Decathlon bikes: guide to Triban and Van Rysel bikes

Formally B'twin, Decathlon now have a wide range of road bikes to choose from

Back in 2017 Decathlon revealed it was planning to drop the B’twin name from its Triban road bikes. It has since implemented the overhaul of its Triban range, as well as launching two new models. The range will now just be known as Triban, as opposed to B’twin Triban.

On paper, it might seem inconsequential, but it’s a big deal for the French brand with B’twin almost being a household name. However, it says it’s necessary because of the sheer number of bikes it now produces. The ranges have now been split to Triban and Van Rysel bikes.

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Mud guards are easily attached

Being more specific, Decathlon says these bikes fit under the ‘cyclo tourisme’ category and suit beginners through to advanced riders while the Van Rysel Ultra range is for those who have a performance element to their riding.

The bigger benefit of the name change, the brand says, was the creative freedom it offered to redesign the Triban bikes that have been the brand’s bread and butter bikes for a very long time.

Ranging from flat bar, go anywhere models through to superbly comfortable aluminium frame racing bikes, they flew off the shelves. Those previous models still exist, but now Decathlon has a deeper clarification of its Triban range, introducing two new models: the RC500 and the RC520. These new models will replace the old Triban 540.

They all also come with a lifetime warranty.

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Triban bikes

Triban RC100 – £249.99

Triban RC100

Triban RC100

Decathlon’s cheapest road bike, the RC100 is designed to really ease you into the world of cycling on a road bike.

Designed for comfort, the RC100 is based around a 6061 aluminium frame with a shorter top tube and longer head tube, taking the strain away from the neck and back, areas that usually take a real beating when starting out on the road.

You don’t get the usual range of gears you find on most road bikes as the RC100 only has a single chainring with a seven-speed Shimano cassette.

Its Decathlon’s own brand wheels with 32mm tyres to add more comfort again. You can also easily add mudguards with eyelets on the rear rack, making it a great commuter.

Buy now: Triban RC100 from Decathlon for £249.99

Triban RC120 – £349.99/RC120 Disc – £399.99

Triban RC120 Disc

The Triban RC120 is Decathlon’s best seller. Another bike based around comfort, the RC120 is a more sophisticated version of the RC100.

With aluminium frame, carbon forks and Microshift’s eight-speed shifter on a 11×34 cassette. But, as ever on these bikes, it doesn’t lack the Shimano name. The RC120 has the Shimano Tourney double chainring for the 50/34 bottom bracket.

This is the bike you will probably see around cities and towns with commuters riding on them. The frame, handlebars, saddle and tyres are all designed for comfort, just with a couple of extra luxuries compared to the RC100.

The RC120 Disc, as you may have guessed, is basically the same bike. It does have a couple of little extras, obviously it has disc brakes. Promax DSK-300R disc brakes to be precise.

It also has Triban Tubeless ready wheels in comparison to the standard RC120 that has Triban 700 wheels. Crossed steel spoked to add strength and is a tad more expensive at £399.99. Oh, and its also a different colour.

Both bikes come with lights and a bell.

Buy now: Triban RC120 Disc from Decathlon for £399.99

Triban RC500 – £529.99/RC500 Disc – £529.99

Triban RC500 Disc

Triban RC500 Disc

The trend with all these Triban bikes is that comfort and versatility are the primary focus. Advertised as Triban’s most comfortable bike and most comfortable in the whole Decathlon road bike range, the RC500 and RC500 Disc really is one of the best bikes to really get going as a regular road rider.

The RC500 comes with flat handlebars but drops are available. The disc version comes with the standard road bike drops.

This bike is designed to do it all, general road riding, adventuring, touring – you name it and it can do it. This bike has enough clearance for 36mm tyres for even greater comfort on rougher ground but generally come with 28mm.

Decathlon suggest you use this bike for things like bikepacking but not full blown travelling as overloading could damage or even break the bike.

Kitted out with Decathlon’s new Triban Evo carbon/aluminium forks, designed to carry a front mounted pannier rack of up to 9kg, ergonomic aluminium handlebar for better grip and comfort with a range of sizes for the bars and stem.

