Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike

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Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike
Train, travel, roam, race, ramble, and rock it with the Nashbar 105 Cyclocross bike in your cycling quiver. With an awesome aluminum frame, carbon fork, 11-speed Shimano 105 components and disc brakes hitting it on all cylinders, this ultra-versatile rig might end up being your go-to bike day in and day out. It's just that much fun to ride.

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 Cyclocross bike sports a custom-butted aluminum frame with a tapered 1 ⅛" to 1 ½" headtube. The carbon fiber fork, replete with a stout aluminum steerer tube, also keeps weight down but delivers quite the awesome ride quality and inspires confidence no matter how challenging the terrain.

Shimano's superb 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 Gossamer Cross crankset is a perfect complement to the Nashbar 105 Cyclocross bike's ethos as it's where fashion meets function, combining sleek styling with robust industrial design elements in a robust, aluminum package.

All the cables are run along the top tube as they're far as possible from the slime and grime kicked up onto the bike in muddy terrain and they're all externally routed for the ultimate ease of maintenance. While some 'cross bikes take the super purist route and provide no water bottle cage braze-ons, we, on the other hand, believe differently. Slap on a couple of cages and head out for lengthy adventures wherever you heart desires.

The days of squeaky cantilever brakes with somewhat dubious stopping power in sloppy conditions is a thing of the past as the Nashbar 105 Cyclocross bike is spec'd with a set of Promax Render R mechanical disc brakes. Once you try out disc brakes, no matter if it's wet or dry out, you'll be a convert for life. Weather won't be an issue for reliable, consistent stopping power and even in dry, pristine conditions you can carry more speed into corners and scrub speed later than you ever could with cantis. They're truly a game-changer.

So you've got a sweet set of disc brakes...just wait and see what kind of rock star hoops this rig sports. There are truly no shortcuts here as a pair of Stan's NoTubes Iron Cross disc rims are laced to Q-Lite hubs to have you rolling in sleek style. Plenty strong to ride every day, they're also light enough to race. Note, however, that these wheels are only intended for cyclocross tires and are rated for a maximum pressure of 45psi. Another renowned brand handles the tire detail as this rig features Challenge Grifo tires front and rear. A true all-arounder, these 700x33 wonders are plenty plush to soak up the nastiest terrain and deliver oodles of grip and traction no matter if you're braking or accelerating. .

So if you have a hankering for 'cross racing, hitting the trails, dirt/fire/gravel road exploration, or even rolling along on asphalt -- or if you're like us all of the above -- then the Nashbar 105 Cyclocross bike is the perfect means to just get out there and ride.
  • Aluminum frame is stiff, light, and ready to rock
  • Carbon fiber fork with aluminum steerer delivers a smooth, responsive ride
  • 11-speed Shimano 105 shifters, derailleurs, and cassette are incredibly reliable and durable
  • Promax Render R mechanical disc brakes deliver superb all-weather stopping power
  • Stan's NoTubes Iron Cross rims and Q-Lite disc hubs are super strong and light (cyclocross-specific rims with 45 psi maximum)
  • FSA Gossamer Cross 46/36T crankset with MegaExo bottom bracket has your gearing covered over any terrain
  • Alloy stem, bars, and seatpost perform at a high level and keep weight way down
Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike
  • FRAME Alloy, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" taper head tube, English threaded bottom bracket, 135mm rear hub spacing, post mount disc brake, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
  • FORK Carbon fiber blades, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" taper alloy steerer tube, post mount disc brake
  • HEADSET FSA NO.42/ACB
  • CRANKSET FSA Gossamer Cross w/MegaExo bottom bracket, 46/36T chainrings, Crank arm lengths: 52cm=170mm; 54-56cm=172.5mm; 58-60cm=175mm
  • CASSETTE Shimano 105 5800 11-speed, 11-28
  • SHIFTERS Shimano 105 5800 2x11 speed
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 5800, 31.8mm clamp diameter
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 5800 11-speed
  • BRAKES Promax Render R mechanical disc, 160mm rotors front/rear
  • LEVERS Shimano 105 5800
  • TIRES Challenge Grifo 700x32C
  • WHEELSET Stan's NoTubes Iron Cross rims, Q-Lite hubs, 28 spokes front/rear, 2x lacing front/rear, rims rated for 45psi maximum pressure
  • BARS Kalloy aluminum, 31.8mm clamp diameter, 120mm drop, 75mm reach, Widths: 52cm=40cm; 54-56cm=42cm; 58-60cm=44cm
  • STEM Kalloy aluminum w/stainless steel bolts, 31.8mm clamp diameter, +/- 7 degree rise, Lengths: 52cm=90mm; 54cm=100mm; 56-58cm=110mm; 60cm=120mm
  • SEATPOST Kalloy 6061 aluminum, 27.2mm x 350mm
  • SADDLE Velo VL-1353, Chromoly rails
  • CHAIN KMC X11 11-speed
  • PEDALS Not included
  • GRIPS/BAR TAPE Velo cork
  • Rating 4
  • Catalog Item 1 1

