Mountain bike versus hybrid: What's the difference? review

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Wondering what the difference is between a hybrid bike and a mountain bike and which is best for you? We’ll take you through both these styles of bike.

Mountain bike v hybrid

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On the face of it, hybrid bikes and mountain bikes can look quite similar. Both have flat handlebars, wide tyres, disc brakes - and many hybrid bikes also come with front suspension.

Although hardtail mountain bikes (those without rear suspension) bear some resemblance to hybrid bikes, the riding that they are suited to is a lot closer to that of full suspension mountain bikes than hybrid bikes.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.