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    First road bike

    I'm thinking of pulling the trigger and buying a 2012 Felt zw95 wsd today. I have a 1996 trek MTb. I'm new toroadbikesand looking for something lightweight to carry in and out of basement. My work commute is 2 miles RT but will also use it for errands and fun weekend rides. I'm a big city resident and do not plan to use it for racing. The lbs has my size brand new for $850. Msrp seems to be around $899. It has a mix of components including tiara and micro shift. Has CF and aluminum frame. Any thoughts? Any reason i should consider 105's? Another bike suggestions? My top budget would be $1200 andeventhat wouldbetough to justify spending. Curious what you think.

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    Hey there, Cvoss1!

    According to the Felt link below, the ZW 95's MSRP is $1139:

    www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2013/Road/ZW-Series/ZW95.aspx

    Checkout Felt's Technical Specs.

    1) What are the Shifters?

    2) What is the Front Derailleur?

    3) What is the Rear Derailleur?

    4) Which components are Microshift?

    5) Which components are different from what's listed on the Felt website?

    * Otherwise, if your LBS Felt ZW 95 has the same exact components as the ZW 95 featured on the Felt website, I'd say that you're getting a really great deal. OTOH, if components have been switched or replaced with Microshift components, you should be very careful about the purchase.
    Last edited by Zeet; 04-06-2013 at 05:45 AM.

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    The 2013 version has an MSRP of $1139. I'm considering the 2012 version with the following specs:
    Brake levers are microshift
    crankset is FSA tempo compact 3 piece 50/34t
    cassette is sunrace 11-28t
    front derailleur is micro.shift
    rear derailleur is tiagra ss

    Looks like the 2013model is all tiagra shifters and deraileurs.

    What's the thought on the 2012 version at $850 for my purpose? Any other recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cvoss1 View Post
    The 2013 version has an MSRP of $1139. I'm considering the 2012 version with the following specs:
    Brake levers are microshift
    crankset is FSA tempo compact 3 piece 50/34t
    cassette is sunrace 11-28t
    front derailleur is micro.shift
    rear derailleur is tiagra ss

    Looks like the 2013model is all tiagra shifters and deraileurs.

    What's the thought on the 2012 version at $850 for my purpose? Any other recommendations?
    Well, you do have many alternative options to consider. Since I don't know that much about Microshift, I hesitate to advise concerning it. To me, it's an unknown quantity and a shot in the dark. However, I am quite familiar with 105, Tiagra, and Sora. Tiagra is preferred to Sora. Sora is somewhat acceptable, and 105 is even better than Tiagra. I say, always buy the best you can afford. Usually, you end up getting whatever you've paid for.

    Therefore, I would say, if you purchase the LBS Felt ZW 95 with the Microshift components, you could see what they're all about. If you like them, then just go with them. If you don't like them, then upgrade to Tiagra at some later date. However, that could get expensive. Of course, you could just get the 2013 model from your LBS and make a long story, short. Upgrading usually cost more in cash and time, than normally spent outright on the original bicycle...

    OTOH, if you could spend a little more cash, and invest it in an REI purchase like that below, it just might be a lot better:

    1) www.rei.com/product/848620/raleigh-capri-30-womens-bike-2013

    2) Diamondback Airen 3 Women's Bike - 2013 at REI.com

    3) Novara Carema Pro Women's Bike - 2013 at REI.com

    4) www.rei.com/product/844785/cannondale-synapse-alloy-6-compact-womens-bike-2013

    Good Luck!
    Last edited by Zeet; 04-06-2013 at 11:33 PM.

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