Nashbar 105 Road Bike

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Nashbar 105 Road Bike
Ride it like you stole it is how the latest Nashbar 105 road bike rolls. Why? Because when you tell your friends and bike buds the price you paid for this sweet ride - replete with an awesome aluminum frame, full carbon fork, and 11-speed Shimano 105 components -- the consensus will be that the hit to your bank account was criminally low.

Sure, carbon fiber may win the weight weenie wars, but a well-built aluminum frame is nearly as light, plenty stiff, built to last, and is much kinder on the wallet. The Nashbar 105 road bike sports a custom-butted aluminum frame with sculpted tubes and a tapered 1 ⅛" to 1 ½" headtube that rides and performs like your very own pocket rocket. There's a full carbon fork with the corresponding tapered steerer tube fork that inspires confidence courtesy of its rock solid and utterly predictable handling. Aesthetic-wise, too, the 105 road bike hits it out of the park as its black paint job with white accents flat out looks super-sharp.

Shimano's new 105 groupset delivers a perfect 10 for value, craftsmanship, and performance as it makes the leap to 11-speed. You'll be blown away by how well this stuff works as so much functionality, precision, and reliability has trickled down from big brothers Dura-Ace and Ultegra. The shifter/brake levers, front derailleur, rear derailleur, and cassette all fly the 105 11-speed flag and if these parts were logo-free you'd be hard pressed to distinguish their performance from its much higher-priced Shimano siblings. The FSA Omega compact crankset is a perfect complement to the Nashbar 105 bike's ethos as it's where fashion meets function, combining sleek styling with robust industrial design elements in a robust, aluminum package.

Shimano's engineering excellence extends into the world of wheels as well and with the jump to 11-speed they've introduced the new RS010 wheelset. Their 24mm-deep aluminum rims reduce rotating mass while at the same time maintain plenty of stiffness for sprinting and accelerations. The radially-laced 20-spoke front wheel slices through the wind while the 24-spoke, 2x rear wheel can stand up to all the watts you can generate. Strong and tough, these hoops are just perfect for being put through the paces day-in and day-out. There's no skimping regarding rubber, too, as Hutchinson Nitro 2 tires are a true all-around, all-weather performer with a durable compound and a compliant, resilient casing.

So what are you waiting for? There's no time like the present to up your road riding game with the best deal around in the Nashbar 105 road bike.
  • Aluminum frame is stiff, light, and ready to rock
  • Full carbon fork with tapered steerer ensures superb steering response
  • 11-speed Shimano 105 shifters, derailleurs, and cassette are incredibly reliable and durable
  • Shimano RS010 alloy wheelset is rock solid, sports 24mm deep rims, and has 20/24 spokes front and rear
  • FSA Omega compact 50/34T crankset with MegaExo bottom bracket is stiff and light
  • Alloy stem, bars, seatpost, and brakes perform at a high level and keep weight way down
Nashbar 105 Road Bike
  • FRAME Alloy, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" taper head tube, English threaded bottom bracket, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
  • FORK Full carbon fiber, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" taper steerer
  • HEADSET FSA N0.42/ACB
  • CRANKSET FSA Omega Compact, 50/34T, Crank arm lengths: 48-51cm=170mm; 54-57cm=172.5mm; 60cm=175mm
  • BOTTOM BRACKET MegaExo, English threaded
  • SHIFTERS Shimano 105 5800 2x11 speed
  • LEVERS Shimano 105 5800
  • HANDLEBAR Kalloy aluminum, 31.8mm clamp diameter, 120mm drop, 75mm reach, Widths: 48cm=40cm; 51-54cm=42cm; 57-60cm=44cm
  • STEM Kalloy aluminum w/ stainless steel bolts, 31.8mm clamp diameter, +/- 7 degree rise, Lengths: 48cm=90mm; 51cm=100mm; 54-57cm=110mm; 60cm=120mm
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 5800, 31.8mm clamp diameter
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 5800 11-speed
  • CASSETTE Shimano 105 5800 11-speed, 11-28
  • BRAKES Tektro R325 alloy
  • WHEELSET Shimano RS010
  • TIRES Hutchinson Nitro 2, 700x23, Wire bead
  • PEDALS Not included
  • SEATPOST Kalloy 6061 aluminum, 27.2mm x 350mm
  • SADDLE Velo VL-1353, Chromoly rails
  • CHAIN KMC X11 11-speed
  • GRIPS/TAPE Velo cork
  • Rating 4.5

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Nashbar 105 Road Bike
 
4.7

(based on 35 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well (28)
  • Responsive (26)
  • Fast (24)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Good geometry (22)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable seat (9)
  • Brakes could be better (3)

Best Uses

  • Exercising (31)
  • Casual riding (27)
  • Serious training (19)
  • Climbing (13)
  • Racing (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (21), Casual/ recreational (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good cheap bike ...work great

By Jack Straw

from from Wichita

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Geometry
  • Handles Well
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Exercising
    • Serious Training

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Road Bike:

    1000 miles so time to tell .... 1st the seat was replaced ...but I ordered it before I saw the bike... the bike came with the same seat that I have on my Fat Bike... whickh I hated for 2 weeks but then my butt fell in love with it... give the seat a try....2nd the tires were trashed in the reviews ... they were so tight on the rims they broke tire irons... my bike came with Hutchinson Nitro 2... and I can mount them with just hands... but I ordered Continental Ultra Sport II when I order the bike... have a 1000 mile on Hutchinson Nitro 2 and haven't had a flat yet ... but I change the front tire twice to prove I could if I did .3rd I saw the crankset FSA Omega Compact, 50/34T.... it is ugly to the max and weight 1/2 a pound more then true 105 cranks... so I shopped around got 105 black compact cracks and Ultegra BB 4th the brakes Tektro R325.have no class but work just fine and are lighter then 105 brakes... to some up I love the bike it's a little heavy 21 lbs (57) with the new cranks, I love the bike but I do get strange looks ... I'm as fast or faster then most of my friend... and they hate to see me coming on a cheap bike...is what it is..

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    All smiles!!

    By Mike M.

    from Kansas City

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Commuting
    • Exercising
    • Serious Training

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Road Bike:

    First, the bike arrived extremely well packed in the box. Assembly was very simple and straight forward. The bike is lightweight, frame welds are very good, derailleurs were adjusted very close. I had to adjust the brake calipers slightly, but not problem there. Throw away the saddle right away and replace (as stated in other reviews). Overall, I am very happy with this purchase after putting about 100 miles on it. Value for the dollars spent is probably hard to beat. I would buy again.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    First Road Bike

    By DEW

    from Northern California

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Geometry
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Exercising

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Road Bike:

    Bike was almost ready to ride out of the box, with very little assembly and adjustments I was on the road.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great bike and components for the right price.

    By El Sanchez Sucio

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Good Geometry
    • Handles Well
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Exercising
    • Serious Training

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Road Bike:

    I use this bike three or four times per week for 10 - 30 mile rides. I have been very happy with it so far and have no real complaints other than the saddle. If you shop around and compare specs you will not find a better road bike in this price range.
    It came out of the box partially assembled and was easy to put together. Wait and buy it on one of the many Nashbar sales.

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    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Value

    By RacerX

    from Des Moines, IA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Handlebars

    Best Uses

    • Exercising

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Road Bike:

    Have put nearly 700 miles on the bike and everything is great. I've been riding hard and it hasn't let me down. The 105 shifting is effortless.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good bike, can't get a better one for the price

    By Drew the Bass Man

    from Muncie Indiana

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Commuting
    • Exercising
    • Racing
    • Serious Training

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Road Bike:

    I've been riding this bike for about 400 miles now and feel that I can adequately talk about it and it's performance. First thing to be addressed is that the stock saddle is bad, this is a very simple fix though and if you're getting this bike you likely already have a saddle that you like so just slap it on to this bike.
    Next thing, looks. The bike looks pretty good. I took the white bar tape off and put on red tape along with red plastic bottle cages. As I was stopped at a gas station with the bike on the rack a random stranger complemented the bike saying that he liked the looks. Other people have commented on the looks too but that's the coolest story
    Then, performance. The first thing I noticed after hoping on this bike was the responsiveness of it. The bike seemed to just go where I wanted it to go, no fuss. I had previously been riding a Trek 720 steel frame hybrid bike from the 90s so this bike was a completely different feel. The bike accelerates quickly and I don't think that it would hold you back in a sprint by any means. I've done some TT work on it (without aero bars just aggressive positioning) and the aero fork helps along with the more aerodynamic geometry. The shifting performance is great, I haven't been able to do much climbing with it but what I've done the gears have shifted smoothly. I think the cables have stretched a bit since I started riding it and needs to be readjusted but it's smooth out of the box.
    This is a great bike if you're just starting to get serious about riding. This bike can really do everything and is comfortable enough to do long rides on (I've done a handful of 40 mile rides and one 65 mile ride on it already). This bike is really good and may just help you climb up the strava leaderboard (I've gotten probably 10 Top 10 spots on this bike already). If you're looking for a bike look no further

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    unbeatable price for a stiff racing frame

    By Sibo

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Too Rigid

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Climbing
    • Exercising
    • Racing
    • Serious Training

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Road Bike:

    WEIGHT: is 20.1 lb for the stock 54cm bike, no pedals installed.

    FIT: is good with the seat shifted all the way forward. I'm 5'8" with a 30.5" cycling inseam. I could probably fit a 51cm bike with the seat shifted backwards. If you have a shorter cycling inseam than me, definitely size down.

    BRAKES: are cartridge-style, so don't buy rubber-on-a-stick style replacement brake pads! For some reason, my rear brakes are super effective and my front brakes are not quite as strong. I've been playing around with the front brake pads' orientation to try improving them, but so far no luck.

