Best cheap hybrid bikes

Top entry-level hybrids and commuting bikes under £500, including Boardman, Carrera, B'Twin and Apollo

You've decided to buy a hybrid bike, want to spend between £100 and 500, but don't know which model to choose. Luckily, BikeRadar has put together this article to help you decide on the best hybrid bike for you.

Hybrids, also known as flat-bar bikes, offer the speed of narrower wheel road bikes combined with the upright seating position of a mountain bike. They can also fall under the categories of city bikes or commuting bikes. Whether your budget is limited or you're simply after a versatile commuter to see you across town easily, look out for these great-value entry-level bicycles.

If you're after something over £500, then check out our best hybrid and urban bikes article. If you're not sure what bike you want, check out what type of bike do I need?

The bikes here are based on what's being sold by the major retailers, and are ranked by the average customer review scores as per the retailer's site. We've not reviewed any of the bikes ourselves yet, but we will be doing so in the near future.

We've picked out the key specs that you need to know such as sizes, weight and components and included the price (all of which are correct at the time of publishing).

Boardman Hybrid Comp Bike 2014

RRP £499.99

Buy now from:

Halfords (currently £499)

Boardman bikes have a solid reputation and are priced towards the upper end of the budget market. This bike sports an alloy frame and fork. Exclusive to Halfords, the bike's price includes having your local store build it for you and a free six-week first service should you need it.

  • Frame: Alloy
  • Forks: Alloy blades, chromoly steerer
  • Brakes: Avid BB5 mechanical disc – 160mm
  • Gears: 18
  • Sizes: Three: 45, 49 and 54cm
  • Weight: 11.1kg
  • Average customer review: 4.9/5

Carrera Subway Hybrid Bike

RRP £399.99

Buy now from:

Halfords (currently £279)

The Subway features a Shimano 24-speed gear setup with an alloy frame and steel forks. Halfords' usual service and build offer applies on this well received all-rounder.

  • Frame: Alloy
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: Tektro IO mechanical disc
  • Gears: 24
  • Sizes: Three: 18, 20 and 22in
  • Weight: 13.4kg
  • Average customer review: 4.8/5

Cross Hybrid Men's Bike

RRP £249.99

Buy now from:

Argos (currently £149.99)

The popular Cross Hybrid may be a tad on the weighty side but it's robust enough to offer a reliable ride whether commuting through town or touring the countryside. Also features mudguards to save you having to get your own, as well as rack on the back for pannier bags. Requires some assembly.

  • Frame: Alloy, 22.5in
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: Front alloy V-brake and rear alloy V-brake brakes
  • Gears: 18
  • Wheels: 27.5in
  • Sizes: One: 26-32in leg measurement
  • Weight: 20kg
  • Average customer review: 4.5/5

B'Twin Original 300 Hybrid Bike

RRP £169.99

Buy now from:

Decathlon (currently £169.99)

This B'Twin Hybrid offers 21 gears and mudguards, and features an adjustable stem and unisex geometry. Its lowered frame makes it easy to get on and off of, while Decathlon also offer a lifetime warranty for the frame, stem, handlebar and rigid fork.

  • Frame: Steel
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: V-brakes
  • Gears: 21
  • Sizes: Two: M (1.55-1.72m) and L (1.73-1.85m)
  • Weight: 15.25kg
  • Average customer review: 4.5/5

Carrera Crossfire 2 Hybrid Bike

RRP £299.99

Buy now from:

Halfords (currently £299.99)

The Carrera Crossfire 2 hybrid combines an alloy frame with a Suntour suspension fork. It also features 21 gears. As with the previous Carrera, Halfords' service and build options apply.

