Nashbar Toure'

 

 
 

 
 
The configuration
Frame Nashbar, made in Japan
63 cm, Butted CrMo
Fork Nashbar, made in Japan, CrMo
Headset no-name
Front Hub Shimano 36h
Front Spokes SS
Front Rim Vuelta Typhoon 25mm
Front Tire Pasala 700x32
Rear Hub Shimano RM40 36h
Rear Spokes SS
Rear Rim Vuelta Typhoon 25mm
Rear Tire Pasala 700x32
Rear Cassette Sachs 12-26 9-speed
Bottom Bracket FSA 68x107mm
Crank Shimano XTR 180mm
w Suntour 24, 36, 46 rings
Pedals frogs
Rear Derailer Shimano DeOre
Front Derailer Shimano 105 Triple
Shifters Sachs twist grip
Brake Levers Nashbar Jail Brake
Brakes Nashbar Long Reach Dual-Pivot
Bars Kaloy with MEC bar ends
Stem Unknown
Seat Post SR
Saddle Fizik
Pump Zefal HPX
Computer Sigma BC 1400
Fenders Zefal
Rack Blackburn Ex-2
Generator Union BB type with
control on seat tube
Headlight Union
Tail light dTopLight

This bike was set up to be a commuter bike. The Pasala 32 tires ride very comfortable, yet roll very easily. I was hoping it would fit a larger tire, but a 32 was a tight fit with a fender.

I don't know why it didn't occur to me until I rode the bike that those seat stays that come up to the top tube might be a problem, but by the third pedal stroke I started thinking that this bike wasn't for me.

When I ride, my knees usually come very close to, or brush against the top tube. I even notice the difference on bikes with oversized top tubes, so one that effectively doubles the size of the tube is very unfriendly to my knees. In spite of that, I still ride lots of miles on bikes with fat top tubes. It's only noticeable when I switch and I get used to the difference quickly.

I rode this as my daily commuter from August through December 2005.

I really enjoyed riding this bike, but I rebuilt my Appalachian with the parts from this bike to use as a bad weather commuter.

The Q-factor with the XTR crank and a 107 bottom bracket is 160 mm. A 103 bottom bracket would be better.

Gear charts created by my Gear Calculator

Geometry
Top Tube Chainstay Ft. Center Wheel Base BB Drop Head Angle Seat Angle Stand Over BB Height
                 

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