How To Buy A Hybrid Bike – 2020 Guide

If you are like us, the first question that comes into your head is: “Well what the heck is a hybrid bike anyway?” (to be honest, some of our staff thought it was some sort of bike that had an electric assist motor, like a hybrid car…. hey seems logical!!)

Hybrid bikescity bikescomfort bikes…three different terms for basically the same thing: a bike you can ride around town without looking like a frustrated Tour de France wannabe or a mountain biker in search of a mountain.

In the “good old’ days”, you had your regular bikes you ride on the road (a.k.a. road bikes) and then you had your dirt trail type bikes (a.k.a mountain bikes). Eventually, the call came for a sturdier road bike. The best hybrid bikes combine the features of mountain bikes and road bikes – hence the name. They have wider tires and stronger wheels than road bikes – meaning you won’t be reaching for the puncture repair kit every time you hit a pothole – but are lighter and more responsive than a mountain bike.

What the heck do all these terms mean?

Bike geeks can (and do) argue for hours about different sub-categories of hybrid bikes. You’ll hear people talking about city bikes, commuter bikes, comfort bikes, and trekking bikes – and the lines between them are blurred in the extreme.

Just so you’re not freaked out when you see all these different words being mentioned in hybrid bike reviews, here’s a rough translation:

commuter bike is put together for convenient rides over short distances. They’ll often have either integral carrying racks and fenders, or easy points of attachment for them to be added later.

city bike is very similar but is more likely to have suspension so you’re not rattled by potholes and jumps down curbs. Tires will be tough to deal with hazards like broken glass, and the frame tends to be light so you can get away quickly from traffic lights.

comfort bike, as the name suggests, is built for comfort rather than speed. They’ll often have ‘roadster’ handlebars that bend back towards the rider for an upright ride, and the seat is wider and more padded than on the typical hybrid. These are usually the most popular. In fact, the two bestselling hybrid bikes on Amazon are the men and women’s version of the Schwinn Discover Hybrid Bike (the women’s version pictured right). Both bikes are in the comfort bike category.

cross bike, by contrast, is built to handle longer rides and accommodate higher speeds. The emphasis is on a lightweight and a fast ride rather than features, so it might lack tough tires for city rides and suspension for greater comfort.

In truth, to the majority of people, it will sound more like marketing (to the superbike aficionado they may notice these slight differences). The overall general truth is this: if you want to commute across town, ride trails near your house or cycle for general fitness, some kind of hybrid bike is what you need. And there is a lot of overlap between the different types so whether a cross bike, city bike, or comfort bike, any of this hybrid will fit most general use needs.

What features should you look out for?

Hybrid bicycle reviews will list endless different specs, but what should you pay attention to in order to select the best hybrid bike for you? That’s what we’re here to help with.

Frame materials

Since you’re not going all-out for speed, hybrid bikes usually have a frame made of Chromoly steel or aluminum. These are heavier than the carbon-fiber that you’ll find on road bikes, but they’re also more affordable.

Aluminum is a good choice because it won’t corrode. And if you really want to splash the cash and have the lightest bike possible, there are hybrid bikes with carbon-fiber frames available.

You will see two types of aluminum frames on hybrid bikes: aluminum 6061 and aluminum 7075.   Aluminum 7075 is both stronger and more expensive.  It is also a bit more prone to corrosion and less flexible for welding.   Aluminum 6061 has a different composition (mostly magnesium and silicon) which makes it much easier to shape and weld compared to other aluminum alloys because of their chemical composition. Let’s face it: bicycle frames are pretty complex molds compared to aluminum bats or airplane parts. That is why you will most likely see your hybrid bike with aluminum 6061 frames.

Wheels

Depending on whether they take after their mom (a road bike) or dad (a mountain bike), hybrids will have either 700c wheels or 26-inch wheels.

700c wheels are inherited from road bikes and tend to make for a faster, sportier ride. Conversely, 26-inch wheels derive from mountain bikes and are more heavy-duty.

