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11kg.
Good bike for simple transportation.
Lightweight bike for work, gym or cycle path
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Designed with beginner cyclists in mind, this comfortable B’Twin road bike is perfect for starting out. Key features include an easy-to-use single chainring, straight aluminium handlebars with speed-control shifter and a comfort-oriented frame geometry that offers a more upright position than a classic road frame.

  • Aluminium sloping frame
  • Comfortable and slick 32mm tyres
  • Supplied with a front and rear lighting kit
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It's a light bike for the money but you have to put that into the context of it has only a 100kg total load rating where as some competitor's bikes go up to a total load limit of 160kg (bike+fitted accessories+luggage+rider) plus it only has a very basic lightweight/light duty freewheel drivetrain as found on sub £100 bikes. The fact it has a single chainring meaning no 2nd shifter, front derailleur or additional cable too keeps weight down but then you have very limited gearing so harder up hills and slow on the flats. Combining a freewheel with a single front chainring means a very slow bike but does improve shifting reliability for such a low end drivetrain. Freewheels have a tendency to wobble so eliminating the front derailleur setup is a good thing for simpler adjusting and maintenance.

Personally I feel its a junk bike to be avoided at all costs for £200 but realise the Btwin/Decathlon bikes overall seem to have a good reputation but I really don't think this particular bike deserves it. We have seen some decent freehub based hybrid bikes go sub £200 in recent times, much stronger bikes with much more reliable drivetrains. Really don't understand why such a weak bike with such low end components merits such heat.

Also why worry about the low weight when it has limited gearing, bikes that could be 3 or 4kg heavier at the extreme will still be faster as they will have wider gearing capable of greater speed on flats and downhill and easy hill climbing.

Also a while back I think I saw a Triban 100 pass me while walking, it was definitely a btwin bike with single chainring and there was a clicking with each crankset rotation typical of either a pedal issue or bottom bracket so I'd be interested to know what sort of bottom bracket they have fitted to these. I'd be surprised if it was a high quality Shimano unit, suspect a more generic low end sealed bottom bracket or a more basic caged bearings bottom bracket. It's not mentioned on the specification and its a area where many bike brands cheap out as it isn't ever seen in the showroom. Considering the bike has such low end components elsewhere I really can't see them spending much on the bottom bracket. You do come across cheap no brand low weight sealed bottom brackets used on some cheap road bikes, they rarely last that long.

At £200 you are so close to getting something decent with a proper freehub based drivetrain I feel this is false economy.

Btwin do a Riverside 120 for £169.99 yes its much heavier but you get a decent freehub drivetrain with wider gearing, it's more comfortable, faster, easier up hills and much more reliable with lower maintenance requirements. Has stronger safer brakes and is easier to get a good bike fit too as has a quill based stem so the handlebar height is more easily adjustable. Yes a quill stem is seen as a more budget component but if the bike is mainly for road use should be more than up to the task and wouldn't see that as a negative.

It's one of the things that really annoys me about the Triban 100. Why did they cheap out with a freewheel based drivetrain and still charge £250 for the bike originally. They could easily have fitted a rear wheel with a freehub and 7 speed cassette for that money, they'd already saved a huge amount by not having a front derailleur, double or triple chainring crankset or 2nd shifter. The bike was always terrible value at £250 and not much better now at £200.
tempting but get a moutain bike like carrera vengeance, it will perform better on real city roads with pot holes and glass, ride well on the canal path & and is extremely tough. It also offers disc brakes too and the tyre on a mountain bike can be changed to ones with less rolling resistance too. I've got one as a second bike and it rides like butter on London roads
Edited by: "Aj_says" 14th Sep 2019
kramer208815/09/2019 11:23

This post pretty much sums up this forum. Blah blah blah blah...


I would say a childish insulting post like yours would be a better summary of the low quality posts often seen in this forum. I really think it's important to correct wrong information given on any forum surely, when people are making purchasing decisions costing hundreds of pounds maybe even thousands.
Pjcity14/09/2019 23:22

Any good for a 10 mile daily ride to work and back or are there better …Any good for a 10 mile daily ride to work and back or are there better value road bikes out there by spending a bit more?


