Considering getting a hybrid bike for yourself or for that special lady? Getting a good hybrid bike will make for a lovely cycling experience. There is a lot to be said for combining some incredible features from different models. They come with flat handlebars that allow you to have a straight posture while you cycle. Hybrid bikes are speedy when out on the road. Once you know what you are looking for, choosing a hybrid bike should be easier. Right? Not quite. There are a host of options and manufacturers on the market. That can lead to analysis paralysis. Which one of these bikes should you choose?
While these bikes do not cost as much as you would pay for a road bike, they give you some of the features that we love. You get those thinner tires and a frame to match. To help you make the right choice, we have committed a lot of time to some research and product testing. Each product will be accompanied by a review and what we like and don’t like about them. The buyer’s guide will provide you with additional information about some of the features we considered when evaluating each product.
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If we had to simplify what to look for in a hybrid bike, it would come down to a handful of features. You want one that is lightweight, durable and has a reasonably sturdy frame. The size of the wheels, the number of gears and other components would be secondary to this. Getting these right from the start will guarantee that you have a good bike.
The top pick amongst the bikes in this list must be the Schwinn Discover Hybrid bike. I have chosen this bike because it has the best technology out of the other bikes on the list Schwinn has prioritised safety on this bike which I believe is very important on a hybrid bike. The bike is made from an aluminium frame which although is not the strongest on this list it is quite durable. What it lacks in strength, it makes up nicely in its weight. Schwinn has included Promax Linear brakes on the bike which are the best that you can buy and will only serve to your benefit. The hi-rise system is perfect for a hybrid bike because that is what they are made for. They are made for different terrains and slopes. The gearbox is 21-Speed. Therefore, one of the most powerful that you can get on this list. The rider’s posture is considered with the upright handlebars that will ensure you are protected as you cycle for long periods. You also get front and rear fenders that will help you when cycling in an area with dust.
Best Women's Hybrid Bike
OUR TOP PICK
This bike made by a company called Giordano which originated in Italy is an acceptable option when looking for a female hybrid bike. The bike is made in small size and comes in a high-quality silver paint job. It has an aluminium frame which means that the bike is relatively light and easy to get moving with. Making the bike with aluminium means that apart from the bike being light, it is also durable. The bike should be able to withstand any of the minor fender benders you may experience whilst cycling. The crown and suspension fork are made from an alloy which is a durable metal. It is unlikely that the bike will be a hard ride. By a hard ride, I mean that you will feel as though you are gliding rather than feeling all the bumps on the path. The rims are also made from an alloy so they can support quite a large amount of weight at one time. While doing so, you can expect that the rims will not bend or break even if you hit a hole in the trail. The bike comes with mechanical disk brakes which is not the best option when considering brakes because these are known to wear out quickly over time. This is one of the few disadvantages this bike has; otherwise, it holds itself up quite well.
- Aluminum frame
- Alloy rims
- Alloy suspension
- High-quality silver paint
- 24-speed gears
- Mechanical brakes
- Not for taller women
This bike is made by Royce Union and comes in 4 different colours. The bike has been designed well for casual cycling, and I am sure one would enjoy it upon purchase. The bike comes 90% assembled with an assembly video for easy DIY on the remaining 10%, meaning you will be up and cycling in no time. The frame is made from lightweight aluminium which is suitable for people looking to cycle for fun and not for exercise. It will also make the bike more durable in terms of rust. You can rest easy knowing it will look as stylish as the day you bought it for quite some time. The frame is about 15 Inches meaning it is well suited for women. The saddle is well padded with dual springs meaning that women with wider hips are well catered for. The grips are made from Kraton and are safe against sweaty palms. The pedals are high quality, meaning they are unlikely to break down whilst you cycle. The bike has made the handlebar slightly higher meaning that your posture will be well taken care of if you cycle for a longer distance. The wheels are made from a lightweight alloy metal which combines well with the brake for added stopping power. The tires are 700C and therefore made for every terrain you might think of.