Tires

Hybrid bikes have tires between 28mm and 40mm wide. The wider the tire the better grip it’ll have on the road. But the flip side of this extra friction is that it’ll limit your speed.

The tread of the tire is important too. If you’ll be riding on a variety of different surfaces, multi-condition tires are a good choice: they have a smooth center to get you moving quickly on the tarmac, but knobbly edges for traction on gravel or dirt.

If you’ll be sticking to the city, you might want to choose a hybrid bike with slick tires in the style of a road bike for improved top speed.

Handlebars

Most casual riders find flat handlebars the most comfortable – it makes for a natural, controlled position with a good vision of the road around you.

It’s also possible to find ‘North Road’ style handlebars, that are swept back toward you so you can sit more upright and not have to lean forward. This style makes for comfort rather than speed, so you’ll often find hybrids with these handlebars marketed (appropriately) as ‘comfort bikes’.

Suspension

Even city riding can be a bumpy experience, but a hybrid bike with suspension can make you pothole-proof – at the expense of a bit of extra weight and cost.

Suspension on hybrid bikes usually takes the form of a suspension fork. This uses either air or rubber springs to compress and expand as you go over bumps, smoothing out the ride.

If you’re not scared of the odd jolt and you’re planning on sticking to just smooth roads, you can save money and a bit of weight by sticking to models without suspension. But you don’t have to be bound to your choice: you can also buy suspension seat posts that absorb vibrations that would normally rattle your lower back. Some bikes come with suspension seat posts, but you can also buy them separately if you turn out not to be as tough as you thought…

Gears

The moving parts are what really distinguish one hybrid bike from another, and gears will make a huge difference to your ability to deal with different types of terrain.

A lot of people take the view that more gears are always better, but gears add expense – and mean you’ll be endlessly flicking between them to find the best combination.

In truth, if you’ll be riding around town on relatively flat surfaces, an 8-speed gearbox should be enough. You only need to trade up to 14-30 speeds if you’ll be dealing with lots of hills or carrying a lot of weight. These extra gears will give you more options at the high end, meaning you’ll be able to find a gear that keeps you moving up hills without spinning your legs and going nowhere.

If you’re happy to stick to 8 or fewer gears, an added benefit is you’ll have the option of internal hub gears that are far easier to maintain. For more than 8 gears, unless you add a lot of expense the only option is traditional derailleur-style gear systems.

Brakes

Hybrid bikes are generally equipped with either hub breaks or direct-pull brakes. Both types are great for city riding, giving good control on downhill sections, and powerful sudden stops even in rainy conditions.

It’s possible to get hybrid bikes with newer disc brakes. These are better for control in muddy conditions or on steep descents but aren’t strictly necessary for most casual or commuter journeys. Far more important than the type of brakes is ensuring they’re set up properly.

Chain…less?

Unless you’re riding extremely seriously, you won’t need to worry about the type of chain your bike has. Unless you want one with no chain at all!

A new generation of chainless bikes is now available.  As an example, pictured right, the Sonoma men’s chainless drive evolution urban commuter hybrid bicycle (try saying all that in one breath after climbing a steep hill) is breaking new ground with its chainless system and has quickly become one of the top-selling hybrid bikes for men on Amazon.

If you’ve ever had a chain come loose and ended up at the side of the road with grease all over your hands and clothes, you know what a big deal it is to get rid of chain-related issues. And if (like any sane person) you’re not big on Lycra and want to commute in your work clothes, it removes the risk of getting pants or skirts caught in the chain too.

A chainless bike (with the technology as it stands) will limit your top speed, but you might decide that’s a trade-off worth making. Even if you decide that’s not the way to go, some hybrid bikes have chain guards that make tangles less likely.

