Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork

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Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork
Your path to the podium, gateway to gran fondo greatness, or outright rule of all roads begins with the new Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork -- the absolute finest road frameset to fly the Nashbar flag. Svelte enough to fly up climbs yet stout enough to contest any full-on county line sprint, this carbon fiber steed keeps the weight to a minimum and the turbo boost set on maximum. The C10 ultra-high modulus carbon fiber frame plus full carbon monocoque fork are crazy light, crazy stiff and are a stealth black blank canvas awaiting the build of your dreams. We've dotted all the Is and crossed all the Ts so you can crush the competition: this bad boy features internal cable routing for an ultra-clean aesthetic, full Di2/EPS compatibility for a seamless electronic shifting build, plus a massive bottom bracket shell ready to rock a BB86 bottom bracket. Buy it, build it, and blast on down the road.
  • C10 ultra-high modulus carbon fiber weave construction is super stiff and super lightweight
  • Full-carbon monocoque fork with tapered steerer tube ensures front end stiffness
  • BB86 bottom bracket shell maximizes stiffness and power transfer
  • Internal cable routing provides super-clean lines
  • Fully Di2/EPS compatible for those preferring electronic shifting
  • Wishbone seat stays help dampen vibration and shave grams
  • Gloss finish is an eye-catching stunner
Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork
  • FRAME TYPE Road
  • FRAME MATERIAL C10 ultra-high modulus carbon fiber
  • FORK Full carbon fiber monocoque with tapered steerer tube
  • HEADSET SIZE Tapered (1.5" bottom, 1-1/8" top)
  • HEADSET Not included, use item# FS-HDT42
  • BOTTOM BRACKET BB86
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Clamp-on 34.9mm
  • REPLACEABLE HANGER Yes
  • SEATPOST SIZE 31.6mm
  • SEATPOST CLAMP Included
  • BRAKE TYPE Road caliper
  • DISC MOUNT None
  • WHEEL SIZE 700c
  • REAR WHEEL SPACING 130mm
  • RACK MOUNTS None
  • BOTTLE MOUNT SETS 2 (size 46 only has one)
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork
 
4.2

(based on 24 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (19)
  • Durable (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Too stiff (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road biking (17)
  • Commuting/city (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (19), Competitive cyclist (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (18), Comfort oriented (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Nashbar NB-CRFA frame review.

By Bicycling Bob

from Stuart, FL

About Me Avid Cyclist

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Iffy Build Quality
    • No Written Instructions
    • Poor Finish

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

      A few months ago, I purchased the Nashbar Carbon 105 complete bike and I was very satisfied. I would recommend that bike without reservation. Due to my own fault, I damaged the frame and was looking for a replacement. I looked at NB-CRFA bare frame as a replacement and after careful consideration, I purchased it to replace the broken one. The intent was to move the components from one frame to another. This process gave me the opportunity to compare the two carbon frames and forks side by side.

      The frame was well packed and arrived in good shape. It has a nice design and has no identifying logos on it. The seat stays have a curve to them that was intended to smooth out the ride. There was no documentation included with the frame. The BB86 shell is an aluminum tube that is bonded to the bottom bracket and looks meaty. My 58cm frame weighed 1165 grams. Downtube cable routing exits the downtube in a wide opening under the bottom in near the bottom bracket. The front derailleur cable goes through the frame behind the bottom bracket and exits through a hole in the frame. This might be a location for water to enter the frame if not properly sealed. I had a few questions and Bob at tech support was helpful and ready to answer any questions I might have during the build.

      The finish of the NB-CRFA frame is inconsistent. In some areas it is clear coated over visible carbon mat weave, in other areas, it is clear coat over flat black. Overall, I was disappointed in the frame finish.

      The fork weighed 440g and it had several issues that concerned me. Looking through the hole for the front brake, I could not see signs of a spot for the brake bolt to seat against. A special longer bolt was included, but I could also see signs inside the fork that the layup of the carbon was not neat and there were loose fibers and mat visible. On the top of the fork, the area on the for for the crown race did not appear to be well machined. A seam was clearly visible and and it looked like it had been finished by hand and had a "amature" look to its workmanship.

      Setting the two frames and forks side by side, I did not feel the quality of the NB-CRFA was anywhere near as nice as the Carbon 105 frame and fork. I knew I would not be happy down the road so I used Nashbar's great return policy and sent it back for a refund which they processed with no hassles. I am usually very pleased with Nashbar products, but this frame did not meet my expectations.

