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
|Felt VR5||$2,499||Carbon/Carbon||Shimano 105|
|Cannondale Synapse Carbon||$2,499||Carbon/Carbon||Shimano 105|
|Jamis Renegade Expert||$2,499||Carbon/Carbon||Shimano 105|
|Trek Checkpoint SL5||$2,799||Carbon/Carbon||Shimano 105|
|Specialized Diverge Comp||$3,000||Carbon/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 Shock:
Felt Variable Road UHC Advanced carbon fiber monocoque construction, size specific ControlTaper carbon fiber steerer tube, integrated crown race, crown, blades, flat mount disc standard, 12 x 100mm thru axle
FSA integrated sealed cartridge bearing with Felt VariableHeight Cone Spacers (20mm PC, 4.5mm aluminum), Felt top cap, 43 - 47cm: IS-21, 1.125", 51 - 61cm: No.42, 1.125 - 1.5"
Devox VariableAngle, ±8°/±16° rise, Ø31.8mm, 43cm: 70mm, 47cm : 80mm, 51cm: 90mm, 54 - 56cm: 100mm, 58cm: 110mm, 61cm: 120mm
Devox Road Endurance, 65mm reach, 125mm drop, Ø31.8mm, 43-47cm: 380mm, 51cm: 400mm, 54 - 56cm: 420mm, 58 - 61cm: 440mm
Felt VelvetGel tape with 3M reflective base with reflective Felt Bubble-Tech F-Wing bar end plugs
Shimano 105 ST-R7020, 11-speed, 43 - 47cm: Shimano 105 ST-R7025 Short-reach
Shimano 105 R7000 braze-on
Shimano 105 R7000 11-speed long cage
FSA Gossamer Pro ABS Adventure BB386EVO, 50/34T, 43 - 47cm: 165mm, 51cm: 170mm, 54 - 56cm: 172.5mm, 58 - 61cm: 175mm
FSA BB386 with 30mm bearings
Freewheel / Cassette:
Shimano 11-speed, 11-34T
Shimano 105 ST-R7020, hydraulic 43 - 47cm: Shimano 105 ST-R7025 Short-reach
Shimano 105 BR-R7070 hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor
Shimano 105 BR-R7070 hydraulic disc, 140mm rotor
Prologo Scratch Space T2.0
Devox UHC Performance carbon fiber with microadjust head, Ø27.2mm x 344mm length
Felt single bolt, Ø30.6mm
Rims / Wheelset:
Devox Variable Road VR1.9, tubeless compatible 19mm inner width, 23mm depth
Devox RSL3D, sealed cartridge bearing, 12 x 100mm thru axle, Center Lock, 28H
Devox RSL3D, sealed cartridge bearing, 11-speed, 12 x 142mm thru axle, Center Lock, 28H
Front: Devox leverless 12 x 100 x 123L, thread: M12 x 1.5 x 15L; Rear: Devox leverless 12 x 142 x 166L Syntace style, thread: M12 x 1.0 x 15L
2.0mm stainless steel
Vittoria Rubino Pro G+, folding, 700 x 28c