Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike

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Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike
Forget the gears and those tiny 26" wheels--saddle up with a single-speed 9er and fall in love with your favorite trails all over again. The single-speed drivetrain offers simple, virtually maintenance-free performance, and the bigger 29" wheels roll over obstacles more smoothly, giving you a softer ride.
  • Lightweight aluminum frame won't hold you back on the climbs
  • Chromoly steel fork reduces road vibrations, and is built super-tough to handle abuse
  • Tektro disc brakes deliver reliable stopping power in any weather
  • Bolt-on hubs keep your bike secure when you lock it and leave it
Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike
  • FRAME 6061 Aluminum
  • FORK Cromoly Steel
  • REAR SHOCK N/A
  • HEADSET Cane Creek
  • CRANKSET Singlespeed 32t w/Bashring
  • BOTTOM BRACKET External Bearing
  • SHIFTERS N/A
  • HANDLEBAR Alloy - 670mm
  • STEM Alloy
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR N/A
  • REAR DERAILLEUR N/A
  • CASSETTE 18t Freewheel
  • BRAKES Tektro IO Mechanical Disc
  • WHEELSET 36-spoke wheels
  • TIRES WTB Nanoraptor 2.1", 60 TPI, wire bead
  • PEDALS VP
  • SEATPOST Alloy - 27.2x300mm
  • SADDLE Velo
  • CHAIN KMC
  • GRIPS/TAPE Velo
  • LEVERS
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike
 
4.5

(based on 85 reviews)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well (60)
  • Rugged (51)
  • Smooth ride (50)
  • Versatile (47)
  • Lightweight (38)

Cons

  • Rough ride (7)
  • Heavy (6)
  • Hard to configure (3)

Best Uses

  • Casual trails (65)
  • Single track (47)
  • Cross country (42)
  • Free riding (15)
  • Downhill (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (48), Casual/ recreational (19), Commuter (9), Competitive cyclist (8)
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5.0

Good Winter Bike

By psifish

from Western Canada

About Me Commuter

Pros

  • Handles Well
  • Rugged
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

      I bought this bike for a single purpose: to be my winter commuting bike. I put on a pair of Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro tires and found these to be an excellent combination. I find the single speed an advantage for winter biking. On my previous winter bike, I found switching gears to be difficult because of my mitts and the derailleur would often freeze up, so I ended up riding it in a single gear for most of the winter anyway. The single speed provides a good, solid drivetrain that hasn't given me any trouble. The disk brakes have worked well so far. On my previous winter bike I found that water on the rims would freeze overnight, making breaking on my morning commute difficult at times. No longer! As it comes, the bike is geared quite low. The gear ratio is good for winter riding, but you may wish to change it for your needs. I am 5'11" and the 19" frame fits me well.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sturdy, Comfortable, Durable

      By Mtn Bike Newbie

      from Strongsville, OH

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Smooth Ride
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Beginner Mtn Trails
        • Casual Trails
        • Crushed Stone Trails
        • Paved Bike Trails
        • Subrban Streets

        Comments about Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

        I am a 48 yr old female, have not been on a bike in years. This is my first single speed bike. Love it, ride is smooth, feels as though the bike is doing all the work. If going downhill can sometimes run out of tension & have to stop pedaling. Handles curbs and bumps well. Tried an intermediate mtn bike path, had some trouble with tight turns, if foot is extended and wheel turns just so my foot hits wheel, also pedal bottomed out on some roots, have to watch foot position carefully. No damage to peddle, even when ran into a concrete curb in a parking lot. Many branches hit spokes, none bent or broke. I've fallen off 3x and so far no damage to the bike or paint. Saddle is a little uncomfortable, bought a new one. Bought an extender to raise the handle bars (I'm 5'10), took some pressure off my neck. Couldn't figure out how to put the chain guard on, went without and loose pants got caught in the chain. The pants came out no problem, chain stayed on. Did not give 5 stars because have only had this bike a few months, I reserve 5 stars for when I've had more time/experience with a a product.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great SS 29er

        By rusty

        from Punta Gorda, FL

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Handles Well
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Smooth Ride
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Trails

          Comments about Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

          This is my 1st 29er. Have been riding a 24" bmx cruiser because I don't like my 26" full suspension that much. I love the SS 29er. Like a big cruiser. I live in SW FL. so it is very flat. Not many trails near me so I can just street and fire road ride. Changed rear cog to a 16t and probably change to a 15t so that I can keep up with buddies at about 15 mph on casual rides. The buddies just don't understand the SS.
          Their loss.

