Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame

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Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame
Whether you trashed your old frame, or just want to upgrade to something light, slick, and gorgeously glossy black, check the Nashbar Mountain Frame. Just like all the best aluminum frames in the industry, this one is made of custom butted 6061 aluminum tubing for light weight and super strength, top-tube cable routing to eliminate trail hang-ups, a replaceable hanger so you're not left crying by the trail side, and an aggressive all-mountain geometry so you're comfortable in high gear on rolling terrain or bombing down a mountainside at breakneck speed.
  • Made from 6061 series aluminum to keep the weight down, this frame is spec'd with a headtube for a 1 1/8" fork, a replaceable derailleur hanger, 2 sets of water bottle braze-ons
  • All cables are routed along the top tube, and we've made accommodations for newer hydraulic brake systems, so if you want to run a 1-piece cable from your levers to your calipers, no problem
  • As Henry Ford said 90 years ago, "You can get any color you want, as long as it's black"
Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame
  • FRAME TYPE Mountain Bike 26"
  • FRAME MATERIAL 6061 Aluminum
  • REAR SHOCK n/a
  • FORK n/a
  • RECOMMENDED FORK TRAVEL 80-100mm
  • BOTTOM BRACKET English Threaded 68mm
  • HEADSET SIZE 1 1/8" Standard
  • HEADSET n/a
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR clamp-on 31.8
  • REPLACEABLE HANGER Yes
  • SEATPOST SIZE 27.2mm
  • SEATPOST CLAMP not included
  • BRAKE TYPE Disc or V-brake
  • V-BRAKE STUDS Yes/removable
  • DISC MOUNT Yes
  • WHEEL SIZE 26"
  • REAR WHEEL SPACING 135mm
  • BOTTLE MOUNT SETS 2
  • RACK MOUNT Yes
  • Rating 5

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Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (15)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (14)
  • Commuting/city (11)
  • Road biking (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (16)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (14), Comfort oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

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5.0

Great frame

By Lex

from Memphis, TN

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Looks good
  • Simple

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Climbing
  • Cornering
  • Mountain Biking
  • Technical Trail

Comments about Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame:

Bought this frame as a replacement for a broken frame that had high end components, and I didn't want to chunk them. Great looking, sleek, black frame weighing in at 3.96 pounds, and can be customized with whatever your heart desires (with the exception of a rear shock, of course). I immediately began building the bike as soon as it arrived (2 days from ordering standard shipping!). Really impressed with how it turned out. X0 shifters, X9 drivetrain, juicy 7 disc, and Magura Durin 80mm fork work absolutely perfectly with the geometry. I have had it a week and put 50 or so miles of single track on it without issue. Climbs and corners beyond my ability, and is really impressive in tight, technical spots.

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

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5.0

Fantastic deal

By Josiah the Viking

from Western MA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame:

    This frame is very well built and engineered. The black paint is great, too - I've had it for two years and ride it several times per week through trails, mud, and water, and it still doesn't have a scratch on it. It's a bit heavier than the Trek 8500 SLR frame it replaced (mine was 17" and it's 4.7lbs - the 8500 frame was 4.2 according to my postal scale and my memory from over 2 years ago. Whatever. Both are very light.), and doesn't climb quite as well (for me), but it's definitely stronger, as I replaced the 8500 frame because I cracked the rear stays. The 8500 frame was ugly as sin, and this one is cool sleeper black - I love that about it. Everything is right where it should be, build quality is top-notch, and I really can't think of any way I could complain about this frame. If you need a good solid mountain frame with all the modern features (this also allowed me to upgrade to modern disc brakes), this is the one. Go beat up on the people riding the fancy-looking name brand bikes with this no-name frame. I love how it has not one single logo or sticker on it anywhere.

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

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    4.0

    Like it

    By Johnny

    from Utah

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame:

        After quite a bit of research I decided to get this frame as it is light, although not carbon light it is much more economical than carbon. I got the 16" size and I'm glad I did. I'm 5'8" and wear a 30" pant leg. I have about an inch of stand over if that, and I didn't put it on an accurate scale, but holding it and getting on the wifes scale I can say the frame weighs somewhere between 3 to 4 pounds. Which shed at least 4 pounds off compared to the steel frame I was riding. I switched everything over to this frame from another bike, headset was the toughest part for me. I ended up using my old seat post to make a head cap remover as the seat post didn't fit this frame. Also had to get a bottom bracket tool. Anyway it's built up now and I'm very happy with the frame thus far, I like how it rides! Up hills are better, just need a bit more of a granny gear than my 28 tooth sprocket provides and I hope to be conquering all the climbs on the trail.

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

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        5.0

        my first build

        By russ

        from denver co

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Extreme Sports
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame:

          I got an awesome set of bike tools and I wanted to learn everything I could. I got this frame to do just that. I searched around for a good frame to start with and used all my old parts to build from the ground up. It was built and given as a gift. Good bike and it gets ridden on trails a lot.

