Newly updated for 2023 with current models!
Looking for a fast and light hybrid bike with flat bars instead of a road bike with drop bars? Some people prefer a flat bar set up that’s more upright and that feels more like a mountain bike, but still want the speed of a road bike. That’s where hybrids come in.
Here are some of the top hybrid bikes for the 2022 model year. These bikes are sleek and fast like a road bike, but with flat bars. We picked from the higher end models, to maximize speed and minimize weight. These hybrids go fast on the road. Which one would you ride?
BMC Alpenchallenge THREE Hybrid Bike
What’s not to like about BMC’s sleek, aluminum hybrid with internal cable routing and belt drive? The belt drive operates on a 12-speed Deore drivetrain. The bike comes with Pirelli 37mm tires. It’s still a great performer on the road, since its style and design are borrowed from BMC’s aero family with compliance adopted from their endurance models. BMC called the Alpenchallenge THREE as “seriously versatile bike.”
Learn more about it.
Canyon Roadlite 8 Hybrid Bike
Canyon went all out for speed on this hybrid. A carbon frame fitness bike, featuring Shimano 105 components, hydraulic disc brakes and your choice of 650b / 700c wheels makes this bike as fast as any similarly equipped road bike, but with flat bars. If you want to save some money, they also have a lower end Shimano 105 aluminum frame version for around $1,099.
Learn more about this bike.
Trek FX Sport 5 Hybrid Bike
FX Sport 5 has a carbon-fiber frame and fork for riders who want the speed of a road bike with the comfort and control of standard flat handlebars. The OCLV Carbon frame has IsoSpeed handlebar and grips to smooth out rough roads and a Shimano GRX RX812 1×11 drivetrain for simplicity — but since the cassette is an 11-42, you still have a wide range of gears (Trck calls this “Everything you need and nothing more”). The frame is engineered with slightly less reach and slightly more stack than previous models for a more comfortable yet still active and fast riding position. It also has hidden fender mounts in case you want to use this bike as a commuter.
Learn more about this bike.
Giant FastRoad Advanced 1 Hybrid Bike
Giant’s fastest hybrid bike is a full carbon bike, including both the frame and fork. Like other bikes here, it touts the speed of a road bike with the comfort and stability of a flat bar bike. It also features hydraulic disc brakes and a Shimano 2 x 11 speed drivetrain with 105 derailleurs and 12mm through-axles instead of quick release. Innovative D-Fuse composite seatpost absorbs road vibrations. The tubeless-ready wheels can fit high-volume tires up to 32mm in width.
Learn more about this bike.
Specialized Sirrus 6.0 Hybrid Bike with FutureShock
This is the fastest hybrid that Specialized makes, and it comes with a Shimano 105 2 x 11 speed drivetrain to prove it. It has a full carbon frame and fork with Future Shock providing 20 mm of travel to dampen shocks and stay comfortable over rougher roads. Through-axle wheels, fender mounts, and a Body Geometry saddle.
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Litespeed Cherohala City Flat Bar Hybrid Road Bike
Looking for a flat bar hybrid to last a lifetime? How about this USA manufactured titanium bike from Litespeed! With a frame made of handcrafted 3AL/2.5V titanium, this bike it tough and corrosion resistant with a carbon fork and Shimano 105 components. For an extra $600 or so, you can upgrade to Shimano Ultegra. This bike even has rack and fender mounts. Litespeed says, the Cherohola City outperforms any alloy competitors. “The American-made titanium frame paired with a carbon fiber fork provides unmatched vibration damping, keeping the bumps of the streets and gravel paths from fatiguing you,” Litespeed says.
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Cannondale Quick 1 Hybrid Bike
If you’re looking for a better price for 105, Cannondale’s Quick Carbon 1 hybrid bike has road bike level Shimano 105 derailleurs and 2 x 11 speed shifting for under $2k. You’ll get an aluminum frame and carbon fork with reflective accents, and hydraulic disc brakes. Road bike speed with a more upright, hybrid position. Rack and fender mounts. Really cool reflective details. Includes bump-absorbing SAVE micro-suspension, and an integrated wheel sensor to track your activity, including speed, distance and calories burned.
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Felt Verza Speed 20 Hybrid Bike
The Felt Versa Speed 20 is an aluminum frame hybrid bike that weighs approximately 24 pounds. It comes with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, through axles, aluminum wheels, and Shimano Tiagra 2 x 10 speed derailleurs. Reflective paint accents help you be seen in low light environments. If you want Felt’s fastest and lightest weight 2022 model hybrid bike, this is it.
Learn more about this bike.
Bianchi C-Sport-3 Hybrid Bike
This full aluminum frame and fork hybrid bicycle from Bianchi features the brand’s iconic color so that everyone will know that you’re riding an Italian champion. Integrated cable routing. Disc brakes. Shimano Alivio shifting with 2 x 9 gearing for an 11-36 cassette.
Learn more about this bike.
Specialized Diverge Expert E5 EVO
Riders who want to do some gravel riding with their flat bar bikes have often been forced to choose a mountain bike because of tire clearance issues. But Specialized has come to the rescue with a flat bar version of their extremely popular Diverge gravel bike, and the result is amazing. Comes with 700 x 42 tires, but will allow 47mm 700 tire clearance, or even wider 2.1 tire clearance if you use a smaller 650b wheel. Shimano XT 12-speed shifting with an 11-50 cassette. Aluminum frame and carbon fork. Future shock design for comfort. If gravel has no appeal to you, check out the road-specific hybrid Sirrus 6.0 with medium cage 105 derailleurs for $3,250.
