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 massive BB30 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 BB30 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 FSA with BB30 adapter
  • 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 30 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well (25)
  • Responsive (25)
  • Fast (24)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Comfortable (21)

Cons

  • Brakes could be better (12)
  • Uncomfortable seat (4)

Best Uses

  • Exercising (22)
  • Serious training (21)
  • Casual riding (15)
  • Climbing (13)
  • Racing (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (22), Casual/ recreational (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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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    5.0

    Great bike - do not pass it up

    By Mookie_who

    from Long Island, New York

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Brakes Could Be Better
    • Wheel Set Could Be Bette

    Best Uses

    • Exercising

    Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

    I buy a lot of stuff from Nashbar and I bought this bike May of 15. After calling NAshbar for some tech support on tires and chain, the tech person asked why I have not written a review after talking so highly of their product. So here goes. First the bike was easy to assembly, if you have the right tools, you need to ensure everything is tighten properly (I bought tool kit from Nashbar to use on my other bike, so it was a good investment) - if not, go to local bike shop - cost you between $100 to $200 to assembly. I have approximately 5,600 miles on the bike and look to add approximately another 1500 before the season ends in NY. The bike is lite compare to Specialized bike, which is not full carbon. In fact, I ride mainly on a beach path stretching 17.5 miles and sometimes I feel as if the wind can take the bike out from under me, but it has not happened. Tires that come with the bike, being 210 lbs and 5'11, the back tire was replaced after a 1000 miles but the front is still going. They are cheap tires but I had higher prices tires on my Specialized bike that did not last either. I did call Nashbar, and they recommended a new replacement - the Continental Grand Prix 4000S II Tire which I bought. The chain needs to be replaced which I bought a replacement from Nashbar, just need to install it - this normal to replace chains - did a lot of research. The wheel set, I had broke a couple of spokes early on, expensive to replace - spokes cost about $6.50 each and the cap another $2.50 if you do it yourself. The standard tools do not work because they are flat spokes but easy to replace especially on back because they are individually pulled. Nashbar does not sell the spokes - it happen just once on the back and once on the front. The seat is still comfortable, but I do where PI (top of the line) shorts for my 50 miles runs, which are really cushioned, for short rides I use the Nashbar brand which are good value. The tape on the handle bars is good, I wear the Nashbar bike gloves, no problems. The gears had to be adjusted, but that is normal. Brakes are okay, I have not had a problem with stopping, are there better, of course. The bottom bracket at times makes some noise but I can not repeat the noise when I have it on my work stand, so it might not be the bracket it at all. Can you upgrade components of course, I upgraded the chain and tires and probably the seat next year. As things wear out, I call Nashbar and they recommend a better component. The review sounds as if I am an expert in bike repair, but I learned over the course of five years how to do things myself because with my other bike, I would bring it to a bike shops and it would expensive to fix or adjust. Just get yourself a good tool kit from Nashbar, and at least you can fix the minor things. I am an average rider and I rides about 400-700 miles a month depending on the weather, and I would recommend this bike.

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    5.0

    no regrets

    By Rick

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Lbs Adjustments Needed
    • Wheel Set Isn't Light

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

    Purchased this spring and after 2,000+ miles I have no regrets as this is an excellent bike. I'm just over 5'7" and the 52 cm fits perfect. Assembly out of the box was simple, and I'm no mechanic. But, trips to the LBS were needed to dial in the derailleurs, with repeat visits early on due to cable stretch, which was normal per the LBS. These adjustments were not expensive, and shifting is smooth and precise.

    The bike is light, 18 lbs. without pedals. Upgrading to a lighter wheel set would shave off wt., but these wheels are solid with only one rear truing necessary after hitting a deep pothole on a century ride. The seat is perfect for my anatomy. The brakes are fine. Replaced the rear tire after two deep cuts from glass on urban streets. The front tire is still round and with no cuts or flats, but will upgrade soon.

    The compact handlebars make it very easy and comfortable to move from the hoods to the drops. The compact crank and 11-28 cassette allows for climbing very steep hills. The bike handles well, with excellent control on downhills and cornering.

    The internal cable routing makes it easy to wipe the bike spotless. The matte black finish with no markings is a clean look and draws questions as to what brand it is and whether it's custom made. I rarely write reviews, but felt this one necessary because I am completely satisfied with my decision to buy this bike online from Nashbar.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Can not be beat for value!!!

