Our Favorite Hybrid Bikes Tested & Fully Reviewed
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.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 17 hrs of research
Good quality gearset
Wide tires for stability
- Tommaso La Forma
- Diamondback Trace
- Schwinn Discover
- Sixthreezero EVRYjourney
- Schwinn Network 3.0
- Raleigh Cadent 2
- Diamondback Edgewood
- Sixthreezero Explore Your Range
- Schwinn Network 3.0
- Schwinn Phocus
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Favorite Hybrid Bikes
1. Tommaso La Forma
Good quality gearset
Wide tires for stability
More expensive than other options
Needs professional assembly to validate warranty
This 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 helps users to sit upright in a comfortable position. The Shimano gear set shifts smoothly and efficiently but you will need professional assistance from a bike mechanic to get it assembled.Read more
The aluminum frame is lightweight and strong. The gears consist of Shimano components and the tires are extra wide to help give the user good traction as well as a high level of stability.
Users found the wide tires did a good job of helping them navigate a variety of surfaces. This is great 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. This 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 bike.
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
Strong aluminum frame
63 mm fork for easy handling
Great for taller riders
Adjusting seat height may be difficult
Bulkier tires are not as easy for storage
People love the Diamondback Trace. With a solid frame and extra large size option, this 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 designed for this because it can actually be a challenge to find a bike 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 wider side at 40 cm and offer good grip on dirt and road, even in slick conditions.
The 63 mm travel fork makes for easy 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.
The women’s Vital 2 has a silvery purple color that is a bit more feminine than the unisex variety.
Price may range but this bike seems to run around 350 dollars or less. It is a reliable and versatile option that works great for smaller cyclists.
3. Schwinn Discover
Comfortable aluminum city frame
Built-in rear rack and fenders
21-speed SRAM gear shifters
Front and rear hydraulics
Tall construction not suited for riders under 5’10’’
Some users note issues with assembly
The 21-speed Discover 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. This 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 is certainly not the lightest weight option out there. Users also note that this bike is quite tall and is 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 hybrid bikes. They have the tread of a mountain bike with the thinner feel of a road bike.
A built-in rear rack and fenders make this bike 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 easily 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 a great option for a comfortable and versatile bike.
4. Sixthreezero EVRYjourney
Multiple gear options
Stylish beach cruiser design
Comfortable and stable
Step-through design for easy mounting and dismounting
Not highly technical
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 a great option for the casual commuter.Read more
The lightweight aluminum frame of this hybrid bike 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 this bike easy to handle.
2-inch wide semi-slick tires provide good contact with the ground but move smoothly over a variety of terrain.
This versatile bike is available in single-speed, 3-speed, 7-speed, and 21-speed options to help you find the perfect option 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.
This bike gets 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.
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 Network 3.0
Lightweight aluminum frame
Comfortable geometric design for upright posture
Front fork suspension
Suspension seat post
No rear suspension for more serious trail riding
Some users find it difficult to adjust
The Schwinn Network Hybrid bike strikes a nice 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 this bike provides a stable and smooth ride.
Shimano EZ fire shifters help you shift easily between the 21 speeds.
The semi-gloss white paint and subtle black accents have a clean and classic look that does not draw too much attention.
Running under 300 dollars, this is one of the least expensive bikes on this list. It is reliable and versatile for those seeking a commuter bike that can handle the occasional off-road challenge.
6. Raleigh Cadent 2
Lightweight aluminum frame
Subtle tread for a smooth ride
Wider tires provide stability
Seat may need to be upgraded for long rides
The Cadent 2 Fitness 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.
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.
The pale color features orange and gray stripes for a retro look perfect for the casual commuter.
At around 350 dollars, this bike has all the key features of a good commuter with the comfort of a mountain bike at a good value price.
7. Diamondback Edgewood
Lightweight aluminum frame
4 sizes available
Thicker tires with subtle tread for a smooth but stable ride
Front and rear suspension
Added seat suspension
Big wheels are bulky and not as easy for storage
The lightweight aluminum frame and easy 21-speed Shimano gear shifter make this bike a solid hybrid option. Sport Hybrid Geometry design and front and back 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, bulky tires detract from the 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 wider end for hybrid bikes and provide a stable feel for cruising through your ride. The subtle tread will not slow you down but provides good traction when needed.
Users really 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.
Simple white writing on this sky blue bike has a classic and cheerful look.
Price will range under $450 but typically this bike seems to run under $350 dollars. Reviewers find that the lightweight frame and easy riding make this bike a great value.
8. Sixthreezero Explore Your Range
Lightweight aluminum frame
Leather handlebars and seat
7-speed gear system
Cute vintage style
3 color options
Not ideal for more technical riding
Style meets comfort and functionality in this hybrid 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 accent 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 this bike 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 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 this bike a classic vintage look.
At around 370 dollars, this bike is slightly more expensive than some of the other bikes on our list. However, women seeking a stylish but functional bike for commuting or light trails will find that this bike ticks all the boxes.
9. Schwinn Network 3.0
Very comfortable ride
Seat is comfortable and has a suspension system
Front derailleur can be difficult to adjust
This bike comes from the oldest bike maker in the United States and they offer a lifetime warranty with all their bikes. 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 is able to ride comfortably upright and the alloy wheels are lightweight and have a quick-release feature.Read more
The frame and front suspension fork are made of lightweight aluminum and the wheels are a metal alloy.
The wheels are designed for mostly road use although you can take them for short trips over gravel or dirt paths.
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 own suspension system.
This one looks cool but understated. It's only available in white, however.
