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THE BIG BIKE TEST

THIS MONTH… Bargain Hybrids

Everyday runarounds ready to tackle every eventuality

MEATY 18-PAGE REVIEW

With the bike market diversifying into so many specialist niches these days, it’s easy to overlook the virtues of the hybrid – a versatile all-rounder that combines characteristics of road bikes and MTBs. Transporting people about their daily lives, hybrids are the workhorses of the cycling world. Stepping in to take the place of a car or public transport, they have the potential to preserve the environment, improve our cities, and boost public health. Being practical, no-frills machines focused on utility rather than speed, they’re usually great value, too.

Nevertheless, hybrids often find themselves overshadowed by flashier drop-handlebar racing machines, or the more determinedly rugged MTBs. While they might not be winning any races, a similar amount of intellectual labour goes into the creation of these unsung cycling heroes. We rounded up four current examples under £700 to measure up their merits and to see how they compare…

BIKES ON TEST

CUBE HYDE £679
MARIN MUIRWOODS £525
SPECIALIZED SIRRUS DISC £525
RALEIGH STRADA 5 £575

CUBE Hyde

£679

Tasty teutonic titan with a Stealth-bomber paint job…

SPEC

FRAME

Double Butted 7005 Aluminium

GROUPSET

Shimano Deore, 9-speed

BRAKES

Shimano BR-M315, Hydraulic Disc

CHAINSET

Shimano Acera FC-T3010, 48/36/26t

CASSETTE

Shimano CS-HG200, 11-34t

BARS

Cube Race, 660mm

STEM

Cube Performance Pro, 31.8mm

SADDLE

Selle Royal Prestige

SEATPOST

CUBE Performance, 27.2mm

WHEELS

Cube UX24, 32h, Tubeless Ready

TYRES

Schwalbe Big Apple, 29 x 2.15”

CONTACT

cube.eu

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