23rd April 2015

Fast hybrid bikes | Top picks for 2017

Fast hybrid bikes are also known as flatbar road bikes.

They’re an excellent choice if you’re looking for the light weight and the quick steering performance of a road bike, but you prefer flat or semi-riser bars over drop handlebars.

Also, unlike many road bikes, all the fast hybrids featured here have the eyelets and clearance required for fitting full mudguards and/or a rack, making any of these bikes an excellent choice if you’re looking for a fast commuter bike.

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LIV ALIGHT 3 CITY WOMEN’S 2017 £375

Liv Alight 3 City Womens Bike

Tell me more…
With its Aluxx alloy frame tubing the Liv Alight is indeed a lighter, sprightlier example of the traditional open frame ‘ladies bike’.

Why is this cool? 

The open step-through frame makes it easier to hop on or off the bike – especially if you ever cycle in a dress or a kilt.

What gives this bike the edge? 

It comes ready equipped with mudguards and rack to save you the extra £50 or so you’d need to purchase them as extras.


RIDGEBACK SPEED 2017 £379

Ridgeback Speed 2017 Bike

Tell me more…
You can pick up this bike secure in the knowledge that the Ridgeback Speed has been delighting our customers for more than 15 years.

Why is this cool?
Proven reliability is a key feature in a commuter bike.
Women’s open frame version also available.

What gives this bike the edge? 

Stronger wheels built with 36 spokes and a cassette rear hub. Mudguards and rack help make it a more usable all-weather bike.


SPECIALIZED SIRRUS / VITA DISC 2017 £525

Specialized Sirrus Disc 2017

Specialized Vita Disc 2017

Tell me more…
The unisex Sirrus and the women’s Vita both come equipped with good quality hydraulic disc brakes.

Why is this cool? 

Hydraulic disc brakes have enhanced the safety, performance and reliability of everyday bikes more than any other innovation of the past quarter century. More.

What gives this bike the edge?
Being the latest version of our first flatbar 700c road bike, you can be confident that a Sirrus or Vita is the real deal.


WHYTE SHOREDITCH 2017 £699

Whyte Shoreditch 2017 bike

Tell me more…
It’s got a carbon fork. It has 1×10 gearing. It’s orange.

Why is this cool? 

Upgrading from a metal to a carbon fork further lifts the lightweight feel of the bike and lowers the weight.

What gives this bike the edge?
A perfect example of Whyte’s ‘designed in Britain for British conditions’ vibe, the Shimano Deore 1×10 drivetrain has just one shifter, one gear mech and one chainring to make gear shifting easier and to ensure there’s less to go wrong.


Whyte Cambridge / Pimlico £950

Whyte Cambridge 2017 bike Whyte Pimlico 2017 bike

Tell me more…
Fast city bike with SRAM 1×11 gearing.

Why is this cool?
Just a couple of years ago, SRAM 1×11 shifting was the preserve of 2K-plus mountain bikes.

What gives this bike the edge?
Being able to shift the chain through the 11-42 cassette’s 11 gears with a single shifter means no more double shifting to get in the right gear. Such intuitive simplicity quickly becomes addictive. More on this.


SPECIALIZED SIRRUS COMP CITY £1,100

Specialized Sirrus Comp City 2017 bike

Tell me more…
 Specialized E5 alloy frame, FACT carbon fork with shock absorbing Zertz, real Shimano hydraulic disc brakes…

Why is this cool?
The race-proven frame and fork contribute to the Sirrus Comp City’s authentic road bike feel.

What gives this bike the edge?
E5 tubing has featured on Specialized’s Tour de France bikes while the FACT / Zertz fork is a proven Paris-Roubaix race-winning performer.


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