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Raleigh Grand Sport vs Felt Z 90 - I am new to Road Cycling!

Old 02-09-10, 04:08 PM
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Raleigh Grand Sport vs Felt Z 90 - I am new to Road Cycling!

Hey,

I am just getting started with road cycling and obviously don't want to spend too much money until I get a feel for it and decide if I like it. I am training for a sprint Triathlon in August.

I found 2 bikes at local bike shops that I am interested in. Here are the details:

-Felt Z90 (I believe 2008) - 61 cm, About $590. It is new just an older model, Aluminum Frame with Carbon Fork
-Raleigh Grand Sport (2008 or 2009, It is white) - 62 cm, About $690, Aluminum Frame with Carbon Fork

I am open to either one. I am 6'4" and I am a big guy so I need something strong. I am not sure what Gears and brakes they have. Honestly, I don't know enough about the sport. They are just the stock models.

Any help would be appreciated. I measured around a 61cm. I am not sure which one would be better. They both sound good for what I am doing.
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Well since they are different frame sizes you should test ride both of them to see how they feel....how comfortable they are. If you are new the rides will likely feel the same so I would not concentrate on that. They both, lilely, have similar components given the prices. I have a Raleigh Gramd Sport but mine is a 2003 and it is my backup bike so I do not ride it much. It has, however, been a dependable ride when I have needed it. I have heard some very good things about Felt bikes. Felt has some very dedeicated fans in the forums. Since you are new, I don't think you should over-complicate things. Give them both a ride and see which one feels best. Test rides often do not tell you very much about the bike since most shops do not let you have the bike long enough to give it a proper evaluation, and you being new, may not know what to look for.....do not worry about that. They are both nice starter bikes. I have never ridden a Felt bike, but my Raleigh has been a good steed for what I use it for.

Hope this helps.

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Here are the spec Comparisons. I honestly don't even know how to compare. Let me know your guy's thoughts:

2008 Felt Z902008 Raleigh Grand SportBicycle TypeRoad/sportRoad/sportSugg Retail$769.00 $650.00 Weight21.31UnspecifiedSizes51cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm, 62cmColorsBlack CherrySilver/RedFrame & ForkFrame ConstructionTIG-weldedTIG-weldedFrame Tubing MaterialFELT F-Lite 7005 AlloyAtomic 13 AluminumFork Brand & ModelFELT Carbon DesignRaleighFork MaterialCarbon fiber/aluminum steerer, aero crownCarbon/aluminum steerer, aero crownRear ShockNot applicableNot applicableComponentsComponent GroupShimano SoraRoad MixBrakesetDual pivot brakes, Shimano Sora STI leversTektro Dual Pivot brakes, Shimano 2200 w/Tektro In-line leversShift LeversShimano Sora STIShimano 2200Front DerailleurShimano SoraShimano 2200Rear DerailleurShimano SoraShimano TiagraCranksetFSA Vero, 30/39/50 teethTruVativ Touro Road, 30/42/52 teethPedalsAlloy / Nylon w/ clips and strapsRoad-style w/clips and strapsBottom BracketFSA Cartridge, 116mm spindleSealed CartridgeBB Shell Width68mmUnspecifiedRear Cogs9-speed, 12 - 25 teeth8-speed, 12 - 26 teethChainKMC Z9900Shimano HG50SeatpostFELT 1.3 Carbon, 27.2mm diameterAlloy Micro-adjust, 27.2mm diameterSaddleFELT 2.4 Anatomic Road SaddleAvenir RoadHandlebarFELT 2.3 6061 ALU, ergo bendAlloy RoadHandlebar ExtensionsNot includedNot includedHandlebar StemFELT 2.1 Adjustable 6061 3D ForgedAlloy AheadHeadset1 1/8" Aheadset1 1/8" integrated UspecifiedWheelsHubsFelt aluminum sealedFront: Joytech Alloy QR, Rear: Joytech Alloy QR CassetteRimsAlex R500, 32-holeFreedom RLX1.9, 32-holeTires700 x 25c Vittoria Zaffiro700 x 25c Vittoria ZaffiroSpoke BrandStainless steel, 14ga. (2.0mm)Stainless Steel, 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gaugeSpoke NipplesUnspecifiedUnspecified
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Sorry, that didn't really work. Here are the links:

https://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...=Z90&Type=bike
https://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...port&Type=bike
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I'd favor the 9 speed felt over the 8 speed raleigh. More inportant though is how the bike feels to you when you ride it, even if it is a short ride. I seem to remember a test on a low end raleigh, and it was a tank, really heavy.

Keep in mind, you're not far from the price of a leftover Caad 9-7 ($759) or a trek 1.5. Call more dealer even if they are farther away and see what deals they are giving on '09 leftovers.
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Originally Posted by DevDel
I'd favor the 9 speed felt over the 8 speed raleigh. More inportant though is how the bike feels to you when you ride it, even if it is a short ride. I seem to remember a test on a low end raleigh, and it was a tank, really heavy.

Keep in mind, you're not far from the price of a leftover Caad 9-7 ($759) or a trek 1.5. Call more dealer even if they are farther away and see what deals they are giving on '09 leftovers.
I agree with this post. I would go with the 9 spd also, having read the specs. I must also say that the Raleigh is rather heavy compared to some of the other road bikies out there. That Felt looks like a pretty good deal but you may also be able to get something else for nrear that price, as the above poster stated.

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If you plan on doing any serious riding, I would really try to get up to at least Tiagra shifters.

I have been very happy with my '08 Raleigh (Grand Prix), but in a choice between two bikes, the test ride should tell you which to buy.
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