Hybrid bikes are brilliant for getting you from A-B for your daily commute, but they are versatile enough to ride for leisure too. If you're looking for something that you can ride for fun, fitness and around the city, then you need a hybrid.
There are many different styles of hybrid out there. Road style frame with off-road tyres, front suspension with semi-slick tyres, or a classic Dutch step-thru bike. You need to consider what style of riding you're going to be doing, so you can make sure you get the right bike for you.
We've rounded up some of the most stylish and affordable hybrid bikes that will see you go from A to B, to C and further.
Liv Alight 1
From Giant bikes, Liv have come to the cycling scene to improve, encourage and promote women's riding. They've introduced a range of female specific bike across all disciplines and price ranges to reduce barriers for new comers.
Their new Alight hybrid bike is elegant in build and construction. The alloy frame comes with carbon forks at the front, a 3x9 full Shimano drive-train and their women's geometry saddle for comfort.
Sizes: X.Small / Small / Medium / Large
Trek FX 3 Step-Thru
The idea behind the FX range from Trek is finding the balance between cycling for fitness, and comfort. The FX 3 is fast and agile, ideal for commuting, and those quick blasts around the local park.
The alloy frame is fitted with carbon Bontrager Nebula forks, a 9 speed Shimano drive-train and Tektro V-brakes. The bike is fitted with women's specific Bontrager components too.
Colours: Grey or Blue
Sizes: 17.5" / 20"
Boardman MX Comp
At the start of the year, Boardman bikes launched an impressive full range of bikes across all disciplines. From their fleet of steeds, the hybrid line up got a complete overhaul, one model being the women's MX Comp
This front suspension hybrid bike has been catered especially for women. The wide variety of gears allows you to climb those city hills, and descend in comfort. The women’s specific models are fitted with female anatomy gel saddles for additional comfort, and has a shorter top-tube length.
Sizes: 40cm / 45cm / 48cm
Pinnacle Cobalt 3
Another hybrid with front suspension is the Pinnancle Cobalt 3. It's got a short 63mm of travel in the front which is plenty to take out the lumps and bumps in uneven terrain.
It has a full Shimano group-set throughout the bike, with hydraulic disc brakes for that extra little stopping power. If you're looking to do some commuting, or mini-adventures out, the bike does come with mudguard, pannier & crud catcher mounts.
Sizes: Small / Medium / Tall
Specialized Vita Elite
If you're looking to go fast, get fit and train as you commute, then this is the city bike for you. It's equipped with female specific components which help improve comfort for those longer rides.
It has a Shimano 2x9 drive-train which allows you to find the right gear ratio for those more gruelling routes. The Shimano hydraulic braking system is responsive and light on the fingers so you can carry control throughout your speed.
Sizes: X.Small / Small / Medium / Large / X.Large
Marin Terra Linda
This stunning blue steed is built with the performance woman in mind. For those women who like to be active, seek adventure and enjoy the ride.
This lightweight alloy frame houses a Shimano Sora group-set, with a Shimano braking system. The frame shape has been designed for women by lowering the top-tube to improve stand-over height. This makes things a little easier when mounting, and dismounting the bike.
Sizes: 15" / 17" / 19"
Cannondale Quick Disc 1
The Quick Disc 1 from Cannondale looks super sleek with its metallic blue finish and subtle pink highlights. It's designed for comfort and performance. If you're looking for a do-it-all bike, this is it.
With an alloy frame and carbon forks, the Quick Disc 1 have a Shimano 105 drive-train with a 22 gear range. The Shimano BR-M396 hydraulic disc brake system has 160mm floating rotors, both front and rear for precision braking.
Sizes: Small / Medium / Tall
Whenever you're buying a new bike, there's a couple of things you need to ask yourself: What kind of riding do I want to do, and is the bike fit for purpose. Where possible, it's always best to try and book yourself a test ride to ensure you and the bike are right for one another.
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