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Used 2009 Felt f35x for a newbie

Old 07-19-13, 01:59 PM
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How is a 2009 Felt f35x for a newbie?

I found a local seller who is selling his old f35x for around $600.

First off I wanted to know what others thought of this bike.

I know Felt is a respected company and the components on this bike seem good
https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...elt&model=F35X
https://2009.feltracing.com/09-catalo...s/09-f35x.aspx

I guess I'm just curious why Felt made only one year of this bike - were there any deficiencies I need to be aware of?

Also the seller made a couple of changes to the original equipment
He replaced the big ring with a 50T for commuting / dirt road ride range.

Also he is offering a either a wheelset with gatorskin road tires for the paved road or commuting days OR the original wheelset

I am mostly going to use the bike for road riding with the occasional dirt/gravel. Which wheelset would others recommend?

I know I have a lot of questions, thanks for all the help.

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I haven't ridden a Felt, but it looks like a decent bike. I wouldn't worry about them only making it for one year. That's likely just a marketing/naming thing.

The stock wheels on that bike are a bit heavy, but very tough. For non-racing dirt and gravel use, they'd be great. For recreational road riding, they're probably OK. If you switch between road and off-road often you'd probably want a second set of wheels anyway, and I'd guess the second set he has wouldn't be much of an upgrade.

You wouldn't want to use the stock tires for extensive on-road riding. Gatorskins are good for that, but you never know how much life is left in them. I'd prefer to buy a new set of tires.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
I haven't ridden a Felt, but it looks like a decent bike. I wouldn't worry about them only making it for one year. That's likely just a marketing/naming thing.

The stock wheels on that bike are a bit heavy, but very tough. For non-racing dirt and gravel use, they'd be great. For recreational road riding, they're probably OK. If you switch between road and off-road often you'd probably want a second set of wheels anyway, and I'd guess the second set he has wouldn't be much of an upgrade.

You wouldn't want to use the stock tires for extensive on-road riding. Gatorskins are good for that, but you never know how much life is left in them. I'd prefer to buy a new set of tires.

Thanks Andy, very helpful! I'll look at the stock wheels and see what condition they are in. Since he has been in a few races I prefer taking the road wheels since they prob have gone through less abuse. They apparently are Shimano branded and he states he paid around $125. I'm assuming they must be the r501 that he got on a sale. I'll probably take the road wheelset for now and buy a second wheelset/tires when I want to do more off-road riding.
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I guess I'm just curious why Felt made only one year of this bike -
Business Management ... in order to be a new , there has to be an old, so things will have model year differences

sometimes its component costs change so the build list is different,

sometimes the Brand importer just wants to make changes, for the new model year,

then the contract details change, as does the CAD drawings of design changes.

and the sub contractor complies.

I dont work for Felt these are suppositions..
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