I've got the round handle which surprisingly, has proven to be important.
Bike is amazing, very light.
Not sure how much more you might want from a bike.
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Any good for a 10 mile daily ride to work and back or are there better value road bikes out there by spending a bit more?
Pjcity14/09/2019 23:22

Any good for a 10 mile daily ride to work and back or are there better …Any good for a 10 mile daily ride to work and back or are there better value road bikes out there by spending a bit more?


Very good
Pjcity14/09/2019 23:22

Any good for a 10 mile daily ride to work and back or are there better …Any good for a 10 mile daily ride to work and back or are there better value road bikes out there by spending a bit more?


I've got the round handle which surprisingly, has proven to be important.
Bike is amazing, very light.
Not sure how much more you might want from a bike.
tempting but get a moutain bike like carrera vengeance, it will perform better on real city roads with pot holes and glass, ride well on the canal path & and is extremely tough. It also offers disc brakes too and the tyre on a mountain bike can be changed to ones with less rolling resistance too. I've got one as a second bike and it rides like butter on London roads
Edited by: "Aj_says" 14th Sep 2019
Pjcity14/09/2019 23:22

Any good for a 10 mile daily ride to work and back or are there better …Any good for a 10 mile daily ride to work and back or are there better value road bikes out there by spending a bit more?


I'd say this is a cracking bike for the money. It's a bit heavy and will make you work on the hills, but you're not going to get much better without spending a lot more money.
Decathlon is exceptionally good at all levels I’ve noticed. They seem to have internet pricing in stores as well, so you’re never really paying over the odds either.
Dekard9715/09/2019 02:41

I'd say this is a cracking bike for the money. It's a bit heavy and will …I'd say this is a cracking bike for the money. It's a bit heavy and will make you work on the hills, but you're not going to get much better without spending a lot more money.


It's 11kg...How can you claim that is heavy? Great simple bike and pretty much all that's needed by 99% of us. Might lack some higher gears for making the most of downhills but no need to spend any more than this. Road bikes are useless for commuting. Yours position is all wrong to see around and invariably you have skinny puncture seeking tyres.
I'm looking at spending no more than this as I rarely go out biking. Wouldn't mind something that would be good for going in the woods as we live in the countryside, I'm guessing this wouldn't be anygood?
Agree with the above, 11kg is light for this price. Good that it has a rigid fork over some crappy cheap suspension one. It takes at least 32c tyres which can use lower pressures, will have some comfort and better for rough surfaces like canal paths.
Freewheel and 7 speed Tourney is the only downside, but the rest of the bike is great for this price.
Great value as a commuter but if you arent the fittest and need to go up some big hills this only has a single 44 on the front which might need a bit of effort. For rcomparisson a mountain bike or hybrid will normally have a 48/38/28 to make hills a bit easier. Its a bargain but only if you arent going to replace it in a few months as you get into cycling a bit more
It's a light bike for the money but you have to put that into the context of it has only a 100kg total load rating where as some competitor's bikes go up to a total load limit of 160kg (bike+fitted accessories+luggage+rider) plus it only has a very basic lightweight/light duty freewheel drivetrain as found on sub £100 bikes. The fact it has a single chainring meaning no 2nd shifter, front derailleur or additional cable too keeps weight down but then you have very limited gearing so harder up hills and slow on the flats. Combining a freewheel with a single front chainring means a very slow bike but does improve shifting reliability for such a low end drivetrain. Freewheels have a tendency to wobble so eliminating the front derailleur setup is a good thing for simpler adjusting and maintenance.

Personally I feel its a junk bike to be avoided at all costs for £200 but realise the Btwin/Decathlon bikes overall seem to have a good reputation but I really don't think this particular bike deserves it. We have seen some decent freehub based hybrid bikes go sub £200 in recent times, much stronger bikes with much more reliable drivetrains. Really don't understand why such a weak bike with such low end components merits such heat.

Also why worry about the low weight when it has limited gearing, bikes that could be 3 or 4kg heavier at the extreme will still be faster as they will have wider gearing capable of greater speed on flats and downhill and easy hill climbing.

