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Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

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  • Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

    I'm looking for a new bike. You could say I'm a beginner. I do ride a fair bit on weekends on an old steel MTB I have.
    Now looking for a good "nice" bike.

    Have checked out a few hybrids and road bikes. I'm taking a liking to the Btwin Triban 100.

    Anyone here with an ownership experience/insight?

    Here's what I like about it:

    1. It's a touring bike. That means it's more comfortable ergonomically than your standard road bike, though slower
    2. Drop bars, which allows different hand positions
    3. Looks cool

    Here's what I don't like:

    1. Goofy index shifter
    2. The crank is 48T. Not too slow, but not fast either. If it had front gears, I'd have bought it by now

    I'm looking for thoughts from owners/experts on here. Any and all advice welcome

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    Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

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    • #3
      Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

      If you have already been riding and looking to upgrade, I would suggest getting something nice. Else you will want to upgrade very soon after buying the Triban.

      What is the price you are getting the 100 at? And what is your budget?
      Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

      Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

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      • #4
        Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

        Do look into other brands like Fuji , canonndale, Schwinn etc before you go for triban. Try bums on saddles stores in Jayanagar and cycling boutique in Indiranagar . They are good stores and will guide you well

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        • #5
          Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

          Originally posted by The Monk View Post
          If you have already been riding and looking to upgrade, I would suggest getting something nice. Else you will want to upgrade very soon after buying the Triban.

          What is the price you are getting the 100 at? And what is your budget?
          I've been riding a Hero Hawk (gave it away) and a BTwin My Bike Single Speed (still own it).
          My budget is 15-20k.

          Getting the Triban at 20k, since its price just dropped by 5k.
          Other options are Montra bikes. I guess their Trance Pro is a decent bike, cheaper too.
          Or I could just let it go for a few months, and save money to buy a better bike... like the Unplugged (not sure about its 23mm tires though).

          Originally posted by abhijithpreddy View Post
          Do look into other brands like Fuji , canonndale, Schwinn etc before you go for triban. Try bums on saddles stores in Jayanagar and cycling boutique in Indiranagar . They are good stores and will guide you well
          You avatar looks familiar. lol
          Those brands are expensive AF.

          Is the Fomas Roadking (the one with the Flip-Flop hub) a good bike?
          It's significantly cheaper, but I can't find it available anywhere.

          EDIT: Thought I'd add some details regarding the intended use of the bike.

          Will be riding in chandigarh mostly, only for morning rides about 5-10 km (no, it's not too much for me). I'll be doing 60-65 km rides twice on weekends.
          So I suppose a commuter will fit the bill perfectly. Am I right in thinking so?
          Last edited by raghavtlwr; 02-03-2018, 12:09 AM.

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          • #6
            Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

            Update.

            Visited the stores in Chandigarh today.
            Track n Trail, the Bike shop and Decathlon. Couldn't get to Firefox, will try this coming week.

            Intended use: Small urban rides (5-10km) Highway rides of about 60-100 km. Later, I do hope to ride longer distances.

            Track and Trail
            :

            Guy there didn't seem to know about the bike specs too much. Just generally told me that the Montra Unplugged is not a good bike because it has cheap components.
            He didn't have the Montra Trance Pro or the Downtown.
            He tried to sell me a Montra Helicon D, telling me it was pretty much the same as the Trance Pro. I myself pointed out the differences: different tyre width and crankset.
            Not a good experience in the store, but I did like the Helicon.
            My problems with it is that the largest crank is 42T, so I'm assuming it will be slow.

            Bike Studio:

            They were selling some brand called X Bicycle. It's supposed to be from Thailand. Models shown to me were two wonderfully spec-ed bikes: Vulture and Sl. But up-close they looked terrible.... the components seemed to be very shoddy. No suprise then that the road bike was being sold at 16k!!

            Decathlon:
            Checked out the Triban 100. Wasn't available in my size, so I've asked to be notified when it's in stock next week. I told the guy at the store my intended use, and he suggested the Triban and the Riverside 500.

            Would like to hear your comments.

            A specific question:
            The Montra Helicon has a 42T crank at the front. It has smaller rings too at the front, so I'm sure it will climb hills better, should I ever want to venture into the hills close by where I live. The Triban 100 has a 48T single crank.
            The question is, how much of a difference is it going to make when I compare a 48T with a 42T crank?

            EDIT: Another question.
            I checked out the specs. This bike has a big range of gears... 14x34!
            With a front of 48T and an enormour 34T back, will hill climbing not be easy-ish?
            My only fear atm is that this thing might be hard to take to the hills
            Last edited by raghavtlwr; 02-04-2018, 09:41 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

              My suggestion to wait a bit and buy a better bike!

              Check out the Psynyde Oxygen: Oxygen 700c – Psynydebikes

              They have made an interesting bike. A member out here bought a Psynyde MTB and reviewed it a few days back. You can read his review to get an idea of the brand.

              If not Psynyde, I would suggest going for something from Decathlon. They generally make VFM things.

