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New year, new bike ... Felt F5 vs. F75

Old 01-01-14, 01:05 PM
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New year, new bike ... Felt F5 vs. F75

So I'm rewarding all my hard work last year with a new bike. I have a wedding in 4 months so I'm still on a budget. I want a 105 group (using Tiagra now) and I figured I'd be stuck with aluminum but it looks like the Felt F5 is also in my price range (<$2000). The Felt F75 is a few lbs heavier but seems to have most of the same components as the F5 and is ~$500 cheaper which I could use to replace the wheel set with something lighter.

I've never owned a carbon bike and I expect I will crash it (crashed twice this year on my steel bike) and I'm worried about damaging a carbon bike if I lay it down at speed. Also I've read that BB30 bottom brackets are not ideal for carbon bikes long term due to maintenance stress on the frame when replacing it.

Beyond that, how much difference in ride should I expect with carbon vs 7005 aluminum? My current bike is ultra squishy on climbs and sprints (in its defense, it's a touring/commuting built bike) so I'm looking for a good amount of stiffness but I don't want a huge amount if road buzz as a result.

Any thoughts are advice on carbon vs. 7005 and Felt bikes in general is appreciated.

Edit: To clarify, I'm talking about the 2014 models of each (although not sure of the major differences between '13 and '14 models, if any.)

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Uh, get the F2 before you get married. Trust me.
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Originally Posted by Gatorfreak
Uh, get the F2 before you get married. Trust me.
My budget is <$2000. F2 is >$5000.
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Originally Posted by Buzzatronic
My budget is <$2000. F2 is >$5000.
Shyeah, last chance before "my" budget becomes "our" budget.

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At that budget, I think I would buy a nice Ti bike from bikesdirect. They still had a few in stock.
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Originally Posted by fstshrk
At that budget, I think I would buy a nice Ti bike from bikesdirect. They still had a few in stock.
Especially if you're concerned about damaging it if you lay it down.
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Originally Posted by YOJiMBO20
Especially if you're concerned about damaging it if you lay it down.
None of the BD Ti bikes are available in my size except the cross bikes. :/
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Originally Posted by Buzzatronic
None of the BD Ti bikes are available in my size except the cross bikes. :/
For your use, a cross bike is the one to have. Put a rack on it for commuting, take it off for riding. Given your location, I would get one disc brakes.
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My F75 is a great bike. I have had zero issues with BB30, especially the creak most complain of. I was looking at the F5 but the deal I got was really good. The F5 is the same frame up to the F3 other than graphics and components. Not your typical entry level carbon. If you crash a lot, carbon may not be you frame material. For what it's worth, I don't experience much road Buzz, but my F75 is stiff and enjoyable.
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What are you doing that you are crashing so much? Maybe consider a trike?
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Don't get married!,,,,jus kiddin,,but Slackerprince is right,just sayin.
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Originally Posted by MikeWMass
What are you doing that you are crashing so much? Maybe consider a trike?
2 crashes in 5600 miles this year. First was on 10,000 person group ride between Seattle and Portland when a pace line cut me and my friend off and then hit the brakes. We stacked up and I was odd man out and hit a rear tire and laid it down. Second was on a MUP and lady with a dog on no leash let it run right across the trail in front of me and I went over the bars.

I'm not a bad rider, just realistic about the fact that riding a bike means sometimes crashing a bike.
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