Also a while back I think I saw a Triban 100 pass me while walking, it was definitely a btwin bike with single chainring and there was a clicking with each crankset rotation typical of either a pedal issue or bottom bracket so I'd be interested to know what sort of bottom bracket they have fitted to these. I'd be surprised if it was a high quality Shimano unit, suspect a more generic low end sealed bottom bracket or a more basic caged bearings bottom bracket. It's not mentioned on the specification and its a area where many bike brands cheap out as it isn't ever seen in the showroom. Considering the bike has such low end components elsewhere I really can't see them spending much on the bottom bracket. You do come across cheap no brand low weight sealed bottom brackets used on some cheap road bikes, they rarely last that long.

At £200 you are so close to getting something decent with a proper freehub based drivetrain I feel this is false economy.

Btwin do a Riverside 120 for £169.99 yes its much heavier but you get a decent freehub drivetrain with wider gearing, it's more comfortable, faster, easier up hills and much more reliable with lower maintenance requirements. Has stronger safer brakes and is easier to get a good bike fit too as has a quill based stem so the handlebar height is more easily adjustable. Yes a quill stem is seen as a more budget component but if the bike is mainly for road use should be more than up to the task and wouldn't see that as a negative.

It's one of the things that really annoys me about the Triban 100. Why did they cheap out with a freewheel based drivetrain and still charge £250 for the bike originally. They could easily have fitted a rear wheel with a freehub and 7 speed cassette for that money, they'd already saved a huge amount by not having a front derailleur, double or triple chainring crankset or 2nd shifter. The bike was always terrible value at £250 and not much better now at £200.
GB270515/09/2019 08:51

Great value as a commuter but if you arent the fittest and need to go up …Great value as a commuter but if you arent the fittest and need to go up some big hills this only has a single 44 on the front which might need a bit of effort. For rcomparisson a mountain bike or hybrid will normally have a 48/38/28 to make hills a bit easier. Its a bargain but only if you arent going to replace it in a few months as you get into cycling a bit more


I'd disagree
On a road bike with a compact chainset you're looking at 50/34 rings so single 44 will give you similar range.
Mountain bikes tend to have lower chainsets due to the larger weight (from materials & suspension forks) and added rolling resistance (from fatter, more nobbly, tyres). As this is a lighter bike with slicks it doesn't need it.
A great bike at this price for roads and canal paths
The Compass Go Outdoors bike posted recently has better gearing, but it has a nasty suss fork with no lockout. There's always a downside somewhere on these cheaper bikes.
Btwin are no-nonsense, great value-for-money bikes.
Can anyone recommend a similar lightweight hybrid bike from another retailer? 11kg seems to be so much better than the competition. I purchased this, but Decathlon failed to deliver 6 days in a row and are now ignoring emails.
Of anyone is in Glasgow area they can have my triban 100 for 50 quid. Nothing wrong with it just needs a cleanup and lube chain. It's probably seen less than 300 miles. I use my ebike if I go out and never caught the roadbike bug
It's the bent handlebar version, stock
Edited by: "rendeverance" 15th Sep 2019
leet15/09/2019 08:45

I'm looking at spending no more than this as I rarely go out biking. …I'm looking at spending no more than this as I rarely go out biking. Wouldn't mind something that would be good for going in the woods as we live in the countryside, I'm guessing this wouldn't be anygood?


It depends on the woods. For something like the green trail in Thetford Forest ("appropriate for most bikes, including tagalogs, trailers, and child seats"), it would be absolutely fine. It's flat so you won't miss having lower gears, but you wouldn't be going so fast you would miss having higher gears. Similarly for things like canal towpaths.
If you want steep narrow twisty rocky tracks though the woods, you'll struggle, even if someone who rides more often might manage.
In between, it'll probably manage, but you might wish you had spent more to get better gears.
Aj_says14/09/2019 23:53

tempting but get a moutain bike like carrera vengeance, it will perform …tempting but get a moutain bike like carrera vengeance, it will perform better on real city roads with pot holes and glass, ride well on the canal path & and is extremely tough. It also offers disc brakes too and the tyre on a mountain bike can be changed to ones with less rolling resistance too. I've got one as a second bike and it rides like butter on London roads


