Hybrid Vs Road Bike: 5 Key Differences You Need To Know | Cycling Weekly

Hybrid Vs Road Bike: 5 Key Differences You Need To Know | Cycling Weekly

If you’re looking to buy a new bike it can be difficult to work which to go for. Hybrid Vs Road bike is a question we get asked a lot, and these are the five key differences you need to know.

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. 渥太华晓冬 April 24, 2021 @ 12:11 am

    Nice video. Points are very clear. Thank you

  2. It’s like a or b but the answer is c

  3. What is best in decathlon kids bike

  4. Giant or trek?

  5. Have had great fun with hybrid ,no back issues etc so this video reinforces my next purchase of a hybrid bike or maybe 🤔 a gravel bike

  6. My hybrid bike is all carbon. This must be an old video.

  7. Nice. Purchase first hybrid today.

  8. I have both, Triban 520 with flatbars (ALU around 11kg+equip) and roubaix sl3 pro 2012 (carbon around 7,4kg+equip). First bought commuter and when I liked it and knew which aspects I do like more I could upgrade. I know roubaix isnt pure road beast, but in fact I feel I have better aero on Triban with FB and I was faster on that (because rode more that time). I can get lower on flatbars, but without being able to use brakes. As for stability I feel better on road bike and on hills I feel like I am cheating how light it is (even when its not feather weight at all). On bumpy paths, that carbon works better, so its maybe little bit more comfortable on road bike in my case. When I rode my hybrid last time, it was so wobbly I was really scared, but it was just after long time and wasnt used to it. As far as its not steep or too slippery (wet), I see no problem with non tarmac surfaces on both. On both I am using pedal toe clips without any strap and normal shoes, because on my ways I almost always have some parts I need to walk. For commute still winner is hybrid (mudguards, price). For fun road bike is much more funny for me, love that weight and that position. I would say, if you can flex for dropbars buy gravel or road, if not, buy something with flatbars. But for first bike I would recommend hybrid or gravel, until you know which surface you like more – somehow you can do almost everything with any bike. It doesnt matter so much, all is in legs and what ever you have you will always want to have something different anyway 🙂
    For dropbars – in fact my back and hands have terrible times on that, but its matter of first 2 weeks, was hard to get used even to first bike. As for shifting – shimano sora is just better than sram red, sram is just loud and both works same fine so I would say even this isnt so important, cant see much difference between those and my supermarket bike 20 years ago without sequential shifter.

  9. Yorkshire Man 66 April 24, 2021 @ 12:22 am

    You made me laugh back in day I was riding there was choice between road bike or sit up and beg bikes like the grifter and chopper mountain bikes was not around when I was growing up

  10. Comparison is very unfair & inadequate for ex I have hybrid bike i.e Giant Fastroad Advanced 1 with 105 R 7000 groupset. Very miss leading video.

  11. i have a hybrid carbon bike, so you point to say they are only steel or alu is incorrect

  12. Could you put a drop-bar on a hybrid if you would like to? or is that just unnecessary ?

  13. I dislike riding on my nuts. Hybrid for me

  14. Hello Rupert,
    Is it safe to say that road bikes are usually expensive than hybrid bikes?

  15. Madeleine Wilson-Witte April 24, 2021 @ 12:26 am

    My hybrid is made out of carbon fiber and is light weight.

  16. I just bought a brand new Trek Verve 2. It’s a hybrid bike. I’m gonna outfit it with panniers, sleeping bag, food, tools, and electronics and ride from southern Oregon to Golden Gate Bridge in November. That’s why I’m watching tons of bike touring videos on here.
    😗💨

  17. there are plenty of brand that make a fully carbon fiber hybrid bike. Specialized for example has the Sirrus 5.0 & Sirrus 5.0X both frames and forks are completely carbon fiber. and I’m sure they are not the only ones.

  18. I’m confused whether to buy a boardman Mtx 8.8 2021 or Boardman URB 8.8 2021? I’ll be using it to ride locally to the town and back and occasionally. No hill climbing

  19. Ive been riding a 22kg (yep) Giant RS3 10 miles every day for a year. I just upgraded to a Nordco Indie 1 which is 12kg and it feels like riding a feather!

  20. So basically… A gravel bike is best…

  21. Breandan Minogue April 24, 2021 @ 12:36 am

    Shocking this fairly new video is so wrong. "Hybrid bikes always aluminum or steel" "Hybrid bikes lower quality components" I guess mt new carbon fiber Hybrid bike with an ultegra groupset never got the memo.

  22. O'Neil Williams April 24, 2021 @ 12:39 am

    It doesn’t matter what type of bicycle you ride, it’s all about the legs & petal power baby!

  23. Singapore Silly Cyclists April 24, 2021 @ 12:40 am

    This video is so much better than GCN.

  24. He went full BS at minute 4-ish. Specialized Sirrus. Carbon fiber frame, the v-brakes in the video are hilarious, 1×12 gears, weight only a little more, Sirrus X- flat bar, disc brakes.

