It's back! Triban 3 small sizes only £199 absolute  bargain! Decathlon
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It's back! Triban 3 small sizes only £199 absolute bargain! Decathlon

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Found 25th Jun 2015
It's back! The Triban3 is quite simply the best entry level road bike you can get at anywhere near this price. Cycling weekly called it the best value bike they'd ever reviewed (at that time it cost £299!). It has a carbon fork which at this clearance price is frankly ridiculous. It's no longer in production but looks as though a limited no of 48cm (xs) and 51 cm (s) models have re-appeared on the Decathlon website. I am 5'7", 29" inside leg and have the 51cm. It has been great. Any taller/longer leg and I 'd say you might need a bigger bike. But for those this fits this is an absolutely belting offer. Friends on much more expensive bikes ask me when I am going to upgrade to a "better" (=more expensive) bike and my stock answer is "When I stop having fun on this one." I honestly could not recommened this bike more highly.
NOTE: these 48cm and 51cm models will have 650c wheels not standard 700c . It's not a problem for riding but it does mean wheel/tyre upgrades are not as common or, therefore, competitively priced.

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Your name's not Mr. D E Cathlon is it?

Original Poster

Quidstretchy. No it's not. But I do think they offer fantastic value on good bikes and some very good gear.I own one of these bikes and I know how good it is. Did a 50 mile sportive on it last month very comfortably. I was working on the principle that this site is for sharing good deals and anyone who knows anything about bikes will tell you that, if it's the right size for you, this is an abolsutely stonking deal.

Reckon store would match the price on larger sizes?

Smashing deal just ordered the 51".
Best Bike for priceout there!

Original Poster

SKGWHO, I don;'t think the larger sizes are available anymore. Decathlon has refreshed the range a couple of times since the T3 and the current equivalent is the recently released Triban 500 at £280 which should be available in all sizes. Also a very good value bike: it lacks the carbon fork but gives better gear shifting and the possibility of a wider range of tyre sizes and mudguards.

Edited by: "wantsomepls" 25th Jun 2015

A marvellous deal & no mistake. God bless us,everyone.

Isn't 11kg a little weighty?

Original Poster

Uridium at this price for an entry level bike with a 6061 alu frame I'd say it's about what you'd expect. You'll pay a lot more for any any significant reduction in weight.

This would get me to the pub, but I'd need stabilisers to get me home ........... if I can remember where I parked the bike.

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Banned

is it a german whip ?

Original Poster

Okay for the cynics and doubters read this independent reviews and then feel free to tell me it's not a good deal:Cycling Weekly Triban 3 Review
Bear in mind that was written when the bike was £100 more expesnive than current deal.

Agreed, reviews confirm what OP is saying. Voted hot

Anyone recommend bargain pedals (cage or cleats) and shoes (cleats)?

Uridium

Isn't 11kg a little weighty?


Not for at a £199 or even £299 price point

forcedv

Anyone recommend bargain pedals (cage or cleats) and shoes (cleats)?


Shimano M520 pedals and Shimano XC30 shoes, SPD so not strictly road pedals but do the job nicely for commuting etc.
You might get a lecture from the Velominati about using SPD pedals on a road bike though

Also might be a good idea to change the saddle, I got a San Marco from Halfords for a fiver. Changed the pedals to Wellgo KC001, not cleats but good grip and pretty cheap actually designed for mtb but small and light. The tyres aren't up to much, All in all a good bike for the money and got me back into cycling after a 20 year gap
Edited by: "Flombard" 25th Jun 2015

lukeo44

Not for at a £199 or even £299 price point



Who plans on carrying it?
Edited by: "dontasciime" 25th Jun 2015

I have had the triban 500se 6 months now paid £330 thought that was a bargain with sora chainset still rides like new very smooth, this looks a better deal i thinking buying this and convert it to a cycle cross bike but tyres may be hard to find?

cant find any 32c plus tyres anywhere

Good choice if you fit it. wheels are worth checking though.

I'm 5'10" (on a good day!) with 29" inside leg - guess I am likely to get away with the 51cm model?

Original Poster

Stewie, hard to say. It's not just leg size that counts. If your upper body and arms are cramped up it may not be comfortable to ride...but you could always fit a longer stem at that point. They say you can make a small bike bigger but you can't make a big bike smaller. If you are anywhere near a Decathlon you may be able to sit on something similar and see how it feels. However, at this price I'm not sure they'll hang around for long.

Amazing spot, and as I (think I) fit the 51cm, have gone for it.

My order hasn't been confirmed though. Anyone have any experience of Decathlon's "fraud screening" process?

Also I'm having it delivered to my local store (rather than click+collect which wasn't available, looks like this stock is in a warehouse somewhere) in the hope they'll set it up for me so I can ride it away. Hopefully they'll do that?

