Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra

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Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra

Every time Nashbar introduces a new carbon road bike, it gets more tricked out, more weight weenie-ish, more race-ready, and more drool worthy--well, this time we're just getting plain ridiculous. The new Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike has no Achilles heel, no boat anchor parts, just bliss from the bar tape to the tires.

The CR4 Carbon Monocoque frame is this-season's best industry technology with a tapered head tube and full carbon fork to make the setup so responsive to your pedal stroke that you'll be inspired from the start. And speaking of pedal strokes, not one iota of your strength will go to waste with an oversize BB-30 bottom bracket anchoring the frameset. Not only is weight saved by eliminating the cups, but the stiffness is quite simply sublime. With so much more surface area up for grabs to attach the down tube, seat tube and chainstays -- plus room for a stout 30mm bottom bracket spindle -- deflection from all those watts you're producing is just not a worry. But don't let all this talk about stiffness worry you about comfort, because the wonders of carbon are evident in the stays which are shaped to further reduce road vibration.

With so much awesomeness going on with the frame, this featherweight filly deserves -- and most assuredly receives -- a component package to match. Gram for gram, dollar for dollar, you'd be hard-pressed to find a finer choice than Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed and we've spec'd 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. You'll be blown away by how well this stuff 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. Look closely at the pro peloton and you'll see ballers on budgets winning big-time races on Ultegra 11-speed equipped rigs.

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. But these hoops 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 rubber, too, as folding Hutchinson Equinox 2 tires are a true all-around, all-weather performer with dual compound treads and a compliant, resilient casing.

It's only appropriate that a bike begging to be pushed to the limits has a plethora 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.

All-in-all we're talking about a built-for-speed road racing machine that can climb, spin, and attack with the best of them. This bike is one of cycling's best secrets...but it won't stay under wraps for long.

  • CR4 Carbon Monocoque frame is stiff, powerful, and ultra light
  • Full carbon fork with tapered steerer for unparalleled steering response
  • Full 11-speed Ultegra drivetrain...no filler parts...all Ultegra
  • Shimano WH-RS-11 alloy wheelset is light, great for climbing/sprinting, and has 24mm height and aero spokes for reduced drag
  • Ultegra 50/34T crankset has light Hollowtech technology and is compact for better versatility
Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra
  • FRAME Full Unidirectional Carbon Monocoque 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" tapered Head tube with BB30
  • FORK Full Carbon UD Racing Fork Steerer tapered 1-1/8" to 1-1/2"
  • HEADSET FSA Orbit C-40
  • CRANKSET Shimano FC-6800, Ultegra Hollowtech, 50X34T
  • BOTTOM BRACKET FSA with BB30 Adapter
  • SHIFTERS Shimano Ultegra 6800
  • LEVERS Shimano Ultegra 6800
  • HANDLEBAR FSA Omega Compact road handlebar
  • STEM FSA OS-150
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Ultegra 6800
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Ultegra 6800
  • CASSETTE Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-25
  • BRAKES FSA Gossamer
  • WHEELSET Shimano WH-RS-11
  • TIRES Hutchinson Equinox II
  • PEDALS N/A
  • SEATPOST FSA SL-280-31.6mm
  • SADDLE Prologo Nago EVO T2
  • CHAIN KMC 11-speed
  • GRIPS/TAPE Velo VLT
  • RACK MOUNTS None
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (18)
  • Fast (17)
  • Handles well (17)
  • Responsive (17)
  • Comfortable (15)

Cons

  • Brakes could be better (8)
  • Uncomfortable seat (7)

Best Uses

  • Exercising (14)
  • Serious training (13)
  • Climbing (11)
  • Casual riding (10)
  • Racing (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (17), Casual/ recreational (4)
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4.0

Great bike

By alamo889

from El Cajon, Ca

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra:

    After 13 month`s and over 3,000 miles of riding with this bike, I couldn`t be happier. Excellent machine that handles well and climbs well. My advise though if you purchase. Find a good bike mechanic at your LBS to inspect, assemble, lube adjust when putting together for the first time. I would also change the bottom bracket for a better one. After I changed my BB the bike had a much better feel in the drivetrain.

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    5.0

    Nice Machine

    By cods

    from U.S.

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra:

          It's fast and stiff and comfortable.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Fair Review

          By Jeff

          from Hooksett, NH

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Climbing
          • Exercising
          • Group rides

          Comments about Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra:

          I've rode the bike long enough to hopefully write a helpful review. For perspective - avg. 16.6-16.8mph avg. ride range 12-40miles.
          Out of the box, I could not get enough. With some minor adjustments for fit purposes, it was dialed in quickly. Purchased Shimano Carbon Fiber Pedals which snap, crackled, and popped. After numerous retightening, sound almost vanished. However, the crankcase is grinding fiercely. Not sure the problem and will have to visit the LBS for diagnosis. It started as a slight crackle, but has progressed to an all out, pitchy, grinding noise. Not a comfortable feeling considering it's the main torque area of the bike. I will rite the folks at Nashbar for direction. I prey it is not a serious issue......meaning serious money to correct! The bike was a bargain-I get that, but my expectations could be unmanageable with this one!
          I would recommend the deal, but with caution.

