Best Hybrid Bikes Under £500

Words by Harry Archer

on 11/06/2018 08:44:04


A bike for the many not just the few

Cycling is a sport that is accessible to almost everyone on the planet. The humble bicycle is still the primary mode of transport amongst many cultures across the globe, with the majority riding on what we would refer to as an 'entry-level' bicycle. Much like the millions out there that play a bit of 5-a-side on a Monday, they know they're never going to be Messi, no super-expensive football boots can change that, they just do it for the love of the game! Cycling is the same, not everyone is accustomed to spending more on a bike than a car and dressing in questionably tight clothing a few times a week, talking about Strava and the latest bit of tech - often people want nothing other than a bike to go round the park on, nip to the shops with or travel to work on.


But how do you define entry-level? Is it £100, £200 or £500? really it all depends on your own budget and how much you are willing to spend. Here at Rutland Cycling we define 'entry-level' for hybrid bikes as something that is manufactured by a well respected brand, offers a reasonable level of versatile, easy-to-use and durable componentry (check out our Shimano Groupset Guide for more details!), all whilst costing approximately £500 or less.

We've put together a list of seven heavenly hybrids that fit the criteria above and are available in our stores or from our website right now. Of course, you can pick up home-brand and cheaper bicycles from large chain stores, but we've gone for current year, brand new bikes from some of the world's most well-known brands including Giant,Trek and Specialized. All of these bikes have an RRP below £500, but if you aren't fussed about having a brand new model it's certainly worth checking out our hybrid bike sales page as you may be able to get yourself a more expensive bike that's been discounted to fall into the sub £500 price point. Need to know more about Hybrid bike basics and what size you'll be? Have a quick look through the two articles below to get all the additional info you need!.

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So, have a read through and discover some bicycle bargains! Want to jump straight to a particular model? Use the quick links below to take you straight there!

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Trek FX Giant Escape 3/Liv Alight 3 Marin Kentfield CS1/Larkspur CS1 Specialized Crosstrail Gazelle Espirit C3 Cube Nature

Trek FX 2019 - From £399.99

The FX is the entry-level option to one of the most popular model families within Trek's hybrid range. The FX is the perfect bike for those that just want to get out and ride more, on a mixture of terrain and many different locations. Versatility is the name of the game with the FX , offering the rider a quality entry-level hybrid bike for fitness, commuting or cruising at great value.

A lightweight aluminium frame and 21 gears of Shimano Tourney provides a relatively wide range of gearing. This ensures that there's always a comfortable gear for any terrain, so you're never pedalling too hard or too gently. The FX is also equipped with wide tyres that increase comfort and stability, and mounts that make it easy to accessorise with racks, mudguards, lights, a kickstand and more. The 2019 FX is amongst the best value options within Trek's hybrid line-up because you're paying entry-level prices and in return you receive a quality Trek suited to a variety of purposes, built with care and backed by a network of retailers and the very same warranty as their highest-end race bikes. Furthermore, You can pair the FX with your smartphone and send your ride data to your favourite fitness app when you add DuoTrap S, allowing you to keep track of your progress as you develop your riding.

Trek FX 2 2019 Hybrid Bike Royal Blue

Trek FX 2 2019 Hybrid Bike

The 2019 Trek FX 2 is fast, fun, comfortable, and agile enough for a multitude of uses. From fitness and commuting to errands and mellow Sunday loops, you'll find your new favourite ride on FX.

  • Frame - FX Alpha Gold Aluminium
  • Fork - FX alloy w/tapered wall thickness, straight blades
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Acera
  • Brakes - Tektro alloy linear-pull
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For smaller or female riders, the FX is also provided with an altered 'step-thru' frame design that makes it easier to mount and dismount the bicycle. Want to push the budget a little higher? The Trek DS2 2018 is an excellent all-terrain hybrid that offers a little more suspension and off-road capability than the FX range.

Trek FX 2 Ladies Stagger 2019 Hybrid Bike Miami Green

Trek FX 2 Ladies Stagger 2019 Hybrid Bike

The Trek FX 2 brings families together, gets people away from screens and lets you enjoy time outside.

  • Frame - FX Alpha Gold Aluminium
  • Fork - FX alloy w/tapered wall thickness, straight blades
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Acera
  • Brakes - Tektro alloy linear-pull
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2018 Giant Escape 3/Giant Liv Alight 3 - £368.99

Giant are the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world, so they certainly know a thing or two about producing high quality bicycles for all areas of the market whether that be professional level road bikes or entry level hybrids. The Giant Escape range is predominantly intended for use by commuters and as such it's at home on the road or canal path, oozing versatility from every pore. With its lightweight ALUXX aluminium frame and smooth, stable 700c wheels, The Escape 3 is your ticket to on-road versatility.

