Nashbar CR5 Road Bike

Behold Nashbar’s recent road thoroughbred: the CR5. It is able for high performance riding – be it racing, fondos, or just spirited group rides – right out of the box with its stellar combination of full carbon fiber frame and fork, Shimano Ultegra 11-speed components, Shimano RS11 wheels, plus FSA bars, stem, brakes, and bottom bracket. The CR5 includes a new and improved UD carbon fiber frame plus a full UD carbon fiber fork with tapered steerer tube. The frame’s sculpted tubing profiles coupled with a major BB30 bottom bracket shell give you the absolute best balance between fantastic stiffness, light weight, in addition to a smooth, responsive ride. The entire cables are internally routed for a great-clean aesthetic at the same time as the frame could also be set up for Di2 electronic shifting in the event you ever wish to take the plunge from mechanical systems. And the graceful satin finish on both the frame and fork makes for fairly the sharp visual commentary. Component-wise, you’d be hard-pressed to discover a finer choice gram for gram, dollar for dollar than Shimano’s very good Ultegra 6800 11-speed system. The CR5 features a number of it: shift/brake levers, crankset, front derailleur, rear derailleur, and cassette. The shifting is just absolute best at the same time as the compact 50/34T crankset ensures you’ll both tame any climb in addition to contest rip roaring county line sprints. It is without a doubt impressive just how well these components works as such a lot functionality, precision, and reliability has trickled down from big brother Dura-Ace that Ultegra is a tour de force in its own right. Shimano also cranks out remarkable wheels and the RS11s are a paragon of versatility. Their 24mm-deep aluminum rims strike a balance between aerodynamics and handling at the same time as stainless steel bladed spokes, 16 front and 20 rear, will slice throughout the wind with aplomb. And these wheels don’t seem to be just for race day as they are sturdy and reliable enough to position throughout the paces day-in and day-out. There is not any skimping regarding tires, too, as a se