Accessories

If you’re going to be schlepping your stuff around town, you can look for a bike with an integral rack for panniers – but it’s easy to add one yourself later. You can also find hybrids with built-in lights, fenders, and lock mounts, but these can be added later too. Every addition means more weight, but for city cycling, you’ll probably care more about convenience than skimming a second or two off your commute.

You can also geek out like crazy with all kinds of cycling computers and heart rate monitors. Because we don’t have enough electronic devices in our lives, right?

To find the best hybrid bike for you, you need to think about the type of cycling you’ll spend most of your time doing, and the factors that matter the most. Most decisions involve a trade-off between speed and comfort. But the good news is that the best hybrid bikes are extremely adaptable, so whatever your riding style you’ll find a bike to get you there.

Where to go from here?  Now that you know about some of the different features and make-ups of hybrid bikes, we encourage you to check our bestseller hybrid bikes list as a place to start your research.  Considering the wide range of needs of thousands of hybrid bicycle owners, we theorize that the bike that ends up fulfilling most of the varying needs the best is what rises to the top of the bestseller lists.  Definitely a great place to start.

Happy shopping and happy cycling!

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Schwinn Network 7 Womens Hybrid Bike Review

Schwinn’s excellent engineering reputation puts out another quality hybrid bike, the Schwinn Network 7 Women’s Hybrid Bike. Here’s a quick review of this popular hybrid bike for women.

Price Range: $230 – $245

Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Sturdy steel ladies city frame

Adjustable stem for the comfortable upright riding position

7 speed featuring Shimano TX-31 drive train

700C wheels, alloy rims allow for smooth rides

Schwinn Network 7 Women’s Hybrid Bike Product Description

The Schwinn Network 7 Women’s Hybrid Bike is made to be a very comfortable cruising road bike. Schwinn makes some very good bicycles, and we’ll start off the bat by saying we still like the Schwinn Crest Urban Women’s Hybrid Bike more for durability. However, if that bike is out of your budget, the Schwinn Network 7 Women’s Hybrid Bike and the Schwinn Discover Women’s Hybrid Bike are both cheaper hybrid bikes for women and almost as good in quality, not to mention these bikes also have many very happy owners.

While Shimano is not the top name in gears, you will only notice if you are a super cycling aficionado. Schwinn often uses Shimano gears and they are always for solid performers. Smooth and also fast and easy shifting. It also features Promax alloy linear-pull brakes for precise stopping and also a padded saddle seat for softer rides.

One main difference (and benefit if this suits you) is that the Schwinn Network 7features the more rugged (and heavier) steel frame as opposed to the aluminum hybrid frames you’d find in most other Schwinn hybrid bikes. This also means a heavier frame.

Schwinn Network 7 Women’s Hybrid Bike PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • As advertised: smooth ride, shifts easy and brakes well
  • Comfortable seat, good geometric design for the upright riding
  • Components are all good quality, especially for the price
  • Feels very solid and durable, you should feel secure this bike can handle just about any road riding

CONS

  • If you know bikes, assembly is not too difficult, otherwise, you might want some help.
  • Definitely heavier than the aluminum hybrid frames – may limit maneuverability and speed on a women’s bike
  • More than one owner/reviewer stated bike was shipped with a nut missing – but a quick trip to the hardware store should fix that if you find yourself in that position

Overall the Schwinn Network 7 Women’s Hybrid Bike is a very solid bike. The steel frame really makes sit feel sturdy and rugged. And heavy. If you want something lighter, the aluminum alloy frames might suit you and the Schwinn Discover Women’s Hybrid Bike is the aluminum frame counterpart (same price range). But if you like that heavier feedback to feel safer, this steel frame would be the one for you.

