Here’s a list of the best hybrid cycle under Rs. 30000/- available in India in 2022. These cycles are perfect to start your bicycling life!
With cycling in India getting ever popular, hybrid bikes are leading the race in sales. Hybrid cycles are perfect for a beginner cyclist, who isn’t sure whether they want to spend all they time on the road or whether they want to hit the trails.
Giving the best of both worlds, hybrid cycles are understandably popular.
Hybrid Cycles in India
What is a Hybrid Cycle?
A hybrid bicycle simply put, is a hybrid between a road bike and a mountain bike. It is a massive compromise between the two, while trying to give an experience of both worlds.
Hybrid cycles usually come equipped with flat handlebars, 700C wheels, 32-40 mm tyres, rigid fork (or a suspension fork with minimal travel), upright ergonomics and beginner friendly gearing. Bikes may come with V or mechanical disc brakes.
If you are looking to excel on the road or trail, then a hybrid bike is not meant for you. But if you want to enjoy a little of everything and the occasional commute as well, then a hybrid cycle makes sense.
Learn more about the differences between road, MTB and hybrid cycles here.
What should you look for in the best hybrid cycle under Rs 30000?
There is one rule when searching for a hybrid cycle under Rs 30000, and that is the KISS principle. Keep It Simple, Stupid!
The more ‘features’ that a bicycle model advertises, the farther away you need to run from it. At this price point, the added elements on your bike are not an asset, but a liability, especially in the long run.
- Your ideal bike is firstly in the correct frame size as per your requirement. It should be comfortable for your body proportions, without which the bike is useless for you.
- The frame will either be built with aluminium alloy or steel. Steel is heavier than aluminium.
- You are looking for V-Brakes, since these are significantly easier to maintain.
- No suspension, one less thing to get spoilt. A suspension fork adds unnecessary weight to your bike.
- Multi geared or single speed, depending on your area of residence and fitness levels. If you are in a flat land, you can manage with a single speed, else you will need to shift gears to make life easier.
- Tyres. You want slightly fatter tyres, so that you can run lower tyre pressure and be more comfortable on a variety of terrain.
- Most importantly, ASS! After Sales Service of the brand. If none is available in your city, then you will have to fend for yourself. If you are a new cyclist, chances are you might not know much about repairing a bike yourself. Tread with caution…
What is on offer?
When you head to a store offline or online, what can you expect from a bike in this budget?
Below 10000 rupees, you are most likely going to get yourself a single speed. Don’t get dissuaded by the price, these are super simple bikes and will be easy to maintain. Most bikes will be steel at this price point.
Between 10000 to 20000, you are looking at bikes with multi-speed, suspension fork, aluminium frames, at times even mechanical disc brakes.
20000 to 30000 sees you get lighter, quicker bikes, which will be significantly easier to ride. Better frame and components will give you a more enjoyable ownership experience, with less chance of mechanical failures midride.
For those of you who don’t have the time to read the full article! Here’s what we think are the best bikes available for you in short:
The RockriderST10 for being the cheapest bike which gives you a good cycling experience. The other products below 10000 are providing a similar user experience at a higher price point.
The Riverside 120 and Firefox Bad Attitude 8 are excellent value for money propositions. Which offer more bike than some of the more expensive options. Another good option is the Firefox Prisa.
The Triban 100, Firefox Rapide and Montra Downtown are all 3 excellent value for money bikes.
The overall best bike under Rs 30000/- has to be the Montra Trance Pro.
Reviews of the Best Hybrid Cycles in India…
Here’s the shortlisted hybrid cycles in the country:
Rockrider ST10 – Formerly known as the BTwin My Bike
The Rockrider ST10 is French sports giant, Decathlon’s entry level bicycle. It was previously popular as the BTwin My Bike.
It is a steel frame single speed machine, which is available in two sizes. This bike gets V-brakes.
Needless to say it is a simple machine, a bike in which there is very little to get spoilt. A good option for people living in cities without any climbs.
It is a sweet option for just Rs 5999/-, difficult to match the value for money of this product.
You can read more about it on the Decathlon Website.
Hero Radical-VX 26T
A simple steel single speed rigid bicycle called the Radical from the house of Hero.
It is rather paradoxical that a bike which is as traditional as possible is named ‘Radical’!
But names aside, the Radical is a decent bike for the money. Simple enough that there is not much that can go wrong with it! Brakes on this bike are V-brakes and wheels are 26 inches, unlike most hybrids which use 700C.
The steel frame is available in one size only.