But it's heavier, and you won't get a Vengeance for £200 even before you add a change of tyres, and 32mm is adequate for most poor condition roads, canal paths, etc..
HUKDManc15/09/2019 09:01

I'd disagreeOn a road bike with a compact chainset you're looking at 50/34 …I'd disagreeOn a road bike with a compact chainset you're looking at 50/34 rings so single 44 will give you similar range. Mountain bikes tend to have lower chainsets due to the larger weight (from materials & suspension forks) and added rolling resistance (from fatter, more nobbly, tyres). As this is a lighter bike with slicks it doesn't need it.A great bike at this price for roads and canal paths


I have the RC100 version of this bike, the gearing is wrong for any hills and they become a real struggle; any steep-ish climb and you're looking a lower gear. The tyre is a 32mm not very slick tyre, it is good for the rougher surfaces but not that good on the road and definitely does not offer the reduced rolling resistance of a slick road tyre. The gear shifter is mounted on the handle bars and is not a natural position.
I've done over 1000km on this bike on many rides during the summer, it's cheap but flawed.
alanbraggins15/09/2019 10:44

But it's heavier, and you won't get a Vengeance for £200 even before you …But it's heavier, and you won't get a Vengeance for £200 even before you add a change of tyres, and 32mm is adequate for most poor condition roads, canal paths, etc..


It was on offer for £240 recently, they go on offer quite a bit. Couple that with 10% discounts from the odd ebay promotion/British cycling/aa etc + 3%ish TopCashback.
As for the tyres, there are some good deals for around a tenner floating around
Edited by: "Aj_says" 15th Sep 2019
HUKDManc15/09/2019 09:01

I'd disagreeOn a road bike with a compact chainset you're looking at 50/34 …I'd disagreeOn a road bike with a compact chainset you're looking at 50/34 rings so single 44 will give you similar range. Mountain bikes tend to have lower chainsets due to the larger weight (from materials & suspension forks) and added rolling resistance (from fatter, more nobbly, tyres). As this is a lighter bike with slicks it doesn't need it.A great bike at this price for roads and canal paths


How will 44T give you a similar range, it's just in the middle of those two chainrings so the bike will have much worse high and low gearing making it slower on the flats an more difficult up hills? A typical cassette with a small cog of 11x50T is 50/11= 4.55 wheel rotations per crank rotation. 14x44T is 44/14=3.14 so you are talking almost 50% faster for the same cadence on the flats or downhill. 34x34 is 34/34 = 1 wheel rotation per crank rotation for easy hill climbing. 28x44 = 44/28= 1.57 so almost 60% harder up hills. Slow on the flats and difficult up hills basically with the Triban 100 plus likely to fail earlier and give less reliable shifting due to being based on a low cost/light duty freewheel not freehub and cassette.
bonzobanana15/09/2019 08:54

