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TRIBAN RC 520 Disc Road Bike, Navy - 105 £729 @ Decathlon
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TRIBAN RC 520 Disc Road Bike, Navy - 105 £729 @ Decathlon

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Posted 16th Oct 2018
the £729 Triban RC520 uses Shimano’s just released R7000 mechanical 105 groupset. Given the price this is bonkers.

The shifters alone retail for £200. With a shadow rear derailleur design and 11-gears, it’s phenomenal.

In order to marry this with the hydraulic disc brakes and not blow the budget, the RC520 employs TRP’s Hy/Rd hybrid callipers. These use a standard mechanical cable to actuate a hydraulic system whose reservoir is located atop the brake.

Unlike many makers who try and sneak in a cut-price chainset, Triban also cough up for proper Shimano models with external bottom brackets on both bikes.

(Taken from; cyclist.co.uk/rev…ew)

I have bought this bike and love it, even though not discounted it's a lot of bike for the money.

Basics;

Aluminium frame, Carbon Forks
Shimano 105 Gear set
Triban Wheel set and tyres (28mm)
10.8kg
Disc Brakes (hybrid)
50/34t chainset and 11-32 cassette
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Bought one at the weekend as a winter / distance bike. Geometry is lovely, more upright than my B'Twin Ultra AF 700 which should be better for the very long distances I do. Groupset is ridiculous at this price to be quite honest. Even quite impressed with the tyres and saddle, although I will swap both of these out for my personal favourites. Have bought some mudguards so will bung them on at some point.
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Moist mate

This or the Holdsworth from Planet X
10.8kg?
billynewing16/10/2018 22:50

Moist mateThis or the Holdsworth from Planet X


This all day long mate, wheels are set up for tubeless (If that's your thing), and it's got the fixing points and clearence for mud guards! So much bike for so little money
Ashblaurab19 m ago

This all day long mate, wheels are set up for tubeless (If that's your …This all day long mate, wheels are set up for tubeless (If that's your thing), and it's got the fixing points and clearence for mud guards! So much bike for so little money


I have an Alur 700 and it’s amazing so I’m sold on this
billynewing2 h, 51 m ago

Moist mateThis or the Holdsworth from Planet X


Well done Sherlock, where were you before?
Massive bargain. Huge spec for the money and has only just come out. Most bikes with anything like the same spec are about £1100, yet this is the current price from Decathlon. This will either sell out, or they will put the price up.
I wish they would start doing CX (cyclocross) bikes, I'm surprsed there isn't a single model yet
siqass17/10/2018 06:38

I wish they would start doing CX (cyclocross) bikes, I'm surprsed there …I wish they would start doing CX (cyclocross) bikes, I'm surprsed there isn't a single model yet


Stick the correct tyres on mate and this bike will be good to go, it can accommodate up to 38mm width
A versatile bike....50/34....+ 11>>32 Cassette
Nice bike, heated.
I hear they are ditching the B'TWIN name..... good move, always thought it was a stupid name.
Great bike... as long as you upgrade everything.
8ANNED17/10/2018 09:45

Great bike... as long as you upgrade everything.


Great bike for inclement winter riding. Why would you want to upgrade the wheels for winter rides? This bike has a great group set.

Save the upgrades for a carbon summer bike with rim brakes.
Just got off the phone with decathlon it's supposed to come with a free lighting kit and a bell as well! you can't go wrong
Great Deal if you can live with the pig ugly and super bulky looking trp hyrd brakes
BORIS3974 m ago

Great Deal if you can live with the pig ugly and super bulky looking trp …Great Deal if you can live with the pig ugly and super bulky looking trp hyrd brakes


To be fair, they're not the prettiest, nor are they fully hydro, but I cycled into work this morning , in the p*ssing rain and they were fine, worked a treat. And at this price point they'll have had to save money somewhere
Too heavy for a £700 road bike.
Bought one at the weekend as a winter / distance bike. Geometry is lovely, more upright than my B'Twin Ultra AF 700 which should be better for the very long distances I do. Groupset is ridiculous at this price to be quite honest. Even quite impressed with the tyres and saddle, although I will swap both of these out for my personal favourites. Have bought some mudguards so will bung them on at some point.
Ashblaurab17th Oct

