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Felt v85 or Jamis Renegade Expat?

Old 04-24-16, 07:52 AM
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Felt v85 or Jamis Renegade Expat?

Looking at these 2 for mainly rails trails and dirt road use, particularly C andO Towpath and GAP type riding. Steel vs aluminum, rode both and they both feel fine for me. Any input or experience with these bikes for this purpose would be greatly appreciated.

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I like the look of the Jamis more, and, it's steel. The Felt looks, meh, like a jillion other road bikes.

Too bad neither bike has hydraulic brakes.
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just rode both again - the Felt felt more comfortable and seemed a little more nimble. The jamis was smoother and felt more solid but not as comfortable fit-wise. Of course the tires were stock so that may have played into the ride quality also.
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I test-rode the V85. Could be a good value for the money if you find one on sale.

I test rode about 15 bikes before deciding on ny Jamis.
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Both bikes are within $100 of each other
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My choice of bike was decided by quality of ride. I didn't expect to find the Renegade to deliver the best ride - I thought it would be a pretty-colored steel bike.

I thought the V85 competed well with the other bikes in its price range and type (Bianchi Volpe Classic/Disc, Kona Jake The Snake, All City Space Horse, etc.).

BTW, the V85 comes with 105 drivetrain while the Expat comes with Tiagra - in case that matters to you.

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So the Jamis has a smooth ride but I was not as comfortable as the Felt. Also rode a Giant revolt which was similar to the Felt in ride quality and comfort. I'd like to also ride a GT grade but the bike shop has to assemble it before I can do that. Specialized diverge was fast but my right heel kept hitting the chainstay and it was a little too stretched out for me.

So down to the Felt V85, Giant Revolt and we'll see what the GT grade is like. Hopefully will be done by he weekend. Any input from folks with these bikes would be greatly appreciated.
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