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          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Three year update - My 29er from Nashbar

          By Boomer

          from Broadripple, INDY

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Basic Fun
          • Easy To Customize
          • Looks Great
          • Smooth Ride
          • Takes A Beating
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • 400 Bucks Is A Bite
          • Mine Was Way Cheaper Then

          Best Uses

          • Casual Trails
          • Cross Country
          • On The Monon And Tow Path
          • To The Pubs

          Comments about Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

          Three years owner update. I bought this bike while living in NOVA and riding the Old Dominion. needed gears right away, hung on 10 speed Deore XT.. problem solved.

          Put on Schwalbe Big Apple tires.. GREAT RIDE. 700x55 or 65 (can't remember) HUGE

          I moved to INDY and ride the Monon and Central Canal tow path.. plus to the PUBS.

          LOVE MY BIKE

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Bike

          By Randy

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Excellent Buy
          • Great Components
          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged
          • Smooth Ride
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None for me

          Best Uses

          • Casual Trails
          • Cross Country
          • Downhill
          • Free Riding

          Comments about Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

          This bike has been just a fantastic ride! As is.

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          5.0

          great bike

          By lucy's fur

          from murfreesboro, TN

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Great Components
          • Handles Well
          • Rugged
          • Smooth Ride
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Casual Trails
          • Single Track

          Comments about Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

          I just got this bike today and i love it. Packaged well. Easy to assemble. Rides very nice. Only thing is the headset seams so so. For the price i cant complain at all and it is functional but i think i will upgrade that soon. Overall well worth the money though.

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          5.0

          Sweet

          By T-bird-Cat

          from Piketon, Ohio

          About Me Competitive Cyclist

          Pros

          • Handles Well
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Trails
            • Cross Country
            • Single Track

            Comments about Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

            Yeah so picked this machine up a couple of weeks ago. Gotta say much impressed by the ride. Been riding for over twenty years and after spending thousands to satisfy the mtn bike fever, this bird delivered more than smiles. Throw some stans sealant with a strip and let'her rip. Moved up to a 2.4 tire width. Safe to say at this point gonna keep it the way it came and enjoy the stock benefits of simply riding and having fun.

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            5.0

            6100 Miles, still going!

            By DailyRider

            from California

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Handles Well
            • Rugged
            • Smooth Ride
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Casual Trails
            • Cross Country
            • Single Track

            Comments about Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

            OK, so I posted a 2000 mile review, I figured I would update it at a bit over 6000 as I spent last night doing the most major overhaul on it since new.

            Still love the bike. Easy to maintain, stock parts are pretty durable and I still feel that it is an excellent value. Mine has benefitted from a few upgrades, but since it was nothing flashy to start with, it is easy to find moderately better parts at reasonable prices and put together a nice package.

            So what wore out? At 6000 miles, the ring, cog, chain (3rd?), and wheel set were all pretty much shot. Really not surprising. Upgrade time! This is where the don't-spend-a-lot mentality came in and the bike is a MUCH nicer package now.

            Replaced the wheel set with Sun Rhyno Lites / Deore hubs. They are actually a little heavier than the standard (Alex) package, but I had a hard time keeping the rear true and broke a couple of spokes. I'm expecting this to be an upgrade over time, and they do roll nice.

            Cog was replaced with the Nashbar single speed conversion kit. This actually gives you three cogs, a 16, 15 and 14 tooth. The one the bike comes with is an 18, I went with the 16, yeah, a little harder to pedal but good for a few more mph on the flats and I can still climb on it. The three cogs and collection of spacers was well worth the price of the kit, I will probably be throwing the tensioner away.

            Ring replaced with basic Vuelta, 36t. Cheap through Nashbar. What can you say, it's a ring. Here's to another 6000 miles.

            Stupid plastic bash guard was originally left on because I do commute on this thing, and I don't like greasy pants. There's a nice aluminum one for sale at Nashbar. Heavy but fits perfectly, and it looks nice, too. Cheap.

            Chain, PC-1 works well, and I get a ton of miles out of them.

            Straight up goodies: Nashbar carbon fiber bars and seat post. The bars, meh, I expected more vibration dampening. They do some. They look nice, and are a tad wider - I like the leverage. They aren't flexy either. A nice upgrade, not vital. The seat post? Straight up awesome. Didn't realize how much road vibration I was getting until I replaced the old post. I love the two bolt adjustment as well. I would highly recommend this as an immediate upgrade for the bike.

