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Felt Z95 and Buying a Road Bike in Europe

Old 12-06-17, 01:09 PM
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Felt Z95 and Buying a Road Bike in Europe

Hi,

I'm going to be in Europe for a bit. It doesn't make sense to ship over my bikes (have to pay import duty and shipping fees) so I was going to buy a decent bike locally for under $500.

So a few questions:

a) What are the good outlets to buy complete bikes from besides the ones I've bought components from whilst in the US (i.e. Wiggle, Ribble, CRC, Evans, Merlin)

b) A few places have the Felt Z95 2016 model for $600. Good deal? The description of hte bike is here https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Felt-Z95-20...Bike_82598.htm
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Decathalon B'Twin range seem to be well regarded for the money.
https://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359113-road-bikes
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Don't buy a bike in England, because it will be set up for left side of the road riding.
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Originally Posted by rivers
Decathalon B'Twin range seem to be well regarded for the money.
https://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359113-road-bikes
They are but they are quite expensive relatively speaking to what you get

For example their $500 is the BTwin Triban 500 is here https://www.decathlon.fr/velo-route-...d_8379069.html

Compare that to the $500 Felt Z95 here Z95 - Felt Bicycles
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Don't buy a bike in England, because it will be set up for left side of the road riding.
Way too funny. Lol.


Doubt that Felt would get much cheaper. Great bike for the money though. I would think once your over there it might be better to shop around some. At least see what’s readily available in your price range.

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Oddly I couldn't find a single recent review of the Z95. Is it the same frameset and essentially the same bike as the Z85?
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Way too funny. Lol.


Doubt that Felt would get much cheaper. Great bike for the money though. I would think once your over there it might be better to shop around some. At least see whatís readily available in your price range.
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Yes other than components itís the same.
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Originally Posted by FeltF2Tarmac
Yes other than components itís the same.
Thanks. The Z85 reviews I found don't really point towards ride handling beyond sayings its an endurance setup. has anyone actually ridden it and can offer suggestions/insights? Is it harsh?
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For whatís itís worth I owned an F75, aluminum frame but more aggressive geometry. Fantastic bike, really smooth ride and not far off from carbon. Regret selling it all the time. It was really easy to put in 80-90 mile rides. The Z series couldnít be that much different.
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Originally Posted by raria
Thanks. The Z85 reviews I found don't really point towards ride handling beyond sayings its an endurance setup. has anyone actually ridden it and can offer suggestions/insights? Is it harsh?
I own a Z85 (aluminum - 105) and really like it. It's certainly not the lightest bike, but I don't really care.
It's not something I would race with (if I were into that sort of thing), but for group rides and a general workout, it's a nice bike.
BTW, although the frame is aluminum, the fork and seat post are CF.
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Originally Posted by raria
Oddly I couldn't find a single recent review of the Z95. Is it the same frameset and essentially the same bike as the Z85?
Is 2012 recent? Ok, it's not but...I had a Z95. It was a great bike offered at a good price. It is a relaxed geo bike but there is nothing wrong with that. I found it to be quite smooth. I would highly recommend any Felt to you. Great bikes.
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If new Z85s are that cheap in the UK ($500) it sounds like a deal. In the relatively inexpensive aluminum endurance bike the "Z" is now the "VR" series but the least expensive VR60 goes for ~$900 so not any less expensive than what was a similarly equipped Z85-- a VR30 with Shimano 105 derailleurs and FSA crankset goes for ~$1800 and you get disk brakes whether you want'm or not.
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