- Lightweight aluminium frame
- The saddle has dual springs
- Soft Kraton grips
- Promotes better riding posture
- No kickstand for when the bike is unattended
- Not good for hills
This bike made by Sixthreezero is a 7-Speed hybrid cruiser cycle. It comes in a mature navy-blue colour with brown saddle and handles. The wheels are quite big at 26 inches meaning that it is built for faster speeds than a regular bike. It is made from an aluminium city frame which adds durability and lightness to the bike. It comes made for urban commuting, for example, going to work and back. The bike comes with both front and back fenders that will allow you to keep your outfit clean whilst you cycle in the city. The gearbox is made from Shimano, which is quite a reliable gearbox manufacturer. You will get brakes in the front and back for precise stopping when you need it. The wheels are made from alloys allowing you to take it off-road safely if ever need be. The saddle is made from synthetic leather which is nice because it will not lose its colour easily if you leave the bike parked outside in the sun. The tires are semi-slick, which will allow you to roll rather than cycle once you have generated enough speed. The frame is low sweeping, which is quite lovely for the shorter customers who may otherwise have trouble getting on and off. When cycling in the city, you will often need to stop at robots, and this frame will allow you to put both feet on the ground as you wait safely.
- Aluminium city frame
- Front and back fenders
- Shimano gearbox
- Synthetic leather saddle
- Low sweeping frame
- No kickstand
- Brake wiring is not well designed
Schwinn is a bike manufacturer that is well known for its simple yet high performing and durable bikes. This bike comes in a beautiful navy-blue colour that is subtle but powerful. It speaks well of the rider. The frame is made from alloy, meaning that is much heavier than an aluminium frame, but it is also much more durable. It is Schwinn’s style to make heavy, durable bikes, and this is no different. The bike’s suspension offers the rider a smooth and pleasant ride without too many bumps along the way. You should be able to ride this bike easily if you are between 5’4'' and 6’2” in height. Quite big for a women’s bike but it's one of the few on the list that caters to taller women. The brakes are made from alloy linear which makes them one of the best on this list in terms of stopping power. The allow hi-rise system offers the user multiple health benefits because their posture is well-taken care off. In terms of the saddle, this is the most comfortable out of all the options. It is made from a hybrid elastomer spring that provides adaptable responses to any of the bumps you may face along your journey.
- Alloy hybrid frame
- 700C all-terrain wheels
- Alloy linear brakes
- Hi-rise system improves posture
- Hybrid elastomer spring on the saddle
- Heavier than the other bikes on the list
- For taller women mostly
This Schwinn bike is another bike that comes with the values of being strong and durable. It is also the most expensive option that you can find on this list serving as both a male and female bike. It comes with 28-inch wheels which are the biggest so far. The suspension is made by Schwinn and is made from alloy. It offers a city rise system and back sweep handlebar. These inclusions have been made to help you navigate whatever city you live in. If the ground is straight without many uphill, then you will enjoy a hi-rise system. If there are more hills where you need to generate more power, then you can easily switch to the low-rise system. The gearbox comes with 21-Speeds that swoop in to assist you when you must climb a hill. The Brakes are made from linear Promax alloy, which is one of the latest technologies you can get when buying a hybrid bike. It works in accordance with the kind of terrain you are facing when cycling. Think of it as being able to put your bike into sport mode. The handlebars are also swept back, which is good for rider posture, and the frame is aluminium. This means that it is nice for city cycling because it is lightweight. The bike comes with both front and back fenders to keep you clean.
