Louis Garneau Steeple-X Cyclocross Bike

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Louis Garneau Steeple-X Cyclocross Bike
Ultra-nimble and smooth in the rough stuff, the Louis Garneau Steeple-X provides everything you need to excel in the wonderful world of cyclocross. The Hydro-Nerv S-66 XLT butted aluminum frame features no-compromise 'cross geometry while the carbon fiber fork with tapered aluminum steerer ensures exceptional handling. Components-wise, Shimano 105 is utilized for the shift/brake levers, derailleurs, and cassette. This 2x11-speed drivetrain is remarkably durable plus ensures precision gear changes in even the sloppiest of conditions.

A 'cross-specific Shimano RS500 crankset features 46/36T chainrings and when combined with the 11-28T 11-speed cassette you've got all the gearing you need to tackle your local cyclocross race as well enjoy all-day gravel adventures. Shimano R317 mechanical disc brakes provide superb stopping power while the Kenda Happy Medium tires feature a tread pattern that's optimized for speed. And as a 'cross-specific touch, the rear brake cable is routed internally through the top tube while the derailleur cables run internally through the down tube so it's easy to grab the bike for running a section of barriers or negotiating a run-up.
  • Hydro-Nerv S-66 XLT butted aluminum frame is stiff and lightweight
  • Carbon fiber fork with tapered aluminum steerer ensures a smooth, responsive ride
  • Shimano 105 2x11-speed shift/brake levers, derailleurs, and cassette are renowned for precision, reliability, and durability
  • Shimano RS500 crankset with 46/36T chainrings combined with 11-28T 11-speed cassette provides a wide range of gear options
  • Shimano BR-R317 mechanical disc brakes ensure all-condition stopping power
  • Kenda Happy Medium 700x32 tires feature a tread pattern for speed on hard pack, grass, or sandy conditions
Louis Garneau Steeple-X Cyclocross Bike
  • FRAME Hydro-Nerv S-66 XLT butted aluminum
  • FORK Carbon fiber blades, 1-1/8" - 1-1/2" tapered aluminum steerer
  • HEADSET FSA Orbit C-40B, internal type
  • CRANKSET Shimano RS500, 46/36T chainrings
  • CASSETTE Shimano 105 5800 11-speed, 11-28T
  • SHIFTERS Shimano 105 5800 shift/brake levers, 2x11-speed
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 5800
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 5800 11-speed
  • BRAKES Shimano BR-R317 mechanical disc, 160 mm rotors
  • LEVERS Shimano 105 5800
  • TIRES Kenda Happy Medium, 700x32
  • WHEELSET Weinmann XC180 disc rims, System Disc hubs
  • BARS A-Spec, Compact bend, 31.8mm diameter
  • STEM A-Spec, 3D forged, -7 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp
  • SEATPOST A-Spec micro-adjustable SB15, 27.2mm
  • SADDLE Garneau Cadence
  • CHAIN Shimano HG600 11-speed
  • PEDALS Not included
  • GRIPS/BAR TAPE Garneau anti-slip
  • Rating 4.5

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (7)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (5)
  • Road biking (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (6)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (3), Speed oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

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5.0

amazing deal on a good bike

By dan

from new hampshire

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City
  • Road Biking

I got this bike primarily for gravel rides and commuting to work. for the money, I don't think there was a better option for me. the bike is a tad heavier that I wanted, but it handles like a dream and is snappy. I have done some 30plus gravel rides on it and I know that I could do 100k days on it with out any pain. all in all, I think that its the best deal out there for a bike under $1k.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Excellent bike

By Edmond Dantes

from Cape Cod, MA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Cyclocross
    • Gravel grinding
    • Road Biking

    I was shopping for a gravel bike and when I didn't find an offer that I liked I picked up this cross bike from Nashbar. The Shimano 105 that comes on it is probably worth 3/4 of the price I paid. The frame is very light and the carbon fork is stiff but no to the point it's uncomfortable. This frame is actually lighter than a carbon frame I was looking at. The 31c tires are ok as long as you don't hit sand or loose gravel. I was riding some single track and it was fine. You can also swap them out for wider tires if you are doing more off-road riding. Mine is more roads and paths than mtb trails so these will probably do the trick. With the exception of the clipless pedals I added, I haven't done any other mods and the bike feels and rides fine. I might get a different stem at some point but that's more of a personal sizing issue. Overall, great bike, especially at that price.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Good Value

