Nashbar CR5 Road Bike

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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
Nashbar CR5 Road Bike
  • FRAME Full UD carbon fiber, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" tapered head tube, BB30 bottom bracket
  • FORK Full UD carbon fiber, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" tapered steerer tube
  • HEADSET FSA Orbit C-40
  • CRANKSET Shimano Ultegra 6800, 50X34T
  • BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano BB86
  • SHIFTERS Shimano Ultegra 6800, 2x11-speed
  • LEVERS Shimano Ultegra 6800
  • HANDLEBAR FSA Omega Compact, 31.8mm diameter, 125mm drop/80mm reach
  • STEM FSA Gossamer, 31.8mm clamp
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Ultegra 6800, braze-on
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed
  • CASSETTE Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed, 11-28T
  • BRAKES FSA Gossamer
  • WHEELSET Shimano RS-11
  • TIRES Hutchinson Equinox II, 700x23
  • PEDALS Not included
  • SEATPOST FSA SL-280, 31.6mm
  • SADDLE Prologo Nago EVO T2.0
  • CHAIN KMC 11-speed
  • GRIPS/TAPE Velo VLT
  • RACK MOUNTS None
  • Rating 5

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Nashbar CR5 Road Bike
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well (34)
  • Lightweight (32)
  • Responsive (32)
  • Fast (31)
  • Good geometry (26)

Cons

  • Brakes could be better (17)
  • Uncomfortable seat (7)

Best Uses

  • Exercising (29)
  • Serious training (25)
  • Casual riding (21)
  • Climbing (17)
  • Racing (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (29), Casual/ recreational (7), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35)

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5.0

Big time thumbs up!!!

By Bob

from Salt Lake City, Utah

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Handles Well
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Exercising
    • Serious Training

    Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

    What a top notch carbon bike for a great price.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Nice Bike, and Good Value

    By Terry the Terrible

    from Niceville, Florida

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Good Geometry
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Climbing
    • Commuting
    • Exercising
    • Racing

    Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

    I am very pleased with this bike. It rides very nicely. It shifts like a dream, even without having touched any of the adjustments. It climbs well, and there are no creaking noises when standing on the pedals. The assembly is fairly easy … you remove the padding and cut all of the zip ties, you mount the front wheel, you pivot the stem 180 degrees (be sure to set the headset tension), you install the handlebars (5-6 Nm for the stem bolts), and you install the seatpost-saddle assembly.

    As for the fit, I am 6'1'. My inseam is 33.5 inches measured from the crotch to the floor (pants have a 32-inch inseam). My torso is long for my height. I was very afraid that the 58 cm model would be too big, but I ordered it anyway, and I am glad that I did. It seems to fit nicely. The 58 cm bike's standover height measures about 32.5 inches to the top of the top tube in the area of the top tube you would typically stand over.

    After one ride, the FSA Gossamer brakes had to go. The braking power was not good enough. I considered buying new brake pads, but then discovered that the entire brake shoes would need to be replaced, as the shoes do not appear to be Shimano-compatible. I ended up replacing the FSA brakes with Shimano Ultegra BR-6800 calipers, and I am glad that I did. It is a worthy upgrade; they work much better, and they weigh less as well (I measured 18 grams less on the front, and 23 grams less on the rear, measured on a cheap kitchen scale). The Ultegra calipers have a different pivot arrangement. Swapping the brakes was more trouble than I thought. The crimped ends on both the brake cable and the brake housing need to be cut off. If one is not very careful, he will fray the end of the brake cable when trying to thread it though the "cable adjusting bolt unit", and end up buying new brake cables.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Great value for a solid performance bike

    By Dennis the non-menace

    from Rochester, IL

    About Me Commuter

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Good Geometry
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better
    • Uncomfortable Seat

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Commuting
    • Exercising

    Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

    The bike is well constructed and shifts and handles flawlessly. I am 66 years old, six feet tall with a 32 inch inseam. The 55 cm is a perfect fit. The bike has an attractive matte-black finish. I also bought Continental "Gatorskin" tires but have not yet installed them, as the Hutchinson Equinox tires have been okay for now. I love the bike and am totally satisfied with the purchase.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Can't Beat This!

    By Turtle

    from Boulder, CO

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Good Geometry
    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better
    • Not Endurance Geometry

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Climbing
    • Exercising
    • Racing
    • Serious Training

    Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

    I needed a new road bike since my old steel bike's aggressive racing geometry was starting to give me pain and numbness in my hands and wrists. I tried out the Fuji Gran Fondos at Performance, but was in between sizes 56 & 58: the 56 left me showing too much seat post, and the 58 left me way too stretched out. I guess I'm all legs and no back. After reading the sizing comments on the CR5 at Nashbar, I opted for the 55cm.

    The bike arrived well packed, though it needed a going over by a mechanic to make adjustments; you should plan for this. Although Nashbar's search said this was an endurance bike, I disagree: I think it's racing geometry. I had Performance put on a shorter stem with more rise, and I'm pretty happy now: Just $20 with trade-in of the stock stem that came with the bike!

    The Ultegra drivetrain shifts well. The bike is stiff when you accelerate, but amazingly comfortable over bumps (on the road). My bike weighs about 18 lbs with pedals. The handling is great.