- Hi-rise system for adjusting to terrain
- Promax alloy linear brakes
- Upright handlebars
- Front and back fenders
- Aluminium frame
- Most expensive option
- Big is very big
This bike from Sixthreezero is one of the most beautiful and well-designed bikes on the list. It comes in a trendy teal and brown colour, adding a little bit of retro funk to its portfolio. The bike has a step-through aluminium frame that works well in the city because it is made mainly for cruising without exerting too much effort. No one wants to get to their destination sweating all over. The bike comes with matching front and rear fenders that will come in handy when protecting your outfit from dust. The Shimano 7-Speed External gearbox is not that powerful when climbing uphill, but it will get you around on even surfaces. The bike comes with front, and rear brakes that will be useful when stopping in case a car accidentally skips a red light in the city. The seat is made from synthetic leather which is known to keep its colour for an extended period. What would be the point of buying a beautiful bike if it fades away in a month? The bike also has a low-sweeping frame which we discussed has major advantages in the city when you must stop regularly. The bike has been designed almost to allow you to recline comfortably as you cycle, which will help with your posture. Overall, one of the best bikes on the list.
- Aluminium frame
- Matching front and rear fenders
- Synthetic leather saddle
- Low-swooping frame
- Foot forward pedalling for better posture
- Doesn’t have a robust gearbox
- Bike wiring is very exposed
Now that you know all of our favourite products, the buyer’s guide will explore some questions that you might have. Some will undoubtedly have come up while reading the product reviews.
Do hybrid bikes go fast?
Hybrid bikes have a lightweight frame and tires that are similar to the ones you would find on a road bike. That is what makes them faster than most bikes. As you can imagine, they are not quite as fast as road bikes. They do not have the aerodynamic positioning that a cyclist on a road bike would have.
How are hybrid bikes like mountain bikes?
The most obvious similarity between a hybrid bike and a mountain bike is the handles. They also share a tread pattern. That is what gives them fantastic traction. You will also find that there are similar drivetrains on hybrid and mountain bikes. The versatility is another similarity that connects hybrid bikes to mountain bikes.
Should I buy MTB or hybrid?
Deciding which bike to go with between any two should always start with considering the use cases. If you are going to be using your bike in rugged terrain, a mountain bike should be your prime choice. If you are looking for a lightweight bike that would do a decent commuting job, a hybrid would be the ideal candidate.
Overall, if the weight of the bike matters, the lightweight hybrid is the one to go with. That may be in cases where you are riding up steep hills. A good mountain bike would do an excellent job on these climbs as well. If you need a bike that can take some battering without being bent out of shape, an MTB is the one to go with.
Are hybrid bikes good for long distance?
The hybrid’s handlebars are relatively flat. That makes them quite comfortable for commuting or cruising. When it comes to long-distance, you will start to feel the pressure on your lower back. That is why hybrid bikes would not be an excellent option for long-distance.
Can I ride a hybrid bike on trails?
Yes and No. Most hybrid bikes have tires that are somewhat similar to those on a mountain bike. As such, they have some capacity for the trail. They are also built in a way that makes them similar to a road bike. Those features make them less trail-worthy. So, you can ride a hybrid bike on the trails, but it is more prone to wear and tear than bikes that are designed for such terrain.
Should I get a hybrid bike with suspension?
One of the stand out features on any mountain bike is the suspension. Most people might never need it or indeed see its purpose. That will come down to where you are riding the bike. The suspension of a bike is engaged when you hit some bumps. It takes some of the brunts of the force from you. That makes for a more comfortable ride. You can get away with not having suspension on your bike when using it for commuting in the city. A few speed bumps might convince you that you ought to have gone with the suspension. It is not quite a make-or-break feature. I would recommend that you consider the cost of having it on your bike in comparison to a bike that does not have it.
So, what do you make of the women’s hybrid bikes that we shortlisted above? If you have found one that you like, you will benefit from reading our buyer’s guide to ensure that all bases have been covered. If you have yet to make up your mind, we encourage you to have a look at our top pick. The Schwinn Discover Hybrid bike gives you a lightweight frame without compromising on build quality or durability. You also have a wide range of gears to engage. Any of the other picks on our list will serve you well. It is worth checking out their descriptions as well as the pros and cons that accompany them. That should help you make up your mind.