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Felt Dispatch or IRO Mark V

Old 10-23-08, 08:47 PM
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Felt Dispatch or IRO Mark V

i have been looking around for a while and have decided on one of these two bikes. they both meet my price range(about 750), and they both have a fixed gear and a freewheel. im not sure about the steel frame on the Mark V. Is there a lot of added weight because of this? I am also worried about the carbon fiber fork of the dispatch. can it handle the abuse of bad pothole? i have never been on a carbon fiber bike for a long period of time, but i have heard that it make small bumps feel like jumping curbs.

other then that anyone who has either of these i would like to hear from you about your experiences.
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Old 10-23-08, 08:52 PM
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Aluminum is going to be a stiffer, lighter ride. You will be able to feel every bump especially after 20-30 minutes out on a not so nice road. Steel is a bit heavier, but usually a more comfortable ride. If you get a chance to try steel and aluminum one right after the other, do it. It will give you a good idea of what you want to ride all of the time
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Old 10-23-08, 09:06 PM
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Are you ever planning on riding your new bike in wet weather? How long will your average ride be?
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Old 10-23-08, 09:12 PM
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i commute between 5 and 10 miles a day. and i ride 30-60 miles on the weekends, but it's on a flat, well paved bike path. wet weather is a possibility.
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Old 10-23-08, 09:24 PM
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I own a 2008 Felt Dispatch and I've been wanting an IRO Mark V... just haven't had the conscious to plot the money down. The major pro of the Dispatch is it's really light. I can't vouch for how much abuse it can take, since I don't really beat on it. The paint chips/scratches rather easily consider. The ride is stiff but not too harsh. Steel will definitely be more comfortable.

I have a couple of complaints about the Felt Dispatch. First off, the headset is crappy integrated loose-bearing headsets w/ cups. I had it swapped out for some Cane Creek IS-8's. The track ends are recessed, so you can't add tensioners (I think) and when I was adjusting my tension, the track end plates came loose and it took some effort to screw it back into place. I question the longevity of those plates and the track ends in general. The brake pads had to be swapped out for some kool stops.

One thing to make sure of is that the brakes are indeed "Long Reaching" brakes, and that the pads sit on the rims properly. For some reason, the Dispatch I had came with Long-Reaching rear brakes, but standard reach front brakes. This meant that the front pads could not be placed properly on the rims. I could have brought it bake to the LBS, but the shop was an hour away and it would have taken them some time to get Felt to deliver parts. I just ordered Tektros online and installed it myself.

One other thing. I tried to install a rear rack and the odd angle of the mounts didn't secure the racks regardless of how tight I tried to screw it down.

In conclusion... the Felt Dispatch is just a really odd bike in general.
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Old 10-23-08, 09:24 PM
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steel CAN rust, if you dont maintain it properly, aluminum doesnt really rust- steel has been proven, look at all the 25 yr old bikes people convert to ss/fg's. steel is slightly heavier and is more comfy- i like steel these days. get the mark v they look nice and are made in a super environmentally friendly plant in central PA and the people are real nice. i dont own an iro but they always look sexy and they are a good price
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Old 10-23-08, 09:39 PM
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let the pics speak for themselves: reel
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^^^ His IRO is the reason I got one. Awesome ride bro!

