Decathlon road bikes

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Sports retailer Decathlon are known for their relatively priced but quality range of products, and their own bike brands Triban and Van Rysel appease the reputation that the French brand have acquired.

In 2017, Decathlon revealed it was planning to drop the B'twin name from its Triban road bikes. It has since implemented the overhaul of its Triban range, as well as launching two new models. The range will now just be known as Triban, as opposed to B'twin Triban.

On paper, it might seem inconsequential, but it's a big deal for the company, with B'twin almost being a household name. Decathlon say, however, that such a move was necessary because of the sheer number of bikes it now produces. The ranges have been split into Triban and Van Rysel bikes.

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The Triban bikes fit under the 'cycle tourism' category and suit beginners through to advanced riders, whereas the Van Rysel Ultra range is for those who have a performance element to their riding.

The bigger benefit of the name change, the brand says, was the creative freedom it offered to redesign the Triban bikes that have been the brand's bread and butter bikes for a very long time.

Ranging from flat bar, go anywhere models through to superbly comfortable aluminium frame racing bikes, they flew off the shelves. They all also come with a lifetime warranty.

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Decathlon: Triban bikes range

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Decathlon's cheapest road bike, the RC100 is designed to really ease you into the world of cycling on a road bike. Designed for comfort, the RC100 is based around a 6061 aluminium frame with a shorter top tube and longer head tube, taking the strain away from the neck and back, areas that usually take a real beating when starting out on the road.

You don't get the usual range of gears you find on most road bikes as the RC100 only has a single chainring with a seven-speed Shimano cassette.

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It has Decathlon's own brand wheels with 32mm tyres to add more comfort again. You can also easily add mudguards with eyelets on the rear rack, making it a great commuter.

(Image credit: Triban)

Another bike based around comfort, the Triban RC120 is a more sophisticated version of the RC100 and is Decathlon's best seller. It has an aluminium frame but paired with lightweight carbon forks. Microshift's eight-speed shifter on a 11x34 cassette and Shimano Tourney 50/34 double chainring provides the gearing.

This is the bike you will probably see commuters riding around cities and towns on. The frame, handlebars, saddle and tyres are all designed for comfort, just with a couple of extra luxuries compared to the RC100.

The RC120 Disc, as you may have guessed, is basically the same bike, but with disc brakes. It also has Triban Tubeless ready wheels in comparison to the standard RC120 that has Triban 700 wheels. Crossed steel spoked to add strength and is a tad more expensive. Both bikes come with a bell and front and rear lights for necessary visibility when riding through towns and cities.

(Image credit: Triban)

The trend with all these Triban bikes is that comfort and versatility are the primary focus. Advertised as both Triban's and Decathlon's most comfortable bike, the RC500 models are the best steeds to really get going as a regular road rider.

This bike is designed to do everything: general road riding, adventuring, touring - you name it and it can do it. This bike has enough clearance for 36mm tyres for even greater comfort on rougher ground but generally it comes with 28mm tyres.

Kitted out with Decathlon's new Triban Evo carbon/aluminium forks, the bike is designed to carry a front mounted pannier rack of up to 9kg, ergonomic aluminium handlebar for better grip and comfort with a range of sizes for the bars and stem. It's a good bike for bikepacking, but too much overloading could damage or break it.

The RC500 rim brake option comes only with flat handlebars, whereas the disc model comes with either flat or drop handlebars, giving the choice between a more upright or aggressive riding position. The bike is also fitted with a Shimano Sora drivetrain, a nine-speed derailleur and a Sora crankset in 50/34.

(Image credit: Triban)

The aluminium frame bike, with a dropped seat stay, 27.2mm seat posts and compact geometry mirror Decathlon's desire for a comfort orientated bike. TheRC520 is made for the road, adventuring and touring, but with added performance.

Comfort is a key factor, but the RC520 doesn't compensate on speed. Equipped witha Shimano 105 groupset- albeit without the dedicated chainset or brakes - the RC520 uses TRP's Hy/Rd hybrid callipers, which are a mixture of cable and hydraulic stoppers.

Tubeless ready and spec'd with a brand new Triban wheelset, those with an eye to commuting will also be pleased to read that the frame comes with holes for mounting guards and pannier racks.Also new is the Triban Ergofit saddle, a new hammock designed saddle that the brand says should be comfortable on long days in the saddle.This model is also available with flat bars, making it more of a touring/commuter bike.

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Developed by a design team completely based around women's bikes, the Women's Easy is a cheap, comfort-oriented easy to ride, single chainring bike. Perfect for beginners to the road scene.

With higher steering socket and shorter top tube, the bike has a more upright position which will ease the rider into the more aero road riding position.

On the braking side of things, Decathlon have fitted the Triban with a double braking system. The normal brakes are Microshift's SB-R480S Classic brake levers which have been specially adapted for smaller hands. TheTektro RL 576 Cyclocross brake levers are on the tops of the handlebars for those more used to riding on the tops, in a more mountain bike style.

Full Microshift drivetrain with an 11/34 cassette and single 40 tooth chainwheel means that there is no trouble with switching between cogs on this bike.To top it all off, a special women's comfort saddle specially developed by Decathlon comes with the bike for the perfect set-up for you.

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This bike is the, believe it or not, upgrade of the Easy. The Regular has a bit more focus on the speed side as well as comfort, and with a Shimano Sora 2x9 speed drivetrain it has more sophisticated gearing than the Easy.

