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How To Choose The Best Hybrid Bike

Hybrid bikes serve many purposes. They’re great for fitness, commuting, adventure, leisure, and more, and each one is designed for a comfortable and fun riding experience. If you’re looking for a bike and aren’t sure what kind you should get, a hybrid is most likely the right choice.

Every hybrid bike is versatile and can be ridden on a variety of surfaces, but each model has specific strengths. Some are especially fast on pavement, for instance, and others are especially comfortable on dirt paths and trails. Several hybrid bikes have electric bike counterparts. These e-bikes give you the same comfort and performance, with an extra boost of a power from a pedal-assist system.

To narrow your search when you’re choosing a hybrid bike, the two main things you should consider are how you want to ride and where you want to ride.

If you ride for fitness…

Features like a rigid fork and skinnier tires will give you a quicker, lighter ride on pavement. Fitness Hybrid models like Trek FX are a great choice, and you won’t outgrow them as your riding skills advance. They’re fast, fun, easy to accessorize with fitness and commuting essentials like a computer to track your data, a rack, and fenders.

Our most popular Fitness hybrids are one of the most popular bike categories, and with good reason. Fitness bikes offer an unparalleled amount of flexibility. From suburban streets and speedy commutes to charity rides and family outings, they’re ideal for those who want a workout and those who “just want a bike.”

Quick and stable Some fitness bikes are even designed to provide speed that rivals many road bikes, with more predictable handling. They are a perfect choice for those who want to keep up with the fast crowd from time to time, but need something more versatile than a dedicated road bike.

Get outside The gym is a great place to get some exercise. Outside is a great place to get some exercise and have some fun. Fitness bikes inspire you to include a bit more sunshine in your workout regimen.

If you want to go anywhere…

Consider a hybrid bike with a suspension fork that will soak up bumps in the road, path, and trail. Models like Trek Dual Sport and Trek Dual Sport+ perform equally well on pavement and dirt. They have knobbier tires for better traction and suspension for comfort, but you can still easily accessorize them for your kind of adventure.

Two bikes in one Dual Sport hybrids combine the most versatile features of road and mountain bikes. With fast-rolling tires for efficiency and flat handlebars for control, you can easily ride the roads one day and take on some gravel or hard-packed dirt the next.

Comfort first Dual Sport bikes are efficient pedaling machines, but they are designed with features that reduce strain on the rider for a comfortable ride every time. Models like Trek Dual Sport feature upright seating positions and grips, saddles, and other touchpoints optimized for comfort on even the longest rides.

Easy handling No surprises here—these are some of the most intuitive bikes you can ride. They’re great for those who haven’t ridden in a while or simply want a bike that’s easier and more fun to ride.

If you’re all about comfort…

A hybrid bike with a more upright geometry is just your speed. The relaxed geometry of models like Trek Verve, Trek Verve+, Electra Townie and Electra Townie GO, put you in a position to see the world around you. These recreational and comfort hybrid bikes have wider tires for extra comfort, and some are even equipped with lush features like a suspension seatpost and saddles with extra cushioning.

A deluxe ride Above all, riding should feel good. Recreational and comfort hybrid bikes have a relaxed frame geometry with an upright riding position that puts less strain on your back and shoulders. Select models have step through frame designs that are easier to mount and dismount.

Comfort touch points You only touch your bike in three places: the handlebar, the saddle, and the pedals. On a recreational or comfort hybrid, extra care is taken to ensure each of these touch points feels great while you’re riding. Seriously, these bikes rival your sofa in comfort.

Carry the fun stuff Extra mounts make it easy to accessorize these bikes for your kind of riding. Whether you’re cruising to the beach, running up to the market, or just out for a leisurely ride, adding a rack will let you carry all your essential cargo comfortably and securely.

If you want to replace your car...

Leave the traffic jam behind with models like Trek Allant+. Powerful and fast Bosch drive systems get you where you’re going in no time. Plus, intuitive controls and ride-ready integrated accessories like lights and a rear rack make commutes and errands even more carefree.

A better way to move Commuter bikes are the most enjoyable way to get wherever you need to be. They’re designed for speed, comfort, and durability. They’re your ride to work during the week, and your trusty adventure companion come the weekend.

Carry the necessities Commuter bikes typically come equipped with features that make installing racks, panniers, or other bags a simple and painless task. Say goodbye to your backpack without giving up the essentials that get you through the day.

For city and suburban riding From their stylish aesthetics to important safety features like powerful disc brakes, commuter bikes are designed to rule the urban or suburban jungle day in and day out. Some models even feature integrated accessories such as lights and fenders.

Farther. Faster. E-bikes provide a boost of power to make riding easier and get you out there more often. An electric bike lets you climb the hills you dread, ride with faster friends, or cruise at greater speeds and distances than ever before.

Easy to ride Electric bikes employ pedal-assist technology, which means they ride just like a normal bike with an added boost to your own pedal power. Most e-bikes feature frame geometry and motor placement that are optimized for a predictable, intuitive ride experience.

Your daily driver The moment you ride an e-bike, you begin to see how riding can become a more integrated part of your daily life. E-bikes have impressive speed and range, with utilitarian features ready for the longest commutes. They close the gap between bikes and autos when it comes to convenient transportation.

Bikes for everybody and every body

No two riders are exactly the same, and that's why we have options. But every rider deserves a bike that fits and feels great, no matter their gender, body type, style of riding, or level of experience. Fitness Hybrids, Recreational Hybrids, Comfort Hybrids, Dual Sport Hybrids, Commuter Hybrids, or E-bike Hybrids - we have the perfect choice for YOUR style of riding!

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Call or stop in to any of our locations and let us help find your perfect hybrid! Want to explore at home before coming into the stores? Click the link below and let Trek's Bike Finder help.

Original information courtesy by Trek Bicycle Corporation. All rights reserved.

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