The Hero Radical is sold at Rs 6465/- and you can see the full specifications of the bike on the Hero Website.
Hero Sprint City Rider
The Hero Sprint City Rider is a simple steel single speed bike by the Ludhiana based manufacturer.
This bike is available in one frame size only and is equipped with 26 inch wheels. The bike also gets conventional V-brakes to keep your life simple and happy. The seat post height also has a Quick Release, to help you adjust the saddle height without the need of any tools.
The City Rider retails at Rs 6900/-, a little bit more than the Radical from the same company.
You can read more about this bike on the Hero Website.
Hero Sprint Muve
The Hero Sprint Muve is a single speed steel framed bicycle, much like the City Rider.
There is not much to choose from between the Muve and the City Rider, so if you are looking at the two, then you should go for whichever looks more attractive to you.
This bike comes with V-brakes, 26-inch wheels and the frame is available in one size only.
The Hero Sprint Muve is available for Rs 9620/-. Which gives you no good reason to buy this over the City Rider.
You can read more about this bike on the Hero Website.
Mach City iBike Single Speed
The Mach City iBike Single Speed is the most basic bike in this line up.
It is a steel frame available in two sizes with 26 inch wheels. The bike comes with V-brakes.
There is not much that can go wrong with a bike like this, it is so simple. A great option for those on a budget. It retails at Rs 9625/-.
You can read more about this bike on the Track & Trail website.
Below are the bikes available in the Rs 10000 to Rs 20000 price range. In this range you will find bikes which are single speed, multispeed. You will also get bikes with suspension fork and disc brakes as well. Though neither of these are required or desired for city riding.
Mach City Munich Single Speed
The Mach City Munich Single Speed is exactly like its multi-gear counterpart.
It is a steel frame with 700C wheels and 35 mm tyres. Being a single speed it is Rs 3000/- cheaper though than the Munich with gears. Its beauty lies in its simplicity and it is a great bike for commuting in a city where there are no climbs around.
The bike retails for Rs 11505/-.
You can read more about the bike on the Mach City Website.
Mach City iBike 7 Speed
The Mach City iBike 7 speed is a variant under the successful Mach City line of bikes of TI Cycles.
This bike has a steel frame, v-brakes and a 7-speed Shimano Tourney drivetrain with grip shifters. The front wheel gets a quick release for easy removal, while the rear is still a nut job! Tyres on this bike are 26″ and nylon. Hard enough that it will last an eternity.
A simple, and most affordable multi-speed cycle which retails at an MRP of Rs 11960/-.
You can check it out on the Track & Trail Website.
The Riverside 120, by Decathlon, is incredible value for money to get you started on your cycling journey.
This bike uses a steel frame and it is available in 3 sizes. The Riverside 120 gets an 8-speed Microshift derailleur and shifting system. With trigger shifters rather than grip shifters. V-brakes are employed to get you stopped fast on the 700C wheels and 35 mm tyres.
Buy it for a sturdy commuter bike which you can use in all urban conditions. It will also be decent if you plan to go on longer leisure rides on the weekend.
This cycle is available for Rs 11999/-.
You can read more about the Riverside 120 on the Decathlon Website.
Suncross Inception S/S
The Suncross Inception Single Speed is a steel framed bike from this Ludhiana manufacturer.
This steel framed bike is available as a single speed and comes with a rigid fork. But the bike is also equipped with mechanical disc brakes, which makes it less attractive from a reliability and maintenance point of view.
Wheels on the Inception are 700c with 38 mm tyres. The seat post comes with a quick release for easy adjustment of the saddle height.
The Suncross Inception is sold for Rs 12325/-.
You can read more about this bike on the Suncross Website.
Raleigh My Ride S/S
The Raleigh My Ride is a single speed steel bicycle.
This steel frame bike is available one size only and comes with a rigid steel fork. It also comes equipped with mechanical disc brakes which are not desirable at this price point. You get a seat post with a Quick Release to make it more convenient to adjust your saddle height.
The Raleigh My Ride retails for Rs 13495/-.
You can see more about it on the Suncross Website.
Firefox Bad Attitude 7
Bad Attitude. What a name!
The Firefox Bad Attitude 7 is a steel frame single speed hybrid cycle. This bike is available in two frame sizes.
It is a simple bike with practically nothing in it to go wrong! You get 700C wheels with 38 mm tyres and V-brakes. As simple as it can get.
Steel makes it a bit heavy, but also helps it being more comfortable.
