First look: Decathlon's titanium/carbon B-Twin Comp 3

Purchasing power of French mega-retailer raises expectations

Decathlon, the French sporting goods retailing giant which has six outlets in England, will be launching its B-Twin Comp 3 titanium / carbon road bike onto the UK market in a few weeks’ time. 

Here at BikeRadar we’ve already got our mitts on one, and priced at £1799 equipped with full Ultegra SL, first impressions suggest the bang-per-buck ratio of this sportive and even race-ready machine is sky high.  The frame is by Dedacciai using 3-2.5 grade titanium mated to carbon composite forks, seat- and chain-stays. Transmission is limited to a triple (52x39x30) and 10 speed cassette (12x25) and the bike comes ready-fitted with Look Keo Classic pedals.

A carbon seatpost and Fizik CX Pave Sport saddle are standard as are the ITM 300 oversize bars. The wheelset is B-Twin’s all round Aero with 24 spokes up front and 28 at the rear, shod with Michelin 3 Pro race rubber. Braking is again handled by Ultegra SL kit and the whole package tips the scales at 8.3 kg for the 57cm frame version, including pedals.

Initial riding impressions (Dragon Ride Medio Fondo route followed a day later by Gran Fondo add-on loop) are highly favourable but this bike will be getting some further serious workouts over the coming weeks, including the shorter Tour of Pembrokeshire route this weekend. Look out for a full test report closer to the time when stock is released onto the UK market, which we understand will be late June / early July.

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