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Last Edited by treyfer July 11, 2013 at 07:11 AM
Pretty rare to see a road bicycle with this level of component group for a price this low. A SRAM Rival group alone would run you pretty close to the cost of this whole bike. Shimano 105 pedals? Better bikes NEVER come with pedals. These alone are worth $70!

Only 48, 51, and 60 cm sizes left. The 51 should be good for someone as tall as 5'8" if you want a pretty racy riding position. The 60 is for really tall people. The 48 would be good for many women.

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Prod...1___204204
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Famous Maker Road Bike with Rival

Nashbar is all about the hookup. It's just what we do; and there's no better example than the Famous Maker Road Bike with Rival. First of all, check the specs--we're talking no-kidding quality with a hydroformed 6061 T6 aluminum frame and carbon fork with Sram Rival Crankset, front and rear derailleurs, levers, and shifters...that alone makes the deal. But how about this: we sweeten it even more by finishing the bike out with excellent components all the way down to the ground...we've even included a pair of Shimano 105 pedals just so you know we're out of our minds.

6061-T6 hydroformed aluminum frame has the geometry and ride feel of a classic Italian racing machine--laterally stiff bottom bracket, 73 degree head tube and seat tube and tapered seat stays to soften the ride
SRAM Rival 10-speed drivetrain delivers smooth shifting and sheds weight off your bike
Alex ALX270 wheels are tough enough for rough roads and light enough for long rides
Carbon fiber fork is tapered to give you a stable and responsive ride, while smoothing out road vibrations to save your palms and forearms
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Famous Maker Road Bike with Rival

FRAME:ll 6061 Aluminum
FORK:ll Carbon fiber, 45mm rake, alloy steerer
HEADSET:ll 1 1/8"
CRANKSET:ll SRAM Rival 53/39T, 10-speed, Length: 170mm (48cm), 172.5mm (51/54/57cm), 175mm (60cm)
BOTTOM BRACKET:ll SRAM Rival
SHIFTERS:ll SRAM Rival
LEVERS:ll SRAM Rival
HANDLEBAR:ll 6061-T6 Aluminum, 31.8mm clamp, Width: 400mm (48cm), 420mm (51/54cm), 440mm (57/60cm)
STEM:ll 6061 cold-forged aluminum, -5 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp, Length: 90mm (48cm), 100mm (51cm), 110mm (54cm), 120mm (57/60cm)
FRONT DERAILLEUR:ll SRAM Rival
REAR DERAILLEUR:ll SRAM Rival
CASSETTE:ll SRAM PG-1050, 12-25T
BRAKES:ll Tektro R520
WHEELSET:ll Alex ALX270 20/24-spoke with aero stainless steel spokes
TIRES:ll Vittoria Rubino Pro 700x23
PEDALS:ll Shimano 105 with cleats
SEATPOST:ll Alloy 27.2x300mm
SADDLE:ll Velo Plush
CHAIN:ll KMC DX10 SC
GRIPS/TAPE:ll Velo Gel Tape
RACK MOUNTS:ll
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This is a crazy good deal. You could almost strip the components, sell them on eBay, and turn a profit. And Nashbar is a solid company that is trustworthy (owned by the same company that owns Performance Bike, if I remember correctly).

There is no doubt that Rival > Sora. Whether Rival > 105 or Rival > Ultegra depends on who you ask. But there is more to it than that. I would MUCH rather ride a Sora bike that fits me than a Rival (or Dura-Ace, or whatever) that didn't. A good deal on spendy components on a poor fitting bike isn't really a good deal at all. The only downside of buying your first road bike online is that you have no idea of what size you really need given differences in frame geometry.

Also, IMO Sora gets a undeserved bad rap from most road cyclists. I rode a Sora-equipped bike all the way through grad school and only recently upgraded now that I have a real job and a deal on Craigslist came up that I couldn't refuse. Top of the line components are nice, but in all honesty the Sora stuff is fine. Plus Sora is bulletproof and requires very little maintenance, unlike the more expensive components which are lighter but more temperamental (I put nearly 7000 miles on my Sora bike and did nothing to it aside from a little cleaning and lubrication once in awhile, and it still serves as my "around town" bike for running errands or the occasional work commute).

If you just want a bike to ride around and enjoy being outdoors (and aren't looking to race), I can tell you from experience that a well-fitting bike with Sora components will be more than adequate at a good price. But the frame fit is really, really, really, really, important.
Agree completely. Good fit is better than great components.

And nothing really wrong with Shimano Sora or Tiagra. It's not as fancy as the higher end stuff with the cables buried under the bar tape, but agree both groups work well. The Tiagra level stuff is like Dura Ace from 15 years ago! Wink
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Im just begining to get the things I need (with out spending a ton of cash) to attempt to ride my walmart mongoose mountain bike to work in arizona. Im not a serious rider in any regard. This is an experiment first and if it works out then ill invest in some different tech.

