Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike

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Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike

If you need a no-frills, no-nonsense road bike that just plain works, the Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike is your match. With its super simple fixed gear drivetrain, it's designed to provide solid, dependable, low-maintenance transportation that always gets you where you need to go.

A rock-solid chromoly frame and fork at its core means this rig is able to withstand all the rigors of urban riding with aplomb. The ride quality of steel is like no other and it's built to last, too. A fixed gear drivetrain is the paragon of simplicity and its 42x16 gear ratio provides a good compromise for pedaling on flat to rolling terrain. And while this is a fixed gear bike, have no fear about slowing down as the Hounder features both front and rear caliper brakes to make sure you can stop on a dime without having to go into powerslide, lock-up mode and risk blowing out your quads. The flat handlebars provide a more upright and comfortable riding position while you'll roll in sweet bliss on bombproof Alex DC19 wheels and plush 700x28 rubber. Aesthetically it's primarily Henry Ford-inspired - you can have any color as long as it's black - with a touch of houndstooth on the down tube and seat tube that adds a touch of class.

The Hounder is great for college students, commuters, early season training and anyone who wants to experience cycling in its simplest, purest form.

  • Durable steel frame and fork stand up to the rugged urban jungle
  • Fixed gear drivetrain is a marvel of simplicity and low maintenance
  • Tektro brakes deliver reliable stopping power, even in wet weather
  • Alex DC19 wheels are designed to hold their true, even on the occasional not-so-friendly roads
Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike
  • FRAME Urban Single Speed Design, Steel, Water Bottle & fender Mounts, Rear spacing: 120mm
  • FORK Triple Butted Steel w/ Fender Mounts
  • HEADSET Tange 1-1/8" Threadless
  • CRANKSET 3-piece Euro Steel, 42T
  • BOTTOM BRACKET Square Taper
  • LEVERS Alloy, F & R
  • SHIFTERS N/A
  • HANDLEBAR 1.5" Riser Bar
  • STEM 10 Degree Drop
  • BRAKES Alloy Long Reach Caliper
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR N/A
  • WHEELSET Alex DC19 Rims, 32H, Stainless Spokes, Hubs: Nutted, Formula Single Speed
  • REAR DERAILLEUR N/A
  • TIRES 700c X 28
  • CASSETTE 16t fixed cog
  • PEDALS Wellgo Platform
  • SEATPOST Straight Post 27.2mm x 250mm length
  • SADDLE Velo Black
  • GRIPS/TAPE Velo Diamond Cross
  • CHAIN KMC Z410
  • RACK MOUNTS Yes
  • Rating 4

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Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike
 
4.2

(based on 71 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well (35)
  • Fast (33)
  • Good geometry (29)
  • Comfortable (26)
  • Responsive (26)

Cons

  • Brakes could be better (30)
  • Uncomfortable seat (26)
  • Poor components (16)
  • Heavy (12)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (50)
  • Casual riding (48)
  • Exercising (26)
  • Commuting/city (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Commuter (26), Avid cyclist (24), Casual/ recreational (17), Competitive cyclist (4)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52), Yes (6)

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1.0

Could have been great...

By Kiwi in MN

from St Paul, MN

About Me Commuter

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Geometry

Cons

  • Poor Components

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Commuting

Comments about Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike:

If I'd reviewed this within the first 3 months of ownership, it would have been 5 stars. But after a little over a year, and around 3000 miles of city riding, it is down to 1 star and relegated to the junk heap. Sad but true. The Hounder worked great initially as a year-round commuter that I could not lose sleep over it being stolen, and with the addition of some 700X32 studded tires, worked well enough to get me through a tough Minnesota winter. I could live with the freewheel failing at 800 miles. I could even tolerate the wheels needing complete overhaul at 2500 miles, and proving to be so poorly assembled (cross-threaded axle) that I was unable to service adequately, and ended up replacing with a much improved sealed bearing wheelset. But when the bottom bracket needed replacing at 3000 miles, my very skilled LBS was completely unable to dislodge the old bottom bracket due to insufficient grease having been applied in assembly. I was left with salvaging what parts I could from the Hounder, and getting a new frame--which rides much better. The old frame is now junk. So, not bad if all you want from a bike is a year's use out of it, or if you only ride a few miles a year, but not recommended as a serious commuter, even as a beater. Or if you do, consider replacing the bottom bracket right away, and expect to be upgrading components regularly as they fail.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The unbeatable beater!

By Red Bike Boy

from Clermont/Orlando, FL

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fast
  • Handles Well
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Brakes Could Be Better
  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

    Comments about Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike:

    I've been riding my Hounder for about three years now, and it has become my favorite go-to bike. I was originally looking for a bike I could leave at my office and use for lunchtime rides that wouldn't be a huge loss if it disappeared. It is quite fast (more on that in a moment), yet durable enough to handle rough pavement and fly off the occasional curb as conditions require. I ride with the freewheel cog -- not that I don't enjoy riding fixed, but I detest losing momentum for corners, so I tend to go in too fast and low to not have a pedal strike on fixed gear.

    First, the single-pivot brakes are fine; the pads are junk. Spend a few bucks on some Kool Stop pads. Stopping: fixed. For most people, that should be about all that is really needed to make this a great daily beater.

