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 30 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 (20), Casual/ recreational (6)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (19), Comfort oriented (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

Reviewed by 30 customers

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3.0

Good frame for your winter / hack/ beater bike

By mb103580

from Sacramento

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Colour
  • Finish

Cons

  • Clearance Between Cranks
  • Lack Of Rear Brake Bridge
  • Set Up
  • Steering Column Hight

Best Uses

    Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

    Brought this frame as a winter hack / beater bike. One to ride when the roads are wet and gritty with big tires and fenders. It was a replacement for another brand of cyclocross / touring frames that cracked around the bottom bracket. Great frame overall, but the steering column is about an inch to tall for what I really wanted, but that was expected as I like a more racing position. However, my main concerns are the lack of a rear brake bridge. Using canterlever brakes, was disappointed at no bridge to be the outer cable stop. Finally, riding shimano cranks, the clearance between my 170 cranks and the lower chainstay is millimeters. Using a 2 part crankset with no give only just gives me clearance after is shimmed out one side of my bottom bracket. Not sure 175 cranks would fit. Could just be my frame.

    Really for the price I paid, happy to have a winter bike that will take a hammering.

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

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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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        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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                      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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