Nashbar Cyclocross Frame

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Nashbar Cyclocross Frame
The Nashbar Cyclocross is a custom butted 7005 Aluminum CX renegade frame that has all the beef and muscle to be a full-on CX racer, all the lean to make an amazing touring bike, and all the features you need to build a beloved commuter. The tubing is light, welds are perfect, the possibilities are endless, and the price is so right.
Frame features:
  • 2 water bottle mounts
  • Fittings for a rear rack and fenders for transformation into a commuting mobile
  • Down tube cable stops with adjusters, IS disc mount, cantilever/V-brake studs
  • Clearance for 700x38 tires plus mud
Nashbar Cyclocross Frame
  • FRAME TYPE Cyclocross
  • FRAME MATERIAL 7005 custom butted aluminum
  • FORK n/a
  • HEADSET SIZE 1 1/8" standard
  • HEADSET n/a
  • BOTTOM BRACKET English Threaded
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR 31.8mm clamp on
  • REPLACEABLE HANGER Yes
  • SEATPOST SIZE 27.2mm
  • SEATPOST CLAMP 31.8mm (not included)
  • BRAKE TYPE Cantilever, V-brake, Disc compatible
  • DISC MOUNT IS
  • WHEEL SIZE 700c
  • REAR WHEEL SPACING 130mm
  • RACK MOUNTS Yes
  • BOTTLE MOUNT SETS 2
  • Rating 4

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Nashbar Cyclocross Frame
 
3.8

(based on 17 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (10)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/city (14)
    • Road biking (8)
    • Cyclocross (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (11), Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed oriented (12), Comfort oriented (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (17)

    Reviewed by 17 customers

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    4.0

    Nice for the Price

    By Whitewillsmiff

    from Afghanistan

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cheap
    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Short Steering

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Cyclocross Frame

    Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

    For the price, this frame is tough to compare. The paint was in great shape and came with a spare rear hanger. I've only logged about 50 miles on it so far, but overall I like it. This frame did come with the 130mm rear frame spacing, so I can use my regular road wheels.

    The headtube/steering is definitely an issue that has been brought up before. It feels very flighty and slow to respond. Hard to describe as I'm not a frame designer.

    Overall, I like it though, this was for a cheap build so I could still put in some miles while in Afghanistan.

    Outfitted it with some Vuelta Corsa Pros, Shimano CX50 cantilever brakes, Nashbar Carbon Fork, Seatpost, Handlebars & Stem. Easily fits 32mm Gatorskins and SKS P45 fenders. The 105 11spd groupset was made for this frame, rides great!

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

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    4.0

    Solid Frame at Economical Price

    By Dave R.

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

        Frame feels solid but not to heavy coupled with Nashbar's carbon fiber cx fork gives you a responsive but not too stiff ride for a really decent price. I use it as a commuter primarily but also works for a nice long ride into the hills. One thing that varied from the spec description was the rear wheel spacing. I purchased the large 59cm frame and the spacing came in at 135mm so I was able to add my used rear wheel with disc brake setup (130mm is listed in the spec description which may vary depending on frame size and is pretty hard to find a disc brake compatible wheel as others have mentioned as well). Overall I am really pleased with this frame after about 1k and would purchase again.

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

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        2.0

        This is an MTB frame, not Cyclocross

        By RoadBiker99

        from Syracuse, NY

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Construction
          • Wrong Classification

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City

          Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

          Bought this to build a CX bike. Bought the fork separate and put everything together only to find the back brake mounts were way too low for CX brakes. Tried many different brake sets and finally found ONE that would adjust high enough to stop a 700c wheel. A number of friends have said (and I agree) "It's an MTB frame, that's why the brakes are so low, they are setup for a 26inch wheel" Would not buy this again, at least not for CX. The same issue also makes it difficult to get a tire low enough to fit and have clearance. Add to that what other reviewers have said: The frame is a bit too wide in the back, it makes it tough to get a wheel in and clamped down, especially when changing a flat on the road.