The aluminium frame is paired with the carbon forks and put together makes a comfortable set-up. Like before, the geometry of the frame sets you into a more upright riding position, rather than the lower, speedy, slightly uncomfortable aero position. While the Shimano Sora R3000 compact groupset of 50/34 means that really, this is a great bike for the hills.

This bike is fitted with B'Twin aero wheels too, which is a bit of a confusing mix of the upright position and comfort along with the speed and aerodynamic side, but if you're not really thinking about all that then it is a great bike for you.

Decathlon: Van Rysel bikes range

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Do you see the change in the style of bike? Not only does the Van Rysel hold a completely different name to the Triban, but it is a very different beast.

Branded as a performance endurance bike, the Ultra 105 RCR AF is a versatile bike that based around being much more aero than any Triban on offer.It has an aluminium frame, with internal cabling for a smart finish. Although it is a fairly basic looking bike, the smart colour and sloped frame makes it look a bit more racey.

With Shimano's brand new 105 drivetrain with a 11-speed rear derailleur and compact chainset, this bike is great for riding in the hills but won't hold you back on the flat.It is definitely a lot of bike for the money.

(Image credit: Van Rysel)

The EDR AF range - both the Shimano 105 and Ultegra models - are designed to gobble up the miles with relative ease and in comfort.The full aluminium frame with a carbon and aluminium blend in the forks, this isn't a bike made to be light but a bike made to ride and ride and, well, keep on riding.

It comes with either a full Shimano 105 or Ultegradrivetrain, cassette and brakes, meaning it has excellent quality tech for the price you pay.

Slotting in nicely between the aluminium and carbon base Van Rysels, the EDR AF Ultegra definitely looks different to the norm in the Decathlon road bike range.While the looks are a little different, it is a smart looking machine and is definitely worth considering.

(Image credit: Van Rysel)

Van Rysel bikes from this model up are now on full carbon frames and forks, and this bike brings you into the carbon realm at an affordable price.

This is the most advanced frame Decathlon make, perfect for the climbs but is strong enough to tackle the challenges of cobbles. Van Rysel really aim to be all terrain bikes.

It is fitted with New Yksion 25mm tyres for added comfort, as well as Van Rysel's Sport Ergo Chromo saddle.With a complete Shimano 105 groupset you are getting good quality, reliable shifting and braking, on a durable and racey carbon frame.

(Image credit: Van Rysel)

Taking another step up, the CF Ultegra is a high-performance, racing bike with all of Shimano Ultegra trimmings.Higher specced compared to the ones that preceded it, theCF Ultegra looks very smart, too.

This, like all of Decathlon's Van Rysel's, is said to be the perfect climbing machine but is strong enough to tackle to toughest classic. While you could probably get a stronger bike for both, this will definitely do a great job.

Its Mavic Cosmic Carbon wheels are lightweight and aerodynamic thanks to its profiled spokes and elliptical walls. These are wrapped in Yksion Pro tyres which provide suitable grip without compromising on performance.

(Image credit: Van Rysel)

The price noticeably ramps up for this model and spec because of the addition of electric gearing and an upgrade on every little detail.

The Ultegra Di2 is Shimano's cheapest electric gearing but you're still getting instant and swift changing, with a tap of a finger moving the Di2 cha11-speed 52/36 Shimano Ultegra R8050 Di2 drivetrain and R8000 cassette.Along with the huge gearing upgrade, you also get Cosmic Pro carbon SL UST wheels which is a marked improvement on any bike below on the price grid.

Where handlebars are aluminium on cheaper bikes, here they are full carbon.You get Van Rysel's custom made Fisik Antares R3 saddle too; even that is a slight upgrade on the previous model.

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Introducing the Decathlon road bikes – get to grips with the Triban and Van Rysel ranges

Sports megastore Decathlon has earned a solid reputation for delivering great value budget bikes, but there is more to the firm’s offering than that. As well as the super-popular Triban models, the Van Rysel range caters for those looking for superior performance.

  • As the Decathlon chain has grown in the UK over the last few years their bikes have become a very common sight on our roads. That they're usually excellent value for money hasn't hurt

  • There are two ranges: Triban for all-rounders and Van Rysel for sportier bikes

  • Standout models include the Triban RC 520, which was a road.cc bike of the year when it was launched, and the carbon fibre Van Rysel Ultra CF series of bikes built on an excellent 850g road racing frame

  • Look out for bargains marked 'Second Life' on the Decathlon website — these are returned bikes that can't be sold as new, at big discounts

The full Decathlon road and gravel bike range for 2021

  • Triban
  • Women's Triban
  • Van Rysel
    • Van Rysel EDR AF 105 — £1,199.99
    • Van Rysel EDR AF Ultegra — £1,499.99
    • Van Rysel Ultra RCR CF 105 — £1,499.99
    • Van Rysel Ultra CF Ultegra — £2,229.99
    • Van Rysel Ultra CF Potenza — £1,999.99
    • Van Rysel EDR CF Centaur — £1,999.99
    • Van Rysel EDR CF 105 Disc — £2,299.99
    • Van Rysel EDR CF Ultegra — £2,799.99
    • Van Rysel EDR CF Ultegra Disc — £2,999.99
    • Van Rysel Ultra CF Ultegra Di2 — £3,200
    • Van Rysel Ultra RCR CF Dura-Ace — £3,499.99
    • Van Rysel EDR 940 CF — £4,999.99
  • Van Rysel gravel bikes
  • Van Rysel Women's
  • Touring

Decathlon road bikes range in price from £280 for the Triban RC100, up to £4,000 for the top-of-the range Van Rysel Ultra CF Dura-Ace Di2.