Learn more about the flat bar Diverge.
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Are these flat bar hybrids out of your price range, and you’d like to get something a little cheaper?
If so, then check out our Best Fitness Bikes for under $1,000.
Does anyone make a steel framed flatbar with at least 105 level components?
Joe, Planet X may have something along the lines of what you are looking for.
All City. (allcitybikes.com) Flat bar, disc brake, steel frame and fork. Its called the “super professional”. It’s super cool
Apex or single speed. Or you can buy the frame and DIY
Any recommendations for anything under $1000 with at least a shimano 105 groupset
You gotta go aluminum to get it under that price point. Bike Exchange has a carbon Argon 18 Go flat bar with rim brakes on sale for $899, nice looking bike. Going carbon with disc brakes will put you over $1000 minimum. I’m in the market for a flat bar road bike to putt around town or commute and have done a lot of research lately. You can find quite a few aluminum options with disc brakes for under $1000. They tend to be heavy though in at about 22 lbs. and up. I wanted a more road bike geometry opposed to a hybrid/comfort type and I’ve found several models in aluminum with disc brakes for under $1000. I’ve been looking into the following: BMC Alpenchallenge, Scott Metrix, Canyon Roadlite, Colnago Impact, Giant FastRoad SL, Bianchi Impulso S-Sport, and Orbea Carpe. Some of these also offer rim brake models for a little less as well as carbon models for a little more, but all these fall within $600-$999 with the cheaper ones being on sale and/or last year’s model. The BMC is probably cleanest in design. I actually checked out the Giant FastRoad at the bike shop and it looks nice. It felt quite a bit heavier than it looks and I was surprised. As much as I’d like to go lighter and get a carbon version, for commuting and running errands an aluminum model probably suits the purpose better as you can beat it up a little and it would be more durable. If I want to get out and go then I should use my normal carbon road bike. I have to remember that when my impulse is to get something nice and light. Though if this is going to be your main bike then going carbon might be an option but expect to pay more. You can find plenty of hybrid/fitness type bikes in aluminum with rim brakes in at around $500 by the major brands. Although, most are marketed at fitness, comfort, or hybrid bikes I was really looking for the ones closest to a road bike geometry since I prefer a sportier, aggressive feel of my road bikes (I have a Bianchi Oltre XR4 and S-Works Tarmac to compare geometry). I really like the BMC and Canyon but those are on the high end, pushing the $1000 mark. I’m leaning toward the Scott and Giant and those are coming in around $750 with sale models around $600. Good luck. I have some debating to do myself.
Neri, super thankQ for the long reply. I don’t want to overspend on something i do over the weekend but at the same time i want something that is also relatively decent. I had a looked at the ALPENCHALLENGE AC02 3 which was the closes but still over my budget. I was also eyeing the Giant fastroad SL 3 which is using the shimano claris and the SL 1 the newer Tiagra 10 speed as opposed to 8. I don’t want anything less than a 10 speed. i know my needs are much higher than what i expect to pay. where i live it will be hard-pressed to get the canyon,, colnago and as to scott, saw a youtube where this guy’s scott bike (fork) broke injured him. He sued the co. n won, so am not interested in scott. It could be that he was the unlucky one but i don’t need the trouble. i love Orbea Vector 30 slightly over 1k but still using the claris. Have not looked at the Bianchi Impulso S-Sport before but after checking its not using a full shimano 105 groupset but only the rear derailleur and for $1300… not happening. The colnago roadlite 7.0 lookes like it has all the spec i’ll need so will definitely look into this. Thanks agaon for your help, much appreciated
Matt Friend says
Brilliant summary, thanks.
I eventually settled with the canyon road lite 7.0 Al @ $999 with a shimano 105 groupset @ 10kg, flat ergo bars, hybrid bike. Been using it for 6 months now n the only thing downside is that rubber wheel prone to tear n my advice, put anti puncture inner layer otherwise beautiful bike.
Because of back surgery I no longer want drop handlebars. I am looking for a road bike with disc brakes and electronic shifting. All I have seen that meets this criteria is an Allied. Any ideas about any other bike?
Sorry, most of these are running Claris or Tiagra groups with some mixed cranks. I think to do 105 and Ultegra you’re looking over $1000.
I am coming from a Canondale CAAD5 si road bike and want to get a more upright position for my shoulders. Thanks for the great suggestions. Is the gearing on these better so you don’t need so many speeds to climb up steep hills? I am concerned when I see only 11 speeds. I am leaning toward the Trek FX Sport 5, Specialized Sirius Expert Carbon or BMC Aplenchallenge AC01 ONE. Do you know which would be better on hills? I want one that is more like a road bike – appreciate any suggestions,
11 Speed is enough! you’re not going to need any more than that as a fitness commuter bike where you will be going up and down hills.
Giant Fastroad Guy says
I have the 2020 giant Fastroad advanced 1 AMAZING RIDE….If your thinking of getting one but it well worth it 😁
Hi there, can you recommend a very lightweight hybrid with belt drive under 2k?