Shimano Sora drivetrain with nine-speed derailleur, Sora crankset in 50/34, Microshift 11/32 cassette and Promax DSK-300R disc brakes for the disc bike.

Buy now: Triban RC500 Disc from Decathlon for £529.99

Triban RC520 – £729.99

Triban RC520

The aluminium frame bike, with dropped seat stay, 27.2mm seat posts and compact geometry mirror Decathlon’s desire for a comfort orientated bike.

It’s designed for doing it all, much like the RC500, the RC520 is made for the road, adventuring and touring, but with added performance.

This bike is aiming for comfort still, but this time the RC520 is made for speed. To, as Decathlon say, “push that bit harder than the pack.”

The Triban RC520 comes with a Shimano 105 groupset, albeit without the dedicated chainset or brakes. Instead, the RC520 uses TRP’s Hy/Rd hybrid callipers, which are a mixture of cable and hydraulic stoppers.

Specced with a brand new Triban wheelset, the first that Decathlon has produced and they’re tubeless ready with a 17mm internal width. Plus, those with an eye to commuting will also be pleased to hear that the frame comes with holes for mounting guards and pannier racks.

Also new is the Triban Ergofit saddle, a new hammock designed saddle that the brand says should be comfortable on long days in the saddle.

This model is also available with flat bars, making it more of a touring/commuter bike.

Buy now: Triban RC 520 Disc from Decathlon for £729.99

Triban Women’s Beginner – £249.99

Triban Women's Beginner

Triban Women’s Beginner

This is a perfect bike for beginners on the road scene. Developed by a design team completely based around women’s bikes, the Women’s Beginner is a cheap, comfort-oriented easy to ride, single chainring bike.

With higher steering socket and shorter top tube, the bike has a more upright position which will ease you into the more aero road riding position. One of the worst parts about starting out is the back issues, so the fact Triban have looked to address the issue is really good.

Two things that Decathlon have focused on are easy-to-change gearing and better braking.

On the braking side of things, they have fitted the Triban with a double braking system.

The normal brakes are Microshift’s SB-R480S Classic brake levers which have been specially adapted for smaller hands.

Another set of braking levers are on the tops of the handlebars, they are Tektro RL 576 Cyclocross brake levers, for those who are more used to riding on the tops, in a more mountain bike style.

Full Microshift drivetrain with an 11/34 cassette and single 40 tooth chainwheel means that there is no trouble with switching between cogs on this bike.

To top it all off, a special women’s comfort saddle specially developed by Decathlon comes with the bike for the perfect set-up for a you.

Buy now: Triban Women’s Beginner from Decathlon for £249.99

Triban Women’s Intermediate – £499.99

Triban Women's Intermediate road bike

Triban Women’s Intermediate road bike

The, believe it or not, upgrade of the beginner, the intermediate has a bit more focus on the speed side as well as comfort, lighter with carbon forks but also Shimano Sora 2×9 speed drivetrain it has a more sophisticated gearing than the beginner.

The aluminium frame paired with the carbon forks put together in a comfortable set-up, like before, to have a more upright position, rather than the lower, speedy, slightly uncomfortable aero position and the Shimano Sora R3000 compact groupset of 50/34  means that really, this is a great bike for the hills.

This bike is fitted with B’Twin aero wheels too, which is a bit of a confusing mix of the upright position and comfort along with the speed and aerodynamic side, but if you’re not really thinking about all that then it is a great bike for you.

Buy now: Triban Women’s Intermediate from Decathlon for £499.99

Van Rysel bikes

Van Rysel RR 900 AF 105 – £799.99

Van Rysel RR 900 AF

Van Rysel RR 900 AF 105

Read more: Van Rysel RR 900 AF 105 review

Immediately you will be able to see a big change in the style of bike. Not only does the Van Rysel hold a completely different name to the Triban, it is a very different beast.

Branded as a performance endurance bike, the RR 900 AF is a versatile bike that based around being much more aero than any Triban on offer.

