Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike

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Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike
There's just something about chromoly 'cross bikes that get the heart pumping and ratchet the fun level up to 11. And when you combine the superb ruggedness and ride quality of steel with the latest and greatest Shimano 105 11-speed componentry the result is our gift to lovers of all things ferrous: the Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike.

A chromoly frame and fork setup is about as strong as it gets, plus it's still rather light and provides just the right amount of flex when you're pounding the trail. And while this steel beauty may pack more grams than its more svelte aluminum and carbon fiber brethren, what it truly inspires is confidence -- confidence in the handling, confidence in ride quality, and the confidence that when you hit the deck (and if you're doing 'cross right that fact is inevitable) your steel rig will still be in one piece and ready to rumble when you pick yourself up. The amount of abuse this frameset can withstand is astounding.

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. 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. Come race day, just take those cages off and you're good to go.

Component-wise, feast your eyes on the slew of lightweight aluminum goodies that make this rig such an extraordinary value. Shimano 105 5800 11-speed components are the ultimate workhorse -- replete with trickle down technology from its esteemed brethren Dura-Ace and Ultegra all the while performing worry-free year in and year out -- and they're spec'd where they count the most as the shifter/brake levers, front and rear derailleurs, plus the 11-28 cassette. An FSA Gossamer crankset is truly built to last and with its 46/36T chainrings 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 Oryx cantilevers front and rear. Rounding out this wondrous build is a set of durable aluminum Alex wheels shod with Kenda Kwick 'cross tires that are just itching to head off-road.
  • Chromoly frame with double-butted top and down tubes is light, responsive, and super strong
  • Chromoly fork provides excellent response, control, stiffness, and strength
  • Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain shifts flawlessly, lasts season over season, and requires little maintenance
  • FSA Gossamer 46/36T crankset with Shimano 105 11-28T 11-speed cassette gives you ultimate mud slugging torque and crazy top-end speed
  • Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes handle stopping duties with aplomb
Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike
  • FRAME Chromoly with double-butted top tube and down tube, English-threaded 68mm bottom bracket shell
  • FORK Chromoly, 1-1/8" steerer tube
  • HEADSET FSA TH-857, 1-1/8" threadless, sealed steel cups, retainer bearings
  • CRANKSET FSA Gossamer Cross, 46/36T chainrings (10/11-speed compatible), black anodized finish, Arm lengths: 50cm/53cm=170mm, 56cm=172.5mm, 59cm=175mm
  • CASSETTE Shimano 105 CS-5800 11-speed, 11-28 (11-12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25-28)
  • SHIFTERS Shimano 105 ST-5800 2x11-speed
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 FD-5800, 31.8mm clamp-on
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 RD-5800 SS 11-speed
  • BRAKES Tektro 992A Oryx cantilever
  • LEVERS Shimano 105 ST-5800
  • TIRES Kenda Kwick, 700x30
  • WHEELSET Rims: Alex DC-19 aluminum; Hubs: Novatec aluminum, 28h, quick release (F), Novatec aluminum, 32h, quick release (R); Spokes: 14g stainless steel, brass nipples, 2x lacing front/rear
  • BARS Kalloy aluminum, 31.8mm diameter, 120mm drop, 75mm reach, anodized black, Widths: 50cm=40cm, 53cm/56cm=42cm, 59cm=44cm
  • STEM Kalloy aluminum, 31.8mm clamp, +/- 7 degree rise, stainless steel bolts, anodized black, Lengths: 50cm=100mm, 53cm/56cm=110mm, 59cm=120mm
  • SEATPOST Kalloy aluminum, 27.2, stainless steel bolts, anodized black
  • SADDLE Velo VL-1319, chromoly rails
  • CHAIN KMC X11
  • PEDALS Not included
  • GRIPS/BAR TAPE Velo cork
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (24)
  • Versatile (20)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (24)
  • Road biking (21)
  • Mountain biking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (10), Casual/ recreational (10), Commuter (6)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (19), Speed oriented (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (26)

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5.0

Best value in the cycling universe.

By Bikerboy45

from Madison, WI

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

    I will ride this bike for fun and exercise on paved roads and unpaved trails in AZ. The bike has great "bones", steel frame and Shimano 105 components, and it looks great too. I have swapped out some parts, such as mountain bike brake pads, 11-32 cassette and Shimano 105 #5800GS rear derailleur for the original equipment. The result is a bike that is almost as smooth as my touring bike (Waterford/Ultegra) which cost north of $3,500. You can't beat the price for a bike of this quality.
    PS I had a small problem adjusting the stem, but the Nashbar techies had me on the right track in a flash with the chat feature on the website. I have been a customer of Nashbar for many years and they never fail to satisfy. Thanks Nashbar!

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Great bike - great price

    By Pops

    from VA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • 105 set up
    • Steel frame - geometry

    Cons

    • brakes
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

    Owned this bike for over 2 yrs. Got tired of riding my MB for road exercise. Love the bike on the road - easy shifting - comfortable geometry for me. (6' / 200 lbs / 63 yrs) Seems really fast after the MB. The brakes are not good - many comments - will get around to Koolsptop pads soon - no real need for my biking. Switched out the seat as I suspect everyone does. Out of the box it was well set up; I did very little adjusting. Overall they got the critical components right - the 105 set was like a Cadillac compared to my old bike. Good price - wish I had waited for the 25% off sale - wait for it. You won't regret purchasing this bike.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    great bike for a great price

    By matt op to chicago and back

    from oak park, il

    About Me Commuter

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

      the commute is 10 miles there and 10 miles back through the streets of chicago. i did the commute on a 1980's steel road bike turned single speed for years. riding into the wind this spring while a little or a lot out of shape inspired me to get a bike with gears. my commute is a whole lot more enjoyable with the steel frame and added 37mm tires that soak up the bumps. the 105 shifts better than i thought a bike could ever shift and i love the whirl of the drive train.

      about half of my fellow commuters ride geared surlys that run 1500 stock to much, much more after upgrading to 105 and sram rival. my nashbar seems to be the equal.

      it was easy to put together. the hubs were inline. shifting did not need to be adjusted. awesome purchasing experience.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      It was a great buy!