Anyone familiar with cannondale synapse flat bar ?
Ellie Chrisostomou says
Hi need advice .i cycle around 40 miles per week for fitness .my buget is £1800 . What would you recommend?
David Burckhard says
If you’ve not purchased yet, have a close look at the new Specialized Sirrus X 5.0. It’s the one bike to have if you only have one bike. I think it’s well worth the money.
Canyon Road Lite is half the price and twice the bike. I wouldn’t bother with Specialized. Read my comments from before. You can get it in an all aluminum frame and Shimano 105 throughout for $900 US dollar. All Carbon is $1,800 US.
Canyon Roadlite CF 7.0 is great bike; as an update, prices have escalated 10-20% or more upwards from last spring (2020), and there is limited (or no) purchasable bike inventory. There are some bikes in the US$ 3000-4000 price range and above, higher price = better availability — long, very long, waiting lists for moderate priced Canyon and almost all other bike mfgrs….
Yes – I did see they went up but I think they are still cheaper than Specialized or Trek. COVID has definitely screwed things up for all bike manufacturers. For me – the reason I went to Canton was because Trek and Specialized didn’t make my size frame and I couldn’t get. I ordered from Canyon back in February on a Friday and I had my bike the following Monday afternoon. That’s why I can’t complain. And as for the bike – it is solid and lightening fast. I drop roadies who rode paved bike paths like flies on it.
David Burckhard says
Not really sure that the Canyon Roadlite is in the same category as the Specialized Sirrus X line. And to say an aluminum frame bike fitted with Scora components against an all-carbon bike with 105s is hardly is hardly “twice the bike.” The Sirrus X 5.0 is also a much more versatile bike that can be fitted with a wider-range of tires. I see folks are cruising trails and gravel with the Specialized bikes. At five pounds lighter, the Sirrus X carbon frame has the advantage all around. Of course it’ll cost more Higher end Canyon carbon bikes ride sweet but are no bargain either.
Canyon road lite 7.0
I’m new to the bikes world but I want get use to use bike instead of car for many reasons. I did some research and end up with below hybrid bikes.
1- Trek fx1
2- Specialized v-brake
3- Giant escape 3
4- Carrera subway 2
5- Triban RC500
6- Triban 520
7- pinnacle lithium 4
8- trek fx3
prices are different and can be handled but still is an issue so appreciate if advice a good quality with reasonable price. I know its a lot of work but I count on you 🙂
Have you looked at the canyon road lite hybrid bikes, been using the 7.0 AL @10kg, it’s the Cheapest shimano 105 group set you’ll find plus it’s German engineering n its shipped directly from the warehouse in Germany with no middle man to yank the price up.
Tnx dude for the advice. Its a little bit expensice but looks perfect. My budget is below 1000
last yr black friday sale, they had free shipping worldwide, so wait for the nxt sales if u can wait that long lol
Alright – full disclosure. I am a CPA and very thorough and diligent in my research.
First – review is incorrect on the Cannondale Quick – it is a “lightweight aluminum frame and carbon fork” per the link that is provided on this website. Cannondale does NOT make an all carbon bike. Yet, you look at the price, you think you were.
Second – They review the Canyon Road Lite – yet review the aluminum frame and compare that to all the other bikes that they are saying are carbon frames. Fortunately, I ignored the low price point because I am looking for an all carbon bike, and clicked on the link. LUCKY ME. Because they make the Roadlite CF 7.0 which is carbon frame, carbon fork, carbon seatpost, Shimano 105 throughout, with excellent Schwalb tires.
I have been in search for over a year to find a “flat bar road bike”/ fitness bike/gravel bike/fast on tarmac. I am also 6′ 4” and need a certain size frame. I am also coming from a triathlon bike (Cervelo P2 SL) and used to an aggressive position, but want versatility of a flat bar to tool around town and go off-road.
I had come down to the Trek FX 6.0, the Specialized Sirrus 6. or there new X5.0, and stumbled across the Fuji Absolute Carbon. The Fuji was more of a road bike geometry with top level components throughout, at about $300-500 less than the Trek or Sirrus. Unfortunately, they haven’t made their Xl (61cm) for 2 years and since being taken over by Advanced Sports out of Philly, they don’t plan on making any Advanced Carbons anymore.
After stumbling across the CF7.0 by Canyon, the geometry is aggressive like a road bike but with the flatbar, and the components are consisestent throughout. If you look at Specialized or Trek, they cut corners by giving you Shimano 105 rear derailer, but then will give you a Microshift front derailer and/or shifter. They offer different chainsets, chains, and rings (Tektro, Praxis, KMC, etc). The Canyon is Shimano through and through.
I was hesitant about ordering a bike on-line, but they provide a 30-day money back guarantee, and their customer service reps were available to help me through this.
I have never been so excited about buying something on-line and can’t wait to get my bike. A follow up will definitely be posted.
Road Bike Rider says
Thanks for pointing that out. We fixed the Cannondale error. We must have missed this when we were updating all the models from 2019 to 2020. The Canyon was also in error, because we had reviewed the full carbon one the year before, so we changed to the CF model.
