano Altus 46/30T with 11-31 cassette, Tyres: 40c (65ob wheels), Pannier mount: yes, Mudguard mount: yes
- Review score: 8/10
- Pros: fast ride with good spec for the money
- Cons: bars wide in traffic
Cannondale calls this a bike that’s built for the city, but the wide tires and suspension mean this is certainly an option for someone who wants to explore off-road terrain a little.
The brand has opted for a smaller wheel (650b) with a 42c tire for 2020. The addition of a Lefty fork is something we approve of, too.
A good choice for someone who is seeking plenty of comfort, or a rider who wants to get off-road and explore a little.
Carrera Subway 1
- Spec – RRP: £300, Material: aluminium frame, steel fork, Weight: 14kg (approx), Brakes: mechanical disc brakes, Suspension: none, Gearing: Shimano Tourney 48/38/28T chainring with 12-32t rear, Tyres: 1.95″ Pannier mount: yes, Mudguard mount: yes
- Pros – wide tyres good for varied terrain; disc brakes for quick stopping
- Cons – stiff frame not comfortable over longer rides
Priority Bicycles Continuum Onyx
Read more: Priority Continuum Onyx Review(Note: currently US only)
- Spec – RRP: £846 / $1099, Material: Aluminum frame and fork, Weight: 30.29lb/13.74kg (quoted), Brakes: hydraulic disc brakes, Suspension: none, Gearing: 50T front with a Nuvinci CVT Rear Hub, Tires: WTB 700×32 Pannier mount: yes, Mudguard mount: yes
- Review score: 9/10
- Pros – Incudes fenders and front and rear dynamo lights
- Cons – Heavy
Carrera Crossfire 2
Read more: Carrera Crossfire 2 hybrid bike review
- Spec – RRP: £325, Material: aluminium frame and fork, Weight: 15kg (approx.), Brakes: mechanical disc brakes, Suspension: Yes Gearing: Shimano mix 48/38/28T chainring with 12-32t rear, Tyres: 40, Pannier mount: yes, Mudguard mount: yes
- Pros – wide tyres; suspension and disc brakes good for light off-road trails
- Cons – fork dulls the ride on the road
Complete with front end suspension, this is a hybrid bike designed for a rider who wants to experiment with gentle off-roading such as excursions down country bridleways.
The Suntour fork offers 75mm of travel, and can be adjusted to provide a stiffer ride on the tarmac. However, coupled with the very wide Kenda tyres, the extra spring does take some of the joy out of road riding.
Vitus Mach 3 Disc
Road more: Vitus Mach 3 Disc hybrid bike review
- Spec – RRP: £579.99/ $679.99, Material: aluminium frame and fork, Weight: 11.26kg Brakes: mechanical discs, Suspension: None, Gearing: Shimano Claris 50-34T chainset 11-28 rear, Tyres: 38c, Pannier mount: yes, Mudguard mount: yes
- Review score: 8/10
- Pros: rides well; hydraulic brakes work well
- Cons – bars wide in traffic
Coming from Chain Reaction Cycle’s own brand range, the Mach 3 is made with the same materials as the brand’s ‘Razor’ road bikes. You get a quality frame and carbon fork which improves handling and reduces road buzz.
The gearing is close to what you might get on an endurance road bike, so will offer fewer small gear options for the hills but this should be plenty for anyone of moderate fitness.
Vee G-Sport 38c tires are comfortable and resilient, though in our last test we felt the bars were a bit wide for congested roads.
Ribble Hybrid AL
- Spec – RRP: £999, Material: aluminium frame and carbonfork, Weight: 11.4kg (Claimed) Brakes: Shimano Hydraulic disc, Suspension: none, Gearing: SRAM NX 1x, Mavic Aksium Elite Disc 650b wheels : 35c, Pannier rack: Ribble Alloy, Mudguard: SKS P45mm
- Review score: 9/10 (AL e electric version)
- Pros – Great value for build, ready to ride out the box
- Cons – 650b not to everyone’s choice
Read more: Ribble Hybrid AL e review
We test rode the electric version of the Ribble Hybrid AL and loved it so much we gave it a Cycling Weekly Editor’s Choice Award. Knowing the brand well, we expect that the full range will be just as well received.
There are two non-electric versions to choose from, but the Ribble AL Leisure fully loaded edition comes with everything you need to get riding straight out the box, down to a Knog Oi Classic bell and Ribble USB lightset.
