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    Just wondering if anyone from Felt hangs out any more. Super Dave 3T? All the discussion about 28 mm tire on the Felt Z series has me wondering. I want to change out the Vittoria Rubino 25mm tires on my Z4 Disc to Challenge Paris-Roubaix tires. They are 27 mm.

    1.Do I want the clinchers or do I want to try the Open Tubulars? 300 TPI vs 120 TPI. Will they fit? Early Z4 Disc website info suggested the bike would come with them. Super Dave said there were ISO issues with the Challenge tires.
    2. Were the issues with the clincher version or the Open Tubular version?
    3. And will my 700 x 18/23 spare tubes be used with 27mm tires, or should I get 700 x 25/28 tubes?

    I had a flat 2 days ago on the Rubinos, and they are non folding. Changing the tube in the middle of a ride was tougher than with the Rubino Pros I have had in the past. Any advice appreciated.

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    OK. I purchased the Challenge Paris-Roubaix 300 TPI 27mm Open Tubulars for my Z4 Disc. I just installed them. They fit just fine, at least after initial mounting. Takes about 20 minutes per tire. I now know why Felt doesn't put them on their bikes. They would have to charge $100 more per bike just for the labor. Fortunately, I bought the Crank Brothers Speedier tire lever and the Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack. The CB tool help you get the first bead on the rim. I needed both tools to get the last 6 inches of the second bead on the rim. For now, as Challenge recommends, I am using butyl tubes. I am using 700 x 23/25 tubes for now. I will try the latex tubes after the tires stretch. I have an English Century next weekend on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. If it doesn't get rained out, (the forecast is for an East Coast deluge), I will report back on the ride quality. Just riding in my neighborhood tonight, it feels a bit springier.

    The tires come flat.


    Here is the 25mm Rubino (still a bear to get off the rim)


    This is the Crank Bros tool needed to get the first bead in the rim.



    This is the clearance with the Challenge 27mm tires installed.


    Comparison of the 25mm Rubino on the left (front wheel) and the 27mm Challenge on the right (rear wheel).


    Kool Stop and Crank Bros tools. You can thank me later.



    Update: I did ride the English century on the eastern shore of Virginia. Temps as low as 46, avg 51, briefly got to 61F. 21-25 mph sustained winds, rain, and gusts up to 40 mph. But the Challenge tires were fantastic. Earlier in the week I road 35 miles with the tires at 80 psi. For the century, I filled them to 90 psi. The roads were rural, and there was a fair amount of leaves/twigs and small branches from the high winds. Wet traction was just fine on the very flat route. Obviously, comfort was the most noticeable of these tires, along with great cornering feel. As others have noted, the tires do stretch a bit after riding, and they look larger than 27 mm. The Felt Z4 Disc still has clearance, though only about 2 mm from rear tire to the "rib" that protrudes downward from the rear seat stays. I am planning to get latex tubes and I will update again after I purchase them. Still deciding between Vittoria and Challenge for the latex tubes. Bottom line: if your bike will fit the Challenge Paris-Roubaix open tubulars, you will be impressed with the ride compared to 25 mm tires. I certainly haven't felt any slower with them over the 140 or so miles I have ridden. I will update with their longevity over time. If they last long enough and over time have reasonable puncture resistance, I will stick with these tires. You can find them for about the same price as 28 mm Vittoria G+ Rubinos. But the initial installation is a bear.

    Here is the clearance after 140 miles:





    August 2017 UPDATE: I now have more than 3000 miles on the tires. Front has minimal treadwear. Rear has lost the herringbone tread down the center. Mayve another 500-800 miles left. I will definitely repurchase. And yes, I moved them to Zipp wheels and they are much easier to mount after the first mounting and some miles.
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    Mistake - post deleted.

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    Am I going insane or did Felt take FR1 Disc off of their website? If so, why? I was pretty excited about that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gurk700 View Post
    Am I going insane or did Felt take FR1 Disc off of their website? If so, why? I was pretty excited about that one.

    SRAM cannot deliver the eTap hydro components.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superdave3T View Post
    SRAM cannot deliver the eTap hydro components.
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    are there plans to offer a disc FR1 frame?

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    Hi, new to forum, hope you can help. I have a 2015 Felt z6 and need some bearings for the headset, can you help with specifications? regards.

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    When is the disc brake version of AR being released?


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    Hello. I'm having an issue with my bike's FD hanger rivets. The two rivets in the front are too loose and preventing a good FD adjustment. They let the hanger move backwards when I shift to the big ring as a cable tension is applied to move the FD cage outwards.mThe bike is a 2015 Felt Z6, purchased in Nov. 2015.

    Is there a solution, preferably under warranty?

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    Does anyone know if clement x'plor mso 40s will fit on a sized 47 F65x?


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    Hi all wondering if you can help with a Felt freehub query I have.

    I recently picked up a Felt wheelset with Felt hubs (700c 40x19mm wheels, 28 spoke) off of a Felt F75. The 2014 F75 spec was a Shimano 105 groupset with the 10 speed Only Shimano 105 cassette meaning I have the quite rare 10 speed Only freehub.
    Is it possible that any other Wheel Hub manufacturers made wheel hubs that are same spec as the Felt hubs so that I can upgrade my freehub to 11 speed compatible one?

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    Judging by the UK spec, the 2014 F75 had the same hubs and rims as my 2014 Z6 - Felt R3 hubs, Mavic CXP22 rims. If they are the same, they are already 10 and 11 speed compatible. All you need to do is remove the plastic spacer disc.

