Hybrid bikes come in many different varieties and designs depending on their intended purpose. Usually combining fast rolling 700C wheels, efficient drivetrain and 'relaxed' geometries, a hybrid gives you the speed and versatility of a road bike with all the comfort, stability and traction provided by a mountain bike. Of course, there are hybrid style bikes that have unique features to make them more suited to a particular riding style or terrain. Examples of this design method can be seen in the form of flat bar road bikes for the road-hybrid market and front suspension models for the mountain-hybrid market. Whatever the specific guise, all hybrids are a great option for those looking for a multi-purpose bicycle, allowing for easy commuting or fitness training with the potential to explore some different environments and terrain on the weekends, such as light bridleways,canal paths and singletrack routes.
Often built with frames that have a basis in durability and versatility, many hybrids allow for carrying luggage and fitting mudguards,making them ideal for journeys in any weather or location. As mentioned, there can be variations in hybrid bike design and its important to do your research and test ride pre-purchase to ensure you get the right bike for you. That being said, the majority of hybrid bikes can be split into two different categories:
Sport - For those looking for some speed with their hybrid, the 'sport' section is for you. With slightly more aggressive geometry and frame design, this style of bike is perfect for commuters, fitness-building and those who favour performance over comfort enhancing features. On road-hybrid models, look out for carbon frames,higher-level groupsets and upgraded wheelsets. Hybrid bikes that fall into the increasing popular flat-bar road bike category are one of the quickest ways to reach your destination in comfort and confidence. Many will have similar design elements to road bikes like speed-focused gearing and narrower tyres, but still offer the versatility of the hybrid category. High-end options may use disc brakes and use frame materials like carbon fibre for nimble handling and weight reduction. For mountain-hybrid models, expect wider tyres,stronger componentry,front suspension systems and eyelets for racks and mudguards to improve commuting abilities. A good off-road hybrid will look a lot like a hardtail mountain bike, but it will be designed to be lighter, with a raised head tube to promote an increasingly upright riding position. Furthermore, the travel of the front suspension will be enough to provide comfort without going overboard, causing you to lose momentum to 'suspension bob' and adding unnecessary weight to the bike. Better forks will give you the ability to lock them out, allowing you to alter your suspension on the go depending on the terrain.
Comfort - Want a bike that is fun to ride, offers comfort in droves, and kitted out with specifically designed features to make the whole riding experience as simple as possible? If your answer was yes, the comfort hybrid is the ideal bike for you. A super upright riding position, efficient gear shifting and low-maintenance components combine to create a frame that will allow you to ride all day with ease and although not the quickest or lightest, the comfort hybrid is unbeatable when it comes to leisure riding. Perfect for riding around town,nipping to the shops or shorter commutes to work, comfort hybrids are often provided with step-through frames to decrease standover height, whilst others will take on the appearance of the classic Dutch bike, with bright colours,designs and finishing kit to really make you stand out from the crowd.
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So, you know you want a hybrid and you've done your research into the type of model you need whether it be a comfort or sporty style, with an MTB or road base. But which hybrids on the market are actually any good? there are so many different brands and models out there it can be a minefield if you aren't savvy with componentry and build-quality. We know bikes, or at least we like to think we do, and therefore we thought we'd use our own experiences, customer feedback and testimonies from respected ride-testers to come up with our list of 'The Top Hybrid Bikes Under £1000'- £1000 being the usual cut-off point for cycle-to-work schemes. With a total 5 'sport' models and 5 'comfort' reviewed, we hope this list will go some way to helping you decide on which bike to go for! Like what you see? All these bikes are available now at your local Rutland Cycling store or online. (Click on product images to view on website)
Specialized Crosstrail Sport 2018
The Crosstrail sport is part of a wider range, with more/less expensive options with higher/lower spec depending on the price point. At £674.99, the Crosstrail sport is our pick of the bunch, offering 18 gears courtesy of an efficient and hardwearing Shimano Acera groupset. Furthermore, the Sport's internally routed, rack and mudguard ready frame is constructed from premium aluminium that is strong,stiff and reasonably light, whilst Tektro 160mm hydraulic disc brakes ensure the bikes stopping ability in any weather, inspiring confidence in the rider. A 55mm Suntour front fork offers plentiful suspension without affecting performance due to the reactive 'brain' suspension technology that supplies differing levels of suspension depending on the terrain you're riding - very clever stuff. Finished off with fast and stable 700c wheels, Body Geometry grips and Trigger Sport 700x38mm tyres, The Crosstrail Sport offers a ridiculous amount of bang for its buck, showing once again why the range has remained a bestseller in the hybrid market for a number of years. For female riders, check out the Specialized Ariel range, designed around the Crosstrail but with female specific geometry and design.