            I replaced the Tektro brakes a few years ago with BB7's and 185mm rotors. Would recommend that as well, the Tektro's work fine but the BB7's just work better. Throw away the Avid pads - Aztec organic compound are way quieter.

            Anyway - the bottom line is, I still feel this is the best all around bike I've owned. I was lucky enough to be associated with a bike manufacturer over the past couple of years, so I've gotten to try everything through their employee loaners - road, cross, various full sus, rigid, hard tails, carbon, aluminum, steel, you name it. I still ride this thing, maybe I'm weird. Best bang for the buck ever.

            Cheers!

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            4.0

            Fun bike great price

            By J

            from Auburn, ca

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to assemble
            • Good components
            • Great price
            • Simplicity

            Cons

            • Aluminum
            • Grips
            • Pedals

            Best Uses

            • Casual Trails
            • Free Riding
            • Single Track

            Comments about Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

            Great bike for the price to get you into the 29er realm. Wish it were steal and had mounts for racks are my only issues but they are my issues. Need to upgrade the front fork to shock of some type if you plan on doing any extended trail riding. You will feel all the bumps. Great second bike for quickly heading to the store, commuting or casual ride.

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            5.0

            Really Enjoy the 29er So Far

            By StoneA

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Component Quality Per
            • Component Quality Price
            • Fit
            • Reasonably Light
            • Solid Component Quality

            Cons

            • Nothing
            • Nothing So Far

            Best Uses

            • Running Around Town
            • Single Track

            Comments about Nashbar Single Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

            I've had the 29er for just about two weeks and, given the harshness of this winter, have only gone out for a couple of decent rides so far. The main thing I have noticed about this bike is that it seems to fit me very well. This was actually the most important issue for me as I've had a couple of mountain bikes in the past (26 inchers) that never really felt right. In buying this bike, I debated for a good while about whether I should go for the large (19") or the medium (17"). I'm 5'10 1/2" with about a 32.5-33 inch inseam, which is a tough height to be when it comes to mountain bikes because I fall right between these two sizes, i.e. per Nashbar's sizing chart and a chat I had with a customer service rep, I'm at the very tall end that would be recommended for the 17", and at the very bottom end height-wise for the 19 incher. Not knowning which path to take, I ordered the 19. I built it late one night and immediately noticed that it was way too big, particularly in terms of top tube length. My arms were stretched out sitting on the bike and I felt there was no way that I'd ever be able to ride with agility - a problem I encountered with a "large" geared Cannondale 26er I had a few years ago that ended up gathering dust before I sold it. I just couldn't handle that bike on rugged trails. Too much bike underneath, and even after I switched to a shorter stem on the Cannondale, I still wasn't comfortable.

            So, I disassembled the Nashbar 19 inch, carefully packed it back into the box and shipped it back (for free exchange) with the return label Nashbar sent by mail.

            When the 17 arrived I was a little worried it would be too small - opposite problem. But after a few rides I've found that it has as natural a feel as any bike I've hopped on in awhile (it feels familiar - like the Kona Dew Deluxe that's my commuter, although the Nashbar has a little more length in the top tube, which also feels right for a mountain bike. In fact, I've thought that, once summer comes and I start putting in miles and my overall flexibility improves, I might trade the 90 mm stem that came with the bike for 100m to stretch out a little bit more - not essential and I'm not sure I'd want more length, but a thought. I'm by no means cramped as things are now, not even close).

            I have made a couple of modifications to the bike. The standard 350 mm seatpost was just above the max line given my height, so I bought a 400 mm post (27.2 mm diameter) for about $40 and now there's plenty of post sticking down into the frame. The seat is still slightly below handlebar height even with the extended post, so I'm not crazy bent over when I ride. I've also switched out the stock 175mm cranks for 170s - I'm an ex-BMX racer from the old school days and fried my knees in the process - 3 operations total to smooth out the cartiledge on the back of my knee caps, which came, I think, from all the torque that went through my knees, left one in particular, from years of rapid zero-to-sixty accelerations from a dead stop, on a BMX starting gate. Long story short, I've riden 170s for years without problem, while the 175s make my knees feel a little crunchy since they bend further at the top of the stroke. I'll play it safe. The 175's probably give a bit more leverage when it's time to grunt through tight stuff, but the 170s will be easier to spin and maintain speed.

            One last note on sizing. In the past I've tried medium 26ers and they felt too compact. I don't know if the 29 inch wheel makes all dimensions grow, but this bike doesn't give me a scrunched up feeling like those 26ers did.

            I may write more once I get more time on the bike, these are my impressions thus far. Very good bike, particularly given the money.

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