B’Twin Triban 500SE road bike review

A sceptical James Shrubsall throws a leg over B’Twin’s new cheap-as-chips Triban 500SE expecting a less than rewarding ride. Surely great bikes cost more than this?

Btwin Triban 500 road bike

Btwin Triban 500 road bike

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Budget barnstormer. The real revelation is that you can indeed buy a proper, grown up road bike for less than £400. Challenge rides, sportives, fast hacks in the lanes, they’re all within the grasp of the Triban 500SE. If winning national title races or riding the Tour de France is more your bag though, you’ll need to go further up the range. As a bit of a postscript, after more experience with the 500SE, I tried making use of its mudguard eyes and failed — the clearances with its 25c tyres were simply too small. Frustrating, although it would no doubt take clip-on ‘Raceblade’ type guards. On the other side of the coin I took the bike out on a 70-mile run in the lanes, and only on the steep hills was I ever reminded that I was riding a bike that costs less than £400.

Reasons to buy
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    Well priced

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    Plenty good enough for sportives and training

Reasons to avoid
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    Not much

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Buy now: B'Twin Triban 500 SE from Decathlon for £249

A couple of years back, fellow scribe Matt Lamy got hold of an earlier iteration of B’Twin’s Triban that cost £300 retail.

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