Stick the correct tyres on mate and this bike will be good to go, it can …Stick the correct tyres on mate and this bike will be good to go, it can accommodate up to 38mm width


Very interesting point of view. Thanks for yiur input. I'm tired of my crappy Whyte Kingss Cross, anyone tried to put wider tyres and most importantly anyone tried it off road? Would the carbon fork withstand semi mtb style abuse? I would imagine if they state it's a road bike so it suppose to "stay on the road"?
Some pot holed roads are worse than riding through the woods. I've ridden my road bike on 23mm tyres round my local park, across a field and up and down grassy hills but only in dry weather when the ground was firm. I don't think the issue will be the carbon fork but your arms and shoulders are more likely to feel the strain of riding a road bike in conditions more suited to a hard tail MTB.
Don't really get it - I think it's ok for the money but no more. It has a partial R7000 groupset btw, it just has the derailleurs and shifters --- the crank, cassette, chain etc are all downgrades. It doesn't actually say what the crankset is but it's probably the FC-RS510.

Personally I just have a bike with rim brakes, never had an issue but then I only ride in the dry, with the advantage I actually understand how to adjust them myself... I did have a bike with cheap disc brakes and had issues with them - found them forever going out of whack but they were only mechanical. Wouldn't have the first idea how to service hydraulic brakes myself.
booboobeaker19th Oct

Don't really get it - I think it's ok for the money but no more. It has a …Don't really get it - I think it's ok for the money but no more. It has a partial R7000 groupset btw, it just has the derailleurs and shifters --- the crank, cassette, chain etc are all downgrades.


I'd be interested if you could find a similar spec'd bike for the same cash (hydro or semi-hydro disc brakes, new 105 gears, endurance alu frame, tubeless ready wheels, rack and mudguard mounts, clearance for 35mm tyres). The derailleurs and shifters (and brake calipers) are what matters on a bike imho - the rest are all basically "consumables" bar the crankset, but for reference my BTwin Ultra AF 700 came with a non-series Shimano crankset which I bent in a crash. Replaced it with the 105 crankset, didn't notice any difference when riding. It weighs less, but it isn't noticeable at all.

I cycle all year round. Commuting and doing rides of up to 600km in all weathers. This bike fits the endurance / winter space in my hypothetical garage (I don't have a garage) - my "road" bike is a bit too racey for the long distances I do, and I wanted to try discs (which, now I've tried, I'll be annoyed to have to go back to rim brakes I reckon).
Edited by: "plasticniki" 19th Oct 2018
It's fine if that's what you're after, It's just not really my cup of tea - I ride an old Btwin Mach 720 in the winter which is probably a harsher ride than your Ultra AF, and a Giant TCR Pro in the summer. The Giant TCR frame makes the BTwin one feel like a heap of junk btw.

Kudos to you if you do 600km rides, you'd be the only person I've ever known ride that far in a single day lol. Pretty sure I wouldn't want to be riding on a 100mile hilly sportive on a bike that weighed 10.8kg, but each to their own.

There are plenty of bikes around for similar value to this one, maybe not the exact spec and price but similar. I personally wouldn't hesitate to spend an extra 180-odd quid on a Giant Contend SL1 for a better bike which is 1.5kg lighter... rutlandcycling.com/bik…019, SAVE50 code. Spend a grand and use SAVE100 for more off. Probably get better bargains coming through now at the end of season.
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booboobeaker19/10/2018 20:29

I personally wouldn't hesitate to spend an extra 180-odd quid on a Giant …I personally wouldn't hesitate to spend an extra 180-odd quid on a Giant Contend SL1 for a better bike which is 1.5kg lighter... https://www.rutlandcycling.com/bikes/road-bikes/giant-contend-sl-1-disc-2018-road-bike-charcoal_458019, SAVE50 code. Spend a grand and use SAVE100 for more off. Probably get better bargains coming through now at the end of season.