    I immediately swapped out the saddle for an old Selle Italia Turbo, so I can't comment on the stock saddle.

    Yes, the brakes could be better, but they are nice high-quality calipers; it's just the pad material. I'll either get different pads or put on some old brakes I have. That said, the brakes are still good, no problems yet.

    I love the lower gears, shifting, light weight, handling, and combination of stiffness and comfort. There is some slight rattle that I think is from interior cable routing, but it's hardly noticeable. From my research, you can't beat the price on this one. Everywhere I looked at bikes they started at $4k.

    I don't care too much about how a bike looks, but everyone who sees this bike really likes the all-black sans markings.

    The only change I'll consider is some nicer (lighter & smoother hubs) wheels if and when needed. Oh, and although I read complaints in reviews about the tires, they've been fine for me so far.

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    looks good, rides better

    By mariner

    from tampa, fl

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Handles Well
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Climbing
      • Exercising

      Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

      this bike is very light, climbs very easy, looks grrreat, and is an all around sweet ride. The tires have gotten a bad rap, but so far, so good for me. I ride this bike on local paved trails, nice and smooth, no debris so I cannot comment on how they would do on the road--great bike for long rides and shorter, faster rides, this is my first time on a carbon bike and I would say it's a softer ride than aluminum--if you can find a better bike for the price, buy them all and resell them

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great ride for the $$$

      By jwollen

      from Columbus, Ohio

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Good Geometry
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Brakes Could Be Better

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Climbing

      Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

      Best bike for the money. I love this thing. I have had it for almost one year now. Handles great, took some getting used to over a much heavier older roadie. My first Carbon bike and it is fast. Brakes are ok and I like that I can really pick my own when ready to swap. Seat cracked after about 100 miles and Nashbar sent me a replacement no fuss. I have ridden about 1000 miles on it. The longest at one time was 100 mile Pelotonia charity ride in Columbus. Worked well for me with some fitting refinements (nothing pro maybe this coming year). Good wheel and tire set. Only thing is if I would have know I would have asked if the rear cassette could be swapped for 11-32 as I am not a great climber (getting better).

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Dialing in

      By roy

      from Monterey, CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Fast
      • Good Geometry
      • Handles Well
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Brakes Could Be Better

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

        Love the bike! I first ordered a 52, which is what my other road bike is. Felt uncomfortable right away. Remeasured and compared and took a chance on the 49. Perfect out of the box.
        Speaking of out of the box - the 52 came in and, when put together, needed not a single adjustment. The 49, not so much. I was taken aback by that, since the first one needed nothing.
        I did upgrade to Ultegra brakes, not swapping out until about the 100 mile mark. No regrets.

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        5.0

        Stealthy , No brandings speak loudly

        By The Captain

        from Port Richey FL.

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Exercising
        • Serious Training

        Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

        Bike trail rider. After a flat within 150 miles of use, Swapped the tires & tubes to Gatorskins... Made a nice improvement

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        CR5-58 Great Trainer: true to size frame w/ good geometry

        By Gary P

        from Orlando, Fl

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising
        • Serious Training

        Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

        Been cycling for 2.5yrs & previously had a CR-L that had Tiagra/105 that served me well, including a long road trip where I rode it in many National Parks (Glacier, Big Elk, etc.). Unfortunately it was stolen after a few days back in Orlando.

        +: Nashbar tech support is wonderful before & after the sale. NB's warranty is real important if the frame would crack a few years later. Frame is very good- a big improvement in tracking & response over my previous model- this one inspires confidence. One of the NB techs recommended the 55 frame but I called back later with another tech & they brought up the old specs & this one & agreed with me that 58 seemed a better match for me (172#, 32/34 pants, 15.5/34 shirt). BTW- I ride on average 30-60mi rides with occasional (11 so far in 2016) centuries. After 6days (317mi), it is a very good fit. Ultegra front/rear/crank is outstanding (fast secure shifts), much better than 105 10sp. Bike rear derailleur was setup perfectly, but the front needed adjustment. Lightweight: 18.2#s w/o pedals. Hutchinson tires are pretty darn good, even in rain & no flats so far.

        -: RS11 wheels are heavy (7#s), but they might hold up to daily abuse on Florida's roads. Seat is incredibly painful, but It's hard to find a seat that fits well.

        In conclusion, it's a great bike, especially for training & exercise that could be effectively used for racing after upgrading the wheels.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Nashbar CR5

        By Jittery_Jo

        from Drought Water,California

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Fast
        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive
        • Well Pakaged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding
          • Climbing
          • Commuting
          • Exercising
          • Racing
          • Serious Training

          Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

          My Bicycle just arrived.

          The tracking online helps.

          I must thank Nashbar once again. I ordered the Nashbar Famous Force road bike 7 years ago. It needs a lot of work to bring it back to it's former glory.
          My package was with great care ,well cushioned inside the box. They used celephane layer, so you don't scratch carbon taking off the foam with scissors, brilliant.
          It's gorgeous I'm retired and I'm really going to savor this moment putting it together.
          I too bought the basic tool kit from NASH and its really possible to put this bike together.

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          • Yes

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