10 Best Hybrid Bicycles Reviewed and Tested in 2021
The lightweight frame that mirrors the build of most road bikes, mixed with the upright posture of a mountain bike, allows new cyclists more comfort and control while giving more experienced riders a break from leaning over the handlebars.
Key features such as raised handlebars, narrow tires and subtle tread make these bikes ideal for commuters and occasional weekend riders. Check out each of the bikes on our list and our FAQ for more information on choosing the best hybrid bikes and tips for cyclists.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The quality and durability of your hybrid bike can easily be determined by what materials it is made of and how it is constructed. And given how expensive these bikes can be, you definitely want to make sure you get something that can handle long term use.
When we talk about materials in this section, we're referring to the bicycle's frame, suspension forks, gearset, and other components. Hybrid bikes have a distinctive frame and handlebar geometry that sets them apart. These hybrid bikes feature a lightweight frame with raised handlebars to allow the cyclist to reach the handlebars while sitting upright.
This upright position is more comfortable for most riders and takes the strain off the back and neck. It isn’t as aerodynamic or quite as fast as road bikes with a ride position that is pitched forward, but it is completely adequate for casual riding. Most hybrid bikes frame are made mostly of aluminum. Aluminum provides a lightweight but solid build that will withstand years of punishment on varying terrain.
As far as gearsets go, you'll mostly find Shimano components on the hybrid bikes on this list. Shimano is the world leader in bicycle components, offering different levels of sets that run from low-cost options for beginning and casual bike riders up to extremely high-quality, and expensive, gearsets for high-level mountain bike and road racers.
When it comes to any type of bike, you need to make sure you get something that offers the right amount of traction for the terrain you will be riding your bike in.
When we talk about traction in this section, we're referring to the tires the hybrid bikes come with. Tire width is one of the main features of differentiating hybrid bikes from mountain bikes and road bikes. The Hybrid bikes tire range between 28 and 40 cm making them thicker than a road bike but thinner than a mountain bike.
The depth and amount of tread also range widely among hybrid bikes and should be considered based on the terrain you will be riding on. Remember that you can always change the tires your hybrid bikes come with for ones that are bigger or smaller, but of course, this comes at an additional cost. Having good traction on your hybrid bike tires is very important, but there is a tradeoff to be aware of.
Typically, the wider and knobbier the tire the better grip it offers the rider. However, this also makes the tire slower. So again, think carefully about where you'll be using the hybrid bikes the most and whether that's the road or dirt and gravel pathways and trials. If you are using it mostly for the road, a thinner tire will be your best bet.
If you'll mostly be using your hybrid bikes on dirt or gravel trails then a more extensive, a knobbier tire is your best option. Whatever it is that you need, just make sure you go with what will work for you and ensures that your bike will last you the long haul. It doesn't matter what number your bike falls on our list as long as it fits your needs.
Not all hybrid bikes are the same and some of them offer features that others don't. We made sure to take a look at all of the advanced features each of our top picks hat to offer to ensure we could help our readers distinguish the differences between each of the bikes on our list.
When we evaluated each of our top picks, we made sure to rate them all based on the advanced features they had to offer. We took a look at the additional features they have, how effective and beneficial these features are, and what real-world users had to say about the features. The additional factors we considered are highlighted below.
Bike gearsets are usually outsourced to a different company. Most of the hybrid bikes on this list feature Shimano gearsets, although the Schwinn Discover features gears from the company SRAM. 21-speed speeds seem to be most common in the hybrid group although bikes such as the Vilano Diverse and Schwinn Phocus have 24 and more casual bikes such as the Threesixzero EVRYjourney are available with less.
When it comes to the gear system, you get what you pay for. More expensive hybrid bikes will have smoother gear transitions while budget options may feel a bit more clunky. The fluidity and number of gears depend primarily on the riding you do. If you have a hilly commute, more gears and a smooth transition may be worth the investment.
Hybrid bikes are pretty well divided when it comes to their braking systems. Some favor the rim brakes that are found on most road bikes, and others feature disc brakes common to mountain bikes. Disc brakes are more precise but also more expensive. This type of braking system is bulkier but performs better under wet conditions.