Where do you see the CF model of Roadlite 7.0? I don’t see it anywhere on Canyon’s website
you will love the canyon road lite cf 7.0 although mine was the al version but am loving it everytime I take for a spin. Canyon provides you with the tools to assemble the bike n you will be up n running in no time. I know how you feel, was there myself n shipping is super fast n you should receive it within 10 days or less. Enjoy the new bike
Bianchi C-Sport-3 how much this weight? i search everyway and even home bianci dont say that? help me, maybe i want to buy…that cost in estonia 850 eur.
Update on the Canyon Roadlite CF 7.0 – ordered Friday afternoon (2/21), arrived Monday (2/24). Was shocked I got it so fast. Opened the box and pulled out the instructions which admitantly were a bit intimidating. The bike was fully assembled accept for handle bars, seat post, and front wheel. I had a manual that was a general manual for all bikes. They also included manuals for the haudraulic brakes, Shimano derailed, as well as excess tools.
I pulled the bike out of the box and was in awe with its beauty and how high end this bike really is. This isn’t your average bike, but a incredibly constructed piece of equipment. Light equipment that is. I initially hesitated thinking “did I get myself into more than I can handle?” beach us I didn’t want to mess this thing up. But then was like, how hard can this be? I ditched the manual and followed the pictured instruction booklet which was a few pages, and everything slipped into place perfectly.
All I can say -OMG. What an upgrade. This thing is so much lighter than my other bike. Stepped on the scale and weighs a mere 19.7 lbs. and that’s for an XL. I gave it a quick spin as it was dark and couldn’t take it on a full ride – but let me say this thing can move effortlessly. The gears are clicking to perfection. No issues with the brakes or anything. The seat positioning was even perfect and didn’t need adjustment, just the height. . Amazed this could arrive in a box and be the bike of my dreams. Only thing that needs upgrading are the pedals as I clip in. Surprised a bike this high end would even come with normal platform pedals but no worries – got that. covered. . Also pulled off the reflectors and adding their GP3-L extended grips. Just need to throw on a couple of carbon bike cages and I’m good to go.
I turn 55 this weekend so the goal is to take this out 55 miles. Based on this bike, I don’t think it’s a big ask and I think it will be easier to do on this than on my 2009 Cervelo P2 which weighs 23lbs. Just debating if I through on a set of aero bars to rest on and help me through the north Texas winds. Also plan to ride tarmac, sidewalks, and dirt trails.
Update after ride to follow – but for now – very please with the “bang for the buck”.
Canyon Roadlite CF 7.0 update – Couldn’t wait and had to get it out for a quick 20 miler – with 5 mile of gravel and some pretty decent hills. I can’t believe I have waited this long to get an all carbon bike. I cannot tell you how much easier it is on the body accelerating off from a dead stop at a stop light, hitting it fast on the straights and pushing through hill climbs with ease. Also much easier on my knees. This bike “ate up” the gravel trail with ease. I was worried 700×30 tires would be too narrow but the Schwalbe tires swallowed up the loose gravel. With this bike truly is a hybrid and is first class in handling gravel & dirt, and is first class on taking on the road with quickness and speed. There was no getting tired on the ride and I never felt I was competing with the bike. In fact there were times the bike just felt it was going with little to no effort from me. The gears clicked to precision. All I can say this is a definite buy and worth every penny. Don’t think twice. Yes it’s a bit expensive but it’s an investment and will be ridden for years that come. Just now planning on how I save to buy one of their road bikes – I will definitely be buying another Canyon again. Highly recommend.
Your posts are extremely helpful. I’m interested in the Canyon Roadlite as well. However, I will be using it 90% of the time on a relatively rigged “rails to trails” path. I’m concerned that the bike and the rigid fork are not ideal for a rail to trail that has an occasional small root or occasional larger grade gravel or small section of mud. The rail trail I’ll be riding most often was newly converted to a trail so it’s still rough in a few spots.
Would you consider the Roadlite (again) if you were riding the conditions mentioned above, for 90% of your rides? Im not interested in the corresponding Canyon PATHlite because I feel it is geared slightly too low, otherwise it’s ideal. The Roadlite is geared perfectly in my opinion.
I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this bike. I’m addicted now to trail and path riding. That being said, most of my riding is on crushed granite trails. I did take it once on a trail that had bigger sharper rocks, mud and roots and it could handle it, but it is not ideal. You will tire out easier on a rougher trail if that’s all you have to ride. But if you want something you can ride on the road, then hop on a sidewalk path and then take on a level dirt or crushed rock path – don’t look further. This is a super light, responsive and speedy bike. And you will be flying past everyone else on the trail. Easy to average 20mph on the road and 16mph on dirt paths. Seriously. My average ride is 18-20 miles. Can’t say enough about this bike.
I agree about Bill’s post. Matter of fact he has convinced me to order the Canyon Roadlite CF 7.0 I guess my question to you is do you live in Wisconsin? I have found most to the rails to trails are usually in very good shape. I am in Northern Illinois and we have the Fox River Trail that gets a lot of use and is basically all crushed limestone and should not be a problem with the standard tires that come with the Roadlite. I would be interested in your concerns.
Road Bike Rider says
Keep in mind that with any bike, if you put in the widest tires that fit inside the frame, you’ll get massively improved comfort on rougher surfaces. There are plenty of high end tires that still incredibly fast with wide measurements, even on pavement.
Rene Herse is my favorite. This is a 650b tire, but you’ll get the idea of how fast and comfortable these tires are.
