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Nashbar 'Famous Maker' road bike with SRAM Rival $899 plus shipping

Pogo 384 July 10, 2013 at 08:13 PM in Sporting Goods (5) More Nashbar Deals
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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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#61
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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.

Thanks, I suppose you would reccomend a geared bike? They are quite a bit more expensive to get a "decent" one though i presume.
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#62
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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...
The difference between an a 105 cassette and an ultegra one is probably 50 grams at most at half the price.
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#63
Quote from Steeldeals View Post :
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.
Agreed. Build quality is nowhere on par. I was talking about cable layout and basic mechanical design.
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#64
anyone ever buy a Tomasso bike from Giantnerd.com??? the specs line up and they look nice
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#65
Giantnerd is the old RScycle owners. I wont go into too many details, but I wouldnt trust that company for any reason to stand behind their product if you have a problem.

BikesDirect.com is a well known site, similar prices, similar concept. Neuvation is similar as well, but a small organization with a great guy (John) that will provide lots of support through phone and emails, although unless you live in central CA, there isnt face to face support.

If you know how to fit yourself, wrench, and know what you are doing, these are great pricelines!

If you dont, (you are going to spend a penny to get the LBS to build your bike anyhow), or if you are worried about having a solid warranty, go to your LBS. Actually, Nashbar's warranty is pretty soild.... they will just take it back rather than try to go through the manufacturer to warranty the item.
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#66
Sorry to keep you guys question but is this set up legit or good value?
Not really sure since he assembled it on his own....but all I see is ultegra in his deescription and other components he listed sounds like alien to me o_O;; help any input is appreciated TIA!

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh...95710.html

I assembled an absolutely awesome bike! Weighs just under 22 Lbs! I started out with a NEW,NEVER USED 2003 Cannondale CAAD7 R1000 Road Bike Frame in 56cm,in Bright White with Silver Decals! I added a Brand New Columbus Carve High Modulus Carbon Fiber Fork,1 1/8 Integrated Headset from Aheadset,I added a MINT set of Velomax Circuit Wheels! Tires are 700x23c with both being Black,Kevlar,Kenda in Front and Hutchinson in Rear,Shimano 8 Speed Cassette with 13-23 Ratios,both wheels are Quick Release with really nice Black Finished Skewers! Cranks are FSA/SRAM Rival OCT/GXP175mm,with 50/34 Ring Gears,and Bottom Bracket,KKT Black/Silver Pedals(No special shoes needed!),Front Derailleur is a NOS Suntour GXP(I still got the box!),Rear Derailleur is a Shimano Ultegra,Ultegra Brakeset,both are Polished Finish,Shifters/Brake Levers are Shimano 105(Brifters),Seatpost is FSA SL-K Carbon Fiber,Saddle is a really nice White Leather weighing almost nothing! Handlebars are Avenir 200 Series Forged Alloy Wing Type in 42 cm,and Stem is Avenir 200 Series Forged Alloy in 100mm,Bars are wrapped in Brand New Profile Design Custom Cork(See pictures!)ALL NEW CABLES,CHROME CHAIN(DX10SC-KMC),NEW PRESTA VALVE TUBES.Bike is 100% Ready to go! All adjustments were done by a professional Bike Mechanic! Price is $850.00 DELIVERED TO PORT AUTHORITY AREA.Call BikeMike at (201)456-3626,cell to make an appontment? to BUY this Awesome Machine! Frame is worth $400-$500 alone! Columbus Carve Forks sell for around $400.! PAYPAL IS ACCEPTED!

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I'm 5" 4'. At a high level, I'm thinking the 48 would work out for me. What do you guys think?
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Quote from SolnzeUSB View Post :
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.
unless you have muscle atrophy the climb(s) on the CP loop are no problem. I ride a 46x16 gear ratio & I have to push it but I'm not dying. change out the rear cog if you ever need to make it easier. I have had a Windsor the hour, decent bike for the money, I would spend more and get the Kilo or Premium Brew (I own it, colors suck but its a great bike).
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#69
Rip off, has a weird mix of ultegra RD, 8 speed cassette (?!), and a suntour FD

Quote from WontaekC View Post :
Sorry to keep you guys question but is this set up legit or good value?
Not really sure since he assembled it on his own....but all I see is ultegra in his deescription and other components he listed sounds like alien to me o_O;; help any input is appreciated TIA!