If wet weather is not really a worry and you plan on riding it long distances on weekends, i'd go with the IRO. I have a mark V and love it. The bike is very solid and absorbs most road vibrations. Plus it's really not that heavy.
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Old 10-24-08, 10:44 AM
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let the pics speak for themselves: reel
god i love your bike. What is that front rack you've got on there? and how much did it cost. i've been meaning to get a rack of some sort.
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Old 10-24-08, 10:51 AM
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thanks. It's a Cetma rack it was $120bshipped for the 7-rail powder coated version. I got it just before the prices went up, but I would still pay the prices now because it really is a worthy buy.
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Originally Posted by skeem View Post
steel CAN rust, if you dont maintain it properly, aluminum doesnt really rust- steel has been proven, look at all the 25 yr old bikes people convert to ss/fg's. steel is slightly heavier and is more comfy- i like steel these days. get the mark v they look nice and are made in a super environmentally friendly plant in central PA and the people are real nice. i dont own an iro but they always look sexy and they are a good price
thought IRO bikes are made in taiwan?
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Originally Posted by JayKay View Post
thought IRO bikes are made in taiwan?
Only the assembly is done by eco-friendly elves. The rest is the standard industrial process overseas as far as I can discern.
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aluminum corrodes quickly if you ride in the winter where the roads are salted...
a decent cromo bike with a bit of rust in the tubes is still safe...a corroded aluminum frame and fork is a ticking time bomb...
the old cliche of steel being more comfortable than aluminum isn't as true as it once was...for instance, I guarantee that a hundred mile ride on a bareknuckle will be harsher than the same ride on a capo...
carbon forks are actually quite forgiving...you will notice the bumps far less than you would on a steel or aluminum fork and you'll have less chatter under braking (assuming, of course, that you're using a brake)...if you're a crashy type of rider, you might want to opt for a steel fork since steel fork blades can be bent back into place while carbon and aluminum ones can't...
if it were me, i'd go with the IRO because I like the look of it better than the Felt...But style is a personal thing...
the new jamis beatnik is a decent choice as well that should fit into your price range and it comes with a lugged steel fork...the frame has very nice track ends with built in threaded adjusters...
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Originally Posted by chriskitch View Post
aluminum corrodes quickly if you ride in the winter where the roads are salted...
a decent cromo bike with a bit of rust in the tubes is still safe...a corroded aluminum frame and fork is a ticking time bomb...
the old cliche of steel being more comfortable than aluminum isn't as true as it once was...for instance, I guarantee that a hundred mile ride on a bareknuckle will be harsher than the same ride on a capo...
carbon forks are actually quite forgiving...you will notice the bumps far less than you would on a steel or aluminum fork and you'll have less chatter under braking (assuming, of course, that you're using a brake)...if you're a crashy type of rider, you might want to opt for a steel fork since steel fork blades can be bent back into place while carbon and aluminum ones can't...
if it were me, i'd go with the IRO because I like the look of it better than the Felt...But style is a personal thing...
the new jamis beatnik is a decent choice as well that should fit into your price range and it comes with a lugged steel fork...the frame has very nice track ends with built in threaded adjusters...
salt is not an issue. i live in south mississippi. the lowest temp in the winter is around 20 and that only happens maybe 3 days a year.

i can't seem to find anything about the jamis beatnik. maybe im just blind, but i dont think they have anything about it on their site. but from what i did find the price looks nice.
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Old 10-24-08, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by chriskitch View Post
the old cliche of steel being more comfortable than aluminum isn't as true as it once was...for instance, I guarantee that a hundred mile ride on a bareknuckle will be harsher than the same ride on a capo...
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What is this based off of?
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Originally Posted by icknayvon View Post
What is this based off of?
I've ridden both bikes before...

The bareknuckle is quite harsh...The capo, on the other hand has a way more forgiving ride due largely to the design of the little hourglass stays...

Aluminum frames have come a long way in the last fifteen years or so...It's incorrect to assume that all aluminum frames are going to have a harsher ride than all steel frames...It really depends on the tubeset used on a given frame as well the geometry of the bike...

That being said, my bikes all have steel frames...
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So many people can toss out ignorantly regurgitated pieces of inexperienced fixed-gear wisdom about rust, ride qualities, and materials... it's hard to know what to listen to, isn't it?
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Tires make more of a difference than frame material in the ride.
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Old 10-27-08, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by physh View Post
Tires make more of a difference than frame material in the ride.
what kind of tires make a smooth ride?
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Old 10-27-08, 06:31 AM
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Tires make more of a difference than frame material in the ride.
PSI Level in the tires is the next step to smooth riding.
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