B'twin Triban 3 Junior

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Shaun67
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B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Shaun67 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 15:10 pm

I'm going to take my 8 year old son down to our local Decathlon store to have a look at a Triban 3 Junior, he has
started riding with me on Sunday morning, but riding his Giant mountain bike is holding him back, am I looking at
the right bike ? Any advice welcome.

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby oxoman » Fri Mar 08, 2013 20:19 pm

Cracking little bike had same issue with my youngest, managed to get a nearly new one. Not quite in the same class as Felt, islabike Kona, Dawes etc but plenty adequate unless doing major cyclocross or road rides and half the price. Don't go near the Viking or Baracuda junior roadbikes as very heavy.
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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Shaun67 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 19:36 pm

Thanks for your reply, we went down to Decathlon in Sheffield yesterday and had a look at a Triban 3 Junior and the fit was great, the twin break levers worked a treat but hell the bike had some weight to it. We also looked at a Triban 3, the red one, the one in store was a 48 and that was too large, I think a 45 may fit, does any one know what size the Triban 3 Junior frame is ?
After looking on the internet today I found a Moda Minor in Hull for £380 ish, a bit more than I wanted to pay but may be worth a look.

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Luv2ride » Sun Mar 10, 2013 21:41 pm

if you can get a lighter bike, like the Moda Minor I'd go for it. Managed to get a 3rd hand Trek KDR 1000 (24" wheel) for my daughter and she loves it. Bike is much lighter than her Hotrock, and she gets on better with the Sora shifters than the grip shifts on her Hotrock. She's managing some decent distances now, roll on summer...
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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby gerroffandmilkit » Sun Mar 10, 2013 22:01 pm

The full sized Triban 3 is only a smidge over 10kgs.
The junior is a scaled down bike with smaller wheels. Decent equipment for the price and if the full sized model is anything to go buy, should be a modern classic before too long.
The original red full sized T3's are now becoming harder to obtain and stocks are rapidly diminishing. Just shows how popular they have become.

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Shaun67 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 17:49 pm

Collected a B'twin 3, the red one this lunch time for my son. I managed to get a 45cm so he's
a happy little chap, let hope for some sun this weekend.

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby c-mac » Fri Mar 15, 2013 19:54 pm

I picked up a Triban 3 a couple of weeks back. Great first road bike so far, cant imagine the junior version would be any worse. Feels so light and significantly quicker compared to my old Giant mountain bike!

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Shaun67 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 19:57 pm

c-mac, it's just the same as the bigger one's, just very small......

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby oxoman » Fri Mar 15, 2013 23:24 pm

My littlun loves his Junior Triban would have got the small frame adult one but he's only 7 1/2, hopefully get a couple of years out of it then he can have a small frame adult bike if he grows like his big brother.
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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Shaun67 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:19 am

Harry and his new B'twin Triban 3 (45cm).

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby swelsbyuk » Sun Mar 31, 2013 17:35 pm

I have the same dilemma. What height is your son?

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Shaun67 » Sun Mar 31, 2013 19:28 pm

Swelsbyuk,

My son is about 134/135cm, he is just about big enough for it, any smaller and I woundn't bother, the bike would be
too big. I had to cut around 40mm ish from the seatpost so I could get it right down.

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby swelsbyuk » Sun Mar 31, 2013 21:15 pm

I took my daughter with me to Decathlon on Thursday when I bought myself a Triban 3. She was whizzing around the store on the junior model but it seemed just right for her - not much room for the inevitable growth spurt! She is 128cm but, from what you say, she may be a little small for the 45 cm model?

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby bold seagull » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:16 pm

Shaun67 wrote:Swelsbyuk,

My son is about 134/135cm, he is just about big enough for it, any smaller and I woundn't bother, the bike would be
too big. I had to cut around 40mm ish from the seatpost so I could get it right down.



Hi Shaun, how is your son getting on with the 45 Triban 3 ?

My daughter is 139/140 cm tall with a 65 cm inside leg. I was looking at the Triban 3 jnr, but from what your saying with your son at 135cm tall, perhaps she'd be okay on the full model.

I've also got 2 younger sons, so it will be passed down so a bigger model now would mean more of a wait for them I suppose.

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Carbonator » Fri Jun 07, 2013 13:33 pm

Hi Shaun, bike looks great in the small frame ;-)
That comes with 650c wheels right? I think its great that decathlon/B'Twin bikes do that.

Your son will soon grow a little so the seat can come up. I think 650c wheels are quite important as the bike is a lot more controllable and confidence inspiring.

My daughter has just started using her 650c Felt and loves it.

There will be loads of growing room in that, and resale will be high. Great bike.
Dont forget to mark a new minimum saddle insertion on the seat post now that you have shortened it.
You can get him a nice comfy carbon one when he is bigger ;-)

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Shaun67 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 15:49 pm

Good afternoon all,

The Triban is now used every day after school and yes it's not far of perfect for him.

Carbonator, carbon seat post..... :D

bold seagull, my son's inside leg is now 64cm and he fits on it fine. I would buy the Triban 3
over the Junior every time with your daughter being tall enough at 140cm. The Triban 3 &
Junior are very different bikes.

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Carbonator » Fri Jun 07, 2013 15:56 pm

Shaun67 wrote:
Carbonator, carbon seat post..... :D


Only when he gets too big for the one you had to cut. Bargain upgrade :P

You wil be looking at bling 650c wheels soon I'll bet :lol:

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby bold seagull » Sat Jun 08, 2013 07:01 am

Shaun67 wrote:bold seagull, my son's inside leg is now 64cm and he fits on it fine. I would buy the Triban 3
over the Junior every time with your daughter being tall enough at 140cm. The Triban 3 &
Junior are very different bikes.


Hi Shaun, one more thing, is there the clearances for a thicker slightly more cycleX tyre? It's the one thing I'm undecided on given the Isla Luath is easily adaptable to X or touring.

I've got on the South Downs Way on my road bike on 25 tyres, so I know they are more capable than people think.

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Shaun67 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 08:37 am

Sorry for late reply, yes lots of clearance for bigger tyre.

I went for the B'twin over the Islabike because it was cheaper, has better spec (carbon fork)
and Decathlon are only 25 miles away.

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Re: B'twin Triban 3 Junior

Postby Imposter » Mon Jun 10, 2013 08:44 am

Shaun67 wrote:Sorry for late reply, yes lots of clearance for bigger tyre.


Worth bearing in mind that nobody actually makes CX tyres in 650c.


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