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

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      5.0

      Great frame

      By Flyin brian

      from Montague mass

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

        I have had this frame for 4 years 4 -6k miles per year only 1 little thing the cables were hitting on the inside of the frame on some bumps I just pulled the cable smug and put a small zip tie on it so it could not go any farther into the frame Its light and a very fast I love it and would recommend it to any 1 who asks about it

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

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Seems it's starting to creak

        By Mark

        from Mobile, Alabama

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

            I've got nearly 2,00 miles on the frame and for about the last 400-500 miles it's been creaking. I have looked at everything from components to the frame and find nothing.It mainly creaks when under load. I am using the Shimano 5800 component set, and yes I checked pedals. I even swapped one out with my steel bike. It's not pedals.

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            5.0

            Absolute must have for your next step in cycling!

            By Zack

            from Pordenone, Italy

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Glossy Finish
            • Lightweight
            • Multiple Build Options
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Internal Cable Routing

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Gran Fondo Killer
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

            I purchased this frameset because I developed a crack in the bottom bracket of my Cannondale. I live in Italy and this frameset rivals what I see at my monthly races around northern Italy. Having a tapered headtube really soaks up road vibration. I ordered a 58cm which is one size down for me being 6'4" but the reach is perfect and the cornering on steep descents is spot on. My only frustrating part of the build was the internal cable routing which took more time than anticipated but I figured it out. The bottom bracket cable guide had to be removed then reinstalled because the liner was routed into the BB shell and not out of the hole leading to the front mech. Other than that in 3 hours I had a race ready machine.

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

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            It's okay

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            By Wildrat

            from Mobile, Alabama

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

              The frame is okay. The rear dropout was faulty. The RD would not thread. Running cables inside is a PITA since there is no liner to guide the cable. Be very careful with the front brake when installing. There is no metal sleeve inside the fork where the brake mounts making it very easy to pull the nut holding it thru the fork. I used a backup washer and remedied the issue. Other than the issues above the frame is okay.

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

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good frame, check the BB

              By GG

              from Redwood City, CA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

                  Can't comment on ride yet, just finished the build. Installed pressfit BB cups, put bike together, BB squeaked like crazy. Re-installed bearings, still squeaked. Found out that BB mount in frame was not square. Had to find bike mechanic with BB facing tool. Squared up the faces, re-installed BB, everything worked great.

                  My advice: Check BB for square faces before installing. Simple check, could save a lot of time.

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

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                  5.0

                  For price, an exceptional deal

                  By Micah

                  from Northern California

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Rigid
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Climbing
                    • Road Biking

                    Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

                    This was an upgrade from the Cavalo Gara 105 disk brake road bike sold here. I had a friend help me build it up with Shimano Ultegra components and Easton EC70 Carbon hybrid wheels.

                    It weighs in at 17.2 lbs (everything minus tools and water bottles).

                    Pros:
                    - Very responsive and stiff. Great for climbing.
                    - Carbon Fiber absorbs the road vibration
                    - As good braking as the Cavalo's disk brakes

                    Cons:
                    - None yet --- more to follow as I put miles on it.

                    Note that the frame has black gloss finish which shows off the unidirectional carbon fiber weave.

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

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                    (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great, lightweight frameset!

                    By tovin

                    from Knoxville, TN

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Internal Cable Routing
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Biking

                      Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

                      This is a great frameset to build your dream bike and is exactly what I did. Although I haven't actually had a chance to ride the bike yet due to inclement weather I thought I would go ahead and write a review.

                      The sizing is a little weird as the 49 (the size I ordered) has an effective top tube length of 54. I am 5'8 1/2" and the 49 fits perfectly. My other bike is a Trek Madone size 56 which is too big for me (it has an effective top tube length of 56). I was concerned that the smaller head tube of the size 49 would force me to set my handlebar too low; however, it is almost level with the seat with a few spacers and a +7 degree stem (just slightly lower than the seat). This is what I wanted since I prefer comfort over the aggressive lower position (but I can always lower the handlebar if I want). The size 49 seat tube length has about 6" of seatpost exposed for my needed seat height which is perfect. And the 350mm seatpost is inserted into the seat tube way past the minimum line for safety (so much so that I am considering cutting the seatpost to save a little more weight).