This one is about 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
Front suspension fork
Flat handlebars for upright posture
Mechanical disc brakes
Not much tread for off-roading
The Schwinn Phocus is marketed as a beginner road bike 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 a great 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 road bikes, 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 type of commute.
This Phocus model is sporty and stylish silver and gray with orange accents.
This bike runs 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 solid value.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
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 really sets them apart. These 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 bike frames 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 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 all the way up to extremely high-quality, and expensive, gearsets for high-level mountain bike and road racers.
When we talk about traction in this section we're referring to the tires the bike comes with. Tire width is one of the main features differentiating hybrid bikes from mountain bikes and road bikes. Hybrid tires 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 ranges 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 bike comes with for ones that are bigger or smaller, but of course, this comes at an additional cost. Having good traction on your bike tires is obviously 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 bike the most and whether that's the road or dirt and gravel pathways and trials. If you'll be using it mostly for the road a thinner tire will be your best bet. If you'll mostly be using your hybrid bike on dirt or gravel trails then a wider, knobbier tire is your best option.
Gears: 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 gears 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 bikes will have smoother gear transitions while budget options may feel a bit more clunky. The fluidity and number of gears depend largely on the type of riding you do. If you have a hilly commute, more gears and a smooth transition may be worth the investment.
Brakes: 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.
Accessories: As hybrid bikes are very popular 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 an easy 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.
Although the style isn’t necessarily the number one priority when searching for a bike, it is an important factor for many shoppers. Having a bike you love that you feel reflects 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 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. In order 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. This helps us bring you a score that accurately reflects a wide variety of experiences and opinions.
If you are just 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 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, salt water, 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
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Remember why you chose a hybrid; because you're not racing or heading up into the mountains, you're doing some of both. Maybe you want to ride your bike to work and play around on the trails with your kids over the weekend. A hybrid is a great way to go. Keeping that in mind, look for tough tires, look for easily changed gears, and look for comfort.
A healthy lifestyle is a safe lifestyle. Don't forget your safety equipment, such as; bike helmets, cycling gloves, lights, and reflective clothing to name a few. It is important to do everything that you can to stay safe while riding. Accidents happen and even the most careful of riders can get into trouble and get hurt, but you want to take all the precautions you can to minimize injuries if and when they do occur.
Other Factors to Consider
The terrain you ride on should be the biggest consideration when choosing a hybrid bike. The variation in the tire tread, gears, and braking systems can make a big difference when handling the varying terrain. Most hybrid bikes are best suited for road riding and the occasional well-groomed trail. However, some featuring more significant tread and slightly thicker tires can handle off-roading with more ease. Similarly, suspension systems are useful for absorbing shock and smoothing your ride over rough or bumpy terrain.
The weather where you live and where you plan to ride should play a role in the hybrid bike you choose. For those planning to ride year round through rain or snow, fenders and disc brakes are a worthy investment. If you are only taking your bike out on dry and sunny days, these features may weigh you down and a road bike or cruiser style hybrid may be your best bet.
Frequently Asked Questions
A hybrid bike is a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike. They have a lot of the best features of both types of bicycles and people tend to love them. They typically have narrower tires than mountain bikes to help you go fast on pavement, while still having enough width and tread for jaunts through dirt and gravel paths. The frame and seat design allow the user to sit up higher and more comfortably than a road bike does. They're great for commuters or running errands around town, and typically have lots of places that are perfect for attaching baskets or other gear for carrying your stuff.
Bike sizes will vary by company and model. Some hybrids are one-size-fits-all while others are available in multiple sizes. With adjustable seats, these bikes are pretty good at accommodating a variety of riders. However, exceptionally short or tall riders may want to pay close attention to sizing charts and user reviews. Similarly, cyclists planning long rides may want to consider sizing options to fine tune the fit and comfort of their bike.
The exact differences will vary from brand to brand but women’s bikes are modeled to cater to those who need a smaller build to bike comfortably. In general, they will have narrower handlebars, smaller frames, and a differently shaped saddle. Some may also have a shorter tube top and taller tube head to allow for a comfortable and relaxed posture in shorter cyclists.
If you feel you could benefit from using a bike with a better build that isn’t typically marketed towards you, don’t worry. Make the choice that will best fit your body, your workout style, and your needs.
Some of the options on our list are more versatile and you can make them a little more trail friendly by getting wider tires with more grip. But if you want something with a little more oomph for trails and terrain, maybe you should check out a touring bike! They have a similar build to hybrid bikes, with a combination of features from road bikes and mountain bikes, and are versatile as well. With a touring bike, you can confidently take on more adventurous routes and still saddle up for your city commute the next morning.
Cyclocross bikes are a lesser known style that is growing in popularity that may also fit your needs if you’re worried about traveling on rough roads or trails. They are a little more heavy duty than hybrid bikes or touring bikes, but they are a great choice for riding on gravel, winter roads, unpaved trails, etc. They are also great for backpacking, with more nuanced gear ratios that make up and downhill biking a breeze. They don’t have all of the same great features as a hybrid bike, but it may be worth comparing to see if they are a viable option for the kind of traveling you want to do.
Depending on your level of skill and experience, you should be able to do most of the maintenance yourself. Be sure to keep some 3-1 oil handy to keep the chain oiled, we like putting some oil on an old toothbrush and using it to oil the chain, gears, and other moving parts. If something happens to the gears such as being damaged or the chain becomes completely derailed, you may need to bring it into a professional bike shop for maintenance. We recommend that at least once or twice a year you bring it into your local bike shop for a good tune up and protect your investment, making sure it lasts a long time. With proper care and maintenance, your new hybrid bike should give you years of enjoyable use.
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