Canyon Commuter 5.0 hybrid bike
- Spec – RRP: £999, Material: aluminium frame and fork, Weight: 10.8kg Brakes: hydraulic disc, Suspension: none, Gearing: Shimano Nexus 8s hub, Tyres: 35c, Pannier mount: yes, Mudguard mount: yes
- Review score: 9/10
- Pros – excellent value with top components; hub gear for practicality
- Cons – twitchy handling;
It’s different to what German-based manufacturers Canyon usually produce, but they’ve transferred their expertise in making race-ready road machines into an impressive hybrid.
Dubbing their range ‘Urban’, with this model you get a neat belt drive to cut down on maintenance and potential mess, plus eight hub gears.
A good choice for someone after a low maintenance machine for flat city rides. If you want top spec, models go up to £2,649.00!
See more: Canyon Commuter 5.0 at Canyon from £999
Read more: Specialized Sirrus hybrid bike review
- Spec – RRP: £499, Material: Aluminum frame and steel fork, Weight: Not available, Brakes: V-brake, Suspension: none, Gearing: Shimano mix 48/38/28T chainring with 12-32t rear, Tyres: 32c, Pannier mount: yes, Mudguard mount: yes
- Pros – frame and tires make for fast ride on the road; practical with pannier/mudguard mounts
- Cons – Not the fastest option out there.
Perfect for commuting, this is a road-ready hybrid that will feel light and fast on tarmac when compared with models that come with suspension or wide tires.
A triple chainset means lots of gears for the hills but the rim brakes aren’t as quick in the wet as discs would be.
The frame was let down by its very upright position, for us – but that might be a plus if you’re after a very relaxed stance on the bike.
Do I need a women’s specific version to get the best hybrid bike for me?
Yes and no! The most important thing about getting the best hybrid bike for you is fit. Many brands will offer the women’s hybrid bikes and will come in smaller sizes, including narrower handle bars and women’s specific saddles. Check out the full range of the best women’s hybrid bikes on our dedicated page to help you decide.
Are there different types of the best hybrid bike?
The best hybrid bike for someone else might not be the best hybrid bike for you. Think about the sort of riding you’re going to be doing. Would you be better suited buying a hybrid bike that is more similar to a road bike, or one that is more similar to a mountain bike.
If you are thinking of riding your bike to work check out our 15 tips for commuting to work by bike page for all you need to know.
If you’re doing most of your riding on roads and cycles paths, then the best option is to go for a more road-orientated best hybrid bike. Quite often, these bikes will feature the same frame and fork as found on the manufacturer’s sportive road bike, but with a flat bar handlebar for a more upright position. The tires will also be slick, and not super wide, allowing you to ride fast and keep up with traffic.
Watch: Buyer’s guide to road bikes under £500
This type of the best hybrid bike will normally also come with gearing that reflects its road origins, mainly designed for relatively fast riding over flat roads. At its bottom end, the gearing should also be easy enough to tackle some pretty fierce hills. But, if you’re carrying extra pounds in your panniers (or on your belly), then you may struggle a little.
However, if you are going to be riding your best hybrid bike on rough cycle paths and bridleways, then it’s better to go for one that will be able to cope with a terrain.
The main difference with this type of best hybrid bike is that it will come with a suspension fork, which will improve comfort when riding over rough, rutted surfaces. These bikes will also come with slightly wider tyres, usually with a bit of tread on too to give a little more grip.
With regards to gearing, this type of best hybrid bike will generally have slightly easier gearing than its more road-orientated brethren.
Although you won’t be able to hit quite the same top speeds, having a big sprocket at the back and a tiny ring at the front, you should help you get better at climbing hills , especially at the end of your commute, even on a Friday evening at the end of a long, tiring week.
Compared to road bikes, all of the best hybrid bikes will come with wider tires. The width will vary, but it will generally be something between 28c and 42c. Not only will this help to improve comfort, ironing out any rough surfaces, but will also add to the level of grip when the roads are wet
The more varied the terrain you plan to ride on is, the wider you’ll want your tires. If you’re sticking mainly to the road, opt for the lower volume end.
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The best hybrid bike geometry
The frame of the best hybrid bike will generally have a fairly relaxed geometry. This means a short top tube and tall head tube to give a relaxed and upright riding position that should be nice and comfortable, and help you avoid cycling neck pain .
Many of the best hybrid bikes also feature a top tube that is sloped downwards from the front of the bike towards the back, which should make it a little bit easier to get on and off whatever you are wearing.
