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Felt VR5W (2019)


The women specific version of the Felt VR5.

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.

Featuring the most advanced collection of tube shapes of any endurance bike in Felt’s history, the VR5W is built for speed, stability and confident handling. Super-compact gearing combined with the frame’s low weight mean that no climb is too steep to conquer.

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

MSRP Frameset Components
Cannondale Synapse Carbon $2,499 Carbon Shimano 105
Jamis Renegade Expert $2,499 Carbon Shimano 105
Felt VR5W $2,649 Carbon Shimano 105
Trek Checkpoint SL5 $2,799 Carbon Shimano 105
Specialized Diverge Comp $3,000 Carbon Shimano 105


Specifications

Frame:

UHC Performance carbon fiber

Fork:

UHC Advanced carbon fiber monocoque

Headset:

FSA integrated sealed cartridge bearing

Stem:

Devox VariableAngle, ±8°/±16° rise

Handlebar:

Devox Road Endurance

Bar Tape:

Felt VelvetGel tape

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

Freewheel / Cassette:

Shimano 11-speed, 11-34T

Brakeset:

Shimano 105 hydraulic

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

Availability

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