First things first. As CW readers we know that the first three letters of the TRIgon brand will probably make your heart sink, well for the sake of your own sanity and wallet we suggest you just over look them.
Trigon is the in-house brand name for one of the major frame and component manufacturers based in Taiwan, the factory has been making products for more than 20 years for other people. Four years ago they decided they wanted to branch out and create a line for themselves and Trigon was born. As you might expect they offer MTB’s, TT, CX and even a track bike but it’s the road product that’s the centre of our attention.
Three frames make up the range and each can be specc’ed with a range of SRAM groupsets depending on your budget and preferences. As an opening gambit Trigon has the £749.99 RCC11 frameset. With carbon tubes and alloy lugs at the seat cluster and bottom bracket it harks back to the early days of carbon frames but as a way of getting carbon at a lower price makes plenty of sense to us. Into the meat of the range and it’s the RQC27 that comes next with a price of £899.99. A full carbon machine it’s aimed at the sportive rider thanks to its more relaxed geometry and slightly longer wheelbase but with a list weight of under a kilo it looks like a capable all rounder. Very much a racers bike the RQC29 is again full carbon and retails for £1499.99. Oversized tubes, carbon dropouts 1.5inch headtube, BB30 option and hi-mod carbon sends all the right messages for this frameset. As ever the proof of the pudding is in the eating so we’ll have a test as soon as we can of the RQC29, in the mean time if you want more details go to www.cycledivision.co.uk
As if that’s not enough to take on board, Trigon also makes it’s own range of components with bars, stems, seatposts, saddle and even wheels on offer. All are made under the Intrepid name and are used for the complete bike builds.