    WHEELS: came well-trued. I've replaced one of the stock 700x23c tires with a 25c tire, and it looks like there's enough clearance for a 28c tire.

    SHIFTERS: are super smooth. The rear derailleur was correctly tuned right out of the box. The front derailleur shifted gears consistently, but there was some chain-rub in certain gear combinations. The rubbing went away with basic adjustment of the H and L screws and the inline barrel adjuster.

    FRAME: is clean, attractive, and stiff. The rear brake cable is internally routed through the top tube, which is nice aesthetically or whenever I need to grab the top tube to carry my bike up stairs. The welds at the headtube and top of the seattube are beautifully done, but the welding around the bottom bracket is very sloppy in comparison, which is a shame. The toptube has a triangular cross section that gently narrows toward the seattube. The shape of the downtube gradually changes from tall and triangular at the headtube to wide and oval at the bottom bracket. These triangular tubes help make the frame stiff and responsive. If you're looking for more comfortable ride, try carbon fiber frames or bikes which have vertically thin but wide toptubes, a design element that most modern high-end aluminum designs seem to have converged to (like Nashbar's Mekk Pinerolo bikes).

    BOTTOM LINE: this is an attractive bike with great components at lucrative price (especially during Nashbar's 25% sales). The frame is stiff, which helps acceleration and power transfer, but makes long rides over bumpy roads less pleasant.

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    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Value!

    By Geo

    from Aspen, CO

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Climbing
      • Commuting
      • Exercising
      • Racing

      Comments about Nashbar 105 Road Bike:

      I've been an avid cyclist for decades, but dropped out of the sport after getting burned out from competition, training and injuries that wouldn't go away. Last year, I rediscovered bicycling after moving out of town, but right on some great bike paths. I bought my better half a Nashbar carbon road bike and she absolutely loved it! So, I bought myself this great aluminum road bike and, suddenly, biking was fun again! Fast, responsive and smooth describe this road bike best. Great gearing for here in the Rocky Mountains, too! Very nice fit and finish on the frame. Easy to assemble right out of the box. The wheels were nice and true and needed no tuning. A short break-in time for all the cables and I really haven't had to adjust a thing since. The geometry inspires fast cornering and quick turns, yet, it tracks straight as an arrow. Checking around, there wasn't a thing available anywhere else that came close to the quality, components and price.

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      • No

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      why pay more?

      By kranapple

      from tampa, fl

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable Seat

      Best Uses

      • Exercising
      • Serious Training

      Comments about Nashbar 105 Road Bike:

      so, I put on a better seat, some vittoria tires after a few hundred miles and for the money after the sale price--who can beat this bike? I've had 105's, ultegra and dura ace--the 105's on this bike shift like butter--stiff frame--don't hesitate to buy this bike

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      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bike

      By CJ

      from Iowa

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Brakes Could Be Better
      • Uncomfortable Seat

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Climbing
      • Commuting
      • Exercising
      • Racing
      • Serious Training

      Comments about Nashbar 105 Road Bike:

      I tried buying a used bike through my local bike shop, but kept having problems with it. Thankfully, I came across Nashbar 105 Roadbike, which after the 25% sale I was able to get a little cheaper than the used bike I was trying out. The Nashbar bike rides great and feels fast. Very easy to assemble out of the box, however, unlike several of the reviews I had to adjust both derailleurs. It was my first time doing that, but after watching a few youtube videos, I was able to get everything working great. Probably took me 1-2 hours total to get both derailleurs working properly. The front derailleur was a little tricky trying to get the trim set correctly. If you're even remotely handy I would recommend trying this if you need to adjust your derailleurs before paying 70 bucks or more at a bike shop - you are buying from Nashbar to save money, right?
      Comments about the seat are correct - it is pretty uncomfortable. That said, I commute 4 miles to work and on that short of a distance it doesn't matter (and I don't wear padded shorts on my commute because who wears pads for 4 miles). I did a 15 mile ride this weekend without padded shorts and while I was more sore than with other seats, it wasn't horrible. It is bad enough though that I did just order a new replacement seat.
      I'm 6'1" and I ordered the 57. It fits me pretty well, but I'm slightly more stretched out than I would like. Per the specs, the 57 comes with a 110mm stem, so I just order a 80mm stem with a 10 degree rise, so hopefully that will take care of it.
      Brakes could definitely be better - not as responsive as other bikes I've ridden. You can stop quick if needed but be prepared to really squeeze that brake lever. I bought new pads for the rear brakes as that is a quick/cheap fix.
      FYI, I chatted with customer service before I ordered the bike because I planned on putting larger tires on the bike for comfort. Per customer service, the bike can support 700x25 tires (it comes with 700x23) as neither the brakes or the bike frame have proper clearance for 700x28 tires.
      All together, I spent 70 bucks on a new seat, stem, and brake pads, which combined with the cost of the bike was still cheaper than the used bike I was looking at (it was 5 years old and only had 10 speed 105). Definitely glad I made the purchase and would tell anyone considering a new bike to check out Nashbar first given this incredible value.

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