Scott Sub-Cross 20 Hybrid 2018
A brilliant value touring, every day commuting or winter riding bike - The Scott Sub Cross 20 epitomises the sporty hybrid category. A double-butted,lightweight aluminium frame is supported by a lockout Suntour 63mm fork and grippy Schwalbe Sam tyres for excellent performance on and off road. The internal routing and stylish paintjob give the sub cross a sleek appearance and with 30 gears of Shimano Deore, you're guaranteed smooth shifting with a wide enough ratio to allow you to ride any gradient you want, whilst the 160mm disc brake rotors will offer you consistent and reliable braking in all weather conditions. Available in men's and women's geometries, the Sub Cross 20 would be the ideal choice for the adventurous urban rider who likes to travel off the beaten path on the way to their destination. The Women's Sub Cross 20 can be viewed by clicking here.
Trek DS 4 2018
At £899.99 the Trek DS 4 is at the top of the DS range but for what you get, the price is practically a steal. An Alpha Gold aluminium frame offers strength in abundance whilst remaining super light and compliant. The brilliant frame is supported with aplomb by Shimano M445 hydraulic discs, A Sram S1000 chain-set and an ultra-efficient Shimano SLX 10-speed drivetrain, creating a bike that is fast, a breeze to ride and super smooth to shift. Remote-lockout 63mm SR Suntour front suspension gives you great control over the capabilities of your bike, with plenty of travel on the gravel and the ability to switch to a rigid fork on the tarmac to increase you pedal efficiency. Rack and Mudguard compatible, the DS 4 comes with a selection of premium Bontrager and Shimano components and rides on tubeless ready rims coated in 700x38c Bontrager LT2 Hard-Case Lite tyres, completing a mouth-watering package that is sure to be extremely popular in the hybrid market this year. For ladies, the 2018 Trek Neko 3 offers a very capable off-road hybrid, providing hydraulic disc brakes and plush front suspension.
Whyte Cambridge 2018
Riders who are looking for a high-performance, easily maintained, well spec'd commuting or fitness bike. The Cambridge is strong, durable and fast with the ability to fit wide tyres, mudguards and racks that are absolutely essential for winter riding and commutes, making the Whyte Cambridge a perfect example of the current market preference of all-terrain flat bar road bikes. Balancing comfort and speed with great success, if you're looking for a bike that can do it all, all-year round in all conditions then look no further than the 2018 Whyte Cambridge. The Cambridge is equipped with the highly capable Sram Apex Road 1 group-set that offers a brilliantly broad range of gears via either a single or double front chain-ring and the carbon front fork has excellent vibration-reducing qualities that are sure to smooth out the bumpier roads around the town, with the additional weight saving gained via the carbon leading to an overall, fully built up (tyres, group-set etc.) weight of 10.5kg. Though they do provide female-specific geometries and models, the Whyte Cambridge is unisex. However, if you are of smaller stature, a Whyte compact frame as seen on models such as the Pimlico and Portobello could be the perfect solutions.
Cube Nature Pro Trapeze 2018
With a super reliable and robust double-butted aluminium frame, The Cube Nature Pro is an easy-entry and hassle free hybrid that allows you to explore further in comfort and efficiency - with durable,easily maintained components that inspire confidence and give you excellent support no matter the location of your ride. With 27 gears of Shimano Deore you're sure to conquer any hill in your way, knowing that you're descent is taken care of due to the high-performance Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes, providing excellent modulation and braking consistency whatever the weather throws at you. The 63mm Suntour work is supportive and can be locked out remotely, giving you more control than ever over your traction,suspension and handling. Backed up by quality Cube components,Schwalbe tyres and a reasonable overall weight of 13.8kg, the Nature Pro is a great choice for a weekend cruiser,commuter or everyday riders that like to vary their terrain - whilst the price of £598.99 only serves to make the Nature Pro an even more attractive option. 2018 is a good year for Cube hybrid bikes, with a high-quality and extensive range of unisex framed hybrid bikes fit for every purpose and available at very enticing price points. View the full range by clicking here.