It's a light bike for the money but you have to put that into the context …It's a light bike for the money but you have to put that into the context of it has only a 100kg total load rating where as some competitor's bikes go up to a total load limit of 160kg (bike+fitted accessories+luggage+rider) plus it only has a very basic lightweight/light duty freewheel drivetrain as found on sub £100 bikes. The fact it has a single chainring meaning no 2nd shifter, front derailleur or additional cable too keeps weight down but then you have very limited gearing so harder up hills and slow on the flats. Combining a freewheel with a single front chainring means a very slow bike but does improve shifting reliability for such a low end drivetrain. Freewheels have a tendency to wobble so eliminating the front derailleur setup is a good thing for simpler adjusting and maintenance.Personally I feel its a junk bike to be avoided at all costs for £200 but realise the Btwin/Decathlon bikes overall seem to have a good reputation but I really don't think this particular bike deserves it. We have seen some decent freehub based hybrid bikes go sub £200 in recent times, much stronger bikes with much more reliable drivetrains. Really don't understand why such a weak bike with such low end components merits such heat. Also why worry about the low weight when it has limited gearing, bikes that could be 3 or 4kg heavier at the extreme will still be faster as they will have wider gearing capable of greater speed on flats and downhill and easy hill climbing. Also a while back I think I saw a Triban 100 pass me while walking, it was definitely a btwin bike with single chainring and there was a clicking with each crankset rotation typical of either a pedal issue or bottom bracket so I'd be interested to know what sort of bottom bracket they have fitted to these. I'd be surprised if it was a high quality Shimano unit, suspect a more generic low end sealed bottom bracket or a more basic caged bearings bottom bracket. It's not mentioned on the specification and its a area where many bike brands cheap out as it isn't ever seen in the showroom. Considering the bike has such low end components elsewhere I really can't see them spending much on the bottom bracket. You do come across cheap no brand low weight sealed bottom brackets used on some cheap road bikes, they rarely last that long.At £200 you are so close to getting something decent with a proper freehub based drivetrain I feel this is false economy.Btwin do a Riverside 120 for £169.99 yes its much heavier but you get a decent freehub drivetrain with wider gearing, it's more comfortable, faster, easier up hills and much more reliable with lower maintenance requirements. Has stronger safer brakes and is easier to get a good bike fit too as has a quill based stem so the handlebar height is more easily adjustable. Yes a quill stem is seen as a more budget component but if the bike is mainly for road use should be more than up to the task and wouldn't see that as a negative.It's one of the things that really annoys me about the Triban 100. Why did they cheap out with a freewheel based drivetrain and still charge £250 for the bike originally. They could easily have fitted a rear wheel with a freehub and 7 speed cassette for that money, they'd already saved a huge amount by not having a front derailleur, double or triple chainring crankset or 2nd shifter. The bike was always terrible value at £250 and not much better now at £200.


This post pretty much sums up this forum. Blah blah blah blah...
kramer208815/09/2019 11:23

This post pretty much sums up this forum. Blah blah blah blah...


I thought decent read and offered a possibly better bike, which was actually cheaper.
Btwin are ok carrera is better personally the mtb is better because of potholes and can be used off road
kramer208815/09/2019 08:38

It's 11kg...How can you claim that is heavy? Great simple bike and pretty …It's 11kg...How can you claim that is heavy? Great simple bike and pretty much all that's needed by 99% of us. Might lack some higher gears for making the most of downhills but no need to spend any more than this. Road bikes are useless for commuting. Yours position is all wrong to see around and invariably you have skinny puncture seeking tyres.


Hold on fella. I said this is a bit heavy, not very heavy or ridiculously heavy. I also said you're going to need to spend a 'lot more money' for something better. The guy asked if it was good for a 10 mile two way commute, which is 20 miles a day. If he's got a lot of hills, 20 miles is going to be a pretty difficult commute for the average person. I'm only stating my honest opinion. Maybe you can climb hills on a 11kg bike, but some of us aren't as fit

And I'm not sure where skinny tyres comes into this as I never said a word about skinny tyres.
Edited by: "Dekard97" 15th Sep 2019
kramer208815/09/2019 11:23

This post pretty much sums up this forum. Blah blah blah blah...


I would say a childish insulting post like yours would be a better summary of the low quality posts often seen in this forum. I really think it's important to correct wrong information given on any forum surely, when people are making purchasing decisions costing hundreds of pounds maybe even thousands.
Aj_says14/09/2019 23:53

tempting but get a moutain bike like carrera vengeance, it will perform …tempting but get a moutain bike like carrera vengeance, it will perform better on real city roads with pot holes and glass, ride well on the canal path & and is extremely tough. It also offers disc brakes too and the tyre on a mountain bike can be changed to ones with less rolling resistance too. I've got one as a second bike and it rides like butter on London roads


Carrera bikes are so bad. Fair enough its valid point in terms of light usage. But built tough is a joke compared to what its marketed for.
HUKDManc15/09/2019 09:01

