Hybrid bikes are a very popular choice for casual riders, novice riders, commuters and children. The casual riders who want a comfortable and relaxed seating position for weekend rides, family ride outs or the spontaneous weekday ride. The wide tyre clearance that allows leisure riders to explore canal towpath and forest trails but would like something a little faster, lighter and less taxing than a full-on MTB. Novice cyclists who would like to ride on the road, (maybe to commute) but find drop handlebars and narrow tyres a little too daunting. A hybrid is often used as stepping stone to a road bike once the rider gets the speed bug! Urban commuters who like a slightly more relaxed ride into the office and would like luggage carrying ability, the all-weather protection afforded by mudguards and added safety with lights. Urban cyclists, cycle couriers and takeaway delivery riders who value the simplicity and reduced maintenance of a fixie/singlespeed.
Like any bike it boils down to how much you wish to spend and this affects the build quality, durability and ride quality. Hybrid bikes can be purchased for as little as £200 but the quality of the frame, wheels and componentry will be quite basic. The bike will be heavier and the parts will wear out faster. A decent specification of bike will cost from about £700 upwards. The more the bike costs the better the level of equipment that is fitted as standard. An entry level hybrid will have 7 or 8 sprockets on the rear cassette and higher end bikes will have 11. In the £600-£1000 range you can at least be sure that the gearing and wheelset will be of a good reliable and durable standard. In the case of Ribble, we chose the Shimano 8 speed groupset and Mavic Aksium wheels as we consider these to be the lowest level of components that still offer excellent durability.