Nashbar Cyclocross Frame

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Nashbar Cyclocross Frame
The Nashbar Cyclocross is a custom butted 7005 Aluminum CX renegade frame that has all the beef and muscle to be a full-on CX racer, all the lean to make an amazing touring bike, and all the features you need to build a beloved commuter. The tubing is light, welds are perfect, the possibilities are endless, and the price is so right.
Frame features:
  • 2 water bottle mounts
  • Fittings for a rear rack and fenders for transformation into a commuting mobile
  • Down tube cable stops with adjusters, IS disc mount, cantilever/V-brake studs
  • Clearance for 700x38 tires plus mud
Nashbar Cyclocross Frame
  • FRAME TYPE Cyclocross
  • FRAME MATERIAL 7005 custom butted aluminum
  • FORK n/a
  • HEADSET SIZE 1 1/8" standard
  • HEADSET n/a
  • BOTTOM BRACKET English Threaded
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR 31.8mm clamp on
  • REPLACEABLE HANGER Yes
  • SEATPOST SIZE 27.2mm
  • SEATPOST CLAMP 31.8mm (not included)
  • BRAKE TYPE Cantilever, V-brake, Disc compatible
  • DISC MOUNT IS
  • WHEEL SIZE 700c
  • REAR WHEEL SPACING 130mm
  • RACK MOUNTS Yes
  • BOTTLE MOUNT SETS 2
  • Rating 4

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Nashbar Cyclocross Frame
 
4.0

(based on 29 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (18)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Durable (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (22)
  • Road biking (12)
  • Cyclocross (7)
  • Extreme sports (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (19), Casual/ recreational (6)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (18), Comfort oriented (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28)

Reviewed by 29 customers

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4.0

Brutally Strong amazingly light.

By Barry the phone guy

from Princeton NJ

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Extreme Sports
    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

    Lighter and more massive than the steel frame it replaced.
    It gives a smoother and more stable ride.

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

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    4.0

    Good value

    By Shrimp

    from NYC

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Good Value
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Gravel Roads

      Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

      I originally built this as a commuter bike with internal hub. Since converted for gravel trails, road, and general purpose bike. Using the Vuelta Starlite 29" Mountain Wheelset, 35 tires, triple raceforce crank (48/36/26), disk brakes, shimano 10 speed cassette, Nashbar Carbon Cyclocross Fork ( heavy fork) and shifters (decore) it ended up weighing 26 lbs. More than I expected but about right for the money invested.

      It seems to handle well and quickly gets into turns and is more than stable enough for the riding I do.

      The build on this bike is quite easy. I recommend this providing you do not expect the performance/comfort of a high end carbon fiber cyclecross bike. I prefer it to the low end carbon frames that cost more/ are too stiff and brittle and just exist so you can tell your friend you have a carbon bike.

      This is a beater, a good beater, that works well with low end components.

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

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent frame

      By Eric Lahti

      from Albuquerque, NM

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

          My wife got me this frame for Christmas and it was my first bike build. Got it built, been riding it frequently. It's a great frame, light as a feather, and set up for pretty standard parts. I kitted it out with a mixture of FSA and SRAM components and have been having the time of my life on it.

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

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          You get what you pay for

          By Sean

          from New York

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

              The geometry and measurements of the frame are very strange. I had seen that others who had purchased the frame received one with 135mm rear spacing, I was not so lucky. With a rear spacing of 130mm and disc mounts I have to wonder how I am even supposed to use this frame. Another oddity I noticed are that the rear rack eyelet holes are different sizes.... Wish I could return

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

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Friendly, Helpful Staff

              By Rockyrider

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting/City

                Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

                Thank you for a great product and great customer service. Your staff is always very friendly, knowledgeable and willing to help find the right products.

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

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                5.0

                Great frame for great price!