With Shimano’s brand new 105 drivetrain with 11-speed rear derailleur and compact chainset, the RR 900 AF is great for riding in the hills but won’t hold you back on the flat.

It is a fairly basic looking bike but the smart colour and sloped frame makes it look a bit more racy. It is definitely a lot of bike for the money.

Buy now: Van Rysel RR 900 AF 105 from Decathlon for £799.99

Van Rysel RR 920 AF Ultegra – £1299.99

Van Rysel RR 920 AF Ultegra

Van Rysel RR 920 AF Ultegra

As you might imagine, the models get better and better with more well known components as you go through from now onwards. The RR 920 AF Ultegra is a notable step up in tech but sticks rigidly to the aluminium frame.

Decathlon describes this bike as perfect for competition and that it is an exceptionally well equipped high performance bike.

You can see the upgrade in components in the name alone, Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, cassette and brakes puts the spec of tech much higher than the price suggests.

With the Ultegra R8000 compact 52/36 you do have a couple of bigger gears compared to the cheaper models, of course, like any bike, this can be modified to what suits you.

The forks are a mix of aluminium and carbon are an great blend and also shave a little bit of weight off too.

Just to through another couple of famous brands in there, the RR 920 AF Ultegra has Mavic Cosmic Elite wheels and Mavic Yksion Comp tyres along with a Fizik Antares Black Edition saddle are all fitted to this bike as standard.

Buy now: Van Rysel RR 920 AF Ultegra from Decathlon for £1,299.99

Van Rysel Road Bike EDR AF Ultegra – £1199.99

Van Rysel Road Bike EDR AF Ultegra

Van Rysel Road Bike EDR AF Ultegra

Brand spanking new on the scene, the EDR AF models are the latest to hit the shelves of the Decathlon sites and shops, with a electric blue version of the Ultegra version and a black Shimano 105 version of the bike coming out very soon, this is an exciting moment for the brand.

This model is designed to gobble up the miles with relative ease and is even more developed around comfort while riding than any other of the Van Rysel range.

The full aluminium frame with a carbon and aluminium blend in the forks, this isn’t a bike made to be light but a bike made to ride and ride and, well, ride.

It has a full Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, cassette and brakes, meaning it has excellent quality tech for the price you pay yet again.

Slotting in nicely between the aluminium and carbon base Van Rysels, the EDR AF Ultegra definitely looks different to the norm in the Decathlon road bike range.

While the looks are a little different, it is a smart looking machine and is definitely worth considering. We don’t have the price for the all black Shimano 105 version as of yet, but rest assured, we will be testing Decathlon’s latest bikes very soon.

Buy now: Van Rysel Road Bike EDR AF Ultegra from Decathlon for £1199.99

Van Rysel RR 900 CF 105 – £1499.99

Van Rysel RR 900 CF 105

Van Rysel RR 900 CF 105

Van Rysel bikes from this model up are now on full carbon frame and forks. This is the most advanced frame Decathlon make, perfect fopr the climbs but is strong enough to tackle the challenges of cobbles. Van Rysel really aim to be all terrain bikes.

This may be an all carbon bike and be more expensive than the RR 920 AF, but, the RR 900 CF has a cheaper drivetrain, cassette and brakes with Shimano’s 105 components fitted.

So, what are you paying for? A lighter bike with cheaper tech, sure… But, carbon bikes are more durable and are great for racing, especially on criterium races where is rigidity will really come through. Plus, if you want the Ultegra set-up on this frame, you’re looking at a £600 price jump.

Buy now: Van Rysel RR 900 CF 105 from Decathlon for £1499.99

Van Rysel RR 920 CF Ultegra – £ 1899.99

Van Rysel RR 920 CF Ultegra

Van Rysel RR 920 CF Ultegra

Taking another step up, the RR 920 CF Ultegra is a high-performance, racing set bike with all of Shimano Ultegra trimmings, this is a harder bike compared to the ones that preceded it.