This bike retails for Rs 13500/-, a price to match the name! This bike would have made a lot more sense if it was two thousand rupees cheaper.
You can read the full specifications of the Bad Attitude on the Firefox Website.
The Firefox Street is a steel hybrid bicycle.
The Street is available in two frame sizes. This steel bike comes with a steel suspension fork with 60 mm of travel. Which is pointless, as it only adds weight, slowing you down, transferring less power from your legs to the tyres. You are better off with the Bad Attitude 7 by Firefox.
This single speed bicycle comes with 700C wheels, 38 mm tyres and V-brakes.
The Street retails for Rs 13500/- and you can read the full specifications on the Firefox Website.
The Firefox Prisa is an aluminium alloy single speed hybrid bicycle.
Prisa, much like the Bad Boy 7 from Firefox is catering to a similar buyer. The latter uses a steel frame, the former an aluminium frame. As such, the Prisa is lighter, but steel is more comfortable.
If you were to choose between these two bikes from Firefox, go for the Prisa.
The Prisa is sold for Rs 13800/- and you can see the full specifications on the Firefox Website.
Hero Sprint Traveller
The Hero Sprint Traveller is one of the cheapest bicycle you can get with multi-gears.
This bike is a steel framed machine which is available in one size only. It comes with a rigid fork and v-brakes. Drivetrain is by Shimano using a 7×3 system. Sufficient to get you around town and manage those urban climbs.
It is a decent bike for the money you will be spending and a serious consideration for anyone looking to buy a multi-speed hybrid.
The Hero Sprint Traveller 21S retails for Rs 13875/-.
You can read more about this bike on the Hero Cycles Website.
Mach City Munich 21-Speed
The Mach City Munich 21-speed is another super affordable bicycle from the brand.
A steel frame which is available in only one size, this bike comes with a Shimano Tourney 21-speed drivetrain and V-brakes. 700c wheels and 35mm tyres make it perfect for urban commutes.
The seatpost and front wheel get a quick release system on this model.
A bargain for the price it is offered at, the only downside being a single frame size. In cycling, one size does not fit all! The bike is available at Rs 14490/-.
You can read more about this bike on the Track & Trail Website.
The Montra Timba is a single speed hybrid cycle.
The Timba uses an aluminium frame and fork and is available in one size only. 700C wheels have 35 mm tyres and the bike gets V-brakes.
It is a simple machine which will capably get you around town.
The downside is that this bike costs Rs 15230/-, more than the competition. You can check out the full specifications of the Timba on the Montra Website.
Firefox Bad Attitude 8
The Bad Attitude 7 with gears!
If the Firefox Bad Attitude 7 made sense for its simplicity, the 8 makes a lot of sense if people want to retain that simplicity with the added complexity of gears!
This bike is available in 2 frame sizes. The frame and fork is made of steel. This 21-speed bike uses a microSHIFT system for the drivetrain. Wheels are 700C and 35 mm tyres, while brakes are V-brakes.
The Bad Attitude 8 is sold for Rs 15800/- and you can see more detailed specs on the Firefox Website.
Suncross Inception M/S
The Suncross Inception Multi-Speed is the higher variant of the Inception Single Speed.
This bike comes with a steel frame and rigid fork. It also has mechanical disc brakes and 700c wheels with 35 mm tyres. The 21-speed drivetrain is by Shimano Tourney, a trusted gearing system.
It retails for Rs 16500/- and you can find out more on the Suncross Website.
The Ahead is a 21-speed hybrid bicycle from the house of Avon.
The Avon Ahead is a steel frame hybrid bicycle with a rigid fork and mechanical disc brakes. It is available in one frame size only and uses 700c wheels with 35 mm tyres. Drivetrain duties are taken care of by a Shimano Tourney system.
The Avon Ahead sells at Rs 16515/-.
You can read more about this bike on the Avon website.
Omo Hampi 700
A single speed hybrid bicycle by Indian brand, Omo.
The Hampi 700 has a steel frame and fork and it also comes equipped with mechanical discs.
This bike is available in one frame size only and has 700c wheels with 35 mm tyres. It is a simple bike which should function without any troubles.
The bike is sold at Rs 18324/-, which is significantly more than what is offered by the competition. You can read more about the Hampi 700 on the Omo Bikes Website.
Vector 91 Wanderer Pro
The Wanderer Pro from Outdoors 91 (or Ninety One, the company’s nomenclature is extremely confusing) is a steel multi-speed bicycle.
This steel frame bike gets a rigid steel fork and is available in only one size. Brakes are mechanical discs.
