Review: Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike
The Nashbar AT29 is a good, high quality, affordable, recreational cross country multi-speed 29er mountain bike, which is exactly what I was looking for.
I haven’t ridden a bicycle at all during the past 25 years, and I recently decided I would begin riding again. I used to ride a lot, years ago, even doing some long distance touring across the USA, during the summer of 1984. This time around I’ve decided to do some mountain biking, as well as some off and on road bikepacking, and I decided to purchase the Nashbar AT29, which is a multi-speed, hardtail, aluminum frame 29er.
The weather finally allowed me to do some mountain biking today and I was very pleased with the performance of the Nashbar AT29. I’m of the opinion we don’t need to spend over $1,000 for a mountain bike, especially when we’re buying our first one.
I’m quite sure the Nashbar AT29 is up for some serious riding, even though this rider isn’t yet able to ride it to its full potential. I’m also quite sure the Nashbar AT29 is up for some serious bikepacking.
For the quality and the price, the Nashbar AT29 can’t be beat, in my humble opinion.
I had a lot of fun riding on a rough double track mountain trail near my home today, and got quite a work out doing so. The Nashbar AT29 was in its element, and far more up to the task than I was. I’m looking forward to many more rides and much more fun with my new bike, and I highly recommend the Nashbar AT29 to anyone getting into mountain biking.
*** UPDATE – September 2014 – I’ve been riding in the mountains near my home (every other day or so) on very rocky (and rooty) single track, double track, fire roads, asphalt roads, and the bike is doing great. Both the bike and I are taking a beating and having a great time! I’m very pleased with this bike! I’ve also added the following parts and items to the bike: Rockshox Reba fork, Ergon GP3 BioKork grips, WTB Pure V (race) mountain saddle, Nashbar Verge platform pedals, Topeak 29er rear rack, Topeak Mini Morph Pump, Avenir Bigmouth Seat Bag (medium), Bedrock Wingate stem bag, Lezyne Macro Drive front light, Lezyne Zecto Drive taillight, Camelback Podium water bottle. Note: My AT29 has braze on rack mounts on the seat stay but it appears the new AT29 doesn’t have them. The new AT29 frame is not the same one I have. Also, the new AT29 is blue, has decals, and is $349.99. With upgraded fork, saddle, pedals, and grips the bike cost me around $1,000. I recommend upgrading the fork the bike comes with.)***
Regarding the delivery of my Nashbar AT29 from Nashbar, and the service I’ve received from them, I had no problems whatsoever. The bike was delivered by Fed-Ex two days after I purchased it and was in good condition. The bike was easy to assemble and no parts were bent, broken, or missing.
Regarding frame size, the Nashbar AT29 comes in three sizes: 21″, 19″, and 17″. I bought the 17″ (I’m 5′ 8″ tall and have a 33″ inseam) and it fits me perfectly.
Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike
Item # NB-AT29
Compare At: $649.99
$324.99 ($43.99 shipping + $22.14 tax = $391.12)
See: Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike – http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_572976_-1___205345
I did a lot of shopping online for a mountain bike, and virtually every bike of similar quality cost around $600, instead of the $324 I paid for the Nashbar AT29. And most of those bikes didn’t have disc brakes, as the Nashbar AT29 has.
“REI offers a selection of 29er mountain bikes for the budget conscious (starting around $600) to the committed enthusiast ($2,000 and up). Brands represented include our own Novara brand plus bikes from Cannondale, GT, Marin and Scott.”
Read more: 29er Mountain Bike Basics – http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/29er-mountain-bike.html
Top Three Mountain Bikes for Under $500 | Budget Ride Options
#2 – Nashbar AT29: A Budget Mountain Bike with Great Value
“Nashbar has been one of my favorite brands for a long while because they consistently produce an excellent product, and they eschew all the ‘bells and whistles’ that add cost but mean nothing to a rider (think vinyl stickers). The AT29 is another 29’er bike that looks amazing, is fun to ride and will last you for years on end.
“The AT29 has a beautiful ‘stealth’ look without a lot of stickers. The frame shape is classic and and gorgeous, made of 6061 aluminum alloy. It’s light and well built, so it doesn’t transmit very much in the way of vibration (as aluminum typically does). There is a
Zoom [Suntour XCT] front spring fork which provide about 4 inches of travel, and it’s alloy as well.
“The gearing is outstanding, and the whole bike is tuned to be agile and well planted on a variety of terrains. There are 24 gears in total, and the derailleurs are Shimano. You’ll find the whole drivetrain is smooth to shift, and it’s very quick off the starting block.
“You have tons of grip and clearance with the huge 29 inch wheels and the included Kenda Karma mountain tires. The rims are double walled alloy Alex rims, and they’re light (as mountain tires go) and tough. Mechanical disc brakes on the front and rear top off a high value budget mountain bike. Definitely an excellent choice, and something you should take a close look at.”
Read more: Top Three Mountain Bikes for Under $500 | Budget Ride Options – http://bicyclebill.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Three-Mountain-Bikes-for-Under-500-Budget-Ride-Options
Nashbar AT29 29er Mountain Bike
“There has been much anticipation for the brand-new Nashbar AT29 29er Mountain Bike. 29ers are the newest in mountain bike innovation–larger wheels dwarf obstacles and have a larger footprint on soft terrain. So whether you’re looking to hot dog it through the local trails, or catch up on your fitness, the AT29 is a machine engineered to be tough, and designed to bring the fun.
“First off, let’s talk about the AT29’s frame. T6-6061 Aluminum tubing is the industry standard for mountain bike and road bike quality–the only way to go up is to carbon fiber, which is a lot more expensive. T6-6061 is tough, light, and can be fashioned to give flex in all the right areas for superior control and riding comfort. The fork is a
Zoom [Suntour XCT] alloy with 100mm of travel–that means you can speed over all kinds of roots, rocks, and obstacles and your front end will soak it up.
“The AT29 is also no joke when it comes to gearing. With Suntour cranks and Shimano derailleurs, you’re shifting with the industry’s best engineers–24 speeds give you all the options you need for going up steep grades, spinning on flat/rolling trails, or bombing down hills at top speeds. And with Alex alloy rims (which are practically bullet proof) and Kenda tires, you’ll be able to dig in, corner, and cruise with ease.
“29″ wheels conquer obstacles, provide stability, and dig in better 100mm of fork travel soaks up bumps, roots, rocks and such.
“Shimano/Suntour drivetrain is smooth, responsive, and reliable T6-6061 Aluminum Frame is light and strong.”
Source: Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike – http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_553813_-1___202616
Nashbar AT29 Mountain Bike
6061 Aluminum (29″ Wheel Mountain Hardtail)
SR Suntour XCT (100m travel, coil spring w/preload & mechanical lockout)
SR Suntour XCC T102 PB, BK crank 42*34*24
Kalloy HB-RB11 Alloy 6061 31.8MM
KALLOY alloy +/- 7mm , 31.8MM
Shimano Altus 8-speed
SRAM CASSETTE PG 820 11-32 T
ALEX DC-19 Alloy
Kenda K-917 29*1.90
Kalloy SP-600, 27.2MM X 400MM
GRIPS/TAPE: Velo black