B'twin  Mach 740 Carbon Road Bike, Athena was £1400 now £1100 at Decathlon
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B'twin Mach 740 Carbon Road Bike, Athena was £1400 now £1100 at Decathlon

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Found 24th Oct 2015
Seems like a good price for a decent spec bike. Most of the sizes are available to order.I am not an expert on bikes.

But a full carbon frame with Athena 11 speed group set and campognolo khamsin wheels were told to me as a good spec by a decathlon sales man. Thought I will post it anyway and let the experts in the forum judge.

I wanted to buy it but my Mrs. would not let me!!
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Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a cheaper car than this for 3 years.
I like btwin bikes to be honest. Few things going on with this one. Exclusive to decathlon so it's bound to be the best/lowest price whatever the offer. The fact that it's 21% of surely makes it a deal. Take bike snobbery out of it and for sure this is a deal. Remember the triban 3 red? Voted extremely hot in here and yes a btwin too.

Check the specs and compare to the market... How can this not be a deal?
malm

Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a … Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a cheaper car than this for 3 years.


Good for you. Hope you're happy with all the pollution your car has chucked out
malm

Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a … Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a cheaper car than this for 3 years.



Congratulations... You must drive a really sh*t car!
malm

Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a … Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a cheaper car than this for 3 years.



Bet you drive on your own.
Not always Norma,n wisdom.
malm

Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a … Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a cheaper car than this for 3 years.



​Nothing wrong with dropping some £ if it's a serious hobby. If you were a car enthusiast you'd be spending tens of multiples more. This one keeps you healthy.

P.S. That excuse can sometimes work on the wife too.
Lovely bike. TEMPTED to splash out. Any opinions on sizing for a 5 foot 11 rider? I'm thinking it's the 59cm model.
piphurst

Lovely bike. TEMPTED to splash out. Any opinions on sizing for a 5 foot … Lovely bike. TEMPTED to splash out. Any opinions on sizing for a 5 foot 11 rider? I'm thinking it's the 59cm model.



Always go and try if you can. I bought the Mach 720 last year on a 63 frame (emulating my old triban 3 frame size) and wished I'd dropped down a size to 61. That said, I'm 6ft5in with only a 32" inside leg. The geometry on frames differs, so best to try... If not, your in the right ball park with 59, I wouldn't personally go any bigger.
malm

Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a … Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a cheaper car than this for 3 years.


Post a deal youself and stop making Trollish comments about other peoples attempts to help and inform
Campag Athena is broadly equivalent to Ultegra in terms of position in their range? If so, not sure this deal is any better than a carbon bike with ultegra you could get from say planet x.
Campag Khamsin wheels are pretty low rent too.
Ok deal if you are determined to have campag as opposed to SRAM or Shimano.
malm

Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a … Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a cheaper car than this for 3 years.



Quite - I'm sure you never ever spend more than your car is worth on any hobbies at all. Spending more than a few hundred quid on a hobby, interest or sport is nonsense, right? *sigh*
I don't know a lot about bikes but I can appreciate it must be much nicer to ride one which is light and efficient instead of my dodgy rusty one. Thing is though if it cost 1400 what do you do with it when you get to where you're going?

My friend had one that cost 250 and he locked it outside Sainsburys, only there about 10 minutes but some scrote had it.
Nice bike and a good price but if I was dropping £1100 on a bike I'd want a branded bike. You could call it snobbery but really it's about feeling good about what you're riding, also a branded bike would hold its value better when it comes to selling on.

Just my opinion
malm

Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a … Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a cheaper car than this for 3 years.



Why are you boasting about having a crap car?
I'd rather pay that much on a car rather than a pedal bike. I mean what's the difference between that bike and a bike that is worth 100 ? Apart from it being light weight other than that not alot.
Hocky

I'd rather pay that much on a car rather than a pedal bike. I mean what's … I'd rather pay that much on a car rather than a pedal bike. I mean what's the difference between that bike and a bike that is worth 100 ? Apart from it being light weight other than that not alot.



Obviously, you drive a car and have no clue. No point in trying to cure ignorance.
Hocky

I'd rather pay that much on a car rather than a pedal bike. I mean what's … I'd rather pay that much on a car rather than a pedal bike. I mean what's the difference between that bike and a bike that is worth 100 ? Apart from it being light weight other than that not alot.




Why have a Mercedes when you can have a lada ?
malm

Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a … Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a cheaper car than this for 3 years.



You need to get a grip by stop telling people to get a grip, you're making yourself sound like a pathetic sad loner who spends all their time trolling.
ultrak3wl

I don't know a lot about bikes but I can appreciate it must be much nicer … I don't know a lot about bikes but I can appreciate it must be much nicer to ride one which is light and efficient instead of my dodgy rusty one. Thing is though if it cost 1400 what do you do with it when you get to where you're going? My friend had one that cost 250 and he locked it outside Sainsburys, only there about 10 minutes but some scrote had it.



Take the wheels off and use a decent lock, that puts off the majority of the chancers.
skdotcom

Campag Athena is broadly equivalent to Ultegra in terms of position in … Campag Athena is broadly equivalent to Ultegra in terms of position in their range?


I think it's more like 105. Since Campag binned off xenon and centaur, Athena is now second rung up, above veloce. It's more than likely still lighter than 105 though.

£1100 seems a bit much for a decathlon bike with mid to low-end components. You can buy a ludicrous amount of bike for £1000 now. Planet X have their pro carbon with Rival 22 (not sure what wheels) for £850 at the mo. That'd probably be a better punt.