FYI – this bike will not accommodate any larger tires. The Schwalbe tires that cone on it are perfect for the type riding I described in my previous post. There is no additional clearance though for anything bigger. You won’t want it because these tires are fast and smooth.
Only modification I made was swapping out pedals for Shimano EH500SPD petals as I like to be clipped in for more efficient pedal stroke. I also changed out seat to a Selle Italia bike seat similar to what I have on my road bike (Cervelo P2) and then got a shorter stem as I am all leg and little torso and felt too stretched out with a 100cm stem. Canyon sent me a 70cm stem – free shipping in 1st 30 days. Lastly I put on Ergonomic GP3 grips. You could also put on GP5 if you like bull stem bars to have other gripping positions. Btw, can you tell I went all-in and love this bike!!!! Getting ready to go ride again now as we speak! I’m riding this bike 3 to 1 over my road bike now. Loving exploring new trails around and outside of the city.
I’m looking for an all carbon flat bar bike like those in the article. I’d like a stem riser as I have one on my Cypress DX. The only stem riser I can find for an all carbon bike doesn’t have the angle adjustment on it that moves the handlebar forward. I’ve been told by my local bike shop that there are not any stem adjustments with the forward adjustment on them for all carbon bikes. Does anyone know if this is true? Thanks!
Bill, Chris, and others,
Wow, thanks for sharing your experiences. I’m now seriously considering the Roadlite CF 7.0 after reading your posts.
I was curious if a 40 mm wide tire would fit so that discussion was also helpful.
I live in Virginia and have access to a couple of rail trails that are vastly different. One is very smooth and “mature” with 25 years of use as a bike trail. The other is still under construction and, as noted, is a bit rooty in sections but the roots are typically smaller in diameter, for the most part.
Can I just suggest taking a look at the Cube SL Road SL for a flat bar road bike.
Aluminium frame, carbon forks, full Ultegra 11 speed, hydraulic discs , £1,499.00
anyone have experience with FUJU ABSOLUTE CARBON bike ??
Pre-purchase, wanting to compare it to Canyon Roadlite CF 7.0
That Cube bike looks pretty awesome.! Unfortunately I don’t think they sell it here in the U.S. so couldn’t find any more info out other than what the UK site shares.
That being said, it does look light and fast. I would say I have never owned a carbon bike, so for me, getting the Canyon all carbon was the right choice for me. I feel it is very forgiving on the gravel without compromising speed and agility.
The differences between the Cube and the Canyon is that on the Cube you are paying for components (Shimano Ultegra vs Shimano 105) the Canyon for an all carbon frame vs an aluminum frame and carbon fork for the Cube.
My road bike (Cervelo P2 SL) has Shimano Dura Ace (top of the line) although this is a 2009 bike. Yet the difference in quality of shifting with the 105 assembly on my Canyon is negligible. From 105 to Ultegra to Dura Ace is all about weight and not much to do with performance.
So going back to your question. Is it worth spending a $100 less and getting higher quality components vs spending an extra $100 for an all carbon forgiving frame.?? I’m over 50 so my choice would be to still go with the Canyon all carbon. I still believe it is the bigger bang for the buck.
I have no regrets in my purchase, and I cannot tell you how much I love riding this bike.
Hope this helps! Either way you should have an awesome bike and you’ll be kicking some A** on the trails!!!
Sorry. I realize my comment on the Cube was for Michael, not Steve.
Steve – I was wanting to buy the Fuji Absolute Carbon but I could not find any distributor. Arroyo g it in stock. I contacted the main manufacturer to learned they were bought out. I believe I say who it was in a previous post. So
Company out of Philadelphia. I contacted them directly and they told me they had no plans of getting that bike in again anytime soon.
Not sure if you are just looking on-line or have actually found someone who has that bike in stock, but yes, looks pretty cool. However the reason I went with Canyon is that I stumbled across them because of this article and all of the YouTube videos of the guys at the Global Cycling Network (GCN). I saw they had Canton bikes and it make me look into it.
It was so easy buying a bike from them and I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the delivery of the bike and the quality of performance. It was geared to perfection and I had no issues whatsoever. Just a few personal modifications I made for me as a rider
Unfortunately I have heard they have sold out due to this pandemic. But I would definitely check out their website and give them a call, find the bike that is right for you and what you are looking to do, and then get in a waiting list.
I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks BILL — I suspected you got switched up on the CUBE comment; that said, I also came to the conclusion the FUJI isn’t in stock ( I MIGHT have found one distributor); but on second glance, I’ve concluded the CANYON ROADLITE CF is my next bike – and yep, I’m 70 and work out every day. Looking forward to great rides on the Canyon. Appreciate your comments, thank you. Safe ride. Steve
And my last post for Chad. (I’m working backwards here). I’m not sure if you are asking the question again but I think 40m is too big for this bike. Like I said. I really enjoy the 30m Schwabe they put on this bike. When it wears out I may look at other options but it still handles some pretty hefty rocks and rugged trails. But if you are doing more of that kind of riding, I would look into the Canton’s path light bikes which has a front for suspension. I just wanted speed so when I am on a flat I can cruise. And believe you me, I can cruise on this bike!!!!
