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    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 of 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.

    Hybrid Hero dhhf

    But how do you define entry-level? Is it £100,£200 or £500? really it all depends on the area you live in, the wealth of that area and the disposable income you've got - clearly what is defined as 'entry-level' in a rich country would be seen as a premium model in other, less well-off countries. Being based in the UK, 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!.

    Hybrid Bike Guide >> Hybrid Sizing Guide >>

    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! Click on the large product images to view the bike's specifications in more detail on our website.

    Quick Links

    Trek FX Giant Escape 3/Liv Alight 3 Marin Kentfield CS1/Larkspur CS1 Specialized Alibi Bergamont Helix 3.0 Cannondale Quick 8 Cube Nature/Nature Trapeze


    Trek FX 2018 - £324.99

    Trek FX

    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 2018 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. 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 Stagger

    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 2018 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 2018

    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 2018 Liv Alight 2 City, ensuring the bike you choose is pretty much ready to go, all year round, straight out the box!

    Liv Alight 3

    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

    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 Kentfield CS2 or Larkspur CS2 - both of which provide 3 more gears and slightly more advanced componentry.

    marin larkspur cs1

    Specialized Alibi 2018 - £399.99

    The Alibi 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 Nimbus airless, tubeless 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 Alibi 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 alibi hybrid bike blue rutlandcycling 2018

    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 Alibi 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! Again, a step-thru frame option is available with the exact same spec, with an altered frame to accommodate for smaller or female riders. For those seeking a little more off-road capability, The Specialized Crosstrail Mechanical Disc 2018 or Specialized Ariel Disc 2018 could provide the ideal choice.

    Specialized Alibi 2018 stepthru

    Bergamont 2018 Helix 3.0 Hybrid Bike - £438.99

    Bergamont Helix 3.0 18

    The Bergamont Helix range starts with this model, the 3.0, and it's an excellent base model that offers a lot of value for money and a highly capable componentry spec. Designed to be used for fitness,commuting or trekking in changeable terrain, the Helix 3.0 features a reliable and smooth 24-speed Shimano drivetrain combined with a 63mm Suntour Fork that allows the Helix 3.0 to overcome light off-road challenges and vastly increases its versatility. Internal cable routing, mounting points for mudguards and racks, Tektro V-brakes and durable Schwalbe tyres complete an brilliant overall package that provides everything you could ever want from an all-use everyday hybrid. Available in unisex and female-specific frame options, you can be sure that you'll find a size that is perfect for your requirements. You really can't go wrong with German engineering! View the full Helix Range, including the electric version, by clicking here.

    Bergamont helix 3.0 womens 2018

    Cannondale Quick 8 2018 - £449.99

    cannondale quick 8

    The quick 8 is available in both unisex and female specific frame options, each completed with a selection of Cannondale own-brand componentry and a reliable, wide ranged 3x7 Shimano groupset. With a geometry designed to be comfortable and efficient, the frame is formed with lightweight,durable Smartform C3 aluminium, leading to Cannondale claiming the Quick 8 is the lightest-in-class in terms of overall weight and offers premium comfort, due to the use of the SAVE design system when producing the frame and fork, making subtle geometrical alterations that enhance rider-comfort whilst simultaneously reducing the levels of road buzz. Finished with own-brand V-brakes, ergonomic saddles and bright reflectors, the Quick 8 is the perfect bike for cruising around town, the park and is an excellent value hybrid considering the price point compared to the highly capable specification. Want that little bit more? for £50 extra you could upgrade to the Cannondale Quick 7, featuring an additional 3 gears and upgraded brakes.

    Cannondale quick 8 womens

    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 2018 RC 

    Available in both sporty and step-thru (trapeze) 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!

    Shop All On-Sale Hybrid Bikes >>

    Cube nature trapeze

    Shop Full Range Of Hybrid Bikes >>

    Related Content

    We've got a number of articles dedicated to helping you find the best deals on your next bike, no matter how much you're wanting to spend! Furthermore, if you have any questions about any of the bikes featured on our website you can contact us online, 7 days a week in-store or come to one of our regular led rides and events, where you can learn some new skills whilst also gaining vital knowledge as to what you require from your two-wheeled bestie.

    Top Hybrids under £1000 >> Top Ten Road Bikes Under £2000 >> The Best Mountain Bikes Under £1000 >> 10 of Our Favourite Road Bikes Under £1000 >> All Guides & Advice Pages >>

    Find Your Nearest Rutland Cycling Store

    You can browse the entire Hybrid Bike Range online, or you can get your hands on it in your nearest Rutland Cycling store.





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