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B'TWIN Elops 520 Classic Bike - Burgundy (Available size - L/XL, Colour - Chocolate truffle) for £159.99 (Reduced from £229) @ Decathlon
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B'TWIN Elops 520 Classic Bike - Burgundy (Available size - L/XL, Colour - Chocolate truffle) for £159.99 (Reduced from £229) @ Decathlon

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Posted 20th Apr 2018

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Good for city rides.
Looks sturdy.

Comes with Mudguard, Chain guard, stand, pannier rack that holds up to 27 kg (complies with

standard to carry a baby seat), front and rear dynamo-powered lights.
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How refreshing to see a bicycle like this. Not a hint of lycra wearers anywhere!
Looks pretty awful to be honest. Even the derailleur is non Shimano and not sure which freewheel is used but looks pretty much junk the whole drivetrain, It's rare to see a company going below Shimano entry level for adult bikes although some do for small childrens bikes. Even an Argos cheapie would likely have a better drivetrain.

They mention 27kg for the rear carrier and 7kg for the front carrier but the standard btwin manual provided says a total load of 100kg including the bike weight. So 19kg for the bike, 27kg for the rear carrier, 7kg for the front that leaves something like 47kg weight for the rider if fully laden. Seems pointless to state rack weight capacities if the frame is only rated to a maximum load of 100kg. So easy to go over their stated weight limits. You can gamble the frame will take more of course but the load capacity of a bike is a legal requirement of the certification. If the frame will take more weight safely then it would be rated to that. Also the tubes of the frame look incredibly thin, thinner than normal I would say. Also bear in mind a front rack that turns with the steering can be difficult to steer when fully laden. That's 7kg of weight you constantly have to shift left and right as you steer. The worst possible way of attaching a rack to the front.

decathlon.co.uk/ecu…pdf


Also this is what I would call a dutch style bicycle which is very much like an early english bicycle. Typically single gear or hub geared the chain can be fully enclosed so is protected from the weather meaning you don't need to keep cleaning and regreasing the chain for easier maintenance. The btwin bike has a partially exposed chain because of the derailleur so it wouldn't help with maintenance. Still has the partial advantage of helping to protect the rider's trousers etc from touching oily parts.

33671560-ovISg.jpg
On the positive side the Dynamo lighting is pretty smart. Another point on the negative is they have moved the rear brake down to the bottom bracket/chain stays area, often done to put the brake where the frame is stronger which sort of hints at the weakness of the frame. It's more difficult to adjust down there and gets more crap on it as you cycle but puts the frame under less stress. Thee is an aerodynamic advantage placed there but that hardly seems like their motivation with a city bike like this. It's heavy with terrible gearing.

Edited by: "bonzobanana" 20th Apr 2018
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So brown!
waysan20/04/2018 14:54

So brown!


Yeah. They've called it "Burgundy" in the title, but "Chocolate Brown" in the colour selector.

I reckon I'd feel pretty "browned off" trying get around on this bike, as it weighs 19kg...
Good find op.
Looks like the kind of bike you get as hand me down from a big sister.
How refreshing to see a bicycle like this. Not a hint of lycra wearers anywhere!
Great bike great deal. Good cruiser Dutch style if no serious hillidge in mind
At over 40lbs you're going to need every one of those, er, 6 gears
Heavy bike and as someone said before very 'dutch style' so it's a good budget bike if you live in fairly flat areas (as it's a good budget bike, I was considering getting it a while back). Hilly areas it's not so great though so keep that in mind. Great price reduction regardless though.
Edited by: "fringiee" 20th Apr 2018
Well, it won't get nicked... I guess that's a plus!
Great commuter for around town
Looks pretty awful to be honest. Even the derailleur is non Shimano and not sure which freewheel is used but looks pretty much junk the whole drivetrain, It's rare to see a company going below Shimano entry level for adult bikes although some do for small childrens bikes. Even an Argos cheapie would likely have a better drivetrain.

