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Nashbar AL1 Sora Road Bike for $349.99

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Nashbar has their AL1 Sora Road Bike [bikenashbar.com] for $349.99 after additional 30 percent off (applies automatically in cart). Shipping is free.

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FRAME: 6061 Alloy tubing, Tapered head tube, English thread bottom bracket, Replaceable rear derailleur hanger, 2 sets of water bottle cage mounts
FORK: Carbon fiber fork blades, Tapered 1-1/8" - 1-1/2" alloy steerer tube
HEADSET: Semi-cartridge top and caged bearing bottom
CRANKSET: Alloy crank arms, 50/34T steel chainrings
BOTTOM BRACKET: 68mm English Thread, Pro Wheel external bearing
SHIFTERS: Shimano Sora R3000, 2x9-speed
SEATPOST: Alloy, 27.2mm x 350mm, 15mm offset
LEVERS: Shimano Sora R3000
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Sora R3000
HANDLEBAR: 6061 alloy, 31.8mm diameter, 125mm drop, 70mm reach
STEM: 3D forged alloy, 31.8mm clamp diameter, +/- 6-degree rise
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Sora R3000 GS, 9-speed
CASSETTE: Shimano HG50 9-speed, 12-25T
BRAKES: Tektro R315 dual pivot calipers
WHEELSET: Rims: 700c Araya SA-730 double wall; Hubs: Aluminum, 32H front/rear, quick release front/rear; Spokes: 14g stainless steel with brass nipples, 3x lacing front/rear
TIRES: Schwalbe Lugano, 700x25
PEDALS: Steel cage with boron axles, toe clips and straps
SADDLE: Selle Royal Seta
CHAIN: KMC X-9
GRIPS/TAPE: EVA cork
RACK MOUNTS: No
Available Sizes: 48 cm, 50 cm, 53 cm, 56 cm, 58 cm
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Very solid deal on a Sora bike if you like to buy new. Note that when purchasing from online retailers, you're going to have to do some setup yourself -- unless you want to take it to a local shop, where you'll get glared at for bringing in a Nashbar bike.

Note that depending on your area, there are probably plenty of lightly used Sora bikes available for $200-300.

Edit: Also, low stock on some of those frame sizes.
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unless you want to take it to a local shop, where you'll get glared at for bringing in a Nashbar bike..
And if that happens, take your bike elsewhere.
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And if that happens, take your bike elsewhere.
This. If i ever got that response from a shop, I'd be taking my business elsewhere. they can pay for their artisanal moustache wax with the cash from someone else's crabon fibre wallet
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In my experience, most bike shops are friendly, working hard for very little money, and very helpful. It would probably cost very little to have somebody do the set up for you right.

If you are looking for a great deal from a local bike shop, the most basic Bianchi Sport is a great road bicycle for around $400

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all OOS for me
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Decent price for a starter bike. As such, since it is a starter bike, I would suggest that people new to the sport get measured before dropping $350 on a bike. Yes, they can be adjusted to a certain extent, but a bike frame can also be so big or small that no adjustment will be enough. Its much tougher to purchase a bike online since bike frames can also vary between manufacturers.
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This is just a PSA. Bike Nashbar's parent company, ASE, had filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in middle of November. The filing affect all subsidiaries including Bike Nashbar and all Performance Bike retail shops.

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/i...AlwX2hKhaT

Just want to put this out so buyer beware.
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I've been around road bikes for a while now. Solid bike at a solid price. Setup would be simple enough for anyone with a little youtube.
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This. If i ever got that response from a shop, I'd be taking my business elsewhere. they can pay for their artisanal moustache wax with the cash from someone else's crabon fibre wallet
Thanks for the chuckle...too funny...artisanal moustache wax!
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This. If i ever got that response from a shop, I'd be taking my business elsewhere. they can pay for their artisanal moustache wax with the cash from someone else's crabon fibre wallet
This^, I nearly fell of my seat laughing at that comment! The marketing machine behind the fancy name-brand bikes is ridiculous.. so many casual cyclists wouldn't know the difference btw a $500 bike and $2000+ dollar bike, except for the weight, which a few pounds doesn't matter for the vast majority of cyclists anyway.

If you are sponsored / competing at a -high- level, get the $5k bike, otherwise get something more reasonable - and without the brand name!

Proud owner of the Nashbar FB-1 for around town and the Raleigh Merit Sport from last year's slickdeal. I only upgraded the wheels on the Raleigh, everything else as stock and working great!

Off to oil my bike now rather than wax my stache LMAO
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I have a schwinn gtx bike. Are they good? Also what are some must have for biking? So far I have lights, helmet, u-locks, multi-tool, extra master links... How about for flat tires? Should I buy tubes or patches?
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Out of Stock.....

Your request cannot be completed. One or more of the products you wish to purchase are not available in the quantity you requested.
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If you are sponsored / competing at a -high- level, get the $5k bike, otherwise get something more reasonable - and without the brand name!
Yeah, and at that point you'll be getting a free bike or near free from sponsor(s) anyways.

Good bike for the money. Even has the new Sora group which has under bartape routing for shift cables. Only thing I don't like about this is that it looks like they cheaped out on the crankset/bottom bracket (which are probably shit generic ones). Other than that, solid bike for the price.
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Very solid deal on a Sora bike if you like to buy new. Note that when purchasing from online retailers, you're going to have to do some setup yourself -- unless you want to take it to a local shop, where you'll get glared at for bringing in a Nashbar bike.

Note that depending on your area, there are probably plenty of lightly used Sora bikes available for $200-300.

Edit: Also, low stock on some of those frame sizes.
This has happened to me and it is NOT cool. Most LBS's are pretty good people, but there are those shops that aren't and will charge you extra for buying a bike online, take your business elsewhere...
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