What Buyers Are Saying

“This bike is the best bike I could ask for. It rides very well and it’s very durable.
Riding the streets of NYC is so smooth and fun! The only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 is because of its weight but it’s not even that heavy! Highly recommended!! …”

“Nice bike, but not for all short riders. I had never put a bike together before, but after googling several how-to videos online was able to put mine together in about an hour. Once I had the bike assembled, however, I found that it was far too tall for me. The bike frame measures (from the center of the crank to top of the seat tube) at around 17″. I am 5’4″ and have about a 29-30″ inseam. Overall I was satisfied with the quality of the bike – it was sturdy and handled nicely, and if it had fit me, I would have kept it… ”

“I bought this bike for my wife and she really loves it. Set up was easy. If you’ve ever assembled a bike you won’t have any problem with this one. They did short me a nut for attaching the fender, I just got one at Home Depot no problem. She says it is a very smooth ride, shifts easy and brakes well. I even tried it out and it’s great. Excellent bike if you ride for fun or have a short commute… ”

Jeep Compass Mens Hybrid Bike

Jeep is a well-known brand name in rugged automobiles.  Not sure how they got into building bikes but they pretty much now manufacture just about anything that has tires on it.  Here we check out the Jeep Compass Men’s Hybrid Bike to see how sturdy and rugged a hybrid bicycle they can make.

Price Range: $180 – $210

Overall Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Weight: 30 pounds

Lightweight 700c alloy rims

Custom aluminum frame

Shimano ST-EF50 21-speed Rapid Fire Shift Levers

Jeep Compass Men’s Hybrid Bike Product Description

The name brand company that brings you Jeep vehicles puts their mettle to the test in the hybrid bicycle arena with its Jeep Compass Men’s Hybrid Bike. The feature list is a mile long if you look at the product description including an aluminum frame, custom alloy stem, alloy crankset, seat post, kickstand, and more.

At the heart of the Compass, you’ll find a lightweight, handcrafted, custom aluminum frame. The Jeep Compass Hybrid Bicycle delivers unrivaled performance thanks to a Shimano 21 speed drive train. An upright riding position, adjustable stem, and lightweight 700c alloy rims create a bike that has the comfort and durability of a touring bike with the crisp handling of a race bike

Jeep Compass Men’s Hybrid Bike PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • Assembly is said to be pretty easy but helps if you have your own Allen wrenches so you can make your own adjustments
  • Lightweight picks up speed nicely
  • One owner compliments the kickstand
  • Once adjusted and tweaked, comfortable and easy to ride and operate

CONS

  • While assembly is easy, assembly instructions are NOT good – helps if you have some bike knowledge, especially if you want to tighten or tweak
  • Front-wheel is NOT quick release as described
  • Shifting could be smoother

Overall, this seems to be a solid but not spectacular bike.  The Jeep Compass Men’s Hybrid Bike will do the job for your brief rides around town or smaller commutes.  That it is lightweight should make it easy to ride and coast.  Make sure to check it over carefully as many owners mention that their bike came damaged in shipment and needed some customer support.  Good price though.

What Buyers Are Saying

“t is way cooler looking than the photo.  The top and lower bars are angular metal and look tough.  It is a nice ride!  Glides down the road. I am 5’9″ and it is a nice fit.  I had never seen this bike except for this one photo online.I took a leap of faith and bought it.  I would do it again tomorrow.  It looks more like a 4-$500 bike. My neighbor who rides $1200 Cannondale was quite impressed.  This is not a trail bike! But a road bike that will handle any dirt road or 2 track. Great deal for the money…”

“This is a good enough bike for the money. Just a little heads up though, it comes with no instructions on putting it together. It comes with a Bicycle Owner’s Manual which just includes safety tips. If you need help putting it together, you will be on your own…. ”

“My husband rides a mile and a half one way to work each day on this bike and has been doing so for a month now. We had some problems trying to get the break adjusted, but other than that no problems with the assembly. Total assembly took maybe an hour with one person that has medium bike knowledge and another that doesn’t have any! He says that the seat isn’t the most comfortable, but he adjusted it so that it is facing down in the front and that seems to have helped a little. Other than that, no problems with the bike… ”