Wheels are 700C with 35 mm tyres. The 21-speed shifting is taken care of by microSHIFT. It has decent specifications for the money.
The Wanderer retails at Rs 18449/-.
You can check out the full specifications on the Outdoors91 Website.
The Spirit is a rigid steel hybrid bicycle with 21 gears and an adjustable stem from Firefox.
This steel frame is available in 2 sizes. Drivetrain duties are taken care of by either Shimano Tourney or microSHIFT.
The highlight of this bike is that it has an adjustable stem to give you a more dialled in position. Brakes are v-brake type and wheels are 700C with 35 mm tyres.
As such this bike doesn’t have much going for it in comparison to Firefox’ other product, the Bad Attitude 8. Which is roughly 3000 rupees cheaper. Don’t go for this, go for that!
The Firefox Spirit costs Rs 18900/- and you can check out the full specifications on the Firefox Website.
Vaux is a an Indian brand which makes bicycles. The Vaux Swifter is a steel frame hybrid.
The Swifter is available as a steel frame hybrid bicycle in one frame size, i.e., 19 inches. This steel frame bike comes with a rigid fork and V-brakes.
The bike runs 700C wheels with 35 mm tyres and has QR skewers on both the front and rear hubs. 21-speed drivetrain duties is taken care of by Shimano Tourney components.
With these specifications, you are better off buying some of the bikes mentioned above, which are more bang for the buck.
The Vaux Swifter has a sticker price of Rs 19000/- and you can check it on the Vaux Website.
In this price range, bikes get slightly lighter. Mostly alloy is used for the frame. You also get a lot of gimmickry, which needs to be avoided. In the upper end of this budget, you start getting nice bikes!
Omo Hampi 707
The Hampi 707 is like the Hampi 700, except with 7 gears!
This bike is built with a steel frame and fork. and is equipped with mechanical disc brakes, front and rear. The Hampi 707 is available in one frame size only.
The bike is a 7 speed version. But we do not know what components are used in the drivetrain, as the company doesn’t feel it necessary to update the same in the spec sheet on their website.
The bike is sold at Rs 21722/- and you can see the full specs (though not a lot!) on the Omo Bikes Website.
Triban RC 100
One of the most popular hybrids out there for beginners in India. And with good reason!
Triban RC 100 from Decathlon is an entry-level hybrid bicycle which uses an aluminium alloy frame and steel fork. That helps keep weight down, while not transferring road buzz to the rider’s handlebar.
This 7-speed microSHIFT drivetrain uses a trigger shifter on the handlebar, significantly better than what is available on the drop bar. Wheels are 700C with 32 mm tyres. Brakes are V-brakes by Tektro, which is nicer than those on bikes 10 grand cheaper.
Triban 100 is available in 4 different frame sizes and retails at Rs 22999/-. Value for Money, difficult to match by other brands.
You can read more about this bike on the Decathlon Website.
The Rapide is a 21-speed aluminium alloy hybrid bicycle from Firefox.
This bike is available in 3 frame sizes. The fork is rigid, which is good. For the Drivetrain, Firefox either uses a mix of Shimano Tourney/ Acera or employs microSHIFT derailleurs and shifters.
Brakes on this are v-brakes. Wheels are 700C with 35 mm tyres. One advantage this bike has over the cheaper options, you get a Quick Release (QR) on the rear wheel as well. Most cheaper bikes only have a QR on the front wheel. A useful addition, especially considering that the rear tyre punctures more often than the front.
A decent spec product for a good price. The Rapide sells for Rs 23000/- and you can read the full specifications on the Firefox Website.
Fantom Rapid is a steel frame hybrid from this Indian manufacturer.
The bike is available in one frame size only. Since the frame uses steel, it is heavier than its aluminium alloy counterparts. The bike also comes with a suspension fork, which adds to the excess weight.
Drivetrain on the Rapid is from Shimano Tourney and is a 7-speed. Brakes are mechanical discs, which honestly is never a good idea at this price range. Wheels are 700C with 38 mm tyres.
The Rapid is available for Rs 23000/- and you can find the full specifications on the Fantom Website.
Montra has been providing affordable quality bikes to the Indian market for sometime now. This company along with Firefox were at one time the only options for most cyclists.
The Downtown is a popular hybrid cycle in India. It uses an aluminium alloy frame with a rigid steel fork. The frame is available in two sizes.
This 21-speed cycle uses Shimano Tourney groupset (or microSHIFT) and also has Logan mechanical disc brakes. 700C wheels on this bike are coupled with 35 mm tyres.
