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
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
Carbon fiber blades, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" taper alloy steerer tube, post mount disc brake
FSA Gossamer Cross w/MegaExo bottom bracket, 46/36T chainrings, Crank arm lengths: 52cm=170mm; 54-56cm=172.5mm; 58-60cm=175mm
Shimano 105 5800 11-speed, 11-28
Shimano 105 5800 2x11 speed
Shimano 105 5800, 31.8mm clamp diameter
Shimano 105 5800 11-speed
Promax Render R mechanical disc, 160mm rotors front/rear
Challenge Grifo 700x32C
Stan's NoTubes Iron Cross rims, Q-Lite hubs, 28 spokes front/rear, 2x lacing front/rear, rims rated for 45psi maximum pressure
Kalloy aluminum, 31.8mm clamp diameter, 120mm drop, 75mm reach, Widths: 52cm=40cm; 54-56cm=42cm; 58-60cm=44cm
Kalloy aluminum w/stainless steel bolts, 31.8mm clamp diameter, +/- 7 degree rise, Lengths: 52cm=90mm; 54cm=100mm; 56-58cm=110mm; 60cm=120mm
Kalloy 6061 aluminum, 27.2mm x 350mm
Velo VL-1353, Chromoly rails