Nashbar Touring Bike

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Nashbar Touring Bike
Whether you're pedaling across town or across the country, the 2017 Nashbar Touring Bike provides the durable, comfortable means to get where you want to go with aplomb. Its chromoly frame and fork are the epitome of strength and durability, plus provide the legendary comfort that only steel can provide. A Shimano 3x9-speed drivetrain with Microshift bar end shifters ensures your gear changes are quick and precise while the 48/36/26T chainrings and 11-34T cassette provide gearing options to ascend/descend whatever mountain range is in your path. The 700x32 Vittoria Randonneur tires ensure comfort, stability, and durability. Furthermore, the Nashbar Touring Bike comes equipped with an alloy rear rack that's ready to carry your gear while the front fork is equipped to handle a low-rider front rack (not included) if you need additional carrying capacity. And to top it off, the matching color of the bar tape and saddle look super-sharp.
  • Chromoly frame and fork for durability, strength, and comfort
  • 3x9-speed Shimano drivetrain (derailleurs, cassette, crankset, bottom bracket) with Microshift bar end shifters for smooth, precision gear changes
  • Crankset with 48/36/26T chainrings plus 11-34T cassette ensure a wide range of gearing options for climbing, descending, and flatter terrain
  • 700x32 Vittoria Randonneur tires are smooth-rolling and durable
  • Includes aluminum rear rack and capability to mount a low-rider front rack to carry gear
  • Rear rack includes bungee cords to help keep gear in place
  • Tektro linear pull brakes provide exemplary stopping power
Nashbar Touring Bike
  • FRAME Elios butted chromoly, English thread bottom bracket, 135mm rear axle spacing, 2 sets of water bottle cage mounts
  • FORK Elios Hi-Ten chromoly, 1-1/8" steerer, Low-rider rack braze-ons
  • HEADSET FSA threadless, 1-1/8", Steel, Caged bearings
  • CRANKSET Shimano Deore FC-M591, 48/36/26T chainrings, Crank arm lengths: 49cm/54cm=170mm; 56cm/58cm/64cm=175mm
  • CASSETTE Shimano Alivio HG400 9-speed, 11-34T
  • BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano BB52, English thread w/ external bearings
  • SHIFTERS Microshift bar end, 3x9-speed
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Alivio T4000, 28.6mm clamp
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore M591, Direct attachment, 9-speed
  • LEVERS Tektro RL520 aluminum
  • HANDLEBAR Aluminum, 31.8mm diameter, Widths: 49cm=40cm, 54cm=42cm, 56cm/58cm=44cm, 64cm=46cm
  • BRAKES Tektro RX6 linear pull
  • STEM Kally alloy, 1-1/8" steerer, 31.8mm clamp, +/- 7-degree rise, Lengths: 49cm=80mm, 54cm=100mm, 56cm/58cm/64cm=110mm
  • TIRES Vittoria Randonneur, 700x32, 30 TPI casing, Reflective stripe on sidewalls
  • WHEELSET Rims: 700c Alex aluminum, 36H, CNC-machined sidewalls; Hubs: Shimano Deore T610 front/rear w/ quick release, 135mm rear axle spacing; Spokes: 14g stainless steel, 3x lacing pattern
  • BARS Aluminum, 31.8mm diameter, Widths: 49cm=40cm, 54cm=42cm, 56cm/58cm=44cm, 64cm=46cm
  • SEATPOST Kalloy aluminum, 2-bolt, 27.2mm x 300mm
  • SADDLE Velo w/ steel rails
  • PEDALS Wellgo w/ steel cage and boron axle, Toe clips & straps
  • CHAIN KMC X9
  • GRIPS/BAR TAPE Velo suede
  • RACK MOUNTS Front and rear
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar Touring Bike
 
4.7

(based on 3 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not a chick magnet

By Bluegrassblazer

from Louisville, Ky

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Solid and Stable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City
  • Road Biking
  • Touring

Comments about Nashbar Touring Bike:

Got the bike in about 2-3 days so shipping was quick...as always. This was my second internet bike and I knew how do a setup. Needed to install front brakes, stem, handlebars and adjust brakes. You'll need to adjust the front and rear shifting as it's shakey out of the box. I needed to re-thread the rear brake cable and install my own seat and pedals. It's a solid bike weighing in at about 30 lbs but it's a touring bike so it has to be sturdy to handle the loads. Cornering is good for a touring bike and it climbs well being so stiff. I'm still getting used to the bar-end shifters but I'm adapting. My other bike is steel and has an ultegra 50/34 set up. The Deore shifting is clunky but confident. There are some large gaps in the shifing ratios and occasionally I need to shift a couple of times to find the right spot but that will probably change when I start to load it and I'll love having that big 34 sprocket when the hills get steep. I still need to adjust the brakes more as they don't seem to have the stopping power I'll need on my loaded tours. They stop me fine now but add 100 lbs and it could be a different story. I'll adjust them some more and get different pads but since these brakes have been around forever, I'm sure they'll work.
I looked at many other options but I didn't want to go the ultra-light route and I'm not off-roading so the traditional touring bike was the choice. I checked CoMotion, Surly, Trek, Specialized and Fuji. All except the Fuji were $1300 or more. An internet tourer said he started his touring on the Fuji and loved it and since the Nashbar was nearly identical, and I got it at 30% off, with a rack, it was a no brainer.
I plan to take this on short, week long tours at first and when I retire want to take it cross country and I don't doubt the bike will handle it. Until then, it's become my go-to bike and I enjoy riding it. It's comfortable abeit it...heavy. But, it's not a race bike.

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

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Value and dependability

By L on wheels

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Great Value

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City

Comments about Nashbar Touring Bike:

First I am 5'9" and I got size 54. Previous review mentioned, this bike is a Fuji Touring bike. Got a 30% promo, so it was a steal. I built bikes before, so assembly was easy, however Nashbar did not put both brake levers at the same angle, so it was hassle to take off grip and readjust the levers. Didn't use pedals it came with, but used an extra Shimano 105 pedals. Swapped out seat with a Brooks Imperial B17, put on Nashbar front rack, attached Topeak Road Morph pump, and installed SKS P45 Longboard fenders. With fender installation, I had problems due to the rear rack design, solved it by putting spacers where the rear rack attaches on frame. Pump is attached along the rear left seat stay. I got Ortlieb rear panniers and Nashbar waterproof front panniers. When you add it up with the extra accessories and upgrades, the cost still is equal or less than many popular touring bikes without extras. First, this bike is heavy, about 14 pounds heavier than my carbon road bike, but within the same weight as other tourers. It is built to be strong and I can tell it will last. The frame is nice, the components are solid. Using bar end shifters take some time to get used to. Brakes were way off so needed to make adjustments to the tension and pad placement, might upgrade them in near future. After a few rides, I had to re-adjust the front derailers, but expected on any new bike. Wheels and tires are sturdy. Bike comes with 32 width tires, can take 35s if you feel inclined. So I ride it to work everyday, and one optional route to work includes a 1000 foot climb, which I do when I am not late, will get double takes from the riders on their 16 lbs carbon bikes. Enough gears for the steeper climbs. Ride is comfortable once you are fitted correctly, my seat and handlebars are almost the same height. And I like the extra spare spokes that are attached to the left chainstay. Ain't winning races nor picking up babes with it, but plan to take it across the USA.

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

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent value

By Dave

from Buffalo, NY

About Me Commuter

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar Touring Bike:

    I bought the Nashbar touring bike for commuting to work. Before I purchased it, I checked out a Fuji Touring bike at my local bike shop. This bike is 99% the same as the Fuji Touring bike. The frame has the exact same dimensions and weight and even has the same unique spoke holder. The only differences are the saddle (slightly different), paint color and logos on the frame, stem and seat post. Everything else is the same (including crankset, derailleurs, shifters, brakes, rims, tires, etc.). The price with Nashbar's 25% discount and free shipping was $215 less than the Fuji bike.

    Shipping was excellent. The bike was delivered to my house 2 days after I placed my order. It was packed very well and the condition was perfectly fine; there was no damage whatsoever.

    Setting up the bike was not a big deal but I am mechanically inclined and enjoy working on bikes. However, I am not well versed in gear adjustments and it did take me some time to get the gears indexed properly. The brake setup and adjustment was relatively easy, although I could see it could be a challenge for some (even with Nashbar's online tutorial). If you are not mechanically inclined, you may need help from a local bike shop. I think my local shop would have charged about $50 to $75 for adjusting the brakes and derailleurs after I set the bike up. I'm not sure what they would charge to set up the entire bike right out of the box, but you may not be saving much if that's what you are looking to do. You may be better off purchasing the Fuji bike from your local shop.

    I have ridden the bike about 100 miles since I purchased it and I do like it very much. It is comfortable and sturdy and works well for my commute. I have ridden a few times in the rain and the bike handles and stops well. One issue I had was the front derailleur slipped because it had not been clamped tightly to the frame tube. Once I was home it was an easy fix but checking bolt torque out of the box is recommended.

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

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