The Montra Downtown retails at a competitive Rs 23030/-. You can check out the full specifications on the Montra Website.
The Innovate from Suncross is an aluminium alloy hybrid bicycle.
This bike has a aluminium alloy frame and rigid fork. The 21-speed drivetrain is a mixture of Shimano Tourney and Altus components.
Brakes are mechanical discs and the bike boasts internal cable routing. Wheels are 700C with 35 mm tyres.
This bike retails at Rs 23325/- and you can see more of the Innovate on the Suncross India Website.
Montra Trance Pro
The Montra Trance Pro is an aluminium alloy bike with a steel rigid fork.
This bike is available in one frame size only and comes equipped with a 24-speed. The aluminium frame makes the bike reasonably light, while the steel fork helps absorb road buzz. It also comes equipped with Logan mechanical discs and 700c wheels with 35 mm tyres.
The Montra Trance Pro retails for Rs 25130/-.
You can read more about it on the Track & Trail Website.
The Riverside 500 is a hybrid bicycle from the French sports giant, Decathlon.
This aluminium alloy frame bicycle is available in 3 sizes. The bike also comes with a suspension fork with 60 mm of travel, not something you require for urban riding. 700c wheels on this bike come with 38 mm tyres. This hybrid bicycle is a 9-speed bike.
Decathlon sells this bike for Rs 26999/-.
You can read more about this bike on the Decathlon Website.
Firefox Road Runner Pro
The Firefox Road Runner is one of the company’s most successful hybrid models.
You get the bike in a mechanical disc version. Suspension fork is used on this disc brake equipped bicycle.
The alloy frame uses a Shimano Tourney groupset, alternatively it can also come equipped with microSHIFT components. Brakes are by Tektro.
The Road Runner Pro D costs Rs 27000/-.
You can see the full specs of the two bikes on the Firefox Website.
Ninety One Trooper
A relatively new Indian brand in the market, Ninety One has a hybrid called the Trooper.
The Trooper has an aluminium alloy frame which is available in only one size. It appears overengineered for a hybrid meant to do duties in urban areas.
This 21-speed bike uses Shimano Acera components, has a 60 mm lockout front suspension fork, JAK mechanical discs and an adjustable stem. It is quite literally overkill, as you don’t need a suspension fork or disc brakes for city rides. The bike weighs in at a claimed 16.5 kg, which is quite porky.
The Trooper is sold at Rs 27262/- and you can check out the full specifications on the Outdoors91 Website.
Fantom Runner is a hybrid cycle with an aluminium frame and disc brakes.
This 21-speed bike is available in one frame size only. The drivetrain on the Runner are a mixture of Shimano Altus and Tourney. While the braking is a mechanical disc assembly by JAK.
Wheels are 700C with 38mm wide tyres. A bit too much for your urban landscape. As are the disc brakes, an unnecessary complexity which is best avoided in this price range. Keep it simple and get a bike with V-brakes.
Fantom Runner has a sticker price of Rs 27500/-.
You can read more about this bike on the Fantom Website.
The H20 is from a new bicycle brand in India called Toronto.
The aluminium alloy bike is available in two frame sizes. It gets internal cable routing as well. Which can be quite problematic to maintain for the home mechanic. The bike gets 700c wheels with 35 mm tyres and uses Shimano Tourney groupset. Brakes on this bike are mechanical discs.
The Toronto H20 is available for Rs 28999/-.
You can read more about this bike on the Toronto website.
The Firefox Meteor is an aluminium alloy hybrid bicycle.
This bike comes with a 21-speed gearing system, lockout suspension fork and mechanical disc brakes. The suspension fork and mechanical disc brakes are not really required for city riding. It is available in 3 frame sizes.
The Firefox Meteor is available for Rs 29900/-.
You can check out more details on the Firefox Website.
Fantom City Hawk
City Hawk is a hybrid bicycle from Fantom Bikes, which is an Indian brand selling cycles in India since 2010.
This hybrid has an aluminium alloy frame which is unfortunately available in only one size. A 24-speed bike uses Shimano components, a mixture of Acera and Tourney at the front and rear. V-brakes are decent from Promax.
The 700C wheels get ‘fat’ 38 mm tyres. Wide enough not just for most roads, but can be ridden on a bit of gravel as well. The 24-speed bike gives you a wide gear range which will give you flexibility for most riding conditions.
City Hawk is available at an MRP of Rs 30000/-.
You can read more about this bike on the Fantom Bikes Website.
