Hybrid bikes are all about versatility and combining the best of both worlds between road bikes and mountain bikes. While they don’t really handle either one of those tasks as well as a dedicated bike, the appeal of a hybrid is that it can do both. They’ll usually have a similar shifting, braking, and handlebar setup as a typical mountain bike. You sit in a more upright position on a hybrid, compared to a road bike, which is typically more comfortable and can also be a lot safer in traffic.
While even the best hybrid bikes are great in just about any situation or terrain, they aren’t perfect in any specific one. If it’s versatility you’re looking for, rather than specialty, you’ll want to give a hybrid some serious consideration.
In a hurry? The test winner after 15 hours of research:
Sixthreezero Ride In The Park
Why is it better?
Last Updated: January 16, 2019
By Max Shumpert: This article has been updated to reflect the most accurate information regarding best hybrid bikes available for those who are interested in mix between road and mountain bikes. The best 9 available have changed, and information has been added to assist individuals in finding the best hybrid bikes currently available on the market. The FAQ has also been updated
Sixthreezero Ride In The Park
DB 2016 Insight 1
Fortified City Commuter Theft-Resistant
Sixthreezero EVRYjourney Sport
Sixthreezero Men's In The Barrel
Vilano Diverse 2.0 Performance
Best Hybrid Bikes For Men
1. SIXTHREEZERO RIDE IN THE PARK
The Ride in Park by sixthreezero is classic both in design and aesthetic, using a wide handlebar and a flat saddle. This particular model is in a vibrant pastel gray, with a brown seat and grips, and lighter shade on the tires.
Speaking of tires, the wheels are 700 x 35C, double-walled rims which create an incredibly smooth ride. Such large wheels give you considerable height from the ground which is a more enjoyable experience for most.
The gray frame is constructed using lightweight aluminum and a low-profile to allow for easy on and off while being simple to carry. It should be stated again just how light this bike is for a 7-speed bike, which makes it easy to carry up to an apartment or an office.
The Shimano 7-speed external derailleur allows for greater versatility, making this the ideal bike whether you are commuting, going long distance or enjoying a weekend leisure ride. Having access to these low gears makes commuting comfortable in the city and on hills while higher gears allow you to pick up speed on empty roads.
At the rear of the bike, there is a full-sized rack which would be ideal for a basket and its plenty big enough to store a work bag or your groceries.
On both the front and rear tires there is a full fender to prevent dirt and mud from splashing onto your work clothes while you commute. Similarly, there is a pant guard to prevent your pant cuff from getting entangled in the gear and ripping.
It has front and rear handbrakes so that you can stop quickly and feel safe when riding.
The saddle position can be adjusted significantly, and because of the naturally hide and wide handlebars, the Ride in the Park is ideal for people between 5 feet and 6 feet 2 inches.
Once your Ride in the Park bike arrives, you’ll find that it comes 85 percent assembled, meaning that you only need to attach a few parts. It should be noted that a few reviewers mentioned that assembling without the instructions was harder than they imagined, so, read the instructions!
Overall, the Ride in the Park by sixthreezero is a beautiful bike that’s just as comfortable on the eyes as it is to ride. For men that want a lightweight bike that has a full set of gears and a few extra features like fenders, pant guards, and a rear rack, this is as solid choice as any.
When Bicycling Magazine name Brooklyn’s Roebling one of the best City Bikes of 2017, I had to get my hands on one.
I was familiar with the brand from prior encounters at Interbike but had not actually ridden one of their bikes. While I knew what bike I wanted, I still tried their applet which guided me to the right bike and seemed well thought out.
On to the bike. While my inclination was to go for the black on black, I opted for the Raw and was impressed with both the color and the paint job. Since I hadn’t had my hands on one of their bikes in the past, I wanted to put the Roebling through the ringer.
Over a 7-day stretch I put over 100 miles on the bike across a wide variety of terrain. The bike handled well throughout and the chromoly frame was surprisingly light and responsive. Shifting was smooth and the 3x8 drivetrain proved to be more than ample gearing options for my use case. The tires delivered well both on and off road and during a light drizzle. I did add-on
Brooklyn’s rear carrier which proved to be the only thing about the bike that didn’t seem to be a perfect fit.
