Nashbar CR5 Road Bike
Behold Nashbar's latest road thoroughbred: the CR5. It's ready for high performance riding - be it racing, fondos, or just spirited group rides - right out of the box with its stellar combination of full carbon fiber frame and fork, Shimano Ultegra 11-speed components, Shimano RS11 wheels, plus FSA bars, stem, brakes, and bottom bracket.
The CR5 features a new and improved UD carbon fiber frame plus a full UD carbon fiber fork with tapered steerer tube. The frame's sculpted tubing profiles coupled with a BB86 bottom bracket shell provide the perfect balance between incredible stiffness, light weight, as well as a smooth, responsive ride. All of the cables are internally routed for a super-clean aesthetic while the frame is also set up for Di2 electronic shifting if you ever want to make the leap from mechanical systems. And the sleek satin finish on both the frame and fork makes for quite the sharp visual statement.
Component-wise, you'd be hard-pressed to find a finer choice gram for gram, dollar for dollar than Shimano's superb Ultegra 6800 11-speed system. The CR5 features plenty of it: shift/brake levers, crankset, front derailleur, rear derailleur, and cassette. The shifting is just perfect while the compact 50/34T crankset ensures you can both tame any climb as well as contest rip roaring county line sprints. It's definitely impressive just how well these components works as so much functionality, precision, and reliability has trickled down from big brother Dura-Ace that Ultegra is a tour de force in its own right.
Shimano also cranks out remarkable wheels and the RS11s are a paragon of versatility. Their 24mm-deep aluminum rims strike a balance between aerodynamics and handling while stainless steel bladed spokes, 16 front and 20 rear, will slice through the wind with aplomb. And these wheels aren't just for race day as they're sturdy and reliable enough to put through the paces day-in and day-out. There's no skimping regarding tires, too, as a set of Hutchinson Equinox 2s are a true all-around, all-weather performer with dual compound treads and a compliant, resilient casing.
It's only appropriate that a bike that demands to be pushed to the limits has plenty of Full Speed Ahead parts throughout. The renowned manufacture of high-end aluminum goodness is the perfect choice for the handlebars, stem, brakes, bottom bracket, and seatpost. FSA's Omega compact bars are ergonomic wonders that are double butted for strength while the cold forged Gossamer brakes will handle the drop out of warp drive with the utmost confidence.
- UD carbon fiber frame is super-light, super-stiff, and features a BB86 bottom bracket shell
- Full UD carbon fiber fork with 1-1/8" -- 1-1/2" tapered steerer for perfect handling
- Shimano Ultegra 11-speed shift/brake levers, crankset, derailleurs, and cassette
- Compact 50/34T crankset with 11-28T 11-speed cassette provides a wide range of gear options
- Shimano RS-11 alloy wheelset is lightweight and aerodynamic
- FSA handlebars, stem, brakes, and seatpost
- Prologo Nago EVO T2.0 saddle