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 56 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (46)
  • Handles well (42)
  • Responsive (39)
  • Fast (38)
  • Comfortable (36)

Cons

  • Brakes could be better (23)
  • Uncomfortable seat (13)

Best Uses

  • Exercising (37)
  • Casual riding (28)
  • Serious training (27)
  • Racing (22)
  • Climbing (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (32), Casual/ recreational (11), Competitive cyclist (7), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49), Yes (7)

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5.0

Great Bike. Get it now!

By Stefan

from Georgia

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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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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5.0

Good bike

By Flanndad

from Fremont, Mi

About Me Avid Cyclist

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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.

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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!

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    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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    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.

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    4.0

    A very good bike at an excellent price

    By Bicycling Bob

    from Stuart, FL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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    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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    5.0

    Great bike for first time 13 year old rider

    By tabmd

    from Cache Valley Utah

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    Pros

    • Easy To Assemble
    • Lowest Price Carbon

    Cons

    • None For The Price

    Best Uses

    • Beginner Road Biker

    Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

    this is a great bike for a beginner road biker. I wanted a bike for my grandson that did not weight almost 1/3 f what he weighs. (power to rate ratio)Looking forward some fun 3 generational rides!!!

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    5.0

    Great Bike

    By John in Denver

    from Denver, Co

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Excellent Components
    • Fast
    • Good Geometry
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive
    • Solid Frame

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better
    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Climbing
    • Exercising
    • Serious Training

    Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

    This is an excellent bike for the price, especially if you get the extra 20% discount. The shipping was fast and assembly was easy, in fact it took me longer to unpackage the bike than adjust the stem and attach the handle bars. As a person with limited mechanical skills, assembly was easy.

    I took it for a 20 mile test run on the Denver 470 trail then for a 33 mile, 4,000 foot climb on the Dear Creek road (3-12-16). Overall the 105 components did not disappointment me. I was at 40 MPH on the down hill and the frame absorbed much of the bumps, a complete difference from an aluminum frame. This frame rocks and you will see that it looks almost identical to the name brands, heck those expensive frames were probably created in the same facility. One thought, most local bike shops (LBS) give you free tune ups, so determine if $70 dollars per year is value add to the price of this bike, because if you need to have it tweaked at your LBS, that will cost extra with this ride.

    As other reviewers noted, the saddle needs to be replaced, I road it to determine if the reviews were accurate, and they were. If you get the bike, expect to pay another $50-100 for a decent saddle, if you're a guy and already have kids, then you might keep it, otherwise replace it as soon as possible

    Finally, with respect to size, I ordered the 56 inch based on reviews by others with my height that it was a good fit, they must have a unique geometry because as a six foot tall man, this bike is too small. I finally bit the bullet, dropped $160 to return it and got the 58 cm CR5 which is a real dream. If you're around six foot, please review the geometry because the 59 cm 105 Carbon is almost identical to the 58 cm CR5 with Ultegra/FSA components, which is a perfect fit for me.

    Overall, this is a great bike with incredible components. From what I can determine, the frame is very high quality and no different than what you'd get with a name brand that has much lower quality components. There was a lot of though put into what would create the most value in this bike and I have been a big proponent to other riders who are more focused on name than value.

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    5.0

    Buy this bike!

    By MM

    from Milwaukee, WI

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Climbing
    • Commuting
    • Exercising
    • Racing

    Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

    I bought this bike because I wanted a new carbon bike that wouldn't break the bank, had 11-speed groupset and internal cable routing. After trying tons of bikes at LBS's near me, I couldn't justify the price tag when there so many good reviews on this bike. I talked to Nashbar's technical guys, and after explaining to them what I was looking for, they steered my to this model over the CR5 because of the geometry (I was ok w/ 105 and didn't "need" Ultegra). So, I took the plunge and purchased this bike when it was on sale and 22% off.

    I cannot say enough good things about how easy it was to put together and how well this bike rides. It's great going up hills, it fast in the flats, and handles well descending. The geometry was perfect - not too racy and not too relaxed. My previous bike was a Felt F-series and I wanted a bike that was still fast and handled well, but had a slightly more relaxed geometry - this absolutely fits the bill. In my opinion, it feels and rides most similar to a Trek Emonda S.

    The only downsides are not getting an entire 105 groupset and the cheap finishing kit (seat post, handlebars, stem). That stuff is all replaceable, though, and shouldn't steer anyone away from buying this bike if they want a solid entry-to-mid level carbon bike.

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    5.0

    Slealth Bike

    By Wschart

    from Columbia, MO

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Climbing
      • Exercising
      • Fast Recreational Riding
      • Racing
      • Serious Training

      Comments about Nashbar Carbon 105 Road Bike:

      Stealth Bike, that's what I call this. It comes in a plain, matt, black finish with no paint, decals, etc. So if you're looking for something flashy, with some big Italian name emblazoned on the down tube, look elsewhere. But if you're looking for a good value with some of the latest technologies, here's something for you.

      After over 10 years with my old bike, I decided it was time for a new one, even though the old one was still running pretty well. But to tell the truth, I was a bit concerned with some of the new developments and whether I could get a bike suited to me. You see, I started cycling in the days when a "10 speed" was exactly that, and was all you'd find, even in the pro peleton.
      but this bike caught my eye, and one reason was the price. It was one sale, with an extra % off and free shipping, with only a $14 overweight shipping fee added on. I was sort of interested in the possibility of a carbon fiber frame, in particular the comfort factor as well as the light weight. So the deal was to good to pass up.

      The bike is light, stiff and responsive without being harsh. As with any non-suspension, you do feel the bumps but the frame seems to take the shock out of them, making for a comfortable ride. The handling is quite responsive without being unstable: any input gets an immediate response yet at the same time I have no difficulty holding a straight line.

      I was a bit worried about the 2x11 drive train. I have been used to triple chain wheel setups where you have some sort of "normal" gearing with the 2 bigger chain wheels and a few grannies if needed. The 11 to 28 cassette coupled with a 34-50 front end gives me as low a gear as on my old bike, which is needed around here. While there are no big mountain climbs, there are plenty of short but very steep hills. I had to tweak the barrel adjuster a bit on the rear derailleur, but now it shifts fine. I am going to have to work out some strategies for when to shift between the chainrings, and I am not sure I really the several 100"+ gears, but there is a good number of gears in the range I usually employ. Someone younger than me just might find to big gears useful.

      I got a 59 cm frame, the largest size available, and it fits me fine. I like a roomy cockpit and the handlebars and stem give me this.

      A couple of nice touches: a spare derailleur hanger is included, in case something happens. And there is a space to allow you to fit a 10 speed cassette, which might save some money when the time comes to replace your drivetrain.

      If your looking for a light and responsive bike, either for racing or just plain ol' hard and fast riding, but don't want to break the bank, here's a bike for you

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