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.
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.
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