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          4.0

          A Lot of Bike for the Money

          By Briarlane

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Cool Looking Bike
          • Fast
          • Good Geometry
          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Tighten Everything First

          Best Uses

          • Serious Training

          Comments about Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra:

          I am really satisfied with this bike. It is amazing what you get for the money. (My other road bike cost 3 times as much!) This bike is light, comfortable and fairly fast. One warning is that before you ride it, you go over the entire bike and tighten up everything. I had a loose bottom bracket and rear derailleur hanger. What is cool is that it is a beautiful frame but it has no markings. People are guessing that it is a Cervelo, Orbea, Giant etc. My answer is that it is from the Skunk Works because it looks stealthy.

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          5.0

          In love!

          By BlondeRoadie

          from Tucson, AZ

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable Carbon
          • Fast
          • Good Geometry
          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Quality
          • Responsive
          • Sleek

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Seat

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding
          • Climbing
          • Exercising
          • Racing

          Comments about Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra:

          I have been riding for about a year (25-35mi rides average) and wanted to upgrade to a carbon frame. This bike was so affordable for the quality you get- the simple mat-black frame is very sleek as well. The Ultegra components are top-notch and the carbon-fiber frame is so lightweight. Handling is smooth and it takes corners well. The wheels could be a little lighter, but they are still great. Also, I don't like the racing seat, but that's just personal preference. I've only had better and better rides with this bike and it climbs like a cloud on the mountains- so easy. Overall, more than happy!!!

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          5.0

          Just as expected, a great deal

          By Mark

          from Champaign, IL

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Exercising

            Comments about Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra:

            Received this bike 3 days after placing order (Expedited shipping - +$20), on Friday just before the long Labor Day weekend. Assembly was a piece of cake and I was ready to ride in less than an hour. Got in 200 miles on it in the 4 days I have had it over the holiday weekend. No disappointment here after many months of reviewing which options I had to upgrade my current bike. When they listed the CR4 discounted $300 less than what they had been selling it at, and they offered a one-day 20% off coupon, my decision was made for me. There have been NO surprises and the bike is exactly as I expected from reading the reviews and info that Nashbar has on their site. One of the two end caps for the handle bars has a little bit of the chrome finish rubbed off from shipping, otherwise, not a mark on the bike and it was packaged well. I adjusted the barrel adjuster for the rear derailleur and the rear gears are now flawless after my first couple of rides. The front needs a bit more work as it is dragging just a bit when I am out in the smallest rings on the rear.

            The frame is unfinished, just as was indicated, I don't mind it and maybe in a few years, I might just freshen it up a bit with some paint, but for now I am fine with the stealth-like appearance.

            Could not me more satisfied with this purchase, definitely feel like I got a deal with this group set, as compared to all of the other options I explored before deciding to buy this bike from Nashbar.

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            5.0

            Great bike for the price!

            By Jomar

            from Chula Vista, CA

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            See all my reviews

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Brakes Could Be Better
            • Uncomfortable Seat

            Best Uses

            • Casual Riding
            • Racing
            • Serious Training

            Comments about Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra:

            I been looking for a carbon frame for a while, to find one that was equipped with a 11 speed ultegra for under 2000 was unheard of. I did wait for the 20 percent coupon so I came out to be less then 1700 shipped. I didn't try the saddle that it came with I swapped it with the nashbar fr1, something I was already riding. The first and most important upgrade would be to get ride of the tires. The stock Hutchinson equinox tires are really bad, my first 10 rides I flatted 10 times. I switched to conti gatorskins and no more flats. I'm 5'8" and bought the 52 cm and it fits fine.

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            5.0

            CR4 Carbon bike is a great value

            By Dick the biker

            from Omaha, NE

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Brakes Could Be Better

            Best Uses

            • Climbing
            • Commuting
            • Exercising
            • Racing
            • Serious Training

            Comments about Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra:

            All components are excellent except for brakes which I replaced. The frame is not painted; appears to be raw carbon which is ok for me because of the overall value.
            Only minor tweaking needed on derailers to fine tune shifting. I really like the Schmano shifters. Superb value.

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            5.0

            Great bike for the price!

            By Dude

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Fast
            • Handles Well
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Brakes Could Be Better

            Best Uses

            • Casual Riding
            • Exercising
            • Serious Training

            Comments about Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra:

            I worked in a shop for a few years and have done some racing in the past. I broke my old frame & purchased this as a replacement. I figured I'd get a new frame eventually… I've been out on it for a few rides, around 100 miles total. I'm very happy with it. The only thing I'm changing are the brakes. Not that there that bad, I'm just big think Ultegra will be a little better for me.
            Don't let the looks fool you. The frame looks bad but works great. The assembly was easy for someone that has experience working on bikes.

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            5.0

            Great price for the parts alone....

            By Spokes

            from Fort Dodge, Iowa

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Handles Well
            • Lightweight
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Brakes Could Be Better
            • Everything Is Black

            Best Uses

            • Climbing
            • Racing
            • Serious Training

            Comments about Nashbar CR4 Carbon Road Bike - 11 Speed Ultegra:

            After riding a Specialized Allez carbon fiber for 22 years my wife finally thought I deserved an upgrade...I looked at lots of name brands but none had my 3 qualifications... 11 speed, all Ultegra, and all/some red. None had all the above, and were in $3200+ price range? Then I found this... And at an additional 20% off.. Added red pedals...red waterbottle cages, and red handlebar tape..looking at Ultegra brakes soon. And all at less than half the price of the name brands.
            Very happy with this....couldn't ask for one better.
            Other reviewers complain about the seat....just adjust it! It works just fine.

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