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Old 06-23-20, 11:56 PM
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Cheap Entry Level Road Bike

Hello everyone!
I need an advice from the community on which road bike to choose.
I am just starting my road bike journey and I have a choice between two cheap entry level road bikes:
1) Decathlon Triban RC120 (rim brakes, carbon fork)
2) Giant Contend 3 (same rim brakes, but has front/back shimano breaking system)
Giant is slightly more expensive, but not sure If it's only because of the brand name or the quality.
Please help bike forum community!
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Old 06-24-20, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by ABZALUTION View Post
Hello everyone!
I need an advice from the community on which road bike to choose.
I am just starting my road bike journey and I have a choice between two cheap entry level road bikes:
1) Decathlon Triban RC120 (rim brakes, carbon fork)
2) Giant Contend 3 (same rim brakes, but has front/back shimano breaking system)
Giant is slightly more expensive, but not sure If it's only because of the brand name or the quality.
Please help bike forum community!

Ideally, the answer is try them and see which fits better. But assuming that you can't and that the price is about the same, it looks like it really boils down to a choice between the Contend's Claris shifters and derailleurs and the Triban's Microshift 2x8 drivetrain. Anyone have any experience with Microshift derailleurs?

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Old 06-24-20, 11:47 AM
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Old 06-24-20, 01:58 PM
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I just made a purchase to move off my entry-level road bike, which was a contend 3, but I have the 2018 model. The 2020 doesn't look that much different. The contend 3 is a little lighter than the other one, if that matters to you.

I'd recommend the contend 3 to anyone who wants a cheap entry-level with the caveat that you're going to want to get better tires than what it comes with. Even my LBS mentioned that the tires were paper thin the first time I had to buy spare tubes for it and they did a tire inspection.

I don't know anything about the Triban, though.
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Old 06-24-20, 05:30 PM
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I'd think hard about the Triban with the carbon fork. Bike Radar had a very positive review on the bike.

It would be best though to ride both, especially to see what you think of the Giant with an aluminium fork.

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Old 06-25-20, 05:33 AM
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Cheap Entry Level Road Bike
Originally Posted by ABZALUTION View Post
Hello everyone!
I need an advice from the community on which road bike to choose.
I am just starting my road bike journey and I have a choice between two cheap entry level road bikesÖ
What is your price range if I may ask? I have posted previously:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
...My shopping strategy for something important is to look at the high end (expensive) models first, just to know whatís available and then whittle downwards to find whatís acceptable, the so-called sweet spot of price/value.

Iíve participated in several popcorn threads on BF about the value of ďexpensiveĒ bikes (I have one), and my last word is "At least I have no buyer's remorse about what I may be missing."
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Whenever Iím asked about buying a bike my questions are what do you want it for, and how much to spend?

IMO bikes of similar quality by brand names stratify in groups of about approximately $US 200 intervals [up about $1500-2000, then the price interval spreads widen.
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Now hereís where Iím coming from. I have described myself as a decades-long, year-round lifestyle cyclist, and my favored bike is a high-end carbon fiber bike costing thousands of dollars..

I also have a aluminum beater road bike costing about $1500, and for me that was a minimal road bike, to be used in bad weather.


FWIW, I also have a Giant Escape hybrid bike that I recently bought for rehabilitation, because I was having trouble with my neck and shoulders riding the drop bars.

That bike cost about $600, and IMO was a good value as an all-round bike, certainly more amenable to off-road riding than my expensive carbon fiber road bike, and sturdy for my urban commute on the mean streets of Boston.
Just last night, my 30-year-old son asked me about buying a bike though he is welcome to use one of mine, in particular since there seems to be a current shortage of availability.

I asked him those questions about use and price that I would ask any potential buyer. He was set on riding paved roads, though I did suggest gravel riding as well, and he rejected that.
I did wince to myself when he suggested his potential price range of $400.

It so happens that today Iím planing to go to my well-appointed bike shop, so Iíll check out the possiblilities.

PS: My son's bike will not be as it were, "entry level" for him.
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ÖMy now-28 year old son was only perfunctorily interested in cycling, and was learning to drive at age 14. When he went to Ann Arbor (U of Michigan) for college in 2007 we bought him a used Schwinn road bike and he used it much while there, and for getting around Boston after he graduatedÖ.

I once took him [Mike] on a 25-mile charity ride as an adolescent, and it rained. He admitted it was a nice ride, even though it "sucked."

As a post adolescent, our only long (~20 mile) ride together was about five years ago. It was congenial, and he rode faster than me, though I complained he didnít give me a chance to warm up, and he complained his derailleur wasnít working right.
Actually for a few years he rode my wifeís circa 1972 French Mercier road bike that we had used on a cross-country bicycle honeymoon.

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Old 06-25-20, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Ideally, the answer is try them and see which fits better. But assuming that you can't and that the price is about the same, it looks like it really boils down to a choice between the Contend's Claris shifters and derailleurs and the Triban's Microshift 2x8 drivetrain. Anyone have any experience with Microshift derailleurs?

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I have Microshift shifters and/or derailleurs on 4 different bikes. I think very highly of them.

OP, it's a toss up. Get the one that gives you the best feeling.
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Old 06-25-20, 12:52 PM
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I have Microshift groupsets (shifters, FD, and RD) on three bikes. I love them and have zero problems with them.
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Old 06-28-20, 02:07 PM
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What is your price? Cheap to you may not be cheap to others....you need to define cheap....
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