Van Rysel Ultra CF review

After a complete brand relaunch late 2018, Decathlon's in-house bike brand is now called Van Rysel – we've been testing the carbon Ultra CF women's road bike

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Van Rysel Ultra CF women's-specific road bike delivers in both performance and price. From sprints to mountain climbs, the bike delivers in spades. Confidence inspiring, lightweight and comfortable all for less than £1,300. Decathlon I salute you. 

Reasons to buy
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    Ride feel

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    Great looking

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    Shimano 105

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Reasons to avoid
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    No disc-brake option

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    No high-end option

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When Decathlon launched its new range of Van Rysel bikes, we were very keen to take pretty much all of them for a spin. The brand is well known for its exceptional value for money, and was primarily focused on comfort. However, the Van Rysel Ultra CF women's changes all of that, so we awarded it a spot on our Editor's Choice list.

Sitting above the well-known and highly regarded Triban range of bikes, the Van Rysel road bike collection was launched in parallel with skinsuits and aero helmets, a totally new venture for Decathlon which gives you an idea of how seriously the brand is taking the performance concept.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.