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

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Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike
 
4.2

(based on 23 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (14)
  • Durable (11)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Wheelset (4)
  • Components (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road biking (10)
  • Commuting/city (8)
  • Extreme sports (3)
  • Gravel grinding (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (13), Competitive cyclist (5), Commuter (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (15), Comfort oriented (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

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5.0

Can't be beat, for the $$$

By Tri Bob

from Pinckney. MI

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Dirt Road Riding
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

    I love this bike!it's relatively light, comes with a great wheelset and a very solid drive train. I can't think of anything I don't like about the bike, aside from the saddle and that is just a matter of my preference. This has been a great addition to me stable of bikes and will likely get more use than many of the others.I only wish I had bought it sooner.

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

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    4.0

    Not Disappointed

    By Obed

    from Camden SC

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Setup Not For Novice

    Best Uses

    • Spirited Gravel Grinding

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

    Unpacking this bike Left me with a smile of my face. Threw it in the maintance stand and gave it a once over for possible defects. Rear hanger was tweaked slightly from shipping but nothing out of the norm.

    Being a little OCD, I stripped it to the frame and assembled to spec's and required torque. Wheels required a few minutes a peice on the stand to be true but have ridden on allot worse. After reassembling and dialing in the components, it was setup on the trainer for a fitting. Saddle is comfortable enough for original equipment but some may prefer their own brand and model of choice. White bar tape, well it's white and for a bike that sees plenty of dirt, it won't stay that way for long. Again all preference and tape is comfortable and gripped well in some sketchy situations. 105 groupset is as expected with the standard comfort and reliability. Brakes needed a few heat cycles to get the pad worn in. The test ride around the block ended after 25 miles of road, gravel, sand and hardback. The tires gripped well on all surfaces and instilled enough confidence to bomb down a fire road at 30 plus.

    Would I recommend this to a friend, yes and already did to complete strangers. The assembly and tune up may be a bit much for for the novice wrench, so a trip to the LBS is recommended but not required. If you are curious about what's off that paved road and want a quality and dependable ride for a great price, this is a great way to get there.

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

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    4.0

    Getcher $s worth

    By 6 bikles...for real??

    from Schoharie Valley, NY

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Big Bang For Buck
    • Full 105 Drivetrain
    • Killer Wheelset For Cx

    Cons

    • Low Rim Psi Is Limiting
    • White Trim

    Best Uses

    • W Stock Wheels Cx

    Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

    Smooth welds and paint on a generic frame (rumored to be the same used by big-name brands). Only esthetic issue I had was the wedge-shaped white decals and the white bar tape and saddle. Speaking of the saddle, the seat post is double clamp - nice touch at this price point. The drivetrain is all 105, including the cassette and chain, spots that are typically knocked down a peg or 2. I needed the rig to pull double (make that "triple") duty for cross, gravel and winter training so I swapped out the max. 45 PSI Stan's Iron Cross wheelset for heartier hoops. As for the purchase, I saved $200 w/ 20% off promo but be sure and keep an eye out for Nashbar's 30 days price protection program – a couple of days after I pulled the trigger, it was reduced another 5% and a quick call to customer service put 20 bones back in my wallet.

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

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    4.0

    Getcher $s worth

    By 6 bikles...for real??

    from Schoharie Valley, NY

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Gr8 Rig To Start Out With
    • Versatile
    • Well Spec'd Drivetrain

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar 105 Cyclocross Bike:

        Great rig to cut your teeth on. Needed it to pull "double duty" for CX and gravel (winter road training, too) so I ditched the wheels for a set of heartier hoops. Clean frame welds, even, durable paint job although white accent decals are odly placed and white cockpit is awkward. Keep an eye on website for 30 days after purchase to maximize price protection / discounts. Bought @ 20% off and a couple of days later the bike was reduced abnother 5% so a quick call to customer service put 20 bones back in my pocket.

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

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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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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

            See all my reviews

            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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                (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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