Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike

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Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike
Gears? You don't need no stinkin' gears! There's no time like the present to join the single-speed party and the Nashbar Single-Speed 29er mountain bike will most assuredly provide your ticket to ride. Its 6061 aluminum frame is lighter than steel, impervious to weather, and provides plenty of strength to boot. The front end features a rigid chromoly fork that's also incredibly tough and delivers steel's famously smooth ride quality. Tektro Novela mechanical disc brakes handle the stopping detail with aplomb and are super-reliable no matter how sloppy the conditions get out in the woods. The bigger 29" hoops will have you rolling easy over obstacles while a set of WTB Nano Sport tires are a marvelous all-around choice -- super-speedy on hardpack but still plenty of reliable, predictable grip when you lean into turns. A 680mm wide aluminum bar means there's plenty of leverage when you have to get out of the saddle to muscle the 32x18 gear up a climb. A blast to ride, simple to maintain, and a guaranteed fun factory on every outing, you may never want to deal with shifters, derailleurs, and cassettes again.
  • 6061 aluminum frame is plenty strong and light
  • Rigid chromoly fork reduces vibrations and is built super-tough to handle spirited riding
  • Tektro Novela mechanical disc brakes deliver reliable stopping power in all conditions
  • WTB Nano Sport tires roll super-smooth on hardpack, provide plenty of traction when cornering
Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike
  • FRAME 6061 Aluminum, Horizontal dropouts, 135mm rear hub spacing, IS mount disc brake, one set of water bottle cage braze-ons
  • FORK Rigid chromoly steel, 1-1/8" steerer tube, IS mount disc brake
  • REAR SHOCK None
  • HEADSET VP-Z104PE, 1-1/8" integrated threadless, Cage bearings
  • CRANKSET Prowheel, 32T chainring, Aluminum chain guide, Crank arm length=175mm (all frame sizes)
  • BOTTOM BRACKET VP sealed bearing, English threaded
  • SHIFTERS None
  • LEVERS Tektro aluminum, 2-finger
  • HANDLEBAR HL alloy, 20mm rise, 31.8mm clamp diameter, Width: 680mm (all frame sizes)
  • STEM HL aluminum, +/- 10 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp diameter, Lengths: Small/Medium=90mm; Large/X-Large=105mm
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR None
  • REAR DERAILLEUR None
  • CASSETTE 18T steel cog, on cassette body w/spacers
  • BRAKES Tektro Novela mechanical disc, IS mount, 180mm front rotor/160mnm rear rotor
  • WHEELSET Rims: Aluminum, 32h, Schrader valve; Hubs: KT, front w/ quick release, 135mm wide bolt-on rear; Spokes: 14G stainless, 3x front/rear
  • TIRES WTB Nano Sport, 29x2.1, Wire bead, 27 TPI
  • PEDALS Wellgo M085 platform, Plastic body and steel cage
  • SEATPOST HL 6061 aluminum, 27.2mm diameter, Lengths: Small/Medium=350mm; Large/X-Large=400mm
  • SADDLE VL, Steel rails
  • CHAIN KMC Z-510
  • GRIPS/TAPE Velo kraton, 130mm wide w/closed end
  • Rating 4.5

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike
 
4.6

(based on 26 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Rugged (18)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Handles well (14)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Smooth ride (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Casual trails (18)
  • Cross country (11)
  • Single track (10)
  • Free riding (7)
  • Downhill (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (11), Casual/ recreational (10), Commuter (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22), Yes (4)

Reviewed by 26 customers

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5.0

Super impressed!

By Spartacus

from Detroit, MI

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Components
  • Handles Well
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Smooth Ride

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Trails
    • Cross Country
    • Free Riding
    • Single Track

    Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

    I took a gamble on this bike because the reviews were very positive, and I wasn't let down. All these other glowing reviews are spot-on. Basically you'll pay twice as much for a name-brand bike and probably still not get something as good. Buy this bike.

    Components are rugged. Bike is well-made. The pre-assembly was waaaaaaaay better than I thought it would be, right out of the box...just adjusted the bars and seat post to fit, and I was good to go. Bike is surprisingly lightweight. Brakes a strong. Very no-hassle, very fun!

    I found the gearing to be good for it's stated purpose: easy to medium trails and single track. If you get into any short, steep sections you're gonna be in trouble (unless you've got the power to push a big gear up a steep incline). Would be easily remedied with a slightly larger cog in back, if you plan on riding technical or steep trails.

    I typically ride a high-end carbon bike with top-line components, and was concerned that this would let me down in build quality and component quality. There's nothing name-brand about this ride, but show the bike snobs your rear wheel...you won't be disappointed in this bike. It's a killer, no-frills addition to your quiver!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Hands down, the best SS you will find at this price range!

    By SSNut

    from St Louis

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Components
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Smooth Ride
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Single Track

      Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

      This is the second Nashbar SS I have bought, the first was six years ago. Although there are a few subtle changes, the bike is virtually identical and very much as rugged as the first one. I use these bikes exclusively on single track, dirt, rock, technical, etc., they handle everything you throw at them. When these go on sale, you will not find a better bike out there. Even though I use strictly for MTB purposes, I would not hesitate using for a commuter after changing out the groupsets.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No regrets.

