23rd April 2017

Fast hybrid bikes | Top picks for 2019 & 2020

LAST UPDATED 22 August 2019

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 2019 Women's Hybrid Bike | Fast Hybrids

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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.


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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.


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Specialized Sirrus 2019 Hybrid Bike | Fast Hybrids


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Both come equipped withhassle-free V-brakes.

Why is this cool? 

They are dependable and easy to maintain – no worrying about labour-intensive upkeep  just to maintain awesome stopping power.

What gives this bike the edge?
Made by world renowned Specialized, you can be confident that a Sirrus is the real deal.


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Whyte Shoreditch 2020 Hybrid Bike | Fast Hybrids

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It’s got a carbon fork. It has 1×10 gearing. It’s got a lightweight aluminium frame and hydraulic disc brakes. For even more info, head here.

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 Pimlico Compact 2020: £999 

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Whyte Pimlico Compact 2019 Hybrid Bike | Fast Hybrids

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Fast city bike with Shimano 105 2×11 shifting and hydraulic disc brake.

Why is this cool?

The Shimano 105 2×11 speed transmission matches 34/50t chainrings with an 11-32 cassette to offer an optimal range of gears for fast urban cycling.

What gives this bike the edge?
Other upgrades from previous models include Shimano MT-400 hydraulic disc brakes and full internal routing cables.

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