That Giant has hardly any tyre clearance, and doesn't have any mudguard or rack mounts. Much less useful for any commuting or winter riding. Not really the same sort of bike.
deleted120438320/10/2018 12:59

That Giant has hardly any tyre clearance, and doesn't have any mudguard or …That Giant has hardly any tyre clearance, and doesn't have any mudguard or rack mounts. Much less useful for any commuting or winter riding. Not really the same sort of bike.



giant-bicycles.com/gb/…003 you're welcome
Edited by: "booboobeaker" 20th Oct 2018
booboobeaker20th Oct

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/news/contend-the-ideal-winter-road-bike/22003 you're welcome


Good spot, that. Not sure how Giant's own brand discs are but probably fine. No mudguards mounts, however. I'd prefer more tyre clearance too.

Re: frame quality: I've ridden some pretty decent frames in rental settings for extended periods (a Canyon Ultimate CF SLX and an Orbea Orca) and while they were obviously lovely I didn't come home and think "oh god this cheap alu bike is terrible". In fact when I came to buy the new bike, getting something more expensive and "nicer" was an option but I just didn't feel I'd get that much more value out of something more expensive.

I'm doing a 200km ride on the new Triban RC 520 tomorrow so I'll report back. I did a 60km on Thursday evening and didn't notice any massive slowness compared with my other bike, it obv feels a bit duller up climbs. As for the 600km: I had a 40 hour limit (completed in 38 hours 50 minutes) and did it with people riding heavier bikes than the new Tribans.
Just to weigh in here, the giant sl1 is a good bike, however at 170 odd quid more you're getting a better specific bike than the RC, the RC offers more flexibility with regards to cyclecross/gravel bike capacity as well as the newer 105 set, considering that it's almost 200 quid cheaper than the SL1, the RC is a better buy, it's cheaper, set up to be more versatile (greater clearance and rimless capability) and specifically designed to be more comfortable with it geometry setup and construction that the SL1. If you were to give me a grand and say pick a bike, I'd have the RC and spend the change on accessories. Just my penny's worth
@plasticniki - how did your ride on the RC go?
Just had my bike stolen, and this seems to be a perfect fit - but haven't read too many user reviews so keen to get your feedback on what it's pro/cons are
Cheers
GoOnThen49 m ago

@plasticniki - how did your ride on the RC go?


Sorry to hear about your stolen bike - what a total bummer.

So I've ridden nearly 300km on the RC 520 now. Did a 200km yesterday around Kent: strava.com/act…742

I've done that ride several times now and this was the quickest I've done it (!) which is weird given the previous times I've been on my lighter, racier B'Twin. Anyway. Absolutely love it. Geometry is spot on, noticeably more comfortable over longer distances. Brakes are great (need bedding in). New 105 gears are faultless but make sure the staff in Decathlon set them up correctly before you leave (shift several times from small to big ring and back again, and also shift all the way through the cassette). I changed the saddle out but I would always do that. Stock wheels and tyres are surprisingly good - especially the tyres. I don't notice at all that it's ever-so-slightly heavier than my other bike. I am really pleased with it. It's going to become my "distance" / winter bike.
Ashblaurab17th Oct

Just got off the phone with decathlon it's supposed to come with a free …Just got off the phone with decathlon it's supposed to come with a free lighting kit and a bell as well! you can't go wrong


I'm a btwin fan having previously owned the wonderful Red Triban3 and having recently completed a coast to coast on a Triban520. They are great bikes at the price and I'm sure this is no exception (though it does seem a little heavy). However, the "lighting kit" is absolute pants unless they've upgraded recently, gave mine away, and a bell cost no more than a quid or two anyway. The bike is the selling point not the cheapo extras!
For £8 they do sell this clever little light which can be used both as front (white) and switched to rear (red) if needed

Decathlon switchable bike light
You could do a lot worse than this but I don't think it's a steal. It's not full 105; the chainset is the standard Shimano cheap one, the cassette isn't even Shimano and the brakes are TRP hybrids. Personally I'd rather it cost a bit more and come with full hydraulic discs, instead if you want to upgrade to full hydraulics you'd need new shifters as well because they're only mechanical shifters.

Still, it's decent for the money and I've heard good things about those brakes anyway - somewhere in between rim and hydraulic discs so they could be good for winter use. The frame looks smart as well in my opinion and option to go tubeless is nice.
Biker2517th Oct

Too heavy for a £700 road bike.



