Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike

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Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike
The folks here at Nashbar are pretty much all cycling junkies. When we put out a Nashbar bike, we know how to build it so it suits its purpose perfectly. Take the Nashbar TR1 Touring bike for example. It has an ultra comfortable and durable chromoly frame and steel fork combo that we stacked high with lightweight alloy components such as bars, seatpost, stem, and Alex DC-19 alloy wheels which are not only light, but can handle the challenges of open-road touring without losing their trueness.

We also made sure the TR1 had an awesome FSA Mega Exo triple crankset powering a Shimano Tiagra/Deore drivetrain. This ensures split-second, smooth, and precise shifting, and all kinds of versatility for long climbs, rolling terrain, or on-the-fly acceleration. TR1 also comes equipped with Kenda 700c x 32 tires--these extra few millimeters of width add to the comfort for long rides. We also threw in an alloy rear rack that is pannier ready--all you need is a map and a dream...this bike has everything else covered for comfortable, worry-free touring.

  • Chromoly frame is light, super strong, and ideal for touring comfort
  • Shimano drivetrain components provide reliable, precise shifting in any conditions the road throws at them
  • 3 x 10 gearing with 50/39/30T sprockets and an 11-32 ten-speed cassette offer amazing versatility in shifting options
  • Pannier-ready alloy rack included
Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike
  • FRAME CrMo 4130 T/T & D/T D.B. (AHJ1280A) Weld No Lug ST29.8mm FOR POST 27.2mm
  • FORK Hi Tensile Steel 1" Steerer
  • HEADSET NECO H-807W 1" CROWN RACE 27 BK W/O LOGO
  • CRANKSET FSA CK-4001SST Omega Triple Casted / MegaExo / N-10 / 50-39-30
  • BOTTOM BRACKET FSA
  • SHIFTERS Shimano Tiagra 3 x 10
  • LEVERS Shimano Tiagra
  • HANDLEBAR Kalloy Uno
  • STEM Kalloy Uno Alloy Quill
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Tiagra
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore
  • CASSETTE SRAM CS PG-1050 11-32
  • BRAKES Tektro Alloy
  • WHEELSET ALEX DC-19 Alloy 700c
  • TIRES KENDA K-197 700x32C
  • PEDALS Wellgo LU-908 Silver body & cage
  • SEATPOST Kalloy Uno SP-602 27.2x300
  • SADDLE Velo VL-2036A
  • CHAIN KMC X10
  • GRIPS/TAPE Velo
  • RACK MOUNTS yes
  • Rating 4

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Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike
 
4.2

(based on 12 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (7)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (9)
  • Touring (4)
  • Road biking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (11)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (7), Speed oriented (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid bike

By Scott

from San Diego, CA

About Me Avid Cyclist

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Touring

    Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

    I've been using this to carry in clothes/food for work in the beginning of the week, and then taking it home at the end of the week. The bike itself doesn't seem to weigh much more than an aluminum bike I had been using for 2 and 1/2 years. The shifting is pretty smooth.
    The gearing is low enough to get up moderate hills (5-7%) without much issue.
    The tires feel incredibly slow and soft which is good for comfort, but on roads you might want to switch it for something a little more aggressive.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    The right total for the job

    By Stew

    from Philly

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Quiet
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Recreational
      • Road Biking
      • Touring

      Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

      I had been searching for the right commuting bike for a while. I didn't want to subject my road bike to the abuse, and my mountain bike was a bit slow and couldn't accommodate a rack and pannier. I considered cyclocross and touring bikes, test rode a few and realized how much I still dislike aluminum frames. Once I realized I needed a steel frame I considered the nashbar bikes, and also thought about building my own from a frame. I chose this one because the gearing range was better for my purposes than the cyclocross bike they are selling, and I couldn't match the value of the complete bike, even if I had to replace a few items.