Stretching that Budget
Even though this list is for hybrid bicycles below 30k, we thought to add a few bikes just above that budget. So you know what a slight increase in spending will get you.
The XDS Connection is a hybrid bicycle from this Indian manufacturer.
The Connection is a aluminium frame bicycle which is available in two sizes. It also gets a lockable suspension fork.
The 21-speed drivetrain on the Connection is from Shimano Tourney. V-brakes do the job of stopping the bike. Wheels are 700C and come shod with 35 mm tyres.
The Connection is sold at Rs 30500/- and you can read more about this bike on the XDS Website.
Fantom Zip Ryder
Zip Ryder is an aluminium frame hybrid cycle from Fantom.
It is available in only one frame size. The bike also sports 70 mm front suspension, which adds to the weigh of the machine. Drivetrain on this bike is a mixture of Shimano Tourney and Acera.
The bike uses 700C wheels with 38 mm tyres. Brakes are conventional V-brakes.
This is available for Rs 30500/- and you can see the full specifications on the Fantom Website.
Giant Escape 3
The Escape 3 from Giant is the company’s entry level hybrid bicycle.
This aluminium frame bike uses a steel fork. You get the benefit of lightweight aluminium with the fork doing a better job of absorbing road buzz than aluminium. The Escape 3 is available in 4 frame sizes.
This bike is equipped with Shimano Tourney drivetrain in a 21-speed configuration. You get V-brakes on this bike and 700C wheels with 38 mm tyres.
A simple and elegant bike from Giant, which gives you everything you need from your hybrid without all the unnecessary bells and whistles.
The Escape 3 retails for Rs 35999/- and you can see the full specifications on the Giant India Website.
Marin Fairfax 1
The Marin Fairfax 1 is the entry level hybrid bicycle from Marin.
The Marin Fairfax 1 hybrid bicycle uses an aluminium alloy frame which is available in 5 sizes. This bike comes equipped with a rigid steel fork and Power CX7 mechanical disc brakes. Drivetrain duties on this bike are taken care of by Shimano Tourney, which is a 21-speed system. Wheels on this bike are 700c with 35 mm tyres.
Th Marin Fairfax 1 retails in India for Rs 36999/-.
You can read more about this bike on the Marin Website.
If you found this list useful, don’t forget to share it with your friends who are planning to buy a hybrid. If you feel we have missed out any good hybrids in this list, let us know in the comments below!
Also don’t forget to check out our list of best road bikes under Rs 35000/-. And Things to Consider when Buying a Cycle Helmet. And 10 Accessories you need to Start Cycling!
42 Replies to “Best Hybrid Cycle under Rs 30000”
I wish to buy an foldable bicycle that I can carry in my Car suron trip ! R they good to buy or any good options available
Hi, yes depending on model. Folding bikes are good recreational vehicles. There are multiple options available for a variety of budgets. The entry level ones are from Decathlon.
If you are wondering how to carry your regular cycle in a car, you can check out this article of ours: https://www.cyclingmonks.com/transporting-cycle-india/
Hope this helps 🙂
Hi i would like to thank Avinash for providing correct info on best hybrid cycles..on your valuable guidance i bought firefox bad attitude…its a beautiful easy and very lightweight bike..i totally loved it.this blog is totally worth it if you are planning fir buying cycle specially for beginners like me…👍👍😊😊
Thank you Mandeep. Hope you enjoy your new bicycle 🙂
Very nice article – Please advise me on buying a Hybrid cycle brand / model no.
I’m 54 years old. Been cycling for a year now. My requirements –
Budget 35,000/- max
No front suspension / with a lock
approx cycling – about 300-400 km per month. 30-50 km per ride.
looking for comfort, speed and light weight
Only Road riding – no off roading.
Some of the Options Scott Sub Cross 50 / Trek Fx1 /Giant Escape 3 / Polygon Cascade 4 looks a good deal after seeing your video.
We would suggest between the Trek and Giant, whichever is available in your city. There is a lot of problems with stock and availability right now, so you will need to check at the stores in your town.
The Polygon Cascade is an MTB and not suited for your purpose. The Scott runs knobby tyres and not useful for you on the road.
Please do make sure you buy the correct size frame, irrespective of which brand or model you choose.
The Trek uses V-brakes instead of mechanical discs, so it will be easier to maintain as compared to the Giant. But both bikes are excellent value for money and perfect for your requirements. You will not go wrong with either 🙂
Hope this helps!
Sir, I have heard Giant Escape 3 is not good for 90 Kgs and 5’10 height is that true? how to choose the correct size and frame?
