Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike

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Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike
Good things come to those that wait. And if you've been putting off making the leap to carbon fiber as well as 11-speed drivetrains then your virtuous patience can be rewarded with the Nashbar Carbon 105 road bike.

At its heart is a sweet monocoque carbon frame that rivals those of much more expensive brand name peers in stiffness, lightness, and ride quality. At the cockpit end is a tapered headtube and full carbon fork that inspires confidence courtesy of its rock solid and utterly predictable handling. The drivetrain is anchored at a massive BB86 bottom bracket that ensures not one iota of your strength will go to waste. With so much more surface area up for grabs to attach the down tube, seat tube and chainstays deflection from all those watts you're producing is just not a worry. But don't let all this talk about stiffness worry you about comfort, because the wonders of carbon are evident in the stays which are shaped to further reduce road vibration. Aesthetically, this bike just screams stealth speed. It sports Henry Ford's favorite paint scheme -- any color you like as long as it's black -- plus the internal cable routing keeps it super clean and clutter-free.

Shimano's new 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 compact crankset fits perfectly into the components mix. Its cold forged aluminum crank arms are racing stiff, and the precision CNC-machined 7075 chainrings are angled and pinned for flawless shifting.

Shimano's engineering excellence extends into the world of wheels as well and with the jump to 11-speed they've introduced the new RS010 wheelset. Their 24mm-deep aluminum rims reduce rotating mass while at the same time maintain plenty of stiffness for sprinting and accelerations. The radially-laced 20-spoke front wheel slices through the wind while the 24-spoke, 2x rear wheel can stand up to all the watts you can generate. Additionally, the rear wheel's off-center rim shape decreases the spoke angle on the cassette side of the wheel, allowing greater spoke tension and increased wheel strength. These wheels are just perfect for being put through the paces day-in and day-out. .

So if you're inclination is road racing, gran fondos, club riding, general fitness, simply enjoying the great outdoors or all of the above, the Nashbar Carbon 105 road bike has everything it takes to be a worthy steed at an absolutely awesome price.
  • Carbon monocoque frame is stiff, powerful, and ultra-light
  • Full carbon fork with tapered steerer ensures unparalleled steering response
  • 11-speed Shimano 105 shifters, derailleurs, and cassette are incredibly reliable and durable
  • Shimano RS010 alloy wheelset is rock solid, sports 24mm deep rims, and has 20/24 spokes front and rear
  • FSA Gossamer compact 50/34T crankset with MegaExo BB86 bottom bracket is plenty stiff and light
Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike
  • FRAME Carbon fiber, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" taper head tube, BB86 bottom bracket, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
  • FORK Full carbon fiber, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" taper steerer tube
  • HEADSET FSA NO.42/CF/ACB
  • CRANKSET FSA Gossamer Compact, 50/34T chainrings, Crank arm lengths: 45-47cm=170mm; 50-53cm=172.5mm; 56-59cm=175mm
  • BOTTOM BRACKET FSA MegaExo BB86
  • SHIFTERS Shimano 105 5800 2x11 speed
  • LEVERS Shimano 105 5800
  • HANDLEBAR Kalloy aluminum, 31.8mm clamp diameter, 120mm drop, 75mm reach, Widths: 45-47cm=40cm; 50-53cm=42cm; 56-59cm=44cm
  • STEM Kalloy aluminum w/stainless steel bolts, 31.8mm clamp diameter, +/- 7 degree rise, Lengths: 45cm=90mm; 47-50cm=100mm; 53-56cm=110mm; 59cm=120mm
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 5800, braze-on
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 5800 11-speed
  • CASSETTE Shimano 105 5800 11-speed, 11-28
  • BRAKES Tektro R325 alloy
  • WHEELSET Shimano RS010
  • TIRES Vittoris Zaffiro, 700x25, wire bead
  • PEDALS Not included
  • SEATPOST Kalloy aluminum, 31.6mm x 350mm
  • SADDLE Velo VL-1353, Chromoly rails
  • CHAIN KMC X11 11-speed
  • GRIPS/TAPE Velo cork
  • RACK MOUNTS None
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike
 
4.6

(based on 60 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (50)
  • Handles well (45)
  • Responsive (42)
  • Fast (40)
  • Comfortable (38)

Cons

  • Brakes could be better (24)
  • Uncomfortable seat (13)

Best Uses

  • Exercising (40)
  • Serious training (31)
  • Casual riding (30)
  • Racing (24)
  • Climbing (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (35), Casual/ recreational (11), Competitive cyclist (8), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (53), Yes (7)

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5.0

Great Value in an Upgrade Carbon Bike

By Jayson

from Ankeny, IA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Handles Well
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Commuting
    • Exercising
    • Serious Training

    Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

    I've spent a good amount of money with Nashbar over the last few years. My 11 year old son has a Nashbar flat bar road bike (the 17" fits him well, and it will fit him for several years), and my wife has the women's aluminum road bike. Both have performed really well. I'm happy with (most) of Nashbar's customer service. The warranty is OUTSTANDING.

    Unboxing
    The bike was packed well. No damage, padding in all the right places. Interestingly the box staples were pulled out on arrival. The yellow box strapping was all that was holding the box closed.