Get some training done soft lad
This is **** hot. Have some heat.
Edited by moderator: "removed swear word" 22nd Oct 2018
This is excellent value for money. But what if I really, really wanted a carbon frame and disc brakes still? I can stretch the budget a bit...
@plasticniki - Appreciate the response (and thanks for the condolences!)
I'm a novice regarding bikes, looking at the other RC model (500), do you think the extra £200 is worth it? I see it has Sora rather than 105 components, but not really sure what that equates in riding terms!

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GoOnThen6 m ago

@plasticniki - Appreciate the response (and thanks for the condolences!) …@plasticniki - Appreciate the response (and thanks for the condolences!) I'm a novice regarding bikes, looking at the other RC model (500), do you think the extra £200 is worth it? I see it has Sora rather than 105 components, but not really sure what that equates in riding terms! https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-rc-500-disc-road-bike-black-sora-id_8554410.html


First of all, it's a much more modern design - meaning you can fit wider tyres and eventually tubeless tyres, which are lighter and more resistant to puncture.
Second, 105 groupset is much better and you'll probably save that £200 on maintenance.
Finally if you were to upgrade later 105 separately is way more than £200 so it's really good value and with financing options or cycle to work, it's really a bit of a no brainer to get a better bike...
Thanks for the quick response, @xchaotic - such a helpful community on here!

Just before I pull the trigger on the Triban- as my work offer Cycle2Work is it worth spending the full £1,000? i.e. should I cough up the extra £180 more like Ash suggests?
Noticed a few Giant's are on sale - giant-bicycles.com/gb/…isc

@IanC7 you mention it's not full 105 - would I notice the difference as an amateur cyclist? (Commute is only around 60 miles a week, 30+ miles on the odd weekend ride)
GoOnThen37 m ago

Thanks for the quick response, @xchaotic - such a helpful community on …Thanks for the quick response, @xchaotic - such a helpful community on here!Just before I pull the trigger on the Triban- as my work offer Cycle2Work is it worth spending the full £1,000? i.e. should I cough up the extra £180 more like Ash suggests? Noticed a few Giant's are on sale - https://www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/contend-sl-1-disc@IanC7 you mention it's not full 105 - would I notice the difference as an amateur cyclist? (Commute is only around 60 miles a week, 30+ miles on the odd weekend ride)


Go for 520, use the rest to get some decent pedals and shoes next, get some decent padded shorts, I'll assume you have a helmet and if not one of them and some front and rear lights then you'll be pretty much good to go. You can stretch for some extras such as water proofs ect, but I'd get those basics first, later on your gonna want some cleaning gear for the bike to maintain it, muc off and wet lube. As mentioned previously, get the chaps in decathlon to set the gears correct first before you leave. You could dish out more for a bike but don't forget you can easily end up spending an extra 100+ on ancillarys just to get you going
GoOnThen1 h, 12 m ago

@plasticniki - Appreciate the response (and thanks for the condolences!) …@plasticniki - Appreciate the response (and thanks for the condolences!) I'm a novice regarding bikes, looking at the other RC model (500), do you think the extra £200 is worth it? I see it has Sora rather than 105 components, but not really sure what that equates in riding terms! https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-rc-500-disc-road-bike-black-sora-id_8554410.html


Fyi, when you go to the shop you'll pick the 520 over the 500 purely on how it looks in the flesh let alone the fact it's a better piece of kit
xchaotic22/10/2018 17:30

This is excellent value for money. But what if I really, really wanted a …This is excellent value for money. But what if I really, really wanted a carbon frame and disc brakes still? I can stretch the budget a bit...


To be honest mate the point of carbon is to save weight, by adding discs you add weight so with one hand you giveth and the other you take away! I would base my choice on what it is I'm after, a bike I can use all year round or just in the summer ?
Not a bad price. I am not a fan of hybrid cable pull hydro discs, not really a benefit, more of the worst of both worlds. Full hydro is best or if you £ wont go that for go for cable pull discs or rim brakes. TRP Spyre or a good example of really effective cable pull brakes.
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