Triban RC500 Microshift Disc road bike review

A handsome and comfortable, entry-level bike that’s ideal for newcomers to road cycling or those looking for a durable weekday commuter hack

Triban RC500
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Whether you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to get into road cycling, want a tough bike that will take the rough with the smooth en route to work, or an unfussy N+1 for winter, the versatile Triban RC500 is well-worth considering. The 100% use of in-house components may be a deal-breaker for some but this approach keeps the price stupendously low and allows it to punch well above its weight.

Reasons to buy
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    Great value for money

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    Comfortable on long rides

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    Will inspire confidence for newcomers to road bikes

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    All-round potential for different needs and uses

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    Mechanical disc brakes are smoothly efficient

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    Lifetime guarantee on frame, handlebars and stem

Reasons to avoid
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    Less mechanically adept or experienced customers will need help building and setting the bike up

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    Limited support network for in-person advice, spares and servicing

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    Only one color option

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Decathlon’s renowned Triban range (formerly known as B’twin) has long offered decent quality bikes without the higher prices more commonly associated with, and expected of, ‘sexier’ brands.

However, what some leading manufacturers term as ‘entry-level’ is probably still beyond the financial wherewithal of a significant section of their potential customer base. Especially in a cost-of-living crisis. Roll forward then the latest iteration of the highly-rated Triban RC500, which retails at just £649.99 (or $1,199.00 in the US with Shimano's reliable Sora groupset specced instead) - we take a look at how this latest model stacks up against the best cheap road bikes

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Adam Jones

I first got into cycling by watching Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the mid-80s. Those hour-long updates over three weeks were like a gateway drug to the teenage me, along with poring over the race reports in Cycling Weekly.

I cycled as a student, revelling in the freedom riding a bike gave me, but after moving to London in the early 90s, a string of near misses convinced me to park the bike and follow other interests. After falling off a horse in 2014, I took up cycling again as part of my physical rehab and that was it.

Hooked again. Since then, I’ve taken part in events like the Roubaix Challenge and DeeJay 100 Gran Fondo in Milan and become a regular competitor in local time trials. A (pro) kit obsessive, I have an entire wardrobe on my landing devoted to clothing, shoes and helmets, while drawers and shelves elsewhere in the house are stuffed with other cycling paraphernalia; sunglasses, sportive medals, a replica cobble and books galore.