I hate auto correct. Canton = Canyon
Steve – 70+. That is awesome!!! I love that you want to ride. I promise you – this is the funnest bike you will own. I can’t tell you how many new trails I have found. I also rode sidewalk paths that have been made along pretty creek sides that you still feel comfortable taking this bike on.
When I was around 10 years old, my bike was my release. I would go ride and explore new streets (back in the day when we could play beyond our backyard). I feel like I’m a kid again going on exploring rides – discovering new paths.
All the best to you!!! I pray to God I’m still riding in my 70’s and 80’s.!!! I truly hope you enjoy.
Ok. Last comment. If you don’t ride clipped in – I would learn how to. Makes a world of difference in your efficiency and speed on the bike. I found some Pearl Izumi shoes that are like tennis shoes, but have cleats built into them. You can walk in them easy without scratching the floors, but then you can clip into the bike pedals when riding. If you haven’t been riding clipped in – I know it can be a challenge at first – but worth the effort learning. Thus on my bike – I replaced the pedals to have pedals that can accommodate clips.
Also – you may have to experiment with your saddle. I found that the saddle that came with the bike I would fatigue after 40 – 50 minutes or so. I’m still trying to get it figured out as most of my rides are 1.5 – 2 hours long.
Thanks for your nice comment and encouragement on riding; I was a career naval aviator for over 20 years, and gym-rat now for 50 years, with a good mix of life-long aerobic & muscle strength conditioning and weight management. A good bike fits in my plan. Again – appreciated; I’ll let you know how the Canyon Roadlite works out ( they’re out of stock till late May) // steve
Paul Donnelly says
Bill, thanks for the details on the Canyon Roadlite. I have been riding a Fuji Absolute 1.0 for the last 8 years and have been satisfied with it. But, I’m ready for an upgrade; i.e. full carbon, disc brakes, full 105 set, nimble handling. I was looking at Fuji Carbon and can get one in my size, but now you have me thinking strongly about the Canyon. I use my bike for commuting to work and fitness rides. Mainly ride for fitness, not so much speed. I’m 6-3 and need an XL (23-inch). With a mail order bike, how did you navigate size selection?
I was looking at the Fuji as well but was told they weren’t making it anymore – at least in a size that fits me. That’s why I went with Canton. I relied on Canyon’s website where you enter your height and inseem and then it tells you what size. I also called Canyon and spoke to their reps to confirm. I also built a spread sheet comparing the geometry specs to the Specialized Sirrus, Trek FX6, Fuji, and my existing bike which is a 61cm Cervelo. The Canyon XL is a 61cm bike (confirmed by their phone rep) and If you are 6’3” the XL is perfect.
Once you have the right frame size – fit comes from tweaking the seat positioning (height and forward or back) and then possibly the stem if you feel too stretched out – you can get a shorter one. It comes with a 100cm length but I got a 70cm – I had to do the same thing on my tri-bike years ago – I have long legs but a shorter torso.
I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this bike. I have been putting over 100 miles per week on this thing and rarely ride my tri/road bike anymore. Trail riding – either pavement, gravel or dirt – through nature trails and along creek sides is so much more fun than riding in traffic with cars, getting stuck at lights.
I hope you’ can get your hands on a Canyon- it seems they have been overwhelmed and are sold out of a lot of bikes.
Paul Donnelly says
once again thanks for your detailed response. They still have the Fuji Carbon available in my size locally, which includes two free tune-ups and some free accessories, at $1399. I think I’m going that route – the specs are very similar although I suspect the Canyon is probably a bit better bike. I’ve test ridden the Fuji and know it fits me nicely and handles very well.
Thanks again for all your detailed descriptions of the Canyon – this has been very useful to me.
Happy riding and stay safe!
Paul – can you steer me to your bike shop that has FUJI absolute carbon flat bar bikes? looking for Medium
Paul Donnelly says
I am in Madison, WI. My local bike shop is Budget Bicycle, 1230 Regent St, Madison, WI 53715. (608) 251-8413.
Ask for Lane. Not sure what other sizes they may have in stock.
Thanks Paul – got it. Good bikes are tough to find – Canyon flat bar on back order (1st choice) and 2nd is Fuji. Guess I picked wrong time to upgrade !! Will call them – thanks for the vector!
Phill Williams says
Hope you guys can help me out. I am looking to buy a Canyon Roadlite and would like a carbon frame. That said I am 6’3” and about 242 lbs (110 kgs) and and concerned I’m too heavy for a carbon frame. Canyon tell me their bike weight limits are 120kg and wheel limits 110kg. Some of the guys on here are tall and I was wondering if anyone could (without giving any sensitive personal info away that they prefer not to) give me some comfort that they are on or around my weight and find the bike handles it no problem. Many thanks.
Paul Donnelly says
Hi Phill, sorry I can’t help you out with this. I have never owned a carbon frame bike, hence my interest in an upgrade to the Fuji Carbon. I would discuss this with a local bike shop – they are usually a good source of advice and know their bikes really well.
Good luck – hope you find the right bike. For me, biking is a crucial activity in my life for both physical and mental health. If I haven’t been on my bike for a couple of days I notice it.
Phill Williams says
With you in that Paul. No worries. Thanks for the reply. Happy riding.