Schwinn Crest Urban Womens Hybrid Bike Review

Schwinn’s German engineering background has helped put it on the map as one of the top bicycle makers in the United States.  The Schwinn Crest Urban Women’s Hybrid Bike is a bit more expensive than the Schwinn Discover Women’s Hybrid Bike (a very solid hybrid bike for women). Is this higher price tag worth it and what do you get? Here’s our review:

Price Range: $320 – $240

Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

17-inch aluminum hybrid frame

TX-31 rear derailleur and SRAM 21-speed grip shifters

700cc rims and smooth-rolling 700 x 38c hybrid tires

Schwinn Crest Urban Women’s Hybrid Bike Product Description

The Schwinn Crest Urban Women’s Hybrid Bike is a very nicely engineered hybrid bike for women. The higher price tag merits this – a very sturdy frame for cycling on just about any surface comfortably. Whether you’re riding to work or simply cruising around the city running errands, the Schwinn Crest is engineered for a very comfortable ride.

The 700cc wheels are substantial and can handle any dips or cracks or rivets in the road. For comfort, the adjustable handlebars allow for upright riding positions. Features SR Suntour front suspension fork to assist in the bumpy rides. Gear shifting is fairly easy for the flat and hilly rides with the Shimano TX-31 rear derailleur and SRAM 21-speed grip shifters. Other features include an SR Suntour front derailleur, an alloy adjustable stem with a 30mm rise comfort bar, and alloy linear-pull brakes.

Schwinn Crest Urban Women’s Hybrid Bike PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • Substantial wheels stand up to cracks and dips in the road
  • Features shocks on the front wheel and under the seat – make for a smooth ride over many different surfaces and even small potholes.
  • Wide comfortable seat with alloy post
  • Good pedals (metallic vs. cheap plastics)
  • Many things adjustable to help you ride in great comfort!

CONS

  • Be prepared to tweak and tighten a few things upon receiving the hybrid bicycle
  • Shifting can be a bit sticky/harsh with the twist-grip gear system. Could be easier to shift
  • A bit on the heavier side

Overall, if this is out of your budget, the Schwinn Discover Women’s Hybrid Bike costs less and is almost the same quality. However, if you have the budget for it, this is a great long term investment in a hybrid bike. Durable and solid, and very “tweakable” so you can ride in ultimate comfort. The Schwinn Crest Urban Women’s Hybrid Bike is a great smooth ride – one of the best hybrid bikes for women. I definitely need to look at this one.

What Buyers Are Saying

“I just returned from the first 20-mile ride on this bike and I must say it was great. I have always had men’s bikes(10 speeds & mountain bikes) and this is my first woman’s bike. I am 5’5″ and it fits me perfectly. The gearing is great for urban riding and I can ride in a more upright position, something I could not do on my mountain bike. I find the fenders and rear rack a real plus. My husband assembled the bike in about half an hour and with a little tweaking of the derailleurs, it was ready to go. My old bike had thumb shifters which I prefer but I will get used to the twist shift. I don’t think that you will be disappointed with this bike …”

“I believe this is a great bike for the price IF you want a commuter bike. Looking for a lightweight road demon, find something else. It is a heavy bike, but for a daily commute in the city, you should want that. Honestly, you won’t find a bike like this for the price in other places. The shifting can be harsh, and I’m sure the components are not as nice as you would get with another bike. BUT, the tradeoff is a bike that can handle your daily life. I’ve had very little trouble with this bike… ”

“My wife and I decided to purchase bikes to expand our exercise options. After looking at several options, we decided to purchase both a Men’s and Women’s version of this bike and we couldn’t be happier. They’re relatively lightweight and the components all appear to be of fairly high quality for a bike priced in this range. The limited assembly was easy. It would have been nice if Schwinn had included a couple of Allen wrenches, and maybe a pouch to carry them in since that is the tool most often needed for assembly and adjustments. We have been riding for a couple of weeks now and really like the way the bikes handle. Most of our riding is on the pavement, but we have ridden on some gravel/dirt roads, and the “Hybrid” tires performed well. My wife and I agree that this is definitely a great bike for the price… ”

