Jamis Allegro A2 Femme
The Femme version of the Allegro features a frame with a lower standover and shorter reach to the handlebars that fits some riders better.
Chosen previously by Bicycling Magazine as the best hybrid at this price point, the Allegro A2 gets upgraded significantly with more powerful hydraulic disc brakes and a 2x drivetrain.
Shimano's new (to hybrids) compact 2x drivetrain simplifies shifting to two gears up front instead of three, while keeping a wide gear range.
The A2 model is a huge jump up in component quality from the A3 model and every other sub-$700 hybrid bike on the market.
If you are going to ride more miles than average, whether for fitness or commuting, this is the quality level of componentry you should start with.
Frame: 6061 aluminum
Fork: Hi-Ten Steel
Shifters: Shimano RapidFire
Cassette: Shimano 8-speed, 11-34
Wheelset: Double wall aluminum
Tires: Kenda 700 x 35c with puncture protection