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It’s perfect for training. When in a group, it would be ideal to have one smaller pinion
I bought this bike as wanted an upgrade to a mountain bike I was riding on the road. I've now done over 3,500 miles since the end of March. No mechanical problems. Changed the back tyre as I shredded the original on a 15 mile gravel path from Devises to Bradford-on-Avon. Schoolboy error. Brake pads have just about run out. 7 speeds are fine. I thought the 1st gear was going to be useless. On anything above 15% it is absolutely fine. The gear shift is on the handlebar, but really not a problem. More precise than more expensive gear shifts on the brakes handle. Despite a medium frame, it's fine for me (6ft) with the saddle jacked up. You cannot beat this bike for value.
Whether it's a good bike or not really depends on what you want out of it.
What I wanted:
1. I wanted a bike that was fun to ride and I would enjoy riding.
2. A bike that was comfortable (I'd recommend some cycling shorts though).
3. A fitness bike that would allow me to burn 500 calories a day.
4. I wanted something I could take to the beach, lock it up and not really worry about it getting stolen.
It's a really fun ride, it's pretty comfortable (lots of different hand positions due to the drop bars) and I'm cycling an hour to an hour and a half a day and enjoying every minute of it. The bike itself is inexpensive and the components are at the low end of 'racing components' so it's not exactly worth breaking my Kryptonite U Lock to have it away.
It meets all of the requirements I wanted in a bike - It's a good bike!
Frequent complaints about this bike:
1. The gear shifter is crap - Growing up we had the gear shifter on the down tubes. This was how it was. The position of the shifter on the Triban 100 feels natural to me. I guess if you come from a race orientated race bike with STI shifters you might find this a step back. If anyone has ridden a bike circular to 1990 this is how it was :) I actually enjoy the simplicity of it. It's a bit clunky but the gear changes are smooth.
2. It's not the best uphill - It's got 7 gears. The more gears you have the closer the gears are together so you can find the perfect resistance for cycling up the hill. With the two lowest gears you won't have a problem cycling up hills (unless you live int he Alps) but there is definitely a couple of gears which could be inserted between the two to make your life easier. Honestly, for the purposes of fitness I don't mind a bit of extra resistance. If your looking to compete with people going up hills on far superior road bikes (expensive group sets/gears) then this is not the bike for you. If you are happy to motor up the hill and burn a few calories along the way it does the job.
A bit more on this... I looked at choosing a different bike due to this. However, without waffling on you don't really get anything that much better until you probably choose the 105 groupset (11 speed). Everything in between is probably marginally better (for each price jump) and you might get an extra chain ring or two to make it even better but it's all tech that you would outgrow at some stage anyway.
For this reason I went with the Triban and if I'm still cycling in a year I'll probably upgrade it to whatever race bike has the 105 groupset at the time.
Anyone thinking of getting this for fitness and who do not live in the Alps it's a good buy!
The Triban allows me to do all of the
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