They mention 27kg for the rear carrier and 7kg for the front carrier but the standard btwin manual provided says a total load of 100kg including the bike weight. So 19kg for the bike, 27kg for the rear carrier, 7kg for the front that leaves something like 47kg weight for the rider if fully laden. Seems pointless to state rack weight capacities if the frame is only rated to a maximum load of 100kg. So easy to go over their stated weight limits. You can gamble the frame will take more of course but the load capacity of a bike is a legal requirement of the certification. If the frame will take more weight safely then it would be rated to that. Also the tubes of the frame look incredibly thin, thinner than normal I would say. Also bear in mind a front rack that turns with the steering can be difficult to steer when fully laden. That's 7kg of weight you constantly have to shift left and right as you steer. The worst possible way of attaching a rack to the front.

decathlon.co.uk/ecu…pdf


Also this is what I would call a dutch style bicycle which is very much like an early english bicycle. Typically single gear or hub geared the chain can be fully enclosed so is protected from the weather meaning you don't need to keep cleaning and regreasing the chain for easier maintenance. The btwin bike has a partially exposed chain because of the derailleur so it wouldn't help with maintenance. Still has the partial advantage of helping to protect the rider's trousers etc from touching oily parts.

33671560-ovISg.jpg
On the positive side the Dynamo lighting is pretty smart. Another point on the negative is they have moved the rear brake down to the bottom bracket/chain stays area, often done to put the brake where the frame is stronger which sort of hints at the weakness of the frame. It's more difficult to adjust down there and gets more crap on it as you cycle but puts the frame under less stress. Thee is an aerodynamic advantage placed there but that hardly seems like their motivation with a city bike like this. It's heavy with terrible gearing.

Edited by: "bonzobanana" 20th Apr 2018
Peelerfart14 h, 24 m ago

How refreshing to see a bicycle like this. Not a hint of lycra wearers …How refreshing to see a bicycle like this. Not a hint of lycra wearers anywhere!


Like it- will the riders of these spread the road 5 a Breast I wonder and block the road?
bonzobanana20/04/2018 21:34

Looks pretty awful to be honest. Even the derailleur is non Shimano and …Looks pretty awful to be honest. Even the derailleur is non Shimano and not sure which freewheel is used but looks pretty much junk the whole drivetrain, It's rare to see a company going below Shimano entry level for adult bikes although some do for small childrens bikes. Even an Argos cheapie would likely have a better drivetrain.They mention 27kg for the rear carrier and 7kg for the front carrier but the standard btwin manual provided says a total load of 100kg including the bike weight. So 19kg for the bike, 27kg for the rear carrier, 7kg for the front that leaves something like 47kg weight for the rider if fully laden. Seems pointless to state rack weight capacities if the frame is only rated to a maximum load of 100kg. So easy to go over their stated weight limits. You can gamble the frame will take more of course but the load capacity of a bike is a legal requirement of the certification. If the frame will take more weight safely then it would be rated to that. Also the tubes of the frame look incredibly thin, thinner than normal I would say. Also bear in mind a front rack that turns with the steering can be difficult to steer when fully laden. That's 7kg of weight you constantly have to shift left and right as you steer. The worst possible way of attaching a rack to the front.https://www.decathlon.co.uk/ecuk/static/bikes/btwin-instructions.pdfAlso this is what I would call a dutch style bicycle which is very much like an early english bicycle. Typically single gear or hub geared the chain can be fully enclosed so is protected from the weather meaning you don't need to keep cleaning and regreasing the chain for easier maintenance. The btwin bike has a partially exposed chain because of the derailleur so it wouldn't help with maintenance. Still has the partial advantage of helping to protect the rider's trousers etc from touching oily parts.[Image] On the positive side the Dynamo lighting is pretty smart. Another point on the negative is they have moved the rear brake down to the bottom bracket/chain stays area, often done to put the brake where the frame is stronger which sort of hints at the weakness of the frame. It's more difficult to adjust down there and gets more crap on it as you cycle but puts the frame under less stress. Thee is an aerodynamic advantage placed there but that hardly seems like their motivation with a city bike like this. It's heavy with terrible gearing.