Im like you, I read this and look at it and am thinking...I have alot to learn. All in due time I guess.
We all start somewhere. Rep for you!
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Quote from jfizz View Post :
This is a crazy good deal. You could almost strip the components, sell them on eBay, and turn a profit. And Nashbar is a solid company that is trustworthy (owned by the same company that owns Performance Bike, if I remember correctly).

There is no doubt that Rival > Sora. Whether Rival > 105 or Rival > Ultegra depends on who you ask. But there is more to it than that. I would MUCH rather ride a Sora bike that fits me than a Rival (or Dura-Ace, or whatever) that didn't. A good deal on spendy components on a poor fitting bike isn't really a good deal at all. The only downside of buying your first road bike online is that you have no idea of what size you really need given differences in frame geometry.

Also, IMO Sora gets a undeserved bad rap from most road cyclists. I rode a Sora-equipped bike all the way through grad school and only recently upgraded now that I have a real job and a deal on Craigslist came up that I couldn't refuse. Top of the line components are nice, but in all honesty the Sora stuff is fine. Plus Sora is bulletproof and requires very little maintenance, unlike the more expensive components which are lighter but more temperamental (I put nearly 7000 miles on my Sora bike and did nothing to it aside from a little cleaning and lubrication once in awhile, and it still serves as my "around town" bike for running errands or the occasional work commute).

If you just want a bike to ride around and enjoy being outdoors (and aren't looking to race), I can tell you from experience that a well-fitting bike with Sora components will be more than adequate at a good price. But the frame fit is really, really, really, really, important.
This is good advice. For those wondering how to find the right fit, go to a local bike shop and try different bikes, there is no obligation to purchase. See what fits you the best and then you can feel more confident getting the right fit online.
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yea they just had a 20% off deal a few days ago, and it comes pretty often. i got the full carbon ultegra equipped nashbar cr3 for $1200 on one of those deals.
Did you weigh it by any chance without accessories? I am looking to upgrade, but do not know if CF with Ultegra is worth the money.
I do want to dampen vibrations, but I also want at least a 105.
Currently my choices are:
1. CF w/ T (love geometry, cheap) $850 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Prod...52_533667_
2. CF w/ 105 (crappy color/decals) $1000 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Prod...52_559462_
3. CF w/ U (pricey) $1200 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Prod...52_547459_
4. Al w/ U (not CF) $1000 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Prod...52_546125_
5. CF w/ 105 $1100 http://www.jensonusa.com/Road-Bik...ad-Bike-12
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Did you weigh it by any chance without accessories? I am looking to upgrade, but do not know if CF with Ultegra is worth the money.
I do want to dampen vibrations, but I also want at least a 105.
Currently my choices are:
1. CF w/ T (love geometry, cheap) $850 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Prod...52_533667_
2. CF w/ 105 (crappy color/decals) $1000 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Prod...52_559462_
3. CF w/ U (pricey) $1200 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Prod...52_547459_
4. Al w/ U (not CF) $1000 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Prod...52_546125_
5. CF w/ 105 $1100 http://www.jensonusa.com/Road-Bik...ad-Bike-12
Yepp! weighed it out the box at 18.0lb.

Funny, i was actually comparing the exact same bikes as well til i gave in for the cr3. I dismissed 4 because it didn't have a ultegra crank, which would have been $200 anyways.

It really came down to the nashbar carbon and the cr3 as the best deals. Since i was coming off an aluminum frame carbon fork tiagra equipped felt, i felt like ultegra was worth the jump for me and love it. I although would still think the nashbar carbon would be good on it's own, and the $400 difference may not be worth it for the CR3. If i didnt' already have a wheelset, i may have bought the carbon and spent the $400 difference on a set of wheels.

Well also i got my annual bonus around that time... that also swayed me to spend more lol.
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Yepp! weighed it out the box at 18.0lb.

Funny, i was actually comparing the exact same bikes as well til i gave in for the cr3. I dismissed 4 because it didn't have a ultegra crank, which would have been $200 anyways.

It really came down to the nashbar carbon and the cr3 as the best deals. Since i was coming off an aluminum frame carbon fork tiagra equipped felt, i felt like ultegra was worth the jump for me and love it. I although would still think the nashbar carbon would be good on it's own, and the $400 difference may not be worth it for the CR3. If i didnt' already have a wheelset, i may have bought the carbon and spent the $400 difference on a set of wheels.

Well also i got my annual bonus around that time... that also swayed me to spend more lol.
But, did they really cheap out and send you this: Shimano 4600 Tiagra, 11-25T ?
Why in the world would they send you that cassette? Tho the actual gearing is fine- and probably the most common, for most riders out there....still, an Ultegra cassette or a 105 isn't all that expensive. Kinda flakey IMO...

