Nashbar WR1 Women's Road Bike

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Nashbar WR1 Women's Road Bike
Buying that perfect entry-level road bike just got a whole lot easier courtesy of the Nashbar WR1 Women's Road Bike offering rock solid features at a rock bottom price. The lightweight aluminum frame plus carbon fork strike the perfect balance between performance and comfort, while the ultra-smooth, super reliable Shimano Sora 3500 component group with its 9-speed compact drivetrain offers gearing options for every riding situation. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with being able to brake from any hand position on the handlebars courtesy of the top-mount brake levers, a second braking option to go along with the regular brake levers of the Sora STI units. With all these bells and whistles, you'll have the guys wishing it came in their size.
  • Shimano Sora 3500 shifters and derailleurs offer quick, precise shifting
  • Compact drivetrain with 50/34 chainrings provides gearing options for all riding scenarios
  • Alloy frame is lightweight, strong, and durable enough for every day riding
  • Tektro RL 312 brakes deliver powerful braking force in any riding condition
  • Top-mount brake levers provide an additional braking option when your hands are positioned on the top of the bars
  • The Alex R-350 wheels are reliable and durable enough for day in, day out use
Nashbar WR1 Women's Road Bike
  • FRAME Alloy Road, replaceable hangers and double water bottle mounts
  • FORK Standard 1 1/8" steerer, carbon legs and alloy steerer
  • HEADSET FSA semi-cartridge
  • CRANKSET 50/34 compact, Size 44: 165mm, 48-51cm: 170mm, 54cm: 172.5mm
  • BOTTOM BRACKET Square-taper
  • SHIFTERS Shimano ST-3500
  • LEVERS Shimano ST-3500
  • HANDLEBAR Alloy 31.8 clamp, Sizes: 44-48: 38cm, 51: 40cm, 54: 42cm
  • STEM Alloy threadless, adjustable height, Sizes: 44-48: 95mm, 51-54: 110mm
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano FD-2400
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano RD-3500
  • CASSETTE Shimano CS-HG50 9-speed, 11/32 T
  • BRAKES Tektro R312
  • WHEELSET Rims: Alex A-350, 700c, Hubs: Formula QR
  • TIRES Kenda K1081 700x23c, wire bead
  • PEDALS Wellgo LU-908 Silver body & cage
  • SEATPOST SP-700, Size: 27.2mm x 300mm
  • SADDLE Velo, satin steel rails
  • CHAIN KMC 9-speed
  • GRIPS/TAPE Velo EVA tape
  • RACK MOUNTS Yes
  • Rating 4

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Nashbar WR1 Women's Road Bike
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Exercising (5)
    • Casual riding (4)
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    4.0

    "For what it is..." it's outstanding.

    By A Person

    from New York

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • 2 Waterbottle Mounts
    • Adequately Low Gearing
    • Decent Welds
    • Great value
    • In-line Brake Levers
    • Lightweight
    • Nice looking
    • Rack And Fender Mounts
    • Rackfender Mounts
    • Unisex
    • Wide Gear Range

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better
    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Exercising
    • Serious Training

    Comments about Nashbar WR1 Women's Road Bike:

    I have no personal stake in this product beyond belief that poor products should be slammed and great ones should be celebrated. "For what it is" this is a great product.

    I shopped and watched the 2 prominent on-line posting resources for weeks, and pickins' were slim and absurdly over-priced. This bike cost less delivered that anything comparable I saw used. For the price, it is truly unbeatable. There are about a dozen main factories in Taiwan that make 99.9% of all bikes for the rest of the world; even that big American brand's bikes. This bike is made in that same factory, and is indeed directly comparable to other brands' four-figure entry-level road bikes. That's right; you'd pay literally twice-as-much for a branded version that's essentially the same. We'd prefer to spend that money in other ways.

