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Old 07-16-14, 04:36 AM   #1
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Why did you buy a hybrid?

Why did you buy a hybrid rather than another kind of bike? Do you feel your hybrid is a compromise or a choice?
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I feel my urban 29er is a practical choice. I wanted a do everything fun bike both for the city and off-road adventures.

For me, its the best of both worlds.
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Why did you buy a hybrid rather than another kind of bike? Do you feel your hybrid is a compromise or a choice?
Here are many answers...

Why did you choose a hybrid over the other bike styles?
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Old 07-16-14, 06:27 AM   #4
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Thanks for the link to the previous thread. I enjoyed reading the responses. It was gratifying to see that most people bought hybrids because they prefer them (choice) - not because they could only have one bike and needed a multi-use style (which is a perfectly legitimate reason but it suggests that the hybrid is a compromise).
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I bought mine as a mistake. I didn't know I wanted a road bike until after riding the hybrid for a while and then realized it was the wrong setup for what I wanted to do. Yes, it was a step up from the MTB I was commuting 17x2 miles on but it wasn't a big enough step.

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I am not a Hybrid basher but ... I bought a hybrid because as a new rider I thought it was what I wanted. I rode for about 4 weeks and realized it just wouldn't satisfy my craving for speed and distance. I switched to a road bike and never looked back. I still occasionally ride it to tool around the neighborhood on those "after dinner" rides but mainly kept it to loan to visitors that wanted to ride with us. It is very comfortable but just doesn't fill my needs.
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Old 07-16-14, 08:54 AM   #7
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hey,i bought and use my hybrid bike to gain fitness to ride road bike one day.i hv been cycling on a 26' mtb for the past 10years+ so i am more comfortble with upright position.
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Cost, and because I was a noob, and did not know what I really wanted. If I could go back, I would have spent the money on a used road bike. That's not a knock on Hybrids, I just found after a few weeks of riding that I spent much more time on the roads then I did on the greenways.
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I bought mine because it demolishes most drop bar road bikes..

I kid, I kid (even though it really does demolish most drop bar bikes) but after reading some of the responses here, I did giggle a little...



I love it so much I just dropped some coin to upgrade the 10-speed 6770 Di2 system to 11-speed 6870 Di2!

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Nice looking bike. I started this thread because I feel the way you do. I wanted more speed so I got a Cannondale CAAD 8. It was nice, but not as comfortable and no faster on flats or downhill (better on climbs). I hated the dropbars mainly because they hurt my hands. I thought I could have the best of both worlds by installing a flatbar which I did. Still wasn't happy, something was missing. Went back to a hybrid and was much happier. I think it's the longer wheelbase.
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I bought my Fuji Absolute at the end of May 2014 as a re-entry to cycling and fitness. As a 47 year old fat dude that needed to lose about 45 pounds to get back to around 185 pounds, I knew that I wouldn't stick to the plan if I went straight to a road bike and dealt with the comfort issues, etc. until the stamina and strength returned.

Now that I've been riding religiously, can easily do 100 miles a week (time permitting), the weight has started to come off, I've thought about whether to start looking for a road bike. At this point, the hybrid is perfect for me since the ride is comfortable and fast. I'm glad I did the research and went with more of a flat bar road bike rather than a robust hybrid with suspension forks like a Trek DS or Fuji Traverse. This bike has been perfect for me and I'm not shopping for a road bike any time soon.

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I bought my Fuji Absolute at the end of May 2014 as a re-entry to cycling and fitness. As a 47 year old fat dude that needed to lose about 45 pounds to get back to around 185 pounds, I knew that I wouldn't stick to the plan if I went straight to a road bike and dealt with the comfort issues, etc. until the stamina and strength returned.

Now that I've been riding religiously, can easily do 100 miles a week (time permitting), and the weight has started to come off, I've thought about whether to start looking for a road bike. At this point, the hybrid is perfect for me since the ride is comfortable and fast. I'm glad I did the research and went with more of a flat bar road bike rather than a robust hybrid with suspension forks like a Trek DS or Fuji Traverse. This bike has been perfect for me and I'm not shopping for a road bike any time soon.

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Great story. The Absolute looks like a nice bike and I think you won't need to go to a road bike.
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I bought mine as a mistake. I didn't know I wanted a road bike until after riding the hybrid for a while and then realized it was the wrong setup for what I wanted to do. Yes, it was a step up from the MTB I was commuting 17x2 miles on but it wasn't a big enough step.
I won't say buying my old hybrid was a "mistake", but it was definitely an uninformed purchase. I just paid attention to what was popular back then, marched down to my local LBS, and said I wanted a hybrid. I suppose the LBS staff could have taken the initiative to ask how I planned to ride, etc. but I was pretty determined that I wanted a bike that could "do a little of everything". Back then, hybrids were more of the modified MTB style than they they are today.