  25. One other thing to consider – not everybody that rides a bike is an athlete or even necessarily particularly healthy. I weigh a lot. Like, a serious amount. There’s no way a road bike is going to accommodate my frame. My hybrid does it comfortably and feels much more composed than the Carrera Axle I stuck it out with for four years. If you’re a bigger person and worried about too much weight on the frame, just remember that hybrid bikes are designed to take cargo as well (the Boardman website actually says they have a maximum of 160kg or approximately 25st – road bikes only take around 100kg). Just make sure you check the tyre pressure regularly to avoid pinch-flats and you’re good to go. 👍

  26. Today me and my friend were riding on a bike trail in the city and I noticed that he was able to go a lot faster than me does, would by chance that have to deal with him having a hybrid bike and me having a mountain bike?

  27. Meditation and Sleep April 24, 2021 @ 12:44 am

    This was awesome, thanks for explaining the difference, I want to buy a bike but had no idea about them🤦‍♂️

  28. An oversized hybrid is almost like a road bike, longer top tube so you can get aero.

  29. Tbh hybrid bikes are just better for me. They’re quick, agile to weave through traffic or take sharp turns into alternate routes, and they give me confidence in their upright position.

  30. As a guy that likes to spec them out into the altument commenter, this is very informative. Once bought a nice road bike.. might of been a hybrid, But I removed the handlebars, and stem, and replaced them with BMX offerings. Fat maned the seat, Racked the back, mudguards, and chain guards.

    Still tore that thing up with speed, even if I had my entire life on my back at the time. Was vagabonding across san diago at the time.

    Love going fast, but I also want to be practical.

  31. I look at a road bike and my back aches

  32. justadrummervienna April 24, 2021 @ 12:47 am

    on gravel down or uphill the hbyrid bike is faster and better.

  33. КАРСЗНЯ-13 April 24, 2021 @ 12:48 am

    Hey thx for this

  34. The bicycle marketing industry is totally mess
    Change a handle bar and there it is, new subcategory
    Change tyre size, again, change chainring, again, change fork, again, change color, again

    People must ride what makes you happy, in this moment a i like to ride 29er with rigid fork, 32c slick tyres and 1×9 drive, if you try to comment it negatively, i will laugh at you

  35. Lovd hybrid bike more comfortable to ride

  36. What was the model of the Dark Giant Road Bike? Beautiful bike.

  37. Angelo Dondarini April 24, 2021 @ 12:53 am

    in the end if you are in doubt –> go for a Gravel 😀

  38. gravel bikes are the best for me cuz they are good on road quite fast actually i normally go off road quite a bit like on rocks, sand, etc. good for that too. sometimes, i also use it for races because of its fast speed.

  39. As a beginner, I chose a hybrid bike. Comparing with ride fast, I prefer to control well and sit up >_<

  40. kerbside motors April 24, 2021 @ 12:55 am

    Have to laugh bought some 700c 33.3 tyres jack brown blue and relative whining about the weight they are, 15stone a diet will have greater effect on me! Would love a gravel bike as on a vintage swiss bike currently & no spare funds.

  41. Hybrid is what made me love cycling and now Ive got highend road and mtn bikes

  42. XxX AlPhA eVeRyThInG XxX April 24, 2021 @ 12:56 am

    Imma just buy a road bike

  43. I´ve been looking and researching for a hybrid bike that I want to use for regular city riding, for grocery shopping and a few rides a week as exercise. I´m not riding on car roads or super long rides so I thought a hybrid would fit me better as it usually comes with wider tires as well. But when I ask for help most bicycle forums just shit on hybrids in an elitist fashion like they are worthless and I don´t get that attitude. It´s the same bullshit that I’ve read about the elitism against electric bikes, it´s ridiculous. Some people do not seem to understand that not everyone who are looking for a bike are people who want to do long travels in cycling gear on the motorway but just a fast enough comfortable everyday bike that´s also decently light for some fun exercise, that´s why I want a hybrid, especially since they offer quite good value at a lower price point. You can get a Merida Speed 200 for about 1000 bucks and it comes with a carbon fork and have can house up to 37 mm wide tires, which is awesome. It´s also only 10.5kilos, which isn’t as light as many road bikes but it’s light enough for common use and A LOT lighter than many other hybrids or commuter bikes.
    And of course, I understand that if you really want to push yourself and start taking cycling more seriously as a sport of course get a road bike or a gravel bike, but not everyone wants that.

  44. MTB with slicks will do all, except satisfy the ego.

  45. Anshuman Gogoi April 24, 2021 @ 1:04 am

    Where the Brah fams at?

  46. Social Goingup April 24, 2021 @ 1:04 am

    Thank you for this information! 🙏🏽

  47. I got a road bike,carbon frame,with full ultegra groupset with vision wheels,,yet have converted my trek 7.3fx 3×8 to a 1×10 with drop bars and shifters.and love it,the fact i can go off road,do canal paths and lite gravel is awesome,,find myself using my trek so much more and not have to worry about goin over bumps and rough surfaces is fantastic,,would highly recommend to anyone to convert your flatbars to drop bars,,so much cheaper than buying a gravel bike

  48. None of them.
    Nice,light trekking with 28" and decent front suspension will satisfy everything.

  49. Phonesana Assourin April 24, 2021 @ 1:06 am

    What if I put drop bars on a hybrid bike ? Would it be a gravel bike ?….

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