If you looking to buy a hybrid/bicycle for commuting, you have landed on the right resource. In this article, I will review the Best Hybrid Bicycles in India. I will include models which will suit the requirements and budgets of most people.
So, read on and let me know your thoughts about my choices in the comments below.
However, before I list down the products, let me cover some basic information about Hybrid Cycles.
What is a Hybrid Bicycle?
The hybrid bicycle is a cross between MTB (Durable, Built for off roads) and Road bicycles (Light, Built for speed). This bicycle is designed to handle multiple terrains, provide comfort as well as speed for its user. If you are not sure of the type of bicycle that you should buy, you can refer to my buying guide as well.
However, it is obvious that these bicycles are not as durable as the MTB and not as fast as Road Cycles.
Common characteristics of a Hybrid Cycle:
- The tyre is narrower compared to MTBs but is wider compared to Road Cycles.
- Wheel size is generally bigger compared to MTBs (the same size are road bikes)
- Flat or slightly raised handlebars for a comfortable ride
- More comfortable & broader saddles like MTBs
Types of Hybrid Cycles:
Although there is no “official” classification of hybrid bicycles. However, if you observe them carefully, you can notice that not all hybrid bicycles are the same. They are built to provide varying levels of speed and comfort the user.
I use these two major giveaways/highlights to classify them:
- Tyre Thickness: Thicker the tyre, the better the comfort it provides. However, thicker tyres also mean more rolling resistance, hence these bicycles are slower to comparable bikes with thinner wheels. Most hybrid bicycles use 700c tyres, however, the thickness is varied as per the design and intended use.
- Handlebars – Raised handlebars help you with a more upright and comfortable riding position. While the sportier models will have lower handlebars.
You will be able to see the difference in the images below:
A lot of people also classify electric bicycles as hybrids. However, I have not included them in this list. If you are interested in buying or knowing about them, you can read my article on Electric Bicycles in India.
Top Hybrid Bicycles Under 30,000
1. Schwinn Searcher 4
This bicycle is priced slightly higher than Rs. 30,000 at the time of writing this review. However, I don’t think anyone would mind spending a couple of hundred Rs. extra to buy a quality product that they would be using for years to come.
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The bicycle comes with 21 gears. This is a hardtail model with front suspensions. You can easily ride it on moderately rough off-road trails.
This bicycle uses an aluminium alloy frame and has wire brakes on both wheels.
Tyres used are 700×35c supported by double-walled alloy rims.
I had also featured this bicycle in my review of Best bicycles under Rs. 30000 in India.
2. Lapierre Shaper 100
This is an aluminium alloy cycle with 24 gears. This model uses 700x28c tyres (Thinner compared to the Schwinn Searcher featured above).
This bike also uses wire brakes but does not have any suspensions to it. If you looking for a fast bicycle to be ridden on city roads, you can definitely prefer this cycle.
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3. Firefox Momentum
Firefox Momentum is a bicycle with amazing looks and design. This bicycle has a more comfortable seating position compared to the two above.
This is a hardtail bike. It uses the Suntour NEX alloy suspension on the front. This suspension is equipped with hydraulic lockout.
The cycle comes with Shimano gears (Shimano Acera on the rear wheels). A total of 24 gears.
Check out the availability and latest price – Amazon
The model uses Kenda K184 700 X 35C tyres. There are mechanical disc brakes on both wheels.
Bicycles Priced Under Rs. 25,000:
4. Btwin Riverside 500
A very cost effective but quality bicycle. One of the best bicycles you can use to commute to work every day and also use it for light touring to nearby places over the weekends. This is a hardtail model with front suspension.
Currently, this model is available in a dark grey colour online. It is available in three different frame sizes. You can use this guide to select the right frame size for yourself (depending on your height).
The bicycle is equipped with 9-speed gears and double disk brake for enhanced braking during the rains. The frame of the bicycle is made using aluminium alloy.
It uses 700 x 1.50 (38-622) Btwin hybrid tyres, supported by double-walled aluminium alloy rims.
It has a quick release system on both wheels.
5. Montra Timba 1.1
This is the fifth bicycle in my list of Best Hybrid Bicycles in India. Montra is an Indian bicycle brand. They are known for offering mid segment bicycle for a very competitive price.
This is an aluminium alloy bicycle equipped with 21-speed gears (Shimano Tourney + Altus). The bicycle uses wire brakes.
