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    First I put on some wider tires for the winter ans spring season.
    But I must admit, that the original Mavic tires had remarkable 29,7 mm for a 28c tire.
    I put on some 32 Conti 4 Season, which measure 32,5mm and have still plenty of room in the VR frame.
    Also changed the sprocket from the original specified Deore 105 11-32 to a Ultegra 11-28 and the front rotor from SM-RT70 to a SM-RT99, like in the rear.
    @Felt For a bike at this price I was really disappointed, that the Bike didn't come with full Ultegra (Spoket and Chain Deore 105 and front rotor SLX). Especially two different rotor look weird.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobsn View Post
    I was really disappointed, that the Bike didn't come with full Ultegra (Spoket and Chain Deore 105 and front rotor SLX). Especially two different rotor look weird.
    Shimano doesn't have a crankset with the 46/30 gearing that Felt was looking for to go on this type of bike. Is the rear cassette really from the 105 series (not the same as "Deore", which is actually a MTB driveline group)? In any case, I think that there's not much difference between a 105 and Ultegra cassette, and I personally would not want to go from 11-32 to 11-28 on a bike that will sometimes be used off-road where it could be rough and hilly; I may even switch to a 12-34 depending on what I find when I really start using the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rochrunner View Post
    Shimano doesn't have a crankset with the 46/30 gearing that Felt was looking for to go on this type of bike...
    The 46/30 was one of the reasons for the Bike. ;)


    Quote Originally Posted by rochrunner View Post
    I think that there's not much difference between a 105 and Ultegra cassette, and I personally would not want to go from 11-32 to 11-28 ...
    No, there is not much difference and the cassette and chain are spare parts anyway. But ... at that price.
    I changed the cassette from my girlfriends bike, she got 50/34 11-28 and wanted a gear more. So now I have her cassette and she got mine.
    Maybe the next cassette will be again a 11-32.
    By the way her bike was much cheaper and came with full Ultegra.

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    Next on the list, get rid of the new Shimano J-KIT (Junction-Kit).
    Does junction are nice for the manufacturer, because the disc is easy to install and no bleeding necessary, but they look like a pimple.

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    Shorten the brake hosing is anything I do with every new bike, so it was no big deal.
    With this step I also replaced the Di2 Junction und the stem with a the new EW-RS910.
    To do so I switch to a the carbon version of the 3T Ergonova with internal cable routing.

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    Now it looks much cleaner. Ready to ride

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    Today the weather was perfect for the first long ride.
    The bike is a blast

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    After some serious rides I already feel really comfortable with the VR and now close to final version.
    Did some minor changes like cutting the head tube and so on.

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    But more significant.
    I changed the shifting pattern.
    Updated to Synchronized Shifting and changed the configuration of the shifters. It is now like SRAM eTap, even better.

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    Finally spring

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    I think I pretty much decided to purchase a Felt VR series bike Now I have to decide which model. I am thinking of either the VR30 or VR5. Not sure the rather large difference is price is worth spending for carbon over aluminum - I am pretty much a newbie, so not sure I would notice the benefit of carbon. Does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffBinder View Post
    I think I pretty much decided to purchase a Felt VR series bike Now I have to decide which model. I am thinking of either the VR30 or VR5. Not sure the rather large difference is price is worth spending for carbon over aluminum - I am pretty much a newbie, so not sure I would notice the benefit of carbon. Does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks in advance!
    VR5 all the way! If you are like me, if you buy the VR30, you will immediately regret not going for the VR5. I have the VR5 and so far it's awesome! I only have two rides on it so far, but the weather is turning and my riding days are coming soon. I'm a CPA and in the home stretch of tax season, so I plan to ride a ton starting next week. Here's a picture of my VR5!

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    Quote Originally Posted by varnerme View Post
    VR5 all the way!
    Agreed. I took my VR5 for a ride Sunday on a local rail-trail. It's mostly hard-packed gravel, but there's one section of poorly-paved asphalt that is extremely lumpy and bumpy. While there's no way to hide the bumps, the VR5 goes through there almost as well as my Specialized Crosstrail that has an aluminum frame and suspension fork. I think that an aluminum frame with the rigid fork would be a lot rougher-riding -- the carbon frame does what it was designed for in providing enough "give" to take the edge off of the bumps.

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    In my opinion it is hard to argue for more than a good allow frame and Shimano 105. With a bike like the VR30 you will have a very good bike with no compromise.
    The only argument I accept if someone wants a more expensive bike is, because he/she wants it and can afford it.
    Sure the carbon frame should be a little bit more comfortable. But tires and pressure will have more impact.

    And as a newbie consider, that there are more spending than just the bike. Shoes, pants, ... bike trip.

    Cheers from Sicilian

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    Thanks everyone for your response.

    I have yet another wrinkle. For approximately the same price ($2000 US) I can purchase a brand new 2014 FELT Z3, supposedly a $3000 bike in 2014.

    Thoughts?

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    A good bike, but different to the VR.
    We don't know your preferences.
    What are you looking for?

    Cheers

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    I think I am looking for an endurance bike (something that is comfortable for a 100 miles) that can fit at least a 32CM tire. There is a trail near me that runs from Washington DC to Pittsburgh, PA half of which (I am told) is pretty rough/gravely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffBinder View Post
    I think I am looking for an endurance bike (something that is comfortable for a 100 miles) that can fit at least a 32CM tire. There is a trail near me that runs from Washington DC to Pittsburgh, PA half of which (I am told) is pretty rough/gravely.
    You're talking about the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Towpath route, which I have done end-to-end twice. The C&O portion between Cumberland and Washington is the roughest part, but mainly is a problem if it's been raining -- very muddy in spots. Definitely not for skinny tires! The GAP trail is typical hard-packed crushed limestone. The best bike IMO is a hybrid-type bike with suspension fork and 35-38 tires, such as my Specialized Crosstrail. You can read my blog entry about my trip down that route last year.

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    @JeffBinder:
    The decision between the Z and VR is simple.
    With the Z you get a classic endurance bike with the VR the next evolution.
    The VR comes with disc breaks and therefore more tire clearance and comfort.
    If you get along with 30mm tires and rim breaks, you get with the Z the lighter package for a better price.

    https://www.bikerumor.com/2016/08/01...-gravel-bikes/

    @rochrunner: Very nice blog.

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    So, I just back from two weeks Sicilia and finished my first 1000 miles on the VR.
    And can tell you it is the perfect companion for long and enjoyable rides.

    First week we had our base at one location, second week we did a cross from Siracusa to Palermo.



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