What is a Hybrid?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Gaz Vickers, 21 Aug 2012.

  1. Gaz Vickers

    Gaz Vickers Well-Known Member

    I've looked and i'm still unsure. I'm looking at Mountain Bikes for Gentle off roading, But i keep seeing Hybrids mentioned. So whats the difference between a Hybrid and a Mountain Bike?
  2. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    Hybrid is a generic term for any bike that isn't a mountain or road racing bike.
    Usually means it has features of both. Larger 700 wheels,but thicker tyres. Flat handlebars and gears like a mtb.
    A one stop do it all bike for the leisure or commuter cyclist. Able to go across paths and light offroad use,and even on roads. Can be tailored for a specific use by tyre choices.

    Serious off roaders always end up buying a proper mtb.
    Serious road users nearly always gravitate to a road bike.
    david k likes this.
  3. think of a road bike, but with flat bars and wider/higher profile tyres with a bit of offroad tread. Having said that - the definition is even less clear these days, with the advent of 29er MTBs and disc-equipped 'CX-style' commuters.....
  4. OP
    Gaz Vickers

    Gaz Vickers Well-Known Member

    Thats what i thought it might of been. I will just stick to a MTN bike i think. :thumbsup:
  5. Norm

    Norm Guest

    Ask Mickle. :giggle:
  6. TonyEnjoyD

    TonyEnjoyD Veteran

    a hybrid more a cross between an MTB and a leisure bike with its upright siting position and heavier frame along with fatter tyres and wider rims.
    Cyclo-cross is more cross roadie/tourer/part MTB with the frame much closer in build and geometry to a roadie, slightly more beefed up and with gearing closer to roadie but longer cage/lower gearing.
    The CX also has V or disk brakes.
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