The RR 920 CF looks very smart from the side, it does have lime green touches on the underside of the frame, which may not be your cup of tea, so there is a black version available if you don’t fancy that.

This, like all of Decathlon’s Van Rysel’s, is said to be the perfect climbing machine but is strong enough to tackle to toughest classic. While you could probably get a stronger bike for both, this will definitely do a great job.

Mavic Cosmic Carbon wheels is more lightweight strength and aerodynamics and Yksion Pro tyres means its close to the same spec used by professional riders.

Buy now: Van Rysel RR 920 CF Ultegra – £1899.99

Van Rysel RR 920 CF Potenza – £1999.99

Van Rysel RR 920 CF Potenza

Van Rysel RR 920 CF Potenza

This bike is basically exactly the same as the Ultegra version, the major difference is the fact that this is the only high end bike on the Van Rysel range that doesn’t have some sort of Shimano branding on it.

It is fully set up with the Italian brand, Campagnolo. Complete with the full Potenza set-up, the RR 920 CF does look slightly different.

If you put the Ultegra and Potenza side-by-side you will be able to see that the hoods look a bit odd on the Potenza, in a world dominated by Shimano, though, something like Campagnolo and SRAM are definitely needed.

This full carbon bike can tackle anything from the highest heights of the Alps all the way to the cobbles of Trouée d’Arenburg, the strength, durability and lightness of the bike makes it a perfect ride in all areas.

With an 11-speed compact 52/36 chainset, you have all you need to really get the pace going on the flat but also you shouldn’t run out of gears on the climbs.

A slightly lower position is adopted on this version of the RR 920 CF but Van Rysel have put in the effort to make is just as comfortable as any of the other models.

You do pay £100 more than the Ultegra for the Potenza model, the Campagnolo system is meant to be a better one, it is very much personal preference, it is a case of trying both and see which suits you best.

Buy now: Van Rysel RR 920 CF Potenza from Decathlon for £1999.99

Van Rysel RR 940 CF Ultegra Di2 – £3499.99

Van Rysel RR 940 CF Ultegra Di2

Van Rysel RR 940 CF Ultegra Di2

You might be thinking, why on earth has the price jumped from £1999.99 to £3499.99, well it is because of electric gearing and an upgrade on every little detail.

The Ultegra Di2 is Shimano’s cheapest electric gearing but it is a marked improvement on any of the mechanical systems on the cheaper bikes.

Swift shifting with no fuss at all on the 11-speed 52/36 Shimano Ultegra R8050 Di2 drivetrain with R8000 cassette with instant changing of gear with just a tap of the finger.

Along with the huge gearing upgrade, you also get Cosmic Pro carbon SL UST wheels which is a marked improvement on any bike below on the price grid.

The handlebars are full carbo as well where they have been aluminium on all the bikes cheaper, so it isn’t just the frame and forks that are all carbon, it is pretty much the entire bike.

You get Van Rysel’s custom made Fisik Antares R3 saddle too, even that is a slight upgrade on the previous model.

Buy now: Van Rysel RR 940 CF Ultegra Di2 from Decathlon for £3499.99

Van Rysel RR 940 CF Dura-Ace – £3499.99

Van Rysel RR 940 CF Dura-Ace

Van Rysel RR 940 CF Dura-Ace

Extremely similar to the Ultegra Di2, the Dura-Ace is the highest possible spec you can get on the mechanical side of Shimano’s gearing selection.

The bike components are basically exactly the same, the differences are that, obviously, isn’t electric gears but it is Dura-Ace, which is a superbly high quality mechanical set-up. Along with that, you get one below the top of the range Fizik saddle with the Antares R1.

Set up with the usual compact 52/36 Dura-Ace 9100 chainset with 9100 cassette and groupset.

This is one off the top grade model you can buy from Van Rysel and is well worth consideration, is you look at other bikes with the same equipment, you will realise how much bike you are getting for your money.

This bike is also available with Zipp 303 wheels, Firecrest carbon rims and Vittoria Corsa Graphene 700x25c tyres.

