Introducing the Nashbar Carbon Cyclocross Bike

Introducing the new Nashbar Carbon Cyclocross Bike

“How much more black could this be? And the answer is ‘none’. None more black.” Introducing the new Nashbar Carbon Cyclocross Bike.

“What bike is that?” (A frequent query this week at our corporate headquarters)

In our home office chock full of avid cyclists where a myriad assortment of prized road, cyclocross, and mountain bikes are seemingly tucked away in every spare corner, it takes something special to garner notice. And the new Nashbar Carbon Cyclocross Bike (Nashbar item # NB-CCX) certainly has that stop-you-in-your-tracks x-factor in spades.

It certainly sports a compelling stealth aesthetic with its matte black carbon frame and fork plus black components throughout. The dashes of silver in the chain, cassette, front derailleur, and brake rotors provide a nice pop of contrast to the otherwise stealth-mode styling everywhere else.

Understated Nashbar branding along the side of the top tube. Also note the internal routing of the derailleur cables.

Understated Nashbar branding along the side of the top tube. Also note the internal routing of the derailleur cables.

There’s a subtle, grey Nashbar logo on the front of the top tube that extends onto the side of the head tube as well as a small Nashbar logo on the inside of the non-drive chain stay as well as the back of the seat tube just so your friends can tell the source of this carbon fiber ‘cross wonder.

Nashbar branding (as well as contrasting grey paneling) featured on the inner portion of the left chainstay.

Nashbar branding (as well as contrasting grey paneling) featured on the inner portion of the left chainstay.

The sculpted carbon fiber frame plus full carbon monocoque fork are built to withstand all the punishment you can dish out on the trails or dirt roads.

The carbon fiber frame sports a massive BB86 bottom bracket shell.

That is one massive bottom bracket shell.

The frame features a massive BB86 bottom bracket shell to enhance both stiffness and weight savings while more slender top tube and seat stays enhance the ride quality on rougher terrain.

The carbon fiber frameset features internal routing through the fork for the front brake as well as internal routing through the frame for the rear brake.

The carbon fiber frameset features internal routing through the fork for the front brake as well as internal routing through the frame for the rear brake.

Additionally, the internal routing of the cables keeps the aesthetics as well as shifting/braking performance neat and tidy. The full carbon fiber fork, with a tapered 1-1/8″ – 1-1/2″ steerer tube, also contributes to weight savings plus helps delivers a superb ride  quality and inspires confidence no matter how challenging the terrain.

The drivetrain features Shimano 105 5800 11-speed derailleurs and cassette as well as a Shimano RS500 crankset.

The drivetrain features Shimano 105 5800 11-speed derailleurs and cassette as well as a Shimano RS500 crankset.

Shimano’s exemplary 105 components are spec’d for the 2×11-speed shifter/brake levers, front derailleur, rear derailleur, plus 11-speed cassette. The crankset, too, flies the Shimano flag as the RS500 model sports stiff, aluminum construction and 46/36T chainrings.

Promax Render R mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors are used front and rear. The rear hub (as well as the front) use quick release levers for retention.

Promax Render R mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors are used front and rear. The rear hub (as well as the front) use quick release levers for retention.

Stopping power is delivered via Promax Render R mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear.

The 700x33 Vittoria XG Pro tires feature a versatile tread pattern.

The 700×33 Vittoria XG Pro tires feature a versatile tread pattern.

Alex aluminum wheels are the epitome of reliability and durability with 28 spokes front and rear with stout 14g stainless steel spokes. Vittoria’s XG Pro ‘cross tires, in a 700×33 size, are true all-arounders and are plush enough to soak up rugged terrain plus deliver ample grip and traction while braking or accelerating.

Smooth lines through the seat cluster as well as subtle Nashbar logos on the back of the seat tube.

Smooth lines through the seat cluster as well as subtle Nashbar logos on the back of the seat tube.

And this post serves as just the introduction to the Nashbar Carbon Cyclocross Bike. Tune in several weeks from now for an assessment of how this stealth ‘cross machine performs on our local stomping grounds of fire roads, doubletrack, singletrack, as well as in competition.

The author of this post in action on the Nashbar Carbon Cyclocross Bike.

Now it’s time for a ride!

Note: The Nashbar Carbon Cyclocross Bike does not include pedals, water bottle cage, and water bottle as seen in several of these photos. 

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5 comments on “Introducing the Nashbar Carbon Cyclocross Bike
  1. Jeff berken says:

    That bike is sick!!!!!!

  2. Wes says:

    What is the max width tires that will fit on this?

    • Peter Hymas says:

      Wes–I was wondering the same thing and just recently swapped out to a set of fatter tires to see. I put a pair of Panaracer Comet tires on there that are 700×38 and they fit fine. There’s ample clearance on the fork and it would be totally fine in even super muddy conditions. The rear wheel is a bit tighter around the chainstays, but there’s no problem with the fit. I think a 700×40 would still clear the fork, but the rear tire would be a very tight fit.

  3. haby ramirez says:

    Could you please provide information about sizing, like reach and stack for a size 51? Thanks

    • Peter Hymas says:

      Hello Haby Ramirez – We’re checking on the reach and stack specs for the 51cm size, hopefully we’ll be back to you in about 24 hours.

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