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 18 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (16)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (16)
  • Road biking (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (9), Casual/ recreational (7)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

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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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        4.0

        Happy with purchase. Great, versatile starter bike.

        By Harrison

        from Tulsa, OK

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Inexpensive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No Disc Brake Mounts

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking
        • Trails

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

        Please note: This frame does not support disc brakes.

        Otherwise, this bicycle is a great buy for the price. I purchased it as a starter bike and I'm having a blast so far. A trusted bike shop assembled it for me and I'm riding it on flat pedals at the moment.

        As someone who hasn't cycled seriously for over a decade, this bike is easy to get used to. I'm very happy overall with Nashbar for their prices and build quality.

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

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        5.0

        Worth it.

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        By OhMannuel

        from So Cal USA

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • 105
        • Durable
        • Steel
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Cross
        • Cyclocross
        • Mountain Biking
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

        I race road, I ride a hard-tail, I've had two cross bike, and my last cross bike was a giant tcx 105. Feels more like my first cross bike which was a Caad x Tiagra for over $1000. comfort is key an this bike is super comfortable. I got this bike just to have some fun but I've used it on my local MTB trails amd it handles.

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

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        5.0

        Great bike. Crazy cheap

        By Aaron

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Brake Performance

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

        I use this for commuting and running errands. Fenders fit well on it; it's got rack mounts; and it's cheap enough that I won't be too heartbroken if it gets stolen.

        This bike is a crazy good deal, especially with a Shimano 105 drivetrain.

        The only dicey part is the brakes -- they don't have great stopping power. I replaced the pads, adjusted the brakes, and things are better now.

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

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        5.0

        Great Ride

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        By Goose

        from Boston

        About Me Avid Cyclist

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Great Component Set
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking
        • Touring

        Comments about Nashbar Steel Cyclocross Bike:

        After a few long rides, I'm very happy with the bike. For me, at about 250lbs, the steel frame makes a noticeable difference over aluminum on less than perfect New England roads; the ride is smoother and I just feel more in control. Once dialed in, the 105 group makes shifting a silky non-event. I had checked out the Surly Cross-Check and the Charge Plug (in steel), but couldn't justify the extra $$s.

        Be sure to take the time to check and adjust the brakes and derailleurs, both had a lot of slop on my bike on arrival. It also makes sense to re-torque anything that came pre-assembled. If you're not comfortable doing this yourself, a decent bike mechanic can probably get everything dialed in less than an hour.

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

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