Decathlon usually (but not always) abides by the time-honoured naming convention of ‘bigger number, better bike,’ so this can give you a general idea of the hierarchy.

In simple terms:

  • Triban is the entry-level and all-rounder range of Decathlon road bikes and the firm's best selling by a country mile
  • The Van Rysel performance bikes come in aluminium and carbon-fibre-framed versions; they're Grand Tour or Ardennes classics specialists – designed to be smooth, light and responsive

Decathlon formerly badged many of its bikes 'B'Twin' and that brand covered road, round-town and kids' bikes. You'll often come across B'Twin-branded bikes secondhand, but the only new bikes for which Decathlon uses the name are kids bikes. Road bikes are Triban and Van Rysel, as above, while round-town bikes are Riverside or Elops. 

Triban

There are eight models in this range, billed as super-comfortable road bikes for commuting, day rides and light touring. The more recent models feature an entirely new frame in 6061 aluminium and fork with carbon fibre blades. We took a closer look here.

Triban RC 100 — £299.99

2020 Triban RC100

The entry-level model in Decathlon’s road bikes range, the RC100 is built around a 6061 aluminium frame with a geometry that’s designed for comfort. The top tube is shorter than that of a traditional road bike and the head tube is longer so the ride position is a little more relaxed, putting less strain on your back and neck. A sloping top tube reduces the standover height.

The fork is high tensile steel rather than lighter weight aluminium or carbon, although you have to expect that on a bike of this price.

The RC100 comes with a single chainring and a 7-speed Shimano cassette. You don’t get the range of gears that you do with the more expensive models in the Triban range but the Shimano A050 rocker shifter mounted next to the stem provides easy, reliable changes.

The B'Twin 700 wheels are fitted with 32mm-wide tyres that are designed to provide plenty of comfort both on road and on smoother paths, and you get eyelets for fitting mudguards and a rear rack which could come in handy if you want to use the bike for commuting.

For the same price there's also a woman's version, dubbed the Women's Starter Road Bike, with a woman's saddle, shorter stem on the smallest size and extra brake levers on the tops of the handlebar.

Buy if: You’re looking for a no-frills entry-level road bike.

Triban RC 120 — £429.99

2019 Triban RC120

This is the base model Triban RC (it stands for 'road cycling' but as far as we can tell it's really only there to differentiate the new Tribans from the old B'Twin Tribans with similar model numbers). You don't get disc brakes at this level, but you do get eight-speed MicroShift gears with a very low bottom gear from the combination of an 11-34 cassette and 50/34 chainset. That'll make it straightforward to tackle just about any climb you'll find in the UK.

Like the other Triban RC bikes it has mounts for a rack and mudguards so you can easily set it up for commuting or touring.

Buy if: You want a budget all-rounder for commuting, fitness riding and weekend touring.

Triban RC 120 Disc — £499.99

2019 Triban RC120 Disc

This is the cheapest of Decathlon's road bikes with disc brakes, and one of the cheapest disc-brake road bikes around. As well as the improved brakes, it gets better wheels than the rim-braked RC120. They're tubeless-ready, so you can run them with compatible tyres and sealant for a better ride and fewer punctures.

Buy if: You want a budget all-rounder with the all-weather stopping power of disc brakes.

Triban RC 120 Gravel — £599.99

2020 Triban RC 120 Gravel

A new model in the Triban range, the RC 120 Gravel has an intriguing mix of features that make it suitable for just about any kind of cycling other than racing, as well as its stated job of exploring dirt tracks and back lanes.

The key spec here is the combination of a single, 38-tooth chainring with an 11-42 ten-speed cassette. That gives a wide gear range and, most importantly, some very low gears for winching yourself up hills.

The frame is based on the aluminium frame Decathlon launched with the RC520, though the firm says it's been adjusted for clearance for the Hutchinson 38mm tyres it sports.

Buy if: You fancy playing in the dirt and don't want to spend a fortune

Triban RC 500 — £599.99

Triban RC 500

No longer the cheapest disc-braked bike from Decathlon, the RC 500 remains arguably the best value for money bike around £500, because unlike other budget road bikes it comes with Shimano's 9-speed Sora groupset. Other significant features include tubeless-ready wheels and Decathlon's own Resist+ 28mm tyres.

Decathlon clearly played a blinder with this bike. The first batch to arrive in the UK was supposed to keep Decathlon shops stocked for six months. It sold out in three months.

Buy if: You want a great-value pothole-basher with the stopping assurance of disc brakes

Triban RC 520 — £849.99

Triban RC 520

Built around the same frame as the RC 500, the RC 520 gives you most of a Shimano 105 R7000 groupset for your extra £150, and TRP HY/RD disc brake calipers. These have a hydraulic stage to do the tricky bit of turning the braking force though 90° and are significantly more powerful and easier to modulate than cable-only disc brakes.

The Triban RC 520 also has upgraded, lighter wheels compared to the Triban RC 520 and shares that bike's puncture-resistant rubber.

Read our review of the Triban RC 520.

Buy if: You want perhaps the best-value all-rounder on the market.

Triban RC 520 Gravel — £999.99

2019 Triban RC520 Gravel

There's enough room in the RC5xx disc-compatible frame for fairly fat tyres, so if you want to go exploring dirt roads and easy trails, you can fit some yourself, or you can pick up this version of the RC520 with Hutchinson Overide 35mm tubeless ready tyres already fitted and a bar with a 16° flare for extra width and control on rough surfaces. It's otherwise identical to the regular RC520.

Women's Triban

There are four women-specific bikes in the Triban range, .

