Best hybrid bikes for under 1000. Read our reviews of 10 hybrids.

6 Best Hybrid Bikes under £1000

When looking for the best hybrid bike for under 1000, it can be mine-field. So much choice and loads of specifications thrown at you. When you are planning to buy a hybrid, you need to consider what you are buying it for. 

Are you considering commuting? 

Will the bike need to be comfortable enough for longer, leisure bike rides at weekend? 

Are you looking for practicality or to look on-trend as you use your bike? 

Here is a list of our favourite hybrids for different roles. 

Our Top Picks - Hybrid Bikes Under a £1000

Our Pick
Hawk Trekking Premium Plus

Although more on the expensive side, this bike offers the best of both worlds. A comfortable commute during the week and a comfortable companion for longer weekend bike rides.

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 Our top pick, The Hawk Trekking Premium Plus is by no means the cheapest, but it really is the all-rounder that one day could be used to as a comfortable commute during the week and a comfortable companion for longer weekend bike rides. The seat is wider, cushioned and sprung, providing hours of comfort where you need it. 

We love how it comes equipped with gear to keep you dry on wet, or muddy commutes and to be seen if riding at night.

If you prefer a step-through version—that is, a frame with a lower top tube, or what is sometimes called a women’s frame, the bike comes as this version too. 

Specs

  • 24 gears 
  • Front derailleur - Shimano Tourney 3-speed
  • Cassette / sprocket - Shimano 11-30T
  • circuit - Shimano Altus 8-speed
  • Front and rear brakes - V Brake
  • Chain - KMC
  • Crank - Shimano FC-TY301 48/38 / 28T

What We Like

  • Comfortable ride for any length of time.
  • Slim frame so maneuverable.
  • Comes fully equipped with lights, pannier frame and bag.
  • Adaptable to different inclines - 24 gears
  • Comes 95% set up - you only need to adjust the handlebars, seat and pedals.
  • Choice of 44cm or 48cm frame. 

What We Don’t Like 

  • V- brakes may not be as effective for stopping as discs, but it really is personal preference.
  • On the heavy side for lifting in and out of trains or mounting on a car rack. (18.5kg) 

Our Verdict

If you want a bike that can handle most things within reason, that you throw at it, this is the hybrid for you. It delivers comfort in all situations, allowing you to enjoy your ride, whatever the occasion. 

Also Great
CSZZL Hybrid bike adventure bike

This truly versatile hybrid is suitable for short and long journeys, over a variety of terrains.

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What makes the CSZZL hybrid adventure bike worth the mention is the how versatile it is. The HCT Carbon Fork smooths out the ride and takes on drops and bumps that would be more jarring on a cheap rigid fork.  

Do you like to vary your ride position? Love standing up, furiously pedalling one minute, then the next cruising in your seat?  

The CSZZL comes with an ergonomic handle set, letting you ride in comfort, without any wrist rubs.  

Want to move beyond the aching back after a long bike ride? The icing on the cake is the upright position that the CZLL hybrid adventure bike allows for. The upright posture could minimise aches and pains of a longer commute. 

It seems the manufacturer ticked all the boxes that make the gear system quality but forgot to make it lighter than some rival products.

Specs

  • Lightweight Aluminum Compact Frame 
  • HCT Carbon Fork (Lifetime Frame & Fork Warranty).
  • 3x9 Shimano Acera Groupset, featuring an 11/32T cassette and 48/36/26T crankset
  • Gear choice - 21, 24, 27 or 30 speed gears. 
  • Extra wide tyres
  • Drilled for a variety of racks and fenders. 
  • Wheel size - choice of 24 or 26 inches 
  • Brake type - disc
  • Handle type - flat bar
  • Colour - choice of: black, yellow, green, red, or white.

What We Like

  • Excellent value for money - budget hybrid 
  • Light, compact and maneuverable
  • Shock absorbing ride 
  • Quick release wheels for ease of transport
  • Adaptable to different road surfaces - Perfect for commuting or leisure riding. 