That's the Dutch womens style bicycle, designed when they had long heavy skirts, the mens have a crossbar.
bonzobanana20/04/2018 21:34

Looks pretty awful to be honest. Even the derailleur is non Shimano and …Looks pretty awful to be honest. Even the derailleur is non Shimano and not sure which freewheel is used but looks pretty much junk the whole drivetrain, It's rare to see a company going below Shimano entry level for adult bikes although some do for small childrens bikes. Even an Argos cheapie would likely have a better drivetrain.They mention 27kg for the rear carrier and 7kg for the front carrier but the standard btwin manual provided says a total load of 100kg including the bike weight. So 19kg for the bike, 27kg for the rear carrier, 7kg for the front that leaves something like 47kg weight for the rider if fully laden. Seems pointless to state rack weight capacities if the frame is only rated to a maximum load of 100kg. So easy to go over their stated weight limits. You can gamble the frame will take more of course but the load capacity of a bike is a legal requirement of the certification. If the frame will take more weight safely then it would be rated to that. Also the tubes of the frame look incredibly thin, thinner than normal I would say. Also bear in mind a front rack that turns with the steering can be difficult to steer when fully laden. That's 7kg of weight you constantly have to shift left and right as you steer. The worst possible way of attaching a rack to the front.https://www.decathlon.co.uk/ecuk/static/bikes/btwin-instructions.pdfAlso this is what I would call a dutch style bicycle which is very much like an early english bicycle. Typically single gear or hub geared the chain can be fully enclosed so is protected from the weather meaning you don't need to keep cleaning and regreasing the chain for easier maintenance. The btwin bike has a partially exposed chain because of the derailleur so it wouldn't help with maintenance. Still has the partial advantage of helping to protect the rider's trousers etc from touching oily parts.[Image] On the positive side the Dynamo lighting is pretty smart. Another point on the negative is they have moved the rear brake down to the bottom bracket/chain stays area, often done to put the brake where the frame is stronger which sort of hints at the weakness of the frame. It's more difficult to adjust down there and gets more crap on it as you cycle but puts the frame under less stress. Thee is an aerodynamic advantage placed there but that hardly seems like their motivation with a city bike like this. It's heavy with terrible gearing.


100kg is pretty standard weight limit for bikess, including the rider. The gears do suck but for £160 come on!!!!
It comes with a two year warranty on the important bits, if it's set up properly it is a pleasure to ride along the flat smooth stuff, which is all it's designed for!
Alot of bike for your money that's for sure
bonzobanana20/04/2018 21:34

Looks pretty awful to be honest. Even the derailleur is non Shimano and …Looks pretty awful to be honest. Even the derailleur is non Shimano and not sure which freewheel is used but looks pretty much junk the whole drivetrain, It's rare to see a company going below Shimano entry level for adult bikes although some do for small childrens bikes. Even an Argos cheapie would likely have a better drivetrain.They mention 27kg for the rear carrier and 7kg for the front carrier but the standard btwin manual provided says a total load of 100kg including the bike weight. So 19kg for the bike, 27kg for the rear carrier, 7kg for the front that leaves something like 47kg weight for the rider if fully laden. Seems pointless to state rack weight capacities if the frame is only rated to a maximum load of 100kg. So easy to go over their stated weight limits. You can gamble the frame will take more of course but the load capacity of a bike is a legal requirement of the certification. If the frame will take more weight safely then it would be rated to that. Also the tubes of the frame look incredibly thin, thinner than normal I would say. Also bear in mind a front rack that turns with the steering can be difficult to steer when fully laden. That's 7kg of weight you constantly have to shift left and right as you steer. The worst possible way of attaching a rack to the front.https://www.decathlon.co.uk/ecuk/static/bikes/btwin-instructions.pdfAlso this is what I would call a dutch style bicycle which is very much like an early english bicycle. Typically single gear or hub geared the chain can be fully enclosed so is protected from the weather meaning you don't need to keep cleaning and regreasing the chain for easier maintenance. The btwin bike has a partially exposed chain because of the derailleur so it wouldn't help with maintenance. Still has the partial advantage of helping to protect the rider's trousers etc from touching oily parts.[Image] On the positive side the Dynamo lighting is pretty smart. Another point on the negative is they have moved the rear brake down to the bottom bracket/chain stays area, often done to put the brake where the frame is stronger which sort of hints at the weakness of the frame. It's more difficult to adjust down there and gets more crap on it as you cycle but puts the frame under less stress. Thee is an aerodynamic advantage placed there but that hardly seems like their motivation with a city bike like this. It's heavy with terrible gearing.