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Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (12)
  • Durable (11)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Wheelset (4)
  • Components (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road biking (9)
  • Commuting/city (7)
  • Extreme sports (3)
  • Gravel grinding (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (11), Commuter (3), Competitive cyclist (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (12), Comfort oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

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4.0

Great value

By TriRanger

from NY

About Me Competitive Cyclist

Pros

  • 105 11 Speed Group
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Wheelset

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Cyclo-cross
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

    So far, I am very impressed with the bike. Received the bike within 4 business days. Impressions during assembly: The wheels come with a tube but include valves and Stan's sealant to run tubeless - a nice touch. I normally ride a 56 and this bike is close to fitting me out of the box. I have not measured the top tube, but I think it is a little shorter than normal. The seat rails do not allow for much fore/aft movement, but seems fairly comfortable. Seat post and stem are generic but are serviceable. Bar tape is white and thin - I prefer black so as to not show dirt and the 3mm thickness stuff. The other components are solid - FSA and Shimano 105 11spd. Assembled and adjusted the bike and went for a quick 10miles - some road and some off road - single track/fire road. Stiff frame and nice ride. The tires are not meant for pavement, but are great on rough terrain. Overall - this bike is a fantastic deal with a coupon. I rode several others with same level components - 105/Rival and the Nashbar Cross bike is about 1/2 the cost while providing the same performance. The frame may not be as pretty as some of the name brand competitors, but I am willing to deal with that for the considerable savings. Very pleased with purchase.

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

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    4.0

    Great City Bike

    By Nathan

    from Boston

    About Me Commuter

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Ease Of Use
    • Lightweight
    • Price
    • Style
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Low Psi Rims

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Light Trail Riding

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

    Great bike. Have about 500 miles on mine now, mostly city commuting in Boston. 16 mile round trip commute daily. This bike is very agile, nimble, and sturdy on the winding streets/paths, but also durable enough to withstand the pothole-ridden lanes of Boston. My only dislike thus far is that the rims are only rated for 45psi at 700x32 tires, which are what come with it. The lower psi is great for the off-road riding, but I'd like to be able to increase pressure when I know I'm going to be riding on pavement exclusively. The saddle and handlebar tape aren't great, but those are easily customizable options.

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

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    5.0

    Nice components, beautiful cyclocross bike for the price.

    By VaDave

    from Purcellville, VA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

      I have been looking for a cyclocross bike to add the versatility of riding a combination of pavement, dirt and gravel trails. The Nashbar 105 Cyclocross was on my short list of nice componenets on a great looking bike that wouldn't break the bank.
      The cold winter day came when an already reduced price was paired with an extra 25% off and I pulled the trigger paying under $700. I added 3T ergonova carbon bars, a carbon seatpost and my favorite seat and I'm riding a beautiful bike that could cost 2-3 times as much depending on the name on the downtube.
      After 250 miles I am completely satisfied with this purchase. Thank you Nashbar!

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

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      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great on sale Cyclocross Bike

      By Hot Italian

      from Lake Tahoe

      About Me Avid Cyclist

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

          Great bike at the sale price. The disc brakes are weak and the white handle bar tape was dirty after the first ride. The cable routing is nicely done and the finish is very nice. The rims and tire are very nice. Overall a nice entry bike for Cyclocross and dirt trails.

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

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great starter cross bike

          By Random

          from Scottsville NY

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • A Few Oddball Parts

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking
          • Road Biking
          • Trail Path

          Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

          Discovered biking again after many years of life getting in the way. Had to upgrade from 90's cast iron Mongoose Mtn bike. I ride back roads and trails, single track the least but it happens. Needed a Swiss army knife bike. Cyclocross seemed to fit. Also had a budget. The Nashbar 105 cross has a lot of great parts, good disc breaks (need more time on that one) a decent aluminum frame, great 105 gear-set, rocking rims, and good tires. the hubs are a no-name but seem to be of good quality (time will tall), and you'll probably want to replace the saddle. I wasn't too keen on the white bar tape but I figured after I jot it nastied up I'd replace. the Rims are Stand no tubes but the bike shipped with tubes. If your going tubeless get some tape, Stan's valves and Stan's sealant.

          looks like they added a few commonly replaceable things to keep the cost down, this was a good idea, you get allot for your buck that way.
          They aught to offer this set up on their carbon cross frame.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Compact cyclocross

          By Stevojoe

          from Nepa

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Extreme Sports
            • Mountain Biking
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

            Great components and seems super durable but with a short top tube is very compact with toe wheel overlap.I'm 5'11 and have a 56 with this and my road bike but the top tube is definitely shorter.