Whether you ride city streets or country roads, the Escape will be there to support you with its back-to-basics approach. For commuting, fitness, or just for leisure riding, the Escape offers a confident, upright geometry and a wide range of gears to give it a sporty ride quality. Whatever road or path you choose, Escape is always up for the adventure. The Giant Escape 2 Disc City offers the same qualities with the added benefit of disc brakes, better gearing and superior componentry - certainly worth a look if you are able to push the budget closer to the £500 mark.

Giant Escape 3 2019 Aluminium Hybrid Bike Charcoal

Giant Escape 3 2019 Aluminium Hybrid Bike Charcoal

The 2019 Giant Escape 3 is a bike that covers all bases, transportation, fitness, or just for dome fun, with the Escape, you can just hop on and go!

  • ALUXX-Grade Aluminium Frame
  • Shimano 3x7 Speed Drivetrain
  • Tektro TK837 Linear Pull Brakes
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Giant's sister company Liv are 100% dedicated to producing high-quality frames for female riders. One of the first major brands to introduce this, Liv has now grown to offer what is arguably the largest and most accomplished range of female-specific geometry bikes. With its lightweight design and upright flat-bar positioning, the Alight 3 makes it easy to pedal to work, zip around the city and get out onto country roads, with the ability to add a rack and panniers for more extensive weekend exploration or in-town carrying capacity. Modern finishes keep style at the forefront of every ride, with female specific finishing kit ensuring rider comfort from the first mile to the last.

Want an Alight with racks,mudguards and kickstand already fitted? Not a problem! for just below the £500 price point you can get a 2019 Liv Alight 2 City Disc, ensuring the bike you choose is pretty much ready to go, all year round, straight out the box!

Liv Alight 3 2019 Ladies Aluminium Hybrid Bike Mint Green

Liv Alight 3 2019 Ladies Aluminium Hybrid Bike

The Giant Liv Alight 3 2019 Ladies Hybrid Bike makes a healthy lifestyle easy and enjoyable, the perfect companion when pedalling to work, meeting friends or riding on bike paths.

  • Step-through ALUXX aluminium frame
  • High-tensile steel Fork
  • Colour: Charcoal / Raspberry
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2018 Marin Kentfield CS1/Larkspur CS1 2018 Hybrid - £374.99

Specifically designed for leisurely urban riding, these two models are the entry-level option to legendary Californian brand Marin's 2018 hybrid range. Both the Kentfield and the Larkspur are build around an ethos of a comfortable and relaxed geometry backed up by reliable,smooth and high-performance componentry to ensure the bikes are capable to deal with the different landscapes found in and around the city.

Marin Kentfield CS1 2018 Ladies Hybrid Bike Black

Marin Kentfield CS1 2018 Ladies Hybrid Bike

Marin's Kentfield CS1 2018 is the ideal hybrid bike for getting around the city or for recreational riding thanks to a focus on comfortable and relaxed geometry.

  • Frame - Series 1 6061 Aluminium
  • Fork - Steel
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Tourney 21 Speed
  • Brakes - Alloy Linear Pull
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The strong 6061 aluminium frame is supported by a vibration-dampening steel front fork to promote a comfortable riding experience whilst a 3x7 Shimano Tourney drivetrain offers the rider a gear range that is plenty sufficient to get you up the hills. Finished with grippy yet fast Marin tyres, eyelets for racks/fenders, confidence inspiring alloy brakes and gender specific saddles and contact points, the Marin Kentfield CS1 and Larkspur CS1 are an intelligent choice for the city cruiser. Fancy an immediate upgrade? for £424.99 you can get your hands on the Larkspur CS2 - providing 3 more gears and slightly more advanced componentry.

Marin Larkspur CS1 2018 Hybrid Bike Silver

Marin Larkspur CS1 2018 Hybrid Bike

The Marin Larkspur CS1 has been designed for the simple commute or rides on a bike path, the Larkspur has only comfort in mind.

