Hybrid bikes combine the best characteristics of road bikes, touring bikes, and mountain bikes, resulting in a general-purpose bike that is great for commuting or recreation.
Hybrid bikes are often the perfect choice for those that aren’t uber serious about cycling but still want a great way to get around town and get some exercise.
Below are the best hybrid bikes you can buy whether you’re a beginning cyclist, casual rider, or commuter :
Cannondale Quick Carbon 1 Review
It’s hard to go wrong with a Cannondale bicycle. And their Quick Carbon 1 is one of their very best hybrid bike offerings. It is light, fast, and incredibly easy to use.
The Cannondale Quick Carbon 1 starts things off right with a lightweight and responsive carbon frame. Shaped chainstays and seatstays reduce vibration and improve comfort. The BB30 bottom bracket shell design further increases stiffness to improve power transfer from your pedals.
A Shimano Tiagra shifter shifts seamlessly through the Cannondale Quick Carbon’s 20 gears. The Quick Carbon 1 also comes with hydraulic disc brakes for the best stopping possible. 700cc wheels with Schwalbe Lugano tires ensure a fun ride. Online Price $1699 – REI
Diamondback Overdrive EXC Review
Complete with an electric motor to help you up steep hills, the Diamondback Overdrive EXC is one of the best hybrid bikes in the game. However, it probably isn’t the best fit for those uninterested in the electric motor, as this feature kicks up the bike’s price significantly.
So what else is to love about the Diamondback Overdrive EXC aside from the 48-volt lithium-ion batter-powered central drive motor? For starters, it employs a strong 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame with butted tube construction. The strength, durability, and handling responsiveness of this setup are unmatched.
RockShox XC30 suspension makes for an even smoother ride while the SRAM X7 rear derailleur shifts smoothly through all 10 gears. When it’s time to stop, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes get the job done like a champ. Schwalbe Rapid Rob knobby tires top things off. Online Price $2599 – REI
Novara Gotham Review
The Novara Gotham is cool, cool, cool. Fully outfitted with a rack, fenders, and lights, it is the ultimate utilitarian way to get around your city hybrid bike style.
The two biggest features of the Novara Gotham are its Gates carbon fiber belt drive and NuVinci N360 rear hub. The rear hub’s continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology uses rotating, tilting balls inside the hub for the smoothest, quietest shifting possible (even at a standstill). This NuVinci technology also means there is no “ker-chunk” between gears, just a continuous range.
As for the Gates carbon fiber belt drive, it also makes for a smooth and quiet ride. Because it doesn’t require any lubricant, there is no need to deal with chain grease or oil. The bike is based on a 6061 butted aluminum frame and fork.
These are both lightweight, strong, and responsive. The rear rack of the Novara Gotham is perfect for panniers to carry groceries or work essentials. Lezyne 500-lumen rechargeable headlights, a Selle Royal saddle, and puncture-resistant Schwalbe Marathon tires are also included.
Simply put, the Novara Gotham is a heavy-duty bike that will last for the long haul. Online Price $1499 – REI EXCLUSIVE
Diamondback Insight 2 Review
The Diamondback Insight 2 is a quality hybrid bike that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. It is by far one of the top models in the sub $500 range.
The Insight 2 is designed to be both comfortable and fast. It is an easy to ride bicycle that is perfect for those wishing to use it for commuting or errands. With 24-speeds, Diamondback has given the Diamondback Insight loads of versatility. The aluminum frame is strong while the 700cc road bike wheels are stable and smooth rolling.
Finally, the Diamondback Hybrid Seat features gel padding for the most comfort possible. Though this hybrid bike can’t compete with the high end models discussed above, that certainly doesn’t mean it should be overlooked by those on a budget. Online Price $499 – REI
Riding bikes should be fun. Just ask Jimmy Fallon and Bono 🙂
Hybrid bikes are noted for their stability, comfort, and ease of use as well as their ability to tolerate a wide range of riding conditions. The bikes above are all versatile for around the town and light off road use.
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