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Felt bikes, series differences (new rider ?)

Old 07-13-09, 07:39 PM
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Felt bikes, series differences (new rider ?)

I've ridden casually before, looking to get into more serious riding with a nice road bike. Don't want to compete, but want a quality cycle where I can get a good workout, both physically and mentally.

I've been looking at Felt bikes but can't find a lot of info on them, even here. The few things I've read are really positive and I've got a dealer nearby, so I'm definitely leaning that way. Obviously, the dealer will be a big help, but I prefer to walk in with some knowledge of my own. That said:

Can anyone explain the differences between the F and Z series and recommend one for a new rider? I've heard the F is more aggressive, but I'm not sure if that's better or worse for what I want.

Thanks all!
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Old 07-13-09, 07:44 PM
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F series is more aggressive "racing" style of riding while the Z series is more relaxed and comfortable.

For a new rider who wants to look into racing- F series
For a new rider that might dable in racing, but keep to solo and some group rides- Z series (also nice for long rides)
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Old 07-13-09, 07:56 PM
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Keep size in mind. The F series have ridiculously steep seat tubes in the smaller sizes. I couldn't ride one.
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What VA said. I went with the Z series since my goals are more for fitness/enjoyment riding, not racing. I've been very happy with it. It's a lot of bike for the relatively little money I paid.
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Felt makes good bikes. I rode a Z for a few months and really liked it. The Z bikes are typically slightly heavier and less efficient than a comparable F bike, but a little more comfortable...
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Felt makes very solid bikes. I have an 06 F 80 and have been very happy with it...
At 23 I would think you would want to lean toward a f series, that is if you are in relatively OK shape... no injuries, chronic pain type things...

Try them both out at the lbs, ask the owner/sales person his/her opinion.

its a little difficult to suggest one over the other without knowing more about you. Both are good solid bikes.
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Old 07-13-09, 11:14 PM
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We could tell you everything the textbook says about F and Z bikes, but nothing can top you riding each and picking the one that feels better.
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