Triban Women's Starter — £349.99

2019 Triban women's beginner

This bike is essentially the women's version of the men's Triban RC100, with details tweaked to accommodate a female anatomy. There's a woman's saddle, shorter stem and narrow bars, plus extra levers on the tops of the handlebar for braking from an upright position. Its name's not exactly imaginative, but it's excellent value for money

Buy if: You’re a woman (or a small man) looking for a no-frills entry-level road bike.

Triban Women's Intermediate — £599.99

2019 Triban women's intermediate

With a similar frame to the men's RC120, and Shimano's excellent nine-speed Sora components, this might just be the best-value women's bike available. Like the beginner bike, above, it has a woman's saddle, shorter stem and narrow bars, and the reach-adjustable brake levers provide easier stopping for a woman's smaller hands.

Buy if: You're a woman or a small man wanting a great-value bike for commuting or weekend riding

Triban Women's RC 120 Gravel — £599.99

2020 triban rc 120 womens gravel

The women's equivalent of the men's RC 120 Gravel has a narrower handlebar, shorter stem, brake levers closer to the handlebar, and a women-specific saddle.

Buy if: You're a woman wanting a budget entry to dirt road and trail riding

Triban Women's RC 520 Disc — £849.99

2020 Triban womens rc520 disc

Built around the same Triban Evo frame as the men's RC520, the women's version has a narrower handlebar, shorter stem and shorter cranks for any given size, plus a woman's saddle.

Buy if: you're a woman and want one of the best-value endurance, touring and general-purpose bikes around.

Van Rysel

Van Rysel — the name means 'from Lille' after the location of Decathlon's global headquarters — is Decathlon's performance range. There are two main ranges: the AF series are aluminium framed bikes with carbon forks while the CF bikes have carbon fibre frames.

Both carbon fibre and aluminium bikes split further into endurance and racing orientated families, dubbed EDR for endurance bikes and RCR or Ultra for race bikes.

For the fairly modest prices, the CF bikes have a surprisingly nice frame. Decathlon's Ultra Evo Dynamic carbon fibre frame, which Decathlon claims weighs just 850g in a size Medium, and the fork 320g, builds into stiff, light performance bikes with internal cabling. Those frame and fork weights are impressive for bikes in this price range.

The most eye-catching part of the carbon-fibre frame is the large and angular down tube. The head tube is tapered, the bottom bracket is Press Fit 86, and the carbon seatpost is held in place by an integrated wedge-style clamp.

The carbon fibre EDR frame is relatively new and features dropped seatstays and a disc brake option on some models. It weighs a claimed 890g in a size M and features a shorter reach and higher handlebar position than the Ultra CF frame.

Van Rysel EDR AF 105 — £1,199.99

2020 Van Rysel edr af black 105 side view on white

Decathlon bills this model in its Van Rysel range of sporty bikes as an endurance bike, with a newly-designed aluminium frame, and a full Shimano 105 groupset including the brakes and chainset, components that are often swapped out for cheaper models.

It rolls on Fulcrum Racing 6 wheels shod with Michelin's highly-regarded Lithion training tyres, and overall looks like a good deal.

Buy if: You want a great-value bike for sportives, training and long days out

Van Rysel EDR AF Ultegra — £1,499.99

2020 Van rysel edr af ultegra

For the more expensive of the brace of new aluminium-framed Van Rysel bikes, Decathlon has taken the unusual step of using a full Ultegra groupset, a spec most manufacturers reserve for their carbon fibre bikes these days.

Along with Fulcrum Racing 4 wheels and Hutchinson HDF>5.2 tyres, this should be a fine machine for eating the miles.

Buy if: You want the value and performance of Shimano's Ultegra groupset at a very sensible price

Van Rysel Ultra RCR CF 105 — £1,499.99

2019 Van Rysel Ultra CF 105

The Van Rysel Ultra CF 105 is made to a race geometry and is built up with Shimano’s mid-level 11-speed 105 groupset. 105 is slightly heavier than Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultegra but not by much, and the level of performance is excellent. It was previously known as the B’Twin Ultra 900 CF 105 and as the Van Rysel RR 900 CF 105.

Our Stu Kerton loved it. "The ride is sublime, absorbing pretty much everything the road surface can chuck at it, so you just waft along at a very impressive pace, smashing mile after mile without effort," he wrote.

Check out our complete guide to Shimano’s road bike groupsets here.

Mavic’s Aksium One wheels offer very good value too.

Read our complete guide to Mavic’s road wheels.

Decathlon provides branded components right across the board with a handlebar and stem from Deda and a Fizik Antares saddle.

Buy if: You'd like a carbon fibre road bike with a solid, reliable groupset.

Read our review of the Van Rysel Ultra CF 105 (as B’Twin Ultra 900 CF 105)

Van Rysel Ultra CF Ultegra — £2,229.99

2019 Van Rysel Ultra CF 920 Ultegra

The Van Rysel Ultra CF Ultegra is a very good deal given its high-quality finishing kit (Deda bar and stem, Fizik saddle) and Mavic Cosmic Carbon wheels.

The Ultegra R8000 groupset is a solid performer, and Decathlon has gone for a performance-orientated set-up with a 52/36 chainset and 11-28 cassette.

Buy if: You want a light, fast bike at a very sensible price

Van Rysel Ultra CF Potenza — £1,999.99

Van Rysel RR 920 CF Potenza

When we first rode Decathlon's carbon fibre platform we described it as “a performance-orientated road bike that really impresses in combining frame rigidity with a comfortable ride”.