      By SS Newbie

      from Maryland mountains

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Handles Well
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Rough Ride

      Best Uses

      • Cross Country

      Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

      I have been out to three different trails, maybe 30miles on the bike so far. I upgraded the pedals immediately. I ride very hilly rocky terrain and have to say im impressed with my purchase. A rigid single speed is what you get, its rough and technical, and you have to crank to get up hills. But, I love it. I upgraded my grips to give.my hands a break on the downhill and bought some new rear cogs(19,20t) to make my long climbs more manageable. Woukd I recommend? Definitely! Very impressed with the money I spent and what I recieved. The bike has been flawless! If your considering it, do it! I am also grabbing some more aggressive tire, the stocks tires are great for trails, but with my rough steep terrain I need more bite.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Yes I would!

      By Justin

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Trails
        • Cross Country
        • Free Riding
        • Single Track

        Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

        Awesome bike

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best commuter ever! I

        By Wes

        from Spokane valley, WA

        About Me Commuter

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Handles Well
        • Rugged
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Casual Trails
        • Commuting

        Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

        Had a friend who encouraged me to get this bike as he commutes to work and back with the same bike. I figured why not, as I was looking for a basic bike with low maintenance. With the potholes huge here in Spokane and chipseal all over the place, this configuration was perfect for what I need to get to work and back on my 17 mile roundtrip commute. I ride a rather flat route so I will be changing out the rear cog with a 14t so I can move a bit faster. The big tires are perfect and this big is the perfect compliment for what I am using it for.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great NYC winter Commuter, people will steal for this.

        By jpg

        from Brooklyn, NY.

        About Me Commuter

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Rugged
        • Smooth Ride
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Handles Poorly
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Casual Trails
        • Commute
        • Cross Country
        • Free Riding

        Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

        I got this on a great deal when it was under $300. I immediately upgraded it to a larger crank (FSA 42tooth), some fenders (SKS 65), and Maxxis hookworm tires and larger pedals/saddle combo. My plan was to use this on bad days in NYC for my 4 mile commute. However after a few weeks of locking it up outside some stole it, ULOCK + Cable and all, so I guess it is a great looking bike worth stealing?

        Overall I'm pretty impressed with how robust and stable this is. In nasty weather this handled very well. I was very happy using this as my fallback.

        Be mindful the tire clearance (especially when I upgraded to the Hookworms) got very very very tight. I had a lot of difficultly setting up fenders and had to cut the fenders up a bit to get it to work. My only wish is that this came with a fork that had more clearance.

        The brakes screeched a ton during the rain, but performed admirably. Skidding my tires always sounded like a batmobile. My LBS wasn't able to true them perfectly though, so I always had a little bit of rubbing on wheel rotation. But at the price Nashbar sells this it is still a deal.

        FYI. I found the weight of this with my scale to be around 27lbs after assembly.

        And again consider twice before locking up. (If you see one in NYC with a larger crank and cement stains on the frame... it might be mine!).

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Nice ride!

        By Houston rider

        from Houston

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Handles Well
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Smooth Ride

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Trails
          • Free Riding

          Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

          Nice easy riding bike. Great value! I am 6ft and slender, the large fits great. The brakes took me a little time to configure but that was the only difficulty. Setup was maybe 1-1.5 hours total. Very happy with the purchase, considering another for my son.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent Value for your Money

          By DG40

          from Pocono Mountains

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Rugged
          • Simple
          • Smooth Ride
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Some Components

          Best Uses

          • Casual Trails
          • Cross Country
          • Cruising The Cul-de-sac
          • Single Track

          Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

          I am absolutely ecstatic with this bike. Love the frame. Components work fine out of the box. I had to true the front wheel a bit. No worries, I'm handy like that. Couldn't be happier with my first 29er Single Speed. The price just can't be beat..anywhere.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best deal in town!

          By Sweetie

          from San Francisco

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Trails
            • Cross Country
            • Downhill
            • Free Riding
            • Single Track

            Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

            Best bike for the money. It's light and responsive. A fun ride.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            So far so good! Great value SS 29er

            By Chip

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Good Value
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • Poor Components Pedals

            Best Uses

            • Casual Trails
            • Single Track

            Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike:

            So far so good! Only have about 15 miles on it so far, here are my thoughts:

            - Bike arrived well packed. I took about 90 minutes to go through everything to make sure it was put together OK. I did have to adjust a few things, including re-greasing the headset (was not well lubricated), chain was WAY too tight, cables were routed funky, needed to true the brake rotors, and brakes needed to be re-aligned.

            - I did not experience the brake mounting tab issues some have mentioned. They must have fixed this. The Tektros the bike came with are easy to work on and I had no trouble adjusting them. They stop decent enough for me.

            - The quality of the bike has surpassed my expectations. I once bought a similar bike (except urban focused) from a major brand for 3X the cost of the Nashbar bike, and I feel the quality is about the same. This is a really good value.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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