What We Don’t Like

  • May need a trip to the local bike shop to set it up 
  • Could be too compact for some riders - it’s best to carefully check the product dimensions before buying. 

Our Verdict

This bike should serve you well if you are looking for something adaptable to ride most days, but not for long bike journeys.

Best For Style
HWOEK Commuter Bike

Rock the city with this retro style beauty of a hybrid. Surprisingly light too!

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Best For Style

The HWOEK Light Commuter Bike is the perfect bike for cruising around the city, rocking the retro look. You won’t worry about lugging it on and off the tube either - it is so light in comparison to other hybrids.

HWOEK’s frame is sleek and slim, so you can fit through awkward gaps in the traffic with ease, plus feel safe on downhill sections of your commute. To say it is so slim, this hybrid offers impressive stability.

Specs

  • Frame: High carbon steel 
  • Frame size: 24 inches. 
  • Wheel diameter: 24 inches
  • Gearing - Single speed
  • Handlebar: Aluminium alloy
  • Handlebar grips: Rubber 
  • Included: bell
  • Recommended height: 158-188cm
  • Maximum Load: 100kg.

What We Like

  • Cool retro look
  • Slim frame - easy to fit through small gaps
  • Non-slip rubber grips
  • Won’t rust easily - aluminium handlebars and brake levers.
  • Aluminium handlebars reduce vibration when riding. 

What We Don’t Like

  • One gear - it looks cool but would not be suitable to be ridden for long distances or an uphill commute. 

Our Verdict

This bike looks amazing and it made of robust materials, but needs to be used on flat ground, (in cities) so one gear isn't an issue. 

Best Budget All-Rounder
Ammaco De'sire

Ride in comfort on this no-fuss hybrid, which will get you from A to B dry and clean.

Brilliantly set-up for the price.

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Best Budget All-Rounder 

Ammaco’s De’sire is a vision of sleek simplicity. If you are looking for a no-fluff, get you to where you need to go bike, this is it. Ride in comfort, on this understated gem of a hybrid with its high-rise handlebars, and chunky grips.  

Better yet, the high quality gears ensure the ride is super easy even on steep hills, rough ground. If you’re commuting, this hybrid is surprisingly fast. 

On the downside, it has V-brakes, which is totally personal preference but could be said to be a cheaper alternative to disc brakes.

Specs

  • Alloy Lightweight Trekking Frame  
  • 700c Forks
  • Shimano 21 Speed Rapid Fire Shifters ST-EF41
  • Shimano TZ500 Cassette - Shimano Tourney Rear Derailleur - Shimano Tourney TZ Front Derailleur
  • 48/38/28 Triple Chainset Fully Enclosed Chainguard
  • Gear choice - 21 speed gears. 
  • Wheel size - 700C 
  • Frame size - 21 inches. 
  • Brake type - V-brakes front and rear 
  • Tyres: Mitas Anti-Puncture 
  • Handle type - hi-rise flat bar
  • Colour - black and blue. 
  • Rear pannier carrier fitted

What We Like

  • Excellent value for money - budget hybrid 
  • Light, compact and maneuverable
  • Fully encased chain and mudguards. 
  • Adaptable to different road surfaces - Perfect for commuting or leisure riding.

What We Don’t Like

  • V- brakes may not be as effective for stopping as discs, but it really is personal preference. 
  • Again you might need a bike technician to set it up for you. 

Our Verdict

This is a fab all-rounder if you are on a budget, but you may need to change the seat, if you are looking for comfort on longer rides.  

Sturdy All-Rounder
Viking Urban X 2019

This is a well made smooth ride for the price. Comes with standard commuter gear.

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Viking Urban X

The Viking Urban X is light, comfortable and responsive, meaning that you have a good deal of control, especially when you need to slip past traffic or parked cars. Its semi-slick tyres mean that whether you decide to go urban, down the local canal path or over gravel, this bike is good to handle it. 

The Urban X comes fully equipped with gear to get you from home to work and back in the safest driest way possible. 