  • Frame: Alloy
  • Forks: Alloy
  • Brakes: Tektro IO mechanical disc brake
  • Gears: 21
  • Sizes: Two: 19 and 21in
  • Weight: 14.7kg
  • Average customer review: 4.5/5

Apollo Belmont Mens Hybrid Bike

RRP £399.99 

Buy now from:

Halfords (currently £399.99)

Featuring a lighter Alloy frame for improved speed and handling, the Apollo Belmont also offers increased comfort with its gel saddle and ergonomic grips. Halfords' local build and first service offer comes as standard, while this hybrid also comes with mudguards and a pannier rack.

  • Frame: Alloy
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: V-brakes
  • Gears: 18
  • Sizes: Two: 18 and 21in
  • Weight: 15.1kg
  • Average customer review: 4.2/5

B'Twin Mens NeWork 5

RRP £279.99 

Buy now from:

Decathlon (currently £279.99)

The NeWork has an aluminium frame and steel fork, and features a pannier rack. It also has 24 gears for a variety of uses. The bike is also covered by Decathlon's lifetime warranty for the frame, stem, handlebar and fixed fork.

  • Frame: Aluminium
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: Aluminium V-brakes
  • Gears: 24
  • Wheels: 28in rims
  • Sizes: Two: M/L (1.60-1.75m) and L/XL (1.75m-1.95m)
  • Weight: 16.4kg
  • Average customer review: 4/5

Challenge Crusade Hybrid 26 Inch Bike – Men's

RRP £99.99

Buy now from:

Argos (currently £99)

At under £100 the Challenge Crusade Hybrid merits consideration for those on a tight budget. There are only six gears (operated via twist grip) and a few bits of assembly are required, however you'll do well to find a cheaper ride than this all-purpose hybrid.

  • Frame: Steel, 19in
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: Front V-type and rear V-type brakes
  • Gears: Six
  • Wheels: 26in
  • Sizes: One: 26-32in inside leg measurement
  • Weight: 17kg
  • Average customer review: 4/5

Apollo Transfer Mens Hybrid Bike

RRP £259.99

Buy now from:

Halfords (currently £259.99)

This Apollo hybrid features 18-speed Shimano gears and large tyres, making hills and ascents that bit easier. As with other Halfords bikes, you can get your bike built in a local store and are entitled to that free six-week first service should you plump for the Transfer.

  • Frame: Steel
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: V-brakes
  • Gears: 18
  • Sizes: Two: 18 or 21in
  • Weight: 15kg
  • Average customer review: 3.8/5

Apollo Code Mens 21 inch Hybrid Bike

RRP £139.99

Buy now from:

Halfords (currently £80)

The Apollo Code Hybrid features 18 gears, and considering you can buy it currently for well under £100, should definitely be looked at if you want a real value hybrid. It comes in two different size frames and features smoother tyres for increased speed.

  • Frame: Steel
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: V-Brake
  • Gears: 18
  • Sizes: Two: 18 and 21in
  • Weight: 15kg
  • Average customer review: 3.7/5

Terrain Brecon Hybrid Bike

RRP £100 (£85 from Tesco)

Buy now from:

Tesco (currently £85)

Some minimal assembly is required to put together this unisex hybrid bike, which features 18 gears and a steel frame and forks.

  • Frame: Steel
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: V-brakes
  • Gears: 18
  • Wheels: 24in
  • Sizes: One: 20in, 61-78cm inside leg
  • Weight: 17kg
  • Average customer review: 3.7/5

Ventura Ready to Ride 700C Hybrid Bike

RRP £179.99 

Buy now from:

Argos (currently £179.99)

The Ventura Ready to Ride bike combines the best features of a mountain bike and road bike to make an all-round versatile hybrid. Handily, it arrives fully assembled. It's made up of an alloy frame (18in) and a steel fork for a sturdy ride.

  • Frame: Alloy, 18in
  • Forks: Steel
  • Brakes: Front V-type and rear V-type
  • Gears: 18
  • Wheels: 29in
  • Sizes: One: 20.1 to 37.4in inside leg measurement
  • Weight: 13.5kg
  • Average customer review: 3.3/5

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