Triban GRVL 520 SRAM Apex review - competitive spec, confused character

Triban retains value prowess with an impressive spec, but does the frame quality hold up against the competition?

Triban GRVL 520 side on view with green background
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Triban GRVL 520 certainly stacks up strong on the spec sheet, but we weren't convinced by the ride quality and handling. We found the 650b setup a little too slow for the road - and then the geometry struggled on the really rough stuff. It's definitely a good value setup, but the frameset isn't quite up to scratch.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Competitive spec for the money

  • +

    Robust tire choice

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Ride quality and handling not up to scratch

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Triban’s line-up of wallet friendly bikes has been extended with the new Triban GRVL 520. With prices seemingly rising exponentially in recent times, even the Triban 520 can’t quite stay under the $1,500 / £1,000 ceiling. But is its competitive spec enough to compete with the best gravel bikes in this price range?

Triban GRVL 520: Construction

  • Frame: Triban EvoG 6061 T6 aluminium 
  • Fork: Triban EvoG alloy steerer with carbon fork blades  
  • Shifters: SRAM APEX 1 
  • Crankset:  SRAM APEX 1, 40T  
  • Derailleur:  SRAM APEX 1 Long Cage  
  • Cassette: SRAM PG 1130 APEX, 11-42T 
  • Brakeset: TRP HY/RD cable pull hydraulic actuated disc brakes  
  • Wheels: Triban Gravel aluminium tubeless ready
  • Tires and clearance: Hutchinson Touareg 650x47c(Max: 700x42c or 650x47c)  
  • Weight: 10.9kg

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