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Old 07-12-12, 11:47 AM   #1
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Nashbar Cyclocross X or Nashbar Touring

I recently came into graces with a $200 amazon gift card, and would love to spend it on a frame.

I'm mainly looking to commute & fitness ride (it would be great to go on a light tour also, but that's not what I need this frame to do best). I have a 2003 Fuji Finest that I wanted to swap components from, mainly because I cannot support fenders, tires larger than 23, or rear panniers (any of the stuff vital for everyday commuting...). Still, I want a ride that can keep up, and I'm used to the more aggressive geometry. I can't find the entire geometry on the Fuji, but I know it has 41 cm chainstays.

I was hoping to get the Nashbar X to fit the bill, but I'm afraid that I'll still have heel-strike issues with it (42.5cm chainstays). I know the Nashbar Touring would work, but I'm afraid that it's so geared toward touring that it would simply be too slow.

What do you think, should the X support my needs?
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Old 07-12-12, 12:47 PM   #2
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Get the touring bike. Just change the gears if needed.
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Old 07-12-12, 02:14 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure I read on the BF forums (don't remember which sub-forum, though) about somebody building up a Nasbar touring frame. It looked nice and the builder really liked it.


The touring bike would make a nice commuter. If you want to go faster, then pedal faster.
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I'm pretty sure I read on the BF forums (don't remember which sub-forum, though) about somebody building up a Nasbar touring frame. It looked nice and the builder really liked it.


The touring bike would make a nice commuter. If you want to go faster, then pedal faster.
I built up the aluminum Nashbar touring frame and it may be my thread you're thinking of. Here's the thread I made for the build: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ng+frame+build

I am still riding that build and love it.

**edit** (I think I have completely misread this whole thing. For some reason I thought the OP was looking at the complete steel touring bike. My apologies.)

The aluminum frame is excellent.

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I built up the aluminum Nashbar touring frame and it may be my thread you're thinking of. Here's the thread I made for the build: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ng+frame+build

I am still riding that build and love it.

**edit** (I think I have completely misread this whole thing. For some reason I thought the OP was looking at the complete steel touring bike. My apologies.)

The aluminum frame is excellent.


Yes, it was your thread I was thinking of. I am glad that you are still enjoying the bike.

I read through that whole thread again! Very nice pictures and whatnot.
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I built up my commuter with the Nashbar X frame and carbon fork a few years ago. Heel strike was an issue on the original build with Detours Toucan panniers and SunLite rack. I replaced the rack with a Ractime Addit and it really made a difference. Racktime racks are part of Tubus, they use aluminum and are much lower in cost ($55). The Addit rack allows panniers to be mounted lower and further back. The quality of construction (Germany) is excellent!

I happened to have some leftover hardware from SKS fenders and used a short thin stainless steel plate to ease the mounting of both rank and fenders in the lug mounting hole. It helped move the rack a little further back. But, Tubus also offers a pack of hardware separately which contains a similar bracket to help move racks back a bit.

The X frame is very sturdy and allows for disk brakes. --Cheers!!
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Maybe it's just me but the geometry seems really weird on those Nashbar Steel touring frames.

explain the reason why you throw out that line?
weird is not a standard unit of measure like a MM or degree of angle.
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explain the reason why you throw out that line?
weird is not a standard unit of measure like a MM or degree of angle.
You know, on second look I retract what I wrote. I think it was the first glance at the steel frame sizing chart that threw me off.

My mistake.
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Old 07-15-12, 09:37 PM   #9
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Just to add another data point, I built up my Nashbar X with an Axiom Journey rack. I can with Ortleib Backrollers (pushed toward the rear of the rack), Nashbar ATB, or homemade bucket panniers without heal strike issues. (Size 45 shoes, M520 pedals)
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You might consider buying the complete Nashbar touring bike becasue its a pretty good deal and sell your current bike. You might be able to do that for not much more than the cost of the frame depending on a few factors like if you get the bike on sale etc.
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