Alternative to Triban3?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by jeynesey, 15 Aug 2012.

  1. jeynesey

    jeynesey New Member

    Location:
    Worcester
    Hi all, my 1st real post here!

    I've been looking at getting a road bike for a while now, my mountain bike simply isn't cutting it anymore. I'm not looking to spend much more than £300...

    I am sold on the Triban 3, which seems great VFM, but I can't get used to the drop handle bars (have test ridden)...

    Can anyone recommend an alternative in a similar price range, with standard handlebars?

    Thanks in advance, Nick
     
  2. Norm

    Norm Guest

    Specialized Sirrus. The base model is around £300, comes with flat bars, relatively decent spec and the confidence of buying a global brand, if that means anything to you.
     
  3. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    have a look for a lightly used Marin Fairfax Alp , i have picked 1 up recentley and have to say got to be close to being better than my original Marin Bear Valley for commuting and general road bike use .

    if local to me you are welcome to come and have a go and see what i mean
     
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    jeynesey

    jeynesey New Member

    Location:
    Worcester
    Thanks guys, I had actually found a Marin on ebay, but its in Oxford, about 60 miles away from me.
     
  5. Col5632

    Col5632 Veteran

    Location:
    Cowdenbeath
    Carrera Subway? I have the carrera crossfire 2, its not triban but as bikes go its never let me down and has flat bars :thumbsup:
     
  6. Mike!

    Mike! Veteran

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Had a Sirrus myself and would recommend. Giant Rapid is probably about as close as you will get to a drop bar but flat bar bike :-)
     
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    jeynesey

    jeynesey New Member

    Location:
    Worcester
  8. Rickshaw Phil

    Rickshaw Phil Overconfidentii Vulgaris Moderator

    Keeping with the Decathlon range, how about a Fitness 3?

    This is a speed oriented flat bar bike with 700x25 tyres. Although it's only 21 speed the spec suggests they've used a 7 speed cassette rather than the cheaper screw-on freewheel you'd usually expect in this price range. No carbon fork though.

    For a bigger budget they also do the Fitness 5 which is a bit racier and has carbon fork and stays like the Triban 5.
     
  9. rb58

    rb58 Enigma

    Location:
    Bexley, Kent
    Drop bars do take a little gettig used to, but the variety of hand positions make them worth the effort if your rides are going to be of any length. If you're fixed on a flat bar, then I can also recommend the Sirrus - I commuted on one for a couple of years and it's rock solid and pretty quick.
     
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    jeynesey

    jeynesey New Member

    Location:
    Worcester
    I hadn't seen that B'twin before, thanks. Think I need to go to my nearest Decathlon and have a look :smile:

    Silly question, but how easy would it be to swap from a flat bar to a drop bar at a later date, I guess it depends on the bike?
     
  11. Col5632

    Col5632 Veteran

    Location:
    Cowdenbeath
    I have the crossfire 2 which comes with front suspension but i have it locked, its a heavy 13kg bike but it does for getting me to my work and back :thumbsup:
     
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    jeynesey

    jeynesey New Member

    Location:
    Worcester
    ^^ Thanks, it was lighter than I expected, but still maybe a little too heavy :wacko:
     
  13. Rickshaw Phil

    Rickshaw Phil Overconfidentii Vulgaris Moderator

    It can be done of course, but by the time you've bought the bars, shifters, brake levers, bar tape, different stem, etc it might be more cost effective to sell the flat bar bike and buy a drop bar one.
     
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    jeynesey

    jeynesey New Member

    Location:
    Worcester
    I'm with you. Doing to go to decathlon on the weekend, that B'twin does look nice.
     
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