B'TWIN Triban 3 Red with Carbon fork still available !! £299.99 @ Decathlon
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B'TWIN Triban 3 Red with Carbon fork still available !! £299.99 @ Decathlon

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Found 17th Aug 2013
This is the old Triban 3 Red with carbon fork. Thought it was discontinued. Found it at the Decathlon store in Coventry. The person there looked it up on the system and saw that there are over a 100 of them left in their warehouse. Get em while you can.

I told them that on their website it says "Discontinued". He merely agreed !

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best £300 road bike by far - the new white one is terrible in comparison. Heat added

So how to get it, I am after a 57cm

just wish the person who set mine up at sheffield knew what he was doing the gear change was terrible when I got it home, for info the 54cm version is available at almost every store.

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JOHNSU

best £300 road bike by far - the new white one is terrible in comparison. … best £300 road bike by far - the new white one is terrible in comparison. Heat added


Agreed. The salesman as well was saying the same.

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ichayan

So how to get it, I am after a 57cm


Go in store and enquire. They seemed to have every size.

maheshanand87

Go in store and enquire. They seemed to have every size.



Nope. Most of the stores have 51 or 54cm. I've been chasing 57cm for couple of weeks.

I picked up a 57 about two months ago in edinburgh, it seems to be pot luck whether stores have them in or not. advice to anyone looking.. just keep trying, phone decathlon to see if theres new stock in. its a fabulous bike for the price

If you go up to say sub £500 is there gonna be much difference? Looking at a road bike but I think above £500 I'd bite the bullet and go up to some of the £800 carbon bikes I seem on here.

still tons in Glasgow too. was in there on Fri getting the brakes on mine adjusted and noticed they still have a nice row of reds didn't check what sizes but loads of them

If you select your local store is seems unfreeze certain sizes, and changes if you pick another store.

This might give an indication what sizes are in stock in each store.

kdigit

If you go up to say sub £500 is there gonna be much difference? Looking … If you go up to say sub £500 is there gonna be much difference? Looking at a road bike but I think above £500 I'd bite the bullet and go up to some of the £800 carbon bikes I seem on here.


It depends how serious you are about cycling if you are going to ride occasionally then go for it, but as soon as you become serious then these kind of bikes will not meet your demand! i try for a brand like Trek etc and get them on a discount if you are prepared to wait. It must be about time when they bring new yesrs models so you can grab old model with a discount. I hope this helps.
Edited by: "pistachio" 18th Aug 2013

I agree with the above. FYI Giant are bringing out their 2014 range next week so you can get heavily discounted 2013 bikes a week later! So get a Defy or such for not much more than a Triban 3 with much better kit.

Having said that for £300 - theres no competition

Saw some in Bolton last weekend - plenty of 54cm frame ones anyway. Going out on my 60cm Triban 3 in half an hour
Edited by: "Boopop" 18th Aug 2013

JOHNSU

best £300 road bike by far - the new white one is terrible in comparison. … best £300 road bike by far - the new white one is terrible in comparison. Heat added



Don't say that, i bought the white one last week. Apart from the fork what's the real differences?

Ally74

Don't say that, i bought the white one last week. Apart from the fork … Don't say that, i bought the white one last week. Apart from the fork what's the real differences?


I'm sure the gears are different.

If you can spare another £200, this looks a lot more bike for the money and Paul's cycles are very good- my Anthem X was set up perfectly by them-

paulscycles.co.uk/m7b…012

10.5kg

but then its 300 quid ,with a carbon fork



cant actually tell easily the gears etc

They had a few in the Sheffield store last week.

I got one of these a couple of years ago and for the money they are brilliant. Spoke with the shop mechanic who claimed Decathlon were basically selling them at cost price/a loss (presumably as most people would end up buying tons of extra kit with it?)
Managed to sell mine after a year of use for nearly £300 too!