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

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          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very nice for the price

          By Redbikes

          from Northerrn Minnesota

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Gravel roads
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

            I wanted a drop bar bike I could ride on pavement AND gravel or dirt roads that was faster and lighter than a mountain bike but would take wider tires than my road bikes. This fills the bill.
            I am old-school on bike fit and an average proportioned six feet tall. I chose the 58cm Large and it seems about right. With 700x38 tires and typical shoes, I have about two inches of standover clearance and the saddle to bar reach is about right.
            I put a Sugino XD500t 48-38-28 175mm crankset on a square taper sealed 110mm bottom bracket with no fit or clearance problems. There is adequate clearance (1cm?) between the crank arms and the chain stays.
            The uncut steerer is plenty long and with spacers, riders preferring higher bars should have no problem. If you prefer a lower bar, the head tube is pretty standard so you can slam if you want to.
            There are no front or rear brake cable hangers, so you will need to get some if you use canti or center pulls. I used Shimano CX-70 cyclocross canti brakes with Tektro cable hangers. Again, no fit problems.
            I used a Surly Cross Check fork and the crown race to axle hight seems to be perfect for this frame. Pick your fork carefully; if you get the wrong axle to crown dimension, the fork angle will be wrong and you will have handling problems. If you aren't sure what I mean here, look at a typical road bike, a 29er and a comfort bike and see the different distance between the axle and the lower head tube bearing. It has to be right or the whole frame will be too short or tall in the front. This changes the angle of the fork and the stance of the frame. Critical!
            There is a ton of tire clearance on both the frame and fork. I'm using 700x38 and it looks like you could go quite a bit larger. I went with 38mm tires to keep the weight manageable and they seem to be a good compromise between road sportiness and gravel stability.
            I didn't feel any handling issues or odd quirks, so it should be a pretty versatile frame.
            The only odd thing I noticed was the inner diameter of the shift cable adjusters on the downtube seemed too large, so the housing from bars to downtube sags a bit.It works OK but still bothers me.
            I would recommend this frame to anyone wanting a versatile bike capable of paved and non-paved roads and maybe a bit of singletrack with only a few compromises. Its not a road bike or a mountain bike, but somewhere in between, and that makes sense for a lot of folks. At this price, it is a bargain. Don't forget to add the price of a good fork though! You can easily double the frame price.

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            • No

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            4.0

            good frame

            By NYC_Al

            from NYC

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Matte Paint

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Cyclocross

            Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

            I managed to snag this on sale at a great price. I knew I wanted to build up a commuter, so this fit the bill. The build quality is good with nice even welds. One HUGE disappointment for me was that the picture shows a shiny paint finish and instead I got a matte paint finish.

            The bike build went well with no problems. I would have liked them to have included the post clamp, but it's an easy item to add to the order and not to pricey. A nice thing is that they did include an extra drop out in case you bend the first one.

            Since this is a commuter for me I wanted fenders and a rack. The rack was not a problem. The rear fender was a bit of a problem. For reasons unknown the frame's brake bridge has a hole drilled vertically instead of horizontally. So one of the fender mounts could not be attached at the brake bridge. I had to jury rig a zip tie to the seat tube on the frame. I didn't want to do it, but I guess you could drill through that brake bridge on your own.

            The frame geometry is fine, not too fast, not too slow. Overall I am very happy with my purchase. I will keep this frame until I can find a good deal on a belt drive compatible frame. At which point I will build up my next commuter.

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

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            4.0

            Initial review before building bike

            By Cycling for > 25 years

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Comes With Bolts
            • Decent Build Quality
            • Rear Rim Brake Mounts

            Cons

            • 130mm Rear Spacing
            • Chainstay Width

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Cyclocross With V-brakes
            • Hybrid Bike
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

            I bought this frame to build up a road bike for riding in the mountains around where I live. The mountains around me are usually a 10%-20% grade, so I wanted something that could take a triple crank with really low gears, and V-brakes for the steep long downhills that I can hit up to 50-60mph on. As far as the build quality goes I'd give the bike 3 stars, or 4 considering the price. The downtube is pretty big and it's ovalized vertically at the headtube and ovalized horizontally at the bottom bracket in order to increase stiffness. The welds are decent with no problems with them. The build quality of the bike itself is good, and there are no problems with my frame, everything looks OK from the headtube, to the bottom brakets threads, the brake mounts, and the dropouts. The paint quality is pretty poor and not up to the standards of a regular name brand frame, but with a couple coats of wax it looked better. The biggest deal with the paint is that it's put on pretty thin, especially near the rear brake mounts, and it has some orange peel to it. One nice thing about the frame is that it comes with bolts and hardware, such as barrel adjusters for the shifters on the downtube, a cable guide for the front derailleur already mounted under the bottom bracket, the water bottle bolts, and the upper bolts on the outside of the seatstays if you wanted to mount a rack.