While I’ve highlighted so much about the bike, it’s worth mentioning how easy it was to receive our test models via Brooklyn’s Buy & Ride program.
Things I loved About This Bike:
The double butted chromoly frame was surprisingly light yet offered all of the benefits I had come to love about steel, namely a massive shock absorbance that aluminum just cannot match.
- Shimano Acera drivetrain – most of the entry level “hybrid” bikes tend to spec the bottom of the barrel Shimano Tourney drivetrain, so it was a pleasure seeing the Roebling’s Shimano Acera drivetrain and its incredibly responsive shifting
- Saddle & Grips - The Selle Royal saddle was a nice touch along with the contoured grips
- CST Tires with Anti-Puncture Layer – name brand tires delivered
Things that can be better:
- Would love to see a disc brakes option
- More color options
- Rack option for Roebling
Net of it: Believe the hype, I’m all in on this well-priced do-it-all commuter bike.
3. Schwinn Discover
The Schwinn Discover is a one of the best hybrid bikes that has a great set of features and a very good build quality.
It has an aluminum ‘city frame’ that should prove light for plenty of quickness and hold up well during rougher rides too.
The suspension fork isn’t the most powerful suspension solution but will be more than enough to handle the likes of potholes and also the occasional mound, stone or stick when you leave the beaten path.
The gears are 21-speed SRAM grip shifters. These are conveniently placed, allowing you to simply twist your wrist to switch speed on the fly. 21 gears is more than enough for most people to find the right fit for their intended terrain and the amount of challenge they’re looking for.
The bike is comfortable, too. It has a swept-back upright handlebar and padded saddle. The frame is more upright than a road bike but certainly would suit a lower posture. A nice added feature is a rear rack, which will let you throw on your lunchbox, backpack, or briefcase.
This is definitely more of a road bike versus a mountain bike.
The construction makes it a great choice for those who ride a lot in the city, or who commute in suburban areas. That being said, it should also be able to handle the occasional detour into the park or day out with the kids.
This is an urban rider that is a little more versatile than your typical road bike.
It looks nice and the reviews are very positive.
Click here to read our in-depth review.
4. Sixthreezero EVRYjourney Sport
The Sixthreezero is a little more expensive than the Schwinn Discover and the features make it a little difficult to compare the two directly.
This is very much its own beast and offers a uniquely designed frame, along with narrow tires and a dipped handlebar.
The name gives you a clue as to the way the bike looks and performs. It is called a ‘cruiser’ and like a motorbike cruiser, which means that your feet are more forward, your back will be more upright and you will be much more comfortable over long trips.
In other words, it’s actually more upright than the typical mountain bike even but with the dipped handlebars of a racing bike.
In other respects, this is much more suited to city-dwellers.
The 7-speed gears aren’t going to give you enough options for real off-road riding and the middling 26” tires are also more suited to riding on pavements.
So who is this for?
It’s best to think of this as an urban bike but for the man (or woman) who isn’t in so much of a hurry. If you live near a nice beach and you like the idea of cruising down the promenade, then you’re going to enjoy this bike. Likewise, if you like to go for long, casual rides, this will be a great pick.
But for more off-road situations, the EVRYjourney isn't the best choice. If you want something you can take on a ride through the woods or up steep hills, then this isn’t going to cut it. Likewise, you’ll be limited here if you want to get somewhere fast.
This is a hybrid in as much as it doesn’t quite fit into the other two categories all that neatly. However, it is not really a hybrid in terms of being able to work as ‘either’ type of bike. It all depends on what you’re looking for.
Of course it’s a bike that is very nicely made, though, with highly positive user reviews, or it wouldn’t be on this list. The big perk is just how comfortable it is and the leather seat is particularly plush. It’s also nice and easy to get on and off of course!
If you'd like to read our in-depth review, click here.
5. sixthreezero Men's In The Barrel
Another bike from Sixthreezero and another that somewhat defies categorization!
This is a 26-inch 3 speed cruiser that once again will fit a particular type of person and a particular kind of use.
The bike is a three speed, which makes it somewhat limited when it comes to going up and down hills.
On the other hand, though, those thick 26-inch wheels are more than suited to being taken off road and in fact a lot of the company’s marketing material includes photos of the bike on beaches and sand.
