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What is a Hybrid e-Bike?

Words by Stuart

on 15/06/2021 11:54:31

Riese and Muller Hybrid e-bike

A hybrid electric bike is exactly what it sounds like – a combination of a e-road bike and a e-mountain bike. Hybrid bikes feature all the best bits to create a great all-rounder that's perfectly suited to sorts of terrain. Electric hybrid bikes really shine in the urban environment. They're the perfect city bike which makes them very popular among commuters.

Hybrid e-bikes usually have flat handlebars, similar to electric mtbs, rather than the drop bar you'd find on an e-road bike. This means that the gear shifter, brake components and display are usually very similar to those found on electric mountain bikes.

Hybrid electric bikes have an upright riding position somewhere between an electric road bike and a mountain bike that many riders find more comfortable and potentially safer in traffic.

Hybrid bike tyres are usually halfway between sporty thin road tyres and the thick knobbly tyres you'll see on e-mountain bikes. If you're planning on riding on trails, grass and muddy country roads, you'll need to consider the tread on your hybrid tyre. On the other hand, cyclists who spend most of their time riding on the tarmac may wish for a more road-style slick tyre for performance on the flat.

Electric Hybrid Bikes are designed to be hardwearing and low maintenance, built for a life on the road with front forks to absorb the lumps and bumps. Plus, many come with protection such as mudguards and pannier racks, perfect for carrying your sandwiches and laptop or luggage before heading out for an adventure!.

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So unless you want an electric road bike or mountain bike for a specific purpose, hybrid e-bikes are the most versatile option for casual cyclists - perfect for cycling to work during the week and ready for heaps of fun at the weekends.

Can an e-Bike replace a car?

E-bikes are responsible for almost zero CO2 emissions and produce very little noise when they're on the road presenting a significant opportunity to cut carbon emissions by filling in the first and last-mile gap and replacing cars for many urban trips. Consider too the ever-rising cost of keeping a vehicle on the road. Our customers discover in no time that they have a lot more money in their pockets when riding their electric bikes rather than using a car, quickly recouping the cost of the e-bike in money saved.

Hybrid e-bikes are incredibly versatile, performing exceptionally well on and off the road, with a front suspension and all-terrain tyres fitted to most bikes. A comfortable ride in any condition is always guaranteed, making them perfect for touring and commuting. 

Riding an electric bike is more like a stroll rather than a sprint, meaning sweat-free commutes eliminating the need to pack a change of clothing or a shower; cycling to work can be done in a suit rather than spandex. E-bikes are the ideal bridge between a traditional bicycle and a car.

Maybe it's time to ditch the car!!!

The best hybrid bikes

Just some of our most popular electric hybrid bikes

2021 Haibike Trekking 4 500Wh Lowstep Electric Hybrid Bike

2021 Haibike Trekking 4 500Wh Lowstep Electric Hybrid Bike

The Yamaha PW-TE electric motor allows you to accelerate quickly and smoothly. With the integrated 500Wh battery, you'll have plenty of power for almost any journey. This eBike is genuinely ready for everyday use, Equipped with lights, a luggage rack, mudguards, and a kickstand. Your perfect entry into the eTrekking bike world!

2021 Cube Kathmandu Hybrid Pro 625 Hybrid eBike

2021 Cube Kathmandu Hybrid Pro 625 Hybrid electric bike

Fitted with a Suntour XCR 32 air suspension fork for easy adjustability and comfort on rough roads and a suspension seat post with an adjustable stem. A Shimano 10-speed Deore transmission provides an impressive range and effortless shifting. Not forgetting the full complement of accessories and sturdy Integrated Carrier. You're set up to take any journey in your stride.

2021 Riese and Muller Charger3 Mixte GT Touring HS Electric Bike

2021 Riese and Muller Charger3 Mixte GT Touring HS Electric Bike

Ideal for the daily commute or trekking, the Charger3 Mixte boasts a slightly lowered top tube, a dynamic chassis with suspension fork and comfort seat post, and the latest generation of Bosch motor, making it the hybrid e Bike for everyday life. Thanks to thoughtful details, daylight-bright lighting and continuous light, it is perfect for riding in any weather and parked outside with ease. And for the real adventurers who want to go further and higher, the DualBattery 1125 option offers a range of over 150 kilometres.

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