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Worst Cycling Products to Buy from Decathlon Online

We agree decathlon online has contributed in leaps and bounds to promote cycling as a sport. From affordable bicycles to some of the cheapest bicycle accessories in the market, the French giant is certainly a candy store for beginners and avid cyclist. For them, finding an affordable quality bicycle with the right accessories that last long is all they need. 

But what happens when they have a bad experience?

In today’s times, where even reviews provide little to no value, how does one even go about buying a product?

Especially, with the salesmen at the store insisting you on buying their accessories.

To ease your time and money at the store, we have reviewed some products personally and listed them down that are not worth buying.

After all, who doesn’t want value for money?

Road bike Inner Tube:-

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Considering cycling is an expensive affair, finding an inner tube for just INR 199 is a bliss. However, our experience with this hasn’t been great at all. The tube is good but there’s no ring to hold it steady. We’ve also found it difficult to inflate air without the ring, especially with less tyre pressure. Every time you try to press the nozzle onto the valve, the tube moves inwards.

Who wants to fill the air this way early morning when you are half asleep?

Central Side Stand:-

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On a usual scenario, we are so used to leaving our bike on the side stand when not riding. Unconsciously, we are also used to leaning our body weight and expect it to still take it all. But that’s not what the stand is made for, is it?

Needless to say, if you are one of those, this could be worst. 

 

PANNIER RACK 100:

As we conduct cycling classes, we prefer using the Riverside 100, however, as it doesn’t come fitted with a carrier behind, we prefer the pannier rack 100 as a solution. However, after using it for months on attest 6 Btwin bikes, we have to conclude the following-

 

1. Nuts loosen and fall off

2. Frame cracks or brake on times

3. Complete carrier becomes wobbly

4. No replacement parts available 

Mind you, this is all without exceeding the weight capacity. 

Btwin Elops 100:

By far one of the worst bikes manufactured ever by Decathlon is the Elops. While the bike is specifically designed for women, it is clearly not for Indian roads. Also, the handle touches your knee when you try to take turns.

 

Clearly, not a well thought out the bike for the Indian conditions. 

The above decathlon online products, have been tried and tested by us for over a period of three to four months and this list has been collated only after that. If you happen to have a bad experience after using it for a good amount of time, feel free to comment below and let us know.

P.S- Besides the above products, we feel Decathlon is the best and have offered Indian sports a lot to grow in every field.

If you do experience issues with any of the decathlon products, they have a 90-day return policy that allows you to excahnge or refund the product.

Written By

Abhishek Tarfe is a Certified Bike Mechanic from Park Tool School. He enjoys teaching people how to cycle and loves going on multi-day tours. Besides, he loves dogs and coffee. Follow his madness on Instagram

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Anupam Gupta

    September 9, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I don’t agree to this article overall..

    Inner tube – I love Decath tubes and find them just right – You don’t get punctures due to tube issues primarily, it’s due to tyre and it’s pressure and terrain etc. Get a better tyre or inner liners – all set.

    Btwin elops 100 – Article says “While the bike is specifically designed for women, it is clearly not for Indian roads. Also, the handle touches your knee when you try to take turns.” – My question – is this true or every woman rider? If so, how many was this tried on with? Also what does turning a bike has to do with “Indian roads”? Road turning is global, what’s INdian or not about it?

    Side stand – the article says “On a usual scenario, we are so used to leaving our bike on the side stand when not riding. Unconsciously, we are also used to leaning our body weight and expect it to still take it all. But that’s not what the stand is made for, is it? Needless to say, if you are one of those, this could be worst.” – Are you saying the stand should take body weight? Really??????? What’s the point here for the stand – what’s wrong in it? Didn’t find the problem listed.

    Can’t intelligently comment on pannier rack but I find some good inputs on number of bikes it was tested on, weight used etc etc – seems valid but again not sure if in light of other products this review is on, should pannier rack review hold a genuine position or not

    Quite a non scientific feedback – sorry I don’t see stats on – how many users, how many products, feedback mechanism etc. Also do you know you can return products for 90 days without fuss to Decath? Plus did you try talk to the Decath team at stores or online to share your experience?

    • Abhishek Tarfe

      September 10, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Hi Anupam,

      Firstly, thank you for taking out time and letting us know your thoughts. Please have a look at our comments below.

