The best hybrid and commuter bike tires are those that are at home on roads, bike paths, and even on light trails. With confidence-inspiring tread and durability, these tires are designed to perform wherever your ride takes you.

Types of hybrid tire treads

Hybrid tires come in a variety of tread types designed for use city on city streets and even light trails. A tire’s tread is the best indicator of which surface(s) it will perform best on.

Smooth tread

Tires with this type of tread are designed for mostly city and street riding. The smooth tire surface helps the tire roll efficiently and deliver good traction on streets and paved paths.

Recessed tread

Some tires have inward/recessed tread or siping to provide extra traction in wet or rainy conditions. The channels help move water out of the way for more traction and confidence on pavement in all weather conditions.

External tread

Hybrid and commuter tires that have an external tread are designed with traction in mind. If you find yourself on unpaved paths or uneven surfaces, a treaded design will give you the best grip and confidence.

Types of puncture protection

Commuter and hybrid tires often have puncture protection technologies built right into the tire to help prevent flats and add durability.

Anti-cut sidewalls

Tire manufacturers will use more durable materials to construct a tire’s sidewalls, helping prevent tears and cuts.

Sub-tread breaker belts

The name sounds complicated, but in reality these are just durable fabric layers built into the tire, right under the tread, that are intended to prevent sharp objects from piercing through and flatting the tube.

Robust construction

To help keep flats at bay, tire manufacturers will sometimes add additional tire material in key high-risk areas.

Hybrid bike tire sizes

Most hybrid and commuter bike tires are available in two diameters: 700c or 26”. You will likely see a size printed on the sidewall of your current tires. This is a great place to start when you need to replace a hybrid or commuter tire. Look for two numbers: the first number is the diameter of the the tire. Your replacement tires must be this same size or they will not fit. The second number listed is the tire’s width. You can choose replacement tires that have the same width, but often times you can choose to go a little wider or a little narrower depending on your preference. If you are unsure which width is best for you, stop into your local bike shop for advice!

Hybrid bike tire pressure tips

A recommended tire pressure range can be found printed on the side of all tires. Personal preference plays a large role here, but a good starting place would be to run a pressure at the lower end of the range if riding on rougher surfaces or higher in the range if riding on smoother surfaces.

Bontrager tread guide

H series

Confidently roll over any terrain with a confidence-inspiring tread that provides great traction on a variety of surfaces such as pavement and packed bike paths.

E series

An eBike specific tire designed to offer confident traction and lasting performance for the speeds and needs of eBike riders. A lightly treaded tire that’s optimized for the increased speeds and demands of eBike riders.

LT series

Perfect for trails, bike paths, roads, alleys, wherever. These tires open up an endless possibility of riding to provide an all-condition, light trail specialty tire that is designed for fast rolling on both pavement and trails, without having to worry about rocks or debris causing flats.

Connection series

An economical, mixed-use tire that delivers off-road prowess with on-road manners. Aggressive knobbies grip the loose stuff while a connected center ridge rolls smoothly.

Bike tire anatomy

Although tires may seem like simple rubber objects, they are actually super complex technological marvels! They’re made with special casings, rubber compounds, tread patterns, and even puncture-protection technologies, all designed to ensure you have an awesome ride.

Learn more about the parts of a bike tire

Bontrager puncture protection tech

Hard-Case Lite

Our lightest-weight puncture protection adds durability thanks to tough 30 TPI construction and a sub-tread breaker belt that helps prevent punctures.


Hard-Case provides added puncture protection thanks to a sub-tread breaker belt that prevents punctures, and an anti-cut casing that resists cuts from glass and other sharp objects.

Hard-Case Ultimate

Our most robust puncture protection. The sub-tread breaker belt helps prevent punctures, an anti-cut, bead-to-bead casing resists cuts from glass and sharp objects, and additional sub-tread co-extrusion provides maximum puncture protection.

Built for you

Bontrager prides itself on making quality, innovative components and thoughtful accessories with a rider-first, no-compromise mentality. Whether you’re looking for a replacement part, upgraded components, or a fresh set of wheels, every Bontrager product is built to make your next ride better than your last.

Be confident in your decision

If for any reason you're not satisfied with a Bontrager aftermarket purchase, return the item, along with the original sales receipt to the original place of purchase within 30 days for an exchange or refund. Think of it as a 30-day test ride.

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