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Made with natural ingredients and suitable for both vegans and those with gluten intolerances, the Tribe Triple Decker 12 Pack is a handy source of good nutrition. They're not the ultimate in energy boosts, or the cheapest of bars, but they're useful and cheaper than some premium competitors.
I tried all but one flavour and thought all of them were nice – they're not at all artificial and are a pleasure to eat. I especially enjoyed the Peanut Salted Caramel and Choc Peanut flavours as I prefer a hint of savouriness in my nutrition, but if that's not your style then the Choc Maple, Vegan Honeycomb, Choc Raspberry and Choc Coconut were all very tasty. Plus, although they might sound it, they're not sickly sweet either.
It's a shame our test selection box is actually available to buy – you can either opt for 12 in a single flavour, or a 'mixed' selection that only actually includes three flavours. (Vegan Honeycomb, Choc Peanut and a limited edition Doisy & Dam (the one we didn't get). Doisy & Dam, if you didn't know, turns out to be an ethical chocolate brand).
Each bar is made of a vegan chocolate top layer, a nut butter or caramel nut mid layer, and a granola-esque bottom layer. Generally speaking you get something like a 1.5:1:1 ratio of fat to carbs and protein. For the Choc Maple bar, for example, each bar provides 13g of fat (of which 4g are saturates), 8.7g of carbs (4.7 of which are sugars), 8.3g of protein and 3.8g of dietary fibre. The protein comes from plant sources, rather than oft-used dairy sources.
The low sugar content means they're not the best option for maximising carbohydrate intake on a ride. Carbs are the body's preferred energy source, and while you can train your body to use more energy from other sources, these are better suited as more nutritionally-rounded snacks between meals or as part of a recovery strategy.
This is how I used them, predominately – as snacks to alleviate hunger on recovery days, rather than as primary sources of energy when riding. That said, the lower sugar content may suit some people during exercise too.
Each bar contains 10 vitamins and minerals including B2, B6, B12 and C, plus iron and zinc, which all have a role to play in energy release and healthy body function. They're gluten-free and suitable for vegans, too, so an easy-to-digest bar. I certainly had no issues with digesting them.
The Triple Decker Bars cost £22 for a box of 12. At £1.83 a bar, they're not particularly cheap - but it's quite common to pay a little more for naturally-sourced products that offer good nutrition. Veloforte's excellent bars are another level more expensive – their current Vegan Bar Pack works out at £2.36 per bar for 15 – though Clif Bars are another natural option and slightly cheaper at £20.28 for 12.
Tribe's Triple Decker bars offer naturally-sourced, vegan-friendly and zero-lactose nutrition in a well balanced form. They might not provide optimum fuelling on the bike thanks to their low carbohydrate content, but off it they're a great healthy snack.
Naturally-sourced, vegan-friendly and zero-lactose nutrition in a well balanced form, though not the best for energy
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Tribe Triple Decker Protein Bar - 12 pack
Size tested: 40g x 12
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Tribe says: "The Nut Butter Triple Decker is the UK's best-tasting plant protein bar. It has three layers; crunchy protein granola base, a thick peanut butter filling and a vegan chocolate topping. Discover the Force of Nature."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Key features (general, flavours vary):
- 8g Plant Protein.
- 50% Less Sugar than competitors.
- 10 Vitamins and Minerals for energy release.
- Vegan + Gluten Free.
- Natural Plant Energy.
As an energy delivery product, they may not meet the needs of many who need optimum carbohydrate intake. But, as an all-round supplement, they provide a good nutritional punch.
£1.83 per bar from a multipack is expensive in general, but there are more expensive premium/natural nutrition bars out there.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well; they provided a good level of supplementary nutrition off the bike, and are a lower-sugar alternative source of energy.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good taste, natural, suitable for vegans and those with gluten intolerances.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The low sugar content won't suit everyone.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
The Triple Decker Bars cost £22 for a box of 12. At £1.83 a bar, they're not particularly cheap – but it's quite common to pay a little more for naturally-sourced products that offer good nutrition. Veloforte's excellent bars are another level more expensive at £2.37 per bar in a box of 24, though Clif Bars are another natural option and slightly cheaper at £20.28 for 12.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, especially if they were vegan or had a gluten intolerance
Use this box to explain your overall score
Tribe's Triple Decker Bars provide some good rounded nutrition, and are suitable for those with specific dietary requirements. They're not the ultimate on-the-bike energy product, but their usage is wider than that.
About the tester
I usually ride: Canyon Ultimate CF SL (2016), Fairlight Strael 3.0 (2021) My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, Dabble in Zwift training and racing