Decathlon or specialized

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lukebennett
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Decathlon or specialized

Postby lukebennett » Sun Sep 29, 2013 07:03 am

Hi i'm looking for an entry level road bike to get me started

I have done a lot of searching around looking at reviews and that and it has come down to two bikes at the moment. I do not know which one to choose, it's between:

Decathlon b'twin triban 5
&
Specialized allez compact 2013

What are your views on these bikes? And if you have any other bike recommendations I am still open to anything else as bikes are expensive and I want to get the best I can for my money without paying over £500

Thanks
Luke

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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby diamonddog » Sun Sep 29, 2013 07:19 am

Both are good bikes for the money the Triban is a triple the Specialized is a double, it depends which you prefer. I suggest you go and try them it will make your decision easier. :)

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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby simonhead » Sun Sep 29, 2013 08:29 am

It's all about the fit. Both good entry level bikes.
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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby Lycra Man » Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:51 am

I recommend you test ride both bikes and then chose the one that feels best.

Also take in to account your need for accessories, clothes, advice and servicing, all of which can be found at a good local bike shop. My LBS gave me a loyalty card that offered 10% off all future purchases.

A third alternative is to spend £500 on a good second hand bike via an online auction site. You will probably be able to buy a bike hat would have cost £1000 when new. This approach need some experience, so enlist he help of a cycling friend to weed out the rubbish if you can. I bought a 2 year old bike for £288 that was £650 new.

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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby gubber12345 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 16:11 pm

i'd go for the specialized.

I bought a triban earlier this yr and it turned out to be a load of rubbish...sold it a month later.

just my opinion so don't be going down my throat as I know a lot of people on here love them.
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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby Kajjal » Sun Sep 29, 2013 20:03 pm

Fair point and why it is important to test ride bikes as the best spec / price may not be the best bike for you.

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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby Neil_aky » Sun Sep 29, 2013 20:28 pm

I'd go for the Triban, I have a red Triban 3 and love it. There is a lot of brand snobbery out there though and if this is likely to bother you at all then the Spesh would be a better option - you get more for your cash with the Triban though and a triple will serve you well as it gives you more gear options and is more flexible than a compact. Many will disagree with me on here with that last statement but you need to try to see which you prefer.

I wouldn't jump down anyone's throat but if you make a statement like "I bought a triban earlier this yr and it turned out to be a load of rubbish...sold it a month later." then it would be helpful if you stated what was rubbish about it...

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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby GlenWatt » Sun Sep 29, 2013 20:42 pm

I too have a Triban 3 which uses the same frame and forks as the 5.
Love it to bits.
Any basic components can be upgraded as and when.
One positive has been the good customer service from the Decathlon teams I've dealt with.
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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby gubber12345 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:57 pm

Neil_aky wrote:I'd go for the Triban, I have a red Triban 3 and love it. There is a lot of brand snobbery out there though and if this is likely to bother you at all then the Spesh would be a better option - you get more for your cash with the Triban though and a triple will serve you well as it gives you more gear options and is more flexible than a compact. Many will disagree with me on here with that last statement but you need to try to see which you prefer.

I wouldn't jump down anyone's throat but if you make a statement like "I bought a triban earlier this yr and it turned out to be a load of rubbish...sold it a month later." then it would be helpful if you stated what was rubbish about it...

the bike was an absolute nightmare to pedal,a 10 mile cycle felt like a 50 miler on the bike I have now,gears were ok i'll admit,seat felt like I was straddling a fence..really hard and uncomfortable,wheels and bearing were poor quality....is that enough.

ok maybe this is all stuff that can be upgraded but if your gonna upgrade it all why not just buy a better bike that's all i'm saying.

some people may find the bike good and fair enough everyone to there own.

i'm not a bike snob but it wasn't for me.....maybe I just got a Friday afternoon one :P
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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby apreading » Mon Sep 30, 2013 13:10 pm

Unless you are exaggerating (alot) then there must have been something wrong with the bike you got - the saddle maybe just wasnt for you - a different specialized saddle could be just as bad for you, you just got lucky with the one on the bike you have now. But if you even noticed the bearings from new then there must have been something wrong with them and you should have got it fixed free. For 10 miles to feel like 50 is not right - maybe for a tesco special but not for a proper bike.

What did you get instead that was so much better?

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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby diamonddog » Mon Sep 30, 2013 13:16 pm

Just to let everyone know the OP bought a Specialized.

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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby Horner_boi » Thu Nov 14, 2013 17:36 pm

I will be picking up my triban 7a in a few weeks, i was in the same dilemma

But the staff at decathlon are excellent, the lad that served me even has a 7a and has a few upgrades and was happy to show me his.

Value for money wise the specialized doesnt come close to the triban

Like others have said, if your worried about the brand then go spesh, if your after more bang for your buck then go triban

Oh and devathlon have just added lifetime warrenty on there frames and forks

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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby slap204 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 19:05 pm

ive just got a triban 7 riden it twice now and loving it fast light and nice looking u can upgrade bits in the future ive come from mountian bike riding so a big just but still riding my mountain bike

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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby larkim » Mon Nov 18, 2013 09:26 am

Just to add to the "good reasons to buy from Decathlon", I visited the Stockport store last weekend to buy a complete variety of stuff, including a pair of cone wrenches.

Rushed out of the store, didn't really give the things much extra thought as I've had no time this week to be disassembling wheels.

Got an email yesterday lunch time from the customer service desk at Stockport saying they thought I might have left a pair of cone wrenches at the till when leaving. They had my email address through the loyalty card, and would keep the tools behind the desk for me to pick up at my leisure.

I can't imagine any other company doing anything else with forgotten goods other than just sticking them back on the shelf at the end of the day if the customer forgets about them (particularly when they were only a few quid).

Says a lot about their customer service to my mind.

Matt
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MTB 2015 Canyon Nerve AL 6.0 (son's)
MTB 2014 Decathlon Rockrider 520 (wife's)
MTB (now retired) 2011 Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc (son's)
Road 2013 Decathlon Triban 3 (red) (mine!)

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Re: Decathlon or specialized

Postby renatomarchetti » Sun Nov 24, 2013 16:47 pm

IMHO Decathlon bikes had a good value for money until 2012.
Now, I'm not sure. They increased their prices.
I think that, at the moment, one of the best value for money is Giant.


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