I can only see the point of spending a £1k on a bike if you are travelling serious mileage or competing regularly. I have been running about in bottom of the range road bikes for about 35 years, commute maybe 50% of the year, weekend hill climbs and occasional trips. Apart from predictable punctures it has been pretty incident free. Getting a more "efficient" machine will only reduce the effort and therefore make you fatter !
I actually ride a bike to work but still cant c why u would want to pay that much for a bike.
I commute to work everyday by a bike I bought for £40 through eBay. It is not a great bike but it still helps me ride about 12 miles a day. The deal mentioned here is great, unfortunately I am yet to be blessed to afford this much
kingpete

I commute to work everyday by a bike I bought for £40 through eBay. It is … I commute to work everyday by a bike I bought for £40 through eBay. It is not a great bike but it still helps me ride about 12 miles a day. The deal mentioned here is great, unfortunately I am yet to be blessed to afford this much



My favourite bike is one that cost me £15 plus about £75 in new parts (although it owes me a lot more than that given the hours I've spent on it making it good). So you don't have to spend a lot on a bike if you enjoy cycling. But if you do, so what. Everyone needs a hobby. All the people complaining about spending £1k+ on a bike, what do they spend their money on? You can bet they have hobbies/interests that cost them far more than that if you total it up.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/442/20221222358_9168d63ac2_n.jpgRaleigh Equipe by steven.kemp, on Flickr
malm

Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a … Get a grip it's only two wheels for 1100 quid I have been driving a cheaper car than this for 3 years.



Bet your an Obese Loner!
kramer2088

I can only see the point of spending a £1k on a bike if you are … I can only see the point of spending a £1k on a bike if you are travelling serious mileage or competing regularly. I have been running about in bottom of the range road bikes for about 35 years, commute maybe 50% of the year, weekend hill climbs and occasional trips. Apart from predictable punctures it has been pretty incident free. Getting a more "efficient" machine will only reduce the effort and therefore make you fatter !



Why would it reduce your effort? Just means you go slower, the effort you put in is down to you not the bike!
chrisbass

Why would it reduce your effort? Just means you go slower, the effort you … Why would it reduce your effort? Just means you go slower, the effort you put in is down to you not the bike!



​Stupid comment. People get such bikes they feel better.
This bike was actually £1699 when it first came out in 2014. Useful review here Mach 740 review
Those saying "Why spend so much on a bike?" ask your self the same question about something you like (eg food, beer, wine, clothes, hifi, cars). Do you always just buy the cheapest item you can find or do you buy the thing(s) that fit(s) your needs, tastes and budget at the best price you can? We don't all aspire to drive Reliant Robins and eat beans on toast every day. For people in the market for a real road bike, capable of racing, at a decent price this is a bargain. If that's not you why comment at all?



Edited by: "wantsomepls" 25th Oct 2015
sorry to go off topic, but I'm really keen to start cycling and would like a decent, reasonably priced bike, to start. Any recommendations please?
Jesus it's all about Hobbies and what people like too spend their money on if it's a saving so it's a deal
Umibenokafuka1

sorry to go off topic, but I'm really keen to start cycling and would … sorry to go off topic, but I'm really keen to start cycling and would like a decent, reasonably priced bike, to start. Any recommendations please?


You really need to state an initial budget. Something worth having is going to be £150 plus but if you can stretch to an initial £300 plus you start to get a decent choice.

What sort of bike - eg mountain, road, hybrid...........?
Edited by: "Besford" 25th Oct 2015
Umibenokafuka1

sorry to go off topic, but I'm really keen to start cycling and would … sorry to go off topic, but I'm really keen to start cycling and would like a decent, reasonably priced bike, to start. Any recommendations please?



Triban 500 from Decathlon is excellent value - ideal 1st bike
Besford

You really need to state an initial budget. Something worth having is … You really need to state an initial budget. Something worth having is going to be £150 plus but if you can stretch to an initial £300 plus you start to get a decent choice.What sort of bike - eg mountain, road, hybrid...........?



I would budget up to £300 and would be looking for a road bike.
r401caw

Triban 500 from Decathlon is excellent value - ideal 1st bike



Thank you for that, will have a look.
Umibenokafuka1

I would budget up to £300 and would be looking for a road bike.



This is a great deal.....
hotukdeals.com/dea…313
Hocky

I'd rather pay that much on a car rather than a pedal bike. I mean what's … I'd rather pay that much on a car rather than a pedal bike. I mean what's the difference between that bike and a bike that is worth 100 ? Apart from it being light weight other than that not alot.



You're assuming the bike is purely a mode of transport, it's not, it's a hobby like golf or any other sport, which you can easily spend £500-£1000 a year on.
chrisbass

Why would it reduce your effort? Just means you go slower, the effort you … Why would it reduce your effort? Just means you go slower, the effort you put in is down to you not the bike!

you can travel with more ease and therefore less effort. Put a heart rate monitor on and do a 10 mile hill climb on a 7kg carbon and then a 20kg mountain bike.
Hocky

I'd rather pay that much on a car rather than a pedal bike. I mean what's … I'd rather pay that much on a car rather than a pedal bike. I mean what's the difference between that bike and a bike that is worth 100 ? Apart from it being light weight other than that not alot.



Consider it a gym membership that lasts for many years where you pay up front...
Edited by: "afroylnt" 28th Oct 2015
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