The bike you provided a picture of! I've been looking far and wide for one of those (I live in Manchester). Any advice on where to buy on without getting ripped off. I sort of settled with idea idea that I'd have to ferry one home from the Netherlands.
thank you, got one.
Anees_Anwar1 h, 20 m ago

The bike you provided a picture of! I've been looking far and wide for one …The bike you provided a picture of! I've been looking far and wide for one of those (I live in Manchester). Any advice on where to buy on without getting ripped off. I sort of settled with idea idea that I'd have to ferry one home from the Netherlands.


I'm not an expert, but you need to decide if you want a "proper" Dutch bike, or a look alike. Look alike are everywhere, proper Dutch bikes cost alot new and are available from a couple of places in the UK.
They are a bit cheaper in the Netherlands, but not a massive amount. Not the cost of a ferry, parking cost and a very long day to bring them back cheaper.
Secondhand, they are available for reasonable prices in the Netherlands and you can also pick them up on Ebay here for £50 to £150.
chrisssj882 h, 27 m ago

100kg is pretty standard weight limit for bikess, including the rider. The …100kg is pretty standard weight limit for bikess, including the rider. The gears do suck but for £160 come on!!!!It comes with a two year warranty on the important bits, if it's set up properly it is a pleasure to ride along the flat smooth stuff, which is all it's designed for! Alot of bike for your money that's for sure


Fairly sure btwin are alone in having such low weight limits for a major brand. 100kg includes everything including bike weight. The recommendation in the standard I think is 300lbs/136kg for rider alone for a non performance bike with 160kg including bike weight being the total load. Halfords bikes meet that spec I believe. Go outdoors have a 100kg limit for rider weight. Most of the big brands are at the top limit or close to it. Giant definitely meet the full recommendation. So I would completely dispute your comment that 100kg including everything is the norm, it isn't it is considerably below and btwin have had a history of frame recalls due to frames failing. They do some great bikes but I really think their weight limits should be taken seriously.
Anees_Anwar21/04/2018 10:05

The bike you provided a picture of! I've been looking far and wide for one …The bike you provided a picture of! I've been looking far and wide for one of those (I live in Manchester). Any advice on where to buy on without getting ripped off. I sort of settled with idea idea that I'd have to ferry one home from the Netherlands.


My wife has a Pashley Brittania which is a similar style. She uses it to get to work every day. It's about 6 years old and has been totally problem free. Unfortunately it did cost £500 new but as they are solid you could look for 2nd hand?
waitingfordeals21/04/2018 09:47

That's the Dutch womens style bicycle, designed when they had long heavy …That's the Dutch womens style bicycle, designed when they had long heavy skirts, the mens have a crossbar.


No that is a unisex frame, that is the style of many dutch bikes for easy getting on and off whatever the age. Over here we would normally have the crossbar but its completely normal to see men riding such bikes in Holland and they are sold as unisex. However I posted the image mainly due to the fully enclosed chain which is one of the huge benefits of that style of bike. No need to clean and relubricate the chain on a frequent basis unlike unenclosed chains.

dutchbikeshop.co.uk/bat…kes
999pez17 m ago

My wife has a Pashley Brittania which is a similar style. She uses it to …My wife has a Pashley Brittania which is a similar style. She uses it to get to work every day. It's about 6 years old and has been totally problem free. Unfortunately it did cost £500 new but as they are solid you could look for 2nd hand?


