Unmatched value for the money: Decathlon's Triban RC 520 reviewed

Triban has brought a high spec to an affordable price point but does the ride quality hold up?

Triban 520 road bike
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Triban RC520 is undoubtedly one of the best-value-for-money road bikes on the market. An alloy frame, carbon fork and cable-actuated hydraulic disc brakes all at a sub-£900 price point is unrivalled. The ride quality might not quite hold up to Triban's more established competitors such as Cannondale or Specialized but they won't be beaten on price.

Reasons to buy
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    Brilliant value for spec

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    Stable, comfortable geometry

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    Significantly undercuts rivals on price

Reasons to avoid
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    Harsher ride quality than rivals

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If you are in the market for a road bike under $1000/£1000, you will quickly find that there is little choice, especially when you're hoping to find a disc brake-equipped bike. In fact, bike brands the likes of Specialized and Trek don't offer a 2024 disc brake road bike below this threshold.

Triban, owned by sports retail giant Decathlon, has long been known for offering great value products, and the Triban RC500 is no different. £849.99 gets you 3 more speeds than the equivalent Trek and Specialized options but does it have the frame pedigree to be considered one of the best value road bikes on the market?

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Weight10.5kg (M)
FrameNew Triban Evo frame in 6061 T6 aluminium, comfort-oriented geometry with adapted sloping Weight: 1780 g in size M.Strong, versatile frame: can be fitted with a mudguard and pannier rack Compatible with tyres up to 700x36 or 650x40
ForkTriban Evo fork with carbon blades and aluminium 1"1/8 Aheadset steerer tube. This fork combines comfort, low weight (680g), and precision. The carbon has been machined to provide good lateral rigidity and good filtering of frontal vibrations. Inserts on blades for mounting a front pannier rack. Maximum load on the fork: 9kg
WheelsetTriban Tubeless ready* wheels 6063T6 aluminium
DrivetrainShimano 105 R7000 shifters Shimano 105 R7000 front derailleur Shimano 105 R7000 rear derailleur with 11 speeds and long screed
BrakesTRP HY/RD disc brakes. Cable-operated hydraulic pistons
SaddleTriban ErgoFit saddle
HandlebarErgonomic aluminium Triban handlebars
StemAluminium Triban seat post 27.2mm

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.