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Old 01-09-12, 09:24 PM   #1
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FELT Z100 fits my budget. Got any better ideas?

A local bike shop has a FELT Z100 (2011) for $850. Basic factory components etc. I've signed up for the Diabetes Tour De Cure century in June. I have a 29er w/slicks, but want to get back into real road rides now. Not just for the century but for 50+ mile weekend rides. Any suggestions on other similarly priced bikes?

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Test ride it. I have 32,000 miles on my $800 F-85
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Felt makes a nice bike. You can do the BMC SR02 (105 components) from Competitive Cyclist for $899, and if you ask they likely would comp the shipping. At least in the size mine came in, the geometry was similar enough to the Z frame to be comfortable.

Also, at RealCyclist / Bonktown, they have had the Fuji Cross Comp for about $700 - it's a cyclocross bike with 105 shifters. I have liked mine, and if I had the cash would buy another to commute on at that price. You'd just need different tires and it would make a very fine bike for your road rides. I rode the snot out of mine since April, and commute on it (the second one would get raced, I suppose - I need to have a dedicated CX bike).
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I've had a Felt z100 for a couple of years that I use for fun road rides. I like it. It's fairly light and simple. You might want to go for a longish test ride and see if the relaxed riding position and triple chainring suit you. To me, the handling seems to be a bit twitchy. That may be because it's a compact frame; it just doesn't seem as smooth in the turns as other road bikes I've had. Also, I would invest in some better tires. My model (2009) came with Victoria el-cheapos. I do like the saddle it comes with. Very comfy. (btw, you might want to wait until they mark it down--it is last years model).
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Thanks for the input guys
@david58 that's a great deal. I may try and go that route if I can.
@SnowJob I do need to take it for a long test ride. I've got a long torso and "short" legs for my height so a compact frame may not be the best for me.

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Go test ride stuff, at your local Bike Shop , ... size the frame for your legs,
Swap parts, at point of sale , change the stem extension length for the torso proportion.

Know: the wheels can be changed to suit a heavy rider, if that is your worry,
and the bike comes with something else...
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My wife rides a Felt Speed 50, but that's a general use hybrid, so you're talking about a different bike. Still, she's been very happy with the bike, and has had no problems with the factory components.

The online deals can save you money, but since I bought my touring bike this summer, I've been very happy that I bought it at my LBS. First of all, they have given me tons of free maintenance. It's supposed to come with 6 mos. free repairs and upkeep, but it's been eight now and nobody has even implied that they'll be charging me for anything but parts to work on that bike. Nothing big so far, but even small repairs cost money in labor, so I've saved at least a hundred or two that way. In addition, the shop gives me 15% off on anything I buy there--parts, clothes, accessories (everything but gift cards), and once you get back into biking more, you're probably going to be buying more than just the bike. You may not need as much as I did--I don't know how much you ride your 29er--but I've bought a bunch of stuff. It's not like it was my first bike, either. My touring bike replaced a 20 year old hybrid that was stolen from my accidentally unlocked garage. That was an all purpose bike and I rode it a lot in good weather, but getting the new one opened the wallet up. When I bought a used commuter mountain bike, I needed some more gear, and again, that 15% discount came in handy.

So unless you're very good with a wrench and already have pretty much all the gear you'll need, maybe you should think about sticking with the LBS, depending on whether they're nice to deal with and offer good service, support and discounts for their bike-buying customers. Just a thought.

Happy trails!
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A local bike shop has a FELT Z100 (2011) for $850. Basic factory components etc. I've signed up for the Diabetes Tour De Cure century in June. I have a 29er w/slicks, but want to get back into real road rides now. Not just for the century but for 50+ mile weekend rides. Any suggestions on other similarly priced bikes?

Thanks!

PS - Clydesdale here... 6'2 - 230
There are several.

Jamis Ventura Sport for $700 or the Jamis Ventura Comp for $975. Specialized Sectuer for $880.

Since you live in Virginia, you are close enough to a Performance to take advantage of their deals. This Fuji Newest is a great bike for the same price as the Felt.

Just make sure you ride a bunch of bikes before you buy.
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Thanks for all the input guys. I rode a 60cm Marin fixed the other day just to feel the riding position/size. (holy crap, fixies are scary) I still have not been able to test out any of the bikes you all recommended but hope to this week. Will hit up Performance and Eastern Mountain Sports(had great customer service there before) and Spokes ETC. but that BMC is calling my name. If the geometry on any of the test bikes matches up closely with it I might pull the trigger.
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