              Though my general suggestion is to buy a used bike cheap, search for Cyclop on Facebook for good deals.

              Most hybrids and MTBs will have low enough gearing to climb the hills.
              Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

              Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

              Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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              • #8
                Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

                Originally posted by The Monk View Post
                My suggestion to wait a bit and buy a better bike!

                Check out the Psynyde Oxygen: Oxygen 700c – Psynydebikes

                They have made an interesting bike. A member out here bought a Psynyde MTB and reviewed it a few days back. You can read his review to get an idea of the brand.

                If not Psynyde, I would suggest going for something from Decathlon. They generally make VFM things.

                Though my general suggestion is to buy a used bike cheap, search for Cyclop on Facebook for good deals.

                Most hybrids and MTBs will have low enough gearing to climb the hills.
                Yep, Psynyde is a good brand. Don't know why they don't mention full specs on their website though.

                I just think the Triban 100 seems good at the price of 20k... and it's got drop bars which I think will be better for longer rides.
                Plus, it's a sweet looking bike! I love the Triban 500 as well. It is definitely a far better bike. But at the price tag of 35k, I'm not sure of it.

                A little confused now.
                Oh well, back to the drawing board.

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                • #9
                  Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

                  Bought the Triban 100 on February 8, and have done 80 km on it already!

                  Absolutely love the bike. as long as I don't hit the climbs, this bike seems to have hit a home run for me. Pictures to follow

                  I need help buying:

                  1. a hemet. What should I be going for? I see cheap helmets for around 500. Are they good enough or do I need to spend more?

                  2. Degreaser and Lubricant.
                  The guys at Decathlon told me I can use the common WD40 as degreaser and machine oil (the kind used in sewing machines for instance) as lubricant. not too sure about this though.
                  Last edited by raghavtlwr; 02-24-2018, 09:06 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

                    Originally posted by raghavtlwr View Post
                    Bought the Triban 100 on February 8, and have done 80 km on it already!

                    Absolutely love the bike. as long as I don't hit the climbs, this bike seems to have hit a home run for me. Pictures to follow

                    I need help buying:

                    1. a hemet. What should I be going for? I see cheap helmets for around 500. Are they good enough or do I need to spend more?

                    2. Degreaser and Lubricant.
                    The guys at Decathlon told me I can use the common WD40 as degreaser and machine oil (the kind used in sewing machines for instance) as lubricant. not too sure about this though.

                    Congrats on your bike. Waiting for the pictures now!

                    1. Buy a properly fitting helmet from Decathlon itself. Most VFM i have found them to be.

                    2. WD40 is a bit overkill for a cycle chain. VIM liquid is good enough to clean up the drive train. Sewing machine oil will come off too easily and thus will require you to apply almost every day. You can either buy fancy lube from a bunch of companies or even the Decathlon lube is decent for the price.
                    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

                    Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

                    Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

                      Originally posted by raghavtlwr View Post
                      Bought the Triban 100 on February 8, and have done 80 km on it already!

                      Absolutely love the bike. as long as I don't hit the climbs, this bike seems to have hit a home run for me. Pictures to follow

                      I need help buying:

                      1. a hemet. What should I be going for? I see cheap helmets for around 500. Are they good enough or do I need to spend more?

                      2. Degreaser and Lubricant.
                      The guys at Decathlon told me I can use the common WD40 as degreaser and machine oil (the kind used in sewing machines for instance) as lubricant. not too sure about this though.
                      congratulations on the bike mate...

                      as for the climbs, It's pretty much about practice and correct gearing ... if you love the frame you can slowly upgrade the drivetrain with a wide ratio cassette (with a bigger lower sprocket with more teeth)

                      as for lube, I use Looplube... they are an Indian brand and have a chain lube+degreaser combo at about 500... be sure to get the right type of lube (dry for dusty conditions and wet for wet,muddy conditions) and keep your chain and drivetrain clean...

                      have fun on your bike

                      cheers[emoji2]

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                      • #12
                        Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

                        Mate, How's the cycle faring? Have you gotten used to the index shifters? I'm contemplating buying the Triban 100.

                        Cheers!
                        Last edited by GandalfTheGrey; 08-06-2018, 12:14 AM. Reason: Typo

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                        • #13
                          Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

                          Bumping up the thread:

                          Are there anyone using Btwin Triban 100? Any reviews from users would be very helpful. I'm thinking of buying this road bike.

                          Cheers!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

                            Why don't you checkout the rockrider 520

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                            • #15
                              Re: Is the Btwin Triban 100 worth it's salt?

                              Originally posted by Revminister View Post
                              Why don't you checkout the rockrider 520
                              Thanks for your reply mate. I already own a Btwin My Bike 7S and I'm not looking at a hybrid or MTB. I'm keenly looking at pre-owned road bikes but this Triban seems to be very VFM as all Btwin's bikes are. Also I don't want to invest a heavy amount on a road bike right away so budget is 20-25K.

                              Cheers!
                              Last edited by GandalfTheGrey; 08-12-2018, 02:07 PM.

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