Buy now: Van Rysel RR 940 CF Dura-Ace from Decathlon for £3499.99

Van Rysel Ultra RCR CF Dura-Ace Di2 – £3999.99

Van Rysel Ultra RCR CF Dura-Ace Di2

Van Rysel Ultra RCR CF Dura-Ace Di2

The top of the range bike available in the Decathlon road bike range, the Ultra RCR CF is all singing all dancing. With Shimano’s top of the range electric gearing system, the Dura-Ace Di2 is used by nearly every professional team out there, it is the same system that Geraint Thomas uses.

Its the same Ultra Evo Dynamic carbon frame used on all the carbon Van Rysel bikes with carbon forks sharing the same name.

Deda Alanera aero handlebars are only fitted to this bike and they look fantastic. You just look at this bike and it would fit in with some of the top of the range £10000 bikes you see from the bigger name brands.

Why is it so cheap? Good question, if you look at all the pricing, Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 alone is around £2000, the Cosmic Pro carbon SL UST wheels are around £1000, the handlebars are £400, £80 for the Fizik Antares R3 saddle… But the frame sells for £799.99, but looking at this you’re getting the frame for about £200 cheaper.

It seems to be a theme of this guide when I say that you get a lot for your money, but you really do.

If you’re looking at bikes around this price, you won’t find a 2020 model with this kit on it for the same price.

Buy now: Van Rysel Ultra RCR CF Dura-Ace Di2 from Decathlon for £3999.99

Van Rysel Ultra AF Women’s Tiagra – £749.99

Van Rysel Ultra AF Women's road bike Tiagra

Van Rysel Ultra AF Women’s road bike Tiagra

NOT YET ON UK WEBSITE

This bike isn’t on the UK site yet as Decathlon are looking to sell the last few of the B’Twin model before launching in the next few weeks.

This is the only bike in the entire Decathlon road bike range that has Shimano Tiagra, it is a 10-speed drivetrain with a 50/34 bottom bracket.

The UCI approved frame is fully aluminium with a carbon aluminium mix for the forks. The handlebars are compact, perfect for the average woman compared to the usually quite wide bars on men’s bikes.

For those of you not familiar with Tiagra, it is Shimano’s fourth tier groupset, behind the Dura-Ace, Ultegra and 105. But don’t think that it is the base model, the Shimano Sora and Claris are below.

This a an excellent entry level road bike for the female market and is a great way of introducing you to a more race like position if that’s the line you’re wanting to go down.

Buy now: Van Rysel Ultra AF Women’s Tiagra from Decathlon for £749.99

Van Rysel Women’s Ultra CF 105 – £1099.99

Van Rysel Ultra CF Women's Carbon road bike

Van Rysel Ultra CF Women’s Carbon road bike

Read more: Van Rysel Ultra CF review

When we reviewed this bike we were amazed at how much bike you get for the price. they have pulled out all the stops.

Yes, you do only get Shimano 105 and not the Ultegra that are on some of Van Rysel’s other models, but it is a woman focussed bike and with it being the brand new 105 system, it has some of the Dura-Ace hand-me-downs, so you can’t really complain too much.

The frame doesn’t look too different to the men’s and with it being all in black with slight touches of red, it looks great too. The shape of the frame looks slick and fast, just what you want from a fully carbon bike.

The handlebars are compact to adapt the the slimmer body shape of the average woman as Decathlon do all they can to fit their women’s bikes to every woman looking at the road bike selection on offer.

Aero 700 2024 B’Twin wheels and Hutchinson Fusion 5 perf tyres also add to the aero racy look and feel of the bike. On top of that, the B’Twin women’s sport saddle is fitted for comfort as you eat up the miles.

Unfortunately, this is the highest spec women’s bike on offer by Decathlon, but the high-end men’s Van Rysel’s are available in sizes suited to women and also all the components can be fitted around you if you wanted to.

Buy now: Van Rysel Ultra CF 105 Women’s road bike from Decathlon for £1099.99

Both the Triban and Van Rysel bikes sell out often online, so you may need to go in-store to get the top models.