Hybrid/Commuter Bike Buyers Guide

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Versatile bikes that take features from both mountain and road bikes. Designed mainly for sealed surfaces, and riding for general fitness, recreation or to commute. For electric commuter bikes, see our electric bike buyer’s guide.

Bike types

Hybrid

Generally have a relaxed, comfortable riding position and suspension fork. Hybrids are great for recreational riding and commuting in comfort. They typically have wider tyres with a light tread pattern that makes them suitable for riding over varied surfaces.

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Flat bar road bikes

Similar to a road bike, but designed for more for urban environments than long distance training rides. The flat handlebars (instead of drop bar style) give a more upright and comfortable riding position, as well as handling better at low speeds.See All Flat-bar Road Bikes

Folding

Designed to fold up into a compact form, making them more suitable for taking on public transport or storing in small areas. The bikes are very small and more suited to riding short distances.

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Frame

Hybrid and flat bar road bike frames are typically produced with alloy (aluminium) frames, with some high end models made from carbon fibre.

Alloy frames are lightweight and stiff, and come at a lower price than carbon fibre. Alloy is also typically heavier, and can tend to give a less comfortable ride than carbon.

Carbon frames provide a noticeable increase in performance. Riding a carbon bike will immediately feel more responsive and easier to ride uphill, as the material is extremely lightweight and stiff. Carbon also provides greater comfort (through vibration dampening) as well as power transfer and efficiency (through stiffness) compared to an alloy frame. Less flex laterally in the frame means less power is lost from each pedal stroke, and more transferred into forward motion.

Groupset

A groupset is made up of the brakes and drivetrain of the bike, the drivetrain being cranks, chain, chainrings, cassette, derailleurs and shifters. As you move through price points of different groupsets, the materials and design change in order to provide improved performance. Materials progressively become lighter, smoother and more precise to operate, and more durable.

Brakes

V-brakes (rim brakes) apply force on the rim of the wheel for braking. Typically, rim brakes feature on lower priced bikes. V-brakes are typically lighter and considered to be lower maintenance.

Disc brakes apply force on a rotor mounted directly to the hub. More expensive hybrid and flat bar road bikes will feature disc brakes as they offer more stopping power and control over braking.

Bike Fitting

It is important to be properly fit to a bike, as this process will ensure maximum comfort and performance, while reducing risk of injury. Our website offers a bike size guide which generally outlines the size of bike that will suit riders of certain heights. This is a guide only, and as individual body types differ, the most accurate way to ensure you are riding the correct size bike is to be measured and fit by a trained professional. At 99 Bikes, all our sales consultants are trained experts in bike fitting, which comes complimentary with your new bike.