Hybrid bikes usually give a comfortable, upright positionAnother feature common to all of the best hybrid bikes is that they come with flat handlebars. This is in contrast to the dropped bars found on normal road bikes.
Does it matter what material the best hybrid bike is made from?
If you’re wondering should your next bike be carbon, aluminium, steel or titanium? It’s worth knowing that aluminium is the material used on the majority of the best hybrid bikes. From £200 budget options right up to more serious machines costing £1,500 most will feature an aluminium frame. Aluminium can provide a light, and comfortable ride, while standing up to plenty of abuse through years of use.
There are also quite a few of the best hybrid bikes on the market that combine an aluminium frame with a carbon fork. This helps to keep the cost down through the use of aluminium for the frame, while the carbon fork will do a better job of soaking up judder from rough roads.
What components should I expect on the best hybrid bike?
It might be a bit of a cliché, but you will generally get what you pay for when it comes to gearing. Pay more and the best hybrid bikes will come with higher quality groupsets. You’ll gain better quality shifting and less effort needed to shift between gears.
Our Buyer’s Guide to road bike groupsets will explain the hierarchies in more detail for you.
Depending on your use gearing range might be more important than shift quality. If you live in a hilly area, then it’s worth looking for a bike with a 32-tooth sprocket at the back. A big sprocket paired with a small front chainring will let you winch your way up steep gradients.
There are lots of the best hybrid bikes that offer a triple chainset. This is good if you want some seriously easy gears but it’s not always the best answer. The gear range is often not that much more than just two rings at the front. Moreover, it can be harder to find the perfect gear if you want to get into a rhythm on a long flat road or steady climb.
Rim brakes are the cheaper option and have been the preferred method of braking on road bikes since time immemorial. They’re also lighter than disc brakes, and are really easy to adjust and maintain, our How to set up your brakes video can help, but it just a matter of sliding in a new pair of brake pads every few months or so.
Although disc brakes have been used on mountain bikes for years, it’s a more recent addition to road bikes, although they are pretty commonplace now and a perfect match for the best hybrid bikes.
Our complete guide to disc brakes on road bikes Disc brakes: everything you need to know will help answer any question and quearies you have if they are a new braking system for you.
Another thing to keep an eye on is the saddle that comes with the bike. Check that it suits the sort of riding that you’re going to be doing. Also consider the clothing that you’re going to be doing it in.
If you’re riding more than a couple of miles then we highly recommend you invest in the best cycling shorts as get a pair of padded cycling shorts will vastly improve your comfort in the saddle.
Watch: How to fit and remove pedals
As is the case with most bikes, you’re likely to have even the best hybrid bike sold either without pedals. In some cases, you might find plasticky black flat pedals included. If it’s the latter, the first thing you should do to your new hybrid bike is take these off and throw them in the bin. Seriously. Invest in a more suitable pair.
The best options for commuting and urban riding are off-road pedals such as Shimano’s SPD system. These are easy, even for beginners, to get in and out of. The recessed cleat makes walking easy and since it’s an off-road design it’s less susceptible to mud.
Are there any other features that I should look for on the best hybrid bike?
If you’re having to carry large or heavy items into work, then it can be uncomfortable to carry a backpack. A better option is to invest in a pair of panniers. Panniers will move the weight from you to the bike.
All of the best hybrid bikes should come with eyelets in the frame for pannier racks. It is possible to buy adaptor clips that will let you use a pannier rack without having the eyelets. The problem is these won’t hold the rack quite as securely as if the frame is specifically designed for the purpose.
If your wondering about the questions of Do you really need mudguards? The answer will be yes!
Look for a hybrid bike that has plenty of clearance between the frame and the tire. The clearance will be important for fitting mudguards. Even better will be a frame with eyelets so you can fit ones with better coverage, rather than flimsy clip on ones.
It might seem a shame to spoil the look of your new bike in such a way, but you’ll certainly appreciate it when cycling on wet roads.
Where to buy the best hybrid bike
The vast majority of major bike manufacturers create hybrid bikes. Specialized bikes, Trek bikes, Giant bikes and Boardman bikes are all examples of brands who offer flat bar multi terrain hybrid bikes within their collections.
You can buy bikes online, but it might not be the best choice. As a result of being new to the cycling world you might be unfamiliar with the right ft for you. A good shop will make sure you leave the shop with the perfect fit.
Look for a retailer that will fit the bike for you and allow test rides. Some also offer money back guarantees after 30 days, in case you change your mind.