For those seeking the lightweight agility of a road bike, rim brakes may be a better bet. They add little weight and are easy to adjust and maintain by simply changing out the brake pads.
As hybrid bikes are top-rated among commuters, most are compatible with a variety of accessories to ease your commute. Fenders add some weight but are well worth it to save your suit from muddy or wet conditions, and many hybrid bikes may come already fitted with mudguards. Rear racks can also be a bit bulky but are very convenient if you are planning to mount a bag or a basket.
Hybrid bikes will usually have plenty of mounting points for these, and for many other accessories so you can gear up for a smooth ride. Bike computers, GPS devices, and bike lights may all be necessities for safety and ease of travel. If you are seeking a good bike for around town or an easy commute, they are good things to have.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to ride with style as long as it is not your main priority. We took a look at the different colors and styles each was available in and rated them based on our findings.
Although the style isn’t necessarily the number one priority when searching for a bike, it is an essential factor for many shoppers. Having a bike you love that you feel your style and who you are, may help you feel motivated to ride or to feel more confident about your buying decision.
After all, it is something that you probably hope to have for years to come, so there’s no shame in wanting to invest in something that you enjoy, and that looks good. We took this into account while comparing bikes for our list of best hybrid bikes, and gave extra consideration to hybrid bikes that were aesthetically pleasing or came with many customizable features.
Admittedly this is a subjective factor since what we think looks cool and is stylish may differ from your preferences. To account for this, we also considered over 1400 user reviews from real-world users to see what they had to say about the style and other factors. Help us bring you a score that accurately reflects a wide variety of experiences and opinions.
The value your hybrid bicycle brings to the table will establish whether or not it is a wise investment for you. You need to make sure it falls within your budget and that it offers the features you need in a hybrid bike if you want to get the greatest value from your hybrid bike.
If you are beginning in the cycling world, chances are you don’t want to invest a ton of money right off the bat. As hybrid bikes are the perfect entry-level bike for new riders, we looked for options that are affordable and versatile. As with any purchase, lower cost bikes may require more maintenance or replacement parts over time, an important thing to consider while you shop.
As always, a hybrid bike will end up costing you much more if you don’t take the precautions necessary to protect it, so part of investing in your hybrid bike is investing in a good bike lock. Take a look at our guide on bike locks which includes tips and advice in the FAQ on how to protect your bike from potential thieves as well as recovery steps for those who may end up getting their bike stolen.
You'll also want to keep your bike well-maintained through regular care and upkeep. Here are some easy and simple things you can do to keep your bike in good shape and help it last a long time:
- Wash it off regularly to remove road grime, saltwater, and other debris
- Keep the chain operating smoothly by regularly lubricating the chain and other components
- Take it in once or twice a year to a professional bike shop for a full tune-up
Hybrid Bike Reviews
1. Tommaso La Forma
This hybrid bike is great for long and leisurely rides, commuting, or shorts trips to the store. The aluminum frame is lightweight and comes pre-drilled with holes that will easily allow you to add aftermarket accessories such as baskets and panniers. The frame geometry and handlebar design help users to sit upright in a comfortable position. The Shimano gear set shifts smoothly and efficiently, but you will need professional assistance from a hybrid bike mechanic to get it assembled.Read more
The aluminum frame is lightweight and robust. The gears consist of Shimano components, and the tires are extra wide to help give the user excellent traction as well as a high level of stability.
Users found the wide tires did an excellent job of helping them navigate a variety of surfaces. It is unique since you never know where you might wind up when you're on a hybrid bike.
This option comes with a 3x9 Shimano Acera Groupset. It has an 11/32T cassette, and the crankset is a 48/36/26T. Makes the gears have a great variety of speeds for all sorts of terrains and situations.
This bike is pretty cool looking. It looks sort of like a low-key mountain hybrid bicycle. And even though it isn't available in a ton of color options, it still looks sleek and stylish.
It's a little more expensive than other options on this list, but with its high-quality Shimano gearset and comfortable frame, geometry users were happy with the price they paid.
