What are your General Opinions on Nashbar Branded Parts?
I just stripped off my bike a Chris King head set and a set of Campy Record brake calipers and sold them for $180.00 on eBay and them bought as replacement Nashbar brakes and a good Crane Creek headset for $50 total at Nashbar. The $130.00 profit enabled me to buy a sweet Specialized S-Works E5 for $500.00 (Actually $370.00 with the ebay profit). My question is this: aren't there parts on a bike where high end pricey stuff is overkill and something from Nashbar will do fine without affecting a bikes ride? Like Headset and brakes?
I've been dealing with Nashbar for years, great service and quick delivery. Good sales, too.
The Nashbar-branded tools and such are adequate, and certainly good enough for most private use. I still have a crank puller and various other bits that are about 10 years old.
They are not top-grade stuff, like Park as a fer-instance.
I have had great luck with them as well. They have been a great company to do business with as you say. That said, I don't like off brand stuff...just me. I prefer to pay a bit more for a name brand. Nashbar sells Park tools and where I buy most of my Park tools from as they offer real good prices and many times have a coupon out there to further reduce cost.
12 Y.O. Litespeed MTB, IRO Jamie Roy fixie, Custom Habanero Ti 'Cross, No name SS MTB, Old school lugged steel track bike (soon)
I have a set of canti's and a seatpost from nashbar. I am pleased with the performance and quality of the parts. You could pay a lot more and get less. Personally, I like to keep my bikes stealthy, so that they will not attract a lot of attention if I happen to lock them up. Nashbar stuff is good in this respect.
would say that most of the stuff they market are rebranded products from well known suppliers. In many instances you can tell just by looking.
Some of their stuff may come from well known suppliers, but I suspect that most of their bike parts and tools come from little known generic Taiwan factories. No way is a generic headset going to be as smooth or as durable as a Chris King headset.
I think it depends (like most things) on the individual needs of the person buying it! One person doing casual park trail and city bike path rides won't need a chris king headset. A person doing circuit racing on a weekly basis will definatly want the best he can afford. We all want the best, lightest, strongest, coolest parts but only we can decide if we really need them!
Great prices, great company. I am building up a trainer bike from one of their no-name branded frames. Good quality, welds not the absolute prettiest but have seen worse on big name frames. Nice part is no decals, just pure slate gray frame with black 105 component group. Now that's stealthy! Lots of carbon fiber stuff is marketed under different brands (even Supergo's house label) although it comes out of the same factory in Taiwan.
I built up a bike from the aluminum road frame (frame') two years ago and built it up with a mix of 105 and ultegra parts. I got it from the returns section on Nashbar for less than $100 and have been very pleased with it overall. The welds are a tad crude but otherwise I'm happy. Anyone know where the frames are sourced out to?