I've been shopping for a bike for a while, and I was having trouble deciding. One week ago, I was 90% sure I would end up with a cannondale synapse tiegra for 1229. In fact, I was at my parents house working on some plumbing, and I picked up some white zip ties to install my speed/cadence sensor, since the cannondale would be white, I was 95% positive thats what I would be buying
On a whim, I decided to check out Craigslist and see what was for sale. I saw a 2013 felt Z85 54cm for sale for 1100. I'm 6'2, so I instantly knew I wasn't going to buy a 54cm, but off to Felt's website I went, the specs looked and it looks like felt gives you a lot for your money. Felt was never on the radar before, I had totally missed it. So yesterday I went to the Felt dealer, and test rode a 56cm, and 58cm. The reach was too long on the 58cm, and the 56 felt better. Since I'm used to my Trek 7.2 FX, I thought that I am just not used to a more aggressive riding position, and I would find the 56 too small in the future, so I left without buying anything (but leaning towards getting the 56).(their price was 1300, pretty much no discount)
I get home last night, and find other felt dealers, and there is one a bit closer to me. They have the Felt Z85 for sale for 950.00. That is one hell of a deal for a new bike with shimano 105. So I knew I would check it out after work today, and while at work, I thought that I should probably try the 58 with a shorter stem.
I get to the Felt dealer, explain my predicament, I didn't tell him that my idea was to try a shorter stem, since I wanted to see what he thought first. He said that his recommendation was to try the 58 with a shorter stem. He wanted to check what size stem the felt currently had. He was a bit surprised when I told him it has a 110, and I wanted to try a 90, and I told him that I was thinking the same thing and had already researched it.
He installed the 90, and it fit like a glove. Just like I want, handling is not twitchy. I know that I won't want a smaller bike, but if after a few weeks/months riding, if I want to stretch out a bit more, I can go back to the stock stem, or even 100 or 120. I imagine as I loose weight, a lower position will be more comfortable, so I will want the longer reach.
So here are some pics. I am a bit worried about the rims (I weight 270), but It was a potential problem with any bike I bought. I had a 300.00 budget for rims, but due to savings on the bike I wouldn't mind spending 500 if I had to. I'll only spend what is necessary, and only if I have problems, so I will just take it day by day.
Here is a pic as a reward for the wall of text.