I'd disagreeOn a road bike with a compact chainset you're looking at 50/34 …I'd disagreeOn a road bike with a compact chainset you're looking at 50/34 rings so single 44 will give you similar range. Mountain bikes tend to have lower chainsets due to the larger weight (from materials & suspension forks) and added rolling resistance (from fatter, more nobbly, tyres). As this is a lighter bike with slicks it doesn't need it.A great bike at this price for roads and canal paths



Sorry but this is wrong, so a road bike that could give you a 34/28 is the same as a 44/28? Not even close. As i said great for a commute but is someone isnt a cyclist and faces a decent hill they will struggle
Ok city bike, ok price
I was looking at this bike recently as I was looking for a light, cheap commuter. The bike certainly looks the part, and the price-tag is appealing but as bonzobanana has said, ultimately I feel that the Riverside 120 would be a better purchase.

I'll not regurgitate what that user said, but would like to add that it is very difficult/nigh on impossible to add a decent set of mudguards/fenders to the Triban 100 because of the lack of clearance between the tyre and brake caliper. For me, that was a major dealbreaker for commuting.
GB270515/09/2019 17:14

Sorry but this is wrong, so a road bike that could give you a 34/28 is the …Sorry but this is wrong, so a road bike that could give you a 34/28 is the same as a 44/28? Not even close. As i said great for a commute but is someone isnt a cyclist and faces a decent hill they will struggle


I said, SIMILAR not the same
As I mentioned there are other factors that would make a significant difference between this single crank road bike and a cheap triple crank mountain bike. The added weight (likely 16kg+) and different wheel size (likely 26") & tyre type (likely nobly) would have a significant impact negating most (if not all) potential difference made by the bottom & top end of the gearing.
It's not comparing apples with apples so not as simple and straight forward as just the gears like so many people here have suggested
Nice
This is the minimum viable bike with gears. And it's perfect at what it sets out to do.

You might find a medium incline a challenge, but that's hills for you.
kramer208815/09/2019 11:23

This post pretty much sums up this forum. Blah blah blah blah...


Actually, the lengthy post you refer to (bonzobanana's) is very informative for those willing to extend their knowledge on bikes- and bonzo's post is relative to the subject itself, enabling the reader to gauge if the deal is one to go for, or not; such input is much appreciated on a public forum.

As for your post...
samwants2save16/09/2019 08:58

Actually, the lengthy post you refer to (bonzobanana's) is very …Actually, the lengthy post you refer to (bonzobanana's) is very informative for those willing to extend their knowledge on bikes- and bonzo's post is relative to the subject itself, enabling the reader to gauge if the deal is one to go for, or not; such input is much appreciated on a public forum. As for your post...


It's a £200 bike on a cheap deal forum. If you are interested in the exact science if gear ratios, bottom brackets, mg differences in weight, free bubs v cassette s etc etc then there must be other forums for autistic experts on everything. If you are looking for confirmation that this looks a good deal, or want to highlight it to others then this is the place
Im 64 I've had a cheap bike a 15 gears I think, it was hard going up hills so I looking for a light bike for fun a sweet spot that I can attempt some hills pack it away in the car boot when done
maybe a folding or tyre removal, some of those bikes in showrooms are quite heavy puts me off getting back into it
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Tom_Barry16/09/2019 10:03

Im 64 I've had a cheap bike a 15 gears I think, it was hard going up hills …Im 64 I've had a cheap bike a 15 gears I think, it was hard going up hills so I looking for a light bike for fun a sweet spot that I can attempt some hills pack it away in the car boot when done maybe a folding or tyre removal, some of those bikes in showrooms are quite heavy puts me off getting back into it


IMO folding bikes aren't worth paying the extra for if you are just putting it into a car, mostly removing the front wheel, which with a quick release skewer takes less than a minute.