    Fitting
    I'm 6'4" and about 210 pounds. I'd say I have average proportions. My pant inseam is 34, and my "bike" inseam is 36.5. I purchased the 59cm. With the included 120mm stem, the bike is definitely set up with race geometry. Since the head tube is short, there's a bit of a reach. I felt pretty stretched out. I swapped it for the 70mm 30 degree riser stem from my old bike, and it set up much better. The handlebars now sit 1-2 inches below the saddle.

    Components
    Overall, you can't go wrong with the 105 components. They came indexed accurately out of the box. The cabling and barrel adjusters are premium. They will last a long time.

    The brakes are ok. A pad upgrade will make the Tektros better for little $$.

    I automatically swapped the saddle, so no comments there.

    The FSA Gossamer crankset is fine. For the rolling hill riding I do, the 50/34 double will be plenty good.

    The Shimano WH-RS010 wheelset didn't instill confidence. 20 spkes in the front, 24 in the back for a Clyde like me is not awesome. I picked up Vuelta Corsa HD's during a Nashbar 25% off sale. $130 shipped was a sensible upgrade, and they feel and look great!

    The bike is responsive and composed. Rides are comfortable and fun (after fitment upgrades). Overall, I'm very pleased with the quality of the bike. BTW, the frame is made in Taiwan, NOT China. With pedals and H2O cages, the 59 is 20lbs.

    Got it for 25% off, and at $900, it's a screaming deal.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Great Bike

    By MikeP

    from Dallas

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Good Geometry
    • Great Value For Carbon
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Exercising
      • Racing
      • Recreational Riding
      • Serious Training

      Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

      Wanted a carbon frame, but couldn't justify the additional cost of Ulterga components for my style of riding (recreational) and plus I'm 69 now and not doing any fast paced rides.it is a great bike. I assembled in one afternoon. Added Shimano 105 carbon pedals, trip computer, frame pump and seat pack, headed out on a 20 mile ride. I'm taking it to a local bike shop for fine tuning. I love the color, very classy. Great value for the money.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Satisfied

      By TRIBiker

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Brakes Could Be Better

      Best Uses

      • Racing
      • Serious Training
      • Triathlon

      Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

      I love the lifetime guarantee. Really no risk, unless Nashbar goes out of business. Integrated cable, 105 components (mostly), I replaced the wheels with ICAN Carbon 56/86 rims. I am satisfied with this bike fully.

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Rides like a dream! Great Value for my $$

      By Jhow1nm2

      from Las Cruces, NM

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Good Geometry
      • Handles Well
      • Light Fast Responsive
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Needed A Little Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Climbing
      • Exercising
      • Serious Training

      Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

      I finally upgraded from a 30 yr old GT Force, aluminum bike that I bought used 20 yrs ago. Order process was easy, got a great discount.

      Bike arrived this last week with no damage, mostly put together. Took me 30 minutes or so to put together (handle bars, front wheel on fork, seat and post, and air up the tires. Learned that you have to tighten the top tensioner on the fork before tightening the handle bars).

      I road a specific route on its maiden voyage/shake down ride that I had ridden twice this week beforehand. On those 2 20 mile rides, I average 14.1 mph. As a comparison, my first ride on this bike, exact same route, I rode 16.5 mph over a 20 mile loop!!! wow! I was shocked, to say the least.

      I rode some hills this morning over 16 miles of hilly terrain,climbing about 1,000 ft total. Still Averaged 15.5 mph, and the gear ratio worked well. To top it all off, I climbed the very steep hill on my street at the end of my ride, and was able to finish with an uphill sprint...Amazing!!! Great bike for the money and I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to spend $2k - $5k on a local bike shop carbon fiber bike.

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      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bike. Get it now!

      By Stefan

      from Georgia

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

      I put a lot of research into this purchase and I read every review about this bike about three times through. I am very happy with my purchase and Nashbar has created a quality product. I am 5'9" 200 pounds with an athletic build. I bought the 53cm version and I chose the right size. My arms are average and tilt towards the longer side and the reach is a little long for my liking. This is my first road bike, so I might not be used to the handling and ride position. I took others advice and turned the stem over which greatly increased the comfort. Assembly was very easy. My derailleurs needed adjustment after a few rides. A couple of youtube videos helped me tune them and now gear shifts are smooth as butter. The wheels are slightly off center and could stand to be trued, but I'm not a professional rider and they don't rub, so it doesn't bother me too much. Some people complained about the brakes, but I haven't had issues as a casual rider. The bike weight was around 18 pounds with wheels and everything attached. As a wrap up, you won't be disappointed with this purchase. Do it already!