Northwoods Ladies Springdale 21 Speed Hybrid Bicycle Review

Northwood Cycles was established in 1924 as a ma and pa type shop that sells bikes of all sorts from budget to midrange, mountain bikes to road bikes, and of course from that hybrid bikes.  The Northwoods Ladies Springdale 21 Speed Hybrid Bicycle is one of their fashionable hybrid bikes for women at a fair price.  Here’s our review:

Price Range: $190 – $220

Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

700c wheels and a lightweight aluminum frame

21 speeds with a Shimano Tourney rear derailleur

Alloy quick release seat clamp

Linear pull breaks

Northwoods Ladies Springdale 21 Speed Hybrid Bicycle Product Description

Northwoods is a company you may not have heard of before.  It is a family-owned ma and pa bike shop.  “With four generations of our family working at Northwood Cycles cycling is in our blood and is a hobby as well as a business.” You can see thought and care went into the Northwoods Ladies Springdale 21 Speed Hybrid Bicycle.

Designed for recreational use and around-town commuting, this hybrid bicycle features a custom lightweight aluminum frame and 700c tires.  Uses quality Shimano components.  Equipped with 21 speeds and easy adjustability for rolling terrain.  Linear pull brakes for easy and comfortable stopping power.  It also includes alloy rims, quick release seat clamp, rear rack, and fenders.  Northwoods hybrid bikes for women are paired with upright comfort-rise handlebars for an easy riding position.

Northwoods Ladies Springdale 21 Speed Hybrid Bicycle PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • Very sturdy aluminum frame
  • Customer service is reportedly very good
  • Shifts easily and rides well.
  • The low price point for the quality of the frame and components

CONS

  • The bike comes unassembled – as opposed to Schwinn and others that come mostly pre-assembled
  • Also, the manual is adequate and not easy to follow
  • Not as lightweight as other hybrid bicycles (but definitely feels sturdy)

We like the idea of a family-owned bicycle business running for four generations, and the Northwoods Ladies Springdale 21 Speed Hybrid Bicycle is the same quality hybrid bike as you might get with Schwinn.  It’s priced lower possibly because the frame is not as lightweight as you would find with Schwinn and other better-known bike companies. A big issue with buyers is that this bike does not come assembled at all whereas most bikes are pre-assembled.  Once assembled, this bike seems quite sturdy and solid and easy to ride.   If you need lighter or mostly pre-assembled, check the Schwinn Discover Women’s Hybrid Bicycle and if it is out of your price range, come back to this one.

What Buyers Are Saying

“I bought this bike for my daughter. We ride on greenways together but ride an average of 26.miles at a time. This frame is super lightweight aluminum we did do some upgrading of components but for the money, this is a super all-around bike for your money. Another nice thing about this bike is that it has a taller frame suitable for adults. Most department store bikes have smaller frames say around 17 inches. Too small for most average to tall adults. You can’t buy the frame this cheap plus its got 700 wheels. Its been a winner for us….”

“Opened the box and noticed the packaging appeared inadequate for the item. Very disappointed in the way it was packaged.  Anyway, for someone who isn’t mechanically inclined, the instructions are inadequate. Being mechanically savvy, I put the bike together without much of a problem. It really is a well made, beautiful bike. I will need to make adjustments on the gears but I know my daughter is going to love it.  I would have given it more stars because it is really a nice bike but the instructions and especially the poor packaging disappointed me… ”

“My parents initially bought me this bike as a gift and it was stolen so I purchased a replacement. Obviously I liked it enough to buy it again, and the price was the best I’ve seen anywhere for the quality.  I have two major issues with the bike: both bikes have had almost embarrassingly squeaky brakes.  The description says lightweight aluminum. This is the heaviest bike I’ve felt.  Overall, it is a solid and comfortable bike. I would highly recommend for a woman or teen who wants a cute but functional bike for basic commuting and exercise rather than long trips or serious cycling. Can’t beat the price…