                By Biker guy

                from Indiana

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting/City
                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

                  I am very pleased with this frame. It is Large size and seems to fit me great at 6 ft tall. Alignment on frame is perfect as all my parts fit nice on frame. Like the gloss black paint too. Also comes with extra derailleur hanger and rear spacing is 135 which is nice. Overall great frame for a great price in my opinion.

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

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Value

                  By Jim

                  from Canada

                  About Me Competitive Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Uses Common Parts

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Cyclocross

                    Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

                    This frame is a gem. No issues. A very decent CX frame for the money. 1740g for my frameset. which is in the ballpark for a aluminium cx frame.

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

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                    4.0

                    Solid value for the money - would buy again

                    By Zach

                    from MI

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fairly Modern Geometry
                    • Good Paint
                    • Good value
                    • Good Welds
                    • Light Enough
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • No Featherweight
                    • Not The Stiffest Frame
                    • Unattractive Tube Shapes

                    Best Uses

                    • Commuting/City
                    • Cyclocross
                    • Gravel Road

                    Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

                    I built this up as a singlespeed budget cx and commuter bike. With quality budget oriented parts, it weighs just over 19 lbs. Everything was assembled just fine, BB threads were good/straight, headset install was easy, no problems overall.

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

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                    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent, versatile budget frame

                    By fanofpooh

                    from eastern Washington

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Commuting/City
                      • Road Biking

                      Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

                      It looks as if Nashbar is listening to its customers. After reading some of these reviews, I had a few reservations about ordering this frame, but ultimately couldn't resist the bargain. Having assembled and road-tested my new multi-role bomber, I'm relieved and delighted.

                      First, let me address problems mentioned by other reviewers. The brake bosses on my 60cm frame are correctly located for 700c wheels, placing the pads well within the range of my Tektro RX-5 brakes. Dropout spacing is 130mm, which will be a challenge with a disk brake. Seat-tube bottle eyes are high enough to clear my high-mounted 105 derailleur. My fork measures 405mm from crown race to axle with 48mm offset, and the steering is just what I wanted -- easy and stable, but not clumsy. Head tube angle with this fork is a conservative 72 degrees, not the extreme 70.5 shown in the geometry table. I haven't measured the trail, but it should fall well within the favored range. Seat tube angle is 73 degrees as advertised. My Truvativ Rouleur crankset clears the chainstays without need for extra spacers.

                      The welds and gloss black paint bely the bargain price of this frame; it's very handsome. Chainstay proctectors are pre-installed on both sides. Tire clearance is cavernous (easily enough for 40mm slicks) and toe clearance is generous for me. My 60cm frame weighs 4.28 pounds, per my digital fish scale; that's exactly one pound less than the Reynolds steel frame it replaced, and the Nashbar is far more rigid.

                      The ride is comfortable, responsive, poised, and secure on a wide variety of surfaces. For a bike that stretches 107cm between axles, it climbs like a leopard, yet with 32-35mm tires it's still comfortable on crumbling blacktop. It tracks solidly on pavement or off, feeling less nimble than a racer while needing less concentration. I haven't tried the bike under load yet, but in every other way it rides and handles beautifully.

                      My frame was delivered with a mangled derailleur hanger, but I assembled it with the spare and Nashbar happily sent a replacement. My only niggles (and I'm really racking my brain here) are that the frame has only one eyelet in each dropout and lacks a chain hanger. If you own a bike with decent running gear and want a lively, comfortable, truly versatile machine, I doubt anything near this price can match this impressive frame. Thanks, Nashbar!

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

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Best inexpensive frame on the market

                      By MNSwamp

                      from Minnesota

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Commuting/City
                        • Road Biking

                        Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

                        Very versatile frame. You can build a light touring bike, entry level CX bike, single speed (with careful selection of gears). Combined with the matching carbon fork, and this can become your daily driver. I've one built as a single speed (38x16), that I've ridden on 3 RAGBRAIs, plus thousands of miles on road, gravel, dirt.
                        It's a nice easy riding frame - just a bike. I'm building another one for a friend right now.

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

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