David Burckhard says
As much as I appreciate these bikes. most folks willing to spend nearly two grand simply scoff at a flat bar road bike. As a huge fan of this genre, I think a flat bar road bike is perfect for adults starting out or renewing their bike riding after a too-long absence. The lack of ornamentation, features, and geegaws are exactly what new or renewing bike riders need but tend to ignore. And manufacturing marketing and bike shops don’t seem to know how to sell them. So newbies believe a mountain bike with suspension and fat tires and fitted with ridiculously wide saddles will be a comfortable choice and their only willing to spend enough to find a bike that too heavy, too clunky, too unwieldy, and ultimately, way too uncomfortable and slow.
I love have new riders try out a flat bar. They love the solid feel, quick acceleration, and natural handling. Getting folks to try decent flat bars is the one thing they must do to get buyers. I love finding bargains in the used market for myself and others.
The last flat bar road bike I bought for just more than $200. A Specialized with an aluminum frame, carbon fork, and internal cabling was a super value. My Frankenbike made with a generic aluminum frame with carbon seat stays and carbon fork plus a carbon flat bar, Bontrager race wheels and Ultegra (!) components (not the latest but still) was less than $450. This guy is lighter than my road bike.
Deals are out there and there’s never been a better time to buy and ride a bike like these.
Paul Donnelly says
I totally agree David – this style of bike is the perfect match for me and I don’t understand why there aren’t more of them out there. Frankly, I don’t understand the road bike handle bar geometry unless you are after speed all the time. For me, it’s all about fitness and endurance at a speed of about 14mph. If I’m sitting more upright in the wind that’s fine – makes me work harder and burn more calories. Absolutely love my FUJI carbon Absolute – handles like a dream and feels like a feather.
Paul – you are correct. I was riding a cervelo p2 aero bike and got tires of fighting red lights and traffic on the road. I’ve gone 27 mph on my Canyon Road Light chasing down roadies and then can hop a curve and a dirt trail to get out of there. I average 16-18 mph on paved trails. That ain’t too bad for a flat bar road bike.
Dave Burckhard says
I’ve had great success building up flat bar road bikes starting with aluminum frames and carbon forks. My latest started with a Scattante frame. Its carbon seat stay truly helps remove buzz as does its carbon fork and steerer tube. To help in the buzz reduction goal, I bought a carbon fiber flat bar. I added an Ultegra 27-speed drivetrain I had sitting around and Tektro rim brakes. Because I ride in California, rain or muddy roads are rarely an issue so a competent caliper brake set performs as nicely as discs and are cheaper and lighter. Bontrager Race Lite wheels hold their true well and are lightweight and quick. At just over 22 pounds, I was able to use up a lot of idle parts and have a pretty decent project bike that’s quick. I also built up another bike on a Scattante frame with a carbon fork. The Shimano 105 drivetrain and Tektro V-brakes make for a great touring rig. It’s heavier than the other bike but with its beefier wheels and tires, I have no qualms taking it on fire roads and graded trails.
I look forward to trying out actual production hybrids including the higher-end Specialized Sirrus X models as well was the Canyon offerings.
Hallo to all of you,
It has really been fascinating to read all these reviews. I am at the same point as most of you are. Trying to re-start my cycling routine with a better bike than the one I currently use. A friend of mine has loaned me his wifes IDEAL trekking bicycle. Nonetheless I have no problem with this and started cycling. It was tough at the beginning but now i am proud to say that I cycle about 20km per day rather easily. Now it is the time for the update and getting my own bicycle.
My specs : 173 cm tall – 5.8″ and 105 kgs weight 235 lbs
I was thinking about the Trek FX3 or Specialized Sirrus 4.0 but in Europe where I live there is a huge waiting list of over 5-6 months If i order something today.
I checked out the Canyon series and ended up to the following three candidates :
Roadlite C.F 7
First of all i want your help. What size should I get. The guy from the customer service told me that Small would do it but all my life I considered to be a M in all other hybrid brands.
Also What is the best for someone like me? I want a bike to commute easily and do some minor long distance rides with it. Going offroad is no priority and ….spending 100-200 eur up from Aluminium to Carbon is not so important since i do not buy bikes every 5 years (I have only bought 2 bikes in my life and the last one 25 years ago , and please consider that i am just under 40).
Is it worth for me to go over 600 euros more for the CF 7 or picking up Roadlite 7 with the better peripherals is at the end of the day better.
Bad news that only the Roadlite 6 is available NOW for order but since I want this to be good I do not mind waiting a litlle more for 7 and CF 7 to be available again.
I would appreciate any comments and help you might want to share.
so…what did you end up buying. im 6’3″ and want a large frame. im coming off a trek madone, but my wrist and shoulders just cant takevit any longer..i stillcwant to do ny 25 miles ridesveach day, but need more comfort. i want light and fast. can spendvupvto $2k i live in fla..no hills
This article has been very helpful! I didn’t see the Trek FX sport 6 on the list though. How would you guys say it compares to the Specialized Sirrus 6.0? I have been trying to decide between the 2.
$2,099.99 trek vs £1999.00 sirrus…if to look the price in homepage..
The sirrus is more expensive at $2499 USD Vs $2099 USD for the trek. I’m more concerned about possible differences in performance though.
