Hybrid bikes are extremely versatile making them ideal for commuting, fitness and recreational riding. These are the best hybrid bikes on market and sit at the premium end of the spectrum. They combine the latest frame engineering techniques with capable spec.
Hybrid bikes over £1,000 tend to fall into specialty bikes. City bikes feature road bike efficiency with rigid forks. They’re ideal for fast commutes and intense fitness sessions. You'll be surprised by just how fast these urban racers can go. Gravel bikes come with suspension forks, disc brakes and grippy wheels for off-roading performance. You can take a gravel bike pretty much anywhere except technical trails (you'll need a proper mountain bike for that) and have a lot of fun.
You also get touring bikes usually with steel (or luxury titanium) frames, pannier racks, plenty of water storage and lights. These are the machines for riding ultra-long distances.
Frame Aluminium Superlite
Fork SR Suntour NCX E RL Air, 63mm
Groupset Shimano XT/Deore 3x10
Wheels Cube EX21
Brakes Shimano BR-M315 Hydraulic Disc
Cube’s Delhi Exc is a city/gravel bike that’s practical for daily use and lets you head on adventure at the weekend. Mounts for racks and mudguards, a kickstand, lights and rear reflectors show this bike’s utility – it’s a solid commuter and a pretty good tourer.
Cube’s Trekking Comfort geometry was developed for efficient pedalling and a comfortable riding position. The aluminium frame is made even lighter thanks to double butted tube walls. Internal cable routing creates a streamlined look whilst also protecting your cables from damage. Upfront the fork soaks up vibrations while Cube’s rims with tough Kevlar reinforced tyres will keep you rolling mile after mile.
Practical daily commuter and weekend adventurer.
Frame FACT 9R Carbon Composite
Fork R Suntour NCX 60mm
Groupset Shimano SLX 2x10
Wheels 6061 Double Wall
Brakes Tektro Flow Set Control Hydraulic Disc
With the Specialized Crosstrail Expert Disc you can keep riding when the tarmac ends. This hybrid bike blends on-road efficiency with off-road capability. Key to performance is an aluminium butted frame which is light, stiff and strong. The SR fork smooths out lumps and bumps on rougher conditions. It also features lockout so you can fix the fork in place. This makes climbing much easier.
Specialized’s Fitness Geometry is more upright and stable for confident riding on rough tracks. Spec includes a quality 2x11 Shimano SLX drivetrain with slick shifting over a wide spread of gears and powerful Tektro Flow hydraulic disc brakes.
When the tarmac turns into something rougher, keep going.
Frame SmartForm C1 Alloy
Fork Lefty LightPipe OPI
Groupset Shimano Alfine 1x8
Wheels Bad Boy C1 Double Wall
Brakes Magura MT2 Hydraulic Disc
Easily one of the coolest looking high end hybrids is the Cannondale Bad Boy 1. This is an ultra-durable sporty bike for daily use. A slightly aggressive geometry offers quick and responsive handling.
Upfront you get an ultra-stiff Lefty rigid fork which offers agile point-and-shoot handling. The 8 speed Shimano Alfine hub gears offer very low maintenance and a sensible range of gears for urban trekking. Mounts for mudguards and racks improve overall utility while Magura hydraulic disc brakes ensure you’ve got all the stopping power you need whatever the weather.
Ultra-slick city bike that oozes cool.
Frame Reynolds 725 Heat-Treated Chromoly
Fork Rigid Cr-Mo Unicrown Disc
Groupset Shimano Tiagra 3x10
Wheels Sun Ringle Rhyno Lite
Brakes TRP Spyre-C Mechanical Disc
Now for something a little different. The Genesis Tour de Fer 20 is expedition ready, right out of the box. Quit the day job, load up your panniers and ride around the world. With the Tour de Fer 20 you get a high quality, Reynolds 725 chromoly frame that is super compliant and forgiving over the miles. It has been heat treated to boost tensile strength so less metal is needed in the frame – reducing weight.
Also equipped are Tubus Cargo racks. These are the standard by which all other luggage racks are compared. They’re very durable with a max carry capacity of 40kg and come with a 30 year Tubus warranty. Other spec highlights include a Shimano Tiagra drivetrain, TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, a Dynamo light and long lasting Schwalbe Marathon tyres. Simply one of the best bike tourers.
Expedition ready World tourer.
Frame Seamless butted 3AL 2.5V Titanium
Fork Carbon Straight Blade
Groupset SRAM Rival 1 1x11
Wheels WTB SX19 Double Wall
Brakes Shimano BR-M445 Hydraulic Disc
Nothing looks as lustrous as a well refined Titanium frame. The Charge Grater 5 is gorgeous with a raw Titanium frame that is even lighter than steel and more compliant for the best ride quality. This hybrid sports bike is great for any on-road jaunt. A carbon disc fork works to soak up vibrations from the road and shaves weight of the frame. You also get a performance level and simple 1x11 SRAM Rival drivetrain.
Powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes offer all the stopping power you need. Durable double wall WTB SX19 rims with puncture protection on the tyres just keep rolling. Rack and fender mounts improve the Grater 5’s utility.
Luxury Titanium hybrid sports bike.