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Good bike

      By Flanndad

      from Fremont, Mi

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Brakes Could Be Better
      • Tires

      Best Uses

      • Club Rides

      Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

      Good bike for club rides, fairly light, with 22 gears you can find gear that works. Tires were heavy and nonresponsive I changed them after a 5 minute ride. I love the flat black paint with no markings, I got a lot of good comments about the looks.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great bike at an amazing price

      By SB_Climber

      from Santa Barbara, CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Fast
      • Good Geometry
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Climbing
        • Exercising
        • Racing
        • Serious Training

        Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

        I love this bike! Finally replaced an aluminum bike I'd been riding since 2003 and decided to make the jump to carbon. What a difference! Very light and stiff, but absorbs some of the road at the same time and I feel like a lot more of my effort is reaching the tire. Climbing on this bike is a dream! I switched out the breaks immediately (for 105s), so I can't comment on those, but the rest of the components are great! Still getting used to the saddle which is a little harder than I'm used to, so may switch that out, but overall this bike is amazing! And the price makes it even better! Catch a good sale and this bike is loads cheaper than anything comparable. The looks are great too! The simple, flat black gets looks and comments all the time. I highly recommend this bike!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        DESIGN FLAW

        By Mike J.

        from Staten Island, NY

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Handles Well
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Components
        • Wrong Geometry

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising

        Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

        This bike has a DESIGN FLAW. The geometry on 59CM is WRONG/BAD. When you shift to the smallest cog in the back and press pedals hard the chain skips (makes grinding noise) and then falls off the front wheel. I returned the first (yes I purchased 2) bike and got a replacement which was doing the same thing. A after consulting with Nashbar tech I took the bike to the bike shop and they confirmed the wrong geometry. I should have returned that bike too and get another CR5 (I have that one too and that one is flawless) but instead (I don't know why) I purchased Shimano 105 crankset (to replace the FSA on the bike), shimano bottom bracket (the 105 crank would not fit the FSA on the bike) and 105 chain to have complete 105 set. Situation improved. The chain does not fall off anymore even thou it still makes this grinding noise when pushed really hard on the smallest cog. I have contacted Nashbar again and they offered approx. 45% refund for crankset and bottom bracket (no chain). I switched parts myself. Was it worth it. Answer yourself. I would NOT do it again.
        The bike looks nice. Is stable but NOT as nibble as the CR5. BUY CR5 instead. It feels MUCH more responsive and much quicker and the Ultegra is much smoother and requires far less adjustments, CR5 has a very comfortable seat even thou I do not find the one included with CR105 particularly bad) In a matter of fact I switched it for more flashy seat I had laing around but then, switched back to the original one. Probably the only thing which made me keep the 105 instead of replacing it for another CR5 (besides an extra $500) is that it is noticeably bigger in 59CM than the biggest 58CM CR5. My son is 6'2" and is still growing, soon he will be using the CR105 and I - the CR5. Nashbar, I think you could have done better, I brought to you attention a design flaw YOU WERE NOT AWARE OF or refused to disclose. This bike should NOT be sold as it is. CRANKSET must be changed.

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        • No

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great bike! Solid for a Century

        By Blue Steel

        from Boston, Ma

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Efficient
        • Handles Well
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Brakes Could Be Better

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Commuting
        • Exercising
        • Racing

        Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

        Ditch the name brand and try this out! I tried one a friend had and was instantly impressed. I rarely write bike reviews but the quality, workmanship and components are superior to any aluminum bike out there.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A very good bike at an excellent price

        By Bicycling Bob

        from Stuart, FL

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Fast
        • Handles Well
        • Light Comfortable Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Wheels Are Suspect

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Exercising
        • Racing
        • Serious Training

        Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

        Assembly directions are not included, so you are on your own. If you have ever worked on a bike, it will be pretty straight forward. If you have not done this, you may want to go to a shop and have it done for you.

        The bike was very well packed to ensure it comes out of the box with no damage. Oddly, the bike includes all the OEM user manuals for each component as well as a full set of reflectors, chain guard and a spacers for the cassette if you mount other than the 11 speed cassette on it. Interior cable routing is a nice touch. On my Zebco fish scale my 58cm weighed in at 18 lbs with no pedals. I did change the saddle right away and have no comment about the included one.

        The bike is well finished and handsome. Handlebar taping was tight, very well done and high quality. Shifting was spot on out of the box. Brakes required a little tightening up at 100 miles.

        I have had this bike for 2 months now and put about 750 miles on it. I am very happy with it overall. I have done two centuries as well as climbed Mt. Mitchell (NC) on Easter Sunday (6000 feet). It handles, rides and shifts very well.

        I did not think I would like the compact group (never had a compact) as I am a masher, but I find that the range of the installed group is more than satisfactory for speed or climbing.

        I am a heavy rider (230 Lbs) and a rear spoke on the drive side broke at 400 miles. Nashbar was of little help with this problem and their best offer was to refund the cost of the spoke that broke and I had to purchase it elsewhere and install myself. This is something I can do, so no biggie, but it illustrates the difference between mail order and LBS. The stock Shimano RS01 wheels are very inexpensive, so I guess I should not be surprised that they did not hold up under my weight. I replaced the Shimano wheels with others as I did not want to be stranded with another broken spoke and the bike has been wonderful ever since.

        No one will be envious of your black bike as it lacks any nomenclature to identify where you got it except for one small "Nashbar" label on the inside of one chainstay. If you look for approval of your buddies because you have name brand stuff, look elsewhere. But you will be glad that you saved $500 - $800 compared to those name brands and are riding just as nice a bike.

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