Hybrid bikes are some of the most versatile bicycles on the market, designed specifically for beginners and recreational riders. They are an ideal option for commuting and city riding, as well as leisure riding on the weekends.
A good hybrid will help you tackle most any terrain, allowing you to get out without any worries about whether your bike is up to the job.
Most bike brands offer hybrids (or fitness bikes) and they are available at all sorts of price points. We’ve separated our best lists below into different price categories: under £500, under £1,500 and high-end.
All our recommendations are based on bikes that we have tested here at BikeRadar.
If you are new to the world of bikes, then we would recommend that you try and test some models to get a feel for what works for you. A good bike shop will often let you try before you buy, as well as ensure you walk away with a bike that fits you.
The best hybrid bikes under £500 for 2019
Carrera Subway 2
Carrera’s Subway 2 is available exclusively from Halfords Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
- Powerful hydraulic disc braking
- Ready to accept mudguards or a rack
- A comfortable and surprisingly efficient ride
- 650b wheels allow for a large tyre with lots of cushion
Sold exclusively in Halfords and Cycle Republic stores, the Carrera Subway 2 is a fantastic way to get about, particularly considering its modest price.
It’s been on the scene for multiple years now, and that time has allowed the Subway 2 to mature into a very capable package.
The alloy frame has all the fittings you could need to attach bottles, mudguards and racks and is equipped with 650b wheels, which have large 1.95in tyres that provide additional cushioning and comfort.
Despite the low price, the bike is fitted with hydraulic disc brakes for consistent and reliable stopping power. The remaining components, while budget, perform admirably and add up to a well-considered package perfect for quick city riding.
Voodoo’s Agwe is a lot closer to a mountain bike than a road bike Oli Woodman / Immediate Media
- Simple, single-ring transmission
- Comfortable, easy riding position
- Hydraulic disc brakes for decent all-weather braking
The Agwe is a capable hybrid that’s clearly inspired by Voodoo’s mountain bike models. That’s no bad thing, making it capable of tackling a wide range of terrain with swift and nippy handling.
The Shimano Deore drivetrain provides simple and reliable shifting with enough range to get you up the steepest hills. Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide ample power for any eventuality.
While it doesn’t come equipped with them, you can mount mudguards (and a rack) for more inclement weather.
Best hybrid bikes under £1,500 for 2019
Cube Travel SL
The Cube Travel SL comes equipped for every eventuality Oli Woodman / Immediate Media
- Ready to ride in any conditions with mudguards and internal hub gear
- Maintenance-free belt drive
- Fitted with dynamo and lights
- Reliable hydraulic Shimano disc brakes
The Cube Travel SL is the perfect bike to get your from A to B with the minimum of fuss. The Cube Travel SL is an unashamedly utilitarian ride designed to transport you and your things wherever they need to go.
The bike comes equipped with a rear rack, mudguards, dynamo hub and lights. A maintenance-free belt drive, internal hub gear and reliable hydraulic Shimano brakes will get you going and slow you down again.
Sorted handling means you’ll just be able to get on and ride. The Cube Travel SL is a dutiful ride that you’ll likely end up taking for granted because it’s just so well-equipped.
Giant FastRoad Comax 2
The Giant FastRoad Comax 2 offers a comfortable carbon frame Giant
- Forgiving and comfortable, carbon frame and fork
- Confidence-inspiring ride
- Reliable Tiagra road gearing
You get a lot for your money with the Giant FastRoad Comax 2, but the standout feature is the carbon frame and fork. These provide a comfortable ride as well as stable and reassuring handling.
The bike is equipped with solid and reliable components, including a Shimano Tiagra drivetrain, which is a well-proven option. However, it is clear that this bike is intended for city and road use, living up to its ‘FastRoad’ name.
Cube SL Road SL
The Cube SL Road SL will get your around town quickly Cube
- High-end Shimano Ultegra gearing
- Ideal for getting around town quickly
- Aluminium frame that’s built for speed
The Cube SL Road SL is a no-holds-barred go-fast hybrid. If you’re looking for a bike that you can ride at speed, then you’re in the right place.
The Cube offers a competitive weight paired with high-end components — you get a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain paired with powerful Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes, along with quality DT Swiss wheels and high volume 35mm Schwalbe tyres.
That all adds up to a nippy, high-performance ride that will get you around as quickly as you want.
Giant Rapid 0
The Giant Rapid 0 will get you around the city as fast as you like Tom Marvin / Immediate Media
- As fast a commuter as you’ll find
- Shimano 105 drivetrain offers excellent shifting
- Powerful hydraulic disc brakes
The Giant Rapid 0 is as close as you’ll come before making the leap to a fully fledged road bike. That means it’s a commuter built for travelling around the city fast but with quick and accurate handling to match.
Despite being fitted with flat bars in a nod to commuting comfort, the Giant Rapid 0 is akin to a road bike in many ways.
For your money you get a quality alloy frame with carbon forks, a Shimano 105 road groupset and hydraulic brakes, along with speedy 28c tyres. Giant finishing kit includes wheels that are also found on its road bike range.
Best high-end hybrid bikes for 2019
Cannondale Quick Carbon 1
The Cannondale Quick Carbon wants to get you where you’re going quickly Robert Smith / Immediate Media
- Lively and comfortable carbon frame
- Excellent control thanks to wide bars
- Quality Shimano 105 drivetrain components
The Cannondale Quick Carbon 1 offers a stable and fun ride without any quirks or unpredictable behaviour. That’s helped by the wide 66cm bars which leave you in control at all times.
The build is complemented by a reliable Shimano 105 drivetrain, which provides the perfect gearing for road use. Hydraulic disc brakes offer consistent stopping power in all conditions.
The icing on the cake is the comfort offered by the premium carbon frame. Cannondale’s SAVE technology delivers a compliant ride that will let you ride quickly, in comfort and in style.
Specialized Sirrus Expert Carbon
The Specialized Sirrus Expert is a high-end build with a carbon frame Robert Smith
- FACT 9r carbon frame
- Future Shock, sprung headset
- Forgiving ride characteristics
The Specialized Sirrus Expert Carbon is a fitness/commuter bike for those that demand high-end performance. Nonetheless, the carbon frame and Future Shock headset are designed to offer a comfortable ride.
The Sirrus Expert is fitted with solid components including Shimano 105 shifting, TRP hydraulic brakes and Specialized finishing kit.
It might be an expensive option, but you get what you pay for with a rider-friendly commuter that’s purpose-built for performance.
Trek FX Sport 6
The Trek FX Sport 6 is a high-end fitness bike with everything you might need Robert Smith
- Top-of-the-range fitness bike
- Carbon frame offers exceptional comfort thanks to IsoSpeed decoupler
- Shimano 105 gearing
- Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
The Trek FX Sport 6 is another high-end option that offers exceptional comfort thanks to the carbon frame with IsoSpeed technology, which protects you from the shocks of the road. That comfort is also mirrored in the choice of vibration absorbing bars, grips and saddle.
The bike leverages technology from Trek’s road bike offerings, and that inspiration creates a speedy bike which is almost too precious to be a daily commuter.
If you’re after a premium build with supreme comfort, the Trek might be an option for you, but bear in mind that it comes at quite a price.
Genesis Skyline 30