You can get those elephant bikes which are restored royal mail pashley bikes. Not really classic in styling but super strong workhorses. They also don't have fully enclosed chains but would be an easy mod as they use hub gears. The main people that would benefit from such bikes are heavy riders but the brand elephant I would of thought was off putting. Such a great bike to buy knowing you are also changing the life of someone in Africa for the better.

elephantbike.co.uk/ele…ml/

They even make wooden bikes in Africa for simple movement of goods, something like the pashley would be ideal for being overloaded in such an environment. Maybe not quite as much as those wooden bikes though.

bonzobanana21/04/2018 12:24

No that is a unisex frame, that is the style of many dutch bikes for easy …No that is a unisex frame, that is the style of many dutch bikes for easy getting on and off whatever the age. Over here we would normally have the crossbar but its completely normal to see men riding such bikes in Holland and they are sold as unisex. However I posted the image mainly due to the fully enclosed chain which is one of the huge benefits of that style of bike. No need to clean and relubricate the chain on a frequent basis unlike unenclosed chains.https://www.dutchbikeshop.co.uk/batavus-dutch-bikes


According to my bicycley knowledgeable Dutch relative, you're wrong about the unisex, although I agree that you see both sexes riding them about.
waitingfordeals7 m ago

According to my bicycley knowledgeable Dutch relative, you're wrong about …According to my bicycley knowledgeable Dutch relative, you're wrong about the unisex, although I agree that you see both sexes riding them about.


That actual bike has on the website 'This is a unisex frame and is not built in a crossbar version.'
Looks good to me, practical.

Not overly concerned about it the 6 speed rear casette, but twist shift/grip shift is an awful design and will seize eventually. I wish they would use thumb shifters at this sort of level of bike.

Certainly capable around to town, not for long jaunts or getting that KOM, but it's not aimed at that.
Oos... does anyone know if I can get the same prices or buy and collect in Spain?
mattrixdesign221st Apr

Looks good to me, practical.Not overly concerned about it the 6 speed rear …Looks good to me, practical.Not overly concerned about it the 6 speed rear casette, but twist shift/grip shift is an awful design and will seize eventually. I wish they would use thumb shifters at this sort of level of bike.Certainly capable around to town, not for long jaunts or getting that KOM, but it's not aimed at that.


You can swap out the freewheel for a 7 speed version and then use the basic tourney 7 speed trigger shifter. I'm assuming the derailleur used despite not being Shimano is Shimano compatible usable with both 6 and 7 speed freewheels.

You could at the same time change the freewheel to one with a better granny gear but if you do you'd have to lose the chain guard possibly.

The shifter is here;

ebay.co.uk/itm…867

The freewheels you can get for about £7 upwards so the parts would only be about £10-11 minus whatever you get get for your old shifter, freewheel and unused front derailleur shifter. I'd be tempted to get rid of that crappy generic derailleur at the same time to get something cleaner shifting that would maybe be another £8 but you probably don't need to do that especially with the simplicity of a single chainring at the front. So very cheap upgrade basically if you can do the work yourself.
Muig197220/04/2018 15:30

Yeah. They've called it "Burgundy" in the title, but "Chocolate Brown" in …Yeah. They've called it "Burgundy" in the title, but "Chocolate Brown" in the colour selector.I reckon I'd feel pretty "browned off" trying get around on this bike, as it weighs 19kg...

Why, are really unfit ?
kramer208825/04/2018 19:37

Why, are really unfit ?


Top Tip: when trying to be clever online, make sure you can at least form a simple sentence first.
bonzobanana20/04/2018 21:34

