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FELT Z70...A good place to start?

Old 05-21-08, 09:02 PM
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FELT Z70...A good place to start?

I'm making the move from my 2007 Trek 7.3 FX to a more agressive road bike. I have seen thing here and there about Felt, but nothing really specific about the Z(Alternative Road) Series. Compared to other bikes in that price($1000) range it seems to have the best components. Plus it's geometry is not quite as agressive as the more traditional Felt F Series. My only issue is that it only comes in Triple, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but not really a must have(extra weight).

I do not know a whole lot of history on Felt or it's track record. All I have to go on are what i have seen at my LBS and what i have gathered from various other related threads, but nothing specific about the Z series(Z70). Thanks for the help.

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Old 05-21-08, 09:40 PM
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My dad has one, and it's been good for him. He is a bigger guy, so the 32 spoke wheels, and aluminum frame are good for him. It comes really well equipped for the price, and if it fits you I don't think you can go wrong.
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I have the predecessor to the Z70, the SRD72. From spec's, its pretty close - 105/ultegra mix, perhaps 1" longer wheelbase, horizontal top tube, but otherwise pretty close geometry to the Z70. I bought it exactly a year ago, my choice was the '07 Z70, or the '06 SRD72 on closeout, so I went with the SRD72 to save a few $.

I'm a 50's-something, re-entring cycling from a long hiatus, and I'm totally happy with it. I now have several centuries on it; it's been solid and comfortable. I used to use the small ring a lot more than I do now, but still will keep it for the times I get on the real steep stuff.

Only thing I changed, other than consumables such as tires and brakes, is the adjustable stem. It creaks until you grease it, and then it gets loose. Find a stem angle you like and put a real one on it.

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Ok the Z70 weighs a pound less than the Z100 (due to its carbon fork) I assume and its also a 30 speed as opposed to a 24 speed.

Are there other differences in the components because you pay almost $400 more for the Z70..

I looked up your Trek sweet bike.. me in this position.. I do one of two things. I get one of the bikes in my post about bikes around $750 (I am shopping for such a bike and believe I'm getting a Lemond Etape). Or I take the leap and get something sick that is carbon fiber like the Schwinn Peloton.
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i bought a z35. frame cracked and they replaced it with a z25. i went to the felt after riding a trek 7300. i chose the 7300 over the 7.3 fx because it was less aggressive.

just guessing, i wouldn't worry about going to the f series felt from the trek fx. seems like going from a "fitness" bike to a roadie isn't as big as going from a "comfort" bike to a relaxed roadie.

as i put the miles on my felt, i found myself gradually adjusting it to more of an aggressive fit.
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I'm in a similar position as you in that I'm getting my first road bike and I'm considering the Z70. I also tried the F75 (which I was in love with BEFORE I rode it). I currently ride a mountain bike, so it comes as no surprise that the Z70 feels great and the F75 feels a bit stretched out in terms of geometry. I was considering putting on a campy fd and crank because I really only want 20 speed but the value isn't there, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the Z70 stock. Have you ridden the Z70? It felt a lot more natural than I was expecting, it was my first time ever riding a road bike. Then the next bike I rode was the F75 and it was just a lot of downside in comfort and not a lot of upside in performance. The Z70 is about as cheap as you'll find a bike equipped with 105 or better. I also think it's great for a starter because if you want a race bike sometime down the road, you can get a new bike and you'll have some versatility with both a relaxed and traditional geometry.

As far as experience on a Z70, I have been looking all over the place for input as well and it's not easy to come by. Keep in mind that the Z70 has been slightly downgraded since 07 (I think it was $1350). But in a way, no news is good news, right? I'll be getting mine in the next few days, the only reason I didn't get it when I test rode it is because I was set on getting the F75 and had to go to a different shop (40 miles away, Felt dealers aren't everywhere) to try it out.
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Originally Posted by PunkMartyr View Post

Are there other differences in the components because you pay almost $400 more for the Z70..
As far as differences in components, the Z70 has all 105. While the Z100 has all Sora components. The seat post on Z70 is also carbon fiber as opposed to the alluminum one on the Z100. I think those are the main reason for the price difference.


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