2. Diamondback Trace
People love the Diamondback Trace hybrid bike. With a solid frame and extra-large size option, this hybrid bike can comfortably accommodate the larger riders out there. Wider all-weather tires and a 21-speed gear system help you handle a variety of terrains and conditions, while disk brakes help you stop in a hurry.Read more
The 6061-T6 aluminum sport hybrid frame is strong and stable. It has an upright design to keep you in a comfortable and casual posture. It is designed for larger riders, and reviewers loved that they created for this because it can be a challenge to find a hybrid bicycle that fits people who are built large and tall.
The tires on this bike find a happy medium between a road bike tire and a mountain bike tire. The all-weather tires are on the broader side at 40 cm and offer good grip on dirt and road, even in slick conditions.
The 63 mm travel fork makes for secure handling, and the 21-speed Shimano Drivetrain system makes riding over hills a breeze. Underseat suspension and DB Kraton grips help absorb shock on a bumpy road.
If you like this bike and want a few color options to choose from, you will love this one. It is available in several colors and its sporty and functional design is a favorite for many bikers.
Price may range, but this hybrid bike seems to run around 350 dollars or less. It is a reliable and versatile option that works great for smaller cyclists. If you find this bike offers the features you need, you will find that it is worth every penny you spend on it.
3. Schwinn Discover
The 21-speed Discover hybrid bike from Schwinn is a classic example of a hybrid bike. With the narrow tires of a road bike and hydraulics and tread of a mountain bike, it is well suited to take on varying terrain. The built-in rear rack and fenders have this bike ready for your daily commute. It is a comfortable and classic option but the aluminum frame is on the heavier side, and it is too tall for anyone under 5’10’’ to ride comfortably.Read more
The aluminum city frame is built for comfort and will keep your posture comfortable and relaxed throughout your commute. The frame weighs between 35 and 40 lbs which are certainly not the lightest weight option out there. Users also note that these hybrid bikes are quite tall and are best for individuals 5’10’’ and taller. However, the addition of a suspension fork and hydraulics on the front and rear suspension are great for absorbing shock on uneven roads.
28 C tires are on the narrow end for these hybrid bikes. They have the tread of a mountain bike with the thinner feel of a road bike. If you want to hit more technical terrain or some of your favorite trails, this is a great versatile hybrid bike that will let you tackle the difficult terrain much easier than a bike with less traction would.
A built-in rear rack and fenders make these hybrid bikes ready to keep up with your commute. 21-speed SRAM gear shifters help to ease your ride over varying terrain.
The classic Schwinn style and aluminum frame with white on black design is understated and will blend in quickly on any bike rack. It is certainly not a show stopper, but it also will not detract from your appearance.
Falling under 350 dollars, this is an excellent option for a comfortable and versatile hybrid bicycle. If you are on a budget, make sure to take a close look at the Schwinn DIscover because it is definitely worth more than the price.
4. Sixthreezero EVRYjourney
This stylish bike combines the laidback comfort of a beach cruiser with the gears and smooth ride of a commuter bike. Available with single-speed, 3-speed, 7-speed, and 21-speed options, this bike offers more versatility than the exterior would suggest. The step-through design, built-in fenders, and optional basket make this bike great for all your around-town errands. Other than the gears it does not offer much in the way of speed or technicality, but it is an excellent option for the casual commuter.Read more
The lightweight aluminum frame of these hybrid bikes more closely resembles a beach cruiser than a road or mountain bike. The step-through design makes mounting and dismounting the bike very easy, especially for shorter women. The one-size-fits-all design is intended to accommodate heights from 5’4’’ to 6’4’’ but women as short as 5 feet tall find these hybrid bikes easy to handle.
2-inch wide semi-slick tires provide good contact with the ground but move smoothly over a variety of terrain. Those of you looking for a versatile bike you can take both on the road and on the trail--and even the beach--will love the well-round traction this bicycle provides.