Check out our First Ride on the Van Rysel RR CF.

The design has changed a little since then but the Ultra CF  is still focused on fast road riding: racing, if that’s your thing, sportives maybe, or just ragging it around the roads with your mates. The geometry is race-orientated – head-down and stretched rather than sit-up-and-beg, which is entirely appropriate for a bike like this.

Rather than the Shimano Ultegra-based spec of the Ultra CF Ultegra, the Ultra CF Potenza is decked out in Potenza components, Campagnolo's answer to Shimano Ultegra.

The wheels are from the Campagnolo lineup too: Zondas with aluminium rims. You’re getting excellent value here.

Buy if: You want a stiff and light performance-orientated bike with a great spec for the cash.

Van Rysel EDR CF Centaur — £1,999.99

2021 Van Rysel EDR CF Centaur

Decathlon takes the carbon fibre EDR platform and marries it to the closest thing Campagnolo has to an 'everyman' groupset, the Centaur ensemble. Between the black frame and similarly-coloured components we predict it'll have reviewers reaching for Spinal Tap quotes left, right and centre. Try to resist, chaps.

Buy if: You want a Campagnolo-equipped all-day bike at a very good price

Van Rysel EDR CF 105 Disc — £2,299.99

2021 Van Rysel EDR CF 105 Disc

There are three disc-equipped bikes in the EDR CF range, the first time Decathlon has offered carbon fibre road bikes with discs. This is the cheapest, with a full Shimano 105 groupset.

Buy if: You want bike for long rides with the reassurance of hydraulic disc brakes

Van Rysel EDR CF Ultegra — £2,799.99

2021 Van Rysel EDR CF ULTEGRA

High-spec bikes with rim brakes are getting rarer, but Decathlon clearly believes there's still a market for them with this version of the EDR.

Buy if: You're a fan of rim brakes

Van Rysel EDR CF Ultegra Disc — £2,999.99

2021 Van Rysel EDR CF ULTEGRA Disc

Just another couple of hundred quid gets you Ultegra disc brakes. The EDR CF Ultegra Disc rolls on Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels with Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance tyres.

Buy if: You want a high-spec bike for big rides

Van Rysel Ultra CF Ultegra Di2 — £3,200

Van Rysel RR 940 CF Ultegra Di2

The top-end Van Rysel Ultra CF comes in two variants: this one, with Shimano's electronic Ultegra Di2 gear shifting, and the mechanical Dura-Ace version, below. Aside from the groupset they're identical, with Mavic's Pro Carbon SL UST wheels and tyres and Yksion Pro tyres, and a Deda carbon handlebar on both bikes. A recent price drop means this is now one of the best value Di2-equipped bikes, especially when you take into account the carbon fibre wheels and handlebar.

Buy if: You want a great package with whirr-clicky electronic gear shifting

Van Rysel Ultra RCR CF Dura-Ace — £3,499.99

2019 Van Rysel Ultra CF Dura-Ace

For the top mechanical-shifting model in the range, Decathlon hangs a compete Dura-Ace groupset on the Ultra carbon frame and throws in a pair of Mavic's new Pro Carbon SL UST wheels and tyres and Yksion Pro tyres, and a Deda carbon handlebar. The three and a half grand RRP isn't cheap by anyone's standards, but it's still excellent value for money.

Buy if: You want Dura-Ace and Pro Carbon SL wheels without too outrageous a price tag.

Van Rysel EDR 940 CF — £4,999.99

2021 Van Rysel EDR 940 CF Dura-Ace

The first carbon fibre bike in Decathlon's Van Rysel EDR endurance line looks like a winner, with a claimed 890g frame (size M) and a tasty suite of carbon fibre components alongside the Dura-Ace components. Rather than following the disc-brake herd, Decathlon has equipped the Van Rysel EDR 940 CF with direct-mount rim brakes, which not only saves a little weight but also swerves the price premium of hydraulic stoppers. The upshot is that with a carbon fibre saddle, seat post and handlebar, plus Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon wheels the Van Rysel EDR 940 CF is excellent value for money and weighs a claimed 6.6kg without pedals. It's gone up a bit since launch on the UK Decathlon site; but as one owner points out in the reviews, it's still quite a bit cheaper on the French Decathlon website... and the difference is greater than a return train ticket to France, if you catch our drift! 

Read more: Van Rysel releases £3,799.99 Dura-Ace carbon endurance bike

Buy if: You want a good-value high-end package for long days out

Van Rysel gravel bikes

Two new models recently popped up on Decathlon's website, the Van Rysel EDR CF and RCX CF. Decathlon is claiming a 1,020g frame and 340g fork in a size M for the new platform, which is respectably light.

Van Rysel EDR CF — £1,899.99

2021 Van Rysel EDR CF gravel bike

The EDR designation suggests this bike sits at the top of the recently-launched Van Rysel endurance series, and that's how it's set up, with Shimano GRX 600 and 800 components in a 1 x 11 configuration.

It's shod with Hutchinson Black Mamba tubeless-ready tyres on 21.6mm tubeless-ready wheels so it looks all ready for hitting the trails and back roads.

Van Rysel RCX CF — £1,799.99

2021 Van Rysel RCX CF cyclocross bike

Its gearing and 33mm tyres indicate that Decathlon has cyclocross racing in mind for the Van Rysel RCX CF and that's confirmed by the description: "Van Rysel has designed this carbon cyclo x bike for budding racers. … All you're missing is your race number."

It'll take 38mm tyres for versatility and you could swap out the 11-32 cassette for an 11-42 to get wider gears for riding away from the race course.

