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Old 05-27-09, 09:22 PM   #1
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Felt F75 or Z70?

I am looking for a bike that will suit me well for distance cycling (and touring) as well as racing. Is the F75 too aggessive to enjoy touring or on long distances? Is the Z70 too laid back for racing? If you had to pick one to do both, which would it be?

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I am looking for a bike that will suit me well for distance cycling (and touring) as well as racing. Is the F75 too aggessive to enjoy touring or on long distances? Is the Z70 too laid back for racing? If you had to pick one to do both, which would it be?

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You can easily race a Z70 (I believe some of the Garmin riders used Z series frames for Paris Roubaix), but the F75 in my opinion is not suitable for touring and for very long rides, unless you are flexible and don't mind the somewhat aggressive position (I ride a F75, in case you are wondering).

I would go with the Z series bike.
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People on this board say they ride racing type bikes, i.e. the F series, for long rides but IMO if you're unsure, go with the so-called comfort bike. It's geometry will be more conducive to putting the bars closer to the saddle if you later want that and I'm guessing there will be more room for (bigger) tire clearance as well.

I think this is one of those things where if you have to ask, you should err on the cautious side, that size being the Z series.

What's the bigger priority, racing or touring? You'll have to decide since they're such opposites in what's frameset is best for which application.
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I have an '08 Z70 that I use as a commuter since getting my CAAD9. The Z70, while not as snappy as the CAAD9 is definitely more comfortable but also plenty capable of going fast. I've never ridden a Felt F-series but I would lean toward the Z for comfort and as fa63 says, Garmin uses them for racing so that has to be worth something.
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Depends on the sizing, I rode an F-series that had no saddle to bar drop, it was too big for me.

You have to project to what bike you will want a year from now and what you will be doing on that bike.

If mostly racing, get the F series, if mostly touring, get the Z.
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