Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike

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Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike
While the official cyclocross season takes place in a handful of winter months, we take a much larger view and consider each and every day the perfect time to take a 'cross bike out into the great outdoors. And when it comes to value, nothing's finer than our latest and greatest rig for those seeking to stretch every last dollar: the Nashbar CX1 cyclocross bike.

At its core the CX1 sports a well-crafted, TIG-welded aluminum frame coupled with a 'cross rider's best friend up front -- a carbon fiber fork. For the frame, aluminum strikes the perfect balance between steel and carbon steeds. Aluminum is lighter than steel and is impervious to the corrosive effects of nasty weather. And while not quite as svelte as carbon fiber, aluminum is much easier on the wallet and can withstand an incredible amount of punishment. The carbon fiber fork, replete with a stout aluminum steerer tube, also keeps weight down but delivers quite the awesome ride quality no matter how challenging the terrain. Aesthetic-wise, too, the CX1 hits it out of the park as its black paint job with green accents flat out looks super-sharp.

You'll thank your lucky stars that 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. And when you grab the down tube to shoulder your bike there's no cables to get in the way to boot. While some 'cross bikes take the super purist route and provide no water bottle cage braze-ons, we, on the other hand, believe differently. 'Cross bikes are the true all-arounders of the cycling world and we highly recommend adding a couple of cages and heading out for lengthy adventures in the woods.

Component-wise, there's a slew of super-stout aluminum goodies that make this rig such a remarkable value. Shimano Sora 9-speed components are built to last and they're spec'd where they count the most as the shifter/brake levers, front and rear derailleurs, plus the 12-27 cassette. The aluminum crankset is plenty tough and sports 48/36T chainrings so you've got the gear ratios to handle any and all scenarios -- be it 'cross racing, hitting the trails, dirt/fire/gravel road exploration, or even rolling along on asphalt. Brake-wise we kept things simple and traditional with a set of Tektro cantilevers front and rear. Rounding out the build are a set of durable, alloy wheels shod with Kenda Kwicker 'cross tires that are born and bred to get down and dirty.
  • TIG-welded alloy frame is stiff, light, and impervious to cyclocross weather
  • Carbon fiber fork with aluminum steerer delivers a smooth, responsive ride
  • Shimano Sora 9-speed shifting components are durable and reliable
  • Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes deliver powerful, all-weather braking performance
  • Kenda Kwicker tires give you plenty of traction in even the worst conditions
Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike
  • FRAME TIG-welded alloy, English threaded bottom bracket, 130mm rear hub spacing, cantilever brake, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
  • FORK Carbon fiber blades, 1-1/8" alloy steerer, cantilever brake
  • HEADSET FSA Intellaset ST
  • CRANKSET Alloy crank arms, 48/36T chainrings, Square taper axle, Crank arm lengths: 48cm=170mm; 51-54cm=172.5mm; 57-60cm=175mm
  • CASSETTE Shimano HG50 9-speed, 12-27
  • SHIFTERS Shimano Sora 2x9 speed
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Sora, 31.8mm clamp diameter
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Sora 9-speed
  • BRAKES Tektro Oryx cantilever, forged alloy, linear spring & dual tension adjusters
  • LEVERS Shimano Sora
  • TIRES Kenda Kwicker K-932, 700x32, 30 TPI, wire bead
  • WHEELSET Rims: Shining A350 alloy 700c; Hubs: KT, 28h front/32h rear w/130mm spacing; Spokes: 14G stainless steel
  • BARS Kalloy aluminum, 131mm drop, 84mm reach, 31.8mm clamp diameter, Widths: 48-51cm=40cm; 54-57cm=42cm; 60cm=44cm
  • STEM Kalloy aluminum, +/- 7 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp, 1-1/8" steerer, Lengths: 48cm=90mm; 51cm=100mm; 54-57cm=110mm; 60cm=120mm
  • SEATPOST Kalloy aluminum, 27.2mm x 350mm
  • SADDLE Velo VL-1489, Chromoly rails
  • CHAIN KMC Z99 9-speed
  • PEDALS Wellgo platform LU-981, aluminum cage, boron axle
  • GRIPS/BAR TAPE Velo EVA cork
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (13)
  • Durable (10)
  • Lightweight (8)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (12)
  • Road biking (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Commuter (8), Avid cyclist (6), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (11), Comfort oriented (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

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5.0

Value = Quality/Price

By Exalted Buckaroo

from Miles City, Montana

About Me Commuter

Pros

  • Durable
  • Excellent Value
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Fitness
    • Road Biking
    • Turning Heads

    Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

    The classic value equation is the standard for my rating and the CX1 is a great value. Granted, I've never seated a $5K carbon Italian road bike running on featherlight wheels through an exotic groupset. Instead, I've been getting by on a used 15 y.o Gary Fisher hardtail found in a ditch alongside I-15 in Utah for about 10 years. I live in eastern MT and the Advance has been useful but never fit properly so it was time for an upgrade. My objective is to outfit an international tourer and this is a fitness/commuting bike for use as an intermediary.