Van Rysel Women's

Van Rysel Ultra RCR AF Women's — £799.99

2020 VAN RYSEL Women's Road Bike Ultra RCR AF Tiagra

The top model in Decathlon's trio of aluminium-framed women's road bikes, the Ultra AF Women's gets the same frame as the Van Rysel RR AF bikes, with a full suite of contact points tailored for a woman's anatomy, and Shimano's super-reliable Tiagra groupset.

Buy if: You're a woman who wants to go fast for a very reasonable amount of money

Van Rysel Women's Ultra RCR CF 105 — £1,499.99

Van Rysel Women's Ultra CF 105

Like the Ultra AF Women's, the carbon fibre version gets women-specific contact points — saddle, stem and handlebar — on its Ultra Evo Dynamic frame. It's available in three sizes, XXS, XS and S.

Buy if: You're a woman who wants a go-faster carbon fibre bargain

Van Rysel Women's EDR Carbon Disc 105 — £1,799.99

2021 Van Rysel Women's EDR Carbon Disc 105

For this women's carbon fibre endurance bike, Decathlon equips the EDR frame with a full Shimano 105 groupset including hydraulic disc brakes, and female-friendly contact points: a VanRysel Ergofit women's saddle and narrower bars and shorter stem than the equivalent-size men's bikes.

Buy if: You're a woman looking to clock up some big miles

Touring

Riverside 920 — £1,499.99

Riverside Touring 920

Finally, here's a bike that sits outside the Van Rysel and Triban ranges, but definitely deserves a place in any overview of Decathlon's drop-handlebar offerings. The Riverside 920 is a gravel-inclined touring bike with masses of mounting points for luggage and racks of all kinds, and 1X gearing that's pitched low with a 32-tooth chainring driving an 11-42 cassette.

Buy if: You want a thoroughly modern touring bike

Explore the complete archive of reviews of road bikes on road.cc

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Introducing the Decathlon road bikes – get to grips with the B’Twin, Triban and Van Rysel ranges

Sports megastore Decathlon has earned a solid reputation for delivering great value budget bikes, but there is more to the firm’s offering than that. As well as the super-popular Triban models, the Van Rysel range caters for those looking for superior performance.

  • As the Decathlon chain has grown in the UK over the last few years their bikes have become a very common sight on our roads. That they’re usually excellent value for money hasn’t hurt

  • There are two ranges: Triban for all-rounders and Van Rysel for sportier bikes

  • Standout models include the Triban RC 520, which was a road.cc bike of the year when it was launched, and the carbon fibre Van Rysel RR 9XX series of bikes built on an excellent 850g road racing frame

  • Look out for bargains marked ‘Second Life’ on the Decathlon website — these are returned bikes that can’t be sold as new, at big discounts

The full Decathlon road and gravel bike range for 2020

At the time of writing, Decathlon road bikes ranged in price from £280 for the Triban RC100, up to £4,000 for the top-of-the range Van Rysel Ultra CF Dura-Ace Di2.

Decathlon usually (but not always) abides by the time-honoured naming convention of ‘bigger number, better bike,’ so this can give you a general idea of the hierarchy.

In simple terms:

  • Triban is the entry-level and all-rounder range of Decathlon road bikes and the firm’s best selling by a country mile
  • The Van Rysel performance bikes come in aluminium and carbon-fibre-framed versions; they’re Grand Tour or Ardennes classics specialists – designed to be smooth, light and responsive

Triban

There are eight models in this range, billed as super-comfortable road bikes for commuting, day rides and light touring. The more recent models feature an entirely new frame in 6061 aluminium and fork with carbon fibre blades. We took a closer look here.

Triban RC 100 — £279.99

The entry-level model in Decathlon’s road bikes range, the RC100 is built around a 6061 aluminium frame with a geometry that’s designed for comfort. The top tube is shorter than that of a traditional road bike and the head tube is longer so the ride position is a little more relaxed, putting less strain on your back and neck. A sloping top tube reduces the standover height.

The fork is high tensile steel rather than lighter weight aluminium or carbon, although you have to expect that on a bike of this price.

The RC100 comes with a single chainring and a 7-speed Shimano cassette. You don’t get the range of gears that you do with the more expensive models in the Triban range but the Shimano A050 rocker shifter mounted next to the stem provides easy, reliable changes.

The B’Twin 700 wheels are fitted with 32mm-wide tyres that are designed to provide plenty of comfort both on road and on smoother paths, and you get eyelets for fitting mudguards and a rear rack which could come in handy if you want to use the bike for commuting.

For the same price there’s also a woman’s version, dubbed the Women’s Beginner Road Bike, with a woman’s saddle, shorter stem on the smallest size and extra brake levers on the tops of the handlebar.

Buy if: You’re looking for a no-frills entry-level road bike.

Triban RC 120 — £379.99

This is the base model Triban RC (it stands for ‘road cycling’ but as far as we can tell it’s really only there to differentiate the new Tribans from the old B’Twin Tribans with similar model numbers). You don’t get disc brakes at this level, but you do get eight-speed MicroShift gears with a very low bottom gear from the combination of an 11-34 cassette and 50/34 chainset. That’ll make it straightforward to tackle just about any climb you’ll find in the UK.

Like the other Triban RC bikes it has mounts for a rack and mudguards so you can easily set it up for commuting or touring.

Buy if: You want a budget all-rounder for commuting, fitness riding and weekend touring.

