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Old 02-21-09, 08:31 PM
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Opinions on Nashbar frames?

I see Nashbar has a touring frame on sale for $199. It's aluminum with a cromo fork. I'm not interested in an aluminum vs steel discussion. This will be a winter bike and it'll be sporting 35mm tires running at low pressures a lot of the time so any concerns about a harsh ride are mute.

The price is nice because I can probably get $275 for a surplus bike I have. I also have most of the parts I'd need for a build up so I could have a new bike for a net cost of $0. This is important since this deal needs to get past the family accountant.

So does any one have any experience with them? Thoughts?
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Old 02-21-09, 10:31 PM
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Do a search on the forum. There was a longish thread of someone who built one up. I seem to remember he was pretty happy with it.

Not a frame, but until I crashed it I was riding an old 80's Nashbar road bike and found it to be quite nice.
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Old 02-21-09, 10:57 PM
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I'd wait for it to go back on sale at least. They do frequently. Before xmas they were dumping them for $79 IIRC.

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Old 02-22-09, 08:25 AM
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I picked up an aluminum nashbar cross frame last year and built it up as a winter commuter, studded tires, etc. No problems with the frame so far, and I've been using it over some fairly rough roads all this winter.


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Old 02-22-09, 11:39 AM
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I built up the touring frame as a single speed commuter. I'm very happy with it and encountered no problems. Mounting the rear fender with a 35mm tire might be a little tight down by the BB, but you can probably work something out.

One thing about the frame, the top tube seemed quite long. You might take a close look at the specs and make sure its okay for you.
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I have that Nashbar cross frame as well for my all purpose "utility" bike.

Stiff and rough as all heck, due to the HUGE diameter ovalize/bladed downtube. But, I have no complaints...it's served me well, and with 32mm tires, it rides rather nice.

I also have the Nashbar carbon cross fork on it, which is actually a de-badged Winwood Dusty for less than half the price. Bear in mind that every Nashbar branded product is a de-badged something or other. For instance, their brakes are just Tektros. Their stems are Dimension. I don't know who the frames are...I tracked mine to the source in Taiwan, but I couldn't get much more detail.
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Silly question, but would it be possible to use 26" wheels w/this frame?
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Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
any concerns about a harsh ride are mute.
They can't talk? I think you were looking for "moot" there.
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Very interested in the thread. Tagging it to follow along here.

I too was thinking that after the season this year, I might buy one of those touring frames when they are on sale.
I remember when they were $80 before x-mas. Should have jumped on it then.
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I have a Nashbar 531 chromoly mtb frame that they were practically giving away last year. It came without decals, so it has a stealth look to it. It seems to be very good quality, and a similar name brand would cost more than double what I paid. Most frames that Nashbar sells are from the same frame factories in Taiwan that build for well known good quality bike brands.

I think the Nash touring frame would be a great choice for a commute and urban transportation bike. The aluminum frame would be a plus for a winter bike, it would survive the twin cities road salt, and it would not be such a high value bike to be paranoid about if you have to lock it outside. I think you will be fine with the 700-35 tires and lower air pressure. I rode a Cannondale touring bike for many years with the same setup and it was not harsh.
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Originally Posted by rugerben View Post
Very interested in the thread. Tagging it to follow along here.

I too was thinking that after the season this year, I might buy one of those touring frames when they are on sale.
I remember when they were $80 before x-mas. Should have jumped on it then.
I'm interested in this as well. The touring, cyclocross and road bike frame all look pretty decent for a cheap build. Just can't decide.
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Originally Posted by rugerben View Post
Very interested in the thread. Tagging it to follow along here.

I too was thinking that after the season this year, I might buy one of those touring frames when they are on sale.
I remember when they were $80 before x-mas. Should have jumped on it then.
That was without a fork.
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I wouldn't use the Cyclocross frame for cyclocross though. Besides the fact that it's a tank, some not so bright designer put the cable guides on the bottom of the downtube.

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Originally Posted by sonatageek View Post
That was without a fork.
True. With fork it probably would have come to around $125-150 or so. So it's not much better than just waiting till they have a '20% off any $150+ order' type deal and then jump on it.
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not directly on point, but I got a 7005 aluminum w/carbon fork Scattante frame from performance last fall, for $159 (counting various discounts). I looked at the Nashbar stuff too, but this was a little better deal. I assume they both go to the same asian builders and use the same raw materials.

I can say the quality, fit and finish and so forth was great. I know enough welding to know that whoever is making those aluminum frames is very very good at it. The finished bike was smooth and stable, a sweet ride right off, and light and stiff enough to be a lot of fun on the climbs. I know I am missing out on what you can get out of carbon, but for the money I had to spend I am pretty happy. It probably would have worked about the same going through nashbar - there's just some well-made cheap frames around now.
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