    The bike arrived a day earlier than expected last Friday and the carton survived the shipment without incident. I committed Saturday afternoon to assembly. I do not yet have a bike stand and while it's absence wasn't too great a liability a stand would be helpful. And while I'm fairly mechanically inclined I made use of the "Learn to Assemble Your New Road Bike from Nashbar" clip on YouTube prior to and during assembly.

    A word about docs: An owner's guide was included, as was separate docs for front and rear derailleurs. However, there was no packing list included and there were items remaining in the box that I didn't put on the bike because there was no clear application for them and I tend to be a minimalist. Do better on this front, Nashbar.

    I read all the feedback on this model prior to purchase and assembly. I was especially alert to reported issues concerning brakes (note proper spelling), wheelset, and tires. As another reviewer has noted here, the front brake caliper arrived way out of adjustment. Do better, Nashbar. However, with a little common sense and patience it was dialed in after a good hour of attention. The rear caliper was properly adjusted on arrival. The brake stock pads provide all the stopping power I need. While I may decide to upgrade the wheelset, this is easily the smoothest and fastest bike I've ridden AS IS and I'm in no hurry. Similarly, I encountered none of the reported "twitchiness" from the Kenda tires and have no intention of replacing them right away. I may replace the heavy stock seatpost with the lighter Nashbar Carbon SB but I like the Velo saddle so far.

    The drivetrain was tuned properly out of the box and the bike's strong suit for me is the Shimano Sora system. The shifters are smooth and confident, once you listen carefully and acquaint yourself to them on your first ride. I like the ratios of the cassette and look forward to hours in the saddle while building a friendship with the CX1 in a broad range of road conditions and on different terrain, particularly the scoria roads that cover so much of Montana.

    For a delivered sale price under $500, I challenge anyone to find a better value in an all-purpose bicycle. With only a couple of small peeves, it's difficult for me to be more satisfied with my purchase. Well done Nashbar! You've earned my loyalty.

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

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    5.0

    Great Commuter

    By Upstate Pedaler

    from Upstate NY

    About Me Commuter

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Weak Brakes

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City

    Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

    I was looking for a commuting bike that would be durable and practical, but still fun to ride. So, I wanted drop bars, moderate weight and space for fenders at a reasonable price. I am quite happy with the bike.
    -Assembly took about 30 minutes, not counting the 15 minutes or so to teak around with the fit.
    -People are correct that the brakes can take some real force when moving at high speed, but they have improved with use.
    -The weight is just about right (mid 20s). Any lighter and I wouldn't trust it to withstand potholes and such.
    -I plan to swap the knobbies out for slicks, but that is a question of personal usage.

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

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    5.0

    A great all around bike

    By Dave

    from Bronx, NY

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Value
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Cyclocross
    • Gravel
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

    If you are looking at this bike you, like me, have a small wallet and are looking for the most bang for your buck. This bike will get it done. There are a great many bikes, but my five star rating is taking value and capability of the bike into account.

    Like any bike, there are things you are going to want to trade out depending on your body shape, style of riding, and where you ride. Nothing stock is bad - it just may not be suited to your needs. So far I've switched out the tires and I intend to, over time, upgrade the pedals (these are actually on order from Nashbar RIGHT NOW!!!), saddle, the wheels, the brakes, and the handle bars. Like I said, what comes with the bike is very solid, you just might want better or different. For example, I would like handle bars with some flare in the drops to improve stability and control on down hills.

    So far I've ridden it on the NYC Greenway (paved bike path), Catskill Mountain Roads (moderate hill road riding), and on some rail trails (easy gravel trail riding). The bike has performed really well in all three scenarios and for me, the CX1 is a swiss army knife of a bike.

    If I had more money, I'd have bought something different. But instead, I'm going to keep my CX1 and as finances allow, upgrades components over time. For me, this bike is a gateway bike to get back into cycling, get fit, and get faster.

    I intend to take it to a few cyclocross races this late summer and fall and I have no doubt that the bike will perform well.

    I really don't have anything bad to say about it. (Except that the stock tubes my bike came with were kind of crummy and I had trouble with the valve stems. That might have been because of my crummy pump, but I think it was really the tubes...)

    Assembly was easy, and the packaging was good. This is a really great bike to get back into riding, to try cyclocross with, a spare bike, a bike to keep around for a buddy, or like me, as your primary bike.

    Buy it, ride it, and enjoy!

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

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    4.0

    Value ride

    By Keep Movin

    from Oakland and Tahoe City, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor Tires
    • Weak Brakes

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Gravel Rides
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

    Got this bike to ride in the streets of Oakland and the mountains of Tahoe. That's versatility. A solid bargain, it was easy to set up and get rolling. 250 miles in and no problems yet(knock on wood!) However, the brakes are very weak, the original tires felt dangerous on turns and I highly doubt it has a carbon fiber front fork.