Triban RC 120 Disc — £429.99

This is the cheapest of Decathlon’s road bikes with disc brakes, and one of the cheapest disc-brake road bikes around. As well as the improved brakes, it gets better wheels than the rim-braked RC120. They’re tubeless-ready, so you can run them with compatible tyres and sealant for a better ride and fewer punctures.

Buy if: You want a budget all-rounder with the all-weather stopping power of disc brakes.

Triban RC 120 Gravel — £499.99

A new model in the Triban range, the RC 120 Gravel has an intriguing mix of features that make it suitable for just about any kind of cycling other than racing, as well as its stated job of exploring dirt tracks and back lanes.

The key spec here is the combination of a single, 38-tooth chainring with an 11-42 ten-speed cassette. That gives a wide gear range and, most importantly, some very low gears for winching yourself up hills.

The frame is based on the aluminium frame Decathlon launched with the RC520, though the firm says it’s been adjusted for clearance for the Hutchinson 38mm tyres it sports.

Buy if: You fancy playing in the dirt and don’t want to spend a fortune

Triban RC 500 — £549.99

No longer the cheapest disc-braked bike from Decathlon, the RC 500 remains arguably the best value for money bike around £500, because unlike other budget road bikes it comes with Shimano’s 9-speed Sora groupset. Other significant features include tubeless-ready wheels and Decathlon’s own Resist+ 28mm tyres.

Decathlon clearly played a blinder with this bike. The first batch to arrive in the UK was supposed to keep Decathlon shops stocked for six months. It sold out in three months.

Buy if: You want a great-value pothole-basher with the stopping assurance of disc brakes

Triban RC 520 — £749.99

Built around the same frame as the RC 500, the RC 520 gives you most of a Shimano 105 R7000 groupset for your extra £200 and TRP HY/RD disc brake calipers. These have a hydraulic stage to do the tricky bit of turning the braking force though 90° and are significantly more powerful and easier to modulate than cable-only disc brakes.

The Triban RC 520 also has upgraded, lighter wheels compared to the Triban RC 520 and shares that bike’s puncture-resistant rubber.

Decathlon has recently added a women’s version of the RC520 for the same price, with tweaked contact points.

Read our review of the Triban RC 520.

Buy if: You want perhaps the best-value all-rounder on the market.

Triban RC 520 Gravel — £749.99

There’s enough room in the RC5xx disc-compatible frame for fairly fat tyres, so if you want to go exploring dirt roads and easy trails, you can fit some yourself, or you can pick up this version of the RC520 with Hutchinson Overide 35mm tubeless ready tyres already fitted and a bar with a 16° flare for extra width and control on rough surfaces.

It’s otherwise identical to the regular RC520 which, it has to be said, made it a shade expensive in comparison to that bike at its original price of £850. You could achieve the same thing by fitting a pair of 35mm tyres and a new bar for less than £100. This discounted price seems far more sensible.

Women’s Triban

There are two women-specific bikes in the Triban range, .

Triban Women’s Beginner — £249.99

This bike is essentially the women’s version of the men’s Triban RC100, with details tweaked to accommodate a female anatomy. There’s a woman’s saddle, shorter stem and narrow bars, plus extra levers on the tops of the handlebar for braking from an upright position. Its name’s not exactly imaginative, but it’s excellent value for money

Buy if: You’re a woman (or a small man) looking for a no-frills entry-level road bike.

Triban Women’s Intermediate — £499.99

With a similar frame to the men’s RC120, and Shimano’s excellent nine-speed Sora components, this might just be the best-value women’s bike available. Like the beginner bike, above, it has a woman’s saddle, shorter stem and narrow bars, and the reach-adjustable brake levers provide easier stopping for a woman’s smaller hands.

Buy if: You’re a woman or a small man wanting a great-value bike for commuting or weekend riding

Triban Women’s RC 120 Gravel — £499.99

The women’s equivalent of the men’s RC 120 Gravel has a narrower handlebar, shorter stem, brake levers closer to the handlebar, and a women-specific saddle.

Buy if: You’re a woman wanting a budget entry to dirt road and trail riding

Triban Women’s RC 520 Disc — £749.99

Built around the same Triban Evo frame as the men’s RC520, the women’s version has a narrower handlebar, shorter stem and shorter cranks for any given size, plus a woman’s saddle.

Buy if: you’re a woman and want one of the best-value endurance, touring and general-purpose bikes around.

Van Rysel

Van Rysel — the name means ‘from Lille’ after the location of Decathlon’s global headquarters — is Decathlon’s performance range. There are two sub-ranges: the AF series are aluminium framed bikes with carbon forks while the CF bikes have carbon fibre frames.

For the fairly modest prices, the CF bikes have a surprisingly nice frame. Decathlon’s Ultra Evo Dynamic carbon fibre frame, which Decathlon claims weighs just 850g in a size Medium, and the fork 320g, builds into stiff, light performance bikes with internal cabling. Those frame and fork weights are impressive for bikes in this price range.

The most eye-catching part of the carbon-fibre frame is the large and angular down tube. The head tube is tapered, the bottom bracket is Press Fit 86, and the carbon seatpost is held in place by an integrated wedge-style clamp.

Van Rysel EDR AF 105 — £849.99

Decathlon bills this new model in its Van Rysel range of sporty bikes as an endurance bike, with a newly-designed aluminium frame, and a full Shimano 105 groupset including the brakes and chainset, components that are often swapped out for cheaper models.

It rolls on Fulcrum Racing 6 wheels shod with Michelin’s highly-regarded Lithion training tyres, and overall looks like an excellent deal.

Buy if: You want a great-value bike for sportives, training and long days out

Van Rysel EDR AF Ultegra — £1,199.99

For the more expensive of the brace of new aluminium-framed Van Rysel bikes, Decathlon has taken the unusual step of using a full Ultegra groupset, a spec most manufacturers reserve for their carbon fibre bikes these days.

Along with Fulcrum Racing 4 wheels and Hutchinson HDF>5.2 tyres, this should be a fine machine for eating the miles.

Buy if: You want the value and performance of Shimano’s Ultegra groupset at a very sensible price

Van Rysel RR 900 CF 105 — £1,499.99

The Van Rysel RR 900 CF 105 is made to a race geometry and is built up with Shimano’s mid-level 11-speed 105 groupset. 105 is slightly heavier than Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultegra but not by much, and the level of performance is excellent. It was previously known as the B’Twin Ultra 900 CF 105.

Our Stu Kerton loved it. “The ride is sublime, absorbing pretty much everything the road surface can chuck at it, so you just waft along at a very impressive pace, smashing mile after mile without effort,” he wrote.

Check out our complete guide to Shimano’s road bike groupsets here.

Mavic’s Aksium One wheels offer very good value too.

Read our complete guide to Mavic’s road wheels.

Decathlon provides branded components right across the board with a handlebar and stem from Deda and a Fizik Antares saddle.

Buy if: You’d like a carbon fibre road bike with a solid, reliable groupset.

Read our review of the Van Rysel RR 900 CF 105 (as B’Twin Ultra 900 CF 105)

Van Rysel RR 920 CF Ultegra — £1,899.99

The Van Rysel RR 920 CF Ultegra is a very good deal given its high-quality finishing kit (Deda bar and stem, Fizik saddle) and Mavic Cosmic Carbon wheels.

The Ultegra R8000 groupset is a solid performer, and Decathlon has gone for a performance-orientated set-up with a 52/36 chainset and 11-28 cassette.

Buy if: You want a light, fast bike at a very sensible price

Van Rysel RR 920 CF Potenza — £1,999.99

When we first rode Decathlon’s carbon fibre platform we described it as “a performance-orientated road bike that really impresses in combining frame rigidity with a comfortable ride”.

Check out our First Ride on the Van Rysel  RR CF.

The design has changed a little since then but the RR 920 CF  is still focused on fast road riding: racing, if that’s your thing, sportives maybe, or just ragging it around the roads with your mates. The geometry is race-orientated – head-down and stretched rather than sit-up-and-beg, which is entirely appropriate for a bike like this.

Rather than the Shimano Ultegra-based spec of the RR 920 CF Ultegra, the RR 920 CF Potenza is decked out in Potenza components, Campagnolo’s answer to Shimano Ultegra.

The wheels are from the Campagnolo lineup too: Zondas with aluminium rims. You’re getting excellent value here.

Buy if: You want a stiff and light performance-orientated bike with a great spec for the cash.

Van Rysel RR 940 CF Ultegra Di2 — £3,499.99

The flagship Van Rysel RR 940 CF comes in two variants: this one, with Shimano’s electronic Ultegra Di2 gear shifting, and the mechanical Dura-Ace version, below. Aside from the groupset they’re identical, with Mavic’s Pro Carbon SL UST wheels and tyres and Yksion Pro tyres, and a Deda carbon handlebar on both bikes.

Unusually for Decathlon, this isn’t inexpensive for a Di2-equipped bike, but the carbon fibre wheels and handlebar stand it apart from similarly priced bikes with the same groupset.

Buy if: You want a great package with whirr-clicky electronic gear shifting

Van Rysel RR 940 CF Dura-Ace — £3,499.99

For the top mechanical-shifting model in the range, Decathlon hangs a compete Dura-Ace groupset on the Ultra carbon frame and throws in a pair of Mavic’s new Pro Carbon SL UST wheels and tyres and Yksion Pro tyres, and a Deda carbon handlebar. The three and a half grand RRP isn’t cheap by anyone’s standards, but it’s still excellent value for money.

Buy if: You want Dura-Ace and Pro Carbon SL wheels without too outrageous a price tag.

Van Rysel Ultra RCR CF Dura-Ace Di2 — £3,999.99

For the flagship model in the Decathlon road bikes range, the firm pulls out all the stops and goes for the electronic version of Shimano’s pro-quality Dura-Ace shifting. There’s usually a much bigger gap than this between the mechanical and electronic versions of top-end bikes, and while some of that is often accounted for by high-zoot wheels on the spendier bike, getting Di2 for just £500 more than mechanical Dura-Ace does make this bike amazing value for money

Buy if: You want a great-riding road bike that’s also a bargain for the spec

Van Rysel Women’s

Van Rysel Ultra RCR AF Women’s — £749.99

The top model in Decathlon’s trio of aluminium-framed women’s road bikes, the Ultra AF Women’s gets the same frame as the Van Rysel RR AF bikes, with a full suite of contact points tailored for a woman’s anatomy, and Shimano’s super-reliable Tiagra groupset.

Buy if: You’re a woman who wants to go fast for a very reasonable amount of money

Van Rysel Women’s Ultra CF 105 — £1,099.99

Like the Ultra AF Women’s, the carbon fibre version gets women-specific contact points — saddle, stem and handlebar — on its Ultra Evo Dynamic frame. It’s available in three sizes, XXS, XS and S, and the black edition here is a terrific deal at just £1,100.

Buy if: You’re a woman who wants a go-faster carbon fibre bargain

Explore the complete archive of reviews of road bikes on road.cc

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