Picture not having to worry about mud, oil or water up your back and all over your legs. The mudguards have you covered. It’s also surprisingly smooth on the gears, for such a bargain price. 

Specs

  • Frame: aluminium
  • 700c Rigid Forks
  • Shimano 21 Speed Shimano EZ-Fire shifters
  • Shimano Altus rear derailleur
  • Chainset:Shimano 28x38x48T triple chainset with 170mm alloy cranks. 
  • Sealed bottom bracket set
  • Wheel size - 700C 
  • Quick release wheels - front and rear
  • Brake type: Front and rear Clarks mechanically actuated disc brakes with 140mm rotors.
  • Tyres: Kenda 700 x 38c black trail.
  • Handle type - Low 30mm rise 600mm handlebars 6 deg bend
  • Saddle: Velo Trekking ergonomic comfort saddle with an alloy micro adjust seat post
  • Frame Colour: Graphite. Fork Colour: Burnt Orange. 
  • Weight: 16.8kg approx.
  • Mudguard and 4 point pannier bosses.
  • Bottle cage bosses.

What We Like

  • Excellent value for money 
  • Comes with a light for commuting safely. 
  • Ideal for a starter bike 
  • Equipped with mudguards and pannier
  • Quick release wheels for ease of transport
  • Perfect for commuters
  • 90% set up when arrives at your door. 
  • High quality gears

What We Don’t Like

  • May need a trip to the local bike shop to set it up. 
  • Some parts wear easily - seat is not to everyone’s taste and comfort level. 

Our Verdict

This is a fab all-rounder if you are on a budget, but you may need to change the seat, if you are looking for comfort on longer rides.  

Also Great
Muddyfox Tempo 200

This hybrid's front suspension forks allow you to choose your ride style. Fitted with trekking tyres, this bike will not disappoint on a variety of different types of bike rides.

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The Muddyfox Tempo 200 is a great lightweight hybrid, suited to commuting journeys, that demand a mix of riding and taking public transport. 

An added advantage of the Tempo 200 is that you can soften the ride slightly, with the front suspension forks. This is particularly useful if you are having to ride the pavements in tight traffic places. 

Trekking tyres mean that this bike will stand up to muddy canal paths and leisure riding. 

Specs

  • Frame: Lightweight Alloy Hybrid Bike Frame
  • Forks: Suntour CR7 Suspension Forks - 40mm travel
  • Frame size: 18, 20 & 22 inch frame sizes 
  • Wheels: 700C Double-Wall Alloy Wheels with Quick Release Hubs
  • Tyres: 700 x 35C trekking tyres
  • Gearing: 21 Speed Shimano Acera Gears with Shimano Altus E-Z Fire Shifters
  • Chainset: Suntour XCE 
  • Handlebar: Alloy handlebars (Adjustable A-Head Handlebar Stem)
  • Brakes: Promax Front and Rear Alloy V-Brakes
  • Saddle: Cionlli saddle with bumpers
  • Bike weight: 14kgs
  • Recommended inside leg measurement: 18 inch frame: 28 - 34 inches 20 inch frame: 30 - 36 inches 22 inch frame: 31 - 37 inches

What We Like

  • Fast, smooth, responsive gears. 
  • Great value student hybrid bike 
  • Quick release wheels - easy storage and easy to secure. 
  • Adjustable forks - determine your ride. 
  • Slim tyres 
  • Extremely light - 14kg.

What We Don’t Like

  • Seat is on the hard side. 
  • Brakes can be sticky

Our Verdict

This bike is a brilliant budget hybrid that will stand up to most things you throw at it. It allows you to adjust your ride easily for different types of riding. It goes for looks rather than practicality, so you would have to add mudguards and panniers afterwards.  

What is a hybrid?

Bikeradar.com summarises this beautifully. 

A hybrid is exactly what it sounds like – a mix of a road bike and a mountain bike. The result is a bicycle that’s suitable for general-purpose riding over various types of terrain, which is why most hybrids tend to be used for commuting.

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What is the difference between a road bike and a hybrid bike?