    By RLC

    from Ephraim, Wisconsin and Naples, Florida

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

        Can not beat this bike for performance and value. I am 75 years old and this bike is a dream. For what it is worth, I am 5'9" tall with a 30 inch inseam--the 52cm size fits me well and it weighs a mere 18.6 lbs. with pedals. The only issue I had during assembly was with the front derailleur and cable that needed some minor adjustment. I think the flat black stealth finish is the best. If you need a fancy frame, take the money you saved and spend a $100 for a paint job. I waited for a 25% discount before buying and I didn't have to wait very long--just get your name on the email list.

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        5.0

        Great purchase!

        By Hitting the trails

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor Tires

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising
        • Racing

        Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

        I purchased this during a sale a couple weeks ago. I have put approximately 300 miles on it since that time. I'm very pleased with my purchase. I bought a 58 cm. I am 6'1 and 210lbs. Fit is perfect. I was nervous buying a bike I had never ridden after spending several months at bike shops test riding many brands and models. The forever guarantee eased my decision and I'm very happy I purchased.

        When I purchased this it had a spec including an FSA gossamer crank which has since been upgraded to an ultegra. Mine shipped with an ultegra at the same price. Thanks Nashbar!!

        The main downside is the tires. This shipped with Hutchinson Equinox II. I was not impressed with them in my first three rides and my rear blew out during ride 4. I was not pleased by this and called customer support on an early Sunday morning. Call was answered by a live person who offered to ship a new tire and tube that day or if I wanted to discuss a change in tire I could speak to a tech the next day. I called back the next day, spoke to a live person, consulted with a tech and ended up purchasing a set of gatorskins at a discounted price. Very pleased with this change and I have to say my customer support experience was one of the best I have ever had in my life. Two thumbs up to Nash bar on their customer support.

        I read some reviews that complained of poor brakes. I do not have concerns with mine even at speeds over 30 they have been adequate.

        Overall this bike is excellent. Plan on switching out tires. It may be worth calling and paying to upgrade before the bike ships. I will never hesitate to buy from Nashbar again. This was a lot of money for me to spend and I'm very very happy with my purchase. I rated it a 5 even with the tire issue because of outstanding customer support.

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        5.0

        Awesome Bike

        By Florida_Peter

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Exercising
        • Serious Training

        Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

        This bike is fantastic. I was looking at the Trek Emonda S5 and the Canondale CAAD12 and neither have Ultegra components or a carbon frame, and both were in the same price range as the CR5. I have used it for a week now and have over 150 miles on it so far. I replaced the seat with an ISM Prologue and installed Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 Road Pedals before my first ride and couldn't be happier with the results. I am still teaking the setup but overall it is very comfortable and great performing machine. It rides, shifts and handles great. I haven't had any issues with the brakes that other reviewers have mentioned.

        As far as frame fit goes, I am 5'11 with a 33" inseam and the 55 cm frame is a good fit for me. I was looking at the 56 cm frames for both the Canondale and Trek bikes and the CR5 has a similar fit.

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        2.0

        Nashbar CR5 road bike

        By Cyclist

        from Cali

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Fast
        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well

        Cons

        • Brakes Could Be Better
        • Heavy
        • Poor Components

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Serious Training

        Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

        Shimano RS wheels are very heavy, poor acceleration, and very rough ride. Nashbar did a poor job in installing derailleur cables and brake cables as they were not trimmed and are all too long and had a very messy unorganized look on the handlebar.

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        5.0

        Worth Much Much more

        By MISSLE

        from South Dakota

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

          I ride an average of 15 miles each night. My main ride has 4 good climbs(HILLS) in it. I really can't believe how nice this thing is. I Have a
          Specialized Alive Comp. 56.5cm I ordered the 55cm
          in the CR% and it is SPOT ON THE MONEY. I'm not sure why so many say it runs big?????? Thank you so Much Nash Bar, I can't believe I finally have an Ultegra Carbon road bike, that I love to ride shifts great and is so solid, a real winner, if your like me, and love cycling, You just can't go wrong even at $1800 or $2000. Just try to beat it you cant. The shipping packaging is Great as well, Thanks Again Peace Out.

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          5.0

          Great Bike!

          By Time to ride!

          from Lansdale, Pa

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Brakes Could Be Better

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding
          • Climbing

          Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

          I am an avid recreational road rider. This is a great bike. The ride is responsive and handling is very good. The Ultegra drive train is smooth and precise. Be sure to check the sizing carefully. The 52 CM frame is comparable to a 54.

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          4.0

          great bike

          By old man

          from fenton mo.

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Replace Seat
          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Climbing
          • Exercising
          • Serious Training

          Comments about Nashbar CR5 Road Bike:

          I put 2 25 mi. rides on the bike and one 40 mi. ride so for at 35 mi. my rear was telling me to replace the seat .Its a great bike ,shifts smooth and fast just needs a new seat .

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