$ 2,099.00 $ 2,649.00
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.
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.
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.
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UHC Performance carbon fiber
UHC Advanced carbon fiber
FSA integrated sealed cartridge bearing
Devox Variable Angle, ±8°/±16° rise
Devox Road Endurance
Felt Velvet Gel
Shimano 105 ST-R7020
Shimano 105 R7000
Shimano 105 R7000
FSA Gossamer Pro BB386EVO
FSA BB386 with 30mm bearings
Shimano 11-speed, 11-34T
Shimano 105 BR-R7070 hydraulic disc
Prologo Scratch Space T2.0
Devox UHC Performance carbon fiber
Devox Variable Road VR1
Vittoria Rubino Pro G+, folding, 700 x 28c