2 things I am unsure of with these. I found the brakes werent as strong from the top of the bars as they were on either the white 3 or the 5a. Al the reds seemed the same. Also didnt llike that you cant drop gears when on bottom of bars.
Are either of these really an issue.
Also, is the white really rubbish. Everyone keeps saying that but doesnt look that much difference, do carbon forks make that much difference?

secsteel

just wish the person who set mine up at sheffield knew what he was doing … just wish the person who set mine up at sheffield knew what he was doing the gear change was terrible when I got it home, for info the 54cm version is available at almost every store.



Got mine from Sheffield as well and had same problem with the gears. Gave them a call and they were happy to story it. Can't fault the service

I own this bike and it is brilliant. I went to Decathlon Surrey Quays yesterday with two mates and one of them bought the red Triban like a flash. Shocked that it was still in, the bike has been discontinued since mid-July, but some stock is trickling in from Europe where they're supposedly struggling to sell road bikes (apparently they prefer mountain bikes). The only things I changed on this bike: the saddle (the original hurt my plums), the brakes (not the grippiest), and the pedals to SPD pedals, because they were cheap on hukd.

In the hour and a half we went for a drink at the pub while my mates were deciding on whether to buy or not, 3/5 of the tribans were sold! Bearing in mind that they probably weren't showing up on the website and it was people randomly going to the shop buying it!

Having tried the new white bike the red one is definitely nicer to ride, smoother gear changes and also the shifting system on the white bike can easily be changed accidentally when your hand brushes against the brake lever. The actual replacement for the red Triban 3 is the new Triban 5, said the man in the shop.

tl;dr buy this bike

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it609

supposedly struggling to sell road bikes (apparently they prefer … supposedly struggling to sell road bikes (apparently they prefer mountain bikes).


Understandable, it's a limited market for stuff like this - cheap road bikes are a bit of a non-seqitur: at this level, people either want a bike for fun (a mountain bike), or for commuting (a hybrid). Roadies aren't generally interested in stuff like this, so that just leaves migrating commuters - those who have outgrown their hybrids and want something quicker - which, from what I see/pass on the roads, isn't that many of them tbh - I see very few commuters who are of an ability that would warrant swapping to a road bike.

I've got a 2nd hand size 60 I may be selling
Great bike but with a back injury I'm more suited to the hybrid position

I'd definitely be up for buying this but I want a size 57 and to buy it under the cycle scheme. Given the lack of stock and the logistical issues of the cycle scheme sounds unlikely. Would people recommend waiting a couple of weeks and buying an old range? Someone recommended a giant defy - the defy 5 is around £500 so would I be expecting that to drop to £400 or so? Or could someone recommend a good value sporty hybrid?

I've had this bike for 3 weeks and yes I agree it's excellent value for £300....BUT if you are going to get serious about regular cycling then my recommendation is to spend more to get superior gearing as the Shimano 2300 gears on this bike are not very good...my front derailleur is giving constant problems and at present is stuck on the largest crank as it refuses to change down....I live more than 60 miles away from a Decathlon store so will have to seek a remedy elsewhere as my own efforts to repair have failed miserably.


Edited by: "currychops" 18th Aug 2013

Any one tried surre quays store do they have any in red?

I picked one up for £225 with a few accessories included (wedge bag, pump, bottle rack, Shimono PD-R540 peddles). Excellent bike,

It609, which part of brakes did you replace, and how much ££ s
As a beginner the performance of the brakes is the main thing putting me off an otherwise excellent looking bike.

If you just getting into road biking then you cannot beat the Triban 3. If you don't take to it then you have not lost a great deal of money and you will most likely get most of your cash back if you sell it.
I have done 1500 miles on mine as a noob and have only just replaced the brake blocks. New wheels and tyres are in the pipeline now too but upgrading like this can be done when money allows.
I will probely buy a new bike in 12months or so because I am really into it now but the T3 is a fine starter bike. Check out reviews on the web.

currychops

I've had this bike for 3 weeks and yes I agree it's excellent value for … I've had this bike for 3 weeks and yes I agree it's excellent value for £300....BUT if you are going to get serious about regular cycling then my recommendation is to spend more to get superior gearing as the Shimano 2300 gears on this bike are not very good...my front derailleur is giving constant problems and at present is stuck on the largest crank as it refuses to change down....I live more than 60 miles away from a Decathlon store so will have to seek a remedy elsewhere as my own efforts to repair have failed miserably.