As for hills, unless you live in a part of the world where hills are unavoidable I would say initially just avoid hills until you build your fitness. Beyond gears there is only so much a bike can do to relieve the simple physics of moving weight upwards. Over time build in steeper and steeper hills. I notice very little difference in hills on my light alu road bike vs heavy chromalloy touring bike, it just gives you marginal advantage on the flat.
bonzobanana15/09/2019 08:54

It's a light bike for the money but you have to put that into the context …It's a light bike for the money but you have to put that into the context of it has only a 100kg total load rating where as some competitor's bikes go up to a total load limit of 160kg (bike+fitted accessories+luggage+rider) plus it only has a very basic lightweight/light duty freewheel drivetrain as found on sub £100 bikes. The fact it has a single chainring meaning no 2nd shifter, front derailleur or additional cable too keeps weight down but then you have very limited gearing so harder up hills and slow on the flats. Combining a freewheel with a single front chainring means a very slow bike but does improve shifting reliability for such a low end drivetrain. Freewheels have a tendency to wobble so eliminating the front derailleur setup is a good thing for simpler adjusting and maintenance.Personally I feel its a junk bike to be avoided at all costs for £200 but realise the Btwin/Decathlon bikes overall seem to have a good reputation but I really don't think this particular bike deserves it. We have seen some decent freehub based hybrid bikes go sub £200 in recent times, much stronger bikes with much more reliable drivetrains. Really don't understand why such a weak bike with such low end components merits such heat. Also why worry about the low weight when it has limited gearing, bikes that could be 3 or 4kg heavier at the extreme will still be faster as they will have wider gearing capable of greater speed on flats and downhill and easy hill climbing. Also a while back I think I saw a Triban 100 pass me while walking, it was definitely a btwin bike with single chainring and there was a clicking with each crankset rotation typical of either a pedal issue or bottom bracket so I'd be interested to know what sort of bottom bracket they have fitted to these. I'd be surprised if it was a high quality Shimano unit, suspect a more generic low end sealed bottom bracket or a more basic caged bearings bottom bracket. It's not mentioned on the specification and its a area where many bike brands cheap out as it isn't ever seen in the showroom. Considering the bike has such low end components elsewhere I really can't see them spending much on the bottom bracket. You do come across cheap no brand low weight sealed bottom brackets used on some cheap road bikes, they rarely last that long.At £200 you are so close to getting something decent with a proper freehub based drivetrain I feel this is false economy.Btwin do a Riverside 120 for £169.99 yes its much heavier but you get a decent freehub drivetrain with wider gearing, it's more comfortable, faster, easier up hills and much more reliable with lower maintenance requirements. Has stronger safer brakes and is easier to get a good bike fit too as has a quill based stem so the handlebar height is more easily adjustable. Yes a quill stem is seen as a more budget component but if the bike is mainly for road use should be more than up to the task and wouldn't see that as a negative.It's one of the things that really annoys me about the Triban 100. Why did they cheap out with a freewheel based drivetrain and still charge £250 for the bike originally. They could easily have fitted a rear wheel with a freehub and 7 speed cassette for that money, they'd already saved a huge amount by not having a front derailleur, double or triple chainring crankset or 2nd shifter. The bike was always terrible value at £250 and not much better now at £200.


Excellent read! Good info thx
deleted24979816/09/2019 10:49

IMO folding bikes aren't worth paying the extra for if you are just …IMO folding bikes aren't worth paying the extra for if you are just putting it into a car, mostly removing the front wheel, which with a quick release skewer takes less than a minute. As for hills, unless you live in a part of the world where hills are unavoidable I would say initially just avoid hills until you build your fitness. Beyond gears there is only so much a bike can do to relieve the simple physics of moving weight upwards. Over time build in steeper and steeper hills. I notice very little difference in hills on my light alu road bike vs heavy chromalloy touring bike, it just gives you marginal advantage on the flat.


My old 80s trekking cycle has 52-40 front and 28-14 back, is it my fitness that sucks or this gearing for the hills? I have to go into the lowest 40/28 ratio for a reasonably steep hill and it still burns the thighs lol
You can often pick up barely used Boardman hybrids on Gumtree and the like for around £200 - £300 and I would take one of them over one of these any day, week, month or year.

I've had one for the past 6 years which gets used very regularly and it has only needed a new crank arm in all that time other than the usual parts like inner tubes etc.
Edited by: "AmFearLiathMòr" 16th Sep 2019
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