Tilting with windmills
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Texas 'Burbs
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If my choices were limited to the two lines and the 4 models, I would get the Z70 from the "Bang for the buck" point of view. Felt makes a great bike and the Z series has a more relaxed geometry. Z70 gives you a full 105 drive train, save cranks, for around $300 less MSRP over the 2.1.
I thought for 2008 Felt had dropped the Z80 and gone with the Z90. If the Z80 is a left over 07, that is probably your best deal money wise. Either way, I think Felt offers more value from a component stand point for your money.
If your shops are offering competitive pricing, go with the shop that feels like it will give you the best service in the long run. As always, the fit is the most important aspect though. Either shop should be doing more than looking at you, have you stand over the bike, and recommending a size. If they are doing this, I would be concerned they are trying more to sell you a bike on the floor more so than one that fits.
Ask each shop about what they are offering for post sale follow up such as tuneup, stem swap, and things like bottle cages and bottles and a seat bag. They should at least discount the cages, bottles, and bag. The stem swap is pretty important if you are new to roadies. As you ride more, you will find your riding position will change. Most shops around here at least offer a discount for a period of time after a new purchase and some even offer up to 2 Free swaps within the first 6 months.
One other thing about the Trek choice. Budget in some extra $$ for a replacement seat. Most find the stock Bontrager to be brutal and unreadable. In fact, seat upgrade options are another good thing to ask before you buy. There is no guarantee you will like a stock Felt seat either since this is one of the areas manufacturers know is likely to get replaced and is a cost saving item for them.