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Nashbar closeout Al. Rd. frame, $150? What's the trick?(9 posts)

Nashbar closeout Al. Rd. frame, $150? What's the trick?128
Mar 27, 2003 11:23 AM
Any opinions/knowledge on this frame? ("pronounced fra-may" the ad says and: "Decals not applied" -cute. No one will know you're a cheapskate)

Thanks.

(just got turned on to that closeout issue. I could buy one of everything in there...)
http://www.nashbar.com/profile_moreimages.cfm?category=130&subcategory=1176&sku=6064&brand=
friend bought one (maybe two) of their mtb frames,...JS Haiku Shop
Mar 27, 2003 11:29 AM
said it (they) had misaligned dropouts and weren't well made, *and* scratched up/minor nicks & dents. i have bought two "bargain" frames from www.chucksbikes.com, and am very happy doing business there.
Chucks bikes, THE way to go for a bargain,...Fixie-ated
Mar 27, 2003 12:02 PM
I bought a Tsunami alu frame with headset and carbon fork for < 2 bills. Frame aligned, no scratches and nice paint and graphics.

He also has a GT for a bit more if you want a more traditional ride.

Better yet, if you want a real bargain, he has a basic alu frame for I think less than $100.00. Definitely worth considering...
Performance/NashbarFez
Mar 27, 2003 1:25 PM
Performance and Nashbar have offered cheap AL frames for the past few years. Usually manufactured by Kinesis or KHS or the whoever the company in Taiwan that manufacturers low to mid end cheap aluminum frames for big manufacturers.

They aren't particularly nice, but they are cheap and light and would make a good starter, beater or training bike. That is provided you have a fork and carryover components, because there's no sense in buying a cheap frame and spending full retail on a nice build kit.
So did my brother, but...Matno
Mar 27, 2003 1:21 PM
it was beautiful! Their new (2003) mountain bike frames are much nicer than the last couple of year's models. Stronger design and MUCH better finish/attention to detail. (And slightly more expensive, but only slightly). Don't know about the road frames. They look decent. It's nice that they don't have decals. The MTB frames have them and they're under the clearcoat! (Who wants an "Access" bike?!)

Chucksbikes has higher end stuff for incredible prices. I'd say it would be hard to go wrong with Chuck!
Access is from supergo, not nashbar nmshawndoggy
Mar 27, 2003 5:12 PM
Yup. I'm an idiot! Too much studying lately... nmMatno
Mar 27, 2003 6:31 PM
(But those Access frames are nice if you want a cheap hardtail!)
i've got one..._rt_
Mar 28, 2003 6:37 AM
they're all made in taiwan and they were bought in a huge bulk quantity (which is why they're so inexpensive). i've actually never used mine but eventually it will be built up as a trainer bike. they are boat anchor heavy but solid & reliable. it would be excellent for a commuter or a trainer bike.

rt - has friends in high places at Nashbar
i've got one...jrescpa
Mar 28, 2003 9:41 AM
I can't speak for Nashbar frames, but all of the Nashbar gear I've bought has been good quality and excellant for the price. I've bought gloves, shorts, etc.