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Video Just In: Triban RC 500

New offering from Decathlon could be one of the best value disc brake road bikes out there

The new Triban RC 500, priced £529, looks extraordinarily good value for money. Take a look at it before we send it out for review.

Check out our story: Decathlon rolls out new disc-braked Triban RC 500 and Triban RC 520 bikes 

The Triban bikes, sold exclusively through Decathlon stores, used to be called B'Twin Tribans, but Decathlon has now shelved the B'Twin name.

Triban's have gained a reputation over the past few years for offering exceptional value. Take a look at the £249 Triban 100 road bike that we reviewed recently for evidence of that. 

The Triban RC 500 promises a lot. We'll have a full review here on in the next few weeks. In the meantime, get more details at

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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bikezero | 5 years ago

I'm at a loss as to why Decathlon dropped the Btwin brand name. It had become a highly recognisable contemporary bike brand name (and for the most part respected as good value for money).
Can't say I have yet warmed to these new Triban models cosmetically. Gone is the sporty look of the previous (or current should I say) series.
I believe in large part it's the much more minimalistic decals that are leaving me with this impression.
For example the fork is all black generic looking whereas on the current series the same fork has a large white inside section that reads "EVO sport" and Carbon written on the outside.
Don't get me wrong, I don't like a bike plastered in silly decals (the Ultra AF "racing team" blue/black edition now discontinued was a good example of that) but I felt the BTWIN Triban series had a good balance in this area.

Anyway, look is of course only a matter of personal taste and I do hope these bikes sell well. I don't doubt they are excellent and road bikes with disc brakes don't typically come this cheap as pointed out.
However it is worth noting that some people don't care for disc brakes, or at least not if they come at an extra cost as they of course do, and starting at £529 these new Triban's will not be seen as cheap to a lay person or newcomer.
Presumably Btwin (oops, Decathlon) will release a cheaper non-disc Triban option soon if they are going to discontinue the lower priced Btwin models like the Triban 100 and 500.

dassie | 5 years ago

In the forthcoming full review please report on tyre clearances, with and without mudguards.

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