    Is this a "great" bike? Does it perform like my custom hand-built frames with Campy and Dura Ace? Of course not. But at the delivered cost, it is an incredible value, and only a weenie might quibble with that. Seriously. I just don't think you can find a more decent bike for the cost; at least I was unable to.

    As-delivered, it weighs about 22lbs. The brake calipers and adjustable stem are are heavy and ugly. They can be cost-effectively replaced with nice after-market parts, and the bike remains an incredible bargain. You might also replace the bottom-bracket/crankset, but that's likely not worthwhile/cost-effective. Wheels are expensive. These wheels are fine. If I were a weenie, I might replace the rim strips, tubes and tires with lighter weight models. …But why?

    Almost every bike is over-geared, in both senses: non-racers don't need to keep spinning the pedals beyond about 25mph, and within a practical range of gear-inches, more speeds aren't magically "better." So a "compact double" like this is fine (rather than a triple). For recreational riding, more than 9/18 speeds has little practical value if all those speeds are useful.

    Double-check the sizing. Other reviewers complained, and I went with the 44. For my 5'1" daughter, that's perfect. Amusingly, it'll also fit my wife, who's about 5'8". I think my wife will end up stealing this from our daughter.

    Nashbar is to be commended. Bikes are awesome. I don't know how – or even if – Nashbar turns a profit on this bike, but it makes a real/viable road bike as cost-effective as it can be.

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    4.0

    Good Entry Level Road Bike

    By brewpotts

    from Grand Haven, MI

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Good components
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Cheap Wheels

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Commuting
    • Exercising

    Comments about Nashbar WR1 Women's Road Bike:

    I purchased this bike as a gift for my wife and she has been very happy with it. I used to work at a bike shop that sold Tr*k, and I can say that this bike is similar to their entry level road offerings. Yes, it is a cheaper frame, cheap wheels, and not the best carbon fork, but for the casual rider or someone just getting into cycling, this is a great deal! In my opinion this is comprable to the Lexa C, but it has a better drivetrain with the Shimano Sora Shifters and derailleurs.

    Light-weight and good quality. Happy with the purchase. Would recommend having a tune up done by a bike shop after you get it though.

    My wife is 5'3 and I originally ordered the 48cm, but that was too big, no clearance over the top tube for her. I shipped it back and purchased the 44cm which was much better.

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    3.0

    Too Big - Otherwise Great

    By Cathy the newbie to road bikes

    from Dresher, PA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Exercising

      Comments about Nashbar WR1 Women's Road Bike:

      I was looking for an entry level road bike. The bike arrived within a few days of ordering it. I like how it has the two sets of breaks, came with pedals and is light weight. Plus its a nice color.

      However, I'm 5'-1" with a leg inseam of 27". The 48cm is way too tall. When I stand over the bike, the cross bar is as high as my pubic bone. The owners manual says there should be 2" distance from the top of the bike's rail to my body.

      I'm considering buying this same model but in a 44cm, but we'll see how returning this one goes first and see if their customer service can help direct me better with sizing.

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      5.0

      Not just for women

      By Matt

      from Auburn, MA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Fast
      • Good Geometry
      • Good value
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Adjustable Stem
      • Brakes Could Be Better
      • Heavy Rims

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Climbing
      • Exercising
      • Serious Training

      Comments about Nashbar WR1 Women's Road Bike:

      Don't let the "women's" designation fool you. If you're a shorter to average height man this will fit you just fine. I'm a man that's a hair under 5'10 and have a short-ish torso and the 54cm fits like a glove. This model has better shifters than the Nashbar AL1 (as of this writing) for the same price too. I replaced the adjustable stem with a regular one, and replaced the stock brake pads with Kool Stop dual compounds and I'm all set. Great bike for the money.

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      5.0

      Great RIDE!

      By heatherglow

      from Dallas, Texas

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Fast
      • Good Geometry
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising

        Comments about Nashbar WR1 Women's Road Bike:

        I am 5'6" and this bike was a great fit for my geometry. It was a great price and it just glides down the road!

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