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The bicycle uses double walled rims and Kenda 700x35C tyres.
Hybrid Cycles Priced Under Rs. 20,000:
6. Montra Helicon Disc
The matt black finish of this bicycle is one of the best offered by Montra. This is an aluminium alloy frame bicycle with dual disc brakes.
The bicycle uses a rigid fork i.e. comes with no suspension.
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Montra Helicon Disc offers mechanical disc brakes (Which perform better compared the entry level disc brakes offered on most budget bicycles).
This bike also comes with Kenda K1176, 27.5 x 1.75 tires. They are mounted on XMR 27.5 double wall alloy rims.
7. Montra Trance
Montra Trance is made using 6061 aluminium alloy frame. It has 21-speed gears and uses Shimano Altus and Tourney components. This model is available in various colours, however, at the time of writing this review, it was only available in Black + Green colour combination on Amazon.
The design of the frame is standard and offers a good mix of speed and comfort. You can easily adjust the handlebars and the seat as per your riding preference.
Check more User Reviews and Price – Amazon India
The bicycle uses a 27 Inch tyre (700x35c) which is mounted on XMR 700c double walled alloy rim for greater durability. The bike also equipped with V-brakes.
Hybrid Cycles Under Rs. 15,000:
8. Cosmic Shuffle 700c
Cosmic Shuffle is a rigid frame bicycle and is ideal for someone who does not want the extra weight and rolling resistance that front suspension brings along with it.
For someone who is looking for a budget bicycle to commute to work or college, this bike can be a perfect pick. If you maintain this bike well, it should last you for years to come.
The features of this bike are very similar to Montra Helicon listed above. However, there is a significant price difference between the two. Cosmic shuffle being the cheaper of the two.
Check the Latest Price of Cosmic Shuffle – Amazon India
9. Montra DownTown
This is the fourth bicycle from the Montra brand in my list of best hybrid cycles in India. This is also one of the most popular models that Montra sell. The bicycle looks very attractive and packs a lot of good features at a very competitive price.
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Made using 6061 aluminium alloy frame, Montra Downtown comes with 21-speed Shimano gears (Tourney). This bicycle like the Cosmic Shuffle above is also a rigid frame bicycle.
Amazon India currently stocks a few colours and different year models. There is a slight variation in the cost accordingly. You can use the link above to browse through all available models.
10. Mach City Munich
MachCity brand is owned by TI cycles group (BSA). MachCity Munich is a premium version of the regular Mach City iBike model.
Munich is available in both single-speed as well as with 21 gear version. This bicycle is very rugged and will not need a lot of maintenance.
Check various colour and gear options available online – Amazon
The Munich is a rigid frame bicycle and is available in green stem colour (as shown above) or in blue. It uses a 700x35c hybrid city tyre for speed.
Hybrid Cycles Under Rs. 10,000:
11. Mach City iBike
This bicycle consistently features in all my list if it falls in the right category. This is currently one the best hybrid bicycles in India in its price band. Truly value for money, this is a really good bicycle to buy if you are just starting out to commute to the office.
It is available in various different options and colours. You can refer to my comparison post – MachCity iBike vs Btwin MyBike for detailed review and price of the two brands.
12. Hero Traveller
A good basic bicycle by Hero. The colour is nice and used by teens as well as adults. This is a single speed bicycle with no suspension or disc brakes. However, the built quality is good.
The bicycle uses Vbrakes and is made using a lightweight steel frame. As with other hybrid bikes, this model uses a 700c tyre as well.
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This is comparatively a new model online and hence does not have a lot of user reviews on sites like Flipkart and Amazon yet.
13. Btwin Riverside 100
A perfect bicycle for casual rides. If you are planning to ride your bike near your house or around the park, you can use either the Riverside 100 or any of the two bicycles listed above in the price range below Rs. 10,000.
This is a 6 gear bicycle which uses a unisex frame. Both men, as well as women, can use this bicycle with ease. It uses V-brakes and does not come with any suspension.
If I have to select one bicycle amongst the three listed in this price band, I suggest you buy the MachCity iBike. You not only have a lot of options while buying it but it is also a very well built bike.
This brings me to an end of my review of the Best Hybrid Bicycles in India. Hope you were able to select a cycle as per your needs. Do let me know in the comments section your thoughts and feedback about the same.
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