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regular cycling around town in comfort. A great looking bike that's comfortable, manoeuvrable and equipped with pannier rack that can bear load up to 25 kg, dynamo...

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From : 05/05/2016 with this item
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Delivery Info: When buying a bike online, pedals are not fitted and the stem/bars are not adjusted. View this video to see how to correctly set up your bike at home.

User comfort Wide saddle and wide tyres to absorb vibrations.
Ease of use Pannier and front dynamo-powered light, 6 speeds, mudguard, stand.
Visibility Front dynamo light, rear battery-powered light, wheel and pedal reflectors.
Versatility 6-speed derailleur controlled by indexed grip shifters for extra precision.
Lifetime warranty B’Twin offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, stem, handlebars and rigid fork.
Size
S/M (1.55m - 1.75m); L/XL (1.75m - 1.95m)
Weight
17 kg in size M.
Colour
Black.

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Feels like an elephant

Carrier useful

very slow, wide handlebars, front light broken

26/02/2016

  (United Kingdom)

2 5

used for 1 week or less I only had this bike for a week and took it back as it was not for me.

I ride 50 miles a week doing errands and delivering goods in my job around my local area so thought a city bike was what I wanted and six gears would be enough for me. However the gearing on this bike is useless around town.

I rode around in first gear most of the time doing 6 mph sometimes getting up to second and hitting 10 mph. I only got into sixth gear once down a steep slope and hit 22 mph. It is very hard to peddle this bike and do a reasonable speed.

I did not like the wide handle bars and as the bike is very slow this made it feel like I was riding an elephant.

There is a useful rear carrier. The low bar above the peddles is not good as when you rest a bag on it peddling is impossible.

I had a problem with the front light powered by a dynamo as it did not work at all.

Also the seat was not comfortable.

After a week and covering 50 miles I had enough and took the bike back and got a refund.

Response of the brand

Hi Jonathan,

I am sorry to hear about the suitability of the bike that you bought.  The Elops range is designed to do distances of less than 5km in around the city on fairly flat roads. I think you'd be more suited to the Hoprider range or the Original range with  pannier.
I will let the product manager know of the other problems that you occurred while you had the bike so that this can be looked at on future bikes.

Rob Basnett b'Twin Product Expert DECATHLON

Does what it says on the tin

Sturdy, true-footed, comfortable, practical, fun

dymano's no good in the wet. no rear lamp.

24/02/2016

  (United Kingdom)

5 5

used for 2 to 8 weeks For the money, this is a wonderful bike. Yes, it's heavy; yes, the components could be better, but it's a third of the price of most Dutch-roadster style bikes.
It's great for pottering to the shops, the train station, or just riding for the sake of it. And you can carry tons of stuff on the rear rack.
Despite its bulk, the gearing is enough to get you up all by the very steepest hill without getting out of the saddle. Yet you can still barrel along quickly on the flat. It handles brilliantly too; I feel in total control of the machine at all times, and in busy traffic, this is essential.
I've been racing and commuting on bikes for 30 years, and when I ride this bike, you can't get the smile of my face.

Comfy bike for short and medium distances

Upright position, looks good.

Feeling every hole and bump

13/01/2016

  (United Kingdom)

4 5

used for 3 to 6 months Simple comfy bike. Not very fast.

What's not to like?

A cheap city bike

Non really for the price

13/01/2016

  (United Kingdom)

5 5

used for 2 to 8 weeks The sales assistant who sold us the bike was brilliant, he set up the bike for my wife to have a trial run round the shop and explained how to do the bit of assembly of the bike when it arrived in its box. He also pointed out the best bargains in the accessories we needed, a temporary crossbar so we could hang the bike on our car bike rack and a helmet for my wife.

Decent casual bike

Sturdy build, looks good, ideal for casual rides

Heavy frame, luggage rack poorly placed, hard seat

19/11/2015

  (United Kingdom)

4 5

used for More than 1 year I've had this bike for about 14 months now and use it for my daily city commute of a couple of miles.
Overall it's been pretty good value for money. This is a lovely looking bike which I think appears more expensive than it is. It's also very sturdy - only had it serviced once in the past year and it's still in great order. I really like the upright riding position. The rubber grips on the handlebars feel substantial and make steering feel very comfortable.
Now for the downsides...
This is not a light, nippy bike. The heavy steel frame and chunky build slow you down a lot. It feels like it would be most at home on a leisurely cycle path in the Netherlands rather than trying to race buses in a UK city. The combination of the heavy steel frame and using dynamo at night on makes riding this bike a hard slog, especially on an incline.
I rely on my bike for taking the grocery shopping home, so I have fitted a set of pannier bags. Unfortunately the proportions of the bike don't seem designed to cope with this - your heels are constantly catching the front of the panniers, which is really annoying. I've tried to move the bags back as far as they can go and the problem persists. Needless to say, the wide handlebars mean that you will have trouble storing it in small spaces - getting it through the door to the yard at the back of my apartment building is a trial.
Nevertheless, I would still recommend this bike to someone who wants a casual shopper, primarily for gentle rides on flat terrain. To be fair to Decathlon, this is exactly what they recommend it for, so it delivers on its promises. If like me you need something a bit nippier, probably best to go for a more commuter-friendly bike.

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Frame High-strength steel. Unisex, urban geometry (Dutch-style frame): lowered frame for easy mounting/dismounting. The frame geometry is specially designed for cycling around town.
Sizes available: S/M (1.55m−1.75m, 26" wheels) or L/XL (1.75m−1.95m, 28" wheels).
Drive train 6-speed grip shifters. 6-speed rear derailleur, single chain ring, crank. 6 speeds are all you need for urban journeys on moderately sloping terrain.
Brakes Front and rear steel V-brake callipers. Aluminium brake levers.
Efficient and safe braking.
Low maintenance and few adjustments. The brake pads can be easily replaced when worn.
Handlebars / Stem / Steering Steel handlebars with a specially designed geometry; steel damper stem. Bolt-on, anti-theft seat clamp, comfortable saddle, steel seat post.
The riding position has been designed to offer good handling and visibility.
The raised handlebar helps you maintain an upright and ergonomic position. Steel headset size: 1 inch (threaded).
Saddle / seat post Wide B'Twin saddle to offer maximum comfort. A comfortable saddle for urban cycling!
Wheels Aluminium, corrosion-resistant rims, bolt-on hub.
City-specific, stiff-bead tyres (26"/650 mm and 28"/700 mm diameter).
Tyres City-specific tyres for excellent traction.
Gel reinforced puncture-resistant inner tubes that reduce the risk of punctures. 26" stiff bead, city tyres.

Inner tubes are equipped with car valves: tyres can be inflated at a service station. Tyres require a consistent pressure of between 3.5 and 4.5 bars (depending on user weight) to prevent punctures and rim distortion.
Weight 17 kg.
Accessories / Equipment Front dynamo light and rear battery-powered light mudguard, chain guard.
Side stand, pannier rack (max load: 25 kg, suitable for carrying a baby seat).
Restricted use : Do not use on rough or rugged terrain. Pannier rack max: 25 kg
Guarantee : Lifetime warranty for the frame, stem, handlebars and rigid fork. Details on btwin.com