This versatile hybrid bicycle is available in single-speed, 3-speed, 7-speed, and 21-speed options to help you find the perfect choice for your riding needs. The 7-speed and 21-speed have external hand brakes better suited for commutes and longer rides. Built-in fenders and optional basket are ideal for commuters.
These hybrid bikes get major style points for its peaches and cream color scheme and laidback beach cruiser design. A leather seat cushion adds the final luxurious touch for this cute and feminine commuter hybrid bikes.
At around 400 dollars, this is a bit more expensive than some of the more basic options. If you are seeking a cute but functional commuter, however, this is the perfect option.
5. Schwinn 1.0
The Schwinn Network Hybrid bike strikes a delicate balance between the comfort of a cruiser, the ruggedness of a mountain bike and the speed of a road bike. A front fork suspension and under-seat suspension help to absorb shock and impact when riding on more rugged terrain. Narrower wheels help you maintain a grip on the road, but the more rugged grip can also handle more dirt.Read more
A Schwinn hybrid aluminum frame and swept-back handlebars keep the rider upright and comfortable. A front suspension fork and under-seat suspension to absorb shock from uneven terrain.
The tires are narrow but have more significant tread than your typical road bike tires. Reviewers note these hybrid bikes provide a stable and smooth ride.
Shimano EZ fire shifters help you shift effortlessly between the 21 speeds. This feature allows users to take this bike on hilly routes and even more technical terrain--which means this bike is one of the more versatile options, however, it won't work for the seriously technical trail so stick to the easy paths.
The semi-gloss white paint and subtle black accents have a clean and classic look that does not draw too much attention. The bike also comes in other colors as well, so if you want something that pops you will have a few options to choose from.
Running under 300 dollars, this is one of the least expensive hybrid bikes on this list. It is reliable and versatile for those seeking a commuter hybrid bike that can handle the occasional off-road challenge.
6. Raleigh Cadent 2
The Cadent 2 Fitness hybrid bike is a top pick for new riders seeking comfort and versatility. If you have been considering changing up your commute but are not ready to feel pitched forward and balance on the skinny tires of a road bike, this is a great option. The frame is lightweight but allows you to maintain a comfortable, upright posture. 35 cm wheels have substantial contact with the road but the smoother tread will keep you rolling along quickly.Read more
The lightweight aluminum frame offers the speed of a road bike with the comfortable, upright posture of a mountain bike. It is constructed to hold u over time and its sturdy design makes it bicycle you can rely on for the long haul.
The 35 cm tires have the right thickness for both hills roads and flat city riding. The subtle traction has a smoother ride than rugged mountain bike tires allowing you to zip quickly along the road but still provides enough grip for the occasional trail ride.
3x7 Shimano Tourney shifters offer 21 gear speeds to choose from as you climb and descend. Those of you like to hit the hilly routes will love this feature because it allows you to choose your difficulty setting and get some help when you need it.
As you can see from some of the pictures we include in this review, this bicycle is available in several colors to choose from. Keep in mind, however, that some colors can make the bicycle a little pricier.
At around 350 dollars, this hybrid bike has all the critical features of a good commuter with the comfort of a mountain bike at an excellent value price.
7. Diamondback Edgewood
The lightweight aluminum frame and smooth 21-speed Shimano gear shifter make this bike a reliable hybrid option. Sport Hybrid Geometry design and front and rear suspension create a comfortable ride. Subtle tread on the tires creates a smooth spin similar to a road bike, but the thicker width provides more stability. However, big tires detract from lightweight mobility when storing and moving this bike.Read more
The lightweight aluminum frame is available in 4 sizes and is designed with Sport Hybrid Geometry to keep the rider in an upright and comfortable position. A low, middle bar makes it easy for cyclists to climb on and off the bike quickly. Front and back suspension absorbs shock over rougher terrain.
40 cm tires are on the broader end for hybrid bikes and provide a solid feel for cruising through your ride. The subtle tread will not slow you down but provides good traction when needed.
Users love the Shimano EF-51 Easyfire shifter and find that the 21 speeds are quick and easy to shift between. Standard alloy brakes are reliable. The seat post features a KindShock Alloy suspension for added shock absorption.