      Assembly was quick and easy. Almost everything was already put together, i just inserted the handlebar stem and seat post, and put the front wheel on. That's it. The only adjustment it needed was to toe in the brake pads so they would stop squealing. Shifting was fine right out of the box.

      Took it out for a 30 mile test cruise today, and I'm really impressed overall. First of all the frame and the 32c tires together provide a very nice ride, over rough pavement, broken sidewalks, low curbs, not a problem, great shock absorption. When I wanted to hit it for a burst of speed again no problem. It really feels nice for a comfortable leisurely ride over various kinds of terrain. I can see how it makes a nice touring bike.

      Shifting, brakes, handling, even the seat that came with are all good. I got it on 20% off sale and I think a comparable bike at retail would be twice the price. It's a great value and I'm looking forward to enjoying my rides to work with it.

      As noted the handlebar stem is the cheap quill variety. Luckily for me it seems to be a good length, but changing it would not be difficult with the threadlesss adapter you can get. I'd also prefer a flat top aero style handlebar because it's more comfortable, but I can't fault the bike for having a round one at this price. I love the dark green color and the no decal/no name look, it's like a stealth bike that hopefully the bike thieves will pass by.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      transam donkey

      By amsterdamrider

      from amsterdam NL

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

        Rode this bike over 7000 km on the Transam and pacific road with 30 K luggage. 2 new chains, 3 new tires, 2 broken spokes that's all. A little extra gearing on the steep hills would be most welcome. Changed saddle and pedals and added front rack. Specialized bike shops on the road were impressed by the quality and durability and so was I..

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great, versatile bike for the bucks

        By Jack

        from Northern Virginia

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

        I bought the bike to be a multi-role machine. As such I did not expect road bike light weight and performance, but am pleasantly surprised as to just how much this bike does for the investment. I use the TR1 to commute to meetings, 60-100 mile day rides and multi-day touring,, on both paved and unpaved surfaces. The 105 set up is perfect for my uses. I have one 44 mile round trip commute that I take regularly with 1800 ft of climbing (max 15%) in which I ride on rutted and cracked roads and streets as well as sandy gravel. The TR1 meets the bill in that it can take a load, give good speed performance, survive crashes (I have broken my own bones but not the bike) and you don't to worry about beating it up like you would a carbon road bike.

        I swap seats out when I do long distance touring, and use Shimano SPDL pedals/cleats instead of cages, but the basic bike out of the box is 85% of the way there, with a price that lets you do a lot of personalization.

        My only real complaint on the spec is that the Tektro brakes are inadequate for loaded touring or fast stops from speed. I cooked off a couple of sets of pads in the first thousand miles, so consider upgrading those right away if you are an aggressive rider, like me.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great bike

        By joe

        from New York, NY

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

            This bike is fantastic. I've had it a year now and put a few thousand miles on it during that time including some 100 mile+ fully loaded-weekend tours.

            The components are of surprisingly high quality -- especially the shimano 105 gears and shifters. The frame is solid and I haven received a lot of complements. I swapped out the saddle for a leather one and am going to swap out the pedals soon for something nicer.

            The fork is of low-grade high tensile steel, which is why I gave it four out of five stars, but otherwise, this is the best money can buy and I highly recommend it.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Comfort Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great out of the box experience

            By AlaBike

            from Birmingham, AL

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Great price
            • Nice paint job
            • No Adjustments Needed
            • Wheels Trued

            Cons

            • Packing See Below

            Best Uses

            • Bike trails
            • Commuting/City
            • Touring

            Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

            Well, it took 3 delivery tries before I got a properly packed carton. Had to refuse the first 2 bikes because the fork had punched through the flimsy cardboard, scratching the paint. The 3rd time a supervisor took note and that delivery was in a decent box and was fine.

            A fantastic bargain, basically 2 discounts and I got it for less than $800.

            That said, out of the box, on my bike stand, and ready to ride in less than an hour. No brake or shifter adjustments needed, and the wheels were almost spot-on true. Shake-down ride was big fun, absolutely no issues. Obviously I can't say how the bike will behave under load now, but it feels very stable.