I take it you can't put larger wheels on it ? I like a small frame with a long seat post but would prefer easy to buy consumables so wheel size a downer. Great first bike for a teenager tho

Original Poster

Kramer 2008 Nope, there's insufficient clearance on the forks for larger wheels. I'd say it's a good first bike for anyone it fits not just teenagers! Decathlon (and wiggle) do sell 650c tyres and tubes at reasonable prices but you won't get the same range of options. I've yet to find an affordable pair of 650c wheels to upgrade to from the stock ones, which are solid but heavy.

plasticniki, store should set it up for you, but it might be an idea to call them first and let them know that's your intention. At the risk of offending the cynics, I and many others have found Decathlon's customer support to be exemplary.
Edited by: "wantsomepls" 25th Jun 2015

stewie

I'm 5'10" (on a good day!) with 29" inside leg - guess I am likely to get … I'm 5'10" (on a good day!) with 29" inside leg - guess I am likely to get away with the 51cm model?


Your good to go can overcome slightly small frame with seatpost and stem length and addded bonus that frame bit lighter?
Smaller than 700c wheel size a big negative.


Edited by: "morrig" 25th Jun 2015

I'm about 5'8 with 29 leg.. Will the 51 be okay for me? Also, the smaller wheels are putting me off for some reason!

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Jazz_From_Hell

I'm about 5'8 with 29 leg.. Will the 51 be okay for me? Also, the smaller … I'm about 5'8 with 29 leg.. Will the 51 be okay for me? Also, the smaller wheels are putting me off for some reason!



See above comments. It's not just about leg measurements it's also about body shape, arm length etc. I'm 5'7" but there's still plenty more height on the seat post and if you feel cramped at the front end a longer stem is relatively an easy and inexpensive change to make (depending on the choices you make!).
The 650c wheels needn't put you off on performance and the difference will frankly be unnoticeable to 99% of bike riders (and 100% of non riders) see this article for interesting comparison: 650c v 700c
The significant difference will be that if you want to upgrade 650c wheels are a smaller market and less available/price competitive(excepting high-end triathlon stuff that wouldn't make sense on a T3).

If it's about image/macho;
1. The bike looks great and rides well!
2. A few expereinced riders have noticed that my bike has a small frame, nobody has ever noticed the wheel size.If it fits you fine you are in luck. If it doesn't frankly you could sell it for pretty much what you paid and buy something else without much trouble. These are very decent starter bikes at a ridiculously low clearance price.

Edited by: "wantsomepls" 25th Jun 2015

Seanieboy70

well looks ok but i have decided to go for this one … well looks ok but i have decided to go for this one http://www.unicycle.uk.com/udc-mk2-5-penny-farthing-6344.html?gclid=CLHugZ3wq8YCFWzMtAodZvwFHw



I hate cyclists like you. Not all of us can afford to spend £1000+ on a bike, alright?

Jazz_From_Hell

I'm about 5'8 with 29 leg.. Will the 51 be okay for me? Also, the smaller … I'm about 5'8 with 29 leg.. Will the 51 be okay for me? Also, the smaller wheels are putting me off for some reason!


I'm 5ft 10 and have a 57cm triban 3, I certainly wouldnt want any thing smaller, might get away with a 54cm but wouldn't be as comfortable. Also the 51cm and smaller versions have smaller 650cc wheels, which look a bit silly but more importantly there is much less choice of replacement wheels and tyres. 2300 gear shifters are a little out of date too, those thumb shifters are annoying once you really start notching up the miles.

wantsomepls

Kramer 2008 Nope, there's insufficient clearance on the forks for larger … Kramer 2008 Nope, there's insufficient clearance on the forks for larger wheels. I'd say it's a good first bike for anyone it fits not just teenagers! Decathlon (and wiggle) do sell 650c tyres and tubes at reasonable prices but you won't get the same range of options. I've yet to find an affordable pair of 650c wheels to upgrade to from the stock ones, which are solid but heavy. plasticniki, store should set it up for you, but it might be an idea to call them first and let them know that's your intention. At the risk of offending the cynics, I and many others have found Decathlon's customer support to be exemplary.


Agree about the wheels being strong, but also I've just found out that the hubs are pretty knackered after getting caught in a torrential downpour. Obviously they are not sealed very well so I'm going to either need to strip the hubs down or get somge replacement wheels!

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stewie

I'm 5'10" (on a good day!) with 29" inside leg - guess I am likely to get … I'm 5'10" (on a good day!) with 29" inside leg - guess I am likely to get away with the 51cm model?



No way! 54

Uridium

Isn't 11kg a little weighty?


Just skip breakfast!

herrbz

I hate cyclists like you. Not all of us can afford to spend £1000+ on a … I hate cyclists like you. Not all of us can afford to spend £1000+ on a bike, alright?


he was joking, alright?

I have this bike, large size, paid 299. A good bit of kit for the money although I rarely use it these days

After going Steel, never going back to the terrible material that is aluminium for Bicycles.

sparklehedgehog

CommentNo way! 54



An inch in height on the wrong side of 54cm some might say.

slannmage

After going Steel, never going back to the terrible material that is … After going Steel, never going back to the terrible material that is aluminium for Bicycles.



Stop bragging

Are you allowed to mention tribbing on a family forum?


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