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
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (20)
  • Versatile (17)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (20)
  • Road biking (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (9), Casual/ recreational (7), Commuter (5)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (14), Speed oriented (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

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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

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5.0

Great bike

By Hrantic

from Washington

About Me Commuter

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    5.0

    The Absolute Strong Bike

    By Artbear

    from Hazleton, Pennsylvania

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Mountain Biking
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

      I bought this Nashbar Cyclocross Bike last year and have enjoyed all the rides. Bike is a good strong bike. Nice simple classy look. Just an all around great bike.

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

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      5.0

      Sweet steel and 105 for how much?

      By GOOG

      from North Shore Burbs, Chicago

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Allroadgravelcx
      • Commuting/City
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

      I researched this bike and the various brand name competition for months. Finally I pulled the trigger but wanted a few hundred miles in the saddle before a review, so here goes.

      I have logged about 200 miles on crushed limestone trails, some days waterlogged, some days super fast. It's a delight. Point it and go, its pretty nimble yet solid.

      My bike commute is 19 miles to and from Chicago, mostly on the lakefront trail. I can hammer this bike along with all but the fastest road bikers out there. When I'm on the street, I don't cringe when I hit a little pothole.

      Lastly, I put this steel steed to the test last weekend on the Axletree Gravel Metric- 70 miles of gravel, mud and grass. This bike did not disappoint for a second. I have changed out the saddle, as I imagine you will do as well. Also do yourself a favor and order some koolstop pads, the stock pads are trash.

      If you are looking for an all around drop bar bike with pretty good components this baby is hard to beat.
      No, you don't get nice wheels or carbon bits, yes it is heavy, but wait around for the 25% off sale and you will be pleased. I plan on riding a few more gravel events over the summer and racing some cx in the fall. I have no worries this will hold up just fine.

      I give this bike 5 stars for the combination of quality and price. Your comparable brand name bike will easily be 2x the cost. Over time I will surely upgrade the wheels along with the bars, stem, and seatpost but don't feel they take away from the overall value in stock form.

      -Greg

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

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      4.0

      Good bike - needs upgrades to make it better

      By Chris

      from Portland

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

        The Good:
        Solid "classic" steel frame
        Shimano 105 components (The crank set is NOT 105 tho !)

        The Adequate:
        Tektro Brakes (pads are cheep, and will need replacement )
        Bars / Stem / Seat post (generic looking, but work)
        FSA crankset and BB (Shimano 105 would have made this bike)
        Wheel set is adequate - alex rims / novateck hubs are OK

        The Bad:
        The tires and tubes need replacement immediately - they are cheap, and not adequate for road use
        Te seat need replacement immediately - it's cheap and uncomfortable.
        Brake pads will need replacement, but kinda work in dry weather for now
        Bar tape is cheap, but works

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Exactly what I was looking for!

        By Bob

        from Harrisburg, PA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Green Belt Light Trail
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

        So far this bike has been everything I've expected it to be. The only less than desirable aspect of the bike are the cantilever brakes. The stopping power (at first) was pretty bad. After logging 70 miles the pads have wore in and are ok. I'm 5'6", I ordered the 50cm and the fit is just right. I wanted an "all around" bike and that is exactly what I've got!

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

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        4.0

        Bike is great after 2 weeks of commuting to work

        By RTG

        from Modesto, CA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Value
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

          I mainly used my bike to ride to work, but also do club rides and rides with friends around California. So far I have only gone on rides that were less then 20 miles but the bike was comfortable. There was some damage during shipping and I had some issues with shifting. I found out that the rear derailed hanger was bent which caused my chain to break off on my way home from work. Quick trip.to my LBS and 50 dollars later it was shifting like a dream.

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

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