            I already know I'll need a longer stem and the included petals are throw-aways. It would be nice if Nashbar sold the same brand quill stem in different sizes.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Comfort Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            New England Tour

            By S. Mateo

            from Minnesota

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

            I purchased this bike in April and toured New England in July. The bike performed well and has solid touring fetaures. After the steep hills of CT (I kid you not) I will be changing the gears since the lowest gear is close but just not clse enough for the steepest grades with a fully loaded bike and ahem I am 55 yrs old in OK shape. Crank - 48-36-24 might have been better a few times.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Comfort Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Love it

            By scuba steve

            from earth

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

              Bough this bike a few weeks ago as an alternative to the $1000+ touring bikes( Salsa, Surly, Novara, etc...) This is the first bike I've spent more than $100 on, and my first drop bar bike. Its taken some getting use to, but I've have ridden about 70 miles on it and so far I've been very pleased with it. Its very comfortable, fast and I think it will be great when it has a load on it. It will be used for some long distance touring later this year, so that will be the real test.
              I'm 5'7" or 5'8", I got the 53cm and it fits me very well. I put a brooks saddle on it, and some new bar tape and now its really comfortable. The bike weighs about 29-30LBS with the new saddle on it. There was a small amount of paint that was scuffed up near the front fork when I got it, but other than that no issues. I would definitely recommend this. Hope this review is helpful to someone

              • Cycling Style:
              • Comfort Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Well made and assembled

              By Martywoodman

              from Nashville, Tn.

              About Me Avid Cyclist

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting/City
                • Touring

                Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

                All components worked great right out of the box. Only needed slight adjustment on rear brake. I like the extra brake levers on the bar tops! The 35mm tires with 80 psi and steel frame/fork really absorb the road buzz and make for a smooth ride. It is 1 lb. lighter than my aluminum bike! The shifting is intuitive and I like the ability to shift up or down in the drops, something I cannot do on my other bikes. Awesome, well made product which will last a long time!

                • Cycling Style:
                • Speed Oriented
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (20 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Looks like and Excellent Bike But.....

                By Some Old Guy

                from SoCal

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Pros

                • Great value
                • Nifty Steel Frame

                Cons

                • Inadequate Gearing

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

                  This appears to be an excellent touring bike with the exception of the gearing. I suppose that if one is young and as strong as the proverbial ox and carries 25 pounds of gear the 30-32 low gear may work but for us older guys who carry 50-60 pounds it will not cut it. I live in a mountainous area and I have the gearing of this bike on my road bike and there is no way I would attempt a serious tour with this kind of gearing on any bike.

                  My touring bike (built on a Nashbar Aluminum frame BTW) has a Deore mountain bike crankset (44-32-22) and an 11-34 cassette. I have yet to find a hill I could not get up with a full load with this gearing.

                  To conclude, in my opinion the gearing on this bike (TR1) is not going to cut it for serious touring. I see "touring" bikes all over the Internet with this kind of gearing and I do not understand it. It may be done so road brake/shifters can be used which are cool and easy to use but may not or may not shift a mountain bike drive train well. If you buy this bike consider changing the cassette, chain rings or crank and shifters and possibly the front derailleur. I use a Nashbar "treking" bar with Sram Attack twist shifters and am very pleased with the comfort and utility of the setup. Bar end shifters might be a cheaper and easier conversion. The supplied shifters might work fine with the lower gearing too. These changes could be an additional $200 of expense (if you do the work yourself) but the bike is priced well enough to justify it and will make this a serious touring bike. If I was going to start over again I would buy this bike and upgrade it rather than going to the work and expense of building from the frame up.

                  PS I have toured 300 miles of Highway 1 on the California Coast and 1200 miles from Southern California to Del Rio, Texas, so I do have some basis for my remarks.

                  • Cycling Style:
                  • Comfort Oriented

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