Liv Alight 1 2018
A lightweight aluminium frame,carbon composite fork and comfortable riding position combine to make the Liv Alight 1 the ideal companion for urban riding and commuting. Very much a road orientated design, the Alight is provided with traditional Tektro rim brakes with a wide-range 3x9 Shimano Altus groupset that will give you plenty of gears to get up any hill in your way. What really sets the Alight 1 apart is its puncture protected 700x32 Giant S-X2 tyres and double-walled alloy rims that work together to prevent punctures,reducing maintenance and giving you confidence to travel anywhere knowing you aren't as likely to breakdown! In addition, the use of Giants respected OverDrive steerer ensures that the Alight will handle fantastically, making the frame fantastic value at £548.99 - And because it's a Liv, the trail-blazers of the female-specific frame, it's pretty much guaranteed to transform your riding if you haven't experienced the benefits of correct geometry before. For gents, the Giant Escape 2018range is pretty much comparable to the Alight range, with the Escape 2 Disc providing excellent value for money at under £500.
Pashley Parabike 5 Speed Steel Hybrid
One for the hipsters and retro-heads, Pashley are a great British Brand that have been making bespoke,premium quality,steel framed bikes for generations in their own unique Pashley style. The Parabike 5 speed oozes Britain from every pore - with it's aesthetically pleasing design being inspired by the same bikes that were carried by British paratroopers dropping into occupied France, who would then use them to get around both city and countryside on their important missions and with the strong,stiff steel frame allowing for comfortable and reliable riding for hours due to the compliance and vibration-dampening qualities that go hand-in-hand with steel framed and forked bicycles. A extremely comfortable Brooks saddle and easy to maintain Sturmley Archer XRD 5 speed internal hub combine with handcrafted handlebars,fitted mudguards and classic componentry to provide a supportive and versatile city bike that will give you everything you need in a package that will never go out of style. There's also a Ladies Pashley called the Pashley Penny that shares the same price point (£624.99) and componentry as the Parabike with a revised geometry to support smaller riders.
Marin Larkspur CS3 2018
With a headtube that high and sporting an adjustable stem, it's clear the CS3 is built for one thing : Comfort. The upright riding position gives the rider excellent visibility and the ability to ride all day due to the efficient and rewarding body position the bike's geometry promotes. A suspension seat post also helps to smooth out any bumps in the road along your route. Furthermore, A lightweight,durable aluminium frame is combined with a vibration-dampening rigid fork and light,effective rim brakes to present a truly brilliant entry-level bike for low-distance commutes and weekend excursions and at just £472.49 (reduced from £524.99), offers incredible value for money spec wise. The 3x9 Shimano Acera groupset has a wide range to give you plenty on room to manoeuvre on tricky ascents whilst Schwalbe puncture resistant tyres work to reduce maintenance and the risk of flats. The Marin Larkspur CS3 has a variety of mudguard and rack mounting eyelets as well as scope to fit a bottle cage and pump directly onto the frame. A female specific model, The Marin Kentfield CS3, shares the same spec as the Larkspur at the same price-point.
Raleigh Pioneer 2 2018
The Pioneer 2 is designed to offer comfort and practicality with the upright riding position making it a pleasure to ride both for leisure and commuting purposes. This Pioneer comes fitted with everything you'll need for urban riding including is fully equipped with a kickstand, pannier rack and strong alloy mudguards. The frame is stylish and durable, with metallic paint, adjustable stem and scuff protection to ensure the bikes longevity. Raleigh bikes are renowned for their strength and the Pioneer is no different, offering puncture protected CST Zeppelin tyres and a wide-range Shimano 24 speed drivetrain that will allow you to tackle even the steepest of slopes. For Women or shorter riders, there's a specifically designed step-thru framed version of the Pioneer 2, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Specialized Alibi Step-Thru 2018 Hybrid
The Alibi is the ultimate city bike. Constructed from light and strong aluminium and produced in tandem with the 'body geometry' boffins to find an efficient and comfortable riding position, the Alibi also features a female-specific saddle and ergonomic grips - ensuring your comfort all day long. Puncture proof, airless (yes airless - no tubes,no punctures,no hassle) tyres, an anti-rust chain, rack and fender mounts and an excellent range of Shimano gears completes the 'all ride, no maintenance' package - a truly fantastic bike for cruising around the town or park. There's also a gents equivalent, the Specialized Alibi 2018 Men's Hybrid - featuring a more upright frame and male-specific finishing kit.
So as you can see, Hybrid bikes come in many different shapes and sizes. Finding the one that is right for you will depend on location,intended use and budget - but we hope this guide has at the very least given you some ideas as to what sort of hybrid you're after. Fancy a MTB, road or E-bike? Browse through our guides below to see information, specification,opinions and bargains from some of the largest cycling brands in the world! Remember that you can come into any of our stores 7 days a week to test ride, ask questions and to get sized up - or call our helpful customer service team for any other questions. Happy cycling!
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