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Best Hybrid Bikes Under £500

Hybrid bikes are great all-rounders thanks to their comfortable riding position and confident handling. Buying your first hybrid bike doesn’t have to break the bank. We’ve highlighted the best hybrid bikes under £500 to help you choose the right one for you.

In this price point you’ll find capable Shimano componentry with a wide spread of gears for navigating city streets and hills. These great value hybrid bikes are all built from lightweight aluminium which is durable for daily use and stiff for efficient cycling.

Look for hybrid bikes with mudguard clearance and eyelets for racks to improve daily practicality. Strong V-brakes are common, as are fast rolling 700c road bike wheels with wide 32c-40c tyres for added grip on slippery roads. One of the best features to look for in a hybrid under £500 are disc brakes. This trickle down technology offers improved stopping power in wet weather making them ideal for commuting and training all year round.

Whether you’re commuting, training or riding for fun, a hybrid bike is an excellent companion. Discover our favourite entry level models below.


Giant Escape 3 2017 

Giant Escape 3 2017
Giant

£325.00



Quick look

Frame  ALUXX-Grade Aluminium


Fork  High Tensile Chromoly Steel


Groupset  Shimano Tourney 3x7


Wheels  Giant GX02 Double Wall Aluminium


Brakes  Tektro TK837 linear pull


Review

The Giant Escape 3 has a focus on getting the basics right to bring you the best possible quality on a bike priced at a just over £300. Pairing a steel fork with an aluminium frame gives a great balance of comfort and weight which, along with wide 32mm tyres, will keep you comfortable over rough roads.

There’s no skimping on drivetrain quality, with reliable Shimano Tourney drivetrain and a spread of 21 gears, to help you tackle town and country riding. As it’s finished with Giant’s reliable own-branded parts throughout, you can be sure you’re getting a quality hybrid bike that’ll last for years.



Escape the car and transform your commute with this quality, beginner-friendly bike.


Saracen Urban ESC 2017

Saracen Urban ESC 2017
saracen

£329.99



Quick look

Frame  6061 Custom Butted Aluminium


Fork  Rigid Steel


Groupset  Shimano 3x7


Wheels  Saracen Double Wall Alloy


Brakes  Alloy V-brakes


Review

British company Saracen is renowned for creating city-focused bikes with an emphasis on quality at competitive price points, and the £330 Urban ESC is no exception. In red and grey it’s a fierce-looking city ride with edgy graphics, but it’s far from being all fur coat and no knickers as there’s a full Shimano 21-speed drivetrain to back it up.

In answer to British weather conditions, there’s a tough set of Fast City tyres and deep-section wheels, plus all the fitting points you need to attach a set of mudguards.



Escape the car and transform your commute with this quality, beginner-friendly bike.


Cube Curve 28 2017

Cube Curve 28 2017
cube

£399.99



Quick look

Frame  Aluminium Superlite Trekking


Fork  SR Suntour M3010, 63mm


Groupset  Shimano 3x8


Wheels  CUBE SX24


Brakes  Alloy V-brakes


Review

The Cube Curve 28 hybrid is ideal for exploring the urban jungle and heading further afield. A great feature to see at this price is the use of double butted tube walls. Butting helps reduce weight by shaving off excess material from the frame, making is lighter and more manoeuvrable.

To help soak up potholes and rough paths and tracks you get a plush SR Suntour suspension fork with 63mm travel. The fork is well matched to 40c wide Schwalbe tyres with excellent grip – just what you need when off-roading. The Curve is reliable in any situation.



When the tarmac ends the Curve keeps on going, a true all-rounder hybrid bike. 


Felt Verza Speed 40 2017

Felt Verza Speed 40 2017
felt

£499.99



Quick look

Frame  Custom Double Butted 6061 Aluminum


Fork  Rigid 6061 Aluminum Blade


Groupset  Shimano Altus/Acera 3x8


Wheels   Felt Road Double Wall


Brakes  Tektro RX1.0 V-Type


Review

The Felt Verza Speed 40 is a sporty hybrid for rapid commutes and fast-paced fitness sessions. It combines the swift performance of a true road bike but the comfortable position of flat bars. You get a double butted lightweight aluminium and fork for efficiency on smooth roads and paths.

Bolted to the Verza is a quality Shimano 3x8 drivetrain with a wide range to make climbing easier. Powerful Tektro RX1 V-brakes give you all the power you need while smooth rolling Vittoria rims are quick to speed.



All the speed of a road bike but with the comfort of a flat bar. Lightweight, easy to ride and fast.


Specialized Crosstrail Disc 700c 2017

Specialized Crosstrail Disc 700c 2017
specialized

£500.00



Quick look

Frame  Specialized A1 SL Premium Aluminum


Fork  SR Suntour NEX 40mm


Groupset  Shimano Altus/Tourney 3x8


Wheels  Aluminum Double Wall


Brakes  Tektro Hydraulic Disc, 160mm Rotor


Review

The Specialized Crosstrail Disc is a fully-loaded town and country mileage slayer for a quality ride from a trusted brand. Specialized’s lightweight A1 SL aluminium frame is complemented by a Suntour suspension fork, for a cushioned ride over rough ground that’ll keep you comfortably in the saddle all day. Hydraulic disc brakes are the key feature of this bike. It’s rare to see such powerful brakes at this price point. Disc brakes work consistently in all weather conditions which is why you’ll see them fitted to mountain bikes.

The Crosstrail Disc is easy to dress up with accessories however you wish, with eyelets for both luggage rack and mudguards. Adapt it to your own needs and it’ll have you rolling off road and on in style.



On-road or off-road, the Crosstrail is ready for anything you can throw at it. It’s great to see such good brakes at this price.