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
Carbon fiber, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" taper head tube, BB86 bottom bracket, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
Full carbon fiber, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" taper steerer tube
FSA Gossamer Compact, 50/34T chainrings, Crank arm lengths: 45-47cm=170mm; 50-53cm=172.5mm; 56-59cm=175mm
FSA MegaExo BB86
Shimano 105 5800 2x11 speed
Kalloy aluminum, 31.8mm clamp diameter, 120mm drop, 75mm reach, Widths: 45-47cm=40cm; 50-53cm=42cm; 56-59cm=44cm
Kalloy aluminum w/stainless steel bolts, 31.8mm clamp diameter, +/- 7 degree rise, Lengths: 45cm=90mm; 47-50cm=100mm; 53-56cm=110mm; 59cm=120mm
Shimano 105 5800, braze-on
Shimano 105 5800 11-speed
Shimano 105 5800 11-speed, 11-28
Vittoris Zaffiro, 700x25, wire bead
Kalloy aluminum, 31.6mm x 350mm
Velo VL-1353, Chromoly rails