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 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
  • 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 or CC-I40S
  • 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

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Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork
 
4.0

(based on 27 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (21)
  • Durable (7)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Too stiff (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Road biking (19)
  • Commuting/city (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (21), Competitive cyclist (4)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (21), Comfort oriented (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A high Performing Frame & Fork

By Twilight Cyclist

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Competitive Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Sweet Handling

Cons

  • Not The Prettiest Horse in the Stable

Best Uses

  • Road Biking
  • Road Races

Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

This frame/fork is a good deal. My build went well with no big surprises and the result is a very good bike that handles like an Italian road bike. It has smooth steering and tracks well for no hands riding. My build came in at 16.4 lbs (less pedals, bottle cages, computer). I used Shimano Ultegra salvaged off my Trek 5200 Carbon bike (a crash destroyed the frame). The finish is "in the raw". If you look closely you can see the layups. It is black but not painted, just a clear or Gel coat. I'm ok with the appearance. I bought it for performance and am not disappointed.

I chose the 49cm (I'm 5'7"). My Trek was 54cm. I now have several rides in and about 500 miles on it. No problems have surfaced. The BB is quiet.

As another reviewer noted, you will need a short (post-style) nut for mounting the rear brake as it is not supplied. I cut down a longer nut, works fine. You will also need a fork expander plug as the fork steering tube is carbon (don't use a star nut).

Check the bottom bracket cable guide. As another reviewer noted, the tube extending from it to guide the FD cable is shipped protruding into the seat tube instead of exiting through a hole in the bottom bracket. Remove it and reinstall it with the tube positioned correctly through this hole. It is a lot easier to do this while the frame is empty.

I had no problems with the rear brake housing issue some have mentioned. My frame came with an aluminum rear brake housing receptacle attached to the top tube with a screw so it stays in place when operating the brake.

Install the derailleur cables before installing the BB to make fishing the cables easier. I used a Shimano BB86 bottom bracket applying a sparse amount of Loctite blue thread locker before seating it fully to keep it from creaking under load. I mated a new Shimano 11 spd Hollowtech compact crank with the 10 spd chain, cassette, shifters, and derailleurs off the Trek. It all works fine. Total build time was just over 4 hours.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Excellent light frame for custom build

By Silver Rudy

from Silver Spring Md

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Extreme Sports
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

    Strong light frame for 16.5 lbs build with ultegra and 1650 gram wheels. Get lots of great comments about the Carbon weave. Race geometry so I used 17 degree stem to raise my compact handlebars and used 30 cm of spacers. Takes patience to run full sheathed cables internally and I used foam packing to prevent slap. Have about 1k miles on it over two years as I have several other bikes. Highly recommended.

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

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Defective junk

    By J

    from CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar Carbon Road Frame and Fork:

        The carbon fork steerer was delaminating had cracks and layers of carbon were lifting off. The tube that is supposed to exit behind the seat tube for the FD cable went up the seat tube instead meaning you couldn't run the frame with a FD.

        Nashbar refused to replace it and told me I could buy it again, but at new a higher price.

        Buyer beware.

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

        (11 of 14 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

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

              (0 of 2 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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  It's okay

                  By Wildrat

                  from Mobile, Alabama

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  See all my reviews

                  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

                    (2 of 2 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
                         
                        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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