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

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    4.0

    Good bike for the rough New England roads

    By A. Ryder

    from Middletown, Ct

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Crude Components

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking
    • Rough Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

    Good bike for rough and sandy New England roads in the spring. Once the town sweeps and patches the roads, the real road bike will come out. For now, this gets me some training.
    A number of other reviews complained about weak brakes. The problem is the factory assembly. As delivered, the center cable pull point is high. As a result, the cross cable pulls up on the brake arms. I lowered the center pull point close to the tire and then took the slack out of the cross cable. Now much more tension is created in the cross cable and it pulls the brake arms together rather than upward. Brakes work much better.
    The crank is really low end. I didn't think anyone still made the square taped style anymore.
    The shift lever mechanism for the front deraileur is crude. Got to really slam it to down shift. It may break some day.
    The frame is fairly nice. Finish is good. Welds look high quality. Frame is the best part of the package.
    OK value for the money

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

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    5.0

    Very Satisfied

    By Chicagoafficianado

    from Warrenville

    About Me Commuter

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Suck
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

    First off, I don't believe Nashbar shouldn't be graded on how well it got to me. With that said the bike came fast and everything was tuned 90%. I only had to toe-in the breaks slightly, and loosen the front derailleur a tad to have my bike perfectly tuned.

    I bought this bike with the intent of making it my one and only commuter bike, to go to work and store, in snowy winter and hot summer. I have an Ultegra cross bike and road bike in my stable already. I am 6-1 and got a 57cm.

    I bought the Delta Megarack and the planet bike speedez hybrid fenders - and they both install great, making this bike everything I needed. It has two sets of rack mounts but no fender mounts, thus the speedez were needed.

    Frame - Fits very well and is comfortable. Not super smooth on bumps and potholes despite larger tires and "carbon fork".

    Tires - As other reviews read, they are very slow on pavement. In mud they are definitely grippy. Limestone path is great to ride on. Either the bike or these tires seem like they make the ride seem tippy. I've never felt this before with other bikes, but I feel like if i turn to sharp I might loose traction. Even going straight is slightly noticeable. Must be the tires.

    Brakes - Pretty darn weak. Toe-in adjustment made them more acceptable. But really have to crank on them to stop fast(ish)

    Components - This Sora set is great for beginners looking into getting into racing CX or road or anything for that matter. Yes you won't have a bike as fast as others, but can learn and hang with the pack is practice.

    Seat- Actually think its pretty comfy.

    Overall - Buy this if looking for a commuter and you will be more than happy. Also buy this if you are looking at getting into CX racing or cycling in general. You will not be disappointed at this price.

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

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    4.0

    Great Bang for the Buck

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    By SchaefDog

    from CT

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

    I expected nothing short of a solid and smooth operating cross bike, and that's what I got, and then some. It is the perfect bike for 15 mile loops around my neighborhood where I travel onto dirt roads, run into uneven grating, but like to go fast. When an expensive, but fragile racing bike with its ultra-thin tires simply won't do, this is the bike for you.

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

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    4.0

    Starter Bike

    By Mr. Sir

    from Ft Wayne

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • About 25-30 Lbs
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Light Moutain Biking

      Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

      Somewhat light starter bike. Wished it had a bit taller gearing for longer rides. It works both on-road and off-road. I plan on adding different tires for longer uses. nice starter bike.

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

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      4.0

      Good value

      By Ian daily commuter

      from Jacksonville, FL

      About Me Commuter

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Solid Bike
      • Sora Gear Set Is Nice
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Cheap Brakes
      • Crank Set Feels Cheap
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

      Very good value when on sale. Solid bike but a bit heavy. Great versatility for my commute to work. Ride 16 miles each day. I will have to upgrade the breaks as they do not provide the stopping power I need when a driver is to busy updating Facebook on their phone while driving to see me. Crank set feels cheap but time will tell. Overall I really like this bike and very happy.

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

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      ok so far.

      By Al in NYC

      from NYC

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • good build quality
      • Good Component Choice
      • Top Routed Cables

      Cons

      • Heavy Bars
      • Heavy Seat
      • Heavy Seat Post
      • Heavy Stem
      • Heavy wheels

      Best Uses

      • Cyclocross

      Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

      I needed a cyclocross bike from my son and I didn't want to spend a lot. This seemed to fit the bill. I bought the smallest size possible expecting it to have similar geometry to the frame Nashbar sells. It didn't. This frame does not slope as much as the Nashbar frame. The standover on teh 48cm bike is higher than that of the 50cm Nashbar frame.

      I had to swap out the bars and stem for narrower and shorter ones to fit my son better. That's how I know those parts are heavy, especially the bars at clost to 400 grams. I had a spare seat and post that I swapped in because the ones that came with the bike are so heavy.

      The wheels are a bit of a disappointment. They are heavy and they don't look so well sealed from the elements. When budget allows, these will be swapped out.

      The other thing I don't like is that fron brake cable hanger is too short. With a single headset spacer in place the brake cable has to make a big bend to get to it. A longer hanger would have allowed the brake cable to not have to make such a sharp turn.

      We've only ridden the bike a little bit so far, and all works well. The shifters work well. The brakes does feel a bit stiff, probalby dues to the sharp bend.

      For the price I paid, under $500, this is a good value bike. I had parts at home so the upgrades I made cost me very little and so far have made a big difference.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented

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