Nashbar Nekkid Review

Nice frame, buy this instead of the Superb Sprint. They’re probably made in the same factory.

I recently cracked the bottom bracket shell on my fixed conversion and decided that it was finally time to buy a bike with a somewhat more appropriate design for fixed riding. Or at least track ends. I went down to my LBS and test rode like 15-20 carbon track prototypes but couldn’t really find the ultimate frame so I decided to just buy something off the internet.

Since I’m poor; my choices were the KiloTT frame from BikeIsland or the Nashbar Nekkid. I sold my soul to Bitech a few months ago so I opted for the Nekkid frame with carbon Nashbar fork. Both would retail for around $200 and I think they’re both good options for an entry level road fixed frame.

Searching this forum gives only a small amount of info on the Nekkid. Like lots of cheap frames it has a somewhat hit or miss reputation so if anyone else has experience, please share.

Here’s my example. Welds look ok, very typical of aluminum frames from China. The ones on the track ends are especially ugly, in part because the angles between the ends and the stays are compromised since this basic frame is also reworked as a road frame. Facing is good but there are some machining marks and dings outside of the contact points. Spacing was good, dropout plates fit fine, all threading is sharp and clean. Overall pretty good, especially so considering the price. The anodizing is nice and clean with no wrinkles or uneven spots, but it is a very thin and weak type II anodizing. The same coating used on a plethora of other cheap aluminum goods, tends to scratch, flake and chip off very easily.

Build in progress. The frame went together very well, no issues.

Still fine tuning the fit. As built this is right at 19 pounds.

This frame is very tall, if you’re considering it be sure to size based entirely on the top-tube.

Geometry-wise it rides very well. Has somewhat of a relaxed wheelbase and head angle but it is very stiff and responsive under acceleration. Compared to a more trackish geometry you definitely have to muscle it around turns some but it’s only a minor difference. I’m blown away at how much nicer the ride is with a carbon fork vice a steel frame/fork. I’ve been hesitant to switch to aluminum but after having some time on this bike I wish I would have done it earlier. It’s noticeably less flexy and responds much quicker.

The Nashbar Carbon fork comes with a rake of 43mm, given the rest of the geometry for the Nekkid frame the combination produces a trail of about 62mm. Depending on your preference this is good for general road riding, should produce a neutral ride that gives to input very well.

Kilo TT:

Nekkid (BB height for the Nekkid is somewhat low at around 275ish mm with 25c tires, wheel base is around 995mm.)

Overall, for around $200, I like it a lot. It’s butted 6061, so it’s not the greatest thing in the world but it seems to be made well-enough and rides very well.

Note the intersection of the top of the track end and the seatstay. Ugh, gross.

UPDATE: 10/22/2014

So this happened today. 4,741 miles on the frame. 😦