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
 
4.1

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/city (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (7)
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      • Comfort oriented (7)
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    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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        (3 of 3 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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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        New England Tour

        By S. Mateo

        from Minnesota

        About Me Avid Cyclist

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          Cons

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              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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              (11 of 13 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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                (10 of 10 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
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                  • No

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                  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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                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    affordable touring bike

                    By djangoman

                    from Champaign, Il

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Commuting/City

                      Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

                      this bike would seem to be a good value; only time will tell. I am told in the bicycling world there are not all that many frame makers. that being true it makes little sense to ride a bike just for the maker recognition at a higher price. I switched out the pedals and seat though.

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

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                      4.0

                      Best value touring bike on the market

                      By Biker Tim

                      from Wisconsin

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Commuting/City
                        • Road Biking

                        Comments about Nashbar TR1 Touring Bike:

                        I have been researching pure touring bikes for a while and kept coming back to the Nashbar TR1. You will not find anything else that comes close to the quality vs price point. I use to be a bicycle mechanic for 5 years. I am no master but I have built plenty of entry level to pro quality road and mountain bikes so I know how much adjustment new bikes need. The bike was packed very well and the build was easier than expected. The brake pads were nearly centered perfect and the derailleurs hardly needed adjusting. The wheels needed light truing but nothing too involved. The rear rack was already attached and the handle bars were wrapped and the brake/shift levers installed. I showed this bike to a friend and he was so impressed he ordered the exact same one! I built that one too and everything I just said mirrored his bike.

                        What really sold me on this bike was the drivetrain. It has a modern, external bottom bracket with FSA triple crank and Tiagra shift/brake levers. They shift as nice and smooth as my 10 year old Ultegra brake/shift levers. I know bar end shifters have fewer moving parts and are more of the "standard" for a touring bike, I chose the integrated shift/brake levers for a little more performance. The rear derailleur on my TR1 came with Shimano 105 but the description states a Deore rear. I also love the brake levers on the handlebar tops.

                        The frame has all the front and rear rack attachment points needed along with fender attachments. You can't go wrong with a double butted 4130 chromoly steel frame.(same frame material as many other big name touring bikes). It is solid and absorbs all the bumps in the road and I love the deep green frame color. I am 6'2" and the 59 cm fits me perfectly.

                        I purchased this bike to have a more comfortable commute to work and to start doing some serious multi day touring. I just returned from a 5 day 600 mile tour and am completely happy with this bike. I packed about 25 lbs of gear (my first packed tour) and felt the bike handled very well. I did break one spoke but I think that was due to low spoke tension that I have since corrected.

                        Possible upgrades for the future will be to go with a threadless headset to allow for more position options. I would also like to see a replaceable derailleur hanger and a couple more water bottle mounts under the down tube.

                        Go ahead and compare everything else on the market to the TR1. You won't find anything close. Here is a hint: Nashbar has some exceptional sales from time to time. Wait for them and make your purchase.

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

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