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.
If this is you, the 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 105 5800 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 11-32 cassette the gear ratio is a very low 1:1 which is great for the unrelenting SW PA hills.
Head to Head Comparison
|Cannondale Synapse Carbon||$2,499||Carbon||Shimano 105|
|Felt VR5||$2,599||Carbon||Shimano 105|
|Jamis Renegade Expert||$2,599||Carbon||Shimano 105|
|Trek Checkpoint SL5||$2,799||Carbon||Shimano 105|
|Specialized Diverge Comp||$3,000||Carbon||Shimano 105|
Felt Variable Road UHC Performance carbon fiber, MMC with InsideOut construction, carbon fiber BB386 bottom bracket shell, 12 x 142mm with Syntace style thru axle, flat mount disc brake standard, replaceable rear derailleur hanger, internal mechanical or electronic cable routing
Felt Variable Road UHC Advanced carbon fiber monocoque construction, size specific ControlTaper carbon fiber steerer tube, integrated crown race, crown, and blades, flat mount disc standard, 12 x 100mm thru axle
Shimano RS505 11-speed shifters, FSA Gossamer Pro ABS Adventure BB386 EVO 48/32T crankset, Shimano 105 derailleurs, Shimano chain, and 11-32T cassette
Felt VR OS SuperLite Road VariableShape handlebar, Felt VR OS SuperLite stem, Felt VR UHC Performance carbon fiber seat post, Prologo Kappa Space PAS saddle, Shimano RS505 hydraulic disc with 160mm rotor front brake and Shimano RS505 hydraulic disc with 140mm rotor rear brake
Felt Variable Road VR19, tubeless ready thru axle wheelset with Vittoria Rubino Pro G+, folding, 700 x 28c tires