Looks pretty awful to be honest. Even the derailleur is non Shimano and …Looks pretty awful to be honest. Even the derailleur is non Shimano and not sure which freewheel is used but looks pretty much junk the whole drivetrain, It's rare to see a company going below Shimano entry level for adult bikes although some do for small childrens bikes. Even an Argos cheapie would likely have a better drivetrain.They mention 27kg for the rear carrier and 7kg for the front carrier but the standard btwin manual provided says a total load of 100kg including the bike weight. So 19kg for the bike, 27kg for the rear carrier, 7kg for the front that leaves something like 47kg weight for the rider if fully laden. Seems pointless to state rack weight capacities if the frame is only rated to a maximum load of 100kg. So easy to go over their stated weight limits. You can gamble the frame will take more of course but the load capacity of a bike is a legal requirement of the certification. If the frame will take more weight safely then it would be rated to that. Also the tubes of the frame look incredibly thin, thinner than normal I would say. Also bear in mind a front rack that turns with the steering can be difficult to steer when fully laden. That's 7kg of weight you constantly have to shift left and right as you steer. The worst possible way of attaching a rack to the front.https://www.decathlon.co.uk/ecuk/static/bikes/btwin-instructions.pdfAlso this is what I would call a dutch style bicycle which is very much like an early english bicycle. Typically single gear or hub geared the chain can be fully enclosed so is protected from the weather meaning you don't need to keep cleaning and regreasing the chain for easier maintenance. The btwin bike has a partially exposed chain because of the derailleur so it wouldn't help with maintenance. Still has the partial advantage of helping to protect the rider's trousers etc from touching oily parts.[Image] On the positive side the Dynamo lighting is pretty smart. Another point on the negative is they have moved the rear brake down to the bottom bracket/chain stays area, often done to put the brake where the frame is stronger which sort of hints at the weakness of the frame. It's more difficult to adjust down there and gets more crap on it as you cycle but puts the frame under less stress. Thee is an aerodynamic advantage placed there but that hardly seems like their motivation with a city bike like this. It's heavy with terrible gearing.


The weight rating of 100kg in the manual is for the Triban road bike, not this steel bike. For the price this looks like an ok bike for riding around town. The gears are probably Shimano Tourney which is not great, but this bike probably costs less than any Shimano group set. The bike has pretty good reviews on Decathlon site.
Muig197225th Apr

Top Tip: when trying to be clever online, make sure you can at least form …Top Tip: when trying to be clever online, make sure you can at least form a simple sentence first.

If you are able to read, try this article on weight. Basically an extra 5kg could add a minute or so to a 100 km ride. Think how little difference it makes to everyday cycling ?
cyclingabout.com/how…wn/
swigg28th Apr 2018

The weight rating of 100kg in the manual is for the Triban road bike, not …The weight rating of 100kg in the manual is for the Triban road bike, not this steel bike. For the price this looks like an ok bike for riding around town. The gears are probably Shimano Tourney which is not great, but this bike probably costs less than any Shimano group set. The bike has pretty good reviews on Decathlon site.


The 100kg limit including bike weight, fitted accessories, luggage and rider weight plus clothes and this was clearly explained in the standard btwin manual I linked to. The only exceptions seems to be some of the more expensive folding bikes which had an increased limit. It's not Tourney its sub Shimano, generic derailleur and this can be seen on the images. Same derailleur on the low end folding bike tilt/hoptown and possibly other bikes in the btwin range for entry level bikes. I had the weight limit confirmed by btwin sometime ago that it was 100kg across the range but its clear many people don't heed it as there has been quite a few frame recalls for btwin bikes. You should always work to the weight limits stated in the manual they are there as a legal requirement. The frame may not break immediately but you are severely shortening the life of the frame. The lifetime warranty of bicycle frames is only for those who are within their weight limits and only for faults in manufacture not long term normal use where the metal wears out with fatigue as that is not a manufacturing defect. If you won't accept the information given in their manual I suggest you get it confirmed by Decathlon/Btwin because I wasn't sure being less than all competitors and didn't want to give false information in forums but really the manual is clear on the weight limits. I've done a image below. The only reason they haven't mentioned the weight limit for folding bikes is while most are the same 100kg maximum load there is at least one that goes up another 30kg or more ontop. So it would be confusing to put it in the manual so that information comes on a separate leaflet or is simply labelled on the bike itself. Childrens bike weight limits are considerably less again so haven't included those. It also clearly states Elops models have this 100kg total load limit same as Triban and City models.


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Edited by: "bonzobanana" 29th Apr 2018
Nope
swigg21 h, 13 m ago

Nope


Nope to what? You surely aren't stating you disagree with btwin's stated limits as per their manual.
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