Hybrid Bicycle Reviews

Hybrid Bicycle Reviews

Last Update September 8th, 2016 If you’re looking for hybrid bicycles that have the combined features of road, mountain, and comfort bikes fused in a single machine, then you’re on right track landing here. This type of bike is perfect not only for daily commuting but also for recreational cycling. Some of the top-selling bikes mentioned in hybrid bicycle reviews for 2015 are discussed in this article.

Both men- and women-specific bikes have been reviewed in this article to show you the best options available in hybrids under $500. Though there are multiple models available on the market that can be graded under this classification, four of the top-selling models are discussed in this article to help you find the ultimate ride out of the best options.

Diamondback Bicycles 2015 Edgewood Complete Hybrid Bike

Diamondback Bicycles 2015 Edgewood Complete Hybrid Bike

This bike is designed to be more efficient compared to a comfort bike and more comfortable than a road bike. The Diamondback Edgewood provides ultimate comfort levels, as all the relaxed contact-point features of a comfort bike are amalgamated in the design. This bike comes fitted with smoothly rolling 700c tires that are generally used in road bikes. To provide the required strength and durability, this bike is manufactured using a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame. It’s designed in such a way that you’re kept in a perfectly upright position even while pedaling. The suspension fork along with extra-padded seat post provide the required shock absorption on rough roads. A multiple-gear-system, seven-speed drivetrain provides the requisite help to navigate any type of terrain. It’s available at a price of $349.99.

Pros:

  • Manufactured using 6061-T6 aluminum frame with Sport Hybrid Geometry
  • Front wheel suspension and padded large saddle with springs
  • Smooth gear shifting
  • 700c tires for smooth rolling
  • Adjustable handlebar height

Cons:

Some of the people who reviewed this bike had some complaints about the instruction booklet provided in the package, as the instructions are not sufficient for assembling this bike. You may need assistance from a cycle shop.

Conclusion:

The Diamondback Edgewood has the mixed features of a comfort and road bike that make it perfect for people who want a cycle that can handle daily commuting or recreational purposes. It’s definitely one of the most comfortable rides out there, but it’s better suited for commuting than hitting the trails.

Schwinn Men’s Network 3.0 700C Hybrid Bicycle

Schwinn Men's Network 3.0 700C Hybrid Bicycle

This bike is designed for cruising down the neighborhood or going out for long-distance, leisurely rides. The Schwinn Men’s Network 3.0 700C Hybrid Bicycle is fitted with a Shimano 21-speed rear derailleur and Shimano EZ-Fire shifters that allow comfortable and quick gear shifting. This bike is very comfortable and smooth to ride due to Schwinn’s aluminum hybrid frame and suspension fork. The Schwinn Men’s Network 3.0 700C Hybrid Bicycle comes with alloy wheels and a quick-release front wheel that makes this model more lightweight and strong. The wide, comfort-style saddle with spring suspension allows comfortable riding even while covering long distances. It’s currently available at a price of $199.00.

Pros:

  • Comes with aluminum hybrid frame with Schwinn suspension fork
  • Lightweight and strong
  • Swept-back handlebar keeps your posture perfect
  • Fitted with linear pull brakes for definite stopping power
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty

Cons:

Some of the buyers of this bike faced problems related to flat tires due to displacement of the liner between the rim and tube. This allows frequent puncturing of the latter due to the burrs present on the spokes.

Conclusion:

The Schwinn Men’s Network 3.0 700C Hybrid Bicycle is quite appropriate for guys looking for a hybrid bike under $200. Apart from daily commuting to work, this bike can also be used for weekly long-distance fitness rides on a variety of terrains.

Vilano Performance 700C-21 Speed Shimano Hybrid Flat Bar Commuter Road 

Vilano Performance 700C-21 Speed Shimano Hybrid Flat Bar Commuter Road Bike

This high-performance hybrid road bike comes with Shimano components and has 700c wheels. The frame of this bike is manufactured using 6061 double-butted aluminum, while the other parts, such as the stem, hubs, brakes, handlebars, and seat post, are made up of a high-quality alloy. This bike comes with an Ergo Comfort saddle for relaxed riding. The Vilano Performance 700C-21 has 21 speed settings with a Shimano TX51 as the front derailleur and a Shimano TX35 as the rear derailleur. The crank set used in this bike is a ProWheel Triple with chain guard that provides ease in pedaling. The Shimano components used in this bike provide fast and reliable gear changes. It comes in black, grey, or white and costs $318.63.

Pros:

  • Fitted with Shimano components for easy and efficient gear changes
  • Comes with alloy linear pull cantilever V-brakes and double-wall alloy rims
  • Adjustable stem and compact frame for a comfortable fit
  • Free pedals included in the package
  • Fitted with Kenda 700c x 28c tires

Cons:

Some customers found that the tread design of the Kenda tires used in this bike grabs and holds pebbles that can eventually cause a puncture.

Conclusion:

The Vilano Performance 700C-21 is a good bike for both fitness riding as well as daily commuting. At its current price, it’s also an excellent choice for people on a budget. It has a sportier look than many other hybrids (which tend to resemble cruisers), so if you like a sleeker appearance, this is the one for you.

Schwinn Discover Women’s Hybrid Bike

Schwinn Discover Women's Hybrid Bike (700C Wheels)

This bike is manufactured with an aluminum city frame and fitted with a padded saddle to provide comfort and ease of riding even while going long distances. The Schwinn Discover Women’s Hybrid Bike has swept-back handlebars on an adjustable stem that allows for better posture. It’s fitted with a Shimano TX-31 rear derailleur along with 21-speed SRAM grip-shifters that permit you to change gears without taking your hands off the grips. The crank set used in this bike is fabricated using a Schwinn alloy as well, and a special Schwinn suspension fork maximizes the response of the bike while absorbing shocks when riding on uneven ground. This bike comes with fenders and a rear-gear carrier and is currently available at a price of $272.

Pros:

  • Schwinn alloy crank set is light but durable
  • ProMax linear pull brakes give assured braking power
  • Great shock-absorbing power due to the Schwinn suspension fork

Cons:

Some of the people who purchased this bike had some issues related to assembling it. They recommend that a professional cycling shop should build this bike because it’s likely you’ll have difficulty putting it together. It’s liable to fall apart if you don’t set it up correctly.

Conclusion:

The Schwinn Discover Women’s Hybrid Bike is priced well for its quality and has stylish looks to match. It’s very lightweight but seems to work best for riders who are 5’5″ and above, as it’s a little large because it’s a cruiser. If you’re interested in retro styling with updated technology, this can deliver.

Summary

All of the models reviewed above work perfectly as intended, so you’d do well to choose any depending on your needs. As the quality is very similar, and most complaints from buyers really relate to the difficulty in building these bikes, their ratings come down to cost and style.

If you’re looking for a hybrid with exceptional style and detailing paired with a great price, Schwinn’s Discover is the best choice, as it’s reasonably priced and attractive. If sportier is your goal, the Vilano model is the runner-up.

The Schwinn Network earns the third-place spot; the pricing is excellent, and although some guys might not like the white color scheme, it performs well.

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