I can get a brand new 2009 Felt z35 for $1400 or a brand new 2009 Felt z45 for $1200, is the z35 worth the extra $200? The main difference that I could find is that the 35 comes with all 105 components and the 45 is a mix of Tiagra and 105's and then 18 speed vs 20. What do you guys think?
The Z35 is 105 shifters, FD and RD. The Z45 is Tiagra shifters, Sora FD and 105 RD. The cranksets are different also (perhaps to match the drivetrains?) but both use the Hollowtech II BB. The wheels are the same.
The MSRP's are $2199 and $1799 respectively. I certainly don't see where the Z35 is a $400 better bike, much less $200. I'd say (unless there's a big difference that I'm not seeing) go with the Z45, and if the Sora FD is just junk, you could upgrade it for much less than $200.