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So what is wrong with this frame? Nashbar aluminum for $130.(5 posts)

So what is wrong with this frame? Nashbar aluminum for $130.Eug
Apr 27, 2003 9:32 AM

It's $130 now, but normally it's still only $150.

Just wondering why it's so cheap... Is it only because it's kinda heavy for a road frame (4 lbs)?
Apr 27, 2003 10:55 AM
By the time you build it up with new parts it is just not worth it. You might as well spend the money on a Fuji, Trek or other similar bike from your local shop and get a warranty and sometimes free adjustments for a year.

As an example, the Nashbar frame is $129 and you figure at least another $50 for a steel fork or $100 for carbon. I purchased a new 2002 853 steel leftover Fuji with carbon for on eBay for $299. I am glad I spent the extra $70 for the Fuji when you consider the Nashbar with carbon fork would have been $229.

If you have old parts laying around from a frame that you upgraded and want to use this as a nasty weather/winter bike and the only cost will be to put your old parts on the bike and maybe get some cheap wheels it may be worth it. Even then the price is still very close to getting a nice new shiny bike from the local bike shop.

Many people on use the nashbar steel mountain bike for sale at 49.99 and use old MTB parts and build a nice cheap commuter. It is hard to compete with $49.99.

Hope this helps.
Weight?Dave Hickey
Apr 27, 2003 5:38 PM
I don't know what the Nashbar frame weighs but some aluminum frames can be very heavy. You also might want to check out Most of his frames come with a fork.
Rough rideMR_GRUMPY
Apr 28, 2003 8:41 AM
Because of the weight, it will be very very stiff. It wouldn't be a good bike for someone who rides 150+ miles a week or who rides 50-75 miles at a time.
It would be a great bike for someone that is over 230 Lbs.
It would also be a great "wind trainer" bike.
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Apr 28, 2003 12:01 PM
good thru today 4/28.