Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike

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Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike
The Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike is a paragon of versatility, dependability, and flat-out fun as it's your ticket to fast-rolling adventure on both on- and off-road endeavors. And this popular 'cross bike features updates for 2017 highlighted by Shimano's revamped Sora R3000 components.

At its core the 2017 CX1 sports a well-crafted, TIG-welded aluminum frame coupled with a 'cross rider's best friend up front -- a carbon fiber fork. For the frame, aluminum strikes the perfect balance between steel and carbon tubing options. Aluminum is lighter than steel and is impervious to the corrosive effects of nasty weather. And while not quite as svelte as carbon fiber, aluminum is much easier on the wallet and can withstand an incredible amount of punishment. The carbon fiber fork, replete with an aluminum steerer tube, also keeps weight down and delivers an impressive ride quality no matter how challenging the terrain. Aesthetic-wise, too, the CX1 hits it out of the park as its gloss black paint job with green accents looks super-sharp.

Component-wise, there's a slew of super-tough aluminum parts that make the CX1 such a remarkable value. First and foremost is the new-for-2017 Shimano Sora R3000 2x9-speed components that are spec'd where they count the most as the shifter/brake levers, front and rear derailleurs, plus the 12-28 cassette. Shimano's trickle down ethos continues as the shifting is smoother, both the shift and brake cables are routed under the bar tape for a clean look, plus there's a striking black-gray gloss finish that catches the eye. The aluminum crankset is plenty tough and sports 48/36T chainrings so you've got the gear ratios to handle any and all scenarios -- be it 'cross racing, hitting the trails, dirt/fire/gravel road exploration, or even rolling along on asphalt. Brake-wise we kept things simple and traditional with a set of Tektro cantilevers front and rear. Rounding out the build are a set of durable, alloy wheels shod with Kenda Kwicker 'cross tires that are your best friend when conditions get tricky.

You'll thank your lucky stars that all the cables are run along the top tube as they're far as possible from the slime and grime kicked up onto the bike in muddy terrain and they're all externally routed for the ultimate ease of maintenance. And when you grab the down tube to shoulder your bike there's no cables to get in the way to boot. While some 'cross bikes take the super purist route and provide no water bottle cage braze-ons, we, on the other hand, believe differently. 'Cross bikes are the true all-arounders of the cycling world and we highly recommend adding a couple of cages and heading out for lengthy adventures in the woods.
  • TIG-welded alloy frame is stiff, light, and impervious to cyclocross weather
  • Carbon fiber fork with aluminum steerer delivers a smooth, responsive ride
  • Shimano Sora R3000 2x9-speed shifting components are durable and reliable
  • Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes deliver powerful, all-weather braking performance
  • Kenda Kwicker tires give you plenty of traction in even the worst conditions
Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike
  • FRAME TIG-welded alloy, English threaded bottom bracket, 130mm rear hub spacing, cantilever brake boss, replaceable rear derailleur hanger, top tube-routed cables
  • FORK Carbon fiber blades, 1-1/8" alloy steerer, cantilever brake boss
  • HEADSET FSA Intellaset ST
  • CRANKSET Alloy crank arms, 48/36T chainrings, Square taper axle, Crank arm lengths: 48cm=170mm; 51-54cm=172.5mm; 57-60cm=175mm
  • CASSETTE Shimano HG50 9-speed, 12-28
  • SHIFTERS Shimano Sora R3000, 2x9-speed
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Sora R3000, 31.8mm clamp diameter
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Sora R3000 9-speed
  • BRAKES Tektro Oryx cantilever, forged alloy, linear spring & dual tension adjusters
  • LEVERS Shimano Sora R3000
  • TIRES Kenda Kwicker K-932, 700x32, 30 TPI, wire bead
  • WHEELSET Rims: Shining A350 alloy 700c; Hubs: KT, 32h front/32h rear w/130mm spacing, quick release front/rear; Spokes: 14G stainless steel, 2x lacing pattern front/rear
  • BARS Kalloy aluminum, 131mm drop, 84mm reach, 31.8mm clamp diameter, Widths: 48-51cm=40cm; 54-57cm=42cm; 60cm=44cm
  • STEM Kalloy aluminum, +/- 7 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp, 1-1/8" steerer, Lengths: 48cm=90mm; 51cm=100mm; 54-57cm=110mm; 60cm=120mm
  • SEATPOST Kalloy aluminum, 27.2mm x 350mm
  • SADDLE Velo VL-1489, Chromoly rails
  • CHAIN KMC Z99 9-speed
  • PEDALS Wellgo platform LU-981, aluminum cage, boron axle
  • GRIPS/BAR TAPE Velo EVA cork
  • Rating 5

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (5)
  • Road biking (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (3), Casual/ recreational (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

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5.0

Amazing value for a good bike!

By Christo

from Boston, MA

About Me Commuter

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Sturdy
  • Workhorse

Cons

  • Clicking spokes noise
  • Gearing too high
  • Weak brakes

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City

Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

500 miles on the bike so far. Rides well. It was easy to assemble and tune. Not too heavy in its category -
23 lbs for size 56. Added a bike rack and fenders for commuting (no braze-ons for the front, so you'd have to get SKS fenders with rubber bands). Tires are too squirrely on pavement and the middle knobs are wearing out fast - will be replacing with file tread tires soon. Tektro brakes were very weak; replaced with Shimano 105 cartridge and pads - marginally better but I may upgrade to Kool Stop pads for better braking, esp. with 20-lb panniers in the back. Odd clicking noise from the spokes - I'm used to it but it won't be to everyone's liking. Shifting is a bit rough, you have to be in the smaller cogs to shift to the big chain ring or it won't shift well. 46/36 front gearing is not low enough for serious climbing, esp. with extra weight from the rack and panniers. All in all, bike is very sturdy and comfortable for my mixed on/offroad 24-miles commute each way. Amazing value for what if offers really and would definitely buy again.

