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
 
4.8

(based on 43 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well (38)
  • Lightweight (36)
  • Responsive (36)
  • Fast (35)
  • Good geometry (30)

Cons

  • Brakes could be better (20)
  • Uncomfortable seat (8)

Best Uses

  • Exercising (33)
  • Serious training (28)
  • Casual riding (23)
  • Climbing (17)
  • Racing (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (33), Casual/ recreational (7), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39)

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5.0

I love this bike

By mpdoan2

from Ithaca, NY

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Brakes Could Be Better

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Exercising
  • Serious Training

Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

This is by far the best road bike I have owned. (I bought it during a sale in December, which actually allowed me to do a few upgrades as well, most of which also came from Nashbar. Lighter wheels, carbon seat, seatpost, handlbars, and Ultegra brakes to round out the groupset = about $2,500; would have been over $5,600 full price!)

I have many coworkers who are even more serious about riding than me, and they couldn't believe the value I got, they raved about how cool it looks, and keep picking it up because of how light it is.

It is super comfortable, smooth, accelerates well, handles well. I live in Upstate NY with some rough roads, and this handles them well. Planning on doing my first century in July on this bike.

I really don't have anything negative to say about it at all, except I wish it came in a 44cm so I could get my wife one to replace her Specialized.

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5.0

great bike

By fig

from tampa fl

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

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

Cons

  • Brakes Could Be Better

Best Uses

  • Exercising
  • Serious Training

Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

great bike, this bike was an upgrade and I wish I would buy it sooner. rides great, fast and for the price you can't go wrong. I had it for several month, great bike.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Great Bike

By Brandon

from Kansas City

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Brakes Could Be Better
  • Uncomfortable Seat

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Exercising
  • Racing
  • Serious Training

Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

I've had this bike for about 45 days now and so far has put on about 350 miles. So far this bike has easily exceeded my expectations and wouldn't hesitate to order again. The newer Ultegra components shift great and help the bike handle well. Overall I don't think you can get a better bike for the price. My only complaint was the handlebars came taped in the wrong direction so I ended up replacing after 4 or 5 rides.

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5.0

Excellent ride, very light and makes going long easier

By Old rider

from North West NJ

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Exercising

    Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

    I ride in North Western NJ. Plenty of hills and one lane farm roads to travel on. This bike definitely improved my ability to climb and makes the straight road seem easy. The Ultegra components make a big difference. They bike is light and makes it feel like It's just me moving. I very rarely feel the bike under me.

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    • No
     
    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.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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