      Inner tube – We love the tubes too, except this https://bit.ly/2kDTjrF
      If you do read through the content once again, we do mention that the tube is good but it doesn’t have a ring that doesn’t prevent the tube fro staying in place(especially when the air is less).

      copy pasting the exact lines from the blog below-

      “The tube is good but there’s no ring to hold it steady. We’ve also found it difficult to inflate air without the ring, especially with less tyre pressure.”

      Btwin Elops 100 – Article says “While the bike is specifically designed for women, it is clearly not for Indian roads. Also, the handle touches your knee when you try to take turns.” – My question – is this true or every woman rider? If so, how many was this tried on with? Also what does turning a bike has to do with “Indian roads”? Road turning is global, what’s Indian or not about it?

      Here, we are talking about two things- one is the bike cannot be ridden on Indian roads as the quality of roads is pathetic, especially in Mumbai.You are blessed to have good roads in Delhi. The number of potholes, etc on the road has no end. Let’s assume, you are riding the bicycle and you want to turn left, due to the handlbar being curved inwards towards the seat, your knee lands up touch the end of the handle. As a result, turning is an issue – https://bit.ly/2kEi3QL

      The idea here of mentioning these issues was not to demean1 decathlon products, but to ensure novices don’t make a silly mistake while buying this bicycle. As an honest cycling channel for the last 8 years, we do intend to share what’s correct and helpful to our audience.

      Side Stand:
      Well, what we are saying here is, if you are used to putting your body weight, do not busy this stand. In my experience, novices usually buy this stand because it is cheap, however, later they realize that this is not good at all. that being said, it’s always the product that suffers, not their mistakes of leaning weight without realizing. So best, we recommend, avoid it.

      Pannier rack:
      We have 7 of the btwin riversides in Mumbai and use it every day. The stand comes in bits and pieces which needs to be screwed at multiple places together. Now, coming back to the roads, the vibrations cause these nut bolts to loosen every now and then and they need to be tightened “very often”. At times, in spite of tightening, they still get lose and fall off without us realizing. Well, we do feel that every product that you pay for needs to be reviewed. Those who really need to buy this product will find this feedback on the rack helpful.

      Also, do you know you can return products for 90 days without fuss to Decath? Plus did you try talk to the Decath team at stores or online to share your experience?

      Yes, we do know the products can be returned within a span of 90 days. This is a good point, we will include it in the article for everyone to know.

      Considering, I make trips to decathlon Mumbai, Worli every week, I ensure to share feedback on my experience. We also have been using most of their bikes to teach cycling to kids and adults, here is their review on our youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClPzTRI-IPv7aBS2JuRO6Rw

      That being said, do keep reading, sharing and commenting on our blog as always.

  2. Anupam Gupta

    September 10, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for your response. My further notes –

    Tubes – I use the same tubes for my bike and well the missing inner ring doesn’t pose an issue while filling up air even putting afresh. The length of the nozzle is good enough to hold out and stay put against the tyre.

    Elops 100 – The article said nothing on quality of foads in India leave alone Mumbai. No we do have bad patches in NCR too – I am not in Delhi but 40 kms away from it. So what’s the issue with this bike on bad roads? I mean what is missing or not working as desired? What is meant by it’s not for Indian roads? Didn’t understand, please elaborate. The handlebar touching knees – is it with every and any rider? Did you try adjusting saddle height? How many riders of what varying heights it’s based on – i.e. the inference that knees will always touch handle bar?

    Side stand – people being used to put weight on side stand is wrong! No side stand is meant to hold body weight. Do you know any stand that is? Novices buy as it’s cheap? How do we know this? WHy not recommend users to not put weight on it as it’s not meant for that? Pleas suggest alternate which can hold body weight. I believe an average of 70 kgs

    Pannier rack – Now that’s good number – 7 bikes n all. Have you tried tube/rubber washers?

    • Abhishek Tarfe

      September 10, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Anupam,
      Tubes- Alright. But it didn’t work for us for over 6 tubes.

      Elops- What you have to say here is valid. Wish we had enough data to put out. Like a proper survey, etc.However, we do not even have screenshots on whatsapp chats had with multiple people. Well, regarding the handlebar, we did try out. This is pretty debatable as the handlebar seat height is likely to vary, adjusting seat height so the handlebar doesn’t touch the knee while turning, is not ideal solution.

      Side stand:- yes, will surly recommend one once we get something good enough as we always do. Also, the description in the article surely rings a bell and should be as a reminder when they lean body weight.

      Pannier rack- The rack comes with its own washers. Even if you want to replace screws, it’s very hard to replace them as they are unavailable int eh market. Also, if you are in luck, you can get your hands on 1 or two at the decathlon store.

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