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

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            5.0

            great gravel trail bike!

            By Daviejay59

            from Collegeville PA

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Shimano 105 Components
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Rails To Trails Gravel P

              Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

              I assembled it in 30 minutes, shipped to my door in 4 days

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

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              huge surprise

              By Terry R.

              from Blue Springs, No.

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • 105 Components Solid Perf
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Seat Post Tolerance With

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Gravel
              • Road Biking
              • Winter training

              Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

              This bike rides much more expensive then the price implies. Having numerous high-end bicycles at my disposal this bike has quickly became my bad weather go to bike. This bike with some careful attention to break set up performs remarkably well.An excellent gravel grinder.

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

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Decent bike, does the job if you buy it on sale

              By Alainzen

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Not as described
              • Poor Construction
              • Wears Out Quickly

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Gravel Road

              Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

              In all fairness, I am a mountain biker and less road oriented. I wanted to replace my rigid 29er by a lighter cyclocross to gain speed and add some pavement to my training.
              Regardless, a bike is a bike! So, I got the bike on time and put it together without any issues. The bike was advertised with Vittoria XL tubeless tires and came with paper fine Challenge Grifo clincher tires...Got 3 flats in 3 rides. Customer service won't help.
              The "no name" saddle and handlebar tape were not comfortable at all (replaced after 1st ride) and all the cable are too short and are rubbing on the frame scratching the already sensitive paint.

              The bike overall is okay, but the 54cm frame geometry for a 5'9" rider who rides medium bikes is a little compact for my taste. The Shimano 105 group works flawlessly, the Promax brakes have enough stopping power, and the wheels are holding on so far.

              I would have give 4 stars if the bike had came with tubeless compatible tires. Good beginner bike, but wait to buy it on sale...

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              • No

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              (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Outstanding entry-level cyclocross bike!!!

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              By Kid Robot Rider

              from The Queen City of the Plains.

              About Me Competitive Cyclist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Spec Setup Value
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Heavy Not For The

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

                I'm a bike snob. My road racer is a Calfee with Di2, my beater is a Tesch 101 the Calfee retired. Mountain Bike is a 20 lb Extralite F2.

                Still, I don't just have money to throw at a new bike in a discipline I've never tried. The Nashbar 105 Cyclocross bike was the perfect toe in the cross waters.

                Spec-wise this is almost a full 105 11-speed build, with the performance that promises. Fluid reliable shifts, comfortable levers, compatibility with the latest generation of everything out there. The FSA crank is cheaper, probably heavier, and more flexy (not under my legs) than the 105 equivalent; also a lot cheaper. True CX spec 46/36, not some BS compact. ProMax cable operated discs (noted by others as a weakness) and bland cockpit spec were other deviations, but you're going to swap those out anyway. I needed 42 cm bars, and I ride the same saddle on all my bikes, so these were spec'ed on EBay and the Kalloy/Velo parts scrapped for Bontrager/Specialized. Hydrolic disc is the current standard in cross, and TRP Hy/RD brakes are a flawless replacement for the Renders and highly recommended. The two bolt micro-adjust seatpost is infinitely adjustable, but came loose after about two hours of riding during a race warm-up. It stayed tight after cranking it down, but probably not the best choice for your 160g carbon rail race saddle.

                The spec is high-functioning mid-range all around. The frame geometry is pretty close to Ridley cross bikes so I don't think there's any criticism to be leveled there. My skills aren't up to nuance in cross handling, but neither is the target market for this bike. We want stable middle of the road handling we can thrash as we learn how to ride cross faster. The frame construction is Chinese Generic, and you could probably find it for $80 factory direct somewhere. I heard there are some Fujis with the same frame. The downtube is tear drop vertically which makes no sense. Tapered head tube and flexible routing mean you can upgrade the fork and then the frame, and the components could continue to give good service as they were upgraded.

                The Stan's ZTR Iron Cross wheels with Vittoria Cross XL tires are as plug and play as any tubeless noob could ask for. Mr. Tuffy sealant from Nashbar works great. Not sure, but the wheels might be through-axle ready.

                The aesthetics are top notch. The only legible Nashbar logo is on the inner left chainstay, and 6" of black electric tape makes the bike totally incognito but for the "N" emblem on top of the top tube at the head tube. You could buy some Colnago decals on EBay and fool a lot of people. One guy on the race course thought it looked like a Foundry. I'm a snob about cable length, and these were cut perfectly. The bike needed almost zero setup out of the box other than assembly.

                Overall, I think this bike exactly hits the mark for its intended use. Sure, I wish it were 3-5 pounds lighter. If I get good enough at cross to where my wheels matter, I might find some carbon tubies for race day. Still this is a bike to get started in cyclocross on, or to thrash if you don't have the money for the higher end. It will be reliable, and almost as fast as you can make it.

                • Cycling Style:
                • Speed Oriented
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                • No

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