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Old 10-01-10, 11:12 PM   #1
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Anybody try the Nashbar X aluminum cross frame? I just ordered one for $80

I had a Felt frame with bent stays I was trying to straighten and...well the stays are straight but each one now has a nice crack in it. 2 minutes after they snapped I placed an order for the Nashbar X frame. Great price couldn't pass it up.

This bike might see some cross racing next year, but I have a nicer cross bike already so likely this will be my back up/training/city bike.

The build will be:

Nashbar X Cyclocross frame
Surly Cross Check fork
Mavic Aksium wheels
Ritchey comp stem and headset
FSA bars
Sugino single speed cranks, Shimano BB
Deore XT 9 speed RD
Deore XT 9 speed cassette / chain
105 9 speed STI lever
Tektro front brake lever
Avid Shorty brakes
Brooks Professional saddle
SKS Fenders (for when it's in city mode)


Only need a seatpost and seatpost collar
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Old 10-01-10, 11:21 PM   #2
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Awesome!
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Old 10-02-10, 06:12 AM   #3
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just make sure you have all the parts to assemble the bike. The nashbar Frame tends to come with nothing.
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just make sure you have all the parts to assemble the bike. The nashbar Frame tends to come with nothing.
I found the frame came complete with everything described. it came with one der hanger and spring loaded barrel adjusters, the plastic cable guide for under the bottom bracket. All the screws present and were installed.

I picked up an additional hanger because by the time I break mine they might not have the same frame anymore. I also got the seatpost clamp that the frame description listed this one was pretty nice compared to other clamps on my other bikes, and cheap I think it set me back 8 bucks!
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I found the frame came complete with everything described. it came with one der hanger and spring loaded barrel adjusters, the plastic cable guide for under the bottom bracket. All the screws present and were installed.

I picked up an additional hanger because by the time I break mine they might not have the same frame anymore. I also got the seatpost clamp that the frame description listed this one was pretty nice compared to other clamps on my other bikes, and cheap I think it set me back 8 bucks!
How's the quality? How do you have it built up...share some pics I'm anxious to get mine!!!
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I thought the quality of the frame was great compared to the price. It is a light frame and looks nice.

Mine built up very well. The first time I built a bike from a frame. I just got it finished yesterday.
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I bet it'd be a great frame to build from but looking at the compact geometry I'd imagine it'd be harder to shoulder for true CX use. But it has all the eyelets on it for commuting right? That's a nicer feature if you're into that sort of thing for the other 9 months of the year.
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... but looking at the compact geometry I'd imagine it'd be harder to shoulder for true CX use. But it has all the eyelets on it for commuting right?...
You are spot on, there is no flat top for the shouldering. A pure cyclocross frame will shoulder better. It is more of a do-it-all frame. It has rack and fender mounting points. I really liked the disc brake option.

Interesting to note, I have the medium which claims to be a 54 cm top tube. My normal road bike is 54 cm as well and I have toe overlap on my road bike, but this cyclocross frame does not have toe overlap. So I would guess it is not as compact as my road bike.
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Different angles. I have a 54cm Redline and toe overlap is annoying on tight turns.
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I thought the quality of the frame was great compared to the price. It is a light frame and looks nice.

Mine built up very well. The first time I built a bike from a frame. I just got it finished yesterday.
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Only one ride so far so good!
mine will look like that... how are the disc brkes?
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The disc brakes are good. Hard to set up but I found a YouTube video about how to align and set up properly. Just remember to get the road versions. The brake levers pull pretty far before they stop.
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I ride an older iteration of this frame. Nice utility bike.

Beware; if you intend to ever run discs, the old was very convenient with 135mm spacing, whilst the newer one is 130mm spaced.
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I ride an older iteration of this frame. Nice utility bike.

Beware; if you intend to ever run discs, the old was very convenient with 135mm spacing, whilst the newer one is 130mm spaced.
Bikeisland has a nice selection of 130mm disc wheels.
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My nashbar x frame is set up with 25mm road tires for now. I am looking at trying some cross tires and wonder if anyone has run into a general size limit with this frame. Obviously the front fork will be the limiting factor in the front, but the back should be the same for most of us.

P.S. I got a few PMs from people that I can not reply to because my post count is too low. I guess being a lurker has drawbacks.
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i run some HUGE 35mm and still have room for mud.
http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/2010-nashbar-x-1558

i'd assume 40 would be about the limit.
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I'm thinking of picking this up for $80 and making it a SS with a single-ator.
What fork would be a good option? Every time I price it out it comes tot he same amount (with fork) as getting some other options that come with forks and headsets already.

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I'm thinking of picking this up for $80 and making it a SS with a single-ator.
What fork would be a good option? Every time I price it out it comes tot he same amount (with fork) as getting some other options that come with forks and headsets already.
Sometimes Nashbar has their famous Combo deal. I've seen the CX frame with a fork also. Isn't there a 20% off deal going on now?
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what's the total cost? i've taken advantage of the Nashbar sales lately......$60 FSA gossamers for $10....eggbeaters, etc

tempted to get that frame at $100 with the 20% coupon myself......
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what's the total cost? i've taken advantage of the Nashbar sales lately......$60 FSA gossamers for $10....eggbeaters, etc

tempted to get that frame at $100 with the 20% coupon myself......
Oversize shipping was $17. But I think right now you can get 20% off a single item and free shipping on orders over $100. So $97 shipped for the frame or the frame + a $20.01 item for $100 shipped.

I'm still waiting for a few parts to come in to get mine on the road, but the quality looks pretty good.

Note though that they are out of size M frames...
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yeah i bought my medium from a guy on craigslist that was too big for it. he said he never rode it, just built some fit parts to check fit.

i'm pretty impressed... raced my first ever cross race on it today and it didn't let me down. also a testament to my awesome bike assembly/adjustment skills.
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It's crazy how close that geometry looks to my Monster Crosser built with a 20" Performance MTB frame. Different downtube, but looks the same otherwise (wheels, of course, different).
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My main thing is the max chainring allowed on the frame is 48. I have a Campy Veloce triple with a 52 big ring. Is there any way I can get away with that?

As for disc brakes, I assume the term everyone's using for "road discs" are the mechanical discs.
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Wider BB to allow at least a 50?
The one thing I see that this option may have over others is the ability to go to disks when you want to. Something to consider I suppose. The only thing is that I just don;t see the need to spend extra money on disks and the whole mechanical extras they bring.
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My main thing is the max chainring allowed on the frame is 48. I have a Campy Veloce triple with a 52 big ring. Is there any way I can get away with that?
No. I can barley clear the 48 tooth SRAM Force with an external bb.
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As for disc brakes, I assume the term everyone's using for "road discs" are the mechanical discs.
The avid BB7s are available in two versions: road and mountain. The brakes have different pull rates and may not work well with the opposite levers.
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i cleared a sram 50 but it was by a hair.

you don't want bigger than a 48 for cross anyway unless your legs are crazy, your cassette is huge, or your cross races are down mountains.
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