Before we show you our list, we wish you to know that we have tested over 20 different bikes and brands, after testing all these bikes, we have reached a consensus on our list based on;
- Price. We know not everyone is rich and we must compare the bikes and if they have a suitable price.
- Comfortable. If a bike isn’t comfortable then why would you even spend money on it?
- Frame Quality. This is very important; a better frame quality will make it harder to damage the bike, resulting in bikes that can last dozens of years, definitely worth the investment.
- Features. More features = Happier customer. Isn’t it better to have a bike with more features over a simpler bike of the same price with no bonus included?
However before we proceed to the list you must make sure that it’s a Hybrid bike that you’re looking for, a significant majority of people confuse hybrid bikes with either mountain bikes or road bikes, this is neither nor is it better at either of these categories.
A hybrid bike is exactly what you’re thinking, it’s a mix between mountain and bikes, it provides the stability of a mountain bike while also providing the comfort and speed of the road bike, this makes the Hybrid bike perfect for commuting, in a way you could also call our list the best bicycle for commuting under 500$, with hybrid bikes you can ride anywhere you wish, off-road terrain or on the road because that’s just what it was built for, while not as good as specialized bikes, we assure you that hybrid bikes fulfill their objectives quite nicely, if you wish to know more about hybrid bicycles you can read it here. You could also check out our road bikes buyers guide as it may change your mind, perhaps you’re looking for a road bike and not a hybrid!
We have decided to include 2 Male and 2 Female bikes because we truly believe that ANYONE will be satisfied with either of the 2 bikes we’ve chosen after all our trials, give them a try, and I assure you that you won’t regret it.
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Giordano RS700 Hybrid Bike
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|Diamondback Women's Clarity 1 Complete Performance Hybrid Bike|
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List of the Best Hybrid Bicycle Under 500$ in 2017
Schwinn Discover Hybrid Bike – Male – #1 Top Bicycle For Commuting
This is, without doubt, the top bike for commuting, we wouldn’t think twice about purchasing this one if we were reading this buyer’s guide, It’s just an overall incredible bike and what’s more surprising is that we’ve ride bikes worth thousands of dollars, and yet this bike can still surprise us with how comfortable, easy to ride & how stable it is, especially for such a cheap price of under 300$.
The only problem with this bike is that there’s a lack of customization, you cannot choose another color nor another size so you either are fit to ride this bike, or you aren’t and that’s that, the bike is quite beautiful, so at least that makes up for the lack of color customization, it’s entirely black. However, it’s unfortunate, but there’s nothing you can do about the lack of size customization.
The Schwinn Discover Hybrid Bike also comes with Aluminum Frame which is crucial, not only does it mean that the bike isn’t heavy at all but it also means that even if you crash your bike is very likely to be okay, a lot of people have the misconception that aluminium isn’t a durable material but it is, it can endure harsh crashes and it probably won’t even have a scratch, we still recommend to ride with caution though.
The Schwinn, in general, is also a fantastic brand, and it has hundreds of excellent reviews so you can rest assured that this will be a quality purchase, it’s in our opinion the men’s best hybrid bicycle for the money it costs.
Giordano RS700 Hybrid Bike – Male – #2 Bicycle For Commuting
We have rated the Giordano RS700 to be the second best bike on our list for male bikes, not because it’s bad but simply because our #1 bike the Schwinn Discover overshadows it in overall quality, however we can still assure you that this is a top notch quality bike.it fulfills its objectives quite nicely and it’s quite comfortable, it also has a really nice feature that the Schwinn doesn’t, it allows you to select between 2 sizes, Medium or Large, this way you can choose whichever fits you better making it a perfect fit for you, this means that it’s an excellent choice for riders between 5’9 and 6’2(If you’re slightly smaller or bigger it’s also fine as long as it isn’t a significant difference).
It fulfills its objectives quite nicely and it’s quite comfortable, it also has a really nice feature that the Schwinn doesn’t, it allows you to select between 2 sizes, Medium or Large, this way you can choose whichever fits you better making it a perfect fit for you, this means that it’s an excellent choice for riders between 5’9 and 6’2(If you’re slightly smaller or bigger it’s also fine as long as it isn’t a significant difference).
The Giordano comes with an Aluminum Frame, and as we’ve said before, Aluminum Frames while not the best frames, it’s the best type of frame you can get for this price, it’s a light material, yet it’s very stiff which makes it quite durable, this is great because as we’ve said at the start of our article, durable frames means that your bike will also last for much longer and that’s exactly what we’re looking for.
One last thing that may be substantial for you is that this bike is beautiful and it’s our personal favorite regarding design on this whole list.
Diamondback Clarity 1 Complete Performance Hybrid Bike – Women – #1 Top Bicycle For Commuting
The Diamondback are commonly known as luxury bikes and honestly, it’s the most expensive bike on our list, but there is a reason for it, after all, we have rated it #1 on our list as well despite the price, and like we have said, we have taken into consideration the price of each bike when rating them, even though it has a hefty price tag we still agreed that it was far too good not to be #1.
The truth is that this bike is perfect for any female rider, it features a great design which is always significant for women (Doesn’t apply only to women, though, after all, who doesn’t like awesome looking bikes?) and has a comfortable frame geometry that will fit you perfectly, you won’t find a bike more comfortable than this one for, under 500$, that’s a fact.
This bike’s frame is also made of top notch aluminium, it’s extra durable and extra light, every single component on this bike is of extremely high quality, and you won’t find better components for this price, it’s unlikely for you ever to run into mechanical problems unless you have a serious crash or due to extensive riding over the years which is typical for any and all kinds of bikes.
It also allows you to pick between 3 sizes which are a great feature and you can choose the perfect fit for you, it has the following sizes;
- 16 inch
- 18 inch
- 20 inch
It’s our favorite women bike after testing ~10 different women bikes.
Schwinn Discover Women’s Hybrid Bike – Women – #2 Bicycle For Commuting
The Schwinn is quite a famous brand, and it was also the brand of our #1 men’s bike, however it’s not the same for female, while the quality of the bike is also top notch it just isn’t as good as the Diamondback Clarity bike, this applies to basically everything, component quality, design, size options, etc…
While it isn’t a bad bike, which by all means, it isn’t, it is still ranked #2 in our list after testing ~10 women bikes, it just gets overshadowed by the Diamondback Clarity, however that’s to be expected since this bike is also quite a bit cheaper, the frame & component quality is still top notch but you could definite notice a difference between the 2, especially when riding them.
One of the flaws of this bike is the design, unfortunately it doesn’t allow you to select any other color besides the pure white color it comes with, the design itself also isn’t that great either when compared to the DiamondBack Clarity, however this is all based on individual preference, you may love the color & the design!
Another reason why this bike is overshadowed by the DiamondBack Clarity is that it doesn’t allow you to choose any sizes, this means that you won’t be able to choose the perfect size that will fit you, you’re stuck with the predetermined size of the bike.
It’s, however, a great purchase, if the DiamondBack was outside of your budget then this would definitely be our 2nd option as it’s quite similar to the Diamondback in terms of quality and after all, what matters is the quality of the bikes, it is, without doubt, the women’s best hybrid bicycle for the money it costs.