Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork

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Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork
Strong & simple, just like the good ol' days. This steel road bike fork is the perfect addition to your around-town single speed, or your commuter bike. It doesn't need any pampering, primping or TLC...just throw it on your ride and hit the streets.
  • Chromoly steel dampens road vibrations to save your forearms and hands
  • Retro style with a chrome-plated finish and sculpted crown
  • Straight blade legs for aerodynamics
  • Single-bolt brake mount for a short-reach road brake caliper
  • Fits most road or track bike frames with 1 1/8" head tubes
  • 370mm axle to crown
Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork
  • MFPARTNUMBER Aprebic AR-A887ST
  • WEIGHT 1036g (300mm uncut steerer)
  • MATERIAL Chromoly
  • STEERER DIAMETER 1 1/8" Threadless
  • STEERER MATERIAL Chromoly
  • RAKE 40mm
  • BRAKE MOUNT Single-bolt
  • WHEEL SIZE 700c
  • Rating 5

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Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork
 
4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (6)
  • Handles well (5)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Good geometry (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (6)
  • Casual riding (5)
  • Exercising (4)
  • Serious training (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (5), Competitive cyclist (3)
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4.0

Good, Solid Quality

By Manny

from San Diego, CA

About Me Commuter

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Geometry

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Commuting

Comments about Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork:

I installed this on a steel SS Retro-cruiser (circa 1898). It's a nice match for the black frame and Brooks brown leather. The rake and trail on a frame with fairly steep angles (74deg ST angle, 74.5deg HT angle) makes for quick handling, but also some toe overlap.

It's a little on the heavy side, but pretty rigid, making steering precise.

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5.0

This fork is bike bling!

By Gandude

from SF Bay Area

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice looking
  • Well Made

Cons

  • Bit Heavy

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Commuting

Comments about Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork:

The fork Works great on my 1st bike build.

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5.0

Solid, flashy, great value

By treedweeb

from Louisville KY

About Me Competitive Cyclist

Pros

  • Handles Well
  • Looks So Cool

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding

    Comments about Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork:

    Bought this chrome beauty to pair with the Nekkid aluminum frame. The bright shiny chrome with the deep blue frame, decked out with lots of chrome and silver components made for an inexpensive, comfortable, solid and quite attractive build. you're not going to win any races with this heavy fork but for a nice singlespeed build it has been first rate. Gets tons of compliments. The ride is smooth, stable and solid. Easy to assemble. This product is a great value. Finished out the build with Campy CX1 crankset (removed small ring to leave single 46-tooth ring) and CX Power tourque bottom bracket to keep out the muck, plus a set of Wabi wheels for my winter/nasty weather singlespeed. Great on club rides all winter long, for training, working on those pedal circles etc.

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    5.0

    Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork

    By DALLAS

    from Clinton, MD

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Exercising

      Comments about Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork:

      I like this fork and am glad I purchased it with the nashbar black chromo frame. I was not sure what it would look like on a black frame but was pleased of final build. I used black and chrome or silver in wheelset, levers, pedals, brakes, bottle cages and frame pump. Bike rides good.

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      4.0

      Beautiful Chrome Fork

      By Newsboy

      from Austin, Tx

      About Me Avid Cyclist

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      Pros

      • Chrome -
      • Comfortable
      • Handles Well
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Beautifying Bike
        • Casual Riding
        • Commuting

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork:

        A pretty ordinary white powder-coated Nashbar aluminum frame, with components off a hit-by-truck bike, becomes a really lovely bicycle with this neat chrome fork.
        It has class, retro appeal, and is more supple than a carbon fork.