The bike calls itself a cruiser but it has a much more horizontal angle than the last one we looked at, which is more akin to a typical mountain bike. Unlike a mountain bike though, it comes with the dipped handlebars.
In short then, this is another oddity, but one that will be very well-suited to a particular kind of person. It offers an exhilarating downhill ride and works very well on both tarmac, grass and sand. It’s not necessarily built for speed or for tackling huge mountains – this is for an urbanite who enjoys the thrill of riding.
It’s also worth noting that this has a particularly stylish design. Made in entirely one color (matte black, though other colors are available) and with a very slick finish, this will match a relaxed, trendy fashion sense.
The reviews for the Sixthreezero In-The-Barrel are great and the build-quality is top notch – like all the bikes featured on this list.
Interested? Click here to read our review.
Best Hybrid Bikes for Women
1. XDS WOMEN'S CROSS 300
The XDS Women’s Cross is a smart looking hybrid bike that has a lot going for it.
It is a 44cm lightweight alloy frame, which makes it particularly quick and smooth to ride.
It also has a decent, shock absorbent RST suspension fork and a 24-speed shifter and derailleur.
It's built with flat handlebars and a more upright position than you would get from a racing bike.
In those aspects, the Cross 300 is in many ways a quintessential example of the best hybrid bikes that ticks all of the right boxes. It is highly capable off-road thanks to the upright position and the 24-speed shifter, but it is also very comfortable and quick to ride into work.
The design is also a winner.
This is a minimalist-looking white bike with a very sturdy and high-quality construction. All components are made from rust resistant alloy, which ensures that the great looks and durability will last a long time.
The Cross 300 falls in the middle of the pack, between a racing bike and a mountain bike which makes it a great choice for anyone who is looking to enjoy the best of both worlds.
That said though, you do pay for all these features and all that quality. It has a price tag that matches perfectly to the features and construction you're getting.
If you’ll be riding every day to work and enjoying the weekends with family, then this is worth the investment and will be more than up to the task.
Click here to read our in-depth review.
2. northwoods Springdale Women's 21-Speed
Like the previous entry, the Northwoods Springdale Women’s 21-speed hybrid bike really does offer a great compromise between mountain bike and racing bike in terms of its design.
This is designed to be a bike for both commuters and for enjoying rides off the beaten track on the weekends.
21 speeds should be enough to help you handle the vast majority of circumstances, whether you need to ascend a particularly steep hill, you’re riding in slippery conditions, or you want to increase the challenge to build those quadriceps and hamstrings.
The alloy rims are very high quality and will ensure durability, longevity and minimal rust. The quick release seat clamp means you can easily swap the seat out for another, but the comfortable brown leather is attractive and comfortable enough that you probably won’t want to.
A rear rack and fenders only add to the practicality and versatility of this bike; it's easy to throw a bag on the back and take it into work without worrying about it weighing you down.
The riding position is somewhat upright. Not upright like some of the touring bikes we saw in the men’s section, but upright in the way that a mountain bike is upright.
The handlebars are flat too, giving the look of a mountain bike – until you notice the 700c wheels that will absolutely glide along the tarmac on your way into work.
All in all, this is an excellent bike for those who want something to use on weekdays and the weekend.
And what really seals the deal is the stunning look of the machine: the white color scheme is once again very clean and minimalist, but it’s the brown leather seat and handlebars that really stand out and offset the style perfectly. This makes more of a statement and means that you can enjoy feeling stylish on your way into work.
The only risk with a white bike (and this applies to the previous model too), is that it can get a little dirty when you take it off-road.
So how much will you pay for this bike?
The great news is that this is actually a rather cheaply priced, but still a contented for the best hybrid bikes. This is one of the best all-rounders we’ve encountered so far and a great choice for women who want one bike that can do everything.
Click here to read our review.
3. schwinn Women's WayfareR
The Wayfarer is another white hybrid bike that sits neatly between a racing bike and a mountain bike.
That said, this is a little different from the previous two models, owing to a slightly more upright riding position, dipped handlebars and fewer gears.
With the Wayfarer, you’re getting 7 speeds, which should be more than enough for riding around the town or through parks but could be a bit challenging to get up and over steep hills or grassy terrain.
