Boardman HYB 8.8 hybrid bike

The HYB 8.8 from Boardman boasts hydraulic brakes and a high spec frame, but we'd like to see wider tyres as standard

Boardman HYB 8.8 hybrid bike
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Boardman HYB 8.8 is an upper-range hybrid, with a groupset that represents good value for money compared with other hybrids at the same price point. With off-road inspired low gearing and its relitively low weight, the HYB 8.8 is a pleasurable ride for the fitness rider, the commuter and the cycle tourist.

Reasons to buy
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    Single piece cockpit looks slick

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    Single chainring set up may be simpler for beginners

Reasons to avoid
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    Wider tyres could complement this build

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    Large jumps between gears

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With all the talk about new innovations and new styles of bike (we're looking at you, gravel bikes), it’s easy to forget about the humble hybrid bike. It has been a faithful go-to steed for beginner cyclists, commuter riders, cycle tourists and fitness cyclists alike for the last 30 years. 

A hybrid was the first bike I had when I got into serious cycling. It saw me through a few triathlons and some memorable cycle touring trips across the Peak District.

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