First ride review: Decathlon launches new Triban RC500 and RC520

Joseph Delves Friday, September 21, 2018 - 10:25 A total redesign provides disc brakes and adds comfort to Decathlon’s well-loved Triban RC500 and RC520 bikes RC500 - £529 ; RC520 - £729 Previously known as B’Twin, Decathlon’s high-end road bikes will now be sold under the Triban brand. Launching with two bikes starting with the £529 Shimano Sora equipped RC500 and Shimano 105 equipped RC520, both models now benefit from disc brakes and tubeless compatible wheels, along with an entirely redesigned aluminium frames. Comfort is the key criteria, with all design choices supposedly stemming from this desire. Featuring clearance for up to 38mm tyres or mudguards, a low-hanging chassis leaves plenty of standover along with enough seatpost extension to add some dampening. With both models employing a carbon fork, Decathlon reckons they’re the comfiest bikes it’s ever produced. These new bikes will replace the brand’s existing models. With the current ...

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