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

Great bike!

By June

from Redding, CA

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

    I've only put ten miles on it, but I must say, it rolls very nicely. Tire psi is 50 - 85 and I used 80. I will not, however, wear my long-toed Keen sandals as they conflict with front tire on tight turns. The brakes are okay and the bike feels light for this 75 year old lady to heft into the back of my SUV, but not (of course) lighter than my carbon road bike. Shifting is smooth. Also, I bought on Nashbar a Bell bright-green helmet which exactly matches the green stripes on the bike; lookin good.

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

    Worth it

    By Bikefan

    from Sacramento ca

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

      I really like the bike. Shifting feels crude but it works. Rides well and the geometry seems to suit me a bit better than a normal road bike where I feel I am laying down too much. I Put street tires on it and I use it as a commuter also as a workout machine. Owned it bit over a year and zero issues at about 2,000 mi

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      I've already suggested this bike to friends...it's a GREAT!

      By 4 Dog Knight

      from Central MN.

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Has features you'd pay big bucks for elsewhere!
      • VERY Price competitive!

      Cons

      • May seem nit-picky, but no Nuts on the Prestas
      • Seat's pretty hard and I ride a lot!

      Best Uses

      • CycloCross style trail riding for FUN!
      • Much lighter than a comparably price MTB

      Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

      My budget didn't allow the 105 CX, so after a lot of online comparisons and review reading, the CX1 was my choice. It's priced very competitively, even comparing used bikes on C/L! When compared to other branded bikes you get a ton of bike for the money. Aluminum Frame, CF Front fork, etc. Sure the Brifters are "just" 9 spds, but theres a ton of affordable stuff out there for it in the MTB Market. Yes, I know it's not a featherweight, but it performs well. I did drop the gearing to a 34t to replace the 36t inner ring and that helps in tight spots. I had some "Kawasaki Green" spray paint, so I painted up the seat collar, 2 stem spacers, and a Water Cage. Then put on the Nashbar Get a Grip Black n' HI-VIZ Dotted bar tape with Nashbar Gel cushions on the drops and tops. For the Rear, a WTB Pure Comp Saddle w/ the dropped nose for EZ on and off mounts with a Nashbar Sus. Seatpost 2. (I already have one on my Trek Road bike and it takes the edge off rough roads and cushions the ride. I also put on Eclypse clip in pedals and the black and chrome look matches the bike perfectly! Wish I could add some photos to this review because as it is, the overall BLACK theme is understatedly hi-lited with some Hi-Viz green frame decals, but it's pretty stark. Not a BAD thing, just pretty basic. Adding the bar tape and a few painted parts really makes it jump in a field of black. I also upgraded the brake pads to Kool-stops. Some Online reviews diss the Tektro Oryx brakes, while others say that when well adjusted they are acceptable. I guess I need to find that sweet spot in the cable adjustments. All in all, I'm looking forward to fall and maybe trying a few CycloCross races just for giggles. I built up a CX bike back in the late 70's by brazing on Canti-brake pivots and adding 32 mm knobbies and it climbed like a rocket on forest single track! Especially compared to the heavy wheeled MTB's of the early 80's. I'm looking forward to doing the same with the CX1!

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

      I would buy this Bike again - it replaced my road bike!

      By The Bear

      from Westport, Ma

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Great replacement for my road bike!
      • Sora Components shift like a dream!
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None specifically!
      • Only Negative - spokes "tick" still!

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Roads here are rough so far so good!

      Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

      I was going to replace my Bianchi Road Bike with another road bike (Sora AL-1) but a friend (and customer support from Nashbar) recommended the Cyclocross CX-1 - Glad I took their advice! I am enjoying it and my times are only about 5% longer on the loops I do. It rides much better over the relatively poor roads I ride on and the only negative has been the spoke "ticking" drives me crazy - even after tightening - will keep on this as I add on the miles (135 so far). I added toe clips and straps - was not aware my cycle computer would not fit the larger diameter handlebars. Enjoying the bike - tough to beat for the price!

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

      Good price V performance option.

      By DJB_Montana

      from Montana

      Pros

        Cons

        • weak brakes

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

        Rolls nicely
        Easy to assemble.
        I am happy with this purchase. Came mostly assembled, and required no gear adjustments. Nice shifting right out of the box. I ride a Mtn bike but wanted a easier rolling bike but on a budget this fit the bill. We have a lot of hills and the 12-28 cassette wasn't geared low enough for me to climb some of the mountain passes, but I think after I install an 11-34 ill be ok.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        A great bike

        By Daily Commuter

        from Escondido CA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All rounder
          • Commuting/City
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

          Great bike for the money. I was on the fence with this one, but after doing research locally and seeing how much similarly equipped bikes cost, I went with nashbar. I was surprised at the level of nice details, recieved it without damage and on time. Brake pads kind of suck but usable, everything else is perfect. I own many bikes but this has been my favorite since day one.

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

          Great bike!

          By John

          from Humboldt

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking

            Comments about Nashbar CX1 Cyclocross Bike:

            I love this bike. It looks good and came at the right price. I use this bike for excercise but can see myself using it as a commuter too.

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

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