    The 42X16 drivetrain is quite good in stop-and-go traffic, but it left me slightly undergeared to compete with the hipsters delivering for the local sub shop on their fixies. I replaced it with a 52T crank, since Orlando is so flat. The skinny-jeans set don't stand a chance of keeping up now, and the tougher sprint away from a light is more than made up for by the easy speed it maintains. Going: fixed.

    You do get used to the seat, with the disclaimer that most of my time on the bike has been 40 minutes/12.5 miles at a stretch.

    The pedals that came with it are okay. I bent them, but as expected with my gearing, I tend to pedal pretty hard. (At 6', 225#, one of my upper legs is greater in circumference than the torso of most Tour de France competitors.) I replaced them with some two-sided SPD/flat pedals so I can ride clipped in or not.

    The houndstooth pattern stickers come off easily and cleanly, and I like the black monochrome look much better. The handlebars and stem are ugly but sturdy, and I've seen no compelling reason to replace them. Same for the fork. In essence, this would be Batman's fixie, if he were much more minimalist than he is normally portrayed.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    fairly good bike

    By banshe

    from central ILL

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Commuting

    Comments about Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike:

    built goog

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    • No

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid Commuter/All-Around cheap bike

    By Jumblejon

    from Washington, D.C.

    About Me Commuter

    Pros

    • Cheap
    • Fast
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Low-maintenance
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Commuting
    • Groceries

    Comments about Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike:

    I have ridden the same Nashbar Hounder since 2009 with almost not issues. I have put anywhere from 2,000-3,000 miles on my Hounder from commuting, grocerie runs, and traveling around Washington, D.C. (I have no car). I put a rack on the back and through on a dairy crate for extra ease during grocery runs and commuting.

    After 5 years and several thousand miles, I still have the original wheels, seat, and brakes installed, I have replaced the brakepads twice. I use the original seat and setup and have had no issues with comfort, I will say it does take a bit to get used to, though!

    Other reviews mention the single-speed aspect, going up hills can be a challenge and I will sometimes have to walk my bike if it gets too steep. But, riding this thing will get you conditioned quickly! I just got a new bike with gears (hence the review now!) and I can get anywhere with ease now.

    TL;DR this bike is a great deal for the city commuter or someone looking for something to travel between 1-10 miles on a regular basis. I ride this bike 8-12 miles 5 days a week and often on the weekends to get places around the D.C. area.

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    4.0

    bought it as a cheap fix

    By yeezy

    from PDX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike:

        I bought this as a cheap bike that I would feel ok with locking up at the bar and leaving it there overnight. Turns out this bike is awesome. Responsive and fast, I find myself riding it everywhere. Came packed super nicely and was assembled quickly. The only thing I want to replace so far is the pedals as I need some more grips.

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        4.0

        Great Bike, Fun Ride.

        By NaveNipreh

        from Fort Myers, Fl

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Fast
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Brakes Could Be Better
        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising
        • Serious Training

        Comments about Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike:

        I ride this bike every day. The uncomfortable seat took some getting used to. I haven't flipped it to a coasting single speed, nor do I think I ever will. I love how it's trained me, and how experienced cyclists look at me like I'm crazy when they ride it. Like, "Why is this so hard?" Not convenient, but too much fun.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I liked it so much I bought another one

        By Bill the Biker

        from Hamptons, NY

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding
          • Commuting
          • Exercising

          Comments about Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike:

          I bought one of these bikes a few years ago, just so I didn't have to break out the road bike and shoes and bike pants every time I went biking. Especially when I was riding with others that didn't have an advanced road bike or I just wanted to ride to town or the beach. I ride this bike alot, As mentioned in some of these reviews, I don't have a problem with the seat, but others that have borrowed the bike say it's not comfortable, I don't have a problem with the brakes, they work, obviously not the best brakes you can get, but for the price I really like this bike. I have one in NY and bought another one for FL. Both places fairly flat and the one speed works great for those locations.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works for me....

          By IDOutlaw

          from Greenville, SC

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Frame
          • Good Geometry
          • Rims

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding
          • Commuting
          • Just For Fun

          Comments about Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike:

          Delivered perfectly, zero issues. Put it together in under 2 hours and hit the road for about 5 miles. Have already switched pedals and the seat. Bought a water bottle holder. Having a little trouble with the neck/handle bars, but other than that...an excellent bike.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great ride

          By banshe

          from central ILL

          About Me Commuter

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Good Geometry
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Components
          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Exercising

          Comments about Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike:

          I use this bike for ever day commuting -to the store and work. seat was uncomfortable had to replace it with my old bike. and purchased a new handle bar,but otherwise a good bike for the price

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          • No

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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Poor quality

          By The Dad

          from Chicago, Il

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Brakes Could Be Better
          • Poor Components
          • Poor Construction
          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding

          Comments about Nashbar Hounder Single-Speed Road Bike:

          Bought this bike for my son for college largely based upon the positive customer reviews. I realized the bike was very poorly constructed (fork dropouts were misaligned)and had poor quality components when I assembled it, but I did not want to go through the cost and hassle of returning the bike for a refund. The bike is now not quite 2 months old and has already been to the shop 3 times for product related repairs. Don't be fooled by the reviews like I was.

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          • Yes

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