I bought an all carbon 2021 Fastroad Advanced 1 Giant bike last year after much research. It doesn’t have the electronic shifting and I did change the flat handle bars with a u-shaped aluminum bar. I also had my bike shop raise the handle bars as much as possible so I can sit up straighter. I’m 62 years old and figure I can ride this a lot longer than my Litespeed T3 which is my main bike.
Road Bike Rider,
Do you know if Carbon Fiber (CF) models of Canyon Roadlite are discontinued? Only see aluminum models on their website
Dave Burckhard says
I have two flat bar road bikes (actually three but who’s counting?). My brother built one and I built the other. I was able to find a used higher-end Scattante frame in immaculate shape at a ridiculously low price. It ain’t no full carbon but I appreciate its qualities and I know folks who ride the frame built up as a crit racer. The frame includes carbon seat stays and is fitted with a full carbon steerer/fork. The seller through in an Ultegra drive train and brakes albeit a few years old but also in great shape. I installed a carbon flat bar, brake levers, and had to finagle thumb shifters to accommodate the road 9-speed cassette and triple chainring. That cluster was on a pair of Bontrager Roadlite wheels I also found for a giveaway price.
The point is that if you’re willing to spend some time and acquire the parts, you can build a competent, lightweight high-spec’d flat bar for a third or less than what it costs to buy anything spec’d similarly. It’s purely built for asphalt with its 23mm tires. I have a Specialized Sirrus with 28mm tires for fire roads and occasional gravel.
Paul Donnelly says
About a year ago I bought a FUJI Absolute Carbon (not made anymore) and I dont know why I waited so long to go full carbon (probably money?). It’s like riding on air and is so light and responsive – also absorbs a lot of bumps in the road really well. If you can find a closeout or used version somewhere its a great bike and reasonably priced ( I paid $1,500 for a year-old closeout model). In any case, flat-bar riding is certainly for me as I ride mostly for fitness. If the more upright position results in harder pedaling against the wind thats OK – more calories burned! If I hadn’t found the FUJI I was going to go with a Canyon, but it would have been quite a few bucks more. Flat-bar full carbon – a great way to ride!
I think I was one of the very few crazies who ponied up and bought a Litespeed Cherohala City base model which came to $3K shipped. If you are simply looking for a fitness bike or something to put around town the Cherohala City is complete overkill and purely a niche luxury item since every bike listed on here are considered top of the line hybrid bikes. Heck, most people would be fine with a sub $1K hybrid. From this list the most bang for your buck is probably Canyon’s Roadlite 7 since at $1400 this is a very fast bike and at 20.2lbs is very light for the category. So why pay a substantial premium for the Litespeed Cherohala City?
The Cherohala City is based on the same Cherohala SE frame which retails alone for $2400. The geometry of the frame is identical to the SE and if you please you could convert the bike to drop bars without concerns. Since this is based off the SE frame the bike has an endurance geometry but can do gravel. Littespeed claims the City can support up to 40mm tires. I found the 35mm Panaracer semi-slicks to be an awesome combination of speed vs contact and they worked really well on light packed gravel trails. Unlike all of the other bikes, you don’t have to worry about paint and corrosion with the titanium frame and when it comes to rock strikes or other impacts titanium is one of the best materials. The frame has that typical “springy” Ti feel, but on the flats is fast. Due to the 1X setup and gearing the Cherohala City isn’t great at climbing, so for that you will be out of the saddle a lot. This bike by no means is a good value since the base model comes with mechanical disc brakes, no Shimano shifters, heavy platform pedals, steel saddle, aluminum seat post, and some pretty heavy wheels and that’s at $2995 before tax and shipping. I managed to get a base model on sale for $3000 shipped with taxes, but the first thing I did was change the saddle to a Ti rail version, swapped the seat post to a carbon version, and put on some lighter weight pedals. These basic swaps saved me about a pound in savings and if I had to guess the bike weighs somewhere in-between 18lbs-19lbs now. This would make it hands down the lightest bike in this category and that’s still with mechanical brakes and a heavy wheelset, granted saying you have the lightest hybrid is like saving you have the fastest lawn mower. So who is the Litespeed Cherohala City for? Mostly for people who love Ti or have more money than they know what to do with it, but IMO it’s for someone who likes to try different bikes and isn’t afraid to swap parts. You could use the Cherohala City as a flat bar hybrid or gravel but you could easily convert it to a drop bar endurance bike with 28mm tires or a drop bar gravel bike with the 40mm max tires.
Is merida speeder 300 a good choice for flat bar road bike? How does it compare with the list of bikes in this blog ?
Dave Burckhard says
“Is merida speeder 300 a good choice for flat bar road bike? How does it compare with the list of bikes in this blog ?”
It’s a decent bike that you’ll have no issues with. While it’s decently spec’d, I’m not sure it can be considered a great value. I’m not a big fan of hydroformed aluminum frames as it seems to be a lot of work for a frame where conventionally drawn, butted aluminum tubing performs equally. if you can find a used bike of the same model, buy it.
I always see that the used market is where the great deals are. And if you are even halfway mechanically inclined, building your own flat bar is a great way to have the exact bike you want. Start by buying a decent drop bar bike. Just this week I saw a sweet Orbea fitted with Ultegra going for $500. Swap the bar and shifters and levers (don’t think you need brifters because you don’t). You may need to swap out the rear derailleur as well but maybe not. Voila, you’ve got a high-end bike a low-end price.