As far as style goes, this is a very functional and minimalistic looking hybrid bike. That being said, it is available in several color selections to choose from, so you do have the option to cruise in your favorite color with the Diamondback Edgewood bike.
The price will range under $450, but typically these hybrid bicycles seem to run under 350 dollars. Reviewers find that the lightweight frame and comfortable riding make these hybrid bikes a great value.
8. Sixthreezero Explore Your Range
Style meets comfort and functionality in this hybrid bicycle commuter from Sixthreezero that is specially designed for women. The classic style and rear rack make it ideal for running errands around town while the 7-speed gears help you explore unknown areas in comfort. The brown leather seats and handlebars are the perfect accents for any of the 3 available colors. The women-specific design is less cumbersome and is suitable for riders as short as 5’0’’.Read more
The lightweight aluminum frame makes these hybrid bicycles well suited for cruising down roads and hard-packed trails. The seat and handlebar design keep the rider seated upright and comfortable. An adjustable seat accommodates bike riders from 5’0’’ to 6’0’’.
The 38 cm wheels have double-walled rims for a smooth ride. They are not ideal for off-roading but can handle well-groomed trails quite well.
Users find the 7-speed gear system is more than adequate for riding around town. The rear rack is ideal for attaching a bag or a basket.
Available in solid cream, navy or teal blue, the brown leather seat and handlebars give these hybrid bikes classic vintage look. You will definitely get some looks with this bike because it looks so good!
At around 370 dollars, this bike is slightly more expensive than some of the other hybrid bikes on our list. However, women seeking stylish but functional hybrid bikes for commuting or light trails will find that these hybrid bikes tick all the boxes.
9. Schwinn Network 3.0
This bike comes from the oldest bike maker in the United States, and they offer a lifetime warranty with all their hybrid bicycles. This model has an aluminum frame and front suspension fork which helps it navigate a variety of terrain. The handlebars are designed in a backward sweeping fashion so the rider can ride comfortably upright and the alloy wheels are lightweight and have a quick-release feature. Read moreRead more
The frame and front suspension fork are made of lightweight aluminum, and the wheels are a metal alloy. This makes this bike easy maneuverable and ensures it is durable--so you can count on this one to last your for many adventures!
The wheels are designed for mostly road use although you can take them for short trips over gravel or dirt paths. So, if you know you want to be able to ride on trails or more technical terrain with your hybrid bike, go ahead and take this on off of your list.
The component set on this bike is the Shimano 21 speed rear derailleur combined with the Shimano EZ Fire shifters. It also has a Schwinn front suspension fork, and even the seat has its suspension system.
This bicycle is sleek and stylish, so you will look great every time you ride. It is not really available in many colors to choose from, so you won't have many options when it comes to that.
This hybrid bicycle is about the middle of the road in terms of cost on our list. It is well designed and comfortable, however, and most users were happy with the price they paid.
10. Schwinn Phocus
The Schwinn Phocus is marketed as a beginner road hybrid bicycle, but the flat bar design of the 1500 model gives it that upright posture common to hybrid bikes. Mechanical disc brakes and a 24-speed gear system make this bike an excellent option for hilly commutes.Read more
The aluminum fitness frame has a front suspension fork to absorb some shock on rougher terrain. The flat bar handlebars differentiate it from the 1600 and 1400 models to allow the rider to ride with a more comfortable, upright posture.
The tires more closely resemble that of a road bike. Although they have slightly more width, they have a more subtle tread that will help you cruise smoothly on the road.
Unlike many of the lower-cost hybrid bicycles, the Schwinn Phocus features mechanical disc brakes for increased stopping power. The Shimano 24-speed drivetrain provides a wide gear range to allow for precise handling for any commute.
This Phocus model is sporty and stylish, however, it is available in minimal color selections to choose from. If you find this bike is perfect for you it is definitely worth giving up the option to choose between a lot of different colors.
These hybrid bikes run around $380 but can sometimes be found for less. Users love the quick ride and sturdy build and in general, felt the price was fair and offered substantial value.
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