Torn between the heavy, rugged mountain bikes and the light, swift road bikes? If you’re looking for a ride that fills this wide gap between the two, a good hybrid bike might be best for you. With the optimal combination of different road and mountain bike features, you can find a hybrid to fill just about any slot in this gap. It’s a ride considered to be the Swiss knife of cycling.
Hybrid bikes usually have frames that are lighter compared to those of a mountain bike’s but heavier than a road bike’s. Like mountain bikes, its handlebars are typically flat and the rider sits in a more upright position than when on a road bike. Hybrids have larger wheels, like road bikes, only heavier and more solidly constructed than race wheels. Tires are a compromise between the smooth, narrow, high-pressure tire of a road bike and the fat, wide, markedly knobbed tire of a mountain bike.
The “Typical” Hybrid
There’s really no “typical” hybrid bike characterization. This type of ride runs the entire range from the pure mountain to the pure road bike.
At the mountain bike end of the scale, a hybrid can be made to be up to the task of riding on well-maintained gravel paths and beginning-level, non-technical trails.