Triban RC120

Triban RC120

  • Lightweight Comfort: 6061 Aluminium frame with a more upright geometry for increased comfort.
  • Carbon Fork: Enhances precision and rigidity, making steering more responsive.
  • Brakes: Mechanical disc brakes provide effective and progressive stopping power, even in wet conditions. Calliper version also available
  • Versatility: Equipped with mounts for mudguards and front/rear pannier racks, ideal for commuting or light touring.
  • Durable Wheels: Triban Tubeless ready wheels with crossed steel spokes for improved rigidity.

Our Verdict: The Triban RC120 Disc is a versatile and comfortable option for new cyclists and those looking to add commuting, sportives or light touring to their cycling adventures. If you don't need the disc brakes, check out the regular RC120 version here or the more off road ready GRVL 120 here.

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Looking for your first 'serious' road bike? Enter the Triban RC120 - an emblem of how versatility meets reliability. Designed for new roadies and more experienced enthusiasts on a tight budget, this Triban model shines amidst the crowded budget bike marketplace for its blend of comfort, control, and the sheer joy of riding. Whether you're weaving through the weekday traffic or chasing weekend KOMs, the RC120 makes a great companion, tailored for those who view cycling as not just a sport, but a new way of life that they want to embrace head-on.

The 6061 Backbone of the Triban RC120

The Triban RC120 immediately jumps out at you with its thoughtfully crafted design. The core of its comfort and efficiency is its 6061 T6 aluminium sloping frame, featuring a semi-integrated headset. This setup isn't just about aesthetics; it promises a ride that's lightweight yet still robust, perfect for exploring all manner of roads. The geometrical tweaks lead to a higher steering stack and a shorter top tube, ensuring you ride more upright than on a traditional road frame, meaning it hits a sweet spot between aggressive racing stances and laid-back touring postures, making it perfect for newer riders who might not be comfortable with a head down aggressive position yet.

The cherry on top is its carbon fork - a feature often reserved for bikes with a steeper price tag. The inclusion of carbon as a material reduces overall weight and significantly enhances the bike's vibration-damping capabilities, equating to less fatigue on longer rides and more precise steering across rough road conditions.

Triban Componentry

Every component of the Triban RC120 has been carefully chosen to add to your riding experience. The ergonomic handlebars ensure comfort and control at your fingertips, while the versatility of the drivetrain system, featuring Microshift's 8-speed shifter and Shimano's front derailleur, provides smooth and precise gear changes whenever you need them. The drivetrain is complemented by a Shimano Tourney double chainring, promising reliability and smoothness with each pedal stroke. This setup is designed to offer a broad range of gears with a nice low one to conquer climbs that got a little bit too steep, and a high-end range to cruise on flats or kick into a sprint with ease. 

  • Braking System: The Promax DSK-300R mechanical disc brakes, coupled with 160mm disc brakes at both front and rear, deliver unmatched control and stopping power, even in damp conditions. This brake setup ensures that you're equipped for unexpected stops and steep descents, giving you confidence in your ride. Alternatively there is an even more affordable option with aluminium brake levers and cartridge pads, that still provides quick stops and controlled speed during descents. 
  • Wheels and Tyres: Riding atop Triban Tubeless-ready wheels, the RC120 is set for resilience and performance. The choice of Triban Resist+ tyres balances comfort with durability, designed to keep you rolling smoothly and efficiently, no matter the road ahead. Moreover, the option to switch to tubeless later on further elevates the bike's capability to tackle rougher patches without losing its composure.

RC120 Ride Experience

When you throw your leg over the Triban RC120, you're not just getting on a bike; you know you're about to embark on an adventure. Its design and components work in harmony to offer a ride that's as exhilarating on a sunny day as it is dependable in less forgiving weather. The inclusion of disc brakes ensures that wet roads don’t dampen your spirits or your control. The lightweight frame and carbon fork make steep climbs less of a chore and the downhills more of a blast. Whether it’s your daily commute or a weekend sportive bike, the RC120 adapts to your needs and challenges you to push your limits.

The comfort-oriented geometry means you can spend hours in the saddle, exploring new routes or focussing on improving your endurance, without the usual strains and pains of aggressive positions. This bike truly shines when you take it off the beaten path - the slightly upright position gives you a vantage point to enjoy your surroundings, while the precision of the carbon fork allows you to navigate turns and technical sections with confidence. This also makes it a winner in traffic too, the upgright position helps you see hazards around you rather than a dropped position where you are looking more at the ground.

Triban RC120 Disc Tech Specs

Frame 6061 T6 aluminium sloping frame with semi-integrated headset, size M weight: 1830 g
Fork Carbon fork, Aheadset 1"1/8 head tube, with inserts for pannier rack, max load: 9 kg
Handlebar / Stem / Steering Ergonomic handlebars, width: XS, S: 400 mm. M, L: 420 mm. XL: 440 mm
Drivetrain Microshift 8-speed shifter, front Shimano derailleur, Microshift rear derailleur
Crankset / Cassette Shimano Tourney double chainring 50/34 crankset, Microshift CS-H081 11-34 cassette, Cranks: XS, S, M: 170 mm. L, XL: 175 mm
Brakes Promax DSK-300R disc brakes, 160mm disc front and rear, semi-metal pad
Wheels Triban Tubeless ready wheels, 6063T6 aluminium, ETRTO: 622 x 17 C, 24mm high, crossed steel spokes, sealed bearings, weight per pair (without cassette and QR): 2200 g
Tyres Triban Resist+ tyres, 410g, 1 mm nylon anti-puncture protection, 55 TPI carcass, dimensions: 28c-622 / 700 x 28c, max pressure: 8 bar / 116 psi, NOT Tubeless Ready
Saddle/Seat Post Triban ErgoFit saddle, aluminium Triban seat post, diameter: 27.2mm, length: 350mm in M / L / XL, 250mm in XS / S
Pedals Hybrid platform pedals
Accessories / Equipment Supplied with a front and rear light and a bell
Weight 11.25kg in size M without pedals
Maximum Load 110 kg
Number of Speeds 16 speeds
Wheel Size 700 mm
Front disc size 160 mm
Rear disc size 160 mm
Maximum tyre clearance 32 mm

Reviews:

You'll start to see a lot of these out and about and It's not uncommon to hear of riders who've stretched their usual routes, motivated by the bike’s supportive design and responsive handling. Their cafe stop testimonials generally highlight the unparalleled value it offers, from its robust frame and forgiving carbon fork to the reliable component choice. The Triban RC120 is frequently recommended as the go-to choice for anyone looking to get into cycle sport on a budget, without compromising on quality or performance. All in all it's a great route into sportives and club cycling.