Well, the bike could do a bit of everything, but not much of each exceedingly well. I went in thinking compromise, and that's what I got. I'm not a bike guru, but judging from what I see these days as hybrids in the LBS, I'd say hybrids have definitely evolved into a truer and better performing all purpose bikes.

If I had some advice to a new bicyclist, I'd suggest he or she leverage friends who are really knowledgeable about bikes and have some different styles of bikes: talk to them and to try out their bikes. Cyclists LOVE to talk about bikes... especially THEIR bikes. If you can, hop on them and take them for a spin - even if the size is a bit off, it will give you a feel. Go to a reputable LBS and try out different bike styles: road, hybrid, commuter, urban, etc. Rather than spending a lot of money on a single, all purpose bike, it might be worth getting two, less expensive bikes - say a road bike for those times you want to just go, and more robust commuter bike for daily rides to work.
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I love it so much I just dropped some coin to upgrade the 10-speed 6770 Di2 system to 11-speed 6870 Di2!

Just to be curious. What shifters are you using with the 11 speed conversion? And where did you buy the pieces or entire group set? I'm planing on doing the same to my Giant Escape RX Composite.
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Just to be curious. What shifters are you using with the 11 speed conversion? And where did you buy the pieces or entire group set? I'm planing on doing the same to my Giant Escape RX Composite.
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My bike came stock with 10-speed 6770 Di2 components already on it.. The shifters are custom K-Edge Ki2 (link: K-Edge Ki2: Electronic Mountain Bike Shifting)

To upgrade to 6870 11-speed I needed the following:

  • 6870 Rear Derailleur
  • 6870 Front Derailleur
  • 6800 11-speed cassette
  • 6800 11-speed chain
  • 11-speed Freehub for my Roval Rapide SL-35's


I was told by both Specialized and Shimano that my old 6770 Front Derailleur would work but they recommended I also upgrade it to 6870 for best performance, so I did just that..

My crankset is Specialized Pro Carbon and it's already 11-speed compatible..

I purchased the 6870 parts from Jensen USA. They have some nice prices right now and they even price matched the FD.

I spent this for the upgrade:

  • 6870 RD $200
  • 6870 FD $200 (they price matched performance bike)
  • 6800 cassette $72
  • 6800 chain $32
  • Freehub $80 (ordered through LBS)

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I have been riding my road bike for one week and just yesterday took the hybrid out. I struggled at first to get use to the high riding position as its just so high! I plan to later on get a lower angle stem and change the tires to 23mm all around on my Sirrus. Like the other poster said you can get two inexpensive bikes in hybrid and road bike. You don't need to spend a ton for a great road bike, aluminum rides just fine. A Caad or Allez bike is well worth a look, many riders swear all the difference is felt in tire size and tire pressure for comfort.

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My bike came stock with 10-speed 6770 Di2 components already on it.. The shifters are custom K-Edge Ki2 (link: K-Edge Ki2: Electronic Mountain Bike Shifting)

To upgrade to 6870 11-speed I needed the following:
Thanks that's very good to know. I'll probably wait until one of the UK on-lines have a component sale as they always do. Shimano now has a MTB version coming out. It looks like the shifters and the display will work with the 6800 series Di2. Time will tell.
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I bought mine because it demolishes most drop bar road bikes..

I kid, I kid (even though it really does demolish most drop bar bikes) but after reading some of the responses here, I did giggle a little...



I love it so much I just dropped some coin to upgrade the 10-speed 6770 Di2 system to 11-speed 6870 Di2!

reminds me of a time I was out on my hybrid and passed a roadie. shortly later he catches back up and says hey I'm not getting passed by a hybrid and points to my front shocks. I chuckle but quickly realize he's in my way and just smile as I leave him behind again and continue to the next victim ...
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As typical as it sounds, I was new at biking and didn't have a clue what I was looking for. I had been riding my clunky department store mountain bike for the past 5 years, in an attempt to lose some weight, so I figured anything would be an improvement. It wasn't going very well, I was discouraged often and only rode a max of 5 miles per ride on that thing. I knew I wanted something that could handle a gravel/stone trail as well as roads so a hybrid seemed to be the right fitting. I tried out many different models at my LBS and eventually narrowed it down to the urban bike I have now. If I could relive that day, I would still choose a hybrid over a road bike but rather than a urban model I would've considered the future more and went with something more performance based, but for the foreseeable future this bike is more than comfortable for up to the 50 mile rides I've taken on it and has proven to be a good asset to my newly founded healthier lifestyle.
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I bought mine to ride the neighborhood roads, gravel paths and woodland trails with my daughter. It's perfect for that. It would be perfect for commuting as well, but not practical for the distances I have to drive. It's an excellent fitness platform as well. I've dropped about 10 or 12 lbs since the spring when I picked it up.