Every bicycle has a total rider+luggage+bicycle weight limit. But it surely wouldn’t be just 90 kg!
So for your height you would be looking at a Large sized frame.
Do have a look at the Giant Website, it will have all the details about frame size and total usable weight.
But, whoever told you that you can’t ride an Escape 3 for your height and weight is horribly wrong and uninformed.
Hello Vinay, I bought the Giant Escape 3 (2020 edition) in December of the same year. I currently weigh 92 and at the time of purchase I weighed around 110. So far, I have managed to get 3000+ kms without a professional servicing. Having said that I do clean the drivetrain after every use and know how to fix gear and brake cables. I can also change tyres but have never experienced a flat tyre till now. I mostly ride on tarmac, dirt and gravel but the bike has seen it’s fair share of technical trail riding. Although the bike is not built for the purpose, it can handle the trails around my hometown with ease as it’s
fairly well built bike. However, I would not recommend people to go trail riding on it as the tyres are not fit to handle trails. But I have managed just fine with just the stock tyres on these trails. So it’s safe to say that the Giant Escape 3 is more than capable of handling 90+ kgs, and it shouldn’t be a problem as long as the total weight (bike + rider + luggage) does not exceed 130kgs.
Thank you – just pre ordered Giant Escape 3. Hopefully will be riding it in 2-3 weeks.
Congrats in advance. 3 weeks, that’s a long wait 🙂 Wish you many happy miles
I am looking to buy a Montra Trance Pro considering the price when compared to similar models of other brands such as Firefox, Giant, Trek
What are your thoughts and do you have suggestion to look for other models.
The Trance Pro from Montra is good value for money. It would have been better with V-brakes rather than mechanical discs. Making ownership that much simpler.
Giant and Trek cannot be compared, as they are 25% more expensive than the Montra. The Firefox Rapide is competition to the Trance. Check that out as well.
Please suggest between Merida crossway 20D/Trek Fx1/Mongoose 27.5/canondale bad boy. Also what are the things to look for in case of pre-owned bikes
Since this query of yours in the hybrid article, we assume you are looking for a hybrid. That rules out the Mongoose 27.5, which is an MTB.
The Trek FX1 would make the most sense, but as you have already realised, buying new bikes is difficult with the current shortage in the market. Which is why it makes most sense to buy what is in stock 😀
For pre-owned bikes, have a look at these pointers: https://www.cyclingmonks.com/buying-secondhand-cycle-india/
All the best 🙂
Hi, Thanks for the informative article. I have a question.
Are V Brakes efficient in braking in wet conditions? I commute to work on my 4 year old Mach City 21 Speed hybrid in Bangalore and faced issues with braking while riding in rain (light rain) and had few near misses. Now planning for an upgrade and was therefore looking for one with a disc brake. What do you advice? Are disc brakes too much of a maintenance headache? Also, why don’t manufacturers provide/sell the old school mud-guards instead of those fenders ?
Yes V-brakes are capable for wet conditions. It also depends on the quality of v-brakes. These on higher end bikes will be much better than those compared to entry level bikes.
Entry level bikes with disc brakes come with their own challenges. These are cable actuated mechanical discs and aren’t great for braking or reliable.
Depending on brand/ model/ budget etc. we would recommend v-brakes over disc. Until and unless you are spending a lot.
Mud guards are unfortunately not ‘fashionable’, which is why most manufacturers don’t provide them. And the flimsy plastic fenders are more rattle traps than protection from mud. Recommend checking out SKS fenders for your bike, which has excellent coverage.
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Very helpful. Roadrunner Pro V, Montra Downtown, Riverside 500. Please recommend. I am 6’2″, Approx 82-85 kg, ride approx 100 km + per week. Age 67 yrs. Thank you.
At your height, it is unlikely that Montra or Firefox will make frames for your requirements.
You would need an XL frame size, Decathlon might have it. Else you will have to check with brands like Giant/ Trek/ Merida etc.
Hi Avinash Bro. Need ur suggestion. I have been riding hybrid cycle without gear. (Mach city Munich single speed) my riding kms would be 35 to 50kms per week. Now I would like to go for the next level. Probably Weekend long ride for 50km approx. could u suggest best hybrid cycle for 20k to 30k range.
Seeing the shortage of stock in the market it is difficult to recommend anything specifically without knowing what is available in your city.
The Giant in this list should work well for your requirements, if available in your size and in your city.