                      On my scale the frame weighed only 1070 grams including seat clamp, bottle cage bolts, and top tube cable guide (the guide is removed after you run the rear brake cable through the top tube; subtract 50-55 grams for just the frame weight without the clamp, bolts, and guide). The uncut fork weighed 410 grams (will probably weigh about 370 or so after final cut). That's under 3 lbs. for the frameset which is an unbelievable deal at this price (especially when on sale).

                      My complete bike weighs under 15 lbs. without pedals. I used SRAM Red 22 components with Nashbar's recommended headset and expander plug, an FSA carbon seatpost, Zipp carbon handlebar, Selle San Marco Aspide Carbon FX saddle, a lightweight aluminum stem, some Nashbar carbon spacers, and Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C35-CL wheels.

                      Along with the great information already provided by Nashbar and the other reviewers, I would add that the only problem I had was the top tube plastic frame plug (for the internal cable routing) did not want to stay in place. Every time I would test the rear brake the plug would come out. I tried different housing lengths from the plug to the rear brake but it made no difference. I solved this but removing the cable ferrule going into that plug. The plug then acts as a housing stop and doesn't move. Perhaps this is the correct way to do it anyway? Regardless, you couldn't see the ferrule anyway when I had it on and now the plug stays in place and the brake works flawlessly.

                      Running the front and rear shifter cables through the frame is somewhat of a pain, especially since you will have to do it multiple times to get the correct cable housing dialed-in; however, it isn't that difficult and this is they way it is with all internally-routed frames. Just be sure to do it before installing the bottom bracket. And be careful when feeling for the cables through the bottom bracket housing as the edges of the metal insert sleeve are sharp.

                      One other note that is not in the description: the frame already has the headset cups pressed (and epoxied) in so need to worry about that. The recommended headset in the description is a breeze to install.

                      This is a BB86 frame so you will need the appropriate bottom bracket and crank (GXP if you go with SRAM). You CANNOT easily fit a BB30 crankset, although there are adapters out there that might work. You CAN fit a BB386 crankset with the appropriate adapters. From my research it would be less weight and simpler just to use a BB86 bottom bracket and crankset. My SRAM GXP bottom bracket pressed in easily (HINT: use BLUE threadlocker on the bottom bracket when pressing in to prevent squeaking later, a common problem on all press fit bottom brackets).

                      I suggest cutting the fork to a size that is slightly larger than you think you might need (an inch or so) and put spacers below AND above the stem. Then you can ride the bike and get a feel for where you want the height of the handlebar to be. And then get a bike fit to dial it in. After the bike fit, a few rides, and a follow-up fit, only then cut the fork more (but you might want to leave it as is in case you ever want to sell it).

                      I love the color and finish of the frameset and I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone. Coupled with Nashbar's forever guarantee and you really can't go wrong with this purchase. Plus, if you have never built a bike then it is a great way to learn how everything works along with the great satisfaction of having done it yourself. Just be sure to torque everything to the correct specs and use grease and carbon paste where appropriate and you should have no problems.

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

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                      4.0

                      good frame for the price

                      By mrmicron1

                      from Jacksonville FL

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Biking

                        Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

                        all the components went on well. I personally didn't like the press in BB. simple enough to get in with a bolt and some washers. Only about 160mi on bike and no issues with BB yet. I did use painters tape around the cable holes as not to scratch frame, worked well. A lot of checking cable and housing lengths you tend to be in and out of those ports a lot. So far no regrets.

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

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Update to June 30, 2016 Review

                        By Big Light

                        from East of Cleveland, OH

                        About Me Avid Cyclist

                        See all my reviews

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Commuting/City
                          • Road Biking

                          Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

                          I want to update my 6/30/2016 review (could not a way to do it directly). I have about 4500 miles on the bike now. If 4 stars is "Meets Expectations", which it does, then 5 stars is "I Love It."

                          For me it does not get any better -- quality, price, and performance. I've ridden my mid 90s carbon Trek from time to time this summer (2016) and was disappointed each time. The Trek is a really good bike -- it shifts well and rides well (it was upgraded to modern components ~5 years ago). It just does not perform like this bike does.

                          I do a lot of distance riding in pacelines (60-90 miles). The Nashbar frame based bike makes it easy -- I struggle with the Trek.

                          If you have the chops to build a bike then start with this frame.

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

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