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NASHBAR Chromo Touring Frames / Fork on close-out right now

Old 10-25-14, 08:57 PM
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NASHBAR Chromo Touring Frames / Fork on close-out right now

Having had such a good experience with their aluminum touring frame (sweet build / ride), I wanted to pass on that just got a notice that the steel version is on sale ($99) in a good range of sizes.

Nashbar Cro-mo Touring Frame
Nashbar Disc/V-Brake Compatible Cyclocross/Touring/Hybrid Bike Fork

Noticed that:

1) The frame now has disk brake mount on the rear (AL version didn't) and that the matching chromo fork with disk brake mount is also on sale for $44.
2) Both the frame and the fork also have the cantilever / V-Brake studs brazed on... allows a ton of flexibility or could use with a pair of double wire levers to finally have too much brakes (disks and rim brakes!!)...

Nuff said ... $145 total!

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Nice. Could be a good base for a commuter or backup bike.
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The seat and headtube angles look odd for a touring bike (73/74.6). If those numbers are correct, they are very steep for a touring bike.
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SA isn't unusual, but HA is super steep. Even racing bikes HA doesn't exceed 74 deg. This frame would have the worst toe overlap ever, if it had normal length top tube.

The head tube is very short (for anything but a triathlon frame), even shorter than racing bikes, and not proportioned to frame size.

The ETT length on a size 50 is 571mm! 55mm BB drop is atypical for 700c road/touring bikes.

I wonder if this frame was designed as a 29er, then repurposed as a tourer once a critical design flaw was discovered. Perhaps the tire clearance was too restrictive for 29er duty.

The frame is likely made from straight gauge tubing too to reduce cost. I bought a Nashbar MTB frame a few years back and it weighed 7-8 lbs due to SG tubing and a 2" diameter downtube. It was such a piece of junk I never put parts on it.
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The Al touring frame had 3 sets of bottle mounts and the matching fork had double dropout eyelets and lowrider mounts. This is not a suitable replacement.
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Thank you for posting these links! I have the Nashbar cyclocross aluminium frame with the disc brake tabs. The cyclocross frame is a very capable tourer. This bike is a transformer for me. I set it up in touring mode (front and rear racks), commuting (fenders with only rear rack), and gravel bike (no fenders, no racks, wider tires).

I am very tempted for this touring frame as well because of the success of my aluminium cyclocross frame. I really like the 700c capability of the frame. Would like to have 3 bottle mounts, but can not have everything in this world. Plus the price is right to get a frame with so many options.

The fork looks nice and would be awesome with disk brakes. The fork I sourced has front and rear eyelets for a rack and fenders. Again for the price this is an unbeatable combination. Thank you for sharing!

Does anyone else know of a fork with front and rear eyelets?
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Bruzer check out the Surly Disc Trucker Fork 700c Black - Modern Bike
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