The upright position makes it less of a racing bike for those who are in a hurry and more of a cruiser for those who like to enjoy the sights and sounds on their way in to work.
The slim wheels do mean you shouldn’t work up too much of a sweat, though, and when you combine this with the upright position, it does offer a very comfortable ride for the most part.
This is a great choice for those who like the idea of cruising into work and maybe taking the odd detour on the way home. It’s not incredibly well suited to those who are serious about cycling for speed or for fitness though and certainly not those who want something that will be suited for hurtling down mountain paths.
With fewer gears and a less versatile design, you might wonder why you’d pick this option.
The first answer to that is the aforementioned comfort – this is really a great bike for those who like to take their time and enjoy riding for the love of riding.
But the other thing this bike has going for it is the design.
Describing itself as having a ‘retro urban style’, it really does look quite something and would be a great choice for anyone who has a slightly retro dress sense or who wants to ride into work looking excellent.
Another BIG advantage is that the bike comes with a lifetime warranty. And at that price, this is a rather compelling option!
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Top Hybrid Bikes Under $1000
Best hybrid bikes come in a wide range of prices and, while there are some great deals to be had, the general rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for.
The good news is that $1,000 should be more than enough to get yourself a nice range of best hybrid bikes without compromising too much in terms of features or quality.
In this list, we’ll take a look at the best hybrid bikes under $1000 to help you choose how best to spend that fairly sizeable budget without wasting any of your hard-earned cash!
1. DIAMONDBACK BICYCLES 2016 TRACE SPORT
The first thing that will likely strike you about this bike is, no doubt, the design.
This is a very good looking bike with attractive blue accents on the black and dark grey frame and wheels.
It looks like it is radiating with electric power and exudes a sense of speed and performance.
With a 24-speed drivetrain, the Trace Sport certainly capitalizes on that promise too.
This is more than enough bike to handle the vast majority of situations, as are the mechanical disc brakes that offer superior performance, particularly in wet conditions. The alloy 75mm wheels are built for speed and durability and move very quickly when you’re riding on tarmac.
The bike does not describe itself as being a hybrid but rather a ‘dual sport’, which means essentially the same thing – the frame is a ‘happy medium’ between upright mountain bike and horizontal racing bike, while the slim wheels contrast with the flat handlebars.
But the reason it is a ‘dual sport’ and not a hybrid, is likely that it is very clearly built for performance first.
The difference is that this is comfortable performance and performance that can handle being taken off of the road. But it’s not a bike for those who want a leisurely cruise down the promenade. This is all about being fast, powerful and versatile, while having a very sports-centric aesthetic. If that’s what you’re looking for, then this is one of the best bikes out there.
The Diamondback Trace Sport is low-priced comfort bike when you consider the high quality materials, great reviews and excellent performance on offer.
Click here to read our in-depth review.
2. fortified City Commuter Theft-Resistant
The name ‘City Commuter’ leaves us in no doubt as to where this bike belongs and when you look at it, it is immediately apparent that this is a racing bike first, and foremost.
The position of the frame is one that favors aerodynamics over comfort, so it’s not something you’re going to want to slowly pedal around on.
Narrow tires complete the package, as does the 8 speed drivetrain that will be more than enough for commuting but not so great if you find yourself climbing a steep gravel track up the side of a mountain somewhere!
The only real concession that makes this a somewhat hybrid design is the flat handlebars.
These, along with the very rigid design, mean that you should be able to take this off road and not worry about it failing to live up to the demands this places on your bike.
The frame is rust resistant and the tires are puncture resistant.
Very nice features for those who will be relying on their bike every single day to get in and out of work.
Another smart, practical feature is the anti-theft design. This is one of the most important things to look for in a city bike.
In fact, as you’ll want to know that you can safely leave your bike locked to a lamppost or a rack and have it still be there when you clock out for the day. It is an incredibly frustrating experience to spend a lot of money on a very high quality bike, only to have it get stolen on day one.
All these features make this a great choice for the commuter who wants something fast.
It’s not the most comfortable in the world and it’s not the most versatile. But, if you are interested primarily in getting to work quickly and if you want something that will have lots of practical features for city life… then you’ll be hard press to find a better candidate.
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3. diamondback Bicycles 2015 Insight Disc Performance
This is one of the more expensive hybrid bikes that we’ve looked at so far.
