So I have been eying up a Triban 3 (http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-id_8167038.html) from Decathlon for ages now and I think I'm actually reaching the point of being almost serious about getting one. Looks like the perfect hack bike for a mountain biker who wants to do occasional road riding with his Dad before he gets to old and just as a change sometimes. I thought it might also be a decent bike to do hill sprint intervals on, which I was planning to do on my ridgid/hardtail.
It comes with a Shimano 2300 group set which people seem to be saying is nothing special but at this price point is incredible. Reviews are glowing and supposedly the bike performs as well as bikes 2-3 times the price.
However, I know nothing about road bikes and have a few questions.
Are headsets pressed in to the head tube in the same manner as the one on my P7/Five?
I'm used to SLX/XT bottom brackets, are these road ones like that with screw on cups or are they totally different?
Do I need a special tool to get them out/in?
If I wanted to up grade the shifters at some point so they were those "swinging brake lever" kind would have I to change all the brakes and mechs or can you just change the lever assemblies?
I would want to change the pedals to clip less and was thinking of going for something like Shimano M540 SPD's so I can use the shoes/cleats I already have. Any reason why mtb pedals would end in a slow lingering fire ball of death?
I see that some derision is given to triple chain sets in some areas of the road fraternity. Although this would never influence my purchase and frankly why would I give a toss what a bunch of lycra fun boys think, but I just wondered what the crack was with that?
Thanks for getting to the end of this longer than anticipated stream of consciousness.