2021 Hybrid Bike Top Picks

felt verza speed 40 hybrid bike

Hybrid Bikes are the workhorses of the bicycle world — they’re fantastic on the road, giving you efficiency and speed, but they can also handle some light off-road riding.

What is a dual sport bicycle? Well it’s a hybrid bike, they present a mix of off-road capability, so give some thought to how much gravel or easy trail riding you’ll be doing. These are the Mountain Weekly News picks for best hybrid bikes for men.  One thing to keep in mind is bikes are in very limited supply at the moment, we recommend trying to order 4-6 months in advance of when you want to have your new hybrid bike.

Best Hybrid Bikes 2021

Speed Race Hybrid Bikes

Tommaso Forza Disc Hybrid Bike

You don’t see too many Tommaso bikes out there, but that doesn’t mean they’re not selling good bikes. The Forza packs Shimano shifting, Avid brakes, and ergonomic grips — all things that you’ll find on bikes with higher price tags.

While Tommaso calls this a “commuting machine,” you can use it for anything you want. That’s the beauty of this type of hybrid. It has a steel fork for comfort without the weight of suspension. A 3×7 drivetrain for plenty of gearing options. 32mm tires for grip and comfort over rough surfaces.

Basically, the Forza Disc is a category-central hybrid bike. It can handle long days on the road just as well as some light off-road adventures.

Price: $879.99

co-op cycles cty 1.1

REI Co-Op Cycles CTY 1.1 Hybrid Bike

REI’s house-brand bikes provide consistent value even without a big brand name. The CTY series combines a comfortable position with efficient wheels and a 24-speed drivetrain. The 1.1 gives you what you need and not a whole lot else—but it also has a price that’s very tough to beat.

Mechanical disc brakes and a Selle Royal saddle offset things like the alloy fork and no-name (well, technically not “no-name,” but close) wheels.

One of the best features on the CTY 1.1 is the Kenda tires. They’re 700x40c, so they provide a lot of comfort alongside a great amount of grip. The larger wheel size is great for efficient pedaling, too.

Price: $549

schwinn vantage f2 hybrid bike

Schwinn Vantage F2 Hyrbird Bike

Schwinn did something very impressive with the Vantage F2: it incorporated technology that you don’t often find on hybrid bikes into a very affordable package that works just as well as a light-duty road bike or a path prowler. By using some elastomer connections and decoupling the seat tube from the seatstays, you get a bike that’s solid and efficient but provides just a little give to keep you from feeling beat up.

This is tech that you’ll usually find on endurance road bikes, not hybrids. It’s really cool that Schwinn has brought tech like this into the Vantage series. It’s almost a flat-bar road bike.

Beyond that, you get about average specs for this price point. A Shimano 24-speed drivetrain combos well with mechanical disc brakes. The wheels include brand-name parts from Alex and Formula. Kenda 700x35c tires combine fast rolling with solid grip and vibration cancellation. The big drawback here is an alloy fork. It keeps weight down, but won’t soak up as much road noise as steel or carbon.

Price: $699.99

best hybrid bike for men

sixthreezero EVRYjourney Hybrid Bike

Need a cheap bike fast? The sixthreezero EVRYjourney bike can be at your house in two days thanks to Amazon Prime. It will get you where you’re going—and it comes with a rack, fenders, and a chainguard. Did you know you could get all that for less than $400? I didn’t.

I’ll be honest: you’ll make some compromises with this bike. You only get seven speeds. You get 26″ wheels. The components are . . . well, about the lowest-end you can get.

But this bike has gotten solid reviews for a reason. It’s very, very affordable. It’s simple. It works. The cruiser styling means you can put your feet on the ground without getting off the saddle. In short, it’s a solid, cheap commuter.

Price: $429.99

 

Trek Carbon Bicycle

Trek FX Sport Carbon 4 Hybrid Bike

Like the Verza Speed, Trek’s FX Sport Carbon 4 is basically a flat-bar road bike. Aggressive positioning, a carbon frame and fork, a 1×11 drivetrain, and Bontrager’s R1 Hard-Case tires all point to long miles on the road.

You could easily do a charity ride or a century on the FX Sport Carbon 4. That’s how efficient it is. But there are some nods to comfort, too. The IsoSpeed Decoupler provides just a bit of flex where the top tube meets the seat tube. 700x32c tires are big enough to smooth out the road. And the saddle, while sporty, is better padded than those you’ll find on most road machines.

At upwards of $1,750, the FX Sport Carbon 4 is getting into the high end of hybrid bike prices. But it shows how brands are bringing the joys of road riding to people who can’t (or don’t want to) adjust to a full-on road bike.

Price: $1784.99

Cannondale Quick CX 2 bike

Cannondale Quick CX 2 Hybrid Bike

If you like the idea of a suspension fork for added comfort and grip, but want something a little more road-focused than a mountain bike, the Quick CX 2 is the perfect bike for you. And unlike many hybrids, it comes with an air-sprung fork, so you can dial the suspension to fit your riding style.

The 2×9 drivetrain on the Cannondale Quick CX 2 is similar to what you’ll find on an entry-level road bike, and gives you plenty of gearing options without adding the weight of a third chainring. 700x40c tires from Kenda let you run high pressure for fast riding on the road or lower pressure for more grip on dirt.

A bike like this is a great choice if you only want to buy one bike but still ride in a lot of different ways. Plus look at that orange color. What more do you need to know?

Price: $850

Trek 3 Disk Bike for Men

Trek Verve 3 Disc Hybrid Bike

Going in the opposite direction from the FX Sport, the Verve is a comfort-focused hybrid that’s all about getting you to where you’re going with minimal discomfort. If you have a bad back, a very upright bike like the Verve 3 Disc will suit you well.

Not only does the Verve have an upright position, but it also includes a suspension seatpost to take some of the bumps out of the road. Trek’s IsoZone handlebar and grips are meant to reduce road chatter, too.

You won’t win any races on the Verve. But you know what? That’s not what it’s for. It’s for getting from one place to another as comfortably as possible on a bicycle. Save the environment, save your back, and save some money with a comfort-focused bike like the Verve.

Price: $859.99

Raleigh Bicycles Redux 2 City Bike

Raleigh Redux Hybrid Bike

Few hybrids promise as much fun as the Redux. Its 27.5″ tires sit squarely in mountain bike territory, but the included slick tires stay efficient on the road. The combination handles curbs, train tracks, and all manner of debris with little effort.

Like the Pure Cycles, the Raleigh Redux 2 Bike opts for a single chainring upfront, meaning you don’t have to worry about shifting or maintenance. You still get 9 gears’ worth of options, though.

And let’s acknowledge this color. There’s nothing else quite like what’s found here on the Raleigh Redux 2. You’ll never lose this thing on a bike rack.

Price: $750

Cannondale Hybrid Bike

Cannondale Bad Boy 1 Hybrid Bike

One look at this bike will tell you everything you need to know about it. It’s the color of wet asphalt. It has a rigid Lefty fork. A sporty frame design. And, most conspicuously, the Cannondale Bad Boy 1 sports a Gates belt drive.

Even beyond the belt drive, this bike has cool features for bike commuters, like rechargeable LEDs built right into the seatpost and the fork. The 650b wheel size and 8 gears make it feel a bit more like a mountain bike . . . but the Bad Boy is all street.

What’s a belt drive, you ask? It replaces the chain with a belt. You can’t drop your chain, because you don’t have a chain. No need to clean or lube it. The hub is internally geared, so you can’t kick up road debris into your gears. It’s an absolute game-changing touring bicycle.

Price: $1,250

About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

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