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh...95710.html

I assembled an absolutely awesome bike! Weighs just under 22 Lbs! I started out with a NEW,NEVER USED 2003 Cannondale CAAD7 R1000 Road Bike Frame in 56cm,in Bright White with Silver Decals! I added a Brand New Columbus Carve High Modulus Carbon Fiber Fork,1 1/8 Integrated Headset from Aheadset,I added a MINT set of Velomax Circuit Wheels! Tires are 700x23c with both being Black,Kevlar,Kenda in Front and Hutchinson in Rear,Shimano 8 Speed Cassette with 13-23 Ratios,both wheels are Quick Release with really nice Black Finished Skewers! Cranks are FSA/SRAM Rival OCT/GXP175mm,with 50/34 Ring Gears,and Bottom Bracket,KKT Black/Silver Pedals(No special shoes needed!),Front Derailleur is a NOS Suntour GXP(I still got the box!),Rear Derailleur is a Shimano Ultegra,Ultegra Brakeset,both are Polished Finish,Shifters/Brake Levers are Shimano 105(Brifters),Seatpost is FSA SL-K Carbon Fiber,Saddle is a really nice White Leather weighing almost nothing! Handlebars are Avenir 200 Series Forged Alloy Wing Type in 42 cm,and Stem is Avenir 200 Series Forged Alloy in 100mm,Bars are wrapped in Brand New Profile Design Custom Cork(See pictures!)ALL NEW CABLES,CHROME CHAIN(DX10SC-KMC),NEW PRESTA VALVE TUBES.Bike is 100% Ready to go! All adjustments were done by a professional Bike Mechanic! Price is $850.00 DELIVERED TO PORT AUTHORITY AREA.Call BikeMike at (201)456-3626,cell to make an appontment? to BUY this Awesome Machine! Frame is worth $400-$500 alone! Columbus Carve Forks sell for around $400.! PAYPAL IS ACCEPTED!

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#70
Quote from flatlight View Post :
Rip off, has a weird mix of ultegra RD, 8 speed cassette (?!), and a suntour FD
You'll be much better served if you consider one of the bikes mentioned in this thread at your pricepoint.....8spd?...huh? Maybe if it was $600, and only then if I saw the real component spec. It could be 1/2 generation old stuff and there is no need to compromise when your willing to lay down close to a grand. Component grouppos are optimized to work with each other, especially drivetrains. 22lbs is actually quite heavy for a road bike...
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Quote from Chrs View Post :
I'm 5" 4'. At a high level, I'm thinking the 48 would work out for me. What do you guys think?
That would be a pretty safe choice, maybe perfect. You could probably even fit the 51, but you would likely be much more stretched out than you'd want to be for any kind of distance riding.

In general, it is better to get too small a frame and raise the seat post up and/or add a longer steering stem or flip the stem over for more elevation than to try to make too big a frame work.
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Quote from Pogo View Post :
That would be a pretty safe choice, maybe perfect. You could probably even fit the 51, but you would likely be much more stretched out than you'd want to be for any kind of distance riding.

In general, it is better to get too small a frame and raise the seat post up and/or add a longer steering stem or flip the stem over for more elevation than to try to make too big a frame work.
Thanks. That's what I was thinking.
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#73
The real downer about Sora shifters is that you can't downshift from the drops. You've got to get into an upright position (the hoods) to downshift because it lacks the longer downshift lever found on anything from Tiagra on. Won't matter much on a commuter, but that can be a pain if you're a faster rider that gets into the drops often.

As a matter of practicality, I'd go for Tiagra shifters at a minimum, though I think 105 is the way to go. With Tiagra, you'll be down to 9 gears instead of the 10 available on 105 and above, but that may not matter to a lot of people, especially if the area where you ride is pretty flat.

