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Felt’s goal with the VR bikes was to design a bike that will have the responsive handling of a racing bike on paved roads, but versatile and durable enough to traverse dirt and gravel roads simply by installing larger tires.
This combination of performance and versatility offered by bikes like the Felt VR models is the latest direction for road bike design.
Felt VR5 Carbon Frame
The Felt VR5 frame is constructed using Felt’s MMC method, this means that Felt molds major pieces of the frame as a unit, rather than having myriad individual pieces that are then bonded together.
The carbon fiber used in the frame, and the way that carbon is laid up, works its usual magic, providing a smoother ride than aluminum, filtering out much of the road shock and high frequency vibration that an aluminum frame tends to transmit to the rider, while also offering a stiff platform for power transmission to the road.
Compared to an aluminum frame the carbon fiber frame’s lighter weight, vibration damping and additional lateral stiffness are all appreciated.
Felt VR5 Components
The shifters and brakes are Shimano's newest 105 R7000 series with full hydraulic brakes, the crankset is an FSA Gossamer Pro with sub compact chainrings.
The 48/32 teeth chainrings are lower than the conventional road compact double combination of 50/34, so that with the wide range 11-34 cassette the gear ratio is a very low 1:1 which is great for the unrelenting SW PA hills.
Head to Head Comparison
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Frame: UHC Performance carbon fiber
Fork: UHC Advanced carbon fiber
Headset: FSA integrated sealed cartridge bearing
Stem: Devox Variable Angle, ±8°/±16° rise
Handlebar: Devox Road Endurance
Bar Tape: Felt Velvet Gel
Shifters: Shimano 105 ST-R7020
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 R7000
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 R7000
Crankset: FSA Gossamer Pro BB386EVO
Bottom Bracket: FSA BB386 with 30mm bearings
Chain: Shimano 11-speed
Cassette: Shimano 11-speed, 11-34T
Brakeset: Shimano 105 BR-R7070 hydraulic disc
Saddle: Prologo Scratch Space T2.0
Seatpost: Devox UHC Performance carbon fiber
Wheelset: Devox Variable Road VR1
Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro G+, folding, 700 x 28c