It has fuelled both an addiction to cycling and a craving for more speed, however. A road bike will be joining it presently. Does that mean my original hybrid purchase was a "mistake"? Not by a long shot. Had I started out on a road bike - as so many here seem to suggest as the better course of action - I probably would not have become addicted to cycling in the first place. Because it was those early morning before-work trail rides that got me hooked in the first place. And the more upright riding position contributed to both comfort and confidence (better visibility in traffic) in getting back into cycling after a few decades off.

Actually, there is no question that a racy drop-bar roadbike would have been a mistake as an initial purchase. And a much more expensive one at that. Maybe we should stalk the purchase threads in the road bike forum warning of the terrible dangers of making the "mistake" of buying a road bike as a first purchase. I kid, I kid...



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Yeah! Nice story - the bike as a hero.
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I wouldn't say it is a mistake. Like any other style bike it is a good choice for some and no so good for others. I think the LBS finds it easier to sell Hybrids as a "do all" to new riders primarily because they don't know what they want. It is a good starting point because you can get them fairly inexpensively and they are easy and comfy to ride. So In my case I call it a choice but it turned out to be a compromise. If a new rider comes to me and says what should I get I would probably recommend a entry level hybrid to start but plan on upgrading later. My wife started on a beach cruiser. THAT was a mistake. It totally discouraged her from riding because she quickly couldn't keep up with anyone else in speed or climbing. That's what she thought she wanted because it looked comfortable. Hopefully someday I will be able to upgrade her to a Hybrid.
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When I purchased my hybrid, last fall, my LBS wanted to put me on a "comfort" bike. He looked at me as a 50 plus, overweight man and he pigeon-holed me. In other words, he did not want to ask probing questions and find out what I really wanted to do with a new bike.

I wanted a bike that I could ride for fitness and not recreation. I defined his comfort bike as a recreational bike.

Last fall, that bike was doing what it was intended to do. I began to really like riding early in the mornings.

However, I wanted that bike to do everything and one of the other goals, after the purchase, was to ride back and forth to work. I purchased a bike rack and a Topeak bag. From there, the bike took on a new persona. It was no longer a semi-road bike, but a commuter bike.

I continued riding the hybrid, but when I started riding 20 plus miles, I wanted a road bike. A few weeks ago, I bought a Domane 5.2. I am very satisfied with the Domane.

Had I purchased the Domane last fall, I think it would have been a mistake. Just as the LBS wanted to put me on a big fat seat that comes with the comfort bike, a road bike seat may have been too much discomfort to develop a love of riding.

So, for me the hybrid was a good transitional bike and a good bike to develop my seat-comfort.

I don't intend to sell the hybrid, because last month I bought my wife a Trek Verve 3 comfort bike. With her riding a Verve and me riding my Domane, I think I would get bored really fast. My Trek FX7.3 hybrid compliments my wife's new bike better than the Domane.
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I continued riding the hybrid, but when I started riding 20 plus miles, I wanted a road bike. A few weeks ago, I bought a Domane 5.2. I am very satisfied with the Domane.

Had I purchased the Domane last fall, I think it would have been a mistake. Just as the LBS wanted to put me on a big fat seat that comes with the comfort bike, a road bike seat may have been too much discomfort to develop a love of riding.

So, for me the hybrid was a good transitional bike and a good bike to develop my seat-comfort.

I don't intend to sell the hybrid, because last month I bought my wife a Trek Verve 3 comfort bike. With her riding a Verve and me riding my Domane, I think I would get bored really fast. My Trek FX7.3 hybrid compliments my wife's new bike better than the Domane.
So glad to hear I am not alone in that experience and conclusion.

The Domane is an excellent choice. I liked it and the new Emonda a whole bunch.
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When I lived in Los Angeles I bought a hybrid because I didn't know bikes and it seemed like that's what I wanted. In retrospect I wish I had bought a road bike because the streets there are pretty descent. When I moved back to Arizona I knew the roads were going to be well paved to rutty to pot-holed to plain old dirt -- all within a hundred meters of each other. To get the maximum enjoyment out of all the roads it was going to have to be a hybrid. I sometimes wish I had a road bike, but I can't complain. Wish I had a Porsche too . . . .
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