  • Series 1 City + Sport 6061 Aluminium Frame
  • Steel Fork with Fender and Rack Eyelets
  • Shimano 3x7 Speed Drivetrain
  • Forged Alloy Linear Pull Brakes
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Specialized Crosstrail - £449.99

The Crosstrail was conceived as 'the ultimate urban bike' due to a number of clever features implemented by Specialized to improve to riding experience for cyclists in the city. With Specialized Trigger sport tyres providing good traction whilst ensuring that you'll never get a puncture, anti-rust chain to reduce maintenance and a extremely comfortable body-geometry saddle, The Crosstrail achieves its goal of being a simple, efficient, and enjoyable bike that you can just get on and ride without worrying too much about set-up and parts failure.

Specialized Crosstrail Mechanical Disc 2019 Hybrid Bike Grey

Specialized Crosstrail Mechanical Disc 2019 Hybrid Bike

Hit your fitness goals with ease, the Crosstrail Mechanical Disc by Specialized combines a performance aluminium frame with fitness specific geometry and a host of reliable yet affordable components.

  • A1 Premium Aluminium Frame
  • Custom SR Suntour NEX Suspension Fork
  • Mechanical Disc Brakes
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The hard-working & sturdy A1 Premium Aluminium frame is light and durable, and it also features rack and fender mounts features to allow for carrying luggage and staying dry in the rain. The Crosstrail is engineered with Specialized's renowned Fitness Geometry, meaning that you'll go fast with maximum efficiency, but without the discomfort of an aggressive ride position. After all, the more comfortable you are, the longer you'll ride! For those looking for a female-specific bike, the Specialized Ariel offers a similar set-up.

Specialized Ariel Disc Step-Through 2019 Ladies Hybrid Bike Black

Specialized Ariel Disc Step-Through 2019 Ladies Hybrid Bike

With the Specialized Ariel Step-Through you can take your fitness to a new adventurous level, you can take your fitness off road onto paved or dirt paths with confidence in your control, assisted by hydraulic disc brakes.

  • Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium Frame
  • SR Suntour NEX w/60mm Travel
  • Shimano Tourney 3x7 Speed Drivetrain
  • Mechanical Disc Brakes
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Gazelle Espirit C3 - £498.99

Truly a hybrid that has it all. Unlike most of the bikes in this list, the Gazelle Espirit C3 comes already with lights, mudguards, and a carry rack, perfect for commuting to work and riding at the weekend. The frame is constructed from lightweight aluminium for increased practicality, long gone are the days of lugging around a heavy bike. The Espirit C3 comes with a 3-speed Nexus Hub gear and full cover for your chain, making this bike virtually maintenance free. The Espirit features fast-rolling 700c CST Antanov tyres, giving you comfort yet with the ability to tackle most surfaces.

Gazelle Esprit C3 2019 Hybrid Trapeze Bike Copper

Gazelle Esprit C3 2019 Hybrid Trapeze Bike

The Gazelle Esprit C3 combines the best of both worlds. With modern styling and on-trend colours this is a bike you'll want to be seen on.

  • Frame - Stable, lightweight oversized aluminium frame
  • Fork - Rigid Steel
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Nexus 3-Speed Hub Gear
  • Brakes - Shimano Roller Brake
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Cube Nature/Nature Trapeze 2018 Hybrid - £498.99

With a little more off-road ability than some of the other models on this list, the Cube Nature has been designed to be the perfect introduction to both the Cube hybrid range and the world of freedom on two wheels. A fantastic bike for exploring urban areas - or even further afield, a high quality aluminium frame offers comfort whilst ease of use is assured by the low maintenance componentry, kickstand and internal cable routing fitted onto the frame. Kitted out with hydraulic disc brakes (Learn more about Disc Brakes >>), the most reliable and controllable braking system used on bikes, the Nature also boasts a wide range 24-speed Shimano drivetrain and a 63mm Suntour suspension fork.

Cube Nature 2019 Hybrid Bike Iridium/Blue

Cube Nature 2019 Hybrid Bike

There's a very good reason the Nature is lighter than similar models. It's all down the the lightweight, double butted tubes that make up the aluminium frame.

  • Frame - Aluminium Superlite Trekking Cross Double Butted
  • Fork - SR Suntour NEX, 63mm
  • Drivetrain - Shimano RD-TX800, 8-Speed
  • Brakes - Tektro HD-M285, Hydraulic. Disc Brake 160
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Available in both sporty and step-thru frame options, the Nature is Manufactured from 'Superlite Trekking Aluminium', ensuring it's is as strong as it is fast and challenges the previous standard of what you can expect from an 'entry level bike'. Considering the spec, this Cube would make the ideal companion for the rural commuter or adventurous urban rider. The 2018 Cube Nature Range continues up the price points to £850, with gradual upgrades to componentry and specification as you go up the range - certainly worth a look if you can find the extra cash!

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