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Urban hybrid cyclist

Best Hybrid Bikes Under £1000

The best hybrid bikes under £1,000 come in different flavours for different types of cycling. All the bikes featured in this review offer capable performance on urban roads, some however will encourage you to venture on to rough tracks and paths while others focus more on tarmac speed and efficiency.

Aluminium frames are strong yet lightweight and at this price point you start to see more use of butting and forming techniques which further reduce weight while increasing strength. Suspension forks are great for smoothing out rough tracks while rigid forks are lighter and more efficient on the road.

Disc brakes offer consistent stopping control in all-weather-conditions and you will find them on all the mountain bikes in this review. Hydraulic disc brakes are more powerful than mechanical ones as well as offering a better feel.

Hub gears offer the most reliable drivetrain performance and while they are slightly less efficient than traditional derailleur gears, they have the advantage of allowing you to change gear while being stationary. This is especially helpful in urban settings as you don’t need to remember to brake and change gear as you stop at traffic lights. Of course, there is still a place for derailleur gears and the bikes here either feature mountain bike style gearing with lots of low ratios for easy climbing, or higher ratio road bike gears for faster riding on the flat.

All the hybrid bikes here feature hydraulic disc brakes for powerful all-weather stopping and with rack and mudguard mounts all are suitable for all-year-round cycling.


Giant Roam 2 Disc 2017

Giant Roam 2 Disc 2017
Giant

£549.00



Quick look

Frame  ALUXX-Grade Aluminium


Suspension  Sr Suntour NEX 63mm suspension travel


Drivetrain  Shimano 3x9 speed


Wheels  Cube UX24 tubeless ready


Brakes  Shimano hydraulic discs


Review

On-road or off-road, the Giant Roam 2 is a hybrid sports bike that combines the efficiency of a road bike with the rugged potential of a mountain bike, so you can ride anywhere from city streets to gravel trails with confidence. The SR Suntour suspension fork offers 63mm of suspension travel to smooth the bumps on rough trails and features a hydraulic lockout so you can ride more efficiently on smooth roads.

Wide tyres on the rapid rolling 700c road wheels offer cushioning and grip on rough tracks yet are still efficient on the road. Shimano hydraulic disc brakes offer powerful stopping control for confident cycling in all-weather conditions. With the Shimano 3x9 speed drivetrain the Roam 2 offers reliable shifting with a wide gear range – perfect for hilly rides.




Confident and efficient cycling everywhere from gravel tracks to smooth roads and everywhere in between.


Cube Hyde Pro 2017

Cube Hyde Pro 2017
Cube

£679.00



Quick look

Frame  Superlite double butted aluminium


Suspension  Aluminium rigid


Drivetrain  Shimano Nexus 8 speed hub


Wheels  Cube UX24 tubeless ready


Brakes  Shimano hydraulic discs


Review

The Cube Hyde is a true urban utility vehicle, essentially designed to just make life that bit easier. The robust aluminium superlight frame offers a comfortable riding position and features double butted tubes which keeps the weight down. High volume Schwalbe Big Apple tyres are fast rolling yet offer extra cushioning on rough roads. Hydraulic disc brakes offer unrivalled all-weather stopping power so you can ride with confidence in all weather conditions.

Gearing comes courtesy of a Shimano Nexus hub gear system that offers 8 easy to use gear ratios in a very low maintenance package. The great advantage of a hub gear system on an urban bike is that you can change gear without pedalling so you can select a good starting off gear while you are stopped at traffic lights.




A high performance understated ride for negotiating the concrete jungle.


Charge Grater 3 2017

Charge Grater 3 2017
charge

£849.99



Quick look

Frame  6061 butted aluminium


Suspension  Rigid alloy


Drivetrain  Shimano Alfine 8 speed hub gears


Wheels  WTB SX19 double wall alloy


Brakes  Shimano Hydraulic discs


Review

Stylish and practical, the Charge Grater 3 is a bomb-proof hybrid that offers an efficient ride with nimble handling characteristics. Combined with hydraulic disc brakes and mudguards ready fitted the Grater is ideal for all weather urban cycling. The 6061 aluminium alloy frame is built with butted tubes which keeps the weight down.

The Shimano Alfine 8 speed hub gear system is combined with an anti-rust chain for trouble free, low maintenance cycling. The ability to change gear while stationary is particularly helpful when negotiating all the traffic lights in the Urban jungle.




Smart and efficient all-weather city cycling efficiency


Cannondale Quick CX 2 2017

Cannondale Quick CX 2 2017
Cannondale

£849.99



Quick look

Frame  SmartFormed C2 aluminium alloy


Suspension  SR Suntour NCX 50mm suspension travel


Drivetrain  SRAM GX 1x11 speed


Wheels  Maddux double wall alloy


Brakes  Shimano hydraulic discs


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Review

Quick and capable on rough tracks and smooth roads the Cannondale Quick CX 2 combines the latest mountain bike technology with road ready efficiency. The SmartFormed aluminium alloy frame is tough and lightweight and with the SAVE stays has a compliant rear end that offers a comfortable ride. The SR Suntour fork gives you just enough suspension travel to take the sting out of rough tracks while still offering efficient performance on the road.

Combining a very wide range rear cassette with a single front chainring the SRAM NX 1x11 speed drivetrain offers trouble free gear shifting with plenty of gears to get up even the steepest climbs. Shimano hydraulic discs provide confident all-weather stopping power and the wide 38c tyres offer grip and a little extra cushioning on less than perfect road surfaces.




Slick city styling meets capable rough road performance for confident cycling everywhere from smooth roads to rough tracks.


Specialized Sirrus Comp City 2017

Cannondale Quick CX 2 2017
specialized

£1,000.00



Quick look

Frame  E5 Premium butted and formed aluminium


Suspension  FACT carbon fibre


Drivetrain  Shimano Tiagra 2x10 speed


Wheels  Deep section road


Brakes  Shimano hydraulic discs


Review

By far the quickest tarmac bike in this review the Specialized Sirrus combines rapid road bike technology with a practical urban riding position. The lightweight aluminium frame is combined with a carbon fibre fork to offer an efficient ride with quick handling characteristics. Zertz vibration damping inserts in the fork absorb ‘road buzz’ for a more comfortable ride.

The Shimano Tiagra 2x10 speed road bike drivetrain gives you reliable shifting with a great spread of gears for rapid road cycling. The deep section wheels are fast rolling and are shod with 30mm tyres that are ideal for all types of roads. Of course, you also get hydraulic disc brakes and Plug + Play mudguard mounts add all-weather versatility.




Whether commuting or fitness training the Specialized Sirrus Comp is ready to hit the city streets