Yeah it is a shame that Decathlon stores aren't more widespread than they are, and the servicing crew can be a bit inconsistent.

Having ridden a couple of red Tribans, I can confirm that the front derailleur can be a bit iffy... But only if you're on the highest gear on the rear, then the front stays only on the large cog. Problem is fixed (on mine anyway) by changing gears on both at the same time.

I think this bike will be sufficient for those looking to be serious, it holds it's own against bikes twice its price in terms of specs etc. The only way you'll get better value is by looking on the used market.

ichayan

Any one tried surre quays store do they have any in red?



Yesterday we went in at 11, there were 5 red tribans in 54cm

by the time we left at 3:30ish, there was one left

newbuyer17

It609, which part of brakes did you replace, and how much ££ sAs a b … It609, which part of brakes did you replace, and how much ££ sAs a beginner the performance of the brakes is the main thing putting me off an otherwise excellent looking bike.



I replaced the front brakes with these: wiggle.co.uk/koo…ts/

Rears I've kept the same. I had trouble with braking power because I was used to a mountain bike with disc brakes... that's why I decided to change the pads. The old pads now double up as the replacements for the rear pads when they wear out!

The friend that bought one yesterday, however, was perfectly happy with the brakes (bearing in mind that on his brand new bike the pads haven't worn in yet) so it sounds more like an issue of personal preference really. Road bike brakes are just weaker!

If you want to get into road cycling as a beginner, and you can get your hands on one of these, I would take it in a heartbeat.

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amrad

Would people recommend waiting a couple of weeks and buying an old range?


Personally I would always recommend looking for an older model. There are very few cycles ranges that, when being replaced, are swapped for a model that is cheaper and better equipped. It's always a case of cheapen a few components, put some new flashy paint and stickers on, then bump the price up a bit.

Marketing always triumphs over engineering.

Really good road bike spec for the money, my only complaint are the wheel bearings. They don't put much grease in there so if you don't want to be buying new wheels after a few months then take the hubs apart and pack with bearing grease.

kdigit

If you go up to say sub £500 is there gonna be much difference? Looking … If you go up to say sub £500 is there gonna be much difference? Looking at a road bike but I think above £500 I'd bite the bullet and go up to some of the £800 carbon bikes I seem on here.



£500 to £800 is a big jump
In that section my personal choice would be a Cannondale CAAD 8 (start at £600)

it609

I replaced the front brakes with these: … I replaced the front brakes with these: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/kool-stop-dura-aceultegra105-pair-of-cartridge-inserts/Rears I've kept the same. I had trouble with braking power because I was used to a mountain bike with disc brakes... that's why I decided to change the pads. The old pads now double up as the replacements for the rear pads when they wear out!The friend that bought one yesterday, however, was perfectly happy with the brakes (bearing in mind that on his brand new bike the pads haven't worn in yet) so it sounds more like an issue of personal preference really. Road bike brakes are just weaker!If you want to get into road cycling as a beginner, and you can get your hands on one of these, I would take it in a heartbeat.


Thanks, if that is all it takes then I might reconsider. Like you I am coming from discs that could stop a train. But felt ok on white one or 5a so maybe yhey use better pads.

great bike. best <£300 road bike.done 60 miles today on mine. only change from stock is SPD pedals

Has anyone noticed if there's any of these available in the giltbrook Nottingham store?

Just been in the notts store to have my gears set up on my red triban3. There were approx 8x 54' in stock And 1x 51'. I'm new to road biking and really enjoying this bike. For £300 it's worth a punt!

I'm about 5 ft 11, think the 54 would be ok for me? Or would I need bigger?
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