Schwinn Excursion Mens Hybrid Bike Review

Schwinn, of course, has been a brand name in bikes since the early part of the century.  When you think of bikes, Schwinn is one of the best-known names. The Schwinn Excursion Men’s Hybrid Bike is a nice hybrid bicycle.  Pricey, but well put together.  Here’s our full review:

Price Range: $290 – $315

Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Schwinn Aluminum Hybrid Frame

SR Suntour Trekking Front Suspension Fork

Sturmey Archer 3 Spd Internal Shifting System

ProMax alloy linear-pull brakes

Schwinn Excursion Men’s Hybrid Bike Product Description

Schwinn’s German engineering roots have given their bikes a solid and deserved reputation.  In the mid 1900′s, Schwinn’s popularity exploded and they have been making solid bikes since then.  The Schwinn Excursion Men’s Hybrid Bike has a list of features to envy.

Boasting a sturdy yet lightweight aluminum frame, the Schwinn Excursion’s front suspension fork and suspension seat posts are designed for comfort while riding on a bumpy road.  This keeps your ride nice and smooth.   The Sturmey Archer three-speed internal shifting system keeps shifting smooth, especially on uneven terrain. The bike is lightweight, maneuverable, and responsive on-road a trail. This is a perfect hybrid bike for a casual rider who would like to get there and back safely and in comfort.

Schwinn Excursion Men’s Hybrid Bike PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • Upright handlebars positioned for comfortable rides
  • Tires are a perfect size for hybrid biking – not too skinny or too fat
  • Smooth-shifting: bicycle chain rides on a little pulley which decreases friction and improves the shifting.
  • Easy to put together, comes mostly pre-assembled
  • Desirable 3-speed internal hub

CONS

  • Features a twist-grip shifter, not lever shifter.  May take time getting used to, but it is very smooth
  • Like most bikes, everything pre-assembled may need some tweaking and adjusting
  • Instructions are hard to understand- some bike knowledge would be helpful for adjusting

The Schwinn Excursion Men’s Hybrid Bike is a very solid bike.  It is quite pricey but this bike should last a nice long time.  Engineered well and rides and shifts smooth.  Don’t be fooled by the three gears – most people will probably not need the 21 gears or 15 gears.  This is a great bike and should be considered for everyone in the hybrid bicycle market.

What Buyers Are Saying

“The bicycle includes fenders, a kickstand, a rear rack, and a chain guard. The handgrips are extra wide and very comfortable to the hands. The wheels came very well centered, better than most new bikes!  The main features of the bike are an aluminum frame, stainless steel spokes, and alloy components (the chainring is steel). That’s an impressive list for a bicycle in this price range.  If I had to sit down and design a complete bicycle from the ground up, it would pretty much be like the Schwinn Excursion. To find so many desirable features on a ready-made bike was a very pleasant surprise…”

“This bike is a lot of fun to ride. It only has three speeds, but that is all you need most of the time. Pretty simple to put together (It arrives mostly assembled). You must be somewhat mechanically inclined to assemble and adjust brakes. The internal shifting mechanism is inside the rear axle and is smooth as butter- very nice shifting. The seat is a little bit “pokey” but I bought a padded Schwinn replacement at Walmart. I would give this a 5 star as an assembled bike, It handles great. However- the inconsistent assembly instructions make it a 4 star…. ”

“Everything that was assembled at the factory did need adjusting and tightening.  Once all of the adjustments have been made, it is a very secure feeling and comfortable bike to ride to and from work, or on the 25 mile trip to our daughter’s house that we made yesterday. The three speeds give me all of the range that I need for bike riding in the Boise area, which includes a couple of stiff hills. Between the front suspension and the seat, I have a very smooth ride and no longer get jarred like with my other bike. I do enjoy this bike very much. But like I said, it can pose some problems during the assembly and everything did need to be adjusted…

Diamondback Edgewood LX Mens Sport Hybrid Bike Review

Originally started as a BMX bike manufacturer, Diamondback has been a dedicated name to cycling for over 30 years with low to mid-priced quality bicycles. The Diamondback Edgewood LX Men’s Sport Hybrid Bike is one of their many bikes in the hybrid bicycle line.

