“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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Stopping power is delivered via Promax Render R mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear.
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.
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.
Note: The Nashbar Carbon Cyclocross Bike does not include pedals, water bottle cage, and water bottle as seen in several of these photos.