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Old 10-05-12, 09:50 AM
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Nashbar cross frame

Has anybody had one or ridden one? Can't beat the price and I was thinking of building one for next year, with discs. Read alot about crankarms hitting the chainstays on the reviews, I run a square taper BB so could just install a longer one to eliminate that. Just wondered what people's thoughts were on the bike and how they think it would ride compared to a bike from the LBS.
https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...1_10000_200450
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I have built two of these up and they have been my favorite bikes. I love this frame. I used the Nash at carbon disc fork both times ( super tough) and a different component spec on each. I had no problem with the chainstay because I used a deore mtb crank on the first one, and a compact triple on the current one with the inner ring removed. Plenty of clearance
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I have one and I love it in large part because I don't mind beating the hell out of it since it was so cheap. It's not the lightest frame ever, but that's ok. I have a $100 ebay carbon fork on it and a mishmash of parts from one of my road bikes I take apart during the winter. My crank arms don't hit the chainstays, but I do have issues with chain suck any time I drop the chain. If the chainring bolts sat more flush with the small ring, it wouldn't be such a big deal, but the chain gets stuck on the lip of those bolts and then gets sucked between the chainstay and small chainring. It's hard to get out and I went from 1st to 6th on the last lap of a race because of it after striking my pedal. Oh well.
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Thanks guys. I have a nashbar mnt bike frame and couldn't believe how light it was when I pulled it from the box. I'm used to steel framed everything though, so not much to compare it to. I will wait for a sale then and pick one up.
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Here is what I built with one of those frames. It's the perfect all-rounder and goes wherever I point it.

Frame:
2011 Nashbar disc Cyclocross

Fork/Headset:
Nashbar steel disc w/ Ahead set

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
FSA Alpha Drive, Isis spline

Pedals:
Shimano

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
44/32/22 w/ 12-34 Sram, PC-971

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Shimano LX F&R, Shimano LX Mega nine

Handlebars/Stem:
Soma Sparrow bar w/ XLC stem

Saddle/Seatpost:
Profile post w/ Brooks B17 saddle

Brakes:
Avid 5 Road disc

Front and Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
WTB Speed disc 29er , Shimano Deore 6 bolt hub, Schwalbe Land Cruiser 700x40c


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I chose to build up a Redline Conquest Pro, found at a closeout in Bloomington IN. It seems as if the Redline has a much better paint/finish. other than that I'm sure geometry is comparable.
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I'm not a fan of the ultra-slack head tube angle on that frame. It's going to handle sluggishly. It sounds like you can work around the other issue with cranks hitting the frame. I had a 170mm Gossamer on that frame, and it was TIGHT, perhaps 1.5 mm of clearance. I also thought the head tube was a bit high. If these issues don't concern you, it seems solidly built. I got rid of mine within a year or so.
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