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Nashbar alloy frame, anyone try it?

Old 07-27-14, 07:45 AM
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Nashbar alloy frame, anyone try it?

Wondering if anyone here has ever used this cheapie frame, and if so any impressions or thoughts?

Nashbar Integrated Alloy Road Frame - Overweight Code C

The #1 point of a build on that frame would be to learn some assembly and repair, and gain experience. Plus I'm starting to want a road bike, ride a hybrid now, and this might gain me experience and a first road bike to try. If the frame is solid enough, and I could always use the components on a better and more fitted frame later. Any input, or other ideas on a basic road frame thats on the cheap side?
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I built one of these up for a friend of my daughter using odds-n-ends I had around the house. They are very plain but I dressed it up with pink (YMMV) cables, bar tape, toe straps, and black and pink Terry saddle. She loves it. Very nice for the money.

Unless I am mistaken these frames are made by the folks that make Windsor bikes. They share a lot of characteristics.

For a spare bike, rain bike, indoor trainer bike, etc. these frames can't be beat.
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I have owned that frame, and the same frame with carbon rear triangle. And the same frame with DT bosses. It is a great frame for the price. BB and headtube are clear of paint and need no chasing or cleanup. Rear drop out will need paint cleanup.

The numbers make it look really short and tall, but part of that is the 74° STA. If you use a set back seat post, you can lengthen them out nicely. I have built that frame with, 40, 43, and 50 mm offset forks, and they all work. Currently riding 50 mm, and it handles very tight.

I have had them built as flat bar road bikes, and drop bar, and it is a great platform.
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Glad to hear some positives, thanks guys. If it works it would certainly free up some budget for the components. Still looking over the sizing, hopefully one of their frame sizes would fit. 6'4" makes it a little tough, but I've also read their frames seem a touch longer than the measurements suggest.
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Originally Posted by feejer
Glad to hear some positives, thanks guys. If it works it would certainly free up some budget for the components. Still looking over the sizing, hopefully one of their frame sizes would fit. 6'4" makes it a little tough, but I've also read their frames seem a touch longer than the measurements suggest.
The top tubes are quite short as @RollCNY suggests and the heat tubes moderately tall. C-C on the seat tube means the top tube is a little taller than the number suggests especially considering the diameter of the top tube. But since the seat tube angle puts the saddle closer to the bottom bracket horizontally, as Roll says, you can simply set the saddle back and still have a normal position.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
The top tubes are quite short as @RollCNY suggests and the heat tubes moderately tall. C-C on the seat tube means the top tube is a little taller than the number suggests especially considering the diameter of the top tube. But since the seat tube angle puts the saddle closer to the bottom bracket horizontally, as Roll says, you can simply set the saddle back and still have a normal position.
Ahh, I follow you. I do need some reach so hopefully a set back seat and maybe a longer stem could make it fit well. I'll certainly try some other road bikes to compare fit, but in the end if I can massage the fit enough on this the price to get started seals the deal.
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Good thread. I am waiting for the 48cm to become available in order to build up a bike for my son. Performance also has a cheap Al frame.
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I am 6'3" and ride the 58 cm. I built up the 60cm for my brother, who is 6'6". That was tight for him, and a 62 might have worked better if it existed, but he loves the bike, and declares it the most comfortable bike he has owned.

If you have normal proportions, at 6'4", the 60cm would probably work great. I have Abby Normal proportions, which is why I choose the 58cm.
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i have two of those built up with the single speed version of the frame. track forks in back rather than dropouts.

they are as good as any frame i've ever had. including my carbon frames, a custom titanium and vintage Treks. they built up to about a 14-15 lb SS bike. i bought mine at Performance. they called it the Ascent and it cost about $10 less. i've seen them for sale, believe it or not, either Performance or Nashbar can't remember which, for $69.

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Originally Posted by RollCNY
I am 6'3" and ride the 58 cm. I built up the 60cm for my brother, who is 6'6". That was tight for him, and a 62 might have worked better if it existed, but he loves the bike, and declares it the most comfortable bike he has owned.

If you have normal proportions, at 6'4", the 60cm would probably work great. I have Abby Normal proportions, which is why I choose the 58cm.
Good info, thanks! I'm a little bit longer in the torso, and can certainly appreciate a little reach. Any chance you have any pics of that 60cm bike?

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Here is the 60 cm downtube shifter version. It also used a pressed in headset, so that config is a touch different. All other geometry is the same as the white one you linked.





This was set up for me at 6'3". For my brother, I put on a longer stem and a carbon seatpost with more offset. He has normal proportions for his height, I have short legs, long tors, crazy long arms.

My 58 cm, set up for me, which is identical dimensions to the bike you linked, only difference being carbon seat and chain stays:

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I built one up a year ago and it's good.

But for larger sizes, be aware that the TT runs quite short. I have a short torso, which is one reason why I jumped on this frame as a spare "project" bike.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Good thread. I am waiting for the 48cm to become available in order to build up a bike for my son. Performance also has a cheap Al frame.
I've tried the Nashbar frame and the BB threading was off. Could not get the BB to fit. I returned it to Nashbar for a refund. I just finished the build using the Performance AL frame and had no issues.
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OP; I have the touring version. Nice rider.

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RollCNY thanks for the pics, it helps a lot to see the actual frame. At 6'3" with long arms and tors how would you describe the reach for you on your 58?
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