Price Range: $295 – $305

Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Comes in 15-, 17-, 19-, and 21-inch sizes

Lightweight and sturdy aluminum hybrid frame

Shimano EF-50 7-speed shifter

Tektro linear-pull brakes

Diamondback Edgewood LX Men’s Sport Hybrid Bike Product Description

Diamondback really gets into the details when they make their bikes. The features listed are numerous for the Diamondback Edgewood LX Men’s Sport Hybrid Bike. You can check out their full product specs and descriptions.

The Diamondback Edgewood is an everyday no-frills simple hybrid bike with some nice high-quality parts. It combines the same relaxed contact point features of a comfort bike with the big smooth-rolling 700c wheels of a road bike. The lightweight aluminum hybrid geometry frame and comfort suspension 63mm travel fork combined with the DB Deluxe Hybrid saddle with double density base offers comfortable riding over many different surfaces.

Diamondback Edgewood LX Men’s Sport Hybrid Bike PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • The frame is definitely both lightweight and durable
  • A very attractive looking hybrid bicycle
  • Parts are better quality than expected for a $300 bike, especially brakes and gears
  • Relatively easy to assemble – comes with a set of tools for assembly (manual is not helpful though)

CONS

  • Manual is not helpful – so it helps if you have some know-how, otherwise take it to the local bike shop. You’ll want to do this anyway for fine-tuning
  • Many owners review that the front wheel particularly is hard to center – again might need to take it to a bike shop for some tuning
  • Bike dimensions run a bit large, check the measurements carefully
  • No kickstand

Overall, the Diamondback Edgewood LX Men’s Sport Hybrid Bike is a simple, no-frills bicycle. You will be hard-pressed to find a bicycle with these quality parts for under $300. This bicycle is quite comfy for using for exercising and casual rides. Decent price for such quality materials and workmanship.

What Buyers Are Saying

“I’m 6’5″ and about 230 pounds, so it’s been hard for me to ride most bicycles that I’ve borrowed in the past. So I crossed my fingers and got the extra-large 21″ version. I have to say it’s the most comfortable I’ve ever been on a bike. My legs extend all the way while pedaling and the sitting position while riding is very comfortable for me. The seat is an absolute dream compared to most other bikes I’ve ridden. The only thing I would have to mention is that the front shocks don’t seem to like so much weight on them, bottoming out with just my weight leaning on them. But really, most people aren’t as big and heavy as I am. Overall, I never thought a three hundred dollar bike could be as good as this one, especially one that fits me…”

“Good for the commute to work. Bike dimensions are larger than you think. Please look carefully at the given dimensions before selecting a bike size. Bike only has 2 screws on the frame to fix accessories (such as water bottle holder). So you can only add on 1 set. It does not come with a kickstand. Very easy to assemble. Did it in less than 30 min. However, I had to do quite a bit of adjustment to derailers after that. This took quite a bit of time. Best to read the manual (or the internet) for instructions before trying to do it. All in all, fun ride for casual. But it’ll be tough to catch up with road bikes if you’re in a group for long rides. … ”

“The bike is beautiful and built solid with quality parts. I live in a hilly area some steep hills and some bumps along the way. The handling of steep hills and comfort is impressive. Obviously I wouldn’t take this off-road but it seems to handle basic bike trails with ease and comfort. You can’ tell your riding on dirt at all. I would recommend this to the commuter and for exercising. It strikes a wonderful balance between the pros and the casual and is like having luxury comfort cycling for a bargain price…