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    Hi Felt guys,

    I've a 2007 Felt F75 now with many upgrades. It's originally fitted with 105 5600 (I think) shifters, FD and cranksets (FC R600). Time has come for an upgrade. So I was wondering if the new 105 5700 shifters will work with the 105 5600 front derailleur and, most importantly, the Ultegra 6600 GS rear derailleur

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    thanks for replying, the wheelset are Felt rims & hubs and the freehub is definitely a 10 speed only with the deeper splines and unfortunately without any cassette spacers. I need to replace freehub but the question is what will fit the wheel hub? I can provide the dimensions of the hub and freehub if that helps?

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    That is beyond my knowledge I'm afraid. Maybe you could try the "Components/wrenching" section? Or just replace the wheel if it turns out to be awkward or expensive to swap a freehub.

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    I doubt anyone from Felt still reads this forum, but my 2016 Felt Z4 with Fulcrum Racing Sport DB wheels, has had the freehub corrode. It is not fixable. Fulcrum is an Italian company and has no retail in the USA. They only sell to manufacturers. Felt is looking into this, since the bike is just 3 weeks older than a year, and the bike has about 3800 miles on it. Multiple Sclerosis Society Colonial Crossroads ride is this weekend, and I was hoping to ride 200 miles. Will update. Local Felt dealer can get me a Zipp rear wheel (30 Course DB) by Friday, but cost is high. Will see if eFlt has 3T or DT Swiss wheels available. Fulcrum has changed the hub design 3 times on their entry level disc brake wheels. Clearly, the initial one from 2015 is inferior. Not fun to ride when you cannot coast.

    Update: Took more than a week, but Fulcrum is looking into what can be done. Felt is very supportive and will step in if Fulcrum doesn't. Might be a month or so. I did buy the Zipp Course 30 DB, and the Challenge Paris-Roubaix open tubular still just barely clears with the Zipp 21 mm inner rim width. Zipp says I can still ride a 23 or 25 mm tire with the Course 30 DB safely (at odds with ETRTO/ISO). I watched the LBS tech put the Zipp together. The freewhub is easy to replace and is not fused/corroded to the axle like the Fulcrum. Will post pics/vid of old wheel if Fulcrum can send a replacement. Fingers crossed.

    July 13 Update: Fulcrum has the rear wheel. Still waiting to see what replacement will arrive. Been a long 6 weeks so far. Still, very glad Felt and Fulcrum and LBS worked this out to get me a replacement wheel.

    August Update: Fulcrum fixed the hub but charged me $133 dollars including shipping both to and from Fulcrum USA. They said corrosion is not covered under the 2 year warranty. I rode the wheels in the rain exactly 3 times. I don't ever plan to buy Fulcrum products. The Racing DB Sport is an OEM wheel with no parts available to shops. Poorly done, Fulcrum.
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    I stickied this thread. If at some point it no longer needs to be stickied let myself or another moderator know. Important enough of a thread that it should be at the top of this sub-forum.

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    I am about to purchase petite size zw3 disc bike on the understanding that I can swap to wider tyres as I have injury and need to minimise road vibration.
    What is the widest tyre that will fit?
    Thanks.

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    Duplicate post : sorry

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    I am about to purchase petite size zw3 disc bike on the understanding that I can swap to wider tyres as I have injury and need to minimise road vibration.
    What is the widest tyre that will fit?
    Thanks.



    Last edited by Darh; 07-04-2017 at 02:53 PM.

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    Sorry about duplicate post. I am new to this. Will delete one if I can work out how!

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    First post here, so hi from Alton in England! I've got an F4 (2012) and an F85 (2012), both 56 frame. Two things: I crashed the F4 and cracked the back of the frame (possibly), and the front forks of the F85 seem to have gone over the years. Would I be OK putting the undamaged front forks of the F4 on to the F85? Is there anything I should know, or would it be OK just to follow the steps on the GCN fork-replacement video?

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    Hello... I'm in UK too, though nowhere near Alton

    1) I THINK your forks are the same dimensions, but I can't be certain. Try emailing Felt directly? They don't seem to have anyone watching this forum any more, sadly.

    2) I am curious as to what you mean by the F85 fork being "gone".

    3) As for the process of swapping, I'd ask again in the "Components/Wrenching" subforum. There are some very knowledgable folk there.

    All the best

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    Hi Riccardo, Thanks for answering. When I say gone, the bearings have gone, the top part rattles, and the paint/finish has completely flaked off at the point where the forks fit into the frame. Having given it a bit more thought I think I'll ask the LBS where I bought it as they used to be a Felt dealer and the guy should know.

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    A little help if you would? My sister has taken her Felt B16 to two bike shops and they don't have a good answer for us.

    Symptom- I can set the B Tension screw (Dura Ace RD-7800 GS) when the chain is on the large chainring 53T and it works well. When I shift to the small chainring 39T the guide wheel rides (hits) on the cassette cogs.

    If I turn in the B Tension screw so the small chainring works well, then there is a large guide wheel gap and poor shifting on the large chainring. And the position of the B screw plate is about 90 degrees to the hanger bracket. This cannot be correct.

    I've checked the chain length and it seems okay to what I've read online. I'm not sure what is wrong. What can I check next?

    Felt B16
    Dura Ace 10 Speed RD-7800 GS, not original to the bike I assume
    The rest of the drive is Dura Ace 10 Speed
    53 + 39 Chainrings
    28 thru 11 Cassette

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    Hi

    I recently bought a secondhand Felt Single Speed Cyclocross Breed 2014 from ebay. I live in Norway, and had it sent from the US, choices are limited here. I discovered the freehub body is rusted badly, and though i have tried to restore it, the pawls and mechanism, though working now, probably need replacing.

    there doesn't appear to be any branding on the hub. So.. any specs or info on the freehub or who produced or supplied the hubs, would be greatly appreciated. Winter is coming, and I need to get this baby snow-ready.

    cheers Alex

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