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Felt frames and your experience? F50 or F65? Worth it ?(5 posts)

Felt frames and your experience? F50 or F65? Worth it ?globalhelipimp
Jun 23, 2003 3:45 PM
I've been looking at the F50 and the F65. I'm a beginner road biker, and this will be my first road bike purchase. I'm going through my LBS, and the price difference between the two bikes is about $300. Should I swing for the F50? The F50 color is MUCH sexier than the F65, IMO, and the components are better.

F50-
Kinesium custom double-butted tubing
integrated head tube and carbon fiber fork
Shimano 27-speed Ultegra group

Alex ALX320 wheelset with 7075 aluminum rims
black anodized with CNC-machined sides
black oxide aero spokes, aluminum freehub body
Hutchinson Carbon Comp Kevlar tires

Felt aluminum 3D forged stem
Felt 7075 butted aluminum handlebar
Selle Italia XO racing saddle

F65-
double-butted aluminum tubing throughout
lightweight carbon fork
complete Shimano 105 27-speed group

Selle Italia XO saddle
Felt forged aluminum stem
aluminum ergonomic handlebar

XERO XR-3 wheel set with Velocity rims
DT spokes, and machined sidewalls
Continental Kevlar tires and lightweight tubes


The F65 comes with pedals, while the F50 does not. I'll still need to purchase a helmet, shoes, pedals, shorts, jersey, and a bike computer, so keep all of this in mind. I'm looking to spend under $1,500.


Thanks.
Dave
lil Dave...268generation
Jun 23, 2003 5:37 PM
Buy whatever fits your budget.
Thought about Felt Alsonicholasdunford
Jun 23, 2003 11:22 PM
I recently bought my first road bike and looked long and hard at Felt. Finally decided that aluminum was too rigid, especially if you can't afford to get into the scandium. Also I was not happy with the Felt integrated headset, which you can read about on the Chris King website. But if these two things don't bother you, then I say go for the frame that rides the smoothest and is the most comfortable. If the frames feel the same go for the 105 because it is a great group to start out with and you can save a lot of money for all the fun things you will want to buy once you start riding everyday.
Frame ride is as unique as saddle chioce.niteschaos
Jun 24, 2003 5:34 AM
I went for a Felt particularly because of it's stiff ride, which gives me great feedback for the type of riding I was planning on doing.
What type of riding do you do? (nm)globalhelipimp
Jun 24, 2003 7:20 AM