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Old 05-10-14, 11:54 AM   #1
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Felt 2012 Z5 vs 2013 Z85 - Purchase Decision Help

I am venturing into road biking and I have shortlisted a 2012 Z5 for $1000 and a 2013 Z85 for $900. Both new, and on clearance.

They have identical components, but I understand Felt did a major frame redesign in 2013. Is there any benefit in buying the Z5 over the Z85? Unfortunately, I cannot test both of them as the LBS has to get it shipped.

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Ask the seller.. your local Felt dealer .. did you get an old catalog and look ? they may still have old catalogs ..
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As I understand it, the Z5 has a carbon frame, while the Z85 has an aluminum frame. These are two different animals, altogether. Just decide if you'd prefer CF or aluminum.

IMHO, the CF is the better value money wise, but it might also be the biggest PITA, in terms of practical convenience. OTOH, CF just might provide the heavenly ride for which you'd always been searching, and well worth any other sacrifice. Have you ever cycled on carbon? Do you have any idea what it feels like?

Aluminum is a simple puzzle to solve. You can take it to the library and lock it up at the bike rack without worrying about some idiot scratching up your bike, just to more easily remove his own. You can go to McDonald's or Pizza Hut, lock it up at the parking meter, without worrying about it getting scratched or stolen. Scratched steel or aluminum is a much easier fix, than carbon fiber. A force causing a dent in the frame of steel or aluminum, can possibly translate as a crack in carbon fiber. Carbon fiber can easily conceal cracks in its fiber. You can crash or take a spill on your aluminum or steel bike, with little worry about subsequent crashes. You've just got to be concerned about the integrity of a CF frame, after a crash. Your next crash, just might be your last!

Like I always say...

If you can afford to lose a CF bike without much worry, then you can afford a CF bike. If you can't, then you're in the wrong arena.

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