      By Jim

      from Amery, WI.

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

        The product arrived in only a few days and was packed extremely well. Some assembly was required, but my Son who is an avid biker had me up and going in less than 1/2 hour! I'm very happy with the product!

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        One of the best value steel CX bike with 105 parts out there

        By zuren

        from Southeast MI

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Smooth Ride

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

        I bought an older model of this bike for my wife who is a cycling novice. Our model is green with the carbon fork. I wanted steel for the durability and smooth ride and this bike has not disappointed. The roads around us are pretty bad so I swapped the tires out to 700x40 Schwalbe Marathon Cross's; I have to squeeze the rear past the brakes but otherwise not bad and improved the ride tremendously. My wife has much more confidence dropping onto the gravel berm if needed. We did swap out the saddle to something more comfortable for her.

        The only thing that would make this bike 5 stars is if it had the option to run disc brakes (Nashbar - are you listening?). I would buy one for myself if it had disc brakes.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Took me a while, but I like this bike

        By matt

        from san diego, ca

        About Me Commuter

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

        I've had this bike for a little over a year now. It took me a while to warm up to it, but I've gotten used to it, and now miss it when it's out of commission (more on that in a bit).

        I commute on it. I'm in Southern California and my commute is along the beach for the most part. I put about 60 miles on it each week. Fenders for the occasional rain? No problem. Rear rack? Yep, but I decided not to use one (but it fit just fine).

        So, here's the lowdown: Replace the stock brake pads as soon as you can. They just suck. I use black Kool Stops, which are a huge improvement. Second, before you even ride the bike, service the hubs. Mine were out of whack from the start. I've actually had them serviced several times and they don't seem to hold up; ie they seem to constantly need servicing. I just ordered a new wheelset (the Vuelta Corsa HD) to replace them. I intend to save the stock ones (and put the stock tires back on them) for occasional off-road use.

        Oh, and the tires. I replaced mine first thing with Conti Gator Hardshell 28mm. Those are a good match for the bike and for my commuting use.

        Overall, the bike is a good deal if you get it on one of the 25% off sales. But be ready to do some replacement / servicing out of the box, specifically the hubs and brakes.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great bike

        By Hrantic

        from Washington

        About Me Commuter

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

          Great bike and components!
          Very good customer service

          • Cycling Style:
          • Comfort Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Pretty good, but not perfect

          By Craig in Michigan

          from Detroit

          About Me Commuter

          Pros

          • Rides Well
          • Smooth
          • Sturdy

          Cons

          • Needs To Be Dialed In
          • Shifters Are Ok

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City

          Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

          It took a long time to finally take the plunge and replace the old lugged steel / shimano LX groupset but I finally retired my 22 year old MB-3 for this bike. Steel bikes help smooth out Michigan roads where most of my riding happens but I wanted to still be able to hit a less technical trail. The bike also splits duty as a commuter and "Dad's" bike. Both require racks for the bike seat / panniers and the axle mount for the kiddie trailer. That's where things got a little tough. The axle adapter for my Nashbar Kiddie Kart doesn't fit in the dropout without a bit of grinding. Same for my rack which is pretty annoying.

          I'm still dialing in the bike with only a couple hundred miles on it (compared to the 20 years I had for the bridgestone) so the shifing and brakes aren't quite right yet. I will be replacing the pads and tires.

          I'm certain it's a bike that will age well and rides pretty good out of the box with some minor tweaking.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great bike!

          By Commuter

          from West Lafayette, IN

          About Me Commuter

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable

          Cons

          • Saddle

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

          I purchased this bike about 2 months ago and commute about 20 miles a day. I can't speak to its racing potential, but I think that it is the perfect commuting bike. I needed something comfortable, durable, and fast for my long commute which includes some dirt and a lot of sidewalks. I also ride my 1 year old to daycare in a bike seat and wanted a bike that was sturdy and safe.

          I bought this to replace a hybrid bike that I was riding. This is noticeably faster. Also, I find myself looking forward to my commute, which I never did with my previous bike. Even though it comes with knobby tires, they still are plenty quick on the pavement. When they wear out, I will probably replace them with slick tires though.

          A few cons:
          The saddle is pretty hard. I tried it for a week in the hopes it would break in, but I replaced it.
          The front deraileur was out of adjustment when I put the bike together. I had to take it to a mechanic to get it shifting between gears.
          The brakes are just ok. Good enough for me though.

          Otherwise, I love everything about the bike. I was hesitant to buy a bike online without trying it out, but I am really pleased that I did.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Steel Cyclocross

          By Dooper

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Weak Breaks

          Best Uses

          • Gravel
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

          Bought this bike to be able to ride on gravel/cinder trails in my area as well, as well as keep up with friends on road rides. The bike has performed great in both situations. While I have only put 500 miles or so on the bike, the steel is forgiving on uneven trails/roads, and all the components have held up nicely. The 105 groupset shifts extremely smoothly, and did not require much adjustment out of the box. Frame geometry works well for me, I ride a 59cm and I am just under 6'2". The one glaring weakness is the cantilever breaks, which are particularly weak. I haven't swapped out the pads yet, as others have, so hopefully that will make a difference. Also, the wheelset isn't the greatest, but gets the job done. If you are looking for a versatile bike that can handle a variety of situations both on and off road, this is an excellent choice.

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

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