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

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          4.0

          Upgraded from an old GT

          By Phatnoggin

          from ABQ, NM

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame:

              I used this frame to upgrade my old 90's GT frame and at the same time switched to Hydro disc brakes now that I have the tabs. I was shocked at how lightweight this frame is! I also really like the geometry. I like a frame that is a little small and the 18 inch is perfect. My complete bike with everything in it weighs in at 29 lbs. That's with heavy duty XC rims, slime tubes and heavy tires. I could easily get this bike to around 26-27 with some adjustments/upgrades. I really can't speak to the durability but so far it rides like butter.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great frame for the money

              By MJ

              from Pittsburgh

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Cheap Paint

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame:

              Built a bike for my 12 year old using this frame.. Pulled most of the parts from my old bike. Everything fit perfectly. The paint will scratch very easily but other than that the frame is an excellent buy for under $100 including shipping and tax. Being aluminum, the scratches are not an issue and it is very light. I am betting under 3lbs.

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

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              5.0

              nice frame

              By bill

              from Southern Ohio

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame:

                    This is a nice frame for an attractive price...i bought it to switch over parts from an older and broken Ti frame bike that was too expensive to have fixed....i just wanted an all round commuter / transport bike but ended up with something nicer. paint / finish is really clean, thread cutting was clean, and it was equipped for both disc and rim brakes....with the necessary parts included to adapt to each plus an extra derailleur hanger and forged fittings for rack mount on rear drops...if you are considering getting the steel frame - don't do it, it weighs in well over 6LB and is missing some features like rack bosses in the rear drops...i sent mine back and got this one...and it was above my level of expectation

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

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                    5.0

                    Perfect college bike

                    By Dave

                    from Tampa, FL

                    Pros

                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Commuting/City

                      Comments about Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame:

                      I built up a townie for my daughter using the small (14") frame and she is absolutely delighted. She is 21yo, 5'2" and this frame fits her fine. A few comments. First of all, quality is very nice. It's lightweight, everything squared away, paint and welds are perfect. The bb threads were clean, didn't have to be chased. Love the way the dropouts are set up, with the replaceable hanger, and mounts for disc brakes, racks and fenders. And, I was able to get it in the exact color she wanted. (Black is the new black.) The geometry of this frame is interesting. Compared with a racing mountain bike, this frame has a slightly longer chainstay length, which makes it stable at speed. It has a slightly shorter effective top tube length, which doesn't affect handling but does give it a lot of versatility. This would be a great frame for your kid. With the low standover and short reach, you could put a really short person on this frame. As the child grows, you can adjust the fit by adjusting the seat and stem. You might eventually need to set the seat back, but I feel these changes will only improve the bike's handling. I'm 5'7" and with the right post and stem, I would ride this bike all day. As for what size rigid fork to use. Don't buy one that's too short, you will get toe clearance issues, and the head tube angle is steep enough as it is. It'll make the bike handle weird, because the long wheelbase makes it want to go straight, and the steep head tube angle will make it want to turn. And make sure you have enough offset, otherwise the steering might be too sluggish. I used a 440mm with 45mm offset. Bike is very stable on the straights but turns very sharply when required. Good if you might spend some time on the trails, but the steering is non-linear, so I wouldn't recommend this for highly technical, dangerous trails. If you're mostly riding on the street or dirt roads, or if you're carrying a load, I imagine the Nashbar suspension corrected fork would be ideal. Racing mountain bikes can be a pain to ride in the street, they don't hold a line very well and can become unstable at high speeds. The Nashbar frame gives up a bit in maneuverability to give it extremely good manners on the hard stuff. This bike is very quick and stable, an absolute joy to ride in the street. For a poor starving college kid who might ride this thing all over creation, but primarily needs it to get to school safely and quickly, this Nashbar frame can't be beat imo.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent value and performance!

                      By PFTS rider

                      from Columbia, SC

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Commuting/City
                        • Mountain Biking
                        • Road Biking

                        Comments about Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame:

                        I bought this frame in 2012 and currently have 10,588 miles on this bike (2/3/15). I have done a hilly century road ride on it; countless urban rides; and lots of singletrack riding on the trails of South Carolina and western North Carolina. I am buying a second frame. When I bought the frame I weighed 240 lbs and am now down to 200 lbs and dropping. I have given this frame plenty of use and abuse. I would not hesitate to recommend this as an economical and performance oriented frame for someone on a budget or looking to replace a broken frame.

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

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        top notch quality

                        By mi capitan

                        from chula vista calif

                        About Me Avid Cyclist

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nashbar 26" Mountain Bike Frame:

                            I have been into biking for 44 years.this is the 1st mtb bike I have put together.the frame is just as good as the name brands.the finish and overall construction are very good.I have built it up with all nashbar products.Nothing wrong with any of them.no need to buy expensive frames when you can get this one.

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

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