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    Felt Brougham vs. GT Meatball

    Any thoughts between these two? I've pretty much narrowed my search down to these two bikes, but because of where I live I'm unable to actually see or ride either of them. Anybody have experience with one or both? The Felt retails for around $550, the GT for $750.

    To give you an idea of what I was looking for, I also checked into the Masi cx ss, Raleight Furley, Scattante Americano cx, and All City Nature Boy. But, of those, the Americano is the only one I can find available right now.
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    A Schooner IS a sailboat Wspsux's Avatar
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    Hi,

    Current owner of the Brougham Here. I've ridden the bike very hard for about 2 years now and have set it up in many different iterations.

    What I've learned: The bike is a good buy, It wont leave you feeling jipted or with any buyers remorse as alot of bikes in this price range can. However its probably comparable to a Kilo TT from BD. In retrospect I may have gone with a Kilo had I known more about bikes at the time and saved some cash (which im sure i'd promptly have spent on some neat upgrades anyway). However I fell in love with the color of my Felt, it was a wine red, beautiful, it will chip if you're not careful locking it up. The build is sturdy and the parts will not let you down. I haven't had anything fail on me in the time I've been riding this bike and the only things I've switched out are bars, saddles and tires when I was looking to beef up for winter. I ride this bike hard through all conditions in NYC and haven't really taken care to clean it or anything, Its very low maintenance.

    A word on clearances.

    The front fork can accomodate a 28 while the back triangle clears (barely) a slimmer 32.

    Edit: Worth Noting that after two years on the Brougham I'm upgrading to a custom built Big Block, not because of any short comings in the Felt but because of a desire for a more up market bike.

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    Bridge Burner RollCNY's Avatar
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    I ride a Brougham, the same Merlot as Wspsux. I probably would have been better off just buying the frameset, which was an option at the time I bought (they had the full chrome in my size), as I have replaced everything on the bike except frame, crank, and BB. I have been very happy with the frame, but was unhappy with the stock wheelset. I am 210ish, and ride centuries plus on it, and found that the wheels pinged like mad under aggressive load. But I think every inexpensive single speed will have similar wheels, so that is not necessarily a detriment. All the other changes were for personal preference, and not necessarily deficiencies as sold.

    Probably not a great answer, but it is a nice riding frameset.

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    A Schooner IS a sailboat Wspsux's Avatar
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    But that color though!

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    I wouldn't want the GT, an aluminum fork on the street is super rough. You're better off with the felt, it will hold up better to the streets for sure.
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