PS. I bought an Ultegra 11-25 to replace my 105 11-23 a couple months ago, it was only $50 shipped...and wasn't any lighter than the 105 if you were wondering, lol...
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This bike the OP listed is spec'd very well..especially for SRAM Rival and is more on par with Shimano Ultegra than 105. I've always preferred SRAM drive train over Shimano as SRAM seems to have quicker/more precise shifts up or down..personal preference and YMMV. Love the fact that the frame is not all bling'ed out with mfg stickers..clean and uncluttered works for me. Visit your local bike shop and see what $900..get you..Tiagra usually and other lesser components. It appears to have a compact frame so the 60cm size should work well for someone 6-1 and up to 6-3-6/4 tall.
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But, did they really cheap out and send you this: Shimano 4600 Tiagra, 11-25T ?
Why in the world would they send you that cassette? Tho the actual gearing is fine- and probably the most common, for most riders out there....still, an Ultegra cassette or a 105 isn't all that expensive. Kinda flakey IMO...

PS. I bought an Ultegra 11-25 to replace my 105 11-23 a couple months ago, it was only $50 shipped...and wasn't any lighter than the 105 if you were wondering, lol...
Great, thanks for letting me know... i was thinking whether it was worth it to fully upgrade the drive to ultegra... but now i probably won't.

Also, i just saw these on bikes direct and this would have probably been in the running if they were out when i bought the cr3: http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...nt_xiv.htm

lastly, the 18lb weight was for the 54 with no pedals... fyi.
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Great, thanks for letting me know... i was thinking whether it was worth it to fully upgrade the drive to ultegra... but now i probably won't.

Also, i just saw these on bikes direct and this would have probably been in the running if they were out when i bought the cr3: http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...nt_xiv.htm

lastly, the 18lb weight was for the 54 with no pedals... fyi.
....too much Tiagra on that BikesDirect.com ride and I never heard of those hubs and wheelset: Custom Aero PRO WEINMANN DP18 ALLOY
I know Weinmann has been around for a long time, but so has Huffy...
Wouldn't be at all surprised if the framesets were the same, and all built in same factory in China...which is just fine IMO- I've heard a lot of good things about them If you don't overly worry about warrenty support- and you probably shouldn't, not when you can go on E-bay and get a replacement for $400
...an extra $400 well spent for the CR3; move into the Vuelta Corsa SLR wheelset (about $275 shipped with coupon) instead of the Alex 200's when you get your next bonus check and you'll be set- you'll lose close to a full pound of rotational weight and yield significant benefits- CL the Alex200's for $125 too- making the $150 difference the best upgrade you can ever make!
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Last edited by Maegus July 11, 2013 at 01:10 PM.
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Im looking for a bike to ride around NYC / central park more for exercise purposes.

Is the Dawes SST / Windsor Hour / Motobecane Track okay for these purposes on bikesdirect? Im looking for a single/fixed bike to match what i usually ride on the spinners in the gym.
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Im looking for a bike to ride around NYC / central park more for exercise purposes.

Is the Dawes SST / Windsor Hour / Motobecane Track okay for these purposes on bikesdirect? Im looking for a single/fixed bike to match what i usually ride on the spinners in the gym.
Even though all good choices (my gf has the motobecane track and i love riding it), that gear ratio is pretty high since it's a track bike. If you live in manhattan it's totally fine since it's all flat, but you will be pounding it at the stop and go redlights, and to get the cadence you get during spin class you will be pushing 20+mph after grinding through lower speeds.

If you don't mind building strength those choices are perfect, but if not and since you are used to high cadence in spin maybe go for a lower geared single speed, like the nekkid bikes on nashbar (again wait for a 20% off deal)
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Looks like this bike may be a ridley triton. [nashbar.com] No way to know for sure though.
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Even though all good choices (my gf has the motobecane track and i love riding it), that gear ratio is pretty high since it's a track bike. If you live in manhattan it's totally fine since it's all flat, but you will be pounding it at the stop and go redlights, and to get the cadence you get during spin class you will be pushing 20+mph after grinding through lower speeds.

If you don't mind building strength those choices are perfect, but if not and since you are used to high cadence in spin maybe go for a lower geared single speed, like the nekkid bikes on nashbar (again wait for a 20% off deal)
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The Tiagra level stuff is like Dura Ace from 15 years ago!
I own Dura Ace from 15 years ago. I'd say it's equivalent to something between today's 105 and Ultegra (closer to Ultegra). Tiagra ain't even close to Dura Ace quality.
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Quote from JBG89 View Post :
Im looking for a bike to ride around NYC / central park more for exercise purposes.

Is the Dawes SST / Windsor Hour / Motobecane Track okay for these purposes on bikesdirect? Im looking for a single/fixed bike to match what i usually ride on the spinners in the gym.
I do not remember where it is exactly (last ride there 15yrs ago), but the climb on the Northern side would be hard on a fixie. I also do not advise to ride the streets if you have never ridden a single speed before. It is a whole different animal. Rent a Citi or one from an LBS to see what it's like first.
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