            The biggest complaint I read about the frame is that it has 130mm rear dropout spacing, which isn't too friendly with disc brake hubs, but I plan on using it with V-brakes and standard road hubs so that's no issue for me. Another issue I've read about is the chainstay width for people using Hollowtech style cranks with a set bottom bracket width they have to work with. I guess the chainstays are so wide that the inner part of the Hollowtech style cranks will hit them if you're using a double crank. To give you an idea of the chainstay width I measured them, with 170mm long cranks on the bike the chainstays are around 117mm wide, if you were to use longer cranks like 175mm the chainstays flare out to 119-120mm wide. You can measure your crank's width by putting both arms on the bottom bracket spindle facing in the same direction and measuring the inner distance between the two arms. I've got a Shimano Tiagra triple with 175mm arms, and the inner distance between the two crankarms is 128mm, which means on this frame I'd have about 4mm between the chainstay and the crankarm on each side.

            This XL/60cm Nashbar cyclocross frame weighs 1882 grams with the water bottle bolts and barrel adjusters installed.

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            4.0

            A great frame for the money

            By Martyuma

            from Yuma, AZ

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Around Good Frame
              • Commuting/City
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

              I put this bike together with used parts I have accumulated over time. The bulk of it was from an older carbon bike with early 10 speed dura ace stuff, plus more. It is slightly heavy, but has a stiff bottom bracket and performs beautifully. I plan to use it for touring, dirt roads and just all around riding. With good wheels and 700x23's it feels quick and efficient. I'm using a carbon fork now but I have a steel fork with lugs for low racks, for fatter tires and for touring, but haven't ridden it loaded yet. (I'm having too much fun the way it is now). I think this frame will work well for touring. It is stiff but still does not feel harsh. I also ride a steel single speed, aluminum tandem, aluminum full suspension mountain bike, titanium road bike, old harsh aluminum touring bike, and have had several Cannondales over the years. It is set up for a disc, but I don't see the need. I love this bike. I think you will really like this frame as long as you are not comparing it to your $5K racing machine. It's like the most fun you can have for $130.

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

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              4.0

              Nice Frame

              By The Goat

              from Albany, OR

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Disc Brake Compatible
              • Good Welds
              • Inexpensive
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Rear Dropout Spacing

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Cyclocross
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

              As one of the other reviewers mentioned, the rear dropout spacing of 130mm makes finding a rear disc hub a little challenging. They're out there, but you have to search. This would have been 5 stars otherwise.

              I ended up building a wheelset using Velocity's rear disc hub, lightweight mountain front disc hub, Blunt SL rims (700c - 25mm wide - would work on a 29er too), and Sapim butted spokes rather than buying an off-the-shelf 29er wheelset and re-spacing the rear hub or trying to flex the aluminum stays. There were some road disc wheelsets out there with 130mm rear hub spacing, but either the spoke counts were too low for me (I weigh 175 lb. and carry 30-35 lb. commuting) or the prices were out of my range.

              I also had to add a 2.5mm spacer to the drive side of my crankset to get the crank arm spacing correct. The crankset I'm using is an FSA Energy compact crank (50/34) with 172.5mm crank arms. The drive side arm would touch the chainstay if I pushed on it hard enough while the non-drive side cleared fine. The spacer fixed it. You should be able to get those from your local bike shop if your crankset doesn't have them in the box.

              On my size small frame, I used Avid BB7 discs, Nashbar's carbon 'cross fork, Nashbar's carbon seat post, Shimano XT mountain cassette, along with the aforementioned wheels and crank, and robbed the remainder of the parts (besides cables of course) from my old canti-brake 'cross bike, making it a pretty affordable-for-me build. The complete bike with my knobby tires and without fenders and luggage rack is ~23 lb. (digital scale varied between 22 and 23 lb)

              I've only had the bike completed for about a week, so I've only ridden the bike 100 miles commuting and on one trail ride, but so far I'm very happy with the results.

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

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              4.0

              great deal

              By IL rider

              from Chicago

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting/City
                • Road Biking

                Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

                I bought this frame to build a road bike using spare parts from other builds. For $98 with a nashbar special offer, this is an unbelievable deal. Massive downtube makes for a very rigid connection at bottom bracket. One thing to note is the website says the rear end is 130mm. The frame I received, however, is a 135mm width. I happen to have a disc brake wheel lying around, so I just went with a disc brake on back and road caliper on front.

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

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice frame

                By Dave E

                from Reading, PA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Reasonably Priced

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Commuting/City

                Comments about Nashbar Cyclocross Frame:

                I do some commuting, and wanted a cross frame to do this. Can't beat the price on these frames.

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

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