Nevertheless, it is still a low price when you’re looking for the best hybrid bikes under $1000, so let’s see how it stands up to the competition and whether it’s worth the extra expense…
Right from the get-go, this bike impresses with its excellent quality construction and its performance-grade materials.
This is a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame with an integrated aero carbon straight blade fork. All you need to know is that these construction methods give you an incredibly light but durable frame that will feel quick as greased lightning on the pavement and still be sturdy enough to stand up to some punishment too.
While the bike doesn’t come with a rack, the frame and fork eyelets make installation simple if you want one down the road. Acid disc brakes are great for offering quick stopping power and the 700c disc wheels will be very fast on the road and help you to get into work as quickly as possible.
While the wheels keep with racing bike design sensibilities, the handlebars are from the mountain bike school of bike design and utilizes a flat appearance. The position is somewhat more upright than a typical racing bike but not incredibly so by mountain bike standards.
With so much to like about this bike, it’s a little bit of a shame that it only offers an 8-speed drivetrain. These gears are easy to use and work well but they are a little limited for real off-road use.
In that regard, the Insight from Diamondback
can probably be considered more of a racing bike than a mountain bike.
It has a slightly more upright position for extra comfort over a racing bike and it will be able to handle the occasional shortcut across grass or family day out. But with all that said, this is primarily intended for urbanites and those riders
hoping for something that would be genuinely situated right between the two might find themselves disappointed.
Otherwise, this is a great bike. It looks stunning in black, it has great reviews and it is very smooth and enjoyable to ride.
If you'd like to learn more about this bike, read our review.
4. diamondback Bicycles Insight 2
The Insight was so close but no cigar…
The good news though, is that there is an Insight 2. And for most people, this will prove to be the better choice with the wider range of features.
And that’s despite being the cheaper of the two models!
The Insight 2 is a slightly more hybrid option from Diamondback that offers a 21-speed drivetrain in what is otherwise a very similarly designed bike to the previous frame. That means you get the same great-looking design and the same somewhat upright riding position with the flat handlebars.
You also get 700C double wall road wheels though, which will absolutely glide across the pavement. The Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes are also very reliable, while the integrated aero alloy straight blade fork is excellent for superior handling.
In other words, this is essentially the same bike with the same great build quality and the same great design.
The only difference is that it comes with a 21-speed drivetrain which really is a big upgrade if you’re looking for something that will be highly versatile for you.
Interested? Read our review.
Top Hybrid Bikes Under $500
So those were the best hybrid bikes under $1000… what about a slightly more modest budget?
If you want to keep your expense below $500, then you can still easily get yourself a very nice hybrid bike that will offer great performance and build quality – you just need to be a little more discerning when it comes to hunting around for those great offers.
And once again, we’ve got a great selection here for you…
1. DIAMONDBACK BICYCLES 2016 INSIGHT
We’ve already been impressed with two previous bikes from Diamondback and now it’s time for another great model.
And guess what? It’s another variation on the Insight.
Only this time, it’s the Insight 1 (instead of just ‘Insight’) and it once again comes with a 21-speed drivetrain and the same excellent 700c road wheels.
It also has the same great 6061-T6 aluminum frame which puts you in a position slightly more akin to riding a mountain bike but definitely a comfortable one along with being quite aerodynamic.
There are eyelets for easily mounting a rack or a fenders, while the integrated high tensile steel straight blade fork is ideal for great steering.
The look of this bike is also what makes it a winner.
This is a nice chrome color with lime green accents but it looks a lot nicer than that makes it sound! It will certainly stand out and will look the part on your commute into work.
The Insight 1 is a solid bike at a solid price and with all the features that you could want in a hybrid and backed by the Diamondback name – you really can’t go wrong!
If you'd like to read our in-depth review, click here.
2. DIAMONDBACK BICYCLES 2016 TRACE COMPLETE DUAL SPORT
Yet another bike from Diamondback and once again, it’s an excellent looking and excellent performing machine.
It uses the very same 60661-T6 aluminum alloy found in the more expensive models, which means you get a lightweight bike that will stand up to punishment.
You’re also getting the very same Tektro disc brakes that provide excellent stopping power!
