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My new ride, Nashbar frame buildup

Old 05-15-06, 11:20 PM
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My new ride, Nashbar frame buildup

Nashbar.com -

60cm Nashbar Frame and carbon fork
Sun ME14/105 wheels
31.8 band-on adapter

eBay -

Used 105 9 speed triple brifters and derailleurs
new 105 9 speed triple front chainring

ProBikeKit.com -

Tiagra 9 spd chain
Tiagra 12-25 cassette

Various LBS's -

new 105 BB (whoops, the tiagra bb from pbk.com wasn't compatible, needed octalink v1 for cranks not v2)
120mm Bontrager stem
42cm Bontrager handlebar
Conti Ultra Sport 23mm tires
BBB Turnaround 1" headset (accidentally ordered JIS headset from Nashbar, then had 3 different LBS's tell me they didn't exist)
Miscellany (tubes, cables, bar tape etc)


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Improvements to be made:

Replace white rear der cable housing with black.
Peel cheesy stickers off rims
Get rims trued (they're ok now, but I'm a clyde and want the peace of mind)
Finalize stem height and cut steerer
Get nicer looking garage door for glamour shots (which I shouldn't take at 11:30pm)
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Old 05-16-06, 05:09 AM
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Congrats on the build, now go out an get some miles in!
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Old 05-16-06, 07:02 AM
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Nice build, I'm not too crazy about the wields on the frame though. Also what do you carry that makes you need 2 saddle bags?
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Old 05-16-06, 07:17 AM
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how tall are you and what's your inseam? seems your frame is probably a touch too large for you.
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Originally Posted by tlupfer
how tall are you and what's your inseam? seems your frame is probably a touch too large for you.
+1

maybe a tad more than a touch too large
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Old 05-16-06, 07:30 AM
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just curious, why not post this in the topic "What road bike do you have?"
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Originally Posted by rapidcarbon
just curious, why not post this in the topic "What road bike do you have?"
Because no one would ever see it there unless the person posted a thread with a link to the picture. Why not just put it here?
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oh, then the topic "What road bike do you have" is useless
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Old 05-16-06, 08:25 AM
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Yeah, my seat wasn't set at the right height there, it's up another 2" now, and will probably come up another half inch or so...

I'm 6'2", with around a 35" inseam (34 pant size).

The HUUUUGE saddle bag is so I can take some clothes to change into at work without having to resort to racks and panniers. I'm also doing the Rideau Lakes Tour with my brother June 10-11 (back to back centuries) and thought the extra space for a jacket and spares would be better than having not enough room.

Yup, the welds are a little ugly, a lot of extra material. Better that than too little, I guess.

The frame was a return (but new, never built up) and was $80 + shipping... I figure it's a good way to test out the sizing.

I've never had a road bike that has come close to fitting before. Everything I've owned has been 56cm or smaller. I've always felt really jammed up. If I like the way this rides, and want to upgrade the frame, it shouldn't be too expensive.

I feel waaaay more stretched out than on previous bikes. I'll put in some more kms before I decide if it's too much. I may go to a 100mm stem instead of the 120 I have on there, but frankly, this feels better than what I'm used to riding, so it could be closer to 'right' for me. The main improvement will come when I stretch out my hamstrings a little and can get a bit more bend in my waist. I'm still riding elbows bent though, so I don't think it's too bad.

Once I get a little more comfortable in the saddle I'll get my wife to take some riding pictures so you guys can critique the fit further.

Oh, and why I posted? I've searched for this frame in the forums before and any threads I've come up with have been "I'm thinking of getting this frame" type messages. Thought I'd post so that other people thinking of buying it could see what it looks like assembled.

Verdict so far? It's not super pretty, it's not light (4.4 lbs for the 60cm), it's got a non-standard steer tube (1" vs 1 1/8") which is a bit of a gotcha. It's about the cheapest way to assemble a bike if you've got the parts, though.

I see it as a bit of an experiment in sizing. If I get comfortable with it, I may be happy with it for a while. If I need to size down a notch to 58 or so, it's not the end of the world, I'll just move stuff over to a different frame.

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Originally Posted by rapidcarbon
oh, then the topic "What road bike do you have" is useless
What he's done has been going on for quite sometime, I see no point in giving him a hard time over it, let the Mods do their job.
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Old 05-16-06, 10:37 AM
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Fra-may

Dear Jinker,
I have also built up a Nashbar road Fra-May. I had a Nashbar gift certificate of $100, so I bought the frame with nothing to lose since the price was right. I tend to like steel bikes, and tend to fix up old Motobecanes since I have always liked their ride. I used various parts, and kinda used a Rivendell inspired setup for the bike. If the gift certiciate was for Rivendell and $1000, for then I would be describing a riv frame buildup. Aluminum frames are not my favorite, but the NB frame had a classic road angles/look so I figured it may not be so bad in terms of a harsh ride. I built the bike from a mix of closeouts, sales, NOS, and kinda on the cheap except for some items. Here is the List:

Nashbar Road Frame 58cm (SO tad under 33 inches with 25cm tires)
BB: Shimano UN-72 107mm
Crank:Ritchey Compact 110mm 34/46 NOS from Rivendell
Pedals: Eggbeaters (from my mtn bike when switched to BMX pedals)
Chaine:SRAM PC-58
Fork: Easton Carbon EC30 220mm threaded (sale from NB, probably last 1" carbon threaded fork in the world...)
Stem:Nitto DirtDrop 10cm (Riv)
HB:Nitto Moustache Handlebar (Riv);I love this HB. Comfortable,aero,allround comfort on all rides long and short. Great for hill climbs.
Cassette:NB 8 speed 12x32
Headset: Shimano Ultregra threaded
Spacers:NB
HB tape:Cotton bar tape from riv, brown to match the saddle
Saddle: Brooks B-17, Honey color
Brakes: NB calipers, std, not long, reach
Front derilleur:Suntour Lite (Riv)
Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore Silver
Brake Levers: ShimanoTiagra lever
Shifters: Silver Bar-End shifters (Riv remakes of Suntour power ratchet, only better)
Seatpost:Alpha Q Carbon road
Tires: NB Prima 2 Plus road 700x25
Wheels:Neuvation M 28 Aero Siver (Sweet wheels for the price); upgrade from cheap but usable wheels on sale fram NB: M13II/Shimano 2200.
Waterbottle cages: blackburn chicane

Observations: The build was fun, did it all myself over the winter. Made for the hills of Vermont. It rides quite nice, not as harsh as I thought it would. Maybe it is the combination of the carbon fork/seatpost/B17/higher handlebar height as should be with mustache bars. Also the frame fits me perfectly 5'10", 86 cm inseam. It is fast and quick enough and responsive in a nice way. I have not weight the whole bike, but is light enough for me. NB list the 58cm frame weight as 4.31 pounds, 7005 aluminum. It is not a bad looking frame, gray color, with decent paint finish/coating. So far on the longer rides over frost heave roads it has not rattled out my teeth and my back is still intact. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised what a nice frame it was for the price.
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Originally Posted by Jinker
Yeah, my seat wasn't set at the right height there, it's up another 2" now, and will probably come up another half inch or so...

I'm 6'2", with around a 35" inseam (34 pant size).

The HUUUUGE saddle bag is so I can take some clothes to change into at work without having to resort to racks and panniers. I'm also doing the Rideau Lakes Tour with my brother June 10-11 (back to back centuries) and thought the extra space for a jacket and spares would be better than having not enough room.

Yup, the welds are a little ugly, a lot of extra material. Better that than too little, I guess.

The frame was a return (but new, never built up) and was $80 + shipping... I figure it's a good way to test out the sizing.

I've never had a road bike that has come close to fitting before. Everything I've owned has been 56cm or smaller. I've always felt really jammed up. If I like the way this rides, and want to upgrade the frame, it shouldn't be too expensive.

I feel waaaay more stretched out than on previous bikes. I'll put in some more kms before I decide if it's too much. I may go to a 100mm stem instead of the 120 I have on there, but frankly, this feels better than what I'm used to riding, so it could be closer to 'right' for me. The main improvement will come when I stretch out my hamstrings a little and can get a bit more bend in my waist. I'm still riding elbows bent though, so I don't think it's too bad.

Once I get a little more comfortable in the saddle I'll get my wife to take some riding pictures so you guys can critique the fit further.

Oh, and why I posted? I've searched for this frame in the forums before and any threads I've come up with have been "I'm thinking of getting this frame" type messages. Thought I'd post so that other people thinking of buying it could see what it looks like assembled.

Verdict so far? It's not super pretty, it's not light (4.4 lbs for the 60cm), it's got a non-standard steer tube (1" vs 1 1/8") which is a bit of a gotcha. It's about the cheapest way to assemble a bike if you've got the parts, though.

I see it as a bit of an experiment in sizing. If I get comfortable with it, I may be happy with it for a while. If I need to size down a notch to 58 or so, it's not the end of the world, I'll just move stuff over to a different frame.

-Greg
congratulations greg! have you thought of using a backpack like the pearl izumi cycling back pack for your change of clothes?
enjoy your new bike!
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Nice! Sounds like it will be a great ride and potentially an ongoing project. (Cool, a Merlin frame for half price.....umm, seems a shame not to have at least Ultegra on the Merlin......Ya know, I REALLY want a carbon crank.......Wow those DA levers are sharp....and so on and so on.......)
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Originally Posted by rapidcarbon
oh, then the topic "What road bike do you have" is useless
Yes. It would.
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Guys,,I need help,,I just ordered my nashbar frame (pearl white),,Im about to build it but do I need spacers on the BB cups? Thanks in advance.
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Wow. A 5-year-old thread necromancy. /slowclap.
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Wow. A 5-year-old thread necromancy. /slowclap.
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do you guys feel that the nashbar frame are decent and a good buy. Ive been fooling around w/ the idea of transfering my mtb components to a nb special. 12 years ago when I bought my trek I got a 16 instead of the 18 that I probably need because I thought I would benefit from a lower center of gavity. Now I just wanna be able to use my full stroke without having the seatpost dangerously close to the minimum insertion line.
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no reply about my question,,anyone?

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Guys,,I need help,,I just ordered my nashbar frame (pearl white),,Im about to build it but do I need spacers on the BB cups? Thanks in advance.
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no reply about my question,,anyone?
Errrr. What kind of BB did you get? Which frame did you get?....
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