Road bikes are the really lightweight bikes with skinny tyres, compact handlebars and high seats. You usually see them ridden in the countryside by enthusiasts.

 Professionals ride them in high level races like the Tour de France.

 The riding position of a road bike tends to be leaning deeply over the handlebars. 

Hybrids have wider, straight handlebars, like mountain bikes.They have thicker tyres than a road bike. 

It helps also to look at the design of a mountain bike. 

What are mountain bikes?

Mountain bikes have thicker frames, tyres and also have the straight handlebars. You will see them ridden off-road, through muddy and rocky terrain.

Is a hybrid or mountain bike better?

If you are looking for a nippy, slim bike that will handle the city commute well, then a hybrid is the choice. Mountain bikes are too wide and won’t be as fast on tarmac.

Hybrids are comfortable enough to ride all day due to the more relaxed upright position than a road bike. 

If your journey or cycle ride involves a few terrains such as tarmac, gravel and some off-road a hybrid bike is perfect as most hybrid frames cushion the ride now. 

Slipping with slimmer tyres is not an issue as most are fitted with resilient all-weather tyres so offer great grip in all conditions. 

Most hybrids either come with the option to fit or fully-fitted mudguards and panniers. Unlike most mountain bikes they offer splash protection for your commute. 

What are mountain bikes used for?

On the other hand, it you are an adrenaline junkie and you are looking to throw yourself down a rough, steep mountain trail, this will be too much for a hybrid. This is where you would choose a mountain bike. Also if you wanted to go seriously off-road in the countryside - no barriers, and return from your ride covered in mud, again a mountain bike would be the option. 

The tyres on a mountain bike offer far superior grip in muddy, wet conditions and the suspension will allow you to get down steep slopes. This is why you see the majority of hybrid bikes don’t need suspension. They don’t have to deal with the extremes of slope and bumpy rides like mountain bikes need to. 

What's a hybrid bike good for?

Hybrid bikes are brilliant for mixed use riding. So if you need a commuter bike during the week and a tourer during the weekend, a hybrid will do this job. 

As mentioned above, it is not suitable for serious off-road riding. Also it’s worth pointing out that it won’t be as fast as a road bike.

The different options for a hybrid bike

Tyres

You will need to think about what you are going to use your bike for. If you are commuting you want more speed in cycle lanes, so you are generally best opting for a slicker road-tyre. 

A thicker tyre with more tread will provide more grip and comfort if you think you will be travelling over a mixture of surfaces.

Frames

Weight is a major consideration when buying a hybrid.

Do you need to lift the bike on and off a train 4 times a day like I did? Then you will need to go for a lightweight frame.

Aluminium and carbon is lighter, but it’s worth noting that it can be more expensive.

Seat Position 

How do you like to sit?

 Do you like a completely upright position due to back discomfort?

Hybrids have an upright seating position and can vary as to how upright this is. The smaller the distance between the seat post and handlebars, the more upright you will be. 

Seats

Are you considering using this bike for long rides? The seat comfort will make a big difference. Go for a padded, sprung seat if possible.

Although, it’s not expensive to just buy a new more comfortable seat. Try out your bike on a short ride to confirm whether your seat is comfortable. It will become clear within minutes! 

Forks and Suspension

There are different options for the forks (part that holds the wheels).These are rigid, front suspension or full suspension. Suspension is a great addition for when using your hybrid off-road as it soaks up the bumps and lumps of uneven ground.

Front suspension is usually more than enough for a hybrid. Full suspension is better when using a mountain bike on very steep, uneven terrain, where you want good balance. 

Adjustable front suspension is great if you are commuting during the week and bike riding at weekend because you can set to different hardness. 

A rigid frame (without suspension) is fine for commuting.

Conclusion

Purchasing any bike, especially a hybrid, is a big decision. You need to consider not only your budget, but what kind of riding you will be doing and what kind of comfort level you want and need. 

A hybrid is the ultimate cross over between the road bike and a mountain bike. It will give you many more options as your life changes and evolves. Good luck with your decisions! 

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