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        5.0

        Nice fork, beautiful chrome, a tad heavy

        By duathlon

        from Chicago

        About Me Avid Cyclist

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        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Geometry

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Commuting
        • Racing
        • Serious Training

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork:

        Beautiful chrome finish. It comes with star nut, and 2 threaded eyelets on the back of dropouts for your fender stays. The center hole for rim brake was a little rough, and needed quick cleanup with my rattail file to remove burrs on the inside. Not a big problem. It is well made, and seems very sturdy, but a tad heavy 2.6lb on my plastic scale (uncut.) I bought it to go with Nashbar's Schwinn 2010 LeTour (white) frame and it fits very well on that (steel) frame. I agree with other reviewer that says it has clearance for 700C x 28mm tires. My roads are very bad, and I can only ride wider tires. It does not come with a rubber or cork plug for bottom of steerer tube, but I should be able to find one at Ace Hdwr to keep slosh out. Appears to be polished chrome on the fork blades, but the steerer tube appears to be not as polished smooth. Stamped Nashbar Cr-Mo on the steerer tube. Overall, a very nice steel road fork! Not for disc brakes.

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        5.0

        Don't go carbon if you don't have to

        By jmj

        from Phila, Pa

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Good Geometry
        • Lightweight
        • Price
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Climbing
          • Commuting
          • Exercising
          • Serious Training

          Comments about Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork:

          This fork was the find of my single speed build. I used it with the Nashbar nekkid single speed frame and it works and looks like it was meant for it, it's also pretty light for a steel fork only weighing about a pound more than a carbon/alloy instead of the usual 2 plus of a cro-mo one. The steerer cut easily what a standard pipe cutter and the lower race went on ok, but only after i heated it up a little. I bought it on a 20% off sale but it's still a bargain at the regular price, and it gives a nice old-school feel to the front end.

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          5.0

          Great Fork for my Fixie

          By Kosher Rider

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Competitive Cyclist

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Geometry
          • Responsive
          • Sturdy

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Exercising

          Comments about Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork:

          Great for my Fixie!
          I attached this to my nekkid aluminum frame and it looks real mean. It was easy to paint over, the web gave me great advice. And here is some advice for you. Get a stem and handlebars here, and make sure the specs match up. As far as steering piece, I advise you go to your LBS because you need a special tool and you also need to cut the metal which can be dangerous. I asked my LBS to install the steering, cut the fork, and install the chain+bottom bracket because you don't want to play games in that area. Good Luck!

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          5.0

          Looks Nice, Handles Well

          By Pantani on the Hills

          from Central NJ

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Handles Well
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Exercising
            • Racing
            • Serious Training

            Comments about Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork:

            I put this Nashbar Steel fork on my 2012 Bianchi Imola (steel framed), replacing the CF fork that the bike came with. The Nashbar steel fork is a vast improvement...both in handling and in ride-feel. I was originally concerned that there might be an issue with handling since the Nashbar fork has a rake of only 40mm...but there seems to be no incompatibility. Now I can take high speed turns with total confidence due to the fact the steel fork holds the road much better. Secondly, the whole bike feel is vastly improved. Whereas before the ride was 'dead'. this fork has a much better feedback...absorbing the big bumps but still allowing for some feedback even on relatively smooth roads. The bike finally feels like a 'steel' bike should...giving that old-style massage-like vibration which makes bike-riding the best form of therapy.

            Its all relatively simple to install. I did have to go to the bike shop to have them remove the race-crown from the old fork and put it on the new fork. The race-crown is the platform where the ball-bearings sit on top of the fork. Aside from that I did the rest of the installation myself using the Park Tool SG-6 saw guide, and the Park Tool TNS-4 Starnut setter.

            The fork comes with a star-nut.

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            5.0

            One Sweet Fork

            By theschwinnman

            from WV

            About Me Competitive Cyclist

            See all my reviews

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Fits 700 x 28 tires
            • Handles Well

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Anything

            Comments about Nashbar Steel Road Bike Fork:

            I bought this fork due to my growing concern that the crack in my carbon fork might have been growing. Even though this fork in a pound or so heavier than a carbon fork it is still worth buying, being steel, it is very durable, and seems to dampen the road vibrations just as much as my old carbon fork. I fully intend to race on this fork, even though it comes with a small weight penalty, it seems much stiffer in cornering than my old carbon fork, giving me more confidence in taking sharp corners. As an added bonus, you can fit 700 x 28 tires in this fork.

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