What shifters are on your bike is more important than the derailleurs, as derailleurs are fairly inexpensive (though your shifters will limit which groupsets you use elsewhere). If you go with a 105 bike, you can use Ultegra, 105 and Dura-Ace components more or less interchangeably (all are 10-speed). So, for example, a bike equipped with 105 shifters can be upgraded to Ultegra derailleurs, cranksets and chain rings, so it's a bike you can really upgrade and grow into. If you go with Tiagra shifters, you're stuck using Tiagra or worse elsewhere on the bike. Of course, you could upgrade the shifters and everything else, but shifters are very expensive, so that will cost you more in the long run. I don't think that limitations of Tiagra are worth the cost tradeoff, but for a commuter/beater it might be fine.

SRAM Rivals have the longer downshift lever and are 10-speed, so on paper, they compare to at least 105-level on Shimano. Personally, I'm a Shimano guy, but SRAM is good stuff.

Just an edit: It's common for bike makers to use nice derailleurs with cheaper shifters, as the derailleurs are cheaper and make the bike look better. As a buyer, worry more about the shifter than the derailleurs. Derailleurs are cheap and easy to replace. Shifters are very expensive. On cheaper bikes, it's not uncommon to see Sora/Tiagra derailleurs with 2xxx shifters. Tricks people into thinking that they're getting a "Tiagra" bike for cheap, but all they're really getting is the cheapest part of the Tiagra groupset. I suspect this probably happens with Campies and SRAM, too, so remember to always pay attention to the shifters on the bike. Shifters and crank sets are easily the hardest-to-replace and most expensive part on the bike. Start out with nice ones, if you can Smilie
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#74
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Rip off, has a weird mix of ultegra RD, 8 speed cassette (?!), and a suntour FD
thanks for that info and I'm glad I asked... gonna pass on that one! search continues....
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Quote from notwerk View Post :
The real downer about Sora shifters is that you can't downshift from the drops. You've got to get into an upright position (the hoods) to downshift because it lacks the longer downshift lever found on anything from Tiagra on. Won't matter much on a commuter, but that can be a pain if you're a faster rider that gets into the drops often.

As a matter of practicality, I'd go for Tiagra shifters at a minimum, though I think 105 is the way to go. With Tiagra, you'll be down to 9 gears instead of the 10 available on 105 and above, but that may not matter to a lot of people, especially if the area where you ride is pretty flat.

What shifters are on your bike is more important than the derailleurs, as derailleurs are fairly inexpensive (though your shifters will limit which groupsets you use elsewhere). If you go with a 105 bike, you can use Ultegra, 105 and Dura-Ace components more or less interchangeably (all are 10-speed). So, for example, a bike equipped with 105 shifters can be upgraded to Ultegra derailleurs, cranksets and chain rings, so it's a bike you can really upgrade and grow into. If you go with Tiagra shifters, you're stuck using Tiagra or worse elsewhere on the bike. Of course, you could upgrade the shifters and everything else, but shifters are very expensive, so that will cost you more in the long run. I don't think that limitations of Tiagra are worth the cost tradeoff, but for a commuter/beater it might be fine.

SRAM Rivals have the longer downshift lever and are 10-speed, so on paper, they compare to at least 105-level on Shimano. Personally, I'm a Shimano guy, but SRAM is good stuff.

Just an edit: It's common for bike makers to use nice derailleurs with cheaper shifters, as the derailleurs are cheaper and make the bike look better. As a buyer, worry more about the shifter than the derailleurs. Derailleurs are cheap and easy to replace. Shifters are very expensive. On cheaper bikes, it's not uncommon to see Sora/Tiagra derailleurs with 2xxx shifters. Tricks people into thinking that they're getting a "Tiagra" bike for cheap, but all they're really getting is the cheapest part of the Tiagra groupset. I suspect this probably happens with Campies and SRAM, too, so remember to always pay attention to the shifters on the bike. Shifters and crank sets are easily the hardest-to-replace and most expensive part on the bike. Start out with nice ones, if you can Smilie
hey you seem like pro in bike! if you don't mind me asking, what do you think of this bike 2003 fuji tean x-fusion. read some review and didn't rly find negative thing. are these components good for the value?

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh...65705.html
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