Don’t overlook the importance of reliable brakes. In many ways, the brakes are the most important part of any bike. They might not be exciting, but if they fail, you're going to have a bigger problem than if any other part of the bike stops working!
There’s also the same high tensile steel fork for excellent steering. The bike looks the part too, being entirely silver with a very glossy finish that feels more premium than the price tag would suggest.
It’s the exact same frame as the other Diamondback bikes we’ve just looked at. So once again, it offers the very same position that will have you somewhat upright while still being aerodynamic.
This is a ‘dual sport’ bike, which should tell you that it definitely leans much more toward the ‘racing bike’ side rather than the mountain bike side.
But in spite of that, you should find that this is more than up to the challenge when you take it off-road thanks to the 21-speed options. It will easily handle the majority of inclines and rough surfaces and in short, provide you with one of the most comfortable rides without compromising speed.
Can you tell that we love this bike?
Click here to read our in-depth review.
Top Hybrid Bikes Under $300
When you get to the sub-$300 price point, you’re looking at a bike that is going to be a bit more at the budget end of the spectrum -- which means some sacrifices will typically be made to keep the price low.
This is a cheaply priced hybrid bike for sure, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get great quality – in fact some of the excellent bikes we’ve already looked at fall within this price bracket.
So read on, and let’s take a look at the best hybrid bikes under $300…
1. VILANO DIVERSE 2.0 PERFORMANCE
The Vilano Diverse 2.0 Performance hybrid bike has a lot of top end features, bearing in mind its affordable price point.
Despite being a low-priced hybrid bike, you still get the best quality 6061 aluminum that makes for a very light ride but also a highly durable construction that will stand the test of time.
In terms of design, this is once again a quintessential hybrid that smartly matches a slightly more upright position and flat handlebar with 700c wheels. These glide along the road and make the bike very quick but still very comfortable to ride.
Alloy linear pull cantilever V-brakes are also great for performance, while the 24-speed drivetrain will ensure that you’re able to tackle pretty much any kind of terrain with ease.
The bike looks fairly standard with no flashy features. However, it is also a very slick product in matte black and exudes a premium feel – especially considering the cheap price point.
Of course the finish and the construction will be somewhat ‘cheaper’ than a more expensive model, but in terms of features and build-quality… well it’s actually right up there with some of the more expensive products.
The reviews are very positive and all in all, this is still a top hybrid bike!
If you'd like to read our review, click here.
2. schwinn Discover Women's
It’s worth noting that this bike is also available for women, who can enjoy all the same features of the Discover for men, but in a white color scheme.
Once again, this gives you the same highly comfortable frame that puts you somewhat upright but still in an aerodynamic position.
You get the same 21-speed SRAM grip shifters (that I am a big fan of, thanks to their convenience and the fact that they let you keep your eyes right on the road) and the excellent swept-back flat handlebars. There’s great suspension, great brakes and a rack at the back for storing your items.
You can read our review by clicking here.
Is a commuter Bike Right For You?
The big question, of course, is whether all this will add up to a bike that you can reliably use on a daily basis.
Some things to look out for are 700c wheels, which will make you that much faster on a commute or when riding around the city. Another important feature is a good selection of gears, which will make the bike that much more versatile for riding off-road and for tackling steep hills.
It’s also a solid idea to look for something that has a good build-quality so that it will stand the test of time. As mentioned, decent brakes are very important from a safety perspective and it’s also important to get something that will be comfortable for extended periods of time.
Some features that are worth looking for as additional extras are grip shift so you can keep your eyes up and extra security to keep your bike from getting stolen if you are going to be locking it up outside regularly.
Any of the bikes on this list will serve you well as some of the best hybrid bicycles for 2019.
That said, there are plenty more options out there and you’ll find that you can get some very high quality for a relatively low price point. Just be sure to pick the right size for your body type.
Whatever you pick, you’re sure to find that a hybrid bike is an excellent choice. This will give you something reliable to commute to work on, while at the same time ensuring that you can take it off the beaten track and for family days out when you want to.
No other bike can quite offer such a wide range of features with such comfort and performance.
Once you go hybrid, you won’t want to go back!
So what do you think? Which of these bikes caught your eye? Did we miss any great models? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below and be sure to share your favorite picks for the best hybrid bikes of 2019!
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