The Nashbar AL-1 is an entry level bike which is ideal for entry level bikers. If you are somebody who is looking to get into biking, this is one of your best options. Coming within an affordable price, this bike features an aluminium frameset with a carbon fork. The aluminium frame makes the bike lightweight and as a result, the bike is extremely easy to handle. The Shimano 3400 gear drivetrain offers 27 speeds and this wide gear range equips the bike to face any terrain. The ride quality offered is smooth. This bike offers you a complete package of comfort, speed and style at a price which is best in the market.
The bike is equipped with a Double Butted Aluminium Frame along with a Carbon Fork with Chromoly Steerer; VP Threadless Headset; 50/42/30T 9-speed Crankset with ISIS drive; ISIS Bottom Bracket; Shimano STI-3400 Shifters; Shimano STI-3400 Shift Levers; Alloy Handlebar; 3D –Forged 6061-T6 Alloy Stem (10 degree rise); Shimano Sora FD-3403 Front Derailleur; Shimaon Sora RD-3403 Rear Derailleur (9 speed); Shimano HG-50 9 speed Cassette; Dual Pivot Brakes; Alex R500 Rims with 32 Spokes; Vittoria Zaffiro 700×23 Tires; Alloy Seatpost (27.2 millimetre) and Velo Saddle with KMC HG53 Chains.
The Nashbar Al-1 is an entry level road bike designed for beginners who want to get started with biking. This bike can also be used as a commuter for travelling to your workplace or getting some exercise. The ride quality offered by the bike is quire smooth. Equipped with an aluminium frame and a carbon fork, the bike is fairly light and handy. The bike uses Shimano STI-3400 shifters which do a pretty smooth job and offers a lot of options to its riders with a 27-speed gear range. The rakish and polished look of the bike is definitely going to attract some attention.
The bike comes almost assembled and it is extremely easy and straight forward to assemble. However, if you face any difficulty, it is best to take it to your local bike shop. In most cases, the brakes and the derailleurs need some tuning before you start riding it. The tires also are bit on a thinner side and if you are planning to take it off-road quite often, it is best to have them replaced. The saddle and pedals are also very ordinary and low-end and you might also want to replace those.
Overall, Nashbar Al-1 does not disappoint at all as an entry level road bike. The ride quality is extremely enjoyable and the bike is very smooth and responsive. If you are looking for a bike to get started with biking, this one is a great choice. On the other hand, if you are looking for a solid and reliable commuter bike which can also serve as a reliable companion on your weekend rides, this one can be considered as one of your options.