How much do you have to spend to get a ‘good’ first road bike? Here’s a clue – £450. In fact, the BTwin Triban 520 is a cracking bike for the money, combining a smart, versatile aluminium frame and carbon/alloy fork with a Shimano Sora groupset.
BTwin is the in-house bike brand of sports mega-retailer Decathlon. BTwin are huge in Europe, having sold 2.9 million bikes in 2015. Yep, two million, nine hundred thousand bikes. That presence is growing in the UK, too, and in the Triban 520 it’s easy to understand why BTwin are beginning to make such an impact, particularly at the lower end of the market.
BTwin’s road range is based around four frames. The Triban is the entry-level alloy chassis, with bikes ranging from £290 to £600, before the Ultra takes over, with builds from £750 to £1,050. Meanwhile, the Mach is BTwin’s carbon fibre aero frame, priced between £1,000 and £1,450, before a carbon version of the Ultra steps in, with three specs starting at £1,000 and topping out at £3,000.