Hope this helps 🙂
Thanks Bro. I am gonna try Giant escape 3 this weekend. I live in Chennai and my height is 5.3. I been told that only S size fits for my height. Apart from Giant, do u suggest any other? please suggest.
Yes a Small sized frame should fit you best. But you will only know for sure once you actually try the bike in the shop.
The Montra Downtown if you want to spend less. The Trek FX 1 if it is in stock. These are a couple of other options you can consider.
Thank you for your valuable suggestion.
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I want to buy a hybrid within 30k…i live in kolkata and given the condition of the roads, what do you think i should buy if i want to ride around 80 to 100km at once ? And could you also mention the maintenance cost of it?? Thank you
Any of these bikes can easily do a century ride 🙂 It is all up to the rider to do it!
Maintenance cost for bikes at this price point is quite low. A full service (which is recommended once a year) costs anywhere between 1-2 thousand rupees, varying from city to city. Wear and tear parts need to be replaced as and when required. That entirely depends on the number of kilometres you ride in a year.
Hope this information helps
It’s almost a perfect list for hybrid bikes i personally own a firefox rapide (acera) which i rode for 15000+ km over streets , highways , cobbles, potholes, climbs one thing which i should pinpoint is the tyres which originally came with it are quite crappy thing i like the most is the adjustable stem which by time help me to get more aero
For all the beginners just keep riding you gonna have best time of your life .
Thanks for your feedback and inputs 🙂
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This is a wonderful and thorough article. Very helpful! Thank you so much.
I have shortlisted these hybrid bicycles: Montra Trance Pro and Firefox Rapide. Which would be a better option considering the gear system and brakes in the current models.
The Montra Trance Pro currently comes with a Shimano FD-TX800 3- Speed Front Derailleur, Shimano Tourney (RD-TX800) 8-Speed Rear Derailleur, Shimano ST-EF500 EZ Fire Plus (3×8 Speed) Shifters and Logan LB Mechanical Disc Brakes.
The Firefox Rapide currently comes with a Microshift M22 3-Speed Front Derailleur, a Microshift M21l 7-Speed rear derailleur, Microshift TS38 3×7 shifters and alloy V-brakes.
Is the Shimano system in Montra Trance Pro better than the Microshift in Firefox Rapide, while the v-brakes in the Rapide a better option than the cable operated disc brakes in the Trance Pro?
Like you have correctly surmised. The V-brakes are better because it will be easier to maintain in the long run.
Shimano as a brand has been making drivetrain parts for much longer than microSHIFT, so it scores there. Also, you can buy Shimano parts in India, but you will not get microSHIFT replacements as easily. But the two are compatible.
Also please make sure you get the correct frame size. Both are equally matched. And would suggest checking which bike has a better sale point in your city, and choose accordingly. Since, you will need to go back to the store for service and repairs as and when required.
Hope this helps 🙂
Thank you very much for this awesome awesome article.
Very informative and orienting indeed.
Would you perhaps have any thoughts if one had shortlisted Riverside 120, Mach City Munich 21 speed and Hero Sprint Traveller and was confused on making a selection between the 3?
Glad you liked it 🙂
You would have more frame size options in the Riverside 120, which would be useful if you are an outlier in terms of height.
Else, it is close between the Riverside 120 and the Mach City
Hope this helps!
many thanks 🙂
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I would like to purchase a new hybrid bike but after seeing this detailed post, I got confused, lol.
But I need your expertise here, please suggest me to find a perfect bike that suits me.
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Really confused between raleigh strada elite and escape 3. I reside in a rural area with broken patches of tarmac and big potholes at some places. Hence i thought a lockout suspension might not be a bad choice. (Haven’t rode a proper rigid bike on these roads ever so i fear i might damage the fork in the long run ). I also wish to start participating in smaller BRMs. I intend to ride close to 30- 60 km . I owned a cosmic Voyager and it is no longer fit for me and used to ride 12 kms occasionally. 35k is my maximum budget and I want a bike that won’t give me frequent niggles ( decent quality if not the best ) and last for at least ten years.
I read from some social Media comments that the Raleigh bikes sold in india are not made by the actual Raleigh bikes in UK. I don’t know how genuine was that comment. I expect an acceptable good quality for the price paid. If someone has better suggestion (hybrid ) please do suggest.
I would like to purchase montra timba my hight is 179 cm , Is this cycle suitable for me? Please suggest me find a perfect single speed bike for my hight
Why not check Cradiac cycles, cheap and good hybrids. I’ve been using Gunner pro model with best results past 6 months.