    By runlevel6

    from Albuquerque, NM

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Cyclocross
    • Gravel Grinding
    • Road Biking

    As someone else said, this is a lot of bike for the money...especially if you catch it on a Nashbar discount weekend. You get full 11speed 105, and the geometry is nearly identical to the Blue Norcross AL, so I knew this would be a good fit for me.

    I'm not sure that calling the bike "heavy" is very fair, as it is in the weight class of a LOT or other Aluminum cross and gravel bikes, so i would class it as average. The Medium size weighs 24 pounds as shipped, and IMO a true competitive "cyclocross" bike should weigh less, to make carrying easier (just a few pounds can make a huge difference when your heart rate is already up). Still, for the price you are getting a well spec'd bike that is more than capable on and off road. Of course, some weight can be shaved by wheel upgrades, if you wanted to take it that far.

    I would recommend checking the Garneau website for updated list of components, as my bike was shipped with Vittoria Cross XN Pro tires (as opposed to the Kenda listed in the Nashbar description). The Vittoria is a very respectable multi-use tire,

    The graphics are very understated. The "Garneau" branding is very subtle...in fact, after mounting water bottles, one would really need to be looking for the brand if you wanted to know it.

    CONS:

    This was about the least "ready-to-ride" bike I ever bought in a box. I had to mount/cable/adjust the front brake caliper, the stem was in the accessory box instead of on the steerer, and the mech was not even remotely indexed. Also, i thought it odd that, instead of the common star nut pre-installed into the aluminum steerer tube, they simply included a compression plug, similar to what you would use on carbon steerers.

    I am sure all these things are time savers that contribute to the low cost of the bike, and for me it was not a big deal to do the setup...but, you may consider taking the bike to your LBS for assembly, if you are unfamiliar with bike mechanics.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    LG Steeple

    By tcmia

    from TN

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      I was looking for a bike to do commuting year around, so some road biking and some minor gravel/woods path riding. For that the bikes is great. I wanted disck brakes, because they do work better in wet and muddy conditions. These brakes work very well, not as powerful as my hydro disc road bike brakes, but plenty of stopping power. Bike fits perfect for my size. Nice and quiet internal cable routing. Plenty of clearance for bigger tires, maybe up to 42cc but have not tried that yet. It does have fender mounts and rack mounts on the seat stays and rear drop outs. The description and pictures do not show it, but they are there. The only changes I have done so far is a rear rack and a 52/34 105 series crank set with a 11/32 cassette and 105gs derailleur to help with steep hills. I have also ridden some single trail and it did surprisingly well. Overall a great choice and very happy with it.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Good Times

      By Brad

      from Pasadena, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        I bought this bike to mostly go around the city, up my local hills, and on the occasional dirt path. This is a fun bike with great gearing (105). The brakes are disk - and work well and give comfort. My mechanic when he put it together did not like the bike cables very much. I guess I would say this is a more aggressive bike geometry as the manual says comfort is from 70 deg and down. The bike looks nice and is sturdy - I like it! A lot of bike for the money - the exchange rate for Canada might be the reason.

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome bike

        By Missile Mark

        from Michigan

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          I was looking for an inexpense bike for my trainer and for the occasional outdoor rides. My must haves were: Shimano 105 Groupset and disc brakes. I also wanted a quick release 135mm spacing on the rear, which is hard to find. This bike has proven well for both my trainer and for outdoor rides. I could not find anything used in this price range. I am very happy with my purchase.

           
          5.0

          Best cycle cross bike for your money

          By I run

          from Peterstown WV